No longer promised solely to my spoon: For love of a hairbrush

Two weeks afterward, the love and spoiling of my birthday continue. I still have unopened gifts and cards under my tree and am saving each for a special moment. I’m munching on a chocolate cross (that’s a blog post for another day), trying to work on a story due ASAP, and admiring my new hairbrush.

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What? Hairbrush? Is Ana cheating on her spoon (her beloved, her promised, and her happily ever after)?

Just look at that lovely hairbrush, and ask me whether you wouldn’t be tempted. Even neater, it was made in Korea! I wonder if it was made in Seoul, where Hyunkyung and Indigo are cavorting with their naughtiness. I can’t wait to write this brush into a story!

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Don’t worry. I’ve tried to pacify my wooden spoons with a nice oiling with my new bottle of food-grade conditioning oil. If three wooden spoons are a menage, what do you call four? 🙂 The slantwise spoon is my new olive wood from Christmas. It still has not been used because I like to save special things. 🙂

But back to the brush. Evil Mistress Kate threatened me with a photo of the brush when I perhaps got a little carried away with party preparations. She made me read the tattle-tale notes in front of everyone at the party, no matter how much I blushed and begged to be let off.

So when the infamous brush arrived in my mailbox last week, it took a while to brave the fierce Mistress!

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Opinion was divided, but let’s just say the miscreants better watch their step. Ana is armed! I may have given up wooden spoons for Lent, but I said nothing about hairbrushes.

Best reply ever:

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It’s good to see not everyone clamored for sweet little Ana to receive a dose of her own medicine. I keep telling you…my birthday is over! The spanking was a once-in-a-lifetime event. Y’all better watch your step, or I’ll put this new brush to work.

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Or at least try to. 😀 Let’s just say that the hairbrush is…um…effective.

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It’s made of real boar bristles nestled amidst the other bristles. I meant to keep the hairbrush for its real purpose, but I couldn’t resist running it through my hair this morning.

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Let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like the naughty feeling of using a paddle hairbrush for actually brushing hair. 🙂 It reminded me of a tiny story I wrote a long time ago, about a governess brushing her girl’s hair. I may have to incorporate it into a story I’ll write next. Here’s a peek:

Dee’s hand reached over to idly stroke Ana’s hair.

“It needs a good brushing,” she murmured, attempting and giving up on finger-combing through the worst of the tangles.

Wordlessly, Ana reached over to the end table, picked up the hairbrush, and offered it to Dee.  Keeping her eyes down and the brush half-hugged to her chest in case it wasn’t wanted.  When she felt the lightness of the brush removed from her grasp, Ana laid her head against Dee’s knees once again.  She closed her eyes as Dee’s gentle hands picked up the ends of her hair to brush out the inch of knots closest to her ends.  Dee firmly held a small section of hair in her left hand while gradually working the brush through each tangle.  Start at the bottom and work your way up…that was how to tame Ana’s wild hair.

Gently, Dee shifted Ana’s position so that she could reach the other side of Ana’s hair.  Deftly, she worked her hands and hairbrush through Ana’s hair until every single lock was soft, smooth, and shining from her efforts.  She continued to tug the brush through the hair just for the pleasure of watching the dark hair ripple like liquid.

Ana gave a soft, small sigh.

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Hairbrushes. Such a sweet, domestic, almost maternal implement that can inspire both tenderness and terror. After that little sample of slapping the brush against my hand (it stung for ages afterward!)…let’s just say I respect this hairbrush. I will have to use it very carefully. (Oh, and it makes my hair shine like nothing else!)
Later, I’ll write about some of the other gifts I received, including wooden spoons (yes, plural!), chocolate crosses, and several others. I want to memorialize these expressions of love and friendship. You’re all so good to me. ❤

Now that this hairbrush is sitting next to me, I’m feeling motivated to stay on task and get the next story done. Karla and Annabelle, my two retirees living in Florida, are filling my days with their wonderfully zany courtship.

Thank you, dear sweet friend, for your lovely birthday gift. I will treasure it always. (And somehow explain my now-divided loyalty to my spoon.)

Don’t forget that Seoul Searching is now available for pre-order!

#SeoulSpankings is available for pre-order!

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You’ve met (and feared) the Mistress. You’ve adored Ana. You’ve pre-ordered Living in Sin.

Now it’s time to meet Seoul Spankings!

 

Broken-hearted when her live-in boyfriend impregnates her best frenemy, Indigo Adams accepts a one-way ticket to Seoul, South Korea, and a challenge from her Great-Aunt Matilda: Forget that boy. Go and make something of yourself.

Bruised from an international public relations nightmare as the new heir to the multi-billion-dollar Han Incorporated, Hyunkyung Han seeks positive publicity in the form of a wedding. She consults with Madame Eve to find a nice, well-behaved Korean American with bilingual and bicultural skills.

Instead, Madame Eve sends Indi, a naïve philosophy major graduate working for minimum wage at the local pub. Enraged to find Indi can’t speak one word of Korean, Hyunkyung orders her sent home on the next plane to Spillville, Iowa.

Then Hyunkyung shakes Indi’s hand, and the sparks fly. With all of her professional responsibilities, how can Hyunkyung allow herself to fall for the wrong woman? How can Indi feel attraction for a woman who despises her?

Seoul Spankings offers a light-hearted romp through the perils and joys of navigating an intercultural romance. Certain to delight all fans of a happily ever after with a kinky twist.

Since the pre-order special was so successful for Mistress on Her Knees, I am offering the same deal for Seoul Spankings. If you email your pre-order receipt to ana_stasia2007@yahoo.com (put “Seoul Spankings pre-order” as the subject line), I will draw one name to receive a sneak peek of the book.

Don’t forget the release parties! We will have a brief meeting on Wednesday the 25th (release day) followed by the party beginning at noon EDT on Sunday the 29th.

Hope you can come!

We’ll have games, possibly another roleplay, a discussion about dominant women, and a peek at some deleted scenes from the book. Plus discussion about the title. Seoul Spankings was a compromise. 🙂

 

 

Love Spanks 2014! Seoul Searching

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Love Spanks 2014 is finally here! You’ve tasted us, and now you get to sample free stories from top F/F authors. Please visit Governing Ana for the prize list, sign-up sheet, and free books. You can win from a prize pool valued at over $1,000, including a Kindle Fire or Nook HD!

Many authors will also offer a contest on their individual blogs.  Your comment on their blogs automatically enters you in both the main contest and the individual contests!

What’s the catch?  Absolutely nothing!  We love writing for you and want to thank you for your readership.  Perhaps someone might get a spanking or two, but that’s a reward rather than a catch, right?  

How do you play?

  1. Visit each blog between Friday, February 7 and Sunday, February 9 to read the posted stories and excerpts.

  2. Leave a comment answering the story question on each blog.  You will receive one entry per blog for the grand prize drawing.  You will also be automatically entered in that author’s individual contest, if she has one.

  3. If you have visited all of the blogs, visit Ana’s blog to sign up for FIVE bonus entries to the grand prize.

  4. Deadline is midnight EST (UTC -5) on February 9!!

  5. If you successfully completed a previous challenge (Spank or Treat 2013, Spankee Doodle 2013, Love Spanks 2013, or Spank or Treat 2012), you may add “VIP” to your comments.  You will earn THREE bonus entries toward the grand prize.  (Yes, we will be doing this again.  Yes, if you successfully complete the Love Spanks 2014 challenge you can become a VIP for our next activity!)

  6. If you are a F/F author or thinking of becoming one, please add “FF” to your comments. That way, your name will be entered in the special F/F author prize drawings.

  7. If you are Love Spanks 2014 Ambassador, please add “Amb” to your comments to receive your extra prize drawing.

  8. Visit any of the participating blogs on Friday, February 14 to find out the lucky winners.  Will it be you?

Like these events? Want to support your friendly F/F authors? Become a Love Spanks Ambassador! In exchange for promoting this event, you will receive one extra prize entry, AND you are still eligible to participate and win prizes! To find out the details, send an email to tarafinneganromance@gmail.com, with the subject line “Love Spanks Ambassador.”

For more information, updates, and a list of participating authors, please visit Anastasia Vitsky’s blog.

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For more spanking fun, visit Saturday Spankings for additional snippets.

And now for my story! I had planned to preview a scene from the next book in the Mira and Hana series (including Desire in Any Language, Mira’s Miracle, and a not-yet-named third book), but yesterday’s flash fiction on Siobhan Muir’s Thursday Threads changed my mind. I’m breaking with tradition and presenting a scene from Seoul Searching, my newest work in progress. It’s an experiment of mixed formats, and the story contains free verse as well as traditional prose narrative. Indigo, a 23-year-old recent college graduate, receives a one-way ticket to what she thinks will be a job interview…in Seoul, South Korea.

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Please use one or more of the following discussion prompts:

  1. What do you think will happen next?
  2. Have you ever experienced a situation similar to Indigo’s? In what way?
  3. What parts of the story did you like and/or dislike?
  4. If you were Indigo, what would you do?

Participating Love Spanks 2014 Authors:

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