Spotlight & Giveaway: The Collar by Tara Sue Me

Posted July 6th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 46 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Tara Sue Me to HJ!


The New York Times bestselling author of The Submissive returns with a scintillating new tale about power, danger, and jaw-dropping passion….


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

The CollarThe Collar takes place in the Submissive Series universe. Nathaniel and Abby are minor characters, but the story revolves around Jeff and Dena who were once in a D/s relationship. Tragedy tore them apart, but they never got over their feelings for each other. Jeff is planning to move across the country in order to give Dena space, but when he discovers she’s being threatened, his plans change.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Jeff Parks knew it was taking all of Dena’s willpower not to look his way. And since he had once had that willpower bend to his command, he was well aware of the strength involved. On any other given night, he’d be using his own willpower not to stare, but in light of his recent decision—


Please share a few Random facts about this book…

  • The first draft was written without Nathaniel and Abby because when I first wrote it (in 2013) it wasn’t part of The Submissive Series.
  • I listened to COLDER WEATHER by Zac Brown Band on repeat while writing.
  • I was 75% through the first draft before I knew who was threatening Dena.


Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Both characters were fun to write. Dena’s a no-nonsense type of woman who doesn’t take crap from anyone. As Jeff said once in an early draft, “She’s only submissive in the playroom.” And Jeff is such a complex guy, it was eye-opening digging into who he is.


What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?

I think the fact that Jeff and Dena have such an emotional past is a big distinguishing factor for this book. There’s so much that happened in their past that shaped them into who they are. Plus, in this book, Dena’s the one with money and Jeff is a blue collar worker.

The First kiss…

He chuckled before lowering his head to hers and taking her lips in a kiss. She’d had her share of first kisses. Most of them were tentative and awkward. Not so with Jeff. The way his mouth claimed hers while his hands explored her body left no doubt he was not giving anything. He was taking.

Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?

There’s a scene where Dena’s angry and she’s pushing every one of Jeff’s buttons trying to get a response from him. It’s hot and sexy and tender and intense and ends in a way I didn’t expect. That’s my favorite, when the unexpected happens and it’s perfect!

“If you want to discuss the scene,” Jeff said. “It’ll have to wait until you’ve calmed down. Right now I’m going to take a shower.”
He moved to get off the bed, but she put a hand on his chest. “Are you going to jerk off in there?”
His eyes narrowed. “Move your hand.”
“Look at you. Your cock’s so hard, it’s got to be painful in those jeans. Bet you’re ready to take them off and stroke yourself into some relief.” She scooted closer to him. “Will you think of me when you do? Pretend they’re my hands?”


If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Dena: Your father’s an ass.
Jeff: Don’t be an ass to Dena. Her father’s enough of one for both of you.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

The next book in the Submissive Series (focusing on Nathaniel and Abby) is out November 3, 2015: THE EXHIBITIONIST
I just turned in Cole and Sasha’s book, THE MASTER, which is out Feb 2016.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


Giveaway: Print copy: The Collar (The Submissive Series)


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Book Info:

Nathaniel and Abby are struggling to navigate the challenging waters of their own relationship, when they get a surprising phone call from their partners in play, Dena and Jeff, who are in need of a helping hand…

Seven years ago, blonde, beautiful lawyer Dena Jenkins was tired of her carefully controlled life. Desperate for something exhilarating to help her escape the pressures of her demanding job and her senator father, she joined a steamy, local BDSM club as a submissive. There she met brooding Dominant, Jeff. The attraction between them was undeniable, and, despite Dena’s doubts, they couldn’t stay away from each other.

Except, as the years have passed, their blazing connection has proven difficult to maintain. Dena and Jeff have a history they’d rather forget, but Dena can’t let go of the past, and Jeff is ready to move across the country to give her space. Now, to save their passion, they’ll have to rediscover what it means to trust each other—and give themselves to each other completely…

Meet the Author:


Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. It would be twenty years before she picked up her pen to write the second.

After completing several clean romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started The Submissive. What began as a writing exercise quickly took on a life of its own and The Dominant and The Training soon followed. An avid reader of all types of fiction, she soon discovered she enjoyed writing a variety as well.

Tara lives in the Southeastern United States with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a cat.

46 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Collar by Tara Sue Me”

  1. irishpax

    stand alones are easier for me, but only because I don’t do waiting well. I love series though for following the players through multiple levels of connectivity. That said I try and wait till all the books in the series are out before I read them… In the end it’s the plot of the book I love.

  2. Michelle M.

    I prefer series but I also enjoy standalones as well. I like meeting characters and following their story even if it is only as a backstory.

  3. Mary Preston

    I like both, but probably lean towards stand alones more. It’s hard to wait for the next in a series sometimes.

  4. Linda Brennan

    I like both. It’s hard to wait for the next book in a series, though. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  5. Nikki H

    I like both, but I like series better. However, I do have problems with a long wait in between novels in a series–sometimes I have to go back and reread the last one before I read the new one…

  6. Juli Huber Hall

    I love both, but I like to have all in a series before reading cause I hate the waiting for the next one

  7. fr_larsson

    I love both, it´s great returning to a world you love, but at the same time it´s awesome being able to jump right in without knowing anything about it. So, to vary my reading, I love both =D
    Standalones are great for my bad memory as well, as I often forget relationships etc.
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Tuesday! Can´t wait for my chance to read this!

  8. erinf1

    I like both 🙂 sometimes I only have time to read a stand alone but I’m a glutton for a world/characters that I like so I’m a big fan of series too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. ML

    Standalones. They can be related, but each book has to work on its own. I prefer different protagonists per book.

  10. Kermitsgirl

    I like all, but I most like series that deal with different characters in each book. It allows you to stay in the created world for a little longer without having bad things to happen to the same two characters over and over again.

  11. Laura Lovejoy Brunk

    Series vs stand alones…either is my answer. It’s the story that counts. I adore this series and anything Tara writes!

  12. Artemis Giote

    Depends on the storylines really. I hate it when they just chop what could be one book and make it into 4 or more. I also hate it when I get so wrapped up in the story and the characters and there COULD be more, but there’s not, that’s it, it’s over.
    So, both really. I have some favorite series and some favorite stand alone novels.

  13. Jennifer S.

    I like both. I love series because old characters usually visit and standalones are great too.

  14. Debbi Wellenstein

    I just like a good book, whether a standalone or a series. With a series, characters can be developed.

  15. Betul E.

    I like both. BUT if the series is focusing on the same couple than I want it to be only a two book series. I prefer reading about different couples each book in series, which can mean I prefer stand-alones? 😛

  16. kim amundsen

    Both. I just like to read. Series I look forward to the next book. Stand alones sometimes makes me wonder about the characters.

  17. jodi marinich

    the only reason i likes stand alones is b/c i hate to wait for the series to come out

  18. Colleen C.

    I enjoy both… series because you get to see more of characters you have met previously… stand alones because you do not have to wait for more books in a series to come out.

  19. dutcheja

    I love both but I do love series books more. You get to be part of a community for a while. I get so involved with the characters and the town that I feel like I’m part of the story.

  20. Leanna

    Series, you get to know everybody’s story, they never end and you get updates on characters from previous books?

  21. BookLady

    Even though I enjoy reading both series and standalones, I prefer series. A series provides the opportunity for greater world building, character development, and storyline.

  22. Nicole Ortiz

    I don’t have a preference. I am just a little impatient when I have to wait for the continuation.
    Thanks for the chance
    Adding to wishlist

  23. Irma

    Depends on the story but all in all I prefer standalones. I loose interest if it’s too long.

  24. Jenny Dauksa Schaber

    I love stand alones – primarily for reading retention. I also adore a series of stand alones. It’s like getting to know an entire group of new friends.

  25. Amy Rickman

    I read both but most books I read are a series with different couples featured in each book.

  26. Lisa M

    I like both … but if it’s part of a series I always feel compelled to read them in order 😉

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