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 was originally part of the Corbin's Bend Valentine's Day collection "Love in the Rockies," but is now being 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? Unfortunately, when Jerry catches her talking, he makes it clear he doesn't agree.
Elly passed her cell over to Jerry and picked up her whiteboard and marker.
“Char? Elly isn’t supposed to use her voice. Didn’t Brent tell you?” Though his tone was sharp with disapproval, he listened while Char explained. “I see. All right. Yes, I think it would be much better for you to come over in a couple of hours. Thanks for checking in. Bye.”
Disconnecting the call, he placed the phone back on the table and scowled at Elly. “I came back to ask if you wanted anything to eat. I could make up some pudding or Jell-O for you.”
Elly hesitated for a moment before she shook her head. She’d already put him to enough trouble.
“How are you feeling?” He pointed to the board again.
“Okay,” she wrote.
“Is your throat hurting you right now?”
Another scribble. “A little.”
He bent closer. “That’s because you shouldn’t be talking, which means no answering the phone. Let the calls go to voice mail. Do I need to spell out all the rules so you understand exactly what I mean by ‘no talking’?”
Eyes wide, she shook her head.
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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