Bethany Leigh joins my blog today to discuss her latest release. It’s a collection of short stories and is titled A Cure For All Ills. Whereas Bethany’s first book, Freedom, was an alt-history and her second, At Dead of Night, was a detective story, A Cure for All Ills is a collection of honest-to-goodness domestic discipline stories. One of the stories features a spanko time-traveller from the future making illicit trips back to 1680s London to track down the legendary spanker Whipping Tom, but all the others are contemporary, featuring women in DD relationships and whose partners see – or come to see – spanking as ‘a cure for all ills’.
I love how diverse Bethany’s books are. Each is wholly unique, and this one is no exception!
The Stories Inside
Maddie’s hot new date loves to cook – but she avoids eating at all costs
Sarah has perfect plans for her anniversary – but Dan’s disappeared into his man-cave
Ginny’s always let her dog run free in the ‘on-lead’ area – but now a fine has turned up in the post
Maddie, Sarah, Ginny and the other feisty women in these stories all have problems. And they all have men who believe that a spanking is a cure for all ills.
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“It’s our anniversary,” I whispered. “We should be having a romantic day together…”
“And we would have been, if you hadn’t spoilt it.”
I flared up again, blinking back my tears. “If I hadn’t spoilt it? I got you a present and all you could be bothered to do was go out and –”
He gripped me more firmly. “As I said, you have two choices. Walk back or be carried. What’s it to be?”
While I hated the idea of making it easy for him, I couldn’t bear the thought of being carried up the road. So I walked beside him, inwardly quaking. I could still feel the throb of the last spanking, and didn’t want another on top of it.
He unlocked the front door and pointed me inside. This time he did pick me up, carrying me through to the bedroom. And my stomach lurched. For there, on the bed, lay a belt.
My Questions for Bethany
I thought one of the most riveting posts on the recent Saturday Spankings blog hop was an excerpt from a story in this book, in which a woman’s partner uses DD to help her overcome a severe eating disorder. What made you write about this?
I was bulimic throughout my twenties and used to long for a man like Adam to enter my life, take responsibility for my eating, and save me from my self-destructive dieting obsession. It didn’t happen for me, but it does happen for Maddie. When I first tried my hand at writing a DD story, the eating disorder scenario felt natural for me – troubled heroine with a serious problem, caring partner using tough love to help her recover. So ‘A Cure for All Ills’ was the first DD story I ever wrote and the other one featuring Adam and Maddie, ‘Far to Go’, was the second.
Are you like any of your heroines?
I think there’s a little bit of me in all of them. From this collection, I’m most like Sarah – hot-headed, rebellious, likes the idea/fantasy of discipline more than the reality of it. There’s obviously quite a bit of Maddie in me as well and her behaviour around food is modelled on mine back in my bulimic days. Of them all, though, I’m mostly like Lucy, the PI from my previous release, At Dead of Night – work-oriented, often seen drinking a cider or two down the pub, fond of a skirmish that ends in a playful spanking.
Bethany Leigh is a writer of domestic dramas and detective stories spiced up with spankings and romance. Her books are: Freedom, set in an alternate Edwardian England; Betrothed, a short prequel to Freedom; At Dead of Night, a contemporary whodunit; and A Cure For All Ills, an anthology of short domestic discipline stories. All are published by Blushing Books.
Bethany lives in Australia. When she’s not writing, she likes hanging out with her family, catching up with friends over a wine or coffee, and spotting kangaroos, wombats, kookaburras and other fabulous wildlife in the bush near her home.
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Thanks for visiting, Bethany!