This week sees the general release of Over the Knee, a hot, sexy spanking anthology from Totally Bound, featuring a host of popular, prolific erotic romance authors and, um, me!
My story in the collection, A Private Education, is set in the private library of a grand manor house and I loved writing it! Here’s the outline:
When archivist Emma Willoughby is invited to assess the private library of Lord Leopold Denby-Peel, Ninth Earl of Folchester, she isn’t expecting to find Victorian spanking diaries in his leather-bound collection. Nor is she expecting the earl to be quite so young and handsome. As she explores the pages of his nineteenth-century erotica, Emma finds herself craving to receive chastisements comparable to those depicted. Fortunately, Leo’s only too happy to oblige, and soon Emma is receiving eager spankings from him as he sets her tasks that she can only fail at.
Emma is new to this game of punishment and pain, while Leo’s an old hand who shows no interest in love. Emma dreams of winning him over, but has a guilty secret she fears could ruin everything. Should she stay quiet and enjoy the spankings while they last? Or confess the truth and risk losing the earl’s dark, deviant desire?
And here’s a spicy teaser to whet your appetite — the sexual tension is rising in the library!
A PRIVATE EDUCATION
Leo passed Emma her teacup and saucer, and she set it down several inches away from the book. Leo, holding his teacup, came to stand by her. He said nothing for a while, making Emma uncomfortable. He sipped then set down his tea. He turned several pages until he reached another illustration.
“Ah, here’s Mercy Bamford,” said Leo, lifting tissue paper to reveal a drawing of a bare-buttocked woman in black stockings and pale corset, standing and casting a cheeky grin over her shoulder. Her flushed bottom was striped with dark, angry welts.
Emma leaned forward to read the text, quickly realizing once again that she’d almost mirrored the position adopted by the spanked kitchen maid. Beside her, the earl leaned forward too, forearms on the table, so close that Emma could feel the heat radiating from his body.
“Would you like me to read to you?” he asked softly.
“Oh,” replied Emma, flustered. “I’m not sure that’s necessary.”
“I should probably confess,” said Leo, “that I share many of the former earl’s predilections. I do wonder if it runs in the blood.”
Emma gulped, her heart thumping so hard she fancied the earl had to be able to hear it.
“Is it of interest to you?” Leo went on. “You were deeply absorbed in the text when I entered the room.”
This man was so bold! Did having a title and a country pile give a person the confidence to discuss kinky sex as if it were a topic as ordinary as the weather? Emma, trying to maintain her professionalism, stared unseeing at the antique journal but her arousal was undeniable. “It’s a fascinating insight into the upstairs-downstairs elements of a nineteenth-century—”
“And the expression on your face,” interrupted Leo, “suggested your interest was not that merely of an archivist. You looked, if you don’t mind me saying so, distinctly turned on.”
Emma blushed furiously, not knowing how to reply. In the silence, the fire crackled and spat, and Emma felt her face must be as hot as the flames.
“Were you?” urged Leo, his tone stern and demanding.
Emma swallowed. “Yes,” she whispered.
“Have you ever been spanked?”
Emma could hardly speak. Her throat was constricting, her breath quickening. Who was this man and how was he managing to draw these desires from her? Had they been there all along and he was merely teasing them out? Or was he creating them from nothing? Already she felt as if the Emma who stood in the earl’s library was different from from the Emma who’d pressed the bell of Ashlaine Hall’s enormous oak door earlier that morning.
“No,” she eventually managed.
“Would you like me to spank you?”
Emma could feel the earl watching her, assessing her reaction, but she couldn’t turn to meet his gaze. Instead, she continued to stare blankly at the open book, words dancing before her eyes, hoping she didn’t appear too troubled. She could hardly believe this was happening to her. Her mind was in turmoil, torn between a hungry urge to surrender to the earl’s suggestion, and a far wiser urge to run as fast as she could, back to safe, sensible reality.
Over the Knee is available to buy now on Amazon Kindle! A paperback will be out shortly.
A Private Education goes on general release in December but will be available as an early download at Totally Bound from 27th October.
Happy reading, happy spanking!