Continental Breakfast by Ella Dominguez
Series: Continental Affair #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Bella Darcy is personal assistant, muse and plaything to wealthy businessman Mr. Pettifor. Their 9-5 relationship is unconventional, but mutually satisfying.
Mr. Pettifor is alpha male personified – demanding, stern, insatiable, emotionally closed-off and seemingly indifferent to anything that doesn’t involve six zeros behind it.
Bella had never wanted more until the day she heard passionate cries that didn’t belong to her, coming from his office. Deeply hurt and realizing that she cannot be with a man who can so blatantly be with another woman while she is mere feet away, Bella turns in her letter of resignation, throwing Mr. Pettifor into a tailspin. Everything he’s worked so hard for now seems insignificant and the woman whom he trained to be everything he wanted, has now decided to move on, leaving him reeling.
Short, sweet, & sizzling hot!
I keep a very close watch over his schedule and time, as well as seeing to his personal needs, in all matters. But the best parts of our routine are the mornings and they are what I treasure the most. When Mr. Pettifor comes over the intercom to tell me he wants his continental breakfast, I know it’s not eggs and a bagel that he’s requesting.
…that’s right, some good ol’ fashioned bagin’ the boss kink!
Continental Breakfast is the first of a three part series following the unconventional relationship of Bella Darcy and her boss, Mr. Pettifor… While this installment is short – coming in at a mere 53 pages – it packs an erotic punch which will knock your socks off!
We share a symbiotic relationship that goes without saying. His needs are met and so are mine.
This is an unraveling relationship which causes both parties to rethink the nature of their partnership before it’s too late…
Bella Darcy is ready to move on and train a replacement to suit the needs of her demanding boss.
…or is she?
Q&A with Ella Dominguez
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
Reading. I was reading at an early age, around four, and ever since then, I’ve been writing my own stories.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?
I didn’t really have a source of inspiration for these particular characters. They just popped into my head. Actually, I dreamt about them. My dreams are very, VERY vivid. I woke up and wrote it in about ten hours.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
Ugh. YES! Every book I write, I’m struck with it. I’m not sure if it’s actually writer’s block or just anxiety and self-doubt. Reading helps me to get over it. Reading also inspires me. I just have to push myself forward and remind myself that I’m my own worst critic.
5. Your all time favorite book?
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
6. What made you pick that one above all others?
It’s always been a book near and dear to my heart. It was the first book I read as a child where the story spoke to me. I must’ve read it 100 times growing up. It’s the book that made me love literature.
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
I don’t really know. I’ve never counted the days it took to finish a project so I’m only guessing, but I THINK This Love’s Not for Sale took me the longest. I think around 6-8 weeks. ???
8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
No. I’m still the same dirty-minded, raunchy and sarcastic individual I always was.
9. Was there ever a time, during your work for the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
Not really. If there’s a story to be told, my characters generally won’t give me the option to ‘give up’ or quit until their story is written.
10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
Now that I’m no longer working as a respiratory therapist and I’m writing full-time, my day consists of waking far too late, brain storming, participating in waaaay too much social media on line, brain storming some more, doing a little writing, procrastinating about writing,, and then finally sitting my ass down to write. Oh yeah, I also have to keep my husband and daughter entertained in the process and clean up after their constant destruction of my home.
11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I’ve only recently stopped reading anything under 3 stars. For nearly two years I’ve read everything, the good, the bad and the ugly, and I can honestly tell you, the negativity soul crushing. Some people are just cruel and even though I told myself time and time again to take it with a grain of salt, I couldn’t. I even considered stopping writing altogether because of some of those reviews. My only advice to other authors is to just take what you can from them and try to move forward, because some of those 1 star reviews did help me grow.
Now, for the process after reading a bad review: After reading the harsh review, I pout and chastise myself for reading it and for my horrible writing skills. Next, I reread it and get angry. More pouting is involved at this point, too. I walk away only to come back and REREAD the damned thing. My sarcasm comes spilling out and I end up yelling at the screen. Finally, I make myself a margarita, lay back, relax and try to forget the harsh words. After all that, I REPEAT the process at least a few more times. It’s sad, but true.
12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
Yes, this is the first book in the series. The second book is already completed and I’m working on the final book now with an expected publication date of June 30th. The last book in the series is a continuation of the characters story. They struggle to maintain their relationship while she attends medical school and he teaches at a domestic discipline training center. She decides to attend the program and therein lies the steam and angst.
13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
I would like to finish up my Art of D/s series. The prequel is next on my to-do list after finishing up this series (Continental Affair). After that I’m starting another series called Crimson Kisses with a coauthor,Thomas Duder, a paranormal/erotic piece of fiction. It’s a quartet of books so it’s going to take some serious time, but the first book is (hopefully) due out in Sept. or Oct. Then… maybe, MAYBE, another book in the Art of D/s that includes all the characters from that series and Becoming Sir. I’m also seriously considering doing another off-shoot series from those books about the Dark Asylum, but that’s just a thought.
14. Your situation deviates slightly from other authors being featured in my “Indie Flutters” series. I usually feature self-published authors, but you’ve taken that a step further with your creation, Bondage Bunny Publishing. Can you tell me a bit about that project?
Everything I read about indie publishing stated that a professional look or name would be better received so I decided to come up with my own label. I’ve only recently decided to branch out and take on a few writers (which is still in the works). I love the idea of helping others achieve what I have. Generally, indie publishing isn’t super difficult to get into if you’re not too concerned about what you’re putting out there and, unfortunately, there are far too many people like that, giving indie writers a bad name. There are a lot of little things that I’ve learned along my journey in self publishing and I’d like to share that knowledge and help other aspiring writers.
15. What made you decide to become an Indie Author? What made you take that a step further and create an Indie Label?
I’ve always written stories, but never did anything with them. After reading FSOG, I thought: “I’ve been writing this stuff for years.” I had vaguely heard of indie publishing so I looked into it, did my research, and decided to give it a go. I honestly never thought I could make a career out of it. I just wanted people to read my stories.
16. What would you say was the toughest part?
Getting people to read my work. It’s a never-ending process. Without a big label behind me, I struggle with every book to get it in front of the people I think (and hope) will enjoy it.
17. (As it relates to your book) Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
I have a professional cover designer only.
18. How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
Since I don’t really work with ‘pros’ per se, except for my cover designer, whom. I found him by sheer luck while doing a Google search, I work with regular people who do beta reading and copy/editing on the side. I found all them, save for one, on Goodreads. I’ve sort of weeded out the beta readers as the years have gone on and I have an amazing group right now.
19. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’?
It’s different for ever book. But in general, a novel will generally take right around three months from beginning stages of writing to editing to formatting. A novella is about 6-8 weeks for the entire process. For this particular novella, I wrote it in a day, had it edited and published within a week. I still don’t know how I did it.
20. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/ Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
All of the above. I did the research and went with where my books could reach the most people.
21. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
In respect to life, I would not be so sexually reserved in my younger years. In regards to publishing, I wish I had better prepared my first novel. Better editing, formatting, more thought out… I think I’d be doing better right now if I had. Then again, I believe things happen in their own time so…
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
For a big name publisher and millions of readers to fall madly in love with one of my books.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
FSOG. Don’t judge me.
3. Name your favorite fruit.
4. Coffee or tea?
Raspberry or peach tea.
5. Favorite season?
6. How about favorite time of the day?
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
Neither, but I was a Brownie.
8. Favorite food for breakfast?
Pizza. For all meals.
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
Reasonable Doubt Vol. 2 (fantastic BTW)
10. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Pink. Red. Green. Eeek. I can’t just choose one!
12. Drama or comedy?
Dramedy. (A little of both)
13. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
If you don’t have anything nice to say, shut the hell up.
14. Cats or dogs?
15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Dinner by candlelight followed by a night out clubbing, followed by kinky nookie.
16. Favorite Swear Word?