Two new story snippets!

Kat has a new story snippet on her blog.

Also, here is a 250-word snippet with Karielle (technically, she’s off-screen) and Soris from Becoming Clissine. Before marriage, their courtship (if you can call it that!) appears in the short story, “The First Submission” in MilestonesAt that time, they are known by their adolescent names, Karie and Sori.

How does a girl in Bastia learn how to become a Dis? This flash fiction from Thursday Threads gives a peek.

Bred from birth to obey, Sori held the whip even though she wanted to throw it onto the ground. Trentha, her “Dis,” raised Sori’s wrist.

 

“Hold steady. One sharp flick and lift.”

 

“Why should I?” Sori bit her tongue, too late. “I know,” she said before her Dis could speak. “It’s my duty.”

 

“To become a good Dis.” Trentha took the whip. “Karie will never submit unless you make her.” An expert crack followed.

 

“I’m not ready to marry,” Sori muttered.

 

Trentha brought the whip down in crescent arc. “You will lay the whip across Karie’s back, and you will teach her to fear you. Here.”

 

Sori flailed the whip, scowling. Give her a case to study and she could excel. This silly charade of dominance, however, made no sense.

 

“Use your wrist,” Trentha chided.

 

Sori flicked without success. “Why can’t I make Karie obey me another way? Why do I have to hurt her?”

 

Trentha made Sori bend over the punishment bench and raised the whip. “Basti created us as Dis and Nur, one to rule and one to obey.”

 

Sori’s body jerked at the cut of the leather. “Ow!”

 

“Do you understand your duty?”

 

Pain flooded Sori’s consciousness, crowding out every thought.

 

“You will do anything to make this stop, won’t you?”

 

Sori nodded, struggling for breath. Trentha took a step closer, brushing Sori’s hair with unexpected tenderness. “In Bastia, all must obey. Disobey at your own peril.”

 

Sori wept as she gave herself to Basti’s divine will.

 

 

 

What if Kat met quilting grannies? #ThursThreads

What if Kat, in preparing for the baby, took up quilting at her church? Here’s a 250-word snippet imagining what it might be like. Hope you enjoy!

I held out my fake quilt-print fabric, stitched with love but little skill. The German quilting thread cost ten dollars, so I settled for flimsy polyester thread that knotted whenever I sneezed.

“Please don’t laugh,” I said. Straight pins stuck out at awkward angles, and the fabric crumpled where I had gripped the edges. “I know the back looks terrible.”

My mother would have tsked at the multicolored tangles, but my white-haired companion patted my shoulder. Dorothy let fabric fly through her sewing machine without patterns or pins.

“I hate it,” I said, picking at the Frankenstein-like mess of red and blue stitches showing through the back.

“There’s a better way,” she reassured me, dabbing spit onto thread to push it through the eye of the needle. She slid the needle through the muslin backing without letting it show on the mock quilted top.

“Oh!” I exclaimed as she knotted the thread and worked the loose ends under the stitches, leaving a tidy trail of thread.

“Snip it here, next to the knot.” Dorothy held the tail while I followed her instructions. “You finish here,” she said, pointing to the unstitched squares. “Next time, I’ll show you how to do the binding.”

“Okay.” I gathered my material, as if I were collecting sheet music after a childhood piano lesson.

“Kat,” she said, and I paused. She closed her hand over mine, and my chest tightened. “Well done.”

I ducked out the door before she could notice my tears.

This flash fiction piece originally appeared in Siobhan Muir’s Thursday Threads event on February 13, 2014. Judge Kate Richards awarded it Honorable Mention, saying:

Her easy style for this piece,  was appealing on a whole other level. Made me feel as if I found a whole new Anastasia to read, one I like as well, but in a different way, than her usual carefully crafted words.

Spanking the Cockroach: a new Kat & Natalie story!

Yes, that’s right! Head over to Kat-Sitting to see Kat and Natalie’s latest adventures. This particular story does not contain spoilers for those of you who have not read Lighting the Way yet.

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Lighting the Way (Kat and Natalie, Volume Two)

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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Join Kat’s birthday club and celebrate on June 6th!

Kat’s birthday is coming up, and we are going to fete her in style! Join Kat’s birthday club and become part of the fun!

Volume Two in the Kat and Natalie series, Lighting the Way, will come out on June 6th! That’s only three weeks away! In order to celebrate Kat’s big day, we need your help! Want to get involved? Here’s how!

  • Write a note or letter wishing Kat a happy birthday (suggestions how Natalie should “celebrate” are completely up to you!)
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  • Send suggestions for how she and Natalie should celebrate. They live just outside of Chicago, so you can suggest plans for Chicago or suggest traveling for the celebration.
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  • Write a “fan fiction” type of scene or scenario describing Kat’s birthday.

If you’d like to send a submission for Kat’s birthday bash, please leave a comment here and/or email me at anastasiavitsky. I use Gmail. Please put “Kat’s birthday bash” in the subject line.

I will go through all of the submissions and post as many as I can during the week of the release. If yours is chosen for posting, you will get a chance for your choice of special perks. Examples include getting to name a new character for the third book in the series, a sneak peek of the third book, and a free copy of Lighting the Way.

Join the fun! Send your ideas for Kat’s birthday bash. 🙂

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…

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