She needed a savior. He wanted a little girl. So, he made her an offer she couldn't refuse.
Welcome back to Book Hooks, a regular Wednesday feature! In this blog loop, we hope to provide you with some tantalizing tidbits in our books.
My submission for this week's Book Hooks is from my Christmas novella A Naughty New Year, which is part of the "Mischief Under the Mistletoe" anthology. The novella is in two parts with the first centering around a New Year's Eve party Kelly Evans and her husband Jim are throwing for their best friends Kyle and Tiffany Sinclair and the fact champagne looks an awful lot like ginger ale.
Their friends due to arrive in any second, Kelly steps out of their bedroom in her party dress.
"You're a sight for sore eyes, doll."
"Think so?" she asked giving a playful twirl.
"Oh, yeah. I do." Then he moved forward to loosely wrap his arms about her. "You feelin' okay?"
"I'm fine. Why?"
"You're lookin' a little flushed. You worked your butt off for this party and I'm worried you might have overdone things a bit."
She stepped in closer to him, put her hands on his hips and gazed up at him with a dazzling smile. "I'm perfect, and I can't wait to show you just how perfect I am, later."
"It's a date," he replied, grinning back at her, tempted to sneak in a kiss when the doorbell rang.
* * *
Kelly turned to open the door, but Jim tightened his grip. "Unh uh," he warned. "That's what husbands are for. Your job is to plop down, relax and look beautiful. Now go do as you're told," he ordered giving her backside a gentle swat.
In a show of compliance, Kelly reluctantly took a step toward the living room, but remained in the hallway. He was being bossy and overprotective, but she wasn't about to be so rude as to not greet their guests.
"Happy New Year. Come on in, folks," Jim greeted as he opened the door wide.
"Happy New Year!" Kyle and Tiffany replied in a chorus. Then Tiffany added with a giggle of delight. "It's snowing."
Kelly stepped forward to take her friend's coat and gave her a hug before she brushed away a few of the tiny crystal flakes slowly melting in Tiffany's red hair. "White glitter on crimson silk. Pretty. It must be falling down hard. Your hair would have been veiled in white if you'd stayed out much longer."
"I don't care," Tiffany confessed, returning Kelly's hug. "I love the snow."
"So do I," Kelly admitted, catching Jim's warning frown. Yeah, yeah. She hadn't obediently dropped into a chair like he'd ordered. Too bad. Complimenting her friend was more important.
Kelly adores Jim, but she needs to convince him that pregnancy has not turned her into an invalid. She's perfectly capable of doing all the things she did before.
Note about the characters in this story:
Note about the characters in this story:
Kelly and Jim are two of my favorite characters. Kelly can be such a brat at times and Jim gives her a lot of leeway, but even he has limits. This story is the latest, chronologically, in their time line, though by the time its published it should be the fourth in a series subtitled Unexpected Consequences.
So, if you want to know how their sometimes stormy relationship started, they first appeared in Arrested by Love as secondary characters, but like all good primary characters insisted on their own story, which developed into A Dom's Dilemma. Both books, originally released in 2010, are being numbered, reedited and reissued with new covers in late November, along with a new third book, entitled Learning to be Little: Kelly's Story. Though the newest book in the series, Learning to be Little begins immediately after A Dom's Dilemma, it then takes the reader into Kelly's past, where she shares her introduction to age play and BDSM with Graham White in a sequel/prequel. The story is a departure for me in that the majority of its chronological time line takes place before the two books I've already published, but it belongs in the middle of the series. I expect two, possibly three more books in the series to be available in the near future.
To find out more about this series or any of Kathryn's other books, check out the links below:
Kathryn's Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-R.-Blake/e/B003G5G15Y/
Blushing Books: https://blushingbooks.com/index.php?l=product_list&m=126
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Fourteen fierce festive stories in one AMAZING anthology extravaganza, fresh from international and number one bestselling authors alongside hot new talent! Editor’s Note: These delightfully naughty Christmas spanking stories feature scorching romance and BDSM. Some involve age play, all involve spanking. There’s also a bit of LGBT+, some magic, and a drunken incident with a photocopier.