Blog Tour + Giveaway: Sum of the Whole by Brenda Murphy

It's the first day of the Sum of the Whole blog tour! Brenda Murphy and IndiGo Marketing visit to promote the contemporary BDSM tale! See the author where the author writes, check out the excerpt and don't miss the NineStar Press eBook giveaway - winner's choice!

Title:  Sum of the Whole
Author: Brenda Murphy
Publisher:  NineStar Press
Release Date: June 19
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Female/Female
Length: 50000
Genre: Contemporary, Contemporary, BDSM, age gap, interracial, businesswoman

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Jaya Pomroy falls desperately in love with Sarah while vacationing at an exclusive BDSM pleasure house. Unwilling to become Jaya’s possession, yearning for independence, Sarah refuses to leave with her and they part after a bitter fight.

Six years later they meet again. Fighting to leave her past behind, but unable to resist her attraction for Jaya, Sarah agrees to try again. Jaya has to cope with new rules and new roles. When a former client threatens to expose Sarah, Jaya risks everything to protect her.

Can their love survive in the real world filled with vengeful ex-lovers and deadly secrets?


Sum of the Whole
Brenda Murphy © 2017
All Rights Reserved

Jaya scrolled through the messages on her phone, rereading the instructions from the owner of the house. Her palms were sweaty in spite of the air conditioning. She shifted her hips, trying to find a comfortable spot on the broad leather seats.

“Do you wish to stop, Mistress? It’ll be at least an hour before we reach the house.” The driver’s husky voice matched her stocky build and ruddy face. Jaya appraised the thick hands wrapped around the wheel and the way the chauffeur’s livery draped her broad shoulders and considered it. The woman made eye contact with Jaya in the rearview mirror, one eyebrow raised and lips in a closed-mouth smile. Jaya imagined saying, “Yes, let us stop somewhere and I’ll flog you until we’re both satisfied,” but the instructions from Rowan House were explicit and interactions with the staff were not permitted outside the house.

“No.” Jaya kept her voice soft and let her gaze rest on the woman’s face in the mirror. “I’m tired of people staring at me.”

“You’re a sight, Ma’am, if you don’t mind me saying so.”

“You’d think they’d never seen a woman in a suit before.” Jaya left out the word “dark-skinned.”

“It’s your height, Ma’am. And you’re fetching in that suit. I imagine out of it as well.”

Jaya looked down. She had not flirted like this in years and it was wonderful, even if she knew it was not going to lead to anything more.

“Do you always flirt with your guests?” She relaxed her shoulders and sat back in the seat.

“Only the ones I find—” The driver looked at Jaya in the mirror. “Stunning.” She turned on the radio and went back to piloting the long, black town car through roundabouts as they left Armadale. As they traveled farther from the city, she was occupied dodging rough spots and the occasional mud-splattered sheep wandering along the edge of the single-track road.

Jaya sank into the soft leather seats, grateful for the distraction of the driver’s banter and the tinted windows, dark enough to hide her face from anyone who might try to catch a glimpse of the car’s passengers. On the ferry to Skye, she had caught more than one mother reminding her children not to stare. The curious faces of the children were better than the hard looks she got from the men on the ship. Half of them looked like they wanted to fuck her; the other half looked like they wanted to kill her. Some probably wanted to do both.

She had not anticipated how angry she would feel under the gaze of the other passengers. She had almost wished one of the rude men would start something so she could finish it. She had worn this suit to her father’s funeral, to her brother’s dismay. An orphan again at thirty-five. The high from the banter with the driver wore off and she slumped in her seat. She sifted through her memories of the last two years. Her father’s illness and slow death, her brother’s anger, and Deidre’s departure blended into an oppressing melancholy. What the hell was I thinking? Why am I looking for comfort here?

She could have chosen another venue for her adventure, but Jaya wanted to experience this house. The house Deidre spoke of as her home. She lied to herself, telling herself she chose this house because it was highly recommended as a discreet, old-school establishment dedicated to unique and personalized experiences.

Deidre. The woman of sorrows. Never was a woman more truly named. Jaya scrolled through the photos of Deidre on her phone. Brutal memories of their life together filled the emptiness of the ride. As they traveled farther into the country, the battery on her phone quietly expired. Jaya tucked it into her bag and let the rocking of the car soothe her as they drove past rough stone walls and rocky pastures.


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Author Visit

Where I Write

As a restless sort of person I don’t always write at my desk. I write to music so I can write almost anywhere there is a flat surface for my laptop. My favorite place to write when I’m not at my desk is my local tea shop, Templeton’s where they serve amazing pots of tea and fresh baked goods. My street was being repaved and all the infrastructure replaced last year so I worked away from home most days, almost all of Sum of the Whole was written at the tea shop.

I travel a fair bit and always take photos and keep a journal so I included the photo of my standard travel kit. I go low tech when I travel because it is easier than lugging my laptop. I was able to outline two novels last year while traveling in Italy. There is real freedom to leaving your laptop at home.

It makes me smile every time I look up over my iMac and see my kids’ artwork juxtaposed with a letter from Annie Sprinkle and my Rocky Horror poster. I use the large write on/wipe off wall calendar to the left of my desk to keep track of projects and commitments. The brass monkey lamp was a gift from my sister, my kids added the googly eyes. The upright file organizer on the left holds folders of works in progress and my “thoughts, scraps and whims” folder, a place to drop ideas as they come to me. When I am looking for new story ideas I go through the folder. It is not always as neat as it appears in the photos, after I finish novel it usually is covered with books and paper, cleaning up my desk after I hit the send button on a submission is a great ritual that puts me in the right frame of mind to start my next project.

Meet the Author

Brenda Murphy writes both short stories and novels. She is a member of Romance Writers of America. Her non-fiction and fiction work has been published in various collections—most recently, “Whole Again” in First: Sensual Stories of New Beginnings (Ladylit Publishing, 2015).

When she is not writing or teaching cooking classes, she’s attempting to train an unrepentant parrot, much to her Ohioan family’s delight. She writes about life, books, and writing on her blog, She shares recipes and celebrates food on her blog,

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Tour Schedule

6/19    Love Bytes -
6/19    Boy Meets Boy Reviews -
6/20    Scattered Thoughts and Roue Words -
6/20    Liz's Reading Life -
6/20    Erotica For All -
6/21    Happily Ever Chapter -
6/21    My Fiction Nook -
6/22    MM Good Book Reviews -
6/23    Wicked Faerie's Tales and Reviews -
6/23    Divine Magazine -


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