Wednesday, November 8, 2017

WIPitUP - 11/8/17 - A Naughty New Year - Pregnant ladies are not supposed to drink #BDSM #Anthology #Holiday

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.

The WIP I've chosen to share today is  titled "A Naughty New Year, " which is part of the "Mischief Under the Mistletoe" anthology. The novella is in two parts with the first centering around a New Year's Eve party Kelly Evans and her husband Jim are throwing for their best friends Kyle and Tiffany Sinclair and the fact champagne looks an awful lot like ginger ale.

Some story background:

            Kyle is a police officer and Jim is detective, and they are both Doms, though Kyle is far more easy going than Jim as far as protocol goes. Below is a little of their history from Jim's POV.

            The two men had grown closer after Kelly embarrassed them by throwing a disruptive temper tantrum at the police station where they both worked. The fact that Kyle had been Kelly's Dom a few months back didn't bother Jim quite so much now that he'd wrapped a ring around his lady's finger. In addition, Kyle had always been secretly in love with Tiffany, so his stint with Kelly had been more like biding his time putting a thoroughbred through its paces rather than riding the filly he intended to spend the rest of his life with. However, Kelly never did things half way, so she demanded Kyle's attention even when she suspected he wasn't the right man for her.
            Adding insult to injury, instead of dealing with Kelly himself, Kyle handed her over to Jim for punishment. Being traded like a pack of baseball cards did not settle well with the temperamental thoroughbred. Not at all. He and Kelly had had a rough start due to some unfortunate miscommunication in their early days, which when combined with Jim's initial reluctance to take up the reins on a permanent basis, caused Kelly more than a little heartache and uncertainty. He didn't mind applying the whip now and again, but keeping Kelly in line back then proved to be a full time job, which he'd neither signed up for nor wanted. However, when her life was threatened, everything changed. He grew protective and possessive of the feisty submissive as he realized he was smitten. Big time.

Kelly Evans is nearly six months pregnant when her Dom husband, Jim, suggests they invite their closest friends over for a private New Year's Eve party. Just a friendly get together, nothing kinky, and no champagne for either of the girls, since Kelly's friend, Tiffany, was a month along further than she was. Given it's New Year's Eve, Kelly feels Jim's no-champagne edict isn't fair, but Jim warns her if she goes against his wishes, she will be punished. Though Kelly understands Jim's reasoning, she still feels he's merely being over-protective, and as much as she loves him, a sip of champagne never hurt anyone. That is until now.

As the night drew on, Kelly blushed and giggled a lot. Tiffany, however, grew exceptionally loud as she told everyone how Kyle had offered to help her with the laundry by doing his whites, unaware she'd added dye to the fabric softener bottle as a joke. "So, he was stuck wearing hot pink underwear until we could bleach most of it out. They're still a pretty blush color."
"Not funny," Kyle murmured beneath his breath.
Amused, Jim regarded Kelly with a twinkle in his eye. "Don't get any ideas," he warned.
"I don't have the faintest notion what you're talking about," she simpered before taking another sip.
When Tiffany continued to disclose other intimate stories with uncharacteristic amusement, Kyle turned to Jim with a puzzled expression. "Do you understand what's going on?"
"Precisely what I said might happen?"
With a frown at his wife, Kyle asked, "Are you drinking champagne?"
"And what if I am?" she challenged. "I'm an adult."
"You're also pregnant and drunk. Not a good combination by half."
Tiffany snorted then added insult to injury by sticking her tongue out at him. When Kelly slapped a hand over her mouth and giggled, Jim gave her a warning swat. "Behave."
"You'd best put that pink little tongue back where it belongs, young lady, or it will be covered in soap when we get home."
Tiffany frowned. "You can be a real party pooper at times. You know that, Kyle Sinclair?"
"And you can be a troublesome brat when it suits you, Mrs. Sinclair. I'd say it's time I take you home." He gave Tiffany a slight push, but she refused to move.
"I don't wanna go, yet. The party's just starting. And you're a poopy head."
Kyle's eyes grew wide. "What did you just call me?"
"A poopy head," she repeated, slurring her words a little.
"How much champagne did you drink tonight?"
"Not enough," she claimed, holding up her glass. "Kelly, may I have another?"
Kelly started to rise, but Jim clamped a hand to her waist and shook his head. "You've both had your fill, I think. That bubbly stuff has clearly gone to your heads.
"I'm not drunk," Kelly protested with a lopsided pout.
"I'll bet if Kyle were to give you a breathalyzer test right now, you'd fail."
Kelly shrugged and Tiffany lowered her raised glass with a glower at Kelly. "Your husband's being a poopy head, too."
Though she smiled, Kelly wisely chose not to echo Tiffany's sentiment.
Kyle placed both his hands on Tiffany's hips and lifted her from his lap. "Enough. Jim, could you collect our coats, please?" he requested as he stood to steady Tiffany
"Sure." Jim helped Kelly to her feet and made sure she could stand without problem before he strode into the bedroom to fetch their coats. Once there, he laughed silently. He found it difficult to maintain a stern demeanor when he was struggling not to laugh out loud, but his role as Kelly's husband and Dom required him to take a firm stance. He would ensure his unrepentant wife paid for her naughtiness, but it was the after-party he intended to have with her that perked his true interest.
Tiffany was still arguing with Kyle when Jim returned.
"You go home, if you want. I'm staying. I'll call a taxi when I'm ready to leave."
"Unless you want me to put you over my knee here and now, I suggest you button that unruly mouth of yours and get your coat on.
Tiffany crossed her arms and stamped her foot. "No!"
His lips tight with annoyance, Kyle glanced over at Jim.
Folding Tiffany's woolen coat over his arm, Jim moved closer to the recalcitrant woman. "You're more than welcome to stay with us, Tiffany. We'd love to have you, but I feel I should warn you about something before you decide. If you choose to remain, you will be subject to the same discipline Kelly will be receiving tonight. So, you can either face the consequences of your actions with your husband, in the privacy of your own home, or face them here. Publicly. With me and Kelly. Your choice. Though I think you'll discover I'm far less gentle than Kyle in that regard."
Tiffany snatched her coat from Jim's hold without another word, but Kyle stepped forward to help her put it on.
"Thank you both," Kyle murmured. "The appetizers were delicious, and the company delightful as always."
"Any time, bud," Jim replied with a warm smile.

Though Jim appears easy-going and forgiving about Kelly's disregard for his wishes, she's going to discover that appearances can be deceiving and even smiling Doms can pack a wallop.

Note about the characters in this story: 

Kelly and Jim are two of my favorite characters. Kelly can be such a brat at times and Jim gives her a lot of leeway, but even he has limits. This story is the latest, chronologically, in their time line, though by the time its published it should be the fourth in a series subtitled Unexpected Consequences.

So, if you want to know how their sometimes stormy relationship started, they first appeared in Arrested by Love as secondary characters, but like all good primary characters insisted on their own story, which developed into A Dom's Dilemma. Both books, originally released in 2010, are being numbered, reedited and reissued with new covers in late November, along with a new third book, entitled Learning to be Little: Kelly's Story. Though the newest book in the series, Learning to be Little begins immediately after A Dom's Dilemma, it then takes the reader into Kelly's past, where she shares her introduction to age play and BDSM with Graham White in a sequel/prequel. The story is a departure for me in that the majority of its chronological time line takes place before the two books I've already published, but it belongs in the middle of the series. I expect two, possibly three more books in the series to be available in the near future.

To find out more about this series or any of Kathryn's other books, check out the links below:

Interested in Mischief Under the Mistletoe?
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Fourteen fierce festive stories in one AMAZING anthology extravaganza, fresh from international and number one bestselling authors alongside hot new talent! Editor’s Note: These delightfully naughty Christmas spanking stories feature scorching romance and BDSM. Some involve age play, all involve spanking. There’s also a bit of LGBT+, some magic, and a drunken incident with a photocopier.

Hope you enjoyed my excerpt from this anthology.  Thanks for visiting.  Now go visit the other authors and see what they're sharing by either clicking one of the links below, or visiting WIP it up Wednesday.


  1. Hi Kathryn, the anthology sounds awesome, what a wonderful collaboration and collection of stories!

    I just love how you have paired the two couples up in this story. I really enjoyed the excerpt. Somehow I think both Tiffany and Kelly are going to regret their actions :)


  2. I have to agree with the Doms in this snippet, Kathryn. Being pregnant and getting drunk is a serious offense. I hope that their hides get tanned good!


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