New Kat and Natalie story: Mother’s Day, Again

At Governing Ana, we have a tradition of a special new Kat and Natalie story for each Mother’s Day. This year’s story is a sneak peek of the third book in the Kat and Natalie series, and it’s my gift to everyone who has been a loyal supporter in the past few years.

Kat and Natalie were my first, my favorite, and the ones who launched the entire Anastasia Vitsky career. If you are new, I hope you’ll enjoy this taste of their lives.

Natalie’s voice comes through my cell phone, loud and insistent. “Let me come and get you.”

I fish a tissue out of my purse sitting in the passenger seat. “Don’t be silly.”

“Where are you?”

I squint at the lights around me. “A gas station. I can’t remember which exit. But I’m fi—fi…”

I can almost hear the tapping of Natalie’s shoes as she paces. I picture her circling the kitchen where she grew up, while her parents look on in concern. At the thought of her mother, the woman who has come to love me like her own child, I snap back to reality.

“Can you ask someone where you are?”

“No,” I answer, blowing my nose. “I shouldn’t have bothered you. I’ll be fine.”

“Mom and Dad picked us up at the airport, we got you to the rental car, you’ve been driving for an hour…did you go straight through? Or did you make any stops?”

I want her to come, more than anything. I want her to park, open my door, and tell me to switch to the other side. I want her to take over and drive my car, but I can’t.

Please read the rest of “Mother’s Day, Again” over at Kat-Sitting, Kat and Natalie’s story blog.

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(If you’re new to the world of Kat and Natalie, you can read of their adventures in The Way Home, Coming to Terms, and Lighting the Way.)

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Natalie always wanted a little sister.  Kat didn’t know she was allowed to want anything…or anyone.

 

Kat, a shy farmgirl, arrives at her freshman dorm with a backpack, a suitcase, and her mother’s wish for Kat to attend college “at least until you get married”. Her roommate Natalie, a confident and fun-loving social butterfly, decides sight unseen that Kat will become her best friend for life. Natalie teaches Kat about college life, academics, and friendship by taking Kat under her wing…and over her knee.

 

Then their lives fall apart one fateful night on campus, and for the rest of the decade Kat and Natalie struggle to find their way back to each other. Their way home.

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Picking up the pieces after an unexpected separation, thirty-something Kat Astra tries to make sense of a relationship gone wrong. Ever since the two met as college roommates, Natalie has been an infuriating mixture of confidence, overprotectiveness, discipline, and emotional unavailability. Natalie expects openness and honesty from Kat, but she forgets one thing: Natalie has needs, too.

 

When they seek help, the couple receives a mandate: create new, positive memories to replace the old, hurtful ones. In an uncharacteristic move, Natalie plans a trip for them to get away from their daily grind. On their first vacation together, they come to terms with their relationship roles. How will they make things work? Will the fun of their time in the sun carry over into their ordinary life, or will they continue their cycle of misunderstandings?

 

“Tomorrow” serves as an intermezzo between The Way Home and Lighting the Way, the first two books in the Kat and Natalie series.

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College roommates, best friends, and family. Can Kat and Natalie find a way to stay together…without killing each other?

 

Kat Astra knows one thing: everything is her fault. A dead-end job. A fear of confrontation. An inability to speak up when necessary. Desertion of her best friend in her time of need.

 

Natalie Mestecom knows one thing too: everything Kat does is Natalie’s fault. The relationship rule is simple; Kat has problems, and Natalie fixes them. But what worked in adolescence becomes more complicated with adulthood, and new developments in their relationship challenge these roles. Kat is no longer sure whether she is willing to be disciplined according to Natalie’s rules, and Natalie is no longer sure whether she is worthy of Kat’s trust.

 

Can Natalie allow herself to be vulnerable? Can Kat believe in her own strength? Can Natalie believe in Kat’s strength? How will they, each in their own way, learn to move beyond guilt and blame in order to forge a new relationship together? In order to make peace with themselves and each other, Kat and Natalie reconnect with family, re-visit memories of their past, and make plans for taking steps forward in the future. To light their way home.

 

Choose the next Anastasia Vitsky book for the #Ndulgenthop!

Are you a fan of Guilty Indulgences? I am! To celebrate the three-year anniversary of their book review site, Guilty Indulgences is hosting a blog hop. Prizes include a large box of books plus author and book swag. Check out the link for more information about other authors and books.

Guilty Indulgences was kind enough to give a “five chocolate-dipped strawberries” rating, the ultimate guilty indulgence, to The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus.

The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus is a silly, laugh aloud Christmas tale like none other you’ve ever read. I giggled- yes, actual giggles – during some scenes. As the narrator and the main character argue about who should tell the tale, the author creates a relationship between the two women that seems genuine. This relationship adds depth to Claire, the main character, who is quirky and most definitely bratty. Without giving anything away, let’s just say that this book is a whole new take on what becoming an adult for Christmas means… which includes some perfectly naughty spankings.

In some countries, turning 21 means gaining the right to vote and drink alcoholic beverages. For Claire Labraun, the Christmas after her 21st birthday would be beyond her wildest imagination.

Minelle and Matthew Labraun believed in a traditional marriage. Matthew was head of their household, and Minelle was his helpmeet.  When it came to raising their headstrong 21-year-old daughter, however, they found themselves at a loss.  Minelle had always taught Claire to do the right thing for right’s sake. Claire, however, had different ideas.  She rebelled against their rules, flaunted authority, and connived to get things she wanted.  She had never been spanked in her life; Matthew and Minelle kept that adult privilege strictly between themselves. But this year, a visit from Santa plus Claire’s newly adult status would change her idea of Christmas forever.

For my post for today, I’m hosting a poll. Of all the books and stories I have published so far, which next installment or sequel would you like to see most? Why? Choices include:

1. Kat and Natalie (The Way Home, “Tomorrow” in Coming to Terms, and Lighting the Way)

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Natalie always wanted a little sister.  Kat didn’t know she was allowed to want anything…or anyone.

Kat, a shy farmgirl, arrives at her freshman dorm with a backpack, a suitcase, and her mother’s wish for Kat to attend college “at least until you get married”. Her roommate Natalie, a confident and fun-loving social butterfly, decides sight unseen that Kat will become her best friend for life. Natalie teaches Kat about college life, academics, and friendship by taking Kat under her wing…and over her knee.

Then their lives fall apart one fateful night on campus, and for the rest of the decade Kat and Natalie struggle to find their way back to each other. Their way home.

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College roommates, best friends, and family. Can Kat and Natalie find a way to stay together…without killing each other?

Kat Astra knows one thing: everything is her fault. A dead-end job. A fear of confrontation. An inability to speak up when necessary. Desertion of her best friend in her time of need.

Natalie Mestecom knows one thing too: everything Kat does is Natalie’s fault. The relationship rule is simple; Kat has problems, and Natalie fixes them. But what worked in adolescence becomes more complicated with adulthood, and new developments in their relationship challenge these roles. Kat is no longer sure whether she is willing to be disciplined according to Natalie’s rules, and Natalie is no longer sure whether she is worthy of Kat’s trust.

Can Natalie allow herself to be vulnerable? Can Kat believe in her own strength? Can Natalie believe in Kat’s strength? How will they, each in their own way, learn to move beyond guilt and blame in order to forge a new relationship together? In order to make peace with themselves and each other, Kat and Natalie reconnect with family, re-visit memories of their past, and make plans for taking steps forward in the future. To light their way home.

2. Mira and Hana (Desire in Any Language)

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Mira thought she wanted a spanking.  What she got was love.

On her own for the first time, Mira is studying abroad for her translator’s certificate.  Unfortunately, the heady excitement of dance clubs, late-night parties, and endless shopping quickly distracts her from her educational goals.  Mira’s advisor offers her private tutoring, but the combined pressures of culture and language difference threaten Mira’s progress at school.  She is unable to get her act together until she makes a discovery that horrifies and tantalizes her: in her new country, corporal punishment is a way of life.  The secret to her academic success just might also fulfill her wildest, unspoken dreams.

Sexy. Seductive. Dangerous. A poignant and compelling read.

3. Matthew and Minelle/Claire and Daniel (The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus)

See above

4. Spring and Rachel (Editorial Board)

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Award-winning author Spring Meadows and newspaper-turned-literary editor Rachel Templeton have one thing in common: they can’t stand each other.  Spring is sure that her bestselling talents single-handedly keep her publishing company afloat, while Rachel would like nothing better than to take this smart-mouthed, button-pushing prima donna down a peg or two.  When Spring makes the fatal mistake of accusing Rachel of sexual misconduct, Rachel decides to teach her a lesson.

“What is an author to an editor?” Spring asks herself.  If only she had been prepared for Rachel’s answer…

5. Leila and Carene (Simple Gifts)

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Music.  Without the love of her life, how can Leila learn to live again?

Professional violinist Leila Feran is accustomed to fame as the youngest and first female concertmaster of the Philharmonic Symphony.  Driven to achieve ever-increasing heights, she injures her wrist so badly that she may no longer be able to play.  While she recovers, she moves in with her childhood best friend, a pianist and beloved orchestra teacher in a small town.

Carene welcomes Leila with open arms and only one condition: no divas allowed.  And if Leila can’t follow the house rules, she might find herself over Carene’s knee…or worse. In between arguments over physical therapy and house rules, Carene’s zero-tolerance policy regarding divas results in some old-fashioned discipline that changes into something more.

Will Leila and Carene’s new feelings for each other blossom into something wonderful? Or will Leila lose not just a potential soul mate, but also her friend?

(Please note the two soon-to-be published works, Becoming Clissine (Bastia, Book One) and “Complicated Gifts,” the short story follow-up to Simple Gifts that will be published in early October.)

To enter my contest, please choose only one couple to vote for a next book or story. Tell me which couple you’d like to see in a future story and why! The best answer will be chosen to be a beta reader for your chosen sequel.

Thanks for joining the hop! Be sure to visit all of the other authors in this great event.

Discussion of “Tomorrow” from Coming to Terms

Celeste Jones is hosting a discussion of the short story “Tomorrow” from Coming to Terms on her blog today. Have you been reading the stories of Kat and Natalie? The Way Home and Lighting the Way are both available, and book three is due out in November. “Tomorrow” is what I call an intermezzo, a short story that takes place in between the first two books.

Go and join the discussion. Create a happy memory. 🙂

Kat’s unbirthday, by Penelope Hasler

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Read the first chapter of Lighting the Way free!

Join Kat’s birthday club!
Read The Way Home, book one!

Thank you to Penelope Hasler, aka Naughty Little Writer, for today’s wonderful birthday wish! It’s written from Natalie’s point of view, as a message to Kat. Poor Kat has gotten quite the assortment of wooden spoons, paddles, and now a hairbrush. At least the paddle from Christina and Rogue wasn’t technically to be used on her, but try telling Natalie that!

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Come on, sleepyhead. Up! It’s not your birthday anymore! Even perfect little princesses only get one a year, you know.

 

Don’t think I didn’t hear that remark, Miss Under-the-Covers. It’s never too soon to break that nice new hairbrush of yours in. And you know I’m not kidding.

 

Oh, the look on your face when I came bounding in with that great big box, topped with a bright red bow, and you shook it and opened it and saw that it contained a whole lot of nothing… but a shiny new wooden brush! Oh, what a crestfallen little face!

 

Lucky I had my camera on me ready to capture the moment, huh? We are so using that picture as our Christmas card to everyone this year.

 

So I’m a horrid mean prankster. Sue me. And you got your real presents right afterwards, anyway – I don’t know what you’re pouting about! You looked so pretty in that dress; I knew it would suit you the moment I saw it in the store.

 

My favorite part of the day? Your robotic dancing in the club was pretty damn awesome. I have never been so proud of you. Still, my absolute favorite would have to be our picnic in the park.

 

I could have sat and watched you forever. The way the sunlight shone through your hair, made your skin glow as if you were the sun itself; the smile that spoke of simple, wonderful joy, and filled my own heart with happiness. I will treasure that memory for as long as I live.

 

Hm? Well, no… I wasn’t saying those things when we were back home at the end of the night and you were bucking on my lap like a little overcaffeinated bronco, that’s true. But then if I call you a naughty girl it’s only because you are one. That was no way to talk to that nice young man in the pizzeria and you know it! I should have spanked you there and then, by rights, birthday or no birthday. And you should take your spankings less like a brat if you don’t want to be scolded so much.

 

You’re so cute when you whimper like that. It almost makes me want to scold you just to make you do it.

 

Or tell you to fetch me your hairbrush.

 

Alright, alright: happy unbirthday, baby. Now get that ass up.

 

Kat’s birthday party, by Katherine Deane

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Read the first chapter free!

Join Kat’s birthday club!
Read The Way Home, book one!

 

Thank you to Katherine Deane for providing today’s installment of the birthday festivities for Kat! All right, Kat’s birthday was last Thursday. So what? We have the twelve days of Christmas, don’t we? 😀 (Don’t ask me when I finally took my Christmas tree down…I will only say that it was *this* year rather than last.)

Katherine talked with me several times because she wanted to give Kat the best present possible. (She also hosted me for a wonderful interview about non-sexual intimacy. It’s worth a read!) To make it even more special, this is Katherine’s debut! You can check out her lovely blog, but this is her first time showcasing a work of fiction.

Here’s Katherine’s birthday gift to Kat. From one Katherine to another. 🙂

(Oh, and check out Tomorrow” in Coming to Terms to find out how Kat and Natalie celebrated her birthday this year!)

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Kat and Natalie fan fiction birthday scene

Natalie sat at the table looking over the ever growing response cards for Kat’s birthday, and let out a sigh. Kat was stomping around the living room in her fourth costume change of the morning.

“Argh, matey,” Kat flashed her hook at Natalie, and winked behind her eye patch.

“Wrong eye, honey,” Natalie smiled and returned to the pile of RSVP’s.

“So, whaddya think about a Pirate party, Natty? We could give out gold doubloons as party favors,” Kat hobbled around on her makeshift wooden leg.

“Hopefully, not real gold,” Natalie murmured picking up another confirmation letter.

“Of course not,” Kat rolled her eyes. “THAT would be silly,” She hopped around the table, and grabbed a cookie off the counter. “Argh, this is good,” she mumbled with her mouth full of oatmeal and raisins.

“Kat, honey, why are you so adamant about this being a themed party, anyway? Can’t we just make it a normal party?”

Kat stopped her hopping, and looked at Natalie, tears filling her eyes, “Are you saying I’m not normal?” Her lower lip quivered.

“No, honey. No. That’s not what I meant. I, I just don’t understand the need for a theme. You have almost 100 people coming to see you.”  She pointed at Kat, “YOU, not a fairy, a clown or a pirate.”

“You don’t understand!” Kat cried, and threw down the hook and crutch, flinging the eye patch across the room. “Never mind. Cancel the stupid party!” She ran to their bedroom and slammed the door.

Natalie ran her fingers through her hair in frustration. Why was this such a big deal to Kat?

She had already spent hundreds of dollars preparing for this. She had invited all of their friends, ordered a special cake, a piñata, and even some entertainment. She had drawn the line at the bounce house, though.

What more did Kat want?

With a sigh, she turned back to the RSVP pile. She would have to deal with her later.

Kat laid on her bed and pounded her pillow a few times.

Why didn’t Natalie understand?

This was her first real party. She had never had a birthday party. And this was so overwhelming.

100 people! Cake, hors de oeuvres, a band, face painting. She had even spied on Natalie talking to a man about fireworks. Was that what a normal party was supposed to be like?

Why didn’t Natalie understand?

Did Natalie really think she was abnormal?

She wiped the tears from her eyes, and sniffled.

She was kind of a kid at heart. And Natalie spanked her like, well, a bratty kid.

Did that make her abnormal?

With a sigh, she placed her head back on the pillow. She would go tell Natalie that a “normal” party would be fine. And she would stop acting so childish.  That could be good in a lot of ways. No more spankings, maybe.

But first, a little nap.

When she awoke from her cat nap, she got up and walked over to Natalie’s closet.

 Kat nap, she giggled to herself.

No, that’s being childish, she admonished herself.  She was going to act like a grown up. She was over 30 years old, and she was going to start acting like it. She flung open Natalie’s closet door, and found what she was looking for.

Perfect.

A light cream business suit, fresh from the cleaners. She carefully applied her makeup, and did her hair. Mature. Not sexy. She pulled up the knee highs, and put on her black pumps. Natalie’s shoes didn’t fit, so she had to wear her ratty old black ones. Maybe she would go shopping for new pumps and mature clothes after the party. She opened the door, and pasted her most professional smile on her face.

“Natalie, I would like to have a word with y-“

She stopped at the door of the kitchen and gasped, walking toward the confusing site in front of her.

Natalie stood in front of her wearing the silliest adornment of costumes she had ever seen. The crutch, hook and eye patch were in place, along with a clown nose, face paint, wings and a tiara. Natalie turned around in circles, and smiled,

“Do you like it? I couldn’t decide which to go with, so I went with all three. I’m a pirate, clown fairy,”

Kat tried to keep the tears from her eyes as she walked closer and inspected her best friend.

“I thought you didn’t want a theme party,”

“It’s your party, honey,”

Natalie’s white and red makeup was already smudging from her own tears.

“I’m sorry I hurt your feelings, Katya. A fantasy party keeps it from getting too close to home, right?”

Natalie reached out to stroke her shoulder.

“So you don’t have to overanalyze everything, correct?”

Kat nodded and bit her lower lip. “Do you prefer my outfit? It’s more mature.”

“No honey,” Natalie hugged her. “I think this party should be fun. Fantasy is good too.”

Natalie rubbed some red and white face paint on Kat’s tear streaked face, and placed the tiara on her head.

“You make a very pretty pirate, clown fairy. Unless…”

“Unless, what, Natty?”

“Well, “she added with a wink, “I just found an awesome place that has Star Trek costumes. Would you like to be a Klingon or a Vulcan?”

“Both!” Kat laughed, and grabbed Natalie in a bear hug. “Or a Tribble.  Ooh Natty, I could be a Tribble. Please, please, please help me find a Tribble costume!” Kat started jumping up and down exuberantly tugging Natalie with her.

“Ok,” Natalie laughed, “Whatever you want, honey. It’s your birthday,”

“Natalie,” Kat stopped, a thoughtful look on her face.

“Mmhmm?”

“I think for my birthday, I should get to spank you,”

“How about we just focus on costumes for right now?”  Natalie smiled, and led Kat out the door.

 

 

 

Kat and Natalie’s cooking class, from Celeste Jones (add to the story!)

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Thank you to Celeste Jones for providing today’s birthday fun! (By the way, she is hosting a discussion each Friday on the short stories in Coming to Terms. Jump in! Kat and Natalie’s short story, “Tomorrow”, will be discussed next month. Oh, and be sure to read Celeste’s story, “Reconnecting”. It is my favorite work of hers so far.)

Celeste said to me, “I felt sort of funny writing your characters. Like I was having an affair or something.” Ha! Kat and Natalie are loyal to each other. Don’t worry, Celeste. 🙂 She also suggested, “Maybe you could have people take turns writing the next part of the story.”

I think it’s a great idea! What do you think will happen next? Add your bit in the comments!

 

 

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“Are you sure this isn’t too expensive?” Kat looked around the pricey high end gourmet supply store located in the pricey high end fancy mall. “I saw a spatula for $20.00 out there. Who pays that much for a spatula?”
“I’m sure that people who are desperate to impose a spanking on an ungrateful girl might be inclined to spend that kind of money.”
“Natty!” Kat looked around the elaborate classroom kitchen located at the back of the store to make sure that no one had heard, though the crimson blush covering her face probably told people who might notice the two women whispering together that something was amiss. Or maybe she just had sensitive skin.
Nat squeezed Kat’s hand. “Let’s enjoy your birthday. I can’t believe I agreed to do this.”
“I can’t either.” Kat pulled on a bit of Nat’s hair and giggled. “I bet I get a better grade than you!”
“Oh, there is no grading here,” a perky woman in a pristine chef’s coat walked to the front of the room and addressed the class, though Kat was sure she was talking directly to her. “We are all here to have a good time. No judgments. I’m sure that all of you will succeed in making a special cake today. Isn’t that right?”
Everyone in the room, including Kat and Natalie nodded along.
“Great,” the instructor said. “Please call me Pat. As in Pat A Cake.”
Kat laughed. Nat rolled her eyes. “This is going to be a long afternoon.”
“Natty, stop it. You promised!”
“I know I did. I’ll be a good little cake baker just for you.”
“Thanks, Natty.”
“Let’s get started. First, at your station you’ll find all the ingredients and equipment that you’ll need for today’s class. Let me just go over all of these with everyone so you all know what each item is called. Creates less confusion that way, I’ve found.”

Kat looked at all the items and was proud to realize she knew all their names. Nat picked up a wooden spoon, slapped it against her palm a couple times and said to Kat “I’m pretty sure I know how to operate one of these.”

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College roommates, best friends, and family. Can Kat and Natalie find a way to stay together…without killing each other?

Kat Astra knows one thing: everything is her fault. A dead-end job. A fear of confrontation. An inability to speak up when necessary. Desertion of her best friend in her time of need.

Natalie Mestecom knows one thing too: everything Kat does is Natalie’s fault. The relationship rule is simple; Kat has problems, and Natalie fixes them. But what worked in adolescence becomes more complicated with adulthood, and new developments in their relationship challenge these roles. Kat is no longer sure whether she is willing to be disciplined according to Natalie’s rules, and Natalie is no longer sure whether she is worthy of Kat’s trust.

Can Natalie allow herself to be vulnerable? Can Kat believe in her own strength? Can Natalie believe in Kat’s strength? How will they, each in their own way, learn to move beyond guilt and blame in order to forge a new relationship together? In order to make peace with themselves and each other, Kat and Natalie reconnect with family, re-visit memories of their past, and make plans for taking steps forward in the future. To light their way home.

Rogue and Christina crash Kat’s birthday party (and give her some life advice)

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Lighting the Way is finally available on Amazon! Happy birthday, Kat! Many happy returns. 🙂

Click the book cover below for the US link.

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Also, as Kat’s birthday gift to everyone–

The Way Home is now FREE on Amazon! Get your copy today!

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Now…today’s birthday bash installments! Thianna Doesitmatter (I never can type that name without giggling!) has posted this hysterical birthday letter to Kat. Go and read it!

Once your stomach stops hurting from laughing, come back and read this story/interview from two women loved and respected for sharing their DD journeys. Our wonderful Rogue (from Rogue’s Awakening) and Christina (from Red Booty Woman) wrote this unique, touching, and heartfelt gift for Kat. Truly, Kat is lucky to have new friends to advise her.

Rogue being Rogue, of course there is a twist to their gift! 🙂 Enjoy!

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Rogue and Christina are having a drink on the back porch at R’s house with the fire going. C is looking longingly at the flames and kicking herself b/c she forgot the paddle to burn.  Rogue is oblivious to C’s distress, as she happily sips her wine.

R – So, I ran into an acquaintance recently — Ana — and she was buying a birthday cake for a friend’s upcoming celebration party.  She knows about our dd lifestyles, and she began telling about her friends’ relationship.  Check this out — their names are Nat & Kat.

C – NatKat. That sounds like a chocolate bar. Are they real people?

R – (chokes on wine)  Yes, C, and don’t make me waste my wine.  Anyway, what she told me has just stuck and I’ve been mulling over totally butting in where I don’t belong and giving unsolicited advice. Wanna help me be nosy?

C – Sure!

R – Well, currently in their relationship, Nat is the spanker.  Kat is quite the handful and she gets spanked a lot.  This may sound crazy, but given events in their life, I think it would be beneficial for Nat to hand over the paddle and let Kat spank her.

C – Just a spanking or a complete “going Rogue”?

R – Probably just a spanking.  Let me explain.  They met in college and Nat immediately took Kat under her wing.  Or her arm, which is beneficial for stand-up spankings, you know. (Christina sighs as she “hates” stand up spankings!) Pay attention! Natalie is very bossy (Kat’s description) and she works hard to keep Kat in line.  One night while at college, they found themselves in a wrong place, wrong time scenario surrounded by drunken males.  In a gut-wrenching move, Natalie commands Kat to return to their dorm.  Kat obeys immediately without realizing that Nat didn’t follow her.

C – OMG, Rogue!

R – Christina, what Natalie did…to protect Kat…words fail me.  What she sacrificed to keep her safe…

C – And you think she should be spanked for that?!

R – No, no, no!  She should be given a medal for what she did.  Here’s the thing.  When Nat returned to the dorm, she shut herself away from Kat, from everyone, for a week, then returned as if everything was completely normal.  But she wouldn’t discuss that night.  Period.  Understandable, but you’ve gotta get that stuff out, you know?  The kicker is that Nat would never let Kat get away with not talking to her.  Whenever Kat tried to withdraw, spankings abounded.  Now, hang with me because there’s another glitch here.  Kat was hospitalized twice for drug overdose.

C – Oh, lordy.  Why?

R – I don’t know all the details about everything that’s happened because Ana held their cards close to her vest.

C – Her chest?

R – Her vest.  Although, chest works, too.  A vest covers your chest.  *sigh*  Anyway, these girls have been through hell and back with — and for — each other, C.  Eventually, Kat left, claiming she couldn’t tolerate Nat’s bossiness anymore.   Personally, I think she was running…

C – So where does the Kat spank Nat part come in?

R – Well, according to Ana, they were separated for a long time.  Then, out of the blue, Kat gets a call from Nat…and what she wants is for Kat to be her witness at her wedding.  Oh, and help shop for a wedding dress.  It’s all very surreal.

C – Does she do it?

R – She does.  Ana didn’t say how long they were married OR what happened to Nat’s husband — don’t ever play poker with Ana, C — but something was drastic enough to land Nat in the hospital. Long story short, Kat is the one who pulls Nat out of despair.  It’s all very sad and heart-wrenching and…hauntingly beautiful.  They have found their way back to each other, but they are different now.  This is where the Kat-should-spank-Nat comes into play, and where I need your help. I want to write a letter to Nat and possibly Kat, but I have no idea what to say.

C – It should probably start with “Dear, Nat”.

R – Ha! That’s better than a “Dear, John” letter. So how do you convince the disciplinarian to hand over the paddle?  Maybe I should start with Kat and work on helping her channel her inner domme.  What to do, what to do…

C – Why do you think Kat should spank Nat?

R – Because THEY need it.  Kat’s mom died when she was young and she’s been an ‘afterthought’, so to speak, from her own family.  When her dad died, they didn’t even send funds for her to come home to attend the funeral.  She was always “alone”, then she meets larger-than-life Nat at college, a woman who takes care of her, loves her dearly, pushes her to do her schoolwork and spanks her bottom frequently.  Again, Kat claims she left because she couldn’t handle Nat’s ‘bossiness’.  The flip side to that coin is Nat, who feels that Kat is her ultimate responsibility — and boy howdy, did she prove it — yet she can’t open up and talk to Kat.   They need our help, C.  They don’t know it yet, but they do!

C – I’m game if you are. Let’s give these girls the benefit of “us”.

R –  The timing couldn’t be more perfect.  Kat’s birthday is coming up soon!  What a fabulous present for her to have Nat be on the receiving end of Kat’s birthday spanking.  *giddy with the possibilities*

C –  Ever since you went “Rogue” with Jared, you think the answer to everyone’s problems is to spank each other. Every one gets a spanking!

R – Well, duh, of course!  SPANK THEM ALL, I say!!! We should start with the politicians first.

C – My friend, we crack ourselves up! *belly laughs*

R – Oh, my tummy hurts.  Okay, let’s be serious now.  How do we go about implementing — haha — my/our plan?

C – Do you think a letter is the best way to go? Why not crash the birthday party? We could “kill two birds with one stone” and give our advice and the gift of a Pocket Paddle from Blondie’s Place.

R – SHOPPING!!!

C – One of my favorite activities.  Let’s go!

Enter Rogue and Christina into a hopping birthday celebration.  They have a gaily-wrapped present and with huge smiles on their faces, they ignore the festivities and approach Nat and Kat to introduce themselves.


R – Hi, I’m Rogue!

C – And I’m Christina.  Nice to meet you.

R – We have a mutual friend in common, it seems…Ana.  (Grabs C’s arm and whispers vehemently “Eyes THIS way!”)

C – (mumbling) Sorry.

R – (Smiles sweetly at Nat & Kat)  Could you two take a few minutes to talk to us?

In a more private setting…

R – Thank you both so much.  Ana has told us about the history of your relationship, and if it’s okay with you, I want to share something personal about mine.  Christina and I both are in domestic discipline relationships, but mine has a different flavor to it.  Long story short, my husband and I were at a major crossroads and ready to separate when — listen to me carefully here, girls — the paddle found its way into MY hand, and trust me, it was a surprise to both of us.  It’s also been the best thing that ever happened to us.

C – It’s destructive for a relationship, in whatever format, when one partner pulls away emotionally and physically from the other. (Looks at Nat) You held Kat accountable for this behavior with a punishment spanking. Then you pulled the same behaviour on her. Perhaps you both need to think about using spanking as a tool towards healing your relationship again… only this time Kat needs to be the one who spanks Nat.

Both Rogue and Christina look at Kat.


R – You can do this, Kat (warmly).  We’re not trying to preach or tell you how to live in your relationship.  We just have a lot of experience, and we just wanted to — actually, Ana requested that we share it with you for a moment on this special occasion, that in moving forward, perhaps you could explore the option of a domestic discipline relationship where each of you holds the other accountable with a spanking.

C – And to start with, the first rule you  have is that neither of you runs away physically or emotionally from a problem. You turn to each other for support. You communicate what your needs are in an open and truthful manner. After all, you both love each other and the purpose of domestic discipline is to protect and guide the other to be the best person you can be in your relationship.

R – Aww, that is so sweet, Christina.  And very true.  (Looks at Nat.)  Natalie, I feel as though I know you — thanks to Ana — and the fact is, you will not allow Kat to hide from you, yet you do just that to her.  Remember how scared you were, not knowing that Kat was safe?  That’s how she felt when you did the same. You made sure that she understood that her behavior was not acceptable. Don’t you think that Kat feels the same?

Kat and Nat look at each other.


C – I’m sure it feels like you’re in this all alone. I remember that feeling. I hope you’ll consider joining our Ladies Night at the LDD Network, where women from all over the world, who practice DD in different ways, meet to talk about issues, offer support… and have a lot of giggles.

R – We do have a great time, and the support we give and receive is priceless.  (Looks at Nat again.)  The responsibility you feel toward Kat is understandable — you have saved her more than once.  But you must open up and let her in.  I recognize how hard that will be for you, given all you’ve been through, but if you don’t, I fear you may lose her again.  And you two belong together, Natalie.  Some bonds are unbreakable.  I know it’s unorthodox, but…please give it some consideration.  (Looks at Kat.)  Yes, Natalie saved you, and there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that she would do it again, but finding yourself on your own, you pulled through.  Lonely, sure, but you did it.  Be grateful that this lovely woman stands beside you, but don’t underestimate your own strength.

Rogue hands Kat the gift.

R – We have a gift for you to start what hopefully will be a new beginning in your relationship.  Happy Birthday, Kat! (Both Rogue and Christina give Kat and Nat a warm hug).

As Rogue and Christina turned, they linked their arms together and headed back to the party.  Looking back, they saw the girls start to open Kat’s gift.  Along with the present of the Pocket Paddle, there was a card that suggested…

“Go find Ana and give her a stand-up spanking for being such a gossip!”

 

And afterwards…thank her.  😉

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Welcome to Skye Warren’s Wet and Wild Bloghop! Please click here for a list of other authors who are participating in this event. In order to be eligible for a $100 Victoria Secret gift certificate, please leave you email address in your comment. Skye will choose the winner from the comments, and you need to have your email address visible for her to contact you.

I will be awarding one free copy of any of my books (Coming to Terms, Simple Gifts, The Way Home, Editorial Board, Desire in Any Language, or The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus) to one lucky commenter. To be eligible for my prize, leave a comment (with your email address, of course!) answering the following questions:

  1. Have you read any F/F stories?
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Music.  Without the love of her life, how can Leila learn to live again?

 

Professional violinist Leila Feran is accustomed to fame as the youngest and first female concertmaster of the Philharmonic Symphony.  Driven to achieve ever-increasing heights, she injures her wrist so badly that she may no longer be able to play.  While she recovers, she moves in with her childhood best friend, a pianist and beloved orchestra teacher in a small town.

Carene welcomes Leila with open arms and only one condition: no divas allowed.  And if Leila can’t follow the house rules, she might find herself over Carene’s knee…or worse. In between arguments over physical therapy and house rules, Carene’s zero-tolerance policy regarding divas results in some old-fashioned discipline that changes into something more.

 

Will Leila and Carene’s new feelings for each other blossom into something wonderful? Or will Leila lose not just a potential soul mate, but also her friend?

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Summer means more than fun and sun, rest and relaxation. For the couples in Coming to Terms, vacation presents a chance to connect, and work through important issues in their domestic discipline relationships. From endeavoring to define DD to missing a DD partner to balancing erotic spanking and disciplinary spanking, these stand-alone stories penned by seven authors of spanking fiction cover a broad spectrum of issues commonly encountered in loving DD relationships. Will the obstacles prove too difficult to overcome? Or will each couple emerge from the vacation with their relationships revitalized and stronger than ever?

WARNING: This book contains scenes with spanking, Domestic Discipline, and graphic sex.

*Contains the short story “Tomorrow” that serves as a transition between The Way Home and Lighting the Way.

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College roommates, best friends, and family. Can Kat and Natalie find a way to stay together…without killing each other?

 

Kat Astra knows one thing: everything is her fault. A dead-end job. A fear of confrontation. An inability to speak up when necessary. Desertion of her best friend in her time of need.

 

Natalie Mestecom knows one thing too: everything Kat does is Natalie’s fault. The relationship rule is simple; Kat has problems, and Natalie fixes them. But what worked in adolescence becomes more complicated with adulthood, and new developments in their relationship challenge these roles. Kat is no longer sure whether she is willing to be disciplined according to Natalie’s rules, and Natalie is no longer sure whether she is worthy of Kat’s trust.

 

Can Natalie allow herself to be vulnerable? Can Kat believe in her own strength? Can Natalie believe in Kat’s strength? How will they, each in their own way, learn to move beyond guilt and blame in order to forge a new relationship together? In order to make peace with themselves and each other, Kat and Natalie reconnect with family, re-visit memories of their past, and make plans for taking steps forward in the future. To light their way home.

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Natalie always wanted a little sister.  Kat didn’t know she was allowed to want anything…or anyone.

 

Kat, a shy farmgirl, arrives at her freshman dorm with a backpack, a suitcase, and her mother’s wish for Kat to attend college “at least until you get married”. Her roommate Natalie, a confident and fun-loving social butterfly, decides sight unseen that Kat will become her best friend for life. Natalie teaches Kat about college life, academics, and friendship by taking Kat under her wing…and over her knee.

 

Then their lives fall apart one fateful night on campus, and for the rest of the decade Kat and Natalie struggle to find their way back to each other. Their way home.

 

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Award-winning author Spring Meadows and newspaper-turned-literary editor Rachel Templeton have one thing in common: they can’t stand each other.  Spring is sure that her bestselling talents single-handedly keep her publishing company afloat, while Rachel would like nothing better than to take this smart-mouthed, button-pushing prima donna down a peg or two.  When Spring makes the fatal mistake of accusing Rachel of sexual misconduct, Rachel decides to teach her a lesson.

 

“What is an author to an editor?” Spring asks herself.  If only she had been prepared for Rachel’s answer…

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Mira thought she wanted a spanking.  What she got was love.

On her own for the first time, Mira is studying abroad for her translator’s certificate.  Unfortunately, the heady excitement of dance clubs, late-night parties, and endless shopping quickly distracts her from her educational goals.  Mira’s advisor offers her private tutoring, but the combined pressures of culture and language difference threaten Mira’s progress at school.  She is unable to get her act together until she makes a discovery that horrifies and tantalizes her: in her new country, corporal punishment is a way of life.  The secret to her academic success just might also fulfill her wildest, unspoken dreams.

 

 

Sexy. Seductive. Dangerous. A poignant and compelling read.

 

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In some countries, turning 21 means gaining the right to vote and drink alcoholic beverages. For Claire Labraun, the Christmas after her 21st birthday would be beyond her wildest imagination.

Minelle and Matthew Labraun believed in a traditional marriage. Matthew was head of their household, and Minelle was his helpmeet.  When it came to raising their headstrong 21-year-old daughter, however, they found themselves at a loss.  Minelle had always taught Claire to do the right thing for right’s sake. Claire, however, had different ideas.  She rebelled against their rules, flaunted authority, and connived to get things she wanted.  She had never been spanked in her life; Matthew and Minelle kept that adult privilege strictly between themselves. But this year, a visit from Santa plus Claire’s newly adult status would change her idea of Christmas forever.

A peek at “Tomorrow” from Coming to Terms:A birthday party for Kat!

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Coming to Terms is now available for sale! Hooray!

In order to celebrate release day, the other authors and I are offering sneak peeks at our stories in this domestic discipline anthology. My story, “Tomorrow”, serves as a mini-sequel to The Way Home and a prequel to Lighting the Way, which will be available on June 6th.

June 6th also happens to be Kat’s birthday, and we will celebrate her special day in style! To get ready for her big day, “Tomorrow” tells about Kat’s first birthday celebration. Ever. She has refused to have a party for as long as Natalie has known her, but this time Natalie talks her into doing something special. Little does Kat know that Natalie makes big plans!

What are those big plans? I’ll give you a hint. “Sarsi World” is in Florida, is popular with children and families, and involves both shows and amusement rides.

Here is a sneak preview:

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“When I was eight,” Natalie begins, and I settle into a more comfortable position. Is it the feel of Natalie’s hands in my hair that calms me, or is it Natalie’s voice? I thought I was comforting her. Leave it to Natalie to turn things around yet again. Despite, or perhaps because of, the change in subject, her voice deepens and slows to sound more like the resonant Natalie voice of old. “I wanted to become a ballerina. You saw my recital pictures, didn’t you?”

I nod wistfully. The perfect pictures of Natalie dressed in a sparkly, fluffy pink tutu looking as scrumptious as cotton candy, her hands forming a circle over her head. No 4-H for Natalie. It was ballet classes, piano recitals, and Girl Scouts.

“So Mom gave me a ballet birthday party. The invitations were pink, we had pink streamers everywhere, and she had my party a week late so we could all go to the Nutcracker at the local theater. My best friend Alice gave me a Ballet Barbie doll, and it was my favorite for years.”

By this time I have slipped lower and lower until my head is resting on Natalie’s lap. To her this might be a childhood memory, but to me it is a fairy tale. I half-expect a godmother to appear and grant her three wishes.

“I had lots of neat parties, but that was my favorite one. What was your favorite birthday party?”

I blink hard. I pull away, stand up, and walk back into the kitchen.

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“Katya.”

I look up uncertainly.

“Tell me why it upset you to think about your birthday parties. Is it missing your mom?”

None of your damn business, I want to say, but then I realize that I do not. Not really.

“No. My mom…”

Natalie waits.

“There were so many of us kids, and the boys were so much older and didn’t care about that stuff, and the farm never did well enough for us to have much money, and we lived so far away from everyone else, and in June everyone was going away for vacation anyway…”

She strokes my hair. Damn it, I might as well be Pavlov’s dog. “So you never had a birthday party?”

She carefully keeps any trace of pity out of her voice, and I nod.

“It’s okay,” I start to say, but Natalie interrupts.

“Is that why you never let me throw a birthday party for you?”

“Well, other than not having any friends…”

Swat!

I jump and rub before I realize what she has done, and I stare at her, speechless. Yet she does not look regretful, or surprised, or even ruffled. She looks more like a bossy, infuriating, control freak.

Like Natalie. I gulp, surprised at how relieved that I am to have her back.

“Care to change your answer?”

I hop up and down in tiny jumps, more from the shock than pain. I thought we were in the special no-combat zone where my bottom was safe. Is it a good thing that she has given me a spank, or is it bad? I am furious, but at the same time I am secretly pleased. I do matter to her, after all.

“Ouch, Natty!”

“Answer the question, please.”

“Maybe. Kinda.” So the rules have changed again? Are there rules?

She waits until I meet her gaze. “What if I say you’re going to have a birthday party this year whether you like it or not?”

I make a face. “I’m too old…”

Swat!

“Ouch! Natalie, stop it!” Once was enough! More than enough! Again, a curious mixture of pleasure and indignation ripples through my stomach.

Natalie gives a sigh and speaks with immense patience. “Fine. May I please do something special for your birthday this year?”

I shrug in confusion. “But why do you care?”

“Memories,” Natalie says, and I gape at her. “Creating memories.”

I shake my head again, and she speaks as patiently as if I am a rather dim-witted child. “It’s your birthday soon. Dr. Mitchell wanted us to do something fun, now, and happy that would let us create new memories. Remember? Let’s use your birthday. Please, Katty? I want to do this for you. For us.”

I adjust the collar on my bathrobe and sweep off the towel that has come untucked, and I give her my best smile.

“Okay,” I say. “So, like a cake or something?”

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The moment that the plane jerks with the wheels unfolding from underneath its belly, I awake with a start.

“Natty!” I cry softly, hunkering over the oval window. “Palm trees! Ocean! Sun!”

“Hmm?” Natalie opens one eye, moans, and closes it again.

“We’re here!” I bounce in my seat before remembering with a wince that it is not a good idea. “Look!”

Lazily, she stretches. “Not thirsty,” she murmurs before tucking her head in the crook between her headrest and my chair. I give up on waking her and instead watch, fascinated, as the greens and blues and yellows become more and more distinct. It is only my second time on an airplane and my first time in the Sunshine State, and I want to remember every moment. Open-mouthed, I peer at the houses that lay in doll-like smallness. Tiny blue rectangles, ovals, circles, and kidney beans dot the spaces next to nearly every house. Does everyone own a pool in Florida?

“Natty!” I hiss before remembering that she has gone back to sleep. “We should get a pool!”

Natalie, if she were awake, would remind me that I am the one who refuses to spend money. I slip my hand into her limp one and cuddle next to her.

“Wake up!” I whisper. “We’re here!”

Her eyes snap open, and as comprehension fills her eyes she smiles.

“Sorry you threatened not to come?”

I huff in indignation, but she strokes my cheek. “It’s a joke, Katya.”

I make a face, and she taps the tip of my nose. “I can’t wait to see you in a Sarsi hat.” She smiles, her eyes sparkling.

“I’m not going to wear a Sarsi hat…”

“Pink with sparkles and a little filmy veil, just like Princess Sarsi. And we have to get your picture taken with her, and get you a Sarsi balloon, ooh and the character breakfast on the paddleboat…”

“If I wear one, so will you,” I grumble.

“Nuh-uh,” Natalie grins. “You’re the birthday girl.”

She proceeds to tell everyone that it is my birthday, even the bus driver from the resort who picks us up, and I am offered a “Happy Birthday” sticker then and there. Natalie attaches it to my polo shirt, and I wrinkle my nose at her.

“You don’t have to make such a big deal about it,” I say, but she shakes her head.

“We have more than thirty birthdays to catch up on at once,” she answers.

And despite the hot flush in my cheeks every time someone nods and smiles at my childish sticker, I take her hand.

Then I have a thought so unsettling that I stop in my tracks. Natalie nudges me to continue sliding into my seat. I wish I could roll the window down. If I am not the one driving or at least in the front seat, I tend to get a little carsick.

It is not the carsickness that makes my stomach flip-flop, though.

What if she thinks that having more than thirty birthdays to catch up on means also catching up on the birthday spankings?

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Also check out excerpts from my six co-authors!

Cara Bristol, Jade Cary, Alta Hensley, Celeste JonesRenee Rose, and Sue Lyndon

Coming to Terms is available on…

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Amazon DE
Barnes and Noble (coming soon)
All Romance (coming soon)

Coming to Terms is available on Amazon!

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Yes! It’s here! For only $4.99, you can be the proud owner of the very FIRST Domestic Discipline anthology!

 

Even better, you can find “Tomorrow”, aka Kat & Natalie 1.5, aka the story of what happens after Kat moves back in with Natalie!

Stay tuned! Tomorrow, all of the authors of this anthology will post a snippet from their short stories.

Kat says, “Don’t read it! I’ll be too embarrassed!”

We won’t listen to Kat, will we? And if she happens to be a bit naughty, we won’t embarrass her..right? 😀