WIP: Work in progress. WIP it up Wednesday is a hop where writers share portions of the project they're working on with readers. I really like the idea because it allows me to share something that's still in the creative stage as well as work behind the scenes as a prompt to keep me writing.
Today, I'm sharing an excerpt from my spanking novella in the Corbin's Bend series, Past Interference. Written as a sequel to A Simple Misunderstanding, Past Interference is available as part of the Corbin's Bend Valentine's Day collection "Love in the Rockies," and is not sold separately.
What she needed was the opposite of what she wanted.
In this scene, which occurs near the beginning of Chapter Four, Eleanor Benson (Elly) is home from the hospital after nearly being choked to death by her ex-husband. Her throat is bruised, so she's forbidden to speak until her doctor gives the okay. However, letting a call from your best friend go to voice mail when you're bored out of your mind is criminal. Isn't it?
Elly tried flipping through channels, but daytime television was nothing but game shows, soap operas and court TV. Giving Muffin’s head a pat, she thought she might nap for a bit when her cell phone rang. After checking the display and seeing it was Char, Elly pressed the talk button and croaked, “Hi.” Even that single word made her throat hurt. Her voice sounded like she’d swallowed a handful of gravel and was attempting to gargle around it.
“Elly! I didn’t expect you to answer; I was just going to leave a message. Brent said you’re not supposed to talk. You aren’t, are you? Supposed to talk, I mean.”
“No.” Elly winced and put a hand to her aching throat.
“Then don’t say anything, and I’ll do enough talking for both of us. Maybe I should come over instead. Brent mentioned you’re using a small whiteboard to communicate, but I don’t want to bother you, especially if you’re not well.”
“It doesn’t sound ‘okay.’ Look, I have a recipe for an ice-cream shake that helps soothe sore throats. Why don’t I make a couple of them up, and come over around lunchtime?”
“What do you think you’re doing, young lady?” The familiar male voice sounded distinctly irritated and Elly knew she was in trouble. “Who’s on the phone?” he inquired sternly.
“Char,” Elly answered after her heart started beating again. She hadn’t heard him return, and Muffin’s small tail thumps under the covers weren’t enough to alert her they were no longer alone.
Scowling, he pointed to her board and held his hand out for the phone. “You write; I’ll talk.”
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.
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