MASTERS AT ARMS is a prequel to the Rescue Me series. The first three chapters each shows the turning points in the lives of masters Adam, Damián, and Marc that puts them on a trajectory to meet and form a bond that none can break.
This scene from Chapter Three spotlights Master Marc, who until a year ago was a ski instructor, outdoor specialist, and all-around playboy (can't you tell from the photo?) at his family's ski resort in Aspen. His oldest brother had had the lion's share of the responsible of running the business--until his brother enlisted in the Marines and later was killed in Afghanistan near the beginning of the War on Terror.
From the time his brother left home, Marc has tried to take on the responsibility of managing the resort, but he just isn't the business-suit type.
A little back-story to help understand the scene below: When he was seventeen, a "cougar" staying at the resort introduced him to the delights of bondage, discipline, and domination. Over the years, he became known as Master Marco, perfecting his MaleDom craft and providing after-hour Dom services to an ever-widening web of "submissive" women, based on word of mouth. He provides this "amenity" for fun--no intercourse, no money changes hands. (He's spoiled and a bit jaded, but still has those innate qualities that made him the popular choice in votes on my Facebook wall for who would be my SSS star today!) Of course, Marc becomes much more honorable while serving in the Navy with Capt. Adam's Marine unit. (You met the brash, tell-it-like-it-is Capt. Adam last week on SSS. If not, check it out! It's not to be missed and F*ing funny, as one reader put it!)
In the scene below, Marc is twenty-six and this is his last night working at the family resort before going off to boot camp. He's joined the Navy (not wanting to serve in the same branch his brother did) But fate puts him with a Marine unit anyway, as a corpsman, or medic. (NOTE: The Marines don't train their own medics, but use the Navy ones instead. Those Navy men and women train with and have the rights and responsibilities of any other Marine.)
Marc has been showing his younger brother, Alessandra (Sandro) the management ropes for a few months. On this night, Marc's been summoned by name to one of the isolated cabins on the property for an unknown emergency. Sandro has entered the room ahead of him and said, "Damn!" Marc's thinking, damn is right. Why did there have to be a crisis on his last night? He nudges his brother further into the room to assess the situation.
Oh, shit. On the floor, beside the overstuffed loveseat, knelt a middle-aged woman with brassy red hair and fake boobs—clenching a purple-handled riding crop between her teeth, and naked as the day she was born. She'd had the nip-tucks to keep everything firmly in place, too.
The stranger looked confused as she shifted her gaze from Marc to Sandro and back. She reached up to take the crop out of her mouth and asked, “Which one of you is Master Marco?”
His reputation had preceded him.
Now it's back to final revisions to this manuscript. Masters at Arms should be available by the second week of August!
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Kallypso Masters currently is working on a four-book series with MASTERS AT ARMS due out in early August 2011, NOBODY'S ANGEL in mid to late August 2011, NOBODY'S HERO in November 2011, and NOBODY'S PERFECT in February 2012.