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.
Straightening, he took a deep breath. “Can you stand?”
When she gave another nod, Jerry pushed back the covers and held out a hand to help her up. Muffin raised her head at the disturbance, but didn’t growl. “Dizzy at all?”
Elly frowned and shook her head again.
“Good. Come with me.” Without further ado, he marched her over to a corner in the downstairs bedroom, plunked a desk chair right before it and pointed for her to sit. When she obeyed, Muffin promptly hopped onto her lap, but Jerry snatched the tiny poodle away before she could settle and said, “No. Your mommy’s been naughty, so she’s being punished. That means you’ll come with me, little one. As for you, missy, nose to the wall, now. You’ve just earned yourself fifteen minutes corner time. I’ll be in the kitchen. You sit there and think about what you did, and afterwards you’ll be doing lines to drill the point home.”
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.
Past Interference is available at the following locations.
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