Voyeur or Character? Master Stephen by Natalie Dae

Voyeur or Character?

Which are you? Do you read an erotic romance as someone looking in from the outside, or do you become the character? Or perhaps it’s a bit of both? Either way, it’s an exciting moment when the characters progress from meeting to finding themselves in the bedroom, isn’t it? Also, do you have expectations of how you want their first sexual encounter—or indeed any sexual encounter they share—to pan out? When they’re enjoying their first kiss, do you imagine what you’d like them to do next? Or are you the type who reads with anticipation, preferring not to visualise what they might do before they actually do it? After all, the latter makes it so you’re as in the dark about what to expect as the hero or heroine, depending which point of view you’re in—and anticipation is delicious.

How about if you’re reading, conscious that you’re the voyeur—do you feel naughty, as though you’re spying on them? Maybe you pretend you’ve been invited to watch but you mustn’t say a word or do anything to influence what they’re getting up to. I’ve spoken to many readers who do this, and for them it adds a little extra spice to their reading time. They are a part of the story, so when that story ends, they really do feel lost because they’ve invested their emotions in the characters.

Becoming one of the characters is another way to be emotionally wrung out. If you’re reading, seeing things as the hero or heroine, feeling what they feel, doing what they do as they do it, there’s a good chance you’ll be attached to these fictional people in a way you can’t explain to non-readers. A non-reader may not understand how people in a book, who aren’t real, can affect you in this way. But they can, can’t they?

Please tell me I’m not the only one who has loved a fictional character, who has, even if only for a brief moment, forgotten that they aren’t really your friend, that they’re not real. To get so lost when reading is one of the reasons why I do read. I adore the way I “watch” the book unfold, where the words cease to exist and, for long stretches of time, I forget I’m even reading because I see it in my head like a movie instead. What a wonderful thing to have happen!

So, back to my original question. Are you a voyeur or a character? I’m a voyeur. The best way I can describe it is that I hang out with the characters, only they can’t see me, I’m just there, watching, following—that sounds creepy, but you know what I mean, right? I hold my breath when something tense happens, I gasp when they do something to shock me, and I cry when they experience loss—just like I would if they were real.

The power of words, hmm? They can take you to places you’ve never been, show you a world you’ve only dreamed of and, of course, they can open your eyes to things in the bedroom you never knew existed…

masterstephen_800Blurb for Master Stephen, book four in the Marshall Cottage series:

I wanted Master Stephen. The thing was, would he want me?

I’d been visiting Marshall Cottage for a while, watching a certain Dom who never seemed to have a sub of his own. He borrowed other people’s, giving them a slap here, a nipple tweak there, seemingly confident and comfortable with himself. But I was shocked to find he wasn’t any of those things—until he took control as a Master.

I wanted him as mine. Would he agree to dominate me? Give me the pain I desired? I aimed to make that happen and couldn’t wait to see how things played out. I’d observed him for long enough. It was time to step up and take what I wanted—and every beautiful bite of pain he was willing to dish out.

Would he also give me the love I craved? A permanent relationship where we shared everything? A girl could hope, couldn’t she?

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Author Bio for Natalie Dae: Natalie Dae writes mainly BDSM erotica. She loves a Dom/sub relationship and is fascinated by how it all works. The trust issue is the best thing about it for her, so creating characters who have to adopt trust is one of her priorities. “Watching my characters bloom under tuition is such a treat,” she says. “I find it such a privilege to be able to write about something that makes me learn something new with every book.”

She lives with her husband and children in an English village and spends her spare time reading—always reading!—and her phone, complete with Kindle app, is never far away. “I can’t imagine not reading or writing,” she says. “It’s a part of who I am. Without it I’d be more than a bit lost.”

Natalie has many more BDSM tales swiming around in her head, so her workload for the future is very full. “What better way to spend a weekend than writing?” she says. “Saturdays are my main writing days, so I get up, open up a work in progress and rarely leave the desk. Unless I really have to!”

 

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