New beginnings are exciting, but we can rarely outrun our pasts. Steve Michaels and Zack Greene pack up their newly extended family and move to New York City with their nanny, Drew, and his two kids. Having recently been hired to write for a BDSM show, Steve and Zack use their loving Dom/sub relationship for some experience with the lifestyle, but they need a consultant to fill in the blanks. Alex a local Dom/club owner, can do just that. Everything is going smoothly until Rich, a ex-producer from Ben’s Life and the man who tried to ruin Zack, tries to get a job on the same show. And that’s only the beginning of it.
Zack and Steve offered Drew an opportunity of a lifetime working for them. When Alex shows up for the first meeting with Zack and Steve, Drew realizes he didn’t leave his past behind after all. This becomes more true when his ex comes back wanting to see the kids.
Can Drew trust Alex to help him get over his past? Can Steve manage to keep Zack safe from the man who has haunted him for so long? Find out what happens Behind the Scenes!
“Wait!” I hear the protests coming, “Zack and Steve are from the Mine series! Why are you starting a new series with the same characters?”
Liz: We’re so glad you asked. The Mine series was written by Liz, but Michelle has always had a love of the characters, and has helped beta read every single one. Sometimes multiple times. We both have nightmares remembering Chapter 7 in That’s a Wrap, but that’s a different story. Anyway, she had two characters, Drew and Alex, who I had gotten to know through reading her unpublished stories. It was then that we decided to see if we could find a way to work her characters in with mine. Turns out her boys play very nicely with mine. But it had to be a different series because her boys, Drew and Alex, do play harder than Zack and Steve. So, the BDSM is more intense in these books. For example, Zack and Steve play with rope, whereas Alex and Drew play with canes and needles. However, and this is important, everything done in the Director’s Cut series, like Mine, is done with love and consent.
“What made Michelle decide to go to the harder end of the BDSM spectrum with your characters?”
Michelle: My mind is a kinky place and the more I learn the more, I want to include in my writing. That’s the short of it. My boys work well for that because Alex is very experienced in the lifestyle and loves what he’s doing. Drew, on the other hand is new to the lifestyle, but willing to try almost anything. I like pushing my own limits and writing things that I’ve never experienced myself to see how realistic I can make them. That’s what all this is. My boys do things that I am too chicken to try because the end result is always what I want it to be or what I think it should be. No one gets hurt this way.
“What’s it like working with a coauthor?”
Michelle: Most of the time it’s great. Our brains actually work in the same manner so it’s like we share one. Even when we don’t agree on something, we can talk it through and make it work in a way that’s comfortable for both of us. Sure, we annoy each other, but we get through that, too. I love working with her. Liz is awesome. As long as she’s not editing what I’m writing, as I’m writing it!
Liz: I’ve been writing for fifteen years and never thought I would be able to work with someone else. You have to go in with a plan, and I don’t plan, or when I do, it tends to fall apart by chapter three, But then I met Michelle. She doesn’t require her plans be set in stone. Actually, the fact that I want a list of plotlines sort of annoys her. But we’ve found it’s important to know where the story’s going so we aren’t writing two different books, come together and have to spend as much time rewriting as we did writing, though, if we’re honest, we’ve done that, too. Editing has became an even more time consuming process than when either of us wrote alone.