Network news anchor Daniel Halstrom is at the top of his field, but being at the bottom of the social ladder—being a slave—makes that hard to enjoy. Especially when NewWorld Media, the company who's owned him since childhood, decides to lease him on evenings and weekends to boost their flagging profits.
Daniel's not stupid; he knows there's only one reason a man would pay so much for what little free time he has, and it's got nothing to do with his knowledge of current events. But he's never been made to serve like that before, and he fears he won't survive the experience with his sanity intact.
He finds himself in the home of Carl Whitman, a talk show host whose words fail him time and again when it comes to ordering Daniel to bed. Daniel knows what Carl wants, but it seems as if Carl isn't willing to take it, and Daniel's not willing to give it freely. His recalcitrance costs him dearly, but with patience and some hard-won understanding, love just might flourish where once there'd been only fear and pain. Can Carl become the anchor in Daniel's turbulent life, or will he end up the weight that sinks his slave for good?
As an author, one of my favorite things about writing is the act of worldbuilding: creating and exploring new politics, new religion, even new laws of physics. Anchored was a particular delight, because I spent less time building from scratch and more time exploring the ripples made by slavery-pebbles in the modern-America pond. And thanks to a great many of my fellow authors, readers, and bloggers, I got to explore the world not just within the book, but on a blog tour as well. I got to put on individual characters' hats and answer interview questions as if I were them. I got to help create ad campaigns you might expect to see in a Belonging-verse newspaper. I even got to write classified ads--"Slaves for sale!"--that could have run on the Belonging-verse version of Craigslist or the New York Times.
|Artwork done by the brilliant L.C. Chase for her Anchored Blog Tour stop.|
These creative exercises were great fun for me, and I sincerely hope they'll be great fun for you as well. I invite you to come join me on the massive Anchored Release Party Blog Tour, which began on January 14 and runs through to January 23. Not only will you get to see a (fairly disturbing) not-quite-new world take shape, you'll also have a chance to win your share of thirty free books, tons of book-related swag, and two $10 gift certificates to the Noble Romance bookstore. Visit the tour hub page for a complete schedule of posts both past and upcoming, and to learn how you can walk away with your share of the giveaway loot. Hope to see you all there, and don't forget . . .
No pleasure slave, no service.