Inspiration for a New Sub

Starting a book for me is always a very random process. I find inspiration in odd things like song lyrics or comments on the radio or bits of conversations I hear when I’m running errands. Sometimes it’s a picture, but not very often. Usually finding a picture that fits my idea of who the characters are comes late in the process. But once in a while, that changes.

A few weeks ago I was browsing through Facebook and I saw a premade cover (a book cover a designer had put together randomly and not for any specific author) and I knew he was one of my guys. But I didn’t know what I was going to do with him.

I had a list of ideas I wanted to write for next year, but I told myself he didn’t fit anything I’d already planned—I was wrong.

I was sitting down at a bakery a few days later, escaping my house for lunch, and I had my notebooks spread out all over the table. As I started to look at one series in particular (my new series around the Bound & Controlled club), I realized that was where my new guy belonged.

The sexy, tattooed cutie with a bit of a piercing smile is going to be a sub in the new series…he just doesn’t know he’s a sub yet.

But I’ve got the perfect Dom in mind for him, and the whole series is going to be fabulous to write because I’ll get to go back and touch base with the fun guys from the original Bound & Controlled series. The first book should be out early next year—February, I think. I can’t wait to show you what I have planned.

Why Sexy Men in Lace? Leashes and Lace Box Sets are HERE

Why sexy men in lace? Tumblr, of course.

I’ll admit to being so social media inept that I had to have a friend help me set up Tumblr, and since she helped me find some sweet, sexy men in lace, I will forever be grateful.

A lot of the inspiration for the Leashes & Lace series came from one guy who shared a lot of different styles of pictures and sides of himself. There were some sweet, some sexy, but there was always something beautiful about them. So the sweet side came out in subs like Wesley, and the sassy, confident sides came out in subs like Eli.

I no longer have my original inspiration images or links but check out these two beautiful shots I found on Instagram. Sweet boys and hints of lace!

They’re all so unique and so much fun to write about that when I started to box up the series, I knew I wanted to add fun bonus material. The boxed sets of the Leashes & Lace books have a variety of bonus scenes that range from cute to off-the-charts hot.

Books 1-3 are in the first set and came out on Friday. Eli has a fun scene with some new characters that I’m pretty sure you guys are going to want to know more about and Wilder has a sweet surprise for Lane.

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Leashes & Lace box set books 1-3 by Shaw Montgomery - Gay Romance Ebook Cover

If you just want the bonus shorts on their own, The Models will be out on June 26th and is a compilation of just the bonus scenes. (Note: The bonus short is not on Kindle Unlimited)

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The Models - Leashes & Lace Bonus short by Shaw Montgomery - Gay Romance Ebook Cover

The box set for Book 4-6 will also be out on June 26th if you want to finish your collection off.

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Leashes & Lace box set books 4-6 by Shaw Montgomery - Gay Romance Ebook Cover

Check out the new sets (and bonus material!) and let me know if you like my ideas for what comes next in that part of my world.

Share in the comments: Who is your favorite pairing from the Leashes and Lace series? Who would you love to read more about?

How a Real Life Town and College Inspired The Setting For Three Series

There have always been certain places in my life that I just felt like I belonged…that it was where I was supposed to be. I always knew I would move back to North Carolina, no matter how many places I moved to in the meantime. But the first place I knew was a space I’d return to was Williamsburg, Virginia.

William and Mary Campus Williamsburg, Virginia Photo by Shaw Montgomery

Even as a young teenager, the first time I saw the campus of William & Mary I knew that was where I wanted to be. So it probably won’t surprise you that when I started imagining a college for my guys where they could learn to be themselves and be happy, I always pictured that campus in my head.

I’ve taken a lot of liberties with the town and the surrounding area, but it’s the feel of the college and the way the town spreads out around it that I love and wanted to give to my guys.

I got a chance this week to walk through Williamsburg and the college again, this time showing it to my teenage kids, and that feeling came rushing back. It was wonderful getting to soak up that feeling again, even if my kids don’t really understand. However, they humored me and we had a great time so I have no complaints.

William and Mary Campus Williamsburg, Virginia Photo by Shaw Montgomery

But as we walked around the mostly deserted campus, I couldn’t help but picture how my guys would look there…Kevin running across campus because he was late or Bryan hiding out between some of the buildings just because he needed a break…and Cody wandering between the buildings with his head in the clouds.

They’re all so very real to me, and I can’t help but think that some of that realness is because I’ve always imagined them in one of my favorite places.

William and Mary Campus Williamsburg, Virginia Photo by Shaw Montgomery

 

Pictures in this post are from my recent trip to campus, and although I’ve taken a lot of liberties with the town, I hope you enjoy seeing where I imagine them wandering around.

William and Mary Campus Williamsburg, Virginia Photo by Shaw Montgomery

William and Mary College is featured in three of my series:

The Loving Series, a slow burn incest taboo between loving brothers. Read Book 1, Too Close to Love.
The Pieces Series, a best friends to lovers age play story. Check out book one, His Missing Pieces.
The Embrace Series, a slow burn threesome romance featuring a nervous professor and his loving Daddy. Here’s book one: Embracing Faith.

William and Mary Campus Williamsburg, Virginia Photo by Shaw Montgomery

Share in the comments below: Have you been to William and Mary College? Can you picture any of my guys hanging out on campus? If you’re an author, share real life locations that have inspired you!