My new book, LOST & BOUND, Book 2 of the Dream Dominant Collection, will be released January 31. In the meantime, I’ve been posting a series called Behind the Book to give you a little insight into the story, and the real-life setting behind it.
In this third installment of LOST & BOUND: Behind the Book, I wanted to take you to a location that is nearly as integral to the story as the guest lodge itself. From her solitary island cabin, Shasta is curious about the rocky promontory across the lake, on the mainland shore to the north.
Blake tells her that it’s called Winchester Point, and that it’s a nice place to go exploring. Turns out, there’s more to it than that: it’s also the home of his own private sanctuary in the trees, and it’s where his play cabin is located.
Winchester Point is the real name of the real place. It’s rocky point on the mainland across Rawhide Lake to the north of my family’s remote island cabin in northern Ontario. A short skiff-ride away from the island, it’s a great place to hike around a bit and go exploring.
There is a stone fire ring that someone built once, and while we never made a fire there, it’s clear that it’s been well-used.
I love to follow the narrow trail away from the water and up the ridge to the top, where you can get a birds-eye view of the lake to the west.
It’s much higher than you can tell from photographs. In places, the path is so steep, it’s more of a scramble than a stroll.
There is also an abundance of blueberries in the right season, and we’ve picked many to be used in muffins and pancakes.
In the story, Shasta comes upon the ruins of an old trapper’s cabin. I can remember seeing the place when I was a kid, but it’s been completely gone for years.
Obviously, I invented Blake’s play cabin, further up the trail. But it seemed like the perfect place for a rugged Dominant mountain man to take his submissive when he wanted to play extensive scenes.
I hope you enjoy this little peek behind the scenes. It’s been my pleasure to share this place that is so special to me.
LOST & BOUND is out January 31. It’s available now for pre-order.