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I'm kicking the blog tour off with my story "Unmet Desires". It features Claire and Luis, the same couple from Coming to Terms. They have been trying to get pregnant without any results, causing stress and frustration. Here's one of the scenes that prompt Luis to whisk her away for a weekend boot camp to reconnect:
“Claire...don’t you think it might be the stress about trying to get pregnant that could actually be preventing it?”
Her face contorted. “Yes!” she hissed, throwing her spoon into the sink with a clatter. “It’s my stress. It’s that I don’t have enough body fat. It’s that I’m too old. It’s that I was on the pill for twelve years. It is certainly all my fault!”
Or it could be that I’m too old.
He was twelve years older than his new wife, which meant he could be shooting blanks. He wanted to draw her into his arms, but she was far too prickly to accept it. “Claire,” he said in his most reasonable tone. “You’re totally off-balance. I can tell just by the state you left the kitchen--”
“Well, why don’t you man up and do something about it?” she cut in.
He recoiled. “Did you really just say that to me?” he hissed.
Her eyes were wide as if she’d shocked herself, and remorse was plain in her expression, but no apology came forth.
“Go to the bedroom and prepare yourself,” he said in a soft, dangerous voice.
She swallowed, the color draining from her face, but still, she did not say she was sorry.
“Yes, sir,” she muttered and set her cereal bowl in the sink, giving him a nervous backward glance as she departed.
He met it with one raised eyebrow.
Taking a deep breath, he calmed his heart rate, though truly he was more shocked than angered. Apparently, Claire had been begging for a spanking all along, when what he thought she needed was a dose of compassion. He poured himself a glass of water and sipped it, giving her time to stew in anticipation.
Domestic discipline was much harder than he’d imagined. When she’d asked him for this arrangement, he’d jumped at the chance, having always been into spanking but never before having a willing partner. And it had been easy and fun at first--defining rules, punishing when they were broken. But it was always with the light-hearted knowledge that it was all erotic fodder. He loved watching Claire’s eyes dilate when he turned dom on her, or seeing the evidence of her arousal drip down her leg when he had her stand in the corner with her panties down.
But this...this was different. This was a territory where he could easily make the kind of mistake that caused resentment. Do you punish your wife who is depressed because she can’t get pregnant? His rationale had been an emphatic no. And yet, she just dared him to.It made sense, he supposed. Maybe she needed the release. Maybe she needed someone to take charge. She was a woman trying to control too much in her life.
From making it a year cancer-free to adjusting to a spouse home from a tour of duty, seven domestic discipline couples grapple with life’s milestones.
Major Changes by Cara Bristol
Before her military husband left for Afghanistan, Cadence Simmons depended on Rahm’s love, guidance, and protection. But his service to his country forced her to become more independent and make decisions for herself. He’s home for good now and eager to resume where they left off. But Cadence isn’t quite sure she wants things exactly as they were before. Can a little domestic discipline help this loving couple through some major changes?
The Barn by Alta Hensley
Determined to convert an old barn into the home of her dreams, Paige Holland returns to her small town after twelve years. She finds herself face to face with the man she never forgot. The same man who shattered her heart in a million pieces. The same man she never wanted to see again, yet also the same man she so desperately missed. Connor McNeil...her first true love.
Unmet Desire by Renee Rose
Watching his wife unravel as she faces infertility is as heartbreaking for Luis as it is for Claire, but the more he compassion he shows, the more she drifts away. Deciding to take a firm hand, he whisks her away to their mountain condo for a weekend boot camp to reaffirm their roles and reignite their passion for one another.
A Time to Heal by Sue Lyndon
Stephie’s cancer went into remission a year ago, but her husband, Marcus, still treats her like she’s breakable. They resume practicing domestic discipline, but Marcus has a hard time following through with punishments, leaving Stephie frustrated that it’s not the same as before her illness. Can they move past the fears that have built up between them to find the intimacy they lost?
Making It 'Write' by Celeste Jones
Jill Carpenter is thrilled when her first spanking fiction novel is accepted for publication and a whole new life as a professional writer opens up for her. The only catch? Complying with her husband's rules regarding absolute secrecy and privacy.
The First Submission by Anastasia Vitsky
Bred to uphold duty and tradition from the cradle, rising legal scholar Sori shrinks from marriage and assuming the role of disciplinarian. Temper pot Karie longs for freedom as a First Responder and scorns the fusty Sori. In this prequel to Becoming Clissine, Karie and Sori must choose their own happiness. Can they find love in an arranged marriage?
October Something by Jade Cary
As their tenth wedding anniversary approaches, Kate and Jack Barrington are signing divorce papers instead of exchanging tin. Desperate to save their marriage, Jack holds Kate hostage at their mountain retreat, where happiness once reigned supreme. Can they move through the bad times and find love once again?
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Feb. 14th - Renee Rose
Feb. 16th - Celeste Jones
Fe 17th - Alta Hensley
Feb 18th - Jade Cary
Feb 19th - Cara Bristol
Feb. 20 - Sue Lyndon
Feb. 21 - Anastasia Vitsky