Saffron Hayes

AUTHOR OF THE CLUB DRIFT NOVELS

Lucy’s Diary – Sneak Peek!

It’s been a long time, hey? Sorry, Drifters.  Lucy’s Diary is in the final stages and will be released ASAP. Hopefully December 2020.

Here’s a sneak peek to keep you going.

P.s. keep an eye out for a festive freebie!

 

Lucy clutched her notebook to her chest as if it could protect her from a speeding bullet. It gave her something to do with her hands but, more than that, it shielded her from the curious stares of Club Drift members.

She smiled weakly as they passed her, half wishing someone would stop and tell her to go away so she had an excuse to abandon this cringe worthy exercise.

Eliot had rejected her plea to join her at the club. He had, however, told her they had assigned a guide for the evening. Perhaps it would be Carl, the ex-lover Eliot had called in a favour from to get Lucy into Drift. He sounded nice, if a little eccentric. Eliot had given her strict instructions to tell him if Carl still matched his hair glitter to his latex shorts.

The entrance to Club Drift was less obvious than she’d imagined. To one side of a vast blocked up railway arch was an average sized black door that almost faded into the black plasterboard. A nondescript brass plaque, so small she needed to be about to open the door to decipher it, read ‘Club Drift’ in neat type.

Lucy’d been hovering near the door for ten minutes. She told herself it was because her guide would surely emerge to find her soon, like a driver at the airport, perhaps even bearing a card that read ‘Carrie Ridley: Transfer to the BDSM Resort!’

She bit her lip to hold in a nervous giggle. She needed to get it together. Being out of your depth was no excuse for losing your composure in a professional situation.

A woman wearing black lipstick, a collar, cat ears, and a very short skirt grinned at Lucy on her way into the club.

Maybe professional was the wrong word considering where she was, but still. She was here as Carrie Ridley, esteemed author and confident career woman, not Lucy Bridge, the massive scaredy cat who hadn’t been to a BDSM joint for more years than she cared to remember.

Maybe this was the only way, she mused. Maybe she needed to build Carrie up around her like a shield before she ventured into a place like this again. 

A broad man with twinkling eyes and a huge red beard winked at her as he passed, “Evening, ma’am,” he said, his Southern American accent pleasantly out of place.

“Evening,” She replied tersely, clutching her notebook even closer.

“Now, you didn’t hear it from me, but that man over there is your guide for tonight. You should go say hello, because if you don’t he may well stand there staring all evening.”

Lucy glanced over at the lithe man who was leaning against a wall across the road. He had shockingly light bleached blond hair and sharp angular features. He was watching her when she turned, but he quickly averted his gaze.

“Well, why doesn’t he come over then?” She hissed. Why was her supposed guide staring at her from across the street rather than saying hello or showing her around? Wasn’t he meant to make her visit easier?

The large American man adjusted the blue armband he was wearing as he spoke; it looked uncomfortably tight. “Don’t mind him none, it’s not personal. He’s a little overcautious, is all.”

“What? He’s making sure I don’t intend to rob the place?”

The red-haired man had a rich, bellowing laugh, “You know, I wouldn’t be surprised if the thought had crossed his mind. He’ll be fine once he’s met you. He’s just…”

“Over-protective?”

“And then some. We think of him as a watchdog. He’s only mean when he needs to be, but if you get to know him, he’ll roll over for a belly scratch just as soon as—Good evening, William!”

“Matthew,” The blond man responded coldly, his eyes not leaving Lucy’s face.

Matthew shook his head fondly, “Well, I’d better leave you two to get acquainted or he’ll never warm up. Look for me at the bar if he growls too much, you hear?”

“Thanks, Matthew,” she said. It took all her strength not to run through the door after the friendly man. Instead, she put on a smile and met William’s gaze.

His eyes were blue. Blue like the ocean. Not the greyish-green blue of Southend or anywhere in the UK, the dazzling clear blue of the sea in some tropical paradise from a travel agent’s brochure. Blue you could happily drown in.

She’d intended to say hello, to establish a conversation confidently, to deflect his coldness with professionalism and clever questions. Unfortunately, his ridiculously beautiful eyes had distracted her to such an extent she only said, “I’m Lucy.”

“I thought it was Carrie?” He said, looking over her face, notebook, and position outside the club again as if making sure he had the right person.

“Pen name,” she said, “Real name’s Lucy, Carrie’s just a-”

“A false identity, hey? Well, you’re not the only one with more than one name in there.”

“False identity is going a bit far,” she said, disgruntled by his brusque manner now she’d got over the startling beauty of his sharp cheekbones and piercing eyes.

He shrugged, “Accurate enough. You coming in then, Lucy-Carrie?”

“Just pick one,” she grumbled, opening the door and striding through it before he could respond.

The room immediately inside the street door wasn’t what she was expecting. The archway outside hinted at a cavernous interior, but this room was tiny. A deco style brass and glass desk took up most of the floor space, with a large display cabinet behind it, a single chair, and some standing room immediately inside the door. Lucy noticed that there was another door behind and to the side of the desk. This must be the reception. None of the BDSM clubs she’d been to before had decor this formal or chandeliers that could fill the room if lowered a little, but it’d been a while—Maybe this was the done thing now.

Behind the desk was a man who could only be Eliot’s friend, Carl. Magenta glitter sparkled along his hair parting, corresponding perfectly with the skin-tight latex shorts that clung to every curve of his ample body. Carl grinned broadly, displaying teeth that shone almost as bright as the glitter he’d also applied to his lips.

“You must be Lucy!”

 

 

New Book Coming Soon!

UPDATE: 26/11/2020 WOW

I screwed that up. Sorry. All being well, Lucy’s Diary will be out December 2020. Keep an eye out for a sneak peak of Club Drift, Book Two and a festive freebie.

It’s been almost a year since I published Maisy’s Keeper. It has been the best year of my life! I’ve sold over 2000 copies of my little book and I’ve even been lucky enough to have people tell me they enjoyed reading it.

However, it has been nearly a year so it’s time for Maisy to step aside to make way for Lucy…

Who is Lucy?

Lucy is an author. I might share a job with this character, but in most ways we are very different!

What’s the book about?

This novel is a little darker than the first one. Our dear William is going to have a tough time, but he’ll have old and new friends to lean on.

Is it still rude?

Absolute filth, yeah. And funny and fluffy and all that good stuff.

When’s it out?

William and Lucy’s story is coming Spring 2019.

Why Do I Write BDSM Romance Novels?

I’ve been working on Maisy’s Keeper for a long time. An excessively, obnoxiously long time.  Persistent ill-health and various careers (sensible and otherwise) got in the way, but I kept coming back to the manuscript.

Even when it was a sprawling mess of pages and notes, I knew I’d finish this book one day. It was a book I had to write.

Things are different now it’s done. I know I can write the next novel and write it fast.  Why? Well, I did it before, didn’t I? Novel writing isn’t a great unknown anymore, it’s something I can do. (That’s a weird thing to type after all this time, believe you me.)

William’s book is getting every ounce of my energy and attention now because I feel the same way about this one as I always have about Maisy’s Keeper, but why do these smoochy books mean so much to me in the first place?

Born This Way

Most obvious thing first – I’m a kinkster. I write about BDSM and D/s in particular because these relationship dynamics are an essential part of my identity.  I know that sounds a bit strange from the outside, but for me being a submissive is as much a part of my identity as being bisexual or a woman or a feminist. I’m just born this way.

That’s not to suggest that my lifestyle approach is the only way to do things; there are a lot of equally valid ways to interact with BDSM and power exchange in particular. For me personally though, kink is a part of who I am.

Writing these stories is fun! They’re entertaining. There’s laughter, friendships, and hot as hell sex scenes, but this is also a creative way of expressing who I am.

My whole reason for writing these stories when I began was simple:

I wanted to show the side of BDSM I haven’t always seen in fiction. The ordinary side. The laughter, the communication, the occasional lows, the earth shattering highs – just the messy brilliant humanness of it all.

Cherise Sinclair & Sunstone

And the only reason I knew I could do that is because I’d seen it done elsewhere!

I’m going to be writing about these brilliant things another time, so I won’t go into detail now. What I need to say here is I got the confidence to write my style of enthusiastic consent focused, occasionally goofy, SSC, BDSM love story from reading other people’s excellent stuff in a similar vein.

The first things that leap to mind are 1) Most things by Cherise Sinclair and 2) Stjepan Šejić’s superlative graphic novel Sunstone.

There are others I want to write about and others I’m yet to discover, but right now I just want to mention those two shining examples to make a point.

I’m sure plenty of people, including myself and my character Maisy, find their first paths into BDSM through fiction.

When desires you don’t quite understand yet are put on paper in a form that’s not only entertaining, but humanising, it can be life changing.

Essentially, when you’re trying to understand where you fit in the kinky world and you pick up a book to find that yes, these characters (who are likeable and normal and a bit like you) are having desires like yours and it’s all totally fine, it’s a big deal!

What’s more, these authors are showing stuff that keeps people safe without compromising the entertainment factor. That’s valuable and something I aspire to. I don’t know who my books are going to reach, but if I one day teach a newbie kinkster what a safe word is I’ll consider myself a happy author.

Community

Truth is, I consider myself a happy author already. Ahead of the April 15th launch I gave the novel to a wide variety of friends and acquaintances and although I’m grateful for all the feedback I’ve received, there’s a certain group of readers who’ve validated my little book beyond anything I could have hoped for.

People in the scene, subs and Doms and Dommes and switches, have given me feedback that makes me feel like I’m successfully mirroring more than my own experience. That right there is worth all the late nights.

I’ve been to munches, I’ve got lots of kinky friends online and off, but this is how I really want to be a part of our community –  I want to tell these stories, I want them to be accessible to anyone, and I want to make people like me feel something.

BDSM EROTIC ROMANCE

Opening to New Readers April 15th

 

UPDATE: Maisy’s Keeper – Cover and Blurb Reveal

UPDATE: Following a long day of internal screaming, Maisy’s Keeper has a new and final cover! I’ll keep the old one up here for posterity (because it’s real pretty.)

Y’all ready for this?

 

A hidden world, a dashing man to guide her through it, and a whole new identity to explore…

An impulsive moment of curiosity propels event planner Maisy into the glamorous tunnels of Club Drift, an elegant haven for BDSM enthusiasts hidden beneath London.

There she meets Dan, an experienced Dom who is happy to show her the ropes, but determined not to form attachments.

When Maisy’s present and Dan’s past conspire to keep her adrift, can Maisy find a place in this strange new world?

Just over a week to go til release day now. Sign up to my newsletter to be the first to know when it goes live on Amazon!

 

Previous cover:

 

Reasons You Should Buy ‘Maisy’s Keeper’ …

…According To The People Who Have Read It So Far!

As you’ll know if you’ve come over from Twitter, my first novel is finished and coming out very soon! The current release date is April 15th, but if I can get it out any sooner I will. If you want to know when it goes live on Amazon sign up for my newsletter.

While I’ve been gearing up for release, a few trusted acquaintances have been given ARCs of ‘Maisy’s Keeper’ and so far it’s going well! One of the things I was worried about when I started writing this book was appealing to a broad audience.

I set out to write a BDSM Romance novel from the perspective of someone who cares about the real-life kink community because they’re a part of it. I made a point of writing about consent, subdrop, and the emotional ups and downs of submission because that’s how I want BDSM to be depicted in the books I read.

However, I couldn’t help but worry I’d alienate non-kinky readers somewhere along the way.

So far, it’s looking good! Here are a handful of comments from my beta readers. I hope you all agree with them when you get your hands on a copy next month!

Kinky Readers:

“So, my reading of your book resulted in an extreme need to pleasure myself without permission. (lousy time zones) & rightly a correction & orgasm ban. I’m pretty sure that’s the BDSM genre version of “two thumbs up,” (pun totally intended).”

“Something I’m enjoying about your book – really knowing the inexplicable submissive feelings you’re describing. You’re quite talented with the word thingies to be able to put feelings to paper.”

Vanilla Readers:

“…you better be busy writing the next book because I feel like my life as I once knew it, is nearly over.”

“I loved your writing, You had me totally hooked!”

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