Monday, July 16, 2012

Guest Blog & Review of Make Me Stay - Ella Jade

Happy Monday Everyone! Today I am thrilled to have the talented Ella Jade here to talk about Finding inspiration in strange places. So without further ado I hand the blog over to her today.

Inspiration Comes in Strange Places…

Where did the idea for Make Me Stay Come from? One night back in January, I couldn’t get the Katy Perry song The One That Got Away out of my head. I was humming it in the shower and bam, the idea for my newest novella hit me.

I hopped out of the shower, wrapped a towel around myself and logged onto my computer as fast as I could. It was one of those moments where I had to get the scene down. It didn’t even matter that I was wet and shivering. It was the first time in my writing journey where I started at the end of the book. The chapter kept playing out in my head, and I knew no matter what happened from the beginning of the story on, I had to end up with what I had just written.

Now, don’t ask me what that song has to do with a BDSM romance, I’m still not sure. But, for whatever reason those lyrics triggered something in my subconscious. The inspiration was so strong that I managed to write Make Me Stay in three days. The story flowed, and the characters cooperated, so I went with it. Make Me Stay is a story about reconnecting with a lost love and finding away to make life work, no matter how crazy it may seem. It’s a love story at the core. I’m really pleased with the final outcome and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

I’m also in the process of writing a second book called Surrender to Me. This novella will feature the main characters, Cade and Gracie, from Make Me Stay, but Martin Abrams will be the focus. You’ll meet Martin in Make Me Stay. He was one of those characters that wouldn’t leave me, so I gave the sexy Dom his own book.

Here’s a peek into Make Me Stay available now from Beachwalk Press…

Ten minutes later they were seated at a quaint restaurant in the center of town. Cade had requested a quiet table in the back so they wouldn't be interrupted. He was confused enough and didn't need any distractions. Being a well-known businessman, he was always running into people who wanted to have a drink with him. Gracie's return would probably be the talk of the town in a matter of days.

Once they ordered dinner and the waitress poured their wine he'd had enough small talk. He wanted answers.

"Why did you come back?"

"I told you." Gracie sipped her wine. "I took a job here."

"Do you think I'm stupid?"

"Of course not." She lowered her head.

"Don't do that."

"Do what?"

"Just look at me." He was puzzled over her return and her elusiveness frustrated him.

She quickly raised her gaze, meeting his eyes.

"You walked away from this town without a trace. I don't believe you would come back after all this time to consult. Something isn't right."

"You told me to leave."

"Me!" He tapped his chest. "I told you to leave me. I never expected you to disappear. I thought I'd know where you were and what you were doing." Even though he told her to go, he'd always intended to take care of her.

"Without you, there wasn't anything here for me. You were everything. I had no family. I lived in your house. Where did you expect me to go?"

"We could have figured it out together. I would have made sure you were taken care of." She'd always been his responsibility and when she left he panicked she'd end up on the street.

"I needed to go. I had to figure out who I was. That's what you wanted."

"I wanted you to be happy."

"I am." She smiled. "I told you, I met someone who helped me."

"Then why aren't you with him?" He didn't like to think about her with another man. It infuriated him to know someone else touched what was his, even if he did let her go. "Are you running from him? Is that why you're back here? Do you need my help?"

She laughed. "I could never run from Martin."

He hated knowing his name. "So, Martin was your boyfriend?"

"Not really." She took another sip of her wine.

Her mysterious behavior pissed him off. She'd better start talking and fast.

"Your husband?" He felt his blood boil. Could she have gotten married?

"Cade," she said as she reached for his hand. "I don't want you to freak, but Martin was my Dom. I was his submissive."

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Can the sub teach the Dom to play?

Natural submissive Gracie Miller thought she had found her other half in Cade Jameson. Not only did he help her through a difficult time in her life, in the bedroom he brought her more pleasure than she could have ever imagined. They seemed perfect for each other.

Cade knew what he wanted in the bedroom. Gracie brought out his domineering side and ignited his passion. But he feared he was too dominant for this beautiful, naïve girl, who was so young and impressionable, so he ended their relationship.

Two and a half years later, Gracie returns to town a new woman. She had moved to the city and found a "Master" who showed her what she was truly capable of. Now she's back and wants to show Cade exactly what kind of submissive she could be for him.

But after hearing all that she's experienced, Cade now wonders if he's dominant enough to satisfy her. Can he be the man Gracie needs him to be?

Content Warning: graphic sex, BDSM themes

About Elle Jade

Ella Jade has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a child, she often had a notebook and pen with her, and now as an adult, the laptop is never far. The plots and dialogue have always played out in her head, but she never knew what to do with them. That all changed when she discovered the eBook industry. She started penning novels at a rapid pace and now she can't be stopped.

Ella resides in New Jersey with her husband and two young boys. When she's not chasing after her kids, she's busy writing, attending PTO meetings, kickboxing, and scrapbooking. She hopes you'll get lost in her words.


Gracie Miller has returned to town to claim the Dom she knows is meant for her, she has a plan in place to get him to take her back. She boldly approached him in his office and knows he can't resist her. After she is back with him and she starts being his Sub again he realizes she knows more then he does about the BDSM lifestyle. While she knows what she wants and how to get it, Poor Cade is left to his own to figure out what he can handle and if Gracie is too much for even him.

In trying to protect the one woman he cares for Cade Jameson sends Gracie away thinking she is too young, naive and inexperienced to handle. But once she is back in town it's all or nothing. What he soon discovers is that Gracie has learned a few new tricks and that something about her being here isn't quite right.

When Gracie is with Cade they have an electric chemistry both as a Dom/Sub but as lovers as well. With Cade being domineering in more then just love Gracie is forced to reveal what she had hoped Cade wouldn't find out...She is still under contract with her old Dom, Martin. Martin knew about her wanting to go back to Cade, helped her find work back in her hometown, set her up in a nice house, and gave her a car.

One evening Cade shows up unannounced at Gracie's, only to find her on the phone. What he didn't know was that it was Martin, already in town and on his way to see Grace. When Cade finds out she's still under contract to him, it makes him FURIOUS and he storms out. Enter Martin who talks to Gracie and offers to help them get through this rough time and figure out how to teach Cade some tricks about BDSM play. Cade then returns to apologize and nearly plows through Martin. Gracie steps in and stops him from harming Martin and they begin to talk things out. Can Cade accept Martin's help so he can keep Gracie, or will sharing her even for a short time be the end of their relationship? You'll have to read to see how it ends

Ella Jade has a wonderful approach to writing BDSM and still keeping the mood more lighthearted then harsh and dark as the lifestyle can be. Gracie is a strong and smart woman who knows how to get the man she wants. Cade is a domineering man in both his personal and business life and when he can't control everything it sets him off! He's a rocket of anger and fire that only leaves smoke behind in the wake of the fire. These two are smoking in how they work together to learn what they can do to and for each other. It gets fun seeing how Gracie introduces Cade to "Play Scenes" and how he reacts and handles her in the process. Excellent chemistry and characters who sizzle on the pages! A 5 start read on the lighter side of BDSM!


  1. Thanks for taking the time to read and review my work. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for hosting me too;)

  2. Great review. Love me some Ella Jade