I ran into this photo on the internet recently (credit Greta Page-Mann). It gave me chills, and I thought to myself that it’s one of the few times I would think defacing a headstone is a positive thing. Believe it or not, Susan B. Anthony is a character in my next novel. No, she doesn’t get spanked! However, she does play a role in imparting some wisdom to my hero and heroine.
The Submissive Suffragette is coming out soon – May 10! I wanted to take some time to discuss it because it’s not like anything else I’ve published. Carter from The Unbraiding of Anna Brown is the hero in this book, but it’s the story of him and his first wife Nalin. Anna shows up too, but she’s a teenager at the time.
Those who came to know and love the stern, mature, and gentle Carter in The Unbraiding will see a different side of him – the passionate, immature, and misguided man of his youth. He’s a very imperfect hero in this book, though his core qualities are the same. His loyalty, kindness, and strong sense of morality are all still part of who he is; however, these traits are often overshadowed by his stubbornness and what some might consider harsh punishments of his wife Nalin. Carter is not a man ahead of his time. He possesses plenty of sexist beliefs of most men of his era. He loves his wife deeply, but he is confused and unimpressed with her insistence on women’s rights. This manifests itself in a number of ways, including a punishment for Nalin when she dares to spend money without his permission.
The Submissive Suffragette contains some sensitive topics. One is the effect that barrenness has on a woman’s sense of self-worth, especially in the nineteenth century. A woman who cannot conceive is often thought to be less of a woman, and I explore that in this book. Nalin has difficulty conceiving and, in an effort to feel a sense of worth in a society that places so much importance on childbearing, she seeks out a place in the suffrage movement and its quest to write into law a woman’s right to vote.
Further complicating matters is that Nalin is a submissive. How does a submissive who longs to obey her husband fight for women’s equal rights in society? As you can imagine, these are complex and difficult topics that are not easily solved, especially when met by a husband who firmly believes it is a woman’s duty to submit and obey. The miscarriages that the couple suffer are not for the faint of heart either, so people looking for a light spanking romance will be sorely disappointed if they pick up this book.
Following is the blurb that will give readers more of an idea of what to expect. And after that, an excerpt – finally!
It’s the late 1800s, the suffrage movement is gaining ground, and women are beginning to fight against the accepted roles of housewife and mother. Nalin is one of these women. She is a submissive wife to Carter and desperately longs for motherhood, but she struggles to balance her personality and desires with her belief that women should have equal rights to men. She begins defying all the normal conventions–she wears pants instead of skirts to town, she cusses, and she talks back to her husband. Carter’s response is to take his wayward wife over his knee for a sound, bare-bottom spanking.
Carter has always been content with the status quo and is frustrated with Nalin’s constant defiance of all things considered ladylike. To his way of thinking, it’s his duty to lead and her duty to obey. Nalin quickly discovers that his stubborn opinions about the natural order of things won’t be easily changed, although he does come to believe that disciplining his recalcitrant wife is pointless. Her reaction to his declaration, however, surprises them both.
Carter and Nalin both want children but have so far suffered more than one devastating loss. They are both thrilled when Nalin becomes pregnant again. However, in addition to having a child, she also wishes to attend the suffrage convention in Dallas. Carter loves his wife, so despite his initial reservations, he agrees to see her safely to the convention and back. Their adventure takes a few twists and turns along the way. Will this couple safely and successfully navigate their way through these turbulent times and find the happily ever after they both deserve?
Publisher’s Note: This book contains erotic scenes and disciplinary spanking of an adult woman. If such material offends you, please do not purchase.
“Come to me so I can comfort you, Nalin love, or go to bed and cry it out. Those are your two options. I’ll not have you standing there bawling in the kitchen a minute more.”
Nalin couldn’t decide which to do, so she remained in the same place. She felt too unworthy of Carter’s comfort to seek his embrace and too devastated not to. Carter strode to her after a couple minutes. He pushed her back into the bent position over the table, tossed up her skirts, and slapped his palm across her flaming behind.
“No, wait! I’ll go to bed,” she cried.
“Yes, you will. After another spanking.”
The swats rained down at a steady pace during his lecture. “That wasn’t a suggestion, young lady. I gave you an order to come to me or go to bed. You will listen to my words! You will obey when I speak them. And you’ll do so without delay. Disobeying gets you punished. Dawdling also gets you punished. You’re to be especially biddable following a spanking, to show me that you’ve learned something and are of the mind to be obedient going forward. Am I making myself clear enough, or do I need to take off my belt again?”
As you can see, Carter is not a man to be tested!
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