This month I’ve decided to cheat a little bit and talk about my newest Carina Press release, Club Wonderland.
I’ve been a fan of Lewis Carroll (a.k.a Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) ever since I saw the Disney movie as a kid. It was weird, wonderful and sometimes didn’t make a whole lot of sense. The older I got, the more I realized that life really can throw us for a loop and finding ourselves in a weird place or situation, much as Alice did, wasn’t that hard to believe.
When I sat down to write Club Wonderland, I knew I’d be taking a bit of a risk by using obvious elements of this classic tale in my own story. And yet, I knew that my Alice and her introduction into the world of BDSM was embarking on a similar adventure. For readers, those familiar faces and situations provide a touchstone in a world that might not be familiar to them.
Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good kinky tale. I mean, the Queen of Hearts was totally a Domme, people.
All of us can say that we’ve fallen into a rut some time in our lives. If we are lucky, we work our way out of it. My Alice needed her safe, secure life to be shaken up in such a way that there was no returning to the way things were. Her introduction to Gael’s world and the ways of BDSM, was exactly the change she needed to help her move beyond the established patterns of her life. She needed a trip to Wonderland.
Alice White isn’t used to being ignored. So when the object of her lust does just that, she’s bound and determined to get his attention. Her pursuit leads her to Wonderland, the kind of club she’s only read about, and suddenly Alice is craving something she never knew she needed.
Gael Hernandez wants to be the youngest partner at his prestigious law firm, and not even a certain tempting legal assistant can distract him from his goal of financially helping his family. Until she shows up at his favorite club and surprises him with an interest in being restrained. But the BDSM lifestyle is no game to him, and he won’t take things further until Alice is schooled into submission.
After a taste, Alice wants more. She offers to be Gael’s sub for one weekend, with nothing forbidden and no boundaries. In a few short days, he gives her the strength to be the person she’s always wanted to be. Now Alice just needs to convince Gael that he can dominate in the bedroom, and submit to love.
Yet another colossal mistake to add to the pile she’d created in her life. She shouldn’t have tried this, attempted to reach out and live on the wild side. Maybe her mother had been right all these years, and Alice needed to look for a man with a nice simple job to settle down with. But before she could leave, she needed to resolve one final thing.
“For the record.” Forcing herself to meet Mistress Red’s gaze, Alice kept her tone even as she spoke. Picture you’re talking to a selection committee. “I would never do anything to hurt Gael. He’s been nothing but kind to me since he started working with the firm. When I saw him come in here tonight, I wanted to understand a bit more about the type of man he is. I…like him…and wanted to know if there was a chance for me to…be with him.” Alice turned to leave.
Again, her body reacted without thought. Alice was too scared to turn back around and look. Thankfully, she didn’t have to. Mistress Red came back around the desk and stood beside Alice.
“Do you know what this place is?” Gone was the harsh edge to the Mistress’s voice.
Alice was finding it difficult to keep up with the changing situation. “It’s a sex club.”
“Close. We’re a BDSM club. Sometimes there is sex between partners, but not always. No one underage is allowed in, and no one who looks like they might not understand the lifestyle can enter. We do have an open door policy for anyone who is interested in learning more.”
Mistress Red took Alice by the chin once more, forcing her to meet her gaze. “I think I understand why Chess let you in.”
“You do?” She couldn’t stop the bubble of nervous laughter from escaping. “I’m glad one of us does.”
“Well, princess, it’s not actually about you. Our boy Gael needs to have a few things straightened out in his life.” She let Alice’s chin go and grinned. “Oh yes, this is going to be fun. I’ve changed my mind. Come with me, darling. Let me give you a little tour of my playground. You can decide what you like about it, and if you want to stay.”
With her mind reeling at the sudden change of events, Alice stumbled as Mistress Red took her by the hand once more and led her around the club. “I pride my club on its simplicity. There are other places in town that are more specialized, more gimmicky. Wonderland is about the fantasy, meeting others with similar interests and then disappearing to explore the dreams with your chosen playmates.”
“Like a speed dating bar?”
“A kinky one. We have the playrooms where people can try things out. Masters and students can work together on techniques. Dominants and submissives can be as they are in a public setting. It’s relaxing.”
“Submissives?” Alice’s gaze slipped to the men and women on their knees on the floor, splayed over laps, getting spanked and flogged. “They choose that?”
“Oh yes. They get off on having their Masters take control, push them to the limits of what their bodies can take, and then push them over.” Mistress Red leaned in and bit down on Alice’s earlobe. “A good Mistress can make her sub come hard.”
I’m not a lesbian. I’m not even bi. I’ve never been attracted to women…
“Now, our boy Gael is not a sub.” She laughed as she tugged Alice in the direction of the stairs. “Can you imagine? It makes me want to fall down laughing with just the thought.”
No, of all the men of her acquaintance, Gael was the least submissive. It was one of the things that attracted her to him, that unwavering confidence and his ability to get everyone to do what needed to be done, regardless of the circumstances.
“So he’s a dominant. That means he likes to hit his partners?” It wasn’t something Alice would have ever considered. Gael, although not a soft man, never seemed to have any issues with women. If fact, whenever an abuse case would come in, he was the first to double-check to ensure the accused wasn’t guilty. If things didn’t look right, he’d fight against the firm taking the client on.
“Gael only hits people if that’s what they ask for. He’s a very conscientious bastard. This way, princess. Let’s go find our boy.”