Today I am so pleased to welcome our fabulous Kris T. Bethke to Joyfully Jay. Kris has come to talk to us about her upcoming release, Accepting Submission. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

Hi everyone! I’m Kris, here wearing my author hat and first off, I want to thank Jay for letting me hijack the blog this morning to bring you info on my newest release.

In just a few days, Accepting Submission will hit shelves. This book is not my first foray into writing BDSM. It’s not my first paranormal. But it is my first book with shifters and that presented a challenge all its own.

I love shifter books. Have ever since I was young. And I especially love them in the romance genre, when animal nature plays a role in bringing too people together. I love me a good fated mates story as much as the next person. But that’s not what this is, and that’s a deliberate choice. Because while I love the idea that there is only one person out there for you, and that person is perfect for you, I wanted there to be more choice for Asher and Trey. They aren’t driven by fate, though she certainly has a hand in bringing them together.

Asher is a black bear shifter, Trey a gray wolf. They’re both alphas. Trey is the leader of his pack. Asher is lost, and needs Trey’s help to find himself. Trey is more than willing. Because what Asher needs is to accept his need to submit, and learn that doesn’t make him weak, doesn’t make him worthless. In fact, submitting is the strongest thing he could do.

I loved writing these guys, and I loved exploring their world and finding all the pieces that bring them together. And in doing so, I found just how much I loved writing shifters. This won’t be the last time you see shifters from me. Heck, it probably won’t be the last time you see the Carver wolf pack and all that comes with it.

Accepting Submission is out on Saturday, 2/29. You can preorder it here


“I’m an alpha.” The words were out of my mouth before I could check them, and even as I said them, I wasn’t sure why.

“So?” Trey chuckled, but I knew he wasn’t laughing at me. “So what if you are? That doesn’t mean you can’t want this. Can’t need it.”

“I—I don’t know what this is.”

“Yes, you do.” Trey leaned in further, and his breath washed over my cheek. I shivered. “So responsive. Asher, I’m going to ask you a very hard question now, and I want you to think about it thoroughly before you answer. Do you understand?”

“Yes, Alpha.” It wasn’t what I wanted to call him, but it was as close as I would allow myself.

“When you said last night that you wanted to submit, you didn’t mean in the everyday, did you? You meant sexually, right?”

I opened my mouth, but the hard stare made me close it again. He wanted me to think about my answer before I gave it. But I didn’t have to think. I knew what I wanted. What I needed.

“Yes, I meant sexually.” My voice was soft, but sure. “But also, more.”

Trey cupped my cheeks. His thumbs smoothed through my beard, then he tilted up my face.

“More? Please explain.”

Gods, he’d said “please.” I shuddered, and he grinned, liking the reaction.

“I’m not, I mean, I don’t want…” I blew out a breath, and Trey’s gaze stayed on me, patience and caring just rolling off him in waves. It made me braver than I normally would be. “I’m not a leader. I don’t want to make decisions. I wanted to do what I’m told.”

“So brave, cub. That was so brave and thank you for telling me the truth.” He pressed his forehead to mine, and for a long moment, we just breathed each other’s air. Then he pulled away, but only far enough so I could see his eyes. “I want to help you with this. I’d love to take you to my bedroom and show you the joys, the release, of dominance and submission.”

My whole body shook, need pulsing through me. I wanted nothing more than for him to do just that. But I couldn’t. I needed it, but I couldn’t have it.

“I’m not supposed to want this.” My voice was wobbly, and I didn’t try to fix it. Need and fear seared through me in equal measure.

“What did I just say?”

My brow furrowed in confusion, not sure what he meant, but before I could voice it, Trey answered his own question.

“Just because you’re an alpha doesn’t mean you can’t have this. And as I said last night, it takes a very strong person to ask for what they need. I won’t push you. I need to have your consent. That’s the only way this can work. But know this; I can  give you what you need.”

I’d already been shunned by my clan. I had no one in the world. What did I have to lose by giving in to my desires? I wanted Trey, and even more than that, I wanted him to dominate me. It might end badly, but everything in me was screaming to take the chance. And that little voice in the back of my head, the one that insisted I couldn’t do this, was silent.

“Yes, Alpha.”

He smirked. “Yes what? Give me the words, Asher.”

“Take me to your bedroom.” Then, because I couldn’t hold it in any longer, I added, “Sir.”


Alphas aren’t made to submit.

Raised in a conservative clan, Asher Grant has done everything he could to be a good alpha. A good son. But denying his needs has made him weak, and he’s lost touch with his bear. No longer able to shift, his clan rejects him instead of helping. Desperate, there’s only one place Asher can turn.

Trey Carver leads his pack with a firm but gentle hand. Under his guidance, his wolves have flourished. Asher knows he won’t be welcome among the wolves, but Trey has something he needs. Asking for it isn’t easy. Accepting it when it’s offered is even harder.

As Trey teaches Asher the beauty of dominance and submission, Asher begins to heal. Accepting his true self has a power all its own. When Trey makes the ultimate offer, Asher feels honor bound to deny it. Can a wolf convince a bear that they are meant to be?


Kris is a bisexual hardcore fan of romance, and has been from a very young age. She believes that love is love, no matter the gender of people involved, and that all love deserves to be celebrated. With that in mind, she writes romance across several subgenres but with the ultimate goal of a satisfying happily ever after at the end. That is, after all, the important part.

Kris lives in a converted attic with a pack of rodents who amuse her daily, and long naps on the weekend are her greatest pleasure. A creative soul and an avid daydreamer, her pursuits range past just the written word into fiber arts, candle and soap making, and expressing herself with makeup. Kris finds inspiration in all of life’s twist and turns. From the mundane to the fantastical, just about anything will make it into her books. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to get in touch with her on her site Facebook or on Twitter


Kris has brought a choice of backlist book to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Saturday, February 29th at 11:59 pm ET.

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