Multiple heroines. Various misdeeds. Invariable punishment.
Bethany Leigh joins my blog today with an excerpt from her new book, Are You Sitting Comfortably? The title alone makes me laugh! Bethany, what can you tell us about this book?
This is my second collection of short stories, and it contains lots of variety! It includes a mystery solved by PI Lucy from At Dead of Night, two stories featuring new characters from the Lady Margia/Freedom alt-history universe, as well as a historical from 1961 and a bunch of contemporary DD stories. You don’t need to have read my previous books to enjoy the stories featuring characters from them – they’re standalones, so you can dip right in. Hope you enjoy the book.
About Are You Sitting Comfortably?
These ladies aren’t, after defiance, hijinks, bad attitude and other misbehaviour lands them a trip across a stern partner’s knee.
Penny’s husband Hayden wants to revive domestic discipline as well as romance as they travel around Australia. Penny isn’t so sure, but then she ignores an important instruction.
Lucy’s trying to trace a poison-pen writer and searching for an office to set up her own PI agency. Can she find a location boyfriend Noel approves of? (A standalone mystery featuring Lucy from At Dead of Night.)
Lady Helena has run away with her family’s footman after having a disastrous marriage declared void. How will she cope with life as lowly servant Nell? (Featuring two new characters from the Lady Margia/Freedom universe.)
Ruth is in love with the headmaster of the school where she works as a nurse. He seems unaware of her existence – until her madcap friend comes to stay, and a prank goes horribly wrong.
Enjoy eight short spanking stories, featuring feisty heroines from a range of genres – contemporary, mystery, historical and alt-history – all with one thing in common. They all have a man who knows just how to bring them back in line!
If your curiosity is piqued, check out these other titles by Bethany that can be found on my blog, complete with excerpts:
“Oh, come on, Chris! How do you expect me to regard your money as ‘ours’ when I used to have my own? I’d feel guilty buying clothes or books or cocktails with the girls with your money.”
“Oh, for God’s sake!” Chris said. “Before we had Elias, we agreed that you should give up work and I would keep us. Do you think I’d have agreed to that if I couldn’t afford for you to buy yourself a new dress or pair of shorts?”
“It’s not about whether you can afford it,” I said. “It’s about my own self-respect. I’ve always been financially independent. I’ve never asked anyone for money for a dress ever and I don’t intend to start now.”
“So you’re telling me that while I’ve been worrying myself sick about you, thinking you were depressed, all that’s going on is that you’re trying to prove to yourself that you’re still an independent woman by refusing to spend money on yourself that you think you haven’t earned?”
I shrugged. “I suppose so.”
“We need to discuss this properly. Let’s go inside.” Chris picked up the wine bottle and his glass. I picked up my own glass and followed him into the kitchen. Chris sealed the wine and put it back in the fridge. “Go and check on Elias,” he told me, “and then come through to the bedroom.”
I stiffened. “What do you mean?”
“You know exactly what I mean.”
“Oh no,” I said. “Those days are over. We decided to stop that when Elias was born. We had an agreement.”
Chris nodded. “So we did. We also had an agreement that I would go to work and provide for the family while you stayed home and looked after Elias. By refusing to buy yourself the things you need with our money, you appear to have reneged on that particular agreement. So you shouldn’t be surprised that I intend to renege on the other.”
I looked at him. His voice and jawline were grim, but there was a sparkle of challenge in his eyes as there had been back in the old days. The days when he’d spanked me.
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.
Amazon author page (which contains links to all Bethany’s books): http://www.amazon.com/Bethany-Leigh/e/B018Z9NLSK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1449447482&sr=8-1
Thanks for stopping by, Bethany!