Wednesday, September 15, 2010
We got our Fangs in Nick Howard’s, Daniel Roberts
I’m Daniel Roberts, you can find me in Buy Me and The Doorway. The Doorway is the sequel to Buy Me and I’m the main character. My stories are available at eXtasy Books or from any of these links.
What makes you special?
I am, to repeat a common line, tall, dark and handsome. I have money and lots of it. I have been accused of being arrogant, but I believe that is mistaken from my reserved nature. I don’t do much talking myself but rather like to listen and observe. My one attribute that sets me apart from a lot of other people is that I’m extremely goal orientated. I always get what I want.
Tell us about your most current adventure.
In “Buy Me” I organized a special annual charity auction. I convince a number of women, all wealthy, to auction themselves off as slaves for a weekend. There were strict guidelines involved to protect the women and I take precautions to make sure they are comfortable. All the same you may find it is surprising how many women agree to being auctioned off.
In “The Doorway” I meet a beautiful woman called Catherine. She comes across as unemotional and superior, but I detect a fire underneath her skin that even she isn’t aware of. I decide to seduce and control her. The thing is she seems to understand what I’m after but doesn’t know how to fight back. She has never had to deal with a man like myself before.
From The Doorway:
She put on her underwear slowly, annoyed at herself for having trouble deciding what dress to wear. She took a blue dress out of her closet and held it front of her as she stood in front of the full-length mirror. She grimaced at her reflection and turned to toss the dress angrily on her bed.
“What the hell is the matter with me? It’s just a dinner date. Just pick a damn dress to wear. It’s his problem if he doesn’t like what I wear, not mine.”
The last sentence sounded hollow to her and she went to the kitchen to pour herself a glass from a half-full bottle of red wine. She leaned against the kitchen counter as she drank, trying to rationalize why he had her so upset. She was used to having her way with men, used to making them second-guess what she wanted. Suddenly, that control had vanished. He had led the conversation and made her guess what he was going to do.
Okay so he’s been able to take control so far. But he won’t intimidate me.
After she finished her wine, she went back to her bedroom, took a deep breath and grabbed a black dress with a simple neckline and a small slit to just above the knee. As she put on a pearl necklace, she wondered why she was dressing rather conservatively.
Usually, she would wear something that would have her date stumbling over himself. That wouldn’t work on Daniel, she decided. Besides, he already knew too much about her. The dress would keep some of her physical attributes hidden for a while.
He arrived in a well-tailored black suit, looking larger than she remembered when she opened the door. When he complimented her on her dress, she felt her cheeks flush and quickly looked away from him. He led the way, escorting her down to the lobby where a taxi waited for them. The cab ride took them to one of the better restaurants.
He chose a red wine for the meal, which reminded her that he was still ahead of her in the game she imagined they were playing.
“Why did you ask me to have dinner tonight and not the weekend?”
“I have to fly out to Bermuda tomorrow.”
He laughed. “When I go to Bermuda, it’s never really work. Have you ever been there?”
“You must go there sometime. Where do you like to holiday at?”
So it goes, she thought.
He continued to weave around her questions while learning more about her. She still didn’t know why he was going to Bermuda, but he now knew she preferred going to Europe for vacations. She became more intrigued about him, deciding that if open questions didn’t work, perhaps bold, more direct questions would give her better footing.
“So do you believe relationships should be equal?” She didn’t herself and until now, considered herself the one in control of a relationship. She wondered how he saw himself and if he considered her his equal.
“Equal? I don’t think that term applies to relationships. Relationships are balanced. Each gives and takes something to maintain the balance. If one partner is unsatisfied with the way it is balanced, then it falls apart.”
She almost squeezed her hands into fists in exasperation that he danced around her question and then immediately calmed herself. He still hadn’t answered her question about whether he thought she was his equal. She tried again.
“What about us? What do you see as our balanced relationship?”
He swirled the wine in his glass and took a drink.
“Are you wanting to know what my intentions are with you?”
“Yes.” She was taken back by his use of the word “intentions,” almost as if it was sinister. That, she reflected, made him even more interesting.
He laughed a deep chuckle.
“Perhaps all I want to do is to seduce you.”
“Seduce me to what end? To bed me and then just walk away? I hope you’re not serious about that.” She gave a smile that flashed her teeth to show he didn’t intimidate her.
“Oh, no. The seduction I’m thinking of goes far beyond physical gratification.” He returned her smile. “You’re not upset with me for wanting to claim you, are you?”
“No, it’s what you men do, isn’t it? I suppose you can try, but I’m not easily—”
“Dominated? Never.” She felt his eyes peer into her own, searching for more. She blinked, feeling as if he had just glimpsed a deeper truth in her soul that she didn’t even know about herself. Now, she felt uncomfortable, uncertain. There was a lie in the word “never.” She knew it now, but the when or how stayed hidden.
“Perhaps I could be allowed to try.”
“I suppose you can, but you’ll be in for a disappointment. Why waste your time?”
“Because the reward will be so great for both of us.”
That was just a clever line she thought at first, but when her gaze met his again, she saw he was sincere. It scared her enough that she quickly reached for her wine glass, hoping he didn’t see her uncertainty.
She was too astonished to speak for a moment and when she did make a retort, she felt disappointed in her own reply. To her it sounded less like the “go to hell” response she wanted and more like a question to a sales pitch. “And what possible benefits would there be to me being dominated by you?” She crossed her arms and leaned back into her chair. She hoped her body language would convey what her words didn’t.
“You get to give up this control you wave about like a flag. You’ll be happier and truly feel like you’re alive.”
Catherine was taken aback as she considered the thought of her being under his control. And what did he mean by me waving my control like a flag? “I don’t think so.” Her voice found its mark—strong clear and direct. “You see—” Now she was getting ready to put him in his place and set him straight on whom he was dealing with.
He held up his hand. “You asked me what I wanted so don’t get upset at the truth. I merely ask you just to consider the possibility.”
Now she felt flustered again and took another drink of wine, now not sure how to respond. “It won’t work.” She wished she said it more defiantly, surprised how quiet her voice was.
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Tell us a little bit about your author. Where can we find more of their works? And If you could offer your author advice, what would it be?
Nick Howard has a website, www.nshoward.com and has his works displayed there. He also has several free stories available on the site, including writings by other authors. I have some advice for him. He is currently working on a science fiction series called Praxton and I think he should develop more from that universe. It is a world I would be very happy in live on.
Are you happy with the way people perceive you?
I do believe I am not well understood. I plan and think before I act or speak, taking into account of a lot of factors. I rarely show much emotion. My work is a negotiator and showing emotions is bad for getting business done. So when someone disagrees with me I usually have considered that objection already. However that gives that impression I ignore advice and am just stubborn. It’s not true; I’m simply one step ahead of them. The other misconception is that I’m a bit sadistic. This is not true. I only use discipline to ensure my complete control and not because I enjoy inflicting pain on others. As Catherine found out when she first refused my control there are consequences.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Opera, classical, jazz.
Is expressing love difficult for you? Why?
Love is an emotional state that can lead to making errors. I have seen many of my acquaintances marry when in love and fall out of love a few months later with disastrous financial consequences. That is not to say I cannot care for someone. I have had many lovers in the past and remained on good terms with them after breaking up with them. One reason is that I do not use the word love without completely meaning it. I have never used that word to a woman to convey my feelings to her. Someday that may happen but I understand exactly what it will mean to her.
Is there a message you want to get across in this interview?
Just a bit of my personal observation of the world. Catherine asked me if I thought we were equal in our relationship. I knew what she was asking- did I believe I her superior. I told her it didn’t apply- it simply doesn’t. All men and women should have the same rights and there is that equality. But in a relationship? Hardly. What we have is a balance. We each give something of ourselves to the other. If one feels they are giving too much. Then the balance is broken and the relationship falls apart.
Share a little bit of the ‘real’ you with our readers. Any Dark secrets?
LOL. A dark secret? Well my discipline room is not well lit! Almost everyone who meets me sees a well polished gentleman. Only a few of my closer friends know that I demand my lady to be submissive to me and that I make them wear a collar and cuffs. Not every minute of the day and I recognize such attire would cause problems at work and some social engagements. However I believe the physical presence of a collar on a woman’s neck reminds her who I am.
Do you ever ask your significant other for advice?
I do not have a significant other yet. However I do hide the fact I do not believe in a monogamous for myself when dating a woman. I know some readers will be upset to think here he is putting a collar on a woman that virtually assures she will be his alone yet he feels free to continue to visit his old girlfriends. Sorry, this is who I am.
What is your most favorite thing to do?
I feel a great rush of satisfaction when I close a major deal for a corporation. Sometimes we are talking about a billion dollar acquisition and when such a business contract is successfully concluded it gives me enormous satisfaction.
Do you sing in the shower?
No, the person sharing the shower with me may not like my singing.
Have you ever lost control? And what was the outcome?
No, I don’t lose control. Period.
How many sex partners have you had? How many at one time?
I have had over a hundred women in my time, so far. Several times I have had three-some and twice with three women.
What’s the kinkiest thing you’ve done? Stupidest? Craziest?
I’m not sure what is the kinkiest thing is I’ve done, but maybe organizing the charity auction in Buy Me qualifies. Semi-dressed and naked women being auctioned off does sound a bit kinky already, but there is more to that at the event. I convinced other women to be on display, some tied up, before the auction to help improve the bids and generate anticipation. You’ll have to check that out!
What was the best sexual experience you’ve had?
My latest with Catherine. There is something special about making love to a woman who is tied up and also desperately wants you. You have complete control over her and will decide how long and when she shall climax.
Tell us what it’s like to spend a day with you.
Most days are quiet, relaxing. I have the comforts of being rich and take advantage of them. My office is where I do most of my work, but I only work when I feel like it. Sorry, I know what you’re thinking. A little boring, but this is my world of business. Now if you are a female, you will soon discover I do take control quickly. I lead. I choose where we go. I may even order for you if we go to a restaurant. I will get you talk about yourself and reveal little about myself. By the end of the evening I will know you. If I like you I will begin the seduction.
How do you deal with stress?
I meditate and listen to music. I have a cottage that I can go to relax and be alone.