Ask Cassie about her life on the river and she’ll tell you it’s lovely and peaceful. But while she loves the life she lives, peaceful is not always an accurate description. Whether she’s confronting an armed man who’s in a drunken rage, planning a friend’s wedding, or dealing with a ghost in a backwoods lodge, Cassie is going to deal with it the best way she knows how. And peaceful doesn’t always work.

When a mysterious phone call comes for Cassandra Wentworth, Cassie’s past is suddenly back to haunt her in a devastating way. Tom always said nothing from before the time they met counts, but he didn’t know about this. Sue, Annie, Allie, and Jenny are all willing to help, but will it be enough?

Publisher’s Note: This sweet love story includes scenes of domestic discipline.

Author Interview

When did you know you wanted to be an author?

It was a long fight. I loved making up stories in my head, but writing them? That sounded like work. You must know grammar, spelling, tense, even how to type! All I wanted to do was make up stories. But my characters wouldn’t leave me alone. They insisted I sit down and write their stories. Nearly a dozen years ago, I finally gave in.

What is your writing day like?

It’s great now that I’m retired. I get up, eat a bite of breakfast while I watch GMA and check my blogs and my emails. Then I make a cup of coffee and head to my sun room/ writing room. I gently shove the cats far enough aside to get to the key board and have at it. Often I’m staring into space or even have my eyes closed as I watch and listen to a scene unfold in front of me. Then I simply write what I’ve seen and heard.

Why do you enjoy writing series?

Many of my characters have been with me most of my life. These imaginary friends of mine didn’t go away when I grew up. I know them, I love them, and I still find their stories interesting. As a reader, I love series. I love getting to know a character, their friends, their whole lifestyle and see how they react in different situations that life throws at them.

When you finally win that big lottery, what’s your first purchase?

I want that beautiful mountain cabin. I want a large deck with a view down into the valley. I want to enjoy the cool mountain breeze in the summer and to sit inside by a big fire and watch the snow come down in the winter. I think this would be the perfect spot for my husband and me to live and love.

What do you love most about books?

To reference Star Trek – it’s the closest we’re going to come to a combination transporter/holodeck. With books, I can go anywhere, be anybody, do anything. I can have a new adventure every day, or I can go back and relive a favorite over and over. Books are magic.

What books would sit beside Cassie’s Life and the Cassie’s Space series and the Cal’s Law series on a shelf at the bookstore?

My books should be firmly between ‘How to Improve Your Marriage’ and ‘Fifty Shades of Gray.’ I think a little spanking could improve many humdrum marriages, and that more people should give it a try. I’d want it next to Fifty Shades because that’s the only title many of the readers I’m looking for have ever heard. While Fifty Shades hasn’t been listed under great literature, the stories certainly intrigued many people to consider reading spanking stories. I think they would like my characters and their lifestyle very much.

There are many different types of books even within the spanking genre, what is your favorite?

I enjoy most spanking fiction. I’ll read about spanking in historical stories, cowboy stories, paranormal stories, science fiction and stories about sex clubs with dark dungeons. But my all-time favorites are the stories that could really happen. These are the stories I enjoy reading and writing. I like exploring how spanking could be incorporated into a real marriage. Could this be your neighbor’s life style, maybe your boss, or maybe even you?

 

Excerpt

I knew Tom would be in soon. Most people in situations of such stress have the option of fight or flight. Since the last time I’d run away from Tom I had given him my solemn word I wouldn’t run away from him again, my options were somewhat different – fight or submit. I didn’t want to fight with Tom, but to submit to a spanking…when I’d been the one to defuse the situation… I just wasn’t sure I could accept it.

Tom wasn’t long in following me. One look at his face told me he was a man on a mission and I could only assume that mission would keep me from sitting comfortably for a few days. I knew nothing I could say would change his mind. I might submit physically, but mentally, never. The look of cold fury I gave him as he began removing my clothes was not something he could misinterpret.

I was seething, as Tom undressed me completely – to make me stand before him nude before a spanking was nothing but a sheer power play and I felt he was doing it because of what that hateful Cal had said about listening to authority.

I felt anything but submissive, as I stood nude before him. I didn’t say anything. I was too angry. I waited to see if he would go for the brush or the leather paddle. The answer was neither – he came for me. Putting his hand on the back of my neck he pulled me into a kiss that I’ll remember longer than any spanking. I stood weak kneed from the kiss staring into Tom eyes as he hovered over me a moment before kissing me again as he ran his hands over my body.

I wasn’t even sure how I got on the bed, but Tom was still kissing me as he removed his clothes. We made love with a passion I’m sure most would believe should be reserved for the young. I don’t think I even remember the details, not that I’d share them, but I when I came back to myself I could barely move except to clutch tightly at Tom. Eventually I found my voice.

“I think I’m going to have to take up smoking.”

I heard Tom’s warm chuckle, “Don’t you think you stay in enough trouble without taking up more bad habits.”

“Honey, I have to tell you, if this is your new method of getting my attention when you’re upset with me, I’m behind you all the way.”