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Check out ASSUMED IDENTITY from Lila Munro today! Click image.

Lila Munro is back, and as you can probably tell from the heading, things are about to get interesting. Her new book, ASSUMED IDENTITY, features BDSM and if you’re not familiar with what’s behind that particular set of closed doors, take heart. Lila was kind enough to cover the basics for me, and we’re letting you all in on the conversation. Get ready for this one!

Welcome, Lila, and congratulations on the release of ASSUMED IDENTITY. This one has one hot, sexy plot! Can you tell our readers a bit about it?

I would love to! Our heroine has had a huge identity issue since her birth and her mother decided that it was acceptable to put Julie Marie Hayden Chelsea Stevens on her certificate. Wow! Who wouldn’t have a bit of a complex, right? Fast forward, in an attempt to discover just what she is…our fair Julie has a might too much to drink one night and finds out utterly and completely she is as submissive as a person can get. Enter Mason. Master du jour who takes her places she never dreamed of in her wildest imagination. He’s a psychological Dom and eighteen years her senior. Toss in Dante, Blake, and Shelby and you have a party!

A party indeed! And I have to say, I already want to read this book based on that introduction alone. Your energy is incredible! To borrow a line from the blurb, your heroine Julie has the “two most sexually eccentric best friends on the planet.” How do their personalities draw out Julie’s curiosities … or her desires?

Oh gosh. She’s watched them hop around the sex circuit for years, but honestly it wasn’t until Blake’s new boyfriend, Dante, makes the scene that Julie sat up and took a veritable interest. See, any true submissive can sense a Dom a mile away and she finds herself wanting more and more to give in to Dante, but alas, although Dante is bi, he and Blake do not share…and, you’ll have to read the book to find out how many more twists that relationship takes. J

I can only imagine! (Or I probably can’t … I think you’re right about having to read the book! *grin*) For readers not familiar with the dynamics of a sub/dom relationship (myself included, LOL), is the relationship more of a professional arrangement or is there romance involved?

Oh I can tell you need a crash course in BDSM 101. J No worries, help is here! First lesson, always denote the relationship as Dom/sub or D/s. You see, the Dom takes the lead here and is always addressed with a capitalized reference as is the sub introduced in lower case. It’s not meant to be demeaning at all…it’s the way of the relationship where the sub realizes his or her place as under the control of the Dom. Lost yet? J As far as how the relationship works past that, it differs as much between D/s partners as it does for “normal” vanilla couples. In some cases, there are Doms that consider themselves service Doms, or Dommes (female). They will take a sub for a night or short while only for the purpose of fulfilling his or her needs as well as the needs and desires of the sub. This to me is more of a professional arrangement. There is no romantic involvement, and sometimes no sex believe it or not. It is strictly an arrangement catering to the D/s dynamic in which one person relinquishes control and the other person graciously accepts it. Now as far as what happens in this type of relationship, that depends on the people involved. Sometimes it might be something as simple as one person coming to the other person’s home to fulfill the fantasy of “housekeeper.” It may be fleshing out a kink fantasy. My own characters are typically romantically involved and often end up married. Through my experience and sources I find that more often than not, couples are in lasting, emotional relationships based on love. I could go on and on and there’s enough information and facts out there to fill volumes, but that’s the bare bones. J

Wow! Believe it or not, you actually answered questions I didn’t realize I had, like the difference between Dom and Domme. (And I’ll make note of the D/s designation. I SO wanted to correct myself before posting the interview, LOL.) That response is a hard act to follow, but we’ll give it a shot. What might readers be surprised to learn about the plot or characters of ASSUMED IDENTITY?

It’s not so much what they’d be surprised to learn about the plot of Assumed Identity, but what happens in its sequel, Assumed Master. Assumed Master is set fifteen years in the future and my how things have changed for Julie…And if I told it wouldn’t be a surprise. J There’s a tease in the back of Assumed Identity in the form of chapter 1 of Assumed Master. J

Oh, NICE. Way to string me along! *Grin* Let’s have some fun with . What’s the first sentence of ASSUMED IDENTITY?

Julie Stevens set the last box down and looked around her new apartment with triumph.

Yay! She’s done—let the party begin!. ;c) What’s your favorite line in the book?

“So I turned to the garden of love that so many sweet flowers bore. And I saw it was filled with graves, and tombstones where flowers should be…” Mason conjured another bit of Blake from The Garden of Love then trailed off as he…

J I had to remember your content level and cut that short…

GAH! LOL. How about an excerpt … three sentences long! Yep, that’s it. Three!

In Julie’s mind there was only one thing to do.

Falling to her knees, she spread her legs and leaned forward, placing her head on the floor, arms extended. In the most submissive pose she could give him, she begged.

For a minute there, I thought you were going to have to leave that one unfinished, too, LOL! Great excerpt. ;c) Which scene of ASSUMED IDENTITY was most difficult for you to write? Why?

Julie’s sister is an addict. The scenes involving her were some of the most difficult I’ve ever written as they were so emotional. Having lived with an addict for some years myself, it sort of scraped at me a bit, but I knew that in knowing and feeling what she knew and felt it would come across very real for my readers.

I bet those feelings come through with power, Lila. Which scene of ASSUMED IDENTITY would you most like to experience for yourself? From whose POV?

The chase scene in the gardens from Julie’s POV. Who wouldn’t want to be chased down by a hot Dom then teased relentlessly with a lily?

That doesn’t sound bad at ALL! LOL. What are you currently working on? 

Right now I’m finishing up book four of this series, Assumed Master, the sequel to Assumed Identity, then the plan is to finish book three in my Slower Lower series, A Slower Lower Leap. After that I’ll be returning to my first love, military romance which I’ll be discussing frequently on my blog at Realmantic Moments.

Much ahead to keep your readers satisfied! ;c)  Let’s take a closer look at ASSUMED IDENTITY.

ASSUMED IDENTITY | blurb & links

Innocent childhood games of dress-up and pretend…

Julie Stevens is as straight as they come. Or so she tries to convince herself. But it isn’t easy believing that little white lie when she has the two most sexually eccentric best friends on the planet. One is a bi-sexual Domme who believes if it looks fun, try it. The other is a gay man in the role of slave to his very sexy Master whom Julie often wishes wasn’t gay. Dante’s commanding presence makes her want to do things that set her on fire with need and embarrassment. Given her boring vanilla life, how exactly does she fit into their world? Would they like to have a shinier third wheel?

Are a completely different animal for grownups…

After one wild evening and a bit too much liquid encouragement, Julie discovers a side of herself she’s always tried to ignore. The realization she’s a sub not only scares her, it excites her and she yearns for more. But the process of finding the right man to teach her becomes a real issue, until Mason comes along. He’s everything Julie imagines a Dom should be. Armed with her masque and Renaissance costume, Julie is thrown for a loop when the handsome Master draws more willingness out of her than she ever thought possible. Is it possible she’s more than a submissive? And will the assumptions he’s made about her identity end up tearing them apart?

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LILA MUNRO | bio & links

Lila Munro currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She’s a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual to BDSM and ménage. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Destiny’s Fire, Salvation, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, and the Identity series. She’s a member in good standing of RWA and Passionate Ink. Currently she’s working on sequels to several series to be released throughout 2012. And has a brand new line scheduled for winter 2012-13. Ms. Munro loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted via her website http://realmanticmoments.blogspot.com  or through Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Lila_Munro You can also contact her via email at lilasromance@gmail.com

That’s it for today, folks! I’m so glad you all visited. Lila, thank you so much for joining us today and for the sit-down on the Dom/sub (<lookee!) relationship. I have a new appreciation for the genre thanks to your explanation. Readers, did you guys learn anything?

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