Author Helena Stone Talks New Beginnings & Little Rainbows @HelenasHeat #BDSM
Thank you, Bethany, for hosting me on your blog today. I’m delighted to be here and tell you all about Little Rainbows and some of what inspired me while writing the book.
Both Jason and Heather face a new beginning in Little Rainbows.
Jason’s new beginning kicks off about a year before the story starts when he decides to return to Ireland to start a sex resort after having lived in America for twenty years. At times it is a surreal experience for him. He is Irish and grew up on the emerald isle but when he returns after his long absence he discovers the country has changed and he is completely out of touch with both the culture and the people in his homeland. Of course, returning to Ireland is not the only new beginning Jason has to deal with, but he has no idea about that when the story starts.
Heather on the other hand is all too aware she’s starting a new chapter in her life when she arrives at The Blowhole - Jason’s resort. She has been a widow for eighteen months by then and knows she needs to kick-start her life again, even if she has no idea how she is going to manage without Darren, her late husband and Dom. And, just like Jason, she has no idea that taking the first step is only the start of a whole new beginning.
I sympathise with both Jason and Heather. New beginnings are always a challenge. No matter how much you may want your life to go in a new and as yet unexplored direction, it is never easy leaving the familiar behind. Eighteen years ago I moved from the Netherlands, where I’d been born and raised, to Ireland, my husband’s homeland. I wanted to make the move. I had been looking forward to it for months, if not years. And yet, when the moment arrived I questioned my sanity. Why had I thought it a good idea to leave all I knew and most of what I loved behind in return for a future without any certainties? If somebody had given me a last minute opportunity to change my mind I would probably have jumped on it.
As it turned out, I’m delighted I wasn’t given the choice. Moving to Ireland - and a few years later from the city to the countryside - ranks very high among the best decisions I have ever made. I still love the Netherlands and always look forward to visiting, but I wouldn’t move back if you paid me. For both myself and those I love, my new beginning created a better life than I could have hoped for.Jason and Heather don’t know this yet, but the same may well be true for them.
Little Rainbows Promo Information
Title: Little Rainbows
Author: Helena Stone
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary
General Release Date: 20th March
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Available on Early Download on the 20th Feb
Heat Rating: Burning
Book Length: Super Novel
Blurb for Little Rainbows:
When Jason Hudson and Heather Staunton first meet they are young and sure they are wrong for each other. As a result they spend a summer admiring each other from a safe distance.
Twenty years later Heather is coming out of mourning, having lost her husband and Dom eighteen months earlier. Jason, now the owner of an exclusive sex resort on the west coast of Ireland, struggles with the loss of his desire to dominate.
Jason’s resort is about to celebrate its first anniversary and party planner Heather has been hired to create the perfect celebration. Their reunion comes as a big surprise to both of them.
Old and familiar attraction, battles with new and conflicting emotions as Jason and Heather work together to organize the ultimate BDSM event. Overcoming the issues between them isn’t the only obstacle Jason and Heather face. In the background lurks a threat both to Heather’s independence and Jason’s livelihood.
The lighthouse was only a few miles away, on one of the most western points of
. As he’d hoped, they were on their own. Not many people ventured this far. Taking a blanket from the boot of his car, and with his arm once again around her, he walked Heather as close to the edge of the cliff as he dared. Ireland
“Let’s sit here and enjoy the view.”
Jason spread the blanket on the grass. His heart skipped a beat when Heather sat down close beside him. Nothing could convince him she hadn’t meant for their legs to touch.
“This place is amazing.”
A smile as bright as the sun shining down on them lit up Heather’s face. The setting was perfect. A calm and warm day, blue skies and hardly any wind, and yet the ocean appeared wild. They were alone, the peace and quiet only interrupted by the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks. Just him, Heather and the sea, again.
“Remember the last time it was just us and the sea, Heather?”
“In Wexford? Yes, I do. That was different though.”
His mind travelled back. He couldn’t remember why, but Heather and he had been alone that day. The walk on the beach had been delightful, as had lying down in the sand for a rest. They’d had no intention of falling asleep, but the combination of warm sunshine and soft sand had been too much for both of them. When they’d woken up, they’d found themselves on a sandbank of sorts, surrounded by water. Not in any danger of ending up in the sea, thankfully, but with no way back to the rest of the beach without getting soaked. They’d sat there together for hours, looking at the sea, talking and, eventually, kissing.
“That kiss.” Heather paused. “Those hours with you in the middle of the sea… It was the only time during that summer I thought I might have made a mistake when I decided not to pursue you.” She smiled. “I didn’t believe I could give Moira competition when it came to you, but that afternoon I thought maybe I should have tried.”
“I know. I felt the same.” And he could still kick himself that he’d been too much of a coward to just drop Moira and hang on to Heather. “It felt right when I kissed you. Felt right in a way it never did with Moira.”
Jason looked at Heather and saw in her eyes the same hunger he knew had to be shining out of his.
He moved closer, giving her plenty of time to stop him or pull away. She didn’t. Just as slowly she moved closer to him. Her teeth nibbled on her bottom lip, her gaze jumped from his mouth to his eyes and back again, but she didn’t try to prevent what was about to happen.
Mouth against mouth. Soft lips moving over his, finding every corner of his mouth. A small sigh and her lips were caressing his again. Her hand touched his cheek, stroking as her lips continued their investigation of his mouth.
“Jason.” His name was a breath against his lips, her slightly opened mouth an invitation. No hurry, no rush, no force. Just lips stroking lips, tongues finding each other, touching, teasing, playing.
Without removing his mouth from Heather’s, Jason pushed her until she was flat on her back. Leaning over her, he pulled away and drank in her beautiful features—her face relaxed, her eyes open and smiling at him, her lips parted. He traced his fingers over her skin, her lips, her ears. So soft. She pushed her face into his hand, searching for his touch, asking him for more. He needed to taste her again. His mouth on hers, her tongue against his. His hand in her hair, on her face. Her hand on his neck. This was perfect, it was too much and it wasn’t nearly enough. He wanted more.
He heard the confusion in her voice when he abruptly pulled back. “Shhh, beautiful. It’s all good. I want you more than I should.”
“Yes.” She panted rather than spoke the word.
“But not here, not right now. I don’t want to rush this. We’re not making the same mistake twice.” He hesitated. “When I do get you naked, I don’t want to have to look over my shoulder.”
Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.
The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.
Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.
Helena Stone can be found in the following places:
Totally Bound: https://www.totallybound.com/little-rainbows