It's Book Hooks Wednesday! 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 Two, 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, he's beginning to realize Elly's past may just ruin their future together, so he insists they sit down and discuss what's bothering her.
Jerry leaned back against the couch. “Elly, do you want children?”
“You know I do.”
“Good. So do I. You also heard about the legal difficulties my parents encountered, given how and where I was born. There was never any question as to my mother and father being legally married U.S. Citizens, but they still needed to work with the city of Chicago and its state to get my birth legitimized, because I wasn’t anywhere near Illinois when I drew my first breath. We weren’t even over land at the time.”
Elly blinked. “Your mother spoke of the experience like it was a humorous adventure for her.”
“Now, almost thirty years later, maybe she does see the humor, but at the time, neither of them thought my unexpected appearance was the least bit funny. Point is, I never want my children faced with the problem of legitimacy. Their mother will be married to me, with no doubts or stigma attached. Do you understand?”
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.
Love in the Rockies is available at the following locations.