Running from him wasn’t her best idea.
Hunter made a slight error in judgement when he disciplined his girlfriend and co-worker, Suzanna. He went overboard and he’s been backpedaling ever since, trying to get Suzie Q to forgive him without renouncing his belief in a loving, domestic discipline relationship.
Suzie’s not having it – no way, no how! She loves him but her first experience with over-the-knee discipline was horrible and it’s not something she’s willing to entertain again. When Hunter gets a promotion at work and becomes her boss, tensions rise. Oh hell, no! She’s not going to be under his thumb 24/7, no matter how much she adores him.
Quitting her job and taking off for Montana to spend some time with their friends Joy and J.R. Everly might not have been her smartest move. Leaving Hunter without a word was asking for trouble and, in hindsight, she knows she probably has just put her heart and her hind-end at risk.
Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary Western romance contains elements of action, adventure, humor and power exchange.
Five Fun Facts
1. I’m getting married. Yes, really. If you’re a fan you probably know that my husband of more than forty years, Bill, passed away in September 2016 right before Widow on the Loose was released. I wondered if I somehow cursed myself by writing an erotic romance about a widow and almost pulled the book back.
For the next couple of years I was so devastated I could barely function and wondered why I was still kicking around this world. Then last summer I reconnected with an old friend, someone I’ve known since I was fifteen. In fact we dated back when dates were hanging out together listening to music on the radio, going to the movies, on foot, lol and stopping for an ice cream.
We dated again when I was twenty and then again when I was twenty-two, but the timing was never quite right for us.
This time it seems we came together at a point in our lives when fate was ready to smile on us. He’s a great guy, still fun and compassionate, still handsome and he opens my doors, every time.
So we’re making it permanent in September. I’m pretty nervous about it to tell you the truth. At sixty-four and sixty-five we don’t know what’s around the corner, but every time I get a little squeamish he plays ‘After All’ by Peter Cetera and Cher and I’m mush. Wish us luck.
2. When I sent my first book, Changing Her Mind, into Blushing and they accepted it I didn’t tell a soul besides my husband until after the book was released.
I’m not sure why. I didn’t even tell my sisters, who I’m very close to. Looking back I might have been a little embarrassed at the erotic content and of course everyone has a different idea of what is erotic and what is not.
As authors we take a risk with each novel. There will always be those who think we are a little freakish, and still others who feel we have no real talent as storytellers. Thankfully, on the other end of the spectrum are readers who love our work and wait anxiously for the next book. I am blessed to have such readers.
3. Sometimes I laugh when I’m writing. When I was writing The O’Malley Brides, I called my granddaughter Caitlin into my office. “I need a name for a nerd,” I said. “A real nerd, you know pocket protectors, wing-tip shoes, glasses, exceptionally well-mannered and formal. He always wears an overcoat and carries an umbrella, that kind of nerd.”
Caitie and I discussed various names and final came up with ‘Delbert Bertram Winston the 4th’, who went on to become one of my readers favorite characters when he tamed the infamous Bridget O’Malley.
4. I listen to instrumental music when I write. Not always, sometimes I prefer complete silence, but when I’m writing a particularly romantic scene it helps to sort of put myself in the mood. I especially like Lorie Line. Her Music from the Heart album is one of my favorites.
5. Gee, apparently I’m not much fun for I’m running out of fun facts and they only wanted five, lol. Oh, I know, I’m going to marry a man who has OCD. Now for some people this might be a problem, but not for me.
He likes everything neat and tidy. I’m sort of ‘whatever’ person. He’s already organized almost every closet in the house, converted the laundry room in to a laundry/pantry and cleaned out the shed finding things I’d forgotten we had.
In the kitchen when you pull out the sliding shelves in the cupboard the cans are all lined up and you can actually see what’s in there. It’s great. He’s retired and loves to putz and I only have to ask where something is and he knows. Definitely a win-win for me. Of course he hasn’t been up to the attic yet, poor man.
“You’re late, Miss Quantrill,” he stated sourly when she walked into his office.
“So fire me,” she retorted as she took a seat across the table from him.
“Always the wise ass,” he said with a heavy sigh.
“It’s a God given talent. I see no reason not to use it.”
“Use it somewhere else. Let’s get to work.”
They worked throughout the morning, reviewing the procedure manual, making notes in the margins and discussing improvements. At noon he offered to take her to lunch. She refused.
“I’ll eat at my desk,” she said coolly.
“How long is this going to go on?” he asked, trying not to growl in frustration.
“Until we’re finished, I guess,” Suzie replied, deliberately misinterpreting his meaning. “I imagine it will take several weeks. If you’re unhappy with my work I’m sure Helena is willing to…assist you.”
“That’s not what I mean and you know it. How long are you going to let…”
“Mr. McCaughey, I…”
“Don’t you dare ‘Mr. McCaughey’ me,” he ground out, rising when she did and rounding the table. “It’s Hunter, and I know you know it because you’ve screamed out my name often enough for your whole complex to hear.”
“Bringing that up is not very gentlemanly of you,” Suzie hissed, backing up.
“I’m not a gentleman. In fact I’m seconds away from becoming the Neanderthal you accused me of being.” Moving closer he reached for her shoulders.
“Oops. Sorry, I didn’t mean to interrupt anything,” Helena said as she knocked once and opened the door.
“You didn’t,” Hunter assured her, turning away from Suzie and running a hand through his hair. “What is it?”
“Joy Everly is on the phone.”
“Send it through. I’ll take it,” he barked out shortly
“It’s not for you,” Helena explained, obviously paying close attention to the two of them. “It’s for Suzanna.”
“Rout it to my office,” Suzie said, grabbing her cell and scooting around Helena. “I’m on lunch.”
Hunter stared after her. Why the hell would Joy be calling Suzie? How did she even know her? Suzie wasn’t on the detail assigned to protect Joy when she was waiting to testify against Barrows. They shouldn’t know each other, yet Joy was calling her and Suzie had a suspiciously guilty look on her face. He’d come to know that look when they were lovers. It was the one she got when she was about to do something totally outrageous.
Best-Selling author Stevie MacFarlane has been writing in her spare time for more than twenty years. It wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to submit some of her work to Blushing Books. Since then she has been a nominated for several awards and has frequently hit Amazon’s list of Most Popular Erotic/BDSM authors. While most of her stories are on the sweet side, she never fails to add just enough kink and humor to keep her loyal fans clamoring for more.
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