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 thinks 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. Elly realizes she's made a serious mistake, but has no idea how to fix things between them, so she decides to go for a walk, hoping the crisp, winter air will help clear her head. As she tromps through the Colorado snow, her tiny toy poodle suddenly goes on guard, so Elly starts to take precautions.
Jerry, cautious and prudent as always, insisted Elly program the clinic’s number into the first spot on her speed dial. During working hours someone would always be available to answer, and could get him for her in a crisis, even if he was with a client. Elly entered Jerry’s cell number as well, but knew from experience not to try it since he turned his phone off whenever he went into an examining room, and he didn’t carry it into surgery. So, Jerry’s cell occupied her phone’s number two slot, and Brent’s work number filled the third. The rest were Elly’s personal choice. Though 9-1-1 was coded into number nine, if she pressed and held any key for over thirty seconds, her phone would place an emergency call. Not sure if her situation constituted an emergency or not, her first thought was to contact Jerry, then she couldn’t think over her pounding heart when a familiar voice purred, “Hello, Eleanor.”
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“Corbin’s Bend Pets - Where veterinary medicine is not just a job, it’s our life,” Sally answered. No one replied. “Hello?”
A few seconds later, a woman’s voice said, “Arthur. What are you doing skulking about these woods?”
Sally thought the voice sounded muffled, as though the woman wasn’t holding the phone close to her mouth. “Elly? Is that you?” she asked in a whisper.
The woman continued speaking in a calm, controlled manner. “Aren’t you still on parole? If Brent or Jerry catch you, they’ll make sure you’re thrown in jail again.”
“Dr. Douglas!” Sally called, covering the phone's mouth piece with her hand. “I think you need to hear this.”
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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