Ooh a new one from Ashe Barker, and it looks positively delicious. I will be one-clicking this one ASAP!
Hi Renee, and thank you for inviting me over today to share a little from my latest release, A Scandalous Arrangement. It’s great to be back.
I thought it might be a nice opportunity to get to know Adam Luke, my hero in A Scandalous Arrangement, a little better. I fired some finely honed questions at him. Here’s what he had to say…
Me: If you found yourself with a free day and no responsibilities, and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
Adam: Hmm, that’s a good question. I rarely have a day like that. If I did, I think I’d like to spend it with my daughter. I don’t see enough of her. Perhaps we could visit a park, or a museum. On second thoughts, she’d be bored to tears. I’d take her fishing I think, or maybe we’d just walk and talk.
Me: Are you a good father then?
Adam: I doubt it, but I do try. In the past I was always too busy, but these days I make more of an effort. In years to come, when I’m long dead and Julia is telling her own grandchildren about me I want her to say I was a decent man. So I suppose I need to start here.
Me: Are you a decent man?
Adam: I am, I hope, though I doubt Victoria always thought so. She considered me positively indecent when we first met.
Me: And now? What does Victoria think of you?
Adam: I suspect her attitude has softened somewhat, but love does that I’ve observed.
Me: When did you first realise she loved you?
Adam: Now if I told you that it would spoil the story, wouldn’t it? There was a moment, but readers will have to find it for themselves.
Enough from Adam, here’s the blurb:
After a foolish wager costs her brother ownership of the weaving mill in Yorkshire which provides her income, Victoria Wynne is left with no choice but to confront the man who took the bet and seek to dissuade him from claiming his prize. Unfortunately for her, that man turns out to be Adam Luke, an experienced, ambitious entrepreneur who is intent on keeping what he won.
Upon meeting her, Adam is enchanted by Victoria’s beauty and charm as well as her nerve and self-reliance. Adam is a man of singular tastes, and when Victoria asks to manage the mill in return for a share of the profits, he offers her a bold proposal of his own. She will continue to run the mill as she has for years, but in return for a substantially larger portion of the profits she will also serve at his beck and call behind closed doors, submitting to him in any way he desires.
Wanting to earn enough money to buy back the mill as quickly as possible—and with some part of her shamefully aroused by the thought of kneeling naked at Adam’s feet—Victoria accepts his terms. But submission initially proves difficult for a woman used to running her own affairs, and soon enough she finds herself bare-bottomed over his knee for a firm lesson in obedience.
Adam’s plans for Victoria run much deeper than just an occasional spanking. She will be stripped naked, bound, and teased until she is aching for release, and then at last he will take her long and hard. As Adam continues to train her, teaching her to yield to his mastery while bringing her more pleasure than she ever thought possible, Victoria cannot help falling for him. But can a lifelong bond truly emerge from such a scandalous arrangement?
Publisher’s Note: A Scandalous Arrangement is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
And an excerpt from A Scandalous Arrangement. Victoria is about to learn the consequences of disobedience – the hard way.
I am going to require you to lean across your desk, raise your skirts, and accept a decent spanking. I trust that will be sufficient to get my point across, though I will be happy to repeat the lesson should it be necessary. Then, when I am satisfied we are done here, you will take yourself off to bed. Your bottom will be sore, you may not find sleep so easy, but you will do your best.”
“You cannot. I will not allow it. This is my home, my library. You can’t just walk in here and, and…”
“At the risk of being tedious, may I remind you that until I complete the legal requirements this house remains mine, though I accept it is your home. Even so, I think you will find I can walk in here and spank you if you require such chastisement. And Victoria, you definitely do. So if you would be so good as to present yourself as directed, we can get on with it.”
Victoria stood and backed away from him toward the door. He found her obvious fear discomfiting, but understandable in the circumstances. They would soon move beyond that. By way of a reminder as to the truth of her situation he pulled the key from his pocket and tossed it among the paperwork on her desk.
“You are going nowhere. Now unless you intend to rouse the entire household with your screams and fussing I suggest you get back here, clear a space among all this, and bend over.”
His tone was icy. He watched as her colour faded.
She returned his gaze, chewing on her lower lip as though considering her next move. She appeared to come up with nothing decisive so remained where she was. Adam rummaged among her papers and picked up a ruler she had been using to set out her ledgers in perfect order. A foot long, made of smooth cherry wood, it would do nicely.
“Ten strokes, five on each buttock. Your bottom will be bare, of course. It will hurt, a lot I expect since you are new to this. You are new to spanking, I assume?” He paused, one eyebrow raised, but no response was forthcoming. “I thought so. But you will survive. If there is any danger that you might attempt to cover your sweet derrière with your hands I will have to tie your wrists to prevent that. I do not wish to injure you.”
Her complexion paled yet more. Humiliation would be a part of the cause, embarrassment too, and fear too of course. But did he detect a flicker of something more in her lovely, startled eyes? Desire? Arousal? Excitement?
He needed to move this on, and quickly.
“Victoria, I do not intend to debate this matter further with you. Bend over the desk and lift your skirts. Now.”
“But, what if someone should come in. They might hear. It will be – noisy.”
No longer refusing then, merely questioning the practicalities. His cock twitched in anticipation.
“No one is coming in. The door is locked and the household are in bed. You may well squeal a little, but for myself I do not mind that. If you find yourself unnerved at the prospect of any of the servants hearing your screams and knowing what is happening to you, I am prepared to gag you if you wish. Or you could concentrate on remaining reasonably quiet. Which is it to be, Victoria?”
“I, I will be quiet.”
More about me:
I’ve been an avid reader of fiction for many years, erotic and other genres. I still love reading, the hotter the better. But now I have a good excuse for my guilty pleasure – research.
I tend to draw on my own experience to lend colour, detail and realism to my plots and characters. An incident here, a chance remark there, a bizarre event or quirky character, any of these can spark a story idea.
When not writing – which is not very often these days – my time is divided between my role as resident taxi driver for my teenage daughter, and caring for a menagerie of dogs, rabbits, tortoises. And a very grumpy cockatiel.
I have twenty four (at the last count) titles on general release with publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, and I have several more in the pipeline. All my books feature BDSM. I write explicit stories, always hot, but they offer far more than just sizzling sex. I like to read about complex characters, and compelling plots, so that’s what I write too. Strong, demanding Doms are a given, often paired with new submissives who have a lot to learn.
I have a pile of story ideas still to work through, and keep thinking of new ones at the most unlikely moments, so you can expect to see a lot more from me.