Story Research—Lynda Aicher


Every story I write requires research. It doesn’t matter what genre I’m writing or if the subject is something I’m supposed to know, I still spend hours digging through everything that is even remotely related to the plot and characters.

As I’m weeding through articles, papers, videos, blogs, books and anything else that pops up on my Google searches, I often wonder what authors did before the internet. I seriously believe you can find the answer to anything on the internet. I’ve typed in more than my share of strange questions only to get a list of sites with answers when I expected none.

The one bit of research I never expected to do, and then had no idea how I was going to get the information, happened while I was writing Bonds of Courage. I typed this question into Google just to see what I’d get: What does it feel like to wear a male chastity device? I never should’ve doubted. Go on, type it in. I dare you.

Needless to say, I now know more about what it actually feels like to wear a cock cage then I ever want or thought I’d need to know. After all, I don’t have the appropriate body parts to even consider trying one out personally. However, since my pro hockey player, Holden Hauke, would be wearing one for a period of time in the story, I had to figure it out as best as I could.

Now there was the obvious possibility of getting my husband to wear one because there is nothing like real data from a live test subject, but he vetoed the idea before I finished my proposal to him. Apparently, there’s only so far he’s willing to go in the name of story research.

So what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever typed into Google? I dare you to share.


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Bonds of Courage ~ Book Six of Wicked Play

bondsofcouragePro hockey player Holden Hauke has kept his sexual needs buried for years. After a near miss over a picture of him bound to a spanking bench resulted in a mid-season trade, he’s kept his image clean. But with the season over, he’s ready to surrender control. And he’s found just the woman to help him–if only he can convince her to give him a chance.

Bending men to her will is nothing new for Vanessa Delcour, aka Mistress V–she’s a full-time rep for pro athletes, a part-time owner of exclusive sex club The Den, and an experienced Domme. But when Holden Hauke comes looking for a discreet partner, Vanessa’s concerned about his motives. Touching his training-toned body during a scene wouldn’t exactly be a hardship, but taking him on crosses barriers between work and play that she’s had in place for years.

From their first intense encounter in Mistress V’s playroom, Hauke knows he can’t let this chance slip away; he’s found the woman he’s always needed. Submissive or not, he’s willing to push her every limit to prove how good they can be together.

Buy the ebook here.

New to the series? Go back to the beginning with Bonds of Trust.


Lynda-8310-LR-ColorAbout Lynda Aicher

After years of weekly travel as a consultant implementing computer software into global companies, Lynda ended her nomadic lifestyle to raise her two children. Now, her imagination is her only limitation on where she can go and her writing lets her escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner and mediator.

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2 thoughts on “Story Research—Lynda Aicher”

  1. Kelly says:

    I giggled as I read this. Some of the things we end up researching! Wait for interesting suggestions next time you Google something. :D

    I’ve looked up so many crazy things, but the one phrase that falls into the “I should have known better” group (well, one of the phrases) is ‘Asian Cowgirl’. Wow, did I get educated.

    There was actually a very innocent reason for my search. A Korean friend of mine wanted to buy a Stetson, but though it would look stupid. So I went searching for pictures to show her how great it would look. Yeah.

    She didn’t end up buying the hat.

  2. Lynda Aicher says:

    LOL! That is hilarious! Now I want to go type that in… Ahh, maybe not. I’ve seen more than my share of things I wish I could erase from my mind. :)

    That internet is a fabulous scary place sometimes.

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