It's Sneak Peek Sunday! Yay! And I'm sharing an excerpt from my new spanking novella in the Corbin's Bend series, Past Interference, the sequel to A Simple Misunderstanding. Past Interference is part of the Corbin's Bend Valentine's Day collection "Love in the Rockies," and is not being sold separately.
What she needed was the opposite of what she wanted.
In this scene, which occurs near the beginning of Chapter Three, Eleanor Benson (Elly) is six days away from getting married again, and her doubts are eating her alive. After suffering through a bout of stress-related migraines, she's finally gotten up enough courage to tell her husband-to-be that she's not sure she wants to get married. Jerry knows Elly is nervous, but believed he'd managed to convince her he is nothing at all like her first husband, Arthur, who abused her. Unfortunately, when he realizes Elly still things he will turn into an abusive monster once they're married,despite all his gentle reassurances, his hurt pride causes him to snap at her in anger before he returns to his vet clinic next door.
Numb, Elly slumped on the couch and reviewed what happened. Her foolishness just cost her Jerry’s love, and she didn’t know how to fix it. The pounding in her head grew vicious. Unable to sit or lie down, she got up and retrieved the swatches she’d scattered onto the floor. Once the living room was restored, she gazed out at the snow-covered ground. Colorado remained white from late October through to April, when occasional patches of green could be spotted.
Grabbing her light blue winter jacket, she decided to go for a walk. Jerry expected her to inform him if she went out for any reason, so he wouldn’t worry. He didn’t put her on a schedule, the way Arthur did, but asked that she kept him informed of her intentions. She didn’t think she could talk to him right now without bursting into tears, so as a concession, she shoved her phone in her pocket. However, when she collected her keys both dogs came running over with the hope of an outing.
“No guys. Mommy needs to be alone for a while.” Muffin, who possessed the stubbornness every toy poodle seemed to inherit, refused to take ‘no’ for an answer. And to prove her point she began hopping at Elly’s leg.
“Fine. Okay. You win. Let me get your leashes.”
Jerry preferred Elly take his large black lab with her when she went walking. Though Jack was far more likely to lick an assailant than attack one, his mere size served as a deterrent. Elly attached their leads, stepped outside and took a deep breath of the chilled air, recalling how affronted Arthur appeared when she’d dared to lob a snowball at him. After brushing off the snow, he frowned down at her with a scowl and advised her, in a tone more frosty than the weather, that such childish games were beneath his dignity, and should be beneath hers as well. Given they’d only been engaged for a month, she should have taken his scolding as a warning.
Selecting a well-worn path, Elly realized she hadn’t seen her prig of a husband since they met with their lawyers to discuss the settlement. He’d acted remarkably civilized about the divorce; then again, Arthur adopted a civil attitude toward everything he did. Even on the day he attempted to waylay her, when both of them were scheduled to collect a few belongings.
M/F Domestic Discipline in Colorado.
Valentine's Day in Corbin's Bend. As Elly Benson readies herself for her second wedding, the doubts and misgivings of any new bride-to-be are exacerbated by the abuse she suffered during her first marriage.
Though she's lived with Jerry Douglas for four months now, and been subject to his discipline more than once, Elly's first husband had been kind and careful with her, too, until the day she vowed to love, honor and obey him. The lessons she's learned from the past make her doubt she can ever find happiness in the future.
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