Antony Jacobson first held Cynthia Donohue in his arms at a wintry December wedding. Four months later, the statuesque, enchanting woman continues to haunt his thoughts.
Cynthia is about to move to the West Coast to be closer her daughter. Arriving in her new city, she steels herself to cope on her own. When she finds Antony waiting at the arrivals gate, a wave of gratitude and desire floods through her.
A lifetime of independence hasn’t prepared Cynthia for a submissive role in a relationship. For all that she craves love, romance, and someone to share sunsets, deep down she believes her dreams are childish, the hopes of a much younger woman. That’s fine: indomitable, handsome Antony is prepared to wait.
She is tired and aching beyond all memory so Antony takes charge. Very quickly, he realizes there is something wrong, very wrong, with Cynthia’s health. He insists that she see a doctor.
She says he is overprotective. He agrees he is. He is also determined to look after her if she won’t look after herself. After a trip over his knee, Cynthia is shaken to the core by her desire for him to do it again. More importantly, she agrees that he may be right about seeing a doctor.
Is Antony too much, too soon, or is he just what the doctor ordered?
Cynthia ran her hands through Antony’s unruly hair. When he kissed her neck, she trembled. She was in the trance now, the place she went to before orgasm. In all her adult life, she’d never felt as safe and protected as in this moment. When he touched her clitoris, she couldn’t stop herself. The dam broke; she orgasmed in shuddering spams.
“I’m going to get me some of that.” He grinned, nudging her legs apart with a knee.
He plunged into her, making her moan with satisfaction, deep and primal. Her body still worked like it was supposed to. A lump of gratitude for him being there, for his lust for her, burned in her throat. She wished she could capture this moment in a magic crystal. She’d save the scents of sex and soap, the feeling of being loved, the sound of his deep, quiet grunts as he pumped her, forever.
What do you like to collect?
I collect teas, mustards, and handmade soaps. I like things that I can use, share, or both. When the Christmas craft markets are on, I plan my route to make sure I don’t miss any. Now it’s summer markets and I go out on Saturday morning to see what’s fresh and local.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love board games, Mah Jong, and cards. I also love hiking and sketching, although I don’t share the latter is for personal consumption only.
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate every time.
Tea or Coffee?
Both. Coffee in the morning. My Australian husband has very high standards and makes me a perfect latte to start my day. Tea from mid-morning on.
If your mood was a song right now, what would be playing?
Jennifer Warnes’ version of the Leonard Cohen song, Ain’t No Cure For Love. It is the theme song for Holding Cynthia.
Tell us about your most adventurous experience.
On the strength of knowing my husband for all of nine and a half weeks (true story!) I quit my job in Canada and moved to Australia to marry him. It had taken me six years and a lot of head butting to break through to my senior management position with a major Vancouver construction company. I quit all that on little more than the feeling that this one man offered me something I would never find anywhere else.
The day I arrived at the Melbourne airport to start my new Australian life, there was no one there to greet me. I stood by the empty baggage carousel, all my suitcases piled on a trolley, alone, after everyone else had cleared that part of the terminal.
I wondered if I’d just made the stupidest decision of my life. That was in the days before cell phones and the internet. Absolutely the longest ten minutes of my life followed. The Leading Man was caught up in traffic but got there finally. We’ve been living happily ever after since then.
What was the hardest part about writing Holding Cynthia:
Cynthia was a confronting, often grumpy, character in the Simon in Charge series. I spent a lot of time trying to figure her out. When I researched some of the issues that can make person like that, I started to get a better fix on what was making her push people away.
Social blogger Ronnie Flynn recently sat Antony Jacobson on a flight to Calgary. He agreed to answer five of her questions:
Ronnie: Would you like to tell my readers how you and Cynthia Donohue connected? What attracted you to her when so many people find her scary?
Antony: I met her at my nephew Simon’s wedding. She was fiery and independent, a woman of substance and edges. Her eyes sparkled, she smelled divine but I sensed something vulnerable and tender in her. When we danced she followed my lead but I didn’t feel in control. She was an enigma and I had to get to know her better.
Ronnie: I’ve heard rumors that you’re a bit of a control freak, the type of man who believes in the old marital vows that a woman should obey her husband. Comment?
Antony: It’s true that I expect to be the leader, the main decision maker in a relationship. I’m upfront about that with anyone who knows me more than about five minutes.
But I’m not a tyrant. I love and respect Cynthia more than any other woman I’ve ever known. I’d never make a major decision without speaking to her first.
On the other hand, if we are at a stalemate about a particular point of contention, I hold the deciding vote. Cynthia has agreed to live with that.
Ronnie: Does that mean you like your women weak and submissive?
Antony: I’ve seen Cynthia submissive. I’ve never seen her weak.
I expect Cynthia to listen and obey me but not with a broken, servile spirit. If she pandered to me or caved on everything I asked, I’d lose interest in her. I don’t want a dog that follows close at heel. I want a strong woman who walks beside me
It takes a powerful woman to submit without breaking. Cynthia is one of those rare women.
Ronnie: You moved in with her less than a week ago, is that right? Isn’t everything moving rather fast?
Antony: One person’s fast is another person’s ‘what took you so long?’ I knew within the first twenty minutes we met that she was the one for me.
Lives change in a single moment. Often – too often – for bad. A car accident, a trauma. We make ourselves adjust quickly to those negative events.
I try to also recognize the changes that bring us good luck. Cynthia was one of those shining moments of a chance for happiness.
Ronnie: Is it true you used to spank your ex-wife Ashley? Do you spank Cynthia? Would you spank me if you felt I deserved it?
Antony: That’s three questions. The first two are both private matters, not open for a discussion. Would I spank you? If I felt you needed it and you agreed, absolutely. And you wouldn’t forget the experience quickly.
But not without your agreement. Consent is everything.
About the Author
Libby Campbell, spanking writer and mischief maker
Libby Campbell writes in the bay window of her mock-Tudor home. Her muse is fueled by coffee, chocolate, and many cups of fragrant tea. Libby and her leading man of over thirty years share a love of hiking, beach walks, road trips, and an occasional night of dancing. They live in a leafy, seaside neighborhood on a rocky Canadian island.
Libby savors her evening bubble baths where she sings along to her favorite music, safe in the knowledge that no one can hear her. She loves all animals, but particularly small dogs with big attitudes and big ones who think they are lap dogs. A woman for all seasons, Libby is happy cuddling in front of a winter fire, watching a summer sunset, listening to birds in the spring and walking in the autumn rain.
Optimistic by nature, Libby wants a solid HEA in her reading and her writing. She writes the stories she wants to read. To see what she’s working on now, or how she formed her earlier novels, visit her Pinterest boards where she pins pictures that inspire her characters and their worlds.
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Don’t miss these other great books from Libby Campbell and Blushing Books:
Seeing Ronnie (Romancing the Coast, Book 1)
Simon in Charge (3 book box set that included Simon Says, Winning Sadie, and Sadie Says I Do)
Winning Sadie is also available as an audio book from Audible. Buy it here.