Friday, July 13, 2012

Welcome Guest Author - Suz deMello

STEPH:Where did you find the inspiration for the main story?

SUE: I honestly don’t know. When people ask me where I get my ideas, I usually tell them that I buy them by the dozen at Sears—they sell them in the basement between the barbecues and the exercise bikes.

STEPH: How do the hero and heroine meet?

SUE: Both Kathie and Ross work for a super-secret (fictitious) law enforcement entity called the US Security Agency.

STEPH: How does the cover reflect the story?

SUE: It’s a dark BDSM-themed cover that reflects the story while not illustrating a particular scene.

STEPH: What genre is RS-BDSM, and why do you like to write that genre?

SUE: RS is romantic suspense, and BDSM is bondage-domination-sadism-masochism. I like to write RS because it’s easier to write a romance with your hero and heroine doing something while falling in love. The BDSM aspect is because it’s kinda fun J

STEPH: How long have you been writing?

SUE: I wasn’t one of those lucky souls who came out of the womb clutching a pencil. Though I edited my high school’s literary magazine and published a few poems in it, and wrote/edited for my law school journal, I didn’t start writing my first romance novel until 1996. So I’ve been writing fiction for about sixteen years.

STEPH: Are you a plotter or a panster?

SUE: A little of both. Initially I was very much a plotter, then when writers’ block hit, I became a pantser. Now I vaguely know what I’m doing and where the book is going, but I try to let the characters and their conflicts shape the plot instead of me being on the outside dictating it.

STEPH: Do you prefer to read ebooks or print books?

SUE: Both.

STEPH: Who is your favorite author?

SUE: Me!

STEPH: Fun question: What's your favorite children's book?

SUE: Wow. That’s a tough one because I love and read a great deal of YA fiction, especially YA paranormal. I’ll go back further into the past and say that Alice in Wonderland is my fave. It’s certainly the most reread book in my life except for maybe the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I also love the Pooh books. I also owned an autographed copy of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, which I think is wonderful. And Dr. Seuss is great!

Blurb for: For My Master:
Agent Kathie Belmont has long lusted after her boss, Ross Guerrero, but has never plucked up the courage to even flirt with him. Could he be the strong but tender Master she craves?

Ross wants Kathie in his life—on her knees. But the constraints of their jobs with an ultra-secret US security agency have come between them.

Until the sadistic drug-trafficker El Silencio is tempted into a deal with Ross’s undercover persona—a deal that will go down at a BDSM party. With Kathie disguised as his sex slave, Ross sets out to bring down the criminal gang, and perhaps to tempt Kathie into performing her role for him…forever.

Enjoy this Excerpt:
Station chief Ross Guerrero tapped a pencil on his blotter and scrutinized Kathie Belmont, seated on a straight-backed chair on the other side of his wide, government-issue desk. A soft-faced young woman, she had the healthy good looks of a college student or a California beach cutie, common here in San Diego. Her mink-brown hair with tasteful gold highlights was blunt cut at her chin, masking a strong jaw line. Wide, long-lashed eyes regarded Ross with openness and candor.

With multiple piercings in each ear and a silver toe ring peeping from her sandal, she looked like any girl attending San Diego State, UCSD or even Chula Vista High. In reality, Belmont was twenty-nine years old, had graduated with honors in criminal justice from Pepperdine, then gone on to a short but successful career as a police officer in Los Angeles. She’d joined the US Security Agency, performing well during training and in her first assignments. Now he’d find out if she was ready for more demanding tasks.
Her appearance was as useful as her black belt and her Glock. Living proof of the maxim “you can’t judge a book by its cover,” Agent Belmont, who’d been orphaned as a teen, had capably cared for her two younger siblings, fighting to keep her family together. She was as competent an operative as any he’d encountered during his thirteen years with the agency.

“Here’s the situation.” Ross set his china espresso cup into its saucer with a click. “There’s a group of baddies selling drugs just over the border. Mostly steroids, but some crystal, crack, horse … you name it, they’ve got it. Because they’re in Mexico, the usual law enforcement agencies can’t go in.”

Her hazel eyes gleamed. “But we can.”

“Yes, we can. But there’s a twist.”

She shrugged tanned shoulders, revealed by her sleeveless pink blouse. “Isn’t there always?”

About the Author:
Best-selling, award-winning author Sue Swift, a.k.a Suz deMello, has written over fifteen novels, plus several short stories and non-fiction articles. She writes in numerous genres including romance, mystery, paranormal, historical, contemporary comedy and erotica. She’s a freelance editor who’s worked for Total-E-Bound, Ai Press, Liquid Silver Books and Etopia Press. She also takes on private clients.

Her books have been favorably reviewed in PW, Kirkus and Booklist, attained the finals of the RITA and reached the top ten on a bestseller list.

A former trial attorney, she resides in northern California. Her passion is world travel, and she’s left the US over a dozen times, including stints working overseas for many months. Right now, she's working on her next manuscript and planning her next trip.

Her blog is at Find her reading picks @ReadThis4fun on Twitter, and befriend her on Facebook (


  1. Thanks for hosting me, Steph!

  2. Thanks for stopping in, Suz. It was great to get to know you and writing a little better.