When Marc d’Alessio first rescued the curvaceous and spirited Italian Angelina Giardano at the Masters at Arms Club, he never expected her to turn his safe controlled life upside down and pull at his long-broken heartstrings. Months later the intense fire of their attraction still rages but something holds him back from committing to her completely. Worse, secrets and memories from his past join forces to further complicate his relationships with family, friends, and his beautiful Angel.
Angelina cannot give all of herself to someone who hides himself from her. She loves Marc, the BDSM world he brought her into, and the way their bodies respond to one another but she needs more. Though she destroyed the wolf mask he once wore, only he can remove the mask he dons daily to hide his emotions. In a desperate attempt to break through his defenses and reclaim her connection to the man she loves, she attempts a full frontal assault that sends him into a fast retreat, leaving her nobody’s angel once again.
Marc finds that running to the mountains no longer gives him solace but instead leaves him empty and alone. Angelina is the one woman worth the risk of opening his heart. Will he risk everything to become the man she deserves and the man he wants to be?
Readers first met Marc D’Alessio in Masters at Arms (Free Introduction to the Rescue Me Series). Angelina Giardano came along in the opening chapter of Nobody’s Angel, which is primarily a story about her journey into the world of BDSM that she’s read about in novels and wants to explore.
In the weeks following the September 2011 release of Nobody’s Angel, Marc paid a visit to Siobhan Muir at her blog The Weird, The Wild and The Wicked. Because so few of my fans were on board with me at that time and probably never saw this, I thought it might be fun to share it again (with revisions) early in this Somebody’s Angel Blog Tour. Many of you will be new to the series, as well, so I’m starting the tour a little early so that you’ll have time to pick up your copy of the first two books at least. (I’ve put out a 99-cent combo of Masters at Arms & Nobody’s Angel, but you can still get Masters at Arms FREE). The target publication date of Somebody’s Angel is by December 22 (although it will go up as soon as it’s been thoroughly edited and is ready to go).
Originally, Marc and Angelina were supposed to be a subplot in Nobody’s Perfect (Rescue Me #4) and reach their Happily Ever After there. My characters love it when I plot and plan. They find my efforts quite amusing—then they go and do whatever they damn well please.
Interestingly, I was sharing a hotel room with fellow author, Siobhan Muir, at Authors After Dark in New Orleans in August 2012 when I was trying to finish Nobody’s Perfect. I was having trouble figuring out what to do about the bombshell Marc & Angelina dropped on me while writing that book. They also kept pulling me away from Damian and Savannah’s also serious issues. Siobhan is the one who suggested that Marc and Angelina’s needed their own space (in another book) to delve into their issues fully. (And now their new book book is longer than the one I cut them from!)
So, without further ado, here is an early interview with Marc. In this one, we’re in the time between when he meets Angelina in the opening pages of Nobody’s Angel, but before they are reunited a couple of chapters later.
Interview with Kallypso Masters’
Master Marc D’Alessio
Interviewed by author Siobhan Muir
Today I have a rare opportunity to speak with a true Master of BDSM, Master Marc D’Alessio from Denver’s Masters at Arms Club. The beginnings of Marc’s story was graciously written down by Kallypso Masters in Masters at Arms & Nobody’s Angel. His journey with the fair Angelina Giardano continues in the December 2013 release of Somebody’s Angel (Rescue Me #5).
NOTE: This interview takes place the week following Chapter One of Nobody’s Angel, before Marc is reunited with Angelina.
SM: Welcome, Master Marc, it is an honor to speak to you.
MM: It’s a pleasure to be here, Siobhan. That’s a beautiful name, by the way.
SM: Thank you. *Grins, flattered*
MM: Thank you for having me at your blog. I would like to correct you on one small point that people get confused about. I’m not sure there’s any such thing as a “master” at BDSM, or a perfect Dom. Master actually isn’t a title I relish or require submissives to use with me. I am still learning and have a very fine mentor, Master Adam Montague, who also happened to serve as my master sergeant in the Marines when we deployed together in Iraq. But I think he’d be the first to say he’s not a master either. We just try to be perfect in the moment with the subs who put their trust in us.
SM: You make an excellent point. However, I’d say the true masters are the ones who say they are not. But we should get on with the interview.
When did you first recognize your need for BDSM love?
MM: Actually, someone else recognized it. I was seventeen and working at my family’s ski resort in Aspen when a bored guest called me to her room and introduced me to bondage and domination. It wasn’t long before Master Marco was born and I became one of the best-kept secrets at the resort. Mama didn’t find out about it until long after Master Marco had been retired.
SM: If Master Marco has retired, how did you get back into BDSM and what forms do you practice?
MM: *Grins* Well, I didn’t totally lose interest in BDSM. I had a roommate at Camp Pendleton when I was training with the Marines. He had all the wrong ideas about BDSM and, a week before we deployed to Iraq, I dragged him up to LA to show him what BDSM could be like between consenting adults. I most prefer bondage and domination, but can deliver discipline if necessary. I do not get off bringing pain to my submissives, unless it’s in a “funishment” when punishment or discipline is delivered in a role-play scene, such as the “bad school girl,” or such.
SM: *Matches his grin* I’ve been known to be a bad girl. Mr SM tells me all the time. *winks* Was that how you become a part owner of the Masters at Arms Club?
MM: No, when I went to Iraq, I had no plans to start a BDSM club, but then I got wounded and was at loose ends. I knew I couldn’t go back to Aspen. I was dying cooped up inside an office at the family resort. My master sergeant told me about his plans to start a kink club in Denver, and I jokingly said I might like to help him get it started. Well, it took us a while to get the club off the ground. The third partner, Damián, had some serious shit to recover from and we waited until he was on his feet *glances away with a pained expression* before we launched it four years ago. In retrospect, I’m not sure if we banded together to run a BDSM club so much as we had bonded in Fallujah and didn’t want to lose touch with each other. None of us had anywhere to go, so we joined forces and have become a family, of sorts. Another member of my Marine recon unit, Grant, joined us earlier this year. She’s our resident Domme, although she does bottom for Master Adam when he needs someone for a demonstration or…well, whatever. But he describes her as more subordinate than submissive. *Smiles wryly*
SM: That must be an interesting relationship.
MM: *Laughs* Definitely interesting. Two strong alpha dominants scening together is always something to see.
SM: What’s your main job at the club? Do you have a specialty?
MM: It’s definitely not running the business end of things, that’s for sure. I’m happy to leave that to Adam. *Laughs * I haven’t been at the club much this past year, but I used to train the unattached submissives. Damián took over that job while I was gone. I also gave weekend sessions for new Doms and new members on how to get the most of their scenes, especially at the club. I’ll probably be taking up those activities again soon after an incident at the club last month with a pretty Italian girl. *smile fades * We don’t like to have poser or abusive Doms scening in the club. There are a lot of Tops/Doms/Masters who just don’t get that BDSM is not about abuse. We have a poster hanging at the club that reads: one word will stop a BDSM scene, but no amount of words will stop an abusive one.
Of course, my specialty is anything in the medical room, given that I was a Navy corpsman (what civilians might call a medic) for the Marine unit I served with. My nickname was “Doc.” I also enjoy sensual flogging and plan to demonstrate the Florentine flogging technique at the club in the coming months. Spankings and light paddling are favorites, as well.
SM: What is the “Florentine flogging technique” and how is it different from other flogging techniques?
MM: Florentine flogging is done with two identical or similar floggers. I prefer using leather or suede ones with 18-24-inch strands. After warming up the sub, I use a rhythmic, alternating motion of downward strokes from a flogger in each hand to the safe muscular areas of the upper back, ass, and thighs. Having the two floggers striking in such rapid succession is very intense for the sub–and for the Dom, as well. *Smiles*
SM: *Shivers with a grin* Does your family know about your work at the club?
MM: Unfortunately, yes, they do. I was training my little brother, Alessandro, to take over running things at the resort the night before I reported to Great Lakes for naval boot camp, and I had an emergency call from a guest in one of the remote cabins. When we went inside, we found the guest—an older woman—naked, kneeling, a riding crop between her teeth, and asking which of us was Master Marco. I deflected the situation and told Sandro to forget what he’d seen because Master Marco had been retired, but eventually he blabbed to Mama. I think he was trying to get himself out of trouble when the fetish magazines he subscribed me to while I was training at Camp Pendleton started coming to him after I deployed. Porn isn’t allowed in Iraq. *Sighs* Anyway, I don’t know what you know about Italians and their Mamas, but when she insisted that I wear a mask while in public scenes at the club, in case any of her friends from Aspen should show up there, I had to comply.
SM: Why do you think your patrons need this kind of love/sexual release?
MM: BDSM isn’t always about sex. Most of my scenes are strictly about control, domination, bondage. I enjoy getting bottoms or subs off sexually, but I don’t go beyond that in most scenes at the club. I’ve only taken it further sexually a few times and it hasn’t really been very…satisfying for me. Women tend to want more than I’m willing to give, so my motto is KISS—Keep It Superficial, Stupid.
There are lots of reasons why the BDSM lifestyle and scene attracts people. We tend to be a very open and welcoming community because all of us have been labeled freaks at some time. When you’re on the fringes of “polite” society, you tend to overlook the imperfections of others. We don’t judge other people and their kinks. BDSM is a spectrum. While I tend to stick to bondage and domination, others enjoy kink on the other end of the spectrum with edge play (knives, fire, needles, blood). We don’t see a lot of that at the Masters at Arms, although there are some who are into hardcore sadomasochism, including cathartic whippings.
Master Damián is what’s known as a Sadist Service Top. He’s told me the lifestyle helped him regain some control over his life after what happened in Fallujah when he lost his foot. But he’ll only deliver that level of pain on submissives looking for it. I’ve never seen him draw blood. He’s not into that. But watching him stripe someone’s back with a single-tail whip is really a thing of beauty. And the masochistic subs love him and come back again and again.
There also are those who’ve been abused sexually whose sexual identity is wired to find some of the same types of activities arousing now. We always ask our new members to share what their triggers are, and sometimes we find triggers they weren’t even aware of. But they find some sense of regaining control, whether as a top or bottom by practicing BDSM. I’m no psychologist or anything. Those are just some of the things I’ve seen and heard.
SM: Why do you need this kind of love?
MM: *Squirms in the chair* Who said anything about love? As I said, it’s not about commitment for me. It’s more of a…hobby. These days, I’m happier going wilderness trekking, skiing, working on the mountain search-and-rescue squad. I’m not looking for love. *Siobhan raises an eyebrow* There was this woman . . . Let’s just say it didn’t end well and I’ve pretty much been avoiding anything serious ever since.
It probably has to do with trust. You have to develop a strong level of trust with whoever you scene with. That’s not easy for everyone, myself included. So, no, I’m not looking for love.
SM: I understand you recently rescued a submissive from an abusive Dom. Can you explain a little about what happened and why you chose to step in?
MM: Ah, yes. Last weekend. Well, I’ve been volunteering as the Dungeon Monitor Supervisor lately, since I haven’t really been into doing any scenes. Dungeon Monitors—or DMs—patrol the club during regular hours trying to keep an eye on the scenes and activities and to make sure things are kept safe for everyone. This girl was new to the BDSM lifestyle and her Dom—I use the term loosely, because I think he really was one of those posers I was telling you about earlier—was flogging her and she seemed to be in distress. It’s really hard for a DM to tell what level of pain a sub is into, so it took me a few minutes of observing to see she didn’t appear to be enjoying the scene and might be in physical danger. I’m not sure how familiar you are with BDSM or fetish club rules, but a DM isn’t allowed to interrupt a scene or touch a scene participant. Once I got permission to examine her, I quickly realized she’d gone into deep subspace. Subspace is what it’s called when the sub’s mind and body disconnect. For experienced subs, it’s often a goal. But if it goes too deep, especially for a newbie sub like she was, it can cause hallucinations and medical issues. So, I put an end to the scene and provided aftercare to bring her back into her body.
SM: What exactly is “aftercare” and what does it entail?
MM: Even in a good BDSM scene, the sub gives so much to the Dom. The experience can be very intense, even more so in a scene that hasn’t gone well. It’s important for the Dom to take time to ensure that the sub is safe, protected, nurtured after a scene. I like to hold her in my lap and wrap her in a warm blanket, talk with her about the scene, just help her slowly reintegrate if she’s been in subspace, or process the feelings the scene might have brought out.
SM: *Cocks head to one side* Did you feel a connection with the woman when you rescued her?
MM: *Stares at his hands* Connection? I cared about her safety and her well-being. She didn’t deserve to be abused or taken advantage of in that way. No one does. I did want to check up on her later, but one of the club’s rules is confidentiality and she signed her membership forms asking for anonymity. So, Adam wouldn’t reveal any contact info for her. She doesn’t live in Denver, so I doubt I’ll ever see her again.
SM: What did Master Adam do about the abusive dom?
MM: Kicked his ass out and banned him for life. We also shared the information with other club owners in the area, in case he shows up there. None of us owners at the Masters at Arms Club will tolerate that kind of behavior. We run a friendly, healthy, “nice” club and plan to keep it that way. I wish we’d have the woman he abused to come back and try us again. I’d be interested in showing her the difference between what she experienced before and what the experience could be like with someone who listens to her needs and wants, honors her limits and safe word. Someone who knows about authentic BDSM. But I have a feeling she’ll not want anything more to do with this lifestyle after what happened. That’s the real pity. That asshole ought to be strung up by his…well, severely punished for doing that to her.
SM: I hope you get that opportunity, Master Marc, if she does come back. All the best of luck with the club and thank you so much for coming today to talk about your story.
MM: My pleasure. Stop by the club sometime. I’m sure we can arrange the perfect scene for you, Siobhan.
SM: *Laughs with a sultry smile* I might just do that.
Free and Almost Free Books Available in the Rescue Me Series
For those new to this series who want a free glimpse into the Rescue Me world, you can get started with the FREE introduction, Masters at Arms. This book introduces six characters who will go on to have happily ever after Romances shared about them. (Adam & Karla, Damián & Savannah, Marc, and in a small part here but with more to come later, Grant.)
But because I won’t want you to stop there, I’ve combined the first two books into one volume to make it easier. You get the first TWO books in the series—Masters at Arms & Nobody’s Angel—for only 99 cents! (Saves $3 off the previously published single, Nobody’s Angel. Nobody’s Angel introduces you to Angelina and shows her exploration into the world of BDSM. But Marc remained so closed off still in this book, I needed to give him time. He’ll reveal himself in the new release Somebody’s Angel, due out by Christmas.
You’ll find buy links to all of my books currently for sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks, Kobo, Apple, Smashwords, and CreateSpace (print versions), at my Ahh, Kallypso…the stories you tell blog page. (http://kallypsomasters.blogspot.com/p/books-by-kallypso-masters.htm)
Here are links to the new combo:
(Coming soon to Apple and Libiro)
Kally Loves Having Readers Join Her on this Journey
Kallypso Masters writes emotional, realistic Romance novels with dominant males (for the most part) and the strong women who can bring them to their knees. She also has brought many readers to their knees—having them experience the stories right along with her characters in the Rescue Me series. Kally knows that Happily Ever After takes maintenance, so her couples don’t solve all their problems and disappear at “the end” of their Romance, but will continue to work on real problems in their relationships in later books in the series.
Kally has been writing full-time since May 2011 and Somebody’s Angel is her fifth book in the series, preceded by Masters at Arms & Nobody’s Angel (#1 and #2), Nobody’s Hero (#3); and Nobody’s Perfect (#4).
Kally lives in rural Kentucky and has been married for 30-1/2 years to the man who provided her own Happily Ever After. They have two adult children, one adorable grandson, and a rescued dog and cat.
Now, back to Kally:
As those who follow me on Facebook know, I involve readers in the process of writing and story telling, as well. I’ll pose questions to them or post updates as to my progress, thought processes, oh and, yes, the occasional tease. I have a timeline profile (you must send a message along with a friend request to claim one of the remaining 275 spots before Facebook cuts me off!), an author page (https://www.facebook.com/KallypsoMastersAuthorPage) you can follow, and even a series discussion group with 2700+ members there solely there to discuss this series. (To join the discussion group, send a friend request to Karla Montague (https://www.facebook.com/karla.montague.1) Karla will add you to the group. Don’t be upset when she de-friends you after that. She’s strictly there to provide a portal to the group, which is where all the discussion takes place.)
I love meeting readers face to face, too (perhaps too much!). So if you are near any of my appearances (see my Web site http://kallypsomasters.com for a list), stop by and say hello! You don’t have to buy a book—I’m happy to sign swag or e-reader covers or just give hugs and have photos taken!
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