Thank you, Leah, for allowing me to muck up–er I mean PARTICIPATE on your blog.  This is a perfect opportunity to let everyone in on a little secret I have.

I’m terrified of being formulaic.

Oh, as a romance author, I’m well aware that I have certain lines I have to stay between.  I love having a Happily Ever After.  I try not to write “formulas”.  You know, the one where she’s a possible suspect and he’s law enforcement who falls reluctantly in love.  Or when the hero and heroine’s “eyes meet across a crowded room” and it’s “lurrrve” instantly.  I wanted to be different.  I wanted to write something unique.

But then, I wrote “Marked For Pleasure.”

I’d like to talk to you today about Magic Semen.  Yes, that’s right.  For three years, I’ve written all sorts of books but I just wasn’t a paranormal writer.  No werewolves, no vampires and no cool witches whispered in my ear.  I got a female mechanic on a spaceship and male spies with a severe kinky side.  The whole “mate/mate” thing passed me by.

Out of nowhere, a woman began to insist on being heard.  Rhea was hell bent on killing a man.  The fact that the man was the hero of the story didn’t faze her in the least.  At first, I wasn’t even sure if she had a good reason for wanting him dead.  Pieces of the story implied that Conner was a shady character, a bad boy.

And he has Magic Semen.

After a little while, Conner was able to get a word in edgewise and informed me that he was a Nylar Dominant.  Nylar is a planet with a Dominant/submissive society.  Men are usually the Dominants with women in political positions of power, yet submissive sexually to their mates.  I still haven’t delved into the myriad of cultural oddness that Nylar offers.  I do know that you do NOT want to be in the hands of the punishment Mistresses.

But back to the Magic Semen.

Nylar males are able to mark a mate only once.  Often, it’s a conscious decision, a deliberate intent to mark the woman the Dominant has chosen as his.  In Conner’s case, he marks Rhea to save her from a sexual unknown.  Each mark is unique to the male and is created by specific hormones produced.  And Walah, I wrote a Mate/Mate book.  I promise you, I had no intention of writing it when the story began.  I realized I’d written a hero who had magic semen.

The rest of the series is about what happens when the Nylar Dominant breaks out of the insulated world of Nylar.  The mate mark has been contained, a safety net for the genetic health of a closed culture.  But now, women who have not been raised in the D/s culture are marked.  It creates conflict, chaos and great writing fodder.

Still, it’s hard to forget it’s all based on Magic Semen.

“Marked For Pleasure” was a fantastic book to write and combines two of my favorite things–Science Fiction and BDSM.  Imagine the kind of responsibility it would be for a man to carry that hormone.  What if he marks a woman unintentionally?  Is it possible to mark another woman if his first mate dies?  What if these men join with a WOMAN who has some hormonal mating process?

The possibilities became endless.  I can’t wait to continue to explore.  Of course, your journey can start with Rhea and Conner on November 3rd, 2009 at Loose-Id.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

MARKED FOR PLEASURE by Jennifer Leeland

She’s followed him through the remote corners of space.

One of the few survivors of a sickness that claimed her colony, Rhea Tucker blames one man for the death of her family. For two years, she has stalked Conner Mitchum, learning everything she can looking for an opportunity to kill him. To trap him, she becomes a sexual submissive, changes her identity and gets a luxurious suite on The Star of Pleasure.

He is searching for the most elusive murderers in the galaxy

Undercover and searching for a group of killers, Conner is close to his end goal. But a female submissive catches him off guard and he’s forced to save her life as assassins attack him. They plunge into space with enemies at their heels. To protect Rhea, Conner completes his planet’s mating ritual which marks them both and creates a bond he never intended to survive long enough to enjoy.

If you want to know more about Jennifer (either as Jennifer Leeland or Jennifer McKenzie) visit her webpage or Jennifer’s MySpace Page or follow her on Twitter.

Jennifer Leeland and the Magic … What?

15 thoughts on “Jennifer Leeland and the Magic … What?

  • October 21, 2009 at 5:07 am

    Hi 🙂
    Thank you for the great post Jennifer. Magic Semen? Wow. 🙂
    I loved the blurb for the book too.
    Thanks again for sharing,
    All the best,

  • October 21, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Thank RK! I never intended it to be my hook, but….LOL.

  • October 21, 2009 at 5:42 am

    ROTFLMAO! Magic Semen? LOL!

    Welcome to the "dark side" lady. LOL!

    *Off in search of a dish towel to wipe up the coffee spewed while laughing over this post and adding another book to my TBB list.*

  • October 21, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Jen, your series are always amazing. I can't wait to visit this new planet. Sounds like you've got all kinds of conflict going on with this magic sperm angle.

  • October 21, 2009 at 5:48 am

    LUKE, I AM YOUR MOTHER…er no? LOL! I like the Dark Side Tymber. They have cookies.
    Thanks Nina. I really enjoyed this book and the next three are all crowded up there in my head.
    Now, if I could just find a few plots…..

  • October 21, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Imagination rules!

    Leah, I'm bored, so I posted this at Win a Book. I'm also writing a scene that's not as boring and might even be a keeper. But I posted this anyway. 'cause I'm Win a Book bored.

  • October 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Oh, sure, the old magic semen story.
    Great imagination, Ms. Leeland!
    This series is gonna rock!

  • October 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Of course, there are folks that are a little worried about an imagination that comes up with a D/s planet and magic semen but…thanks Susan!

    And Ella, thank you so much. I've actually enjoyed the series. Those dominant males….such yummy subject matter.

  • October 21, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    JENLE!! There is a reason we are cyber twin-like ya know. Magic swimmers and all.

    However, you make subby men hot as hell! mmmrrrrrrrrow girl.

  • October 21, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I love it!
    From another person who loves being a subversive romance writer 🙂

  • October 21, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Why thank you, Inez! I do like my subby men. I'm still tossing around some stories featuring those vicious Nylar Mistresses. Think what I could do with THEM. Mmmmmmmm. Hot men on their knees……

    And Kate, dahlink. Anytime I'm in the same realm as you are, I am a happy, happy author.

  • October 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    You are a mad, sexy genius and I need this book! lol
    The cover and blurb? Awesome. I want. Now. Now. Please?

  • October 21, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    *mwah* I lurrrve you R.G. And I want your book too.
    It'll be out November 3rd. Less than TWO WEEKS!! WOOOOT!!!

  • October 22, 2009 at 12:31 am

    I love the sound of this book. 🙂 I mean a book with magic semen…

  • October 22, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Hey Jennifer! Nice to see you hanging out at Leah's blog 🙂
    Magic Semen, eh?? Does that go with the glittery magic hooha? LOL
    If anyone can magic semen work, it's you, girl!!

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