Friday, July 18, 2014

Spanking Stories Book Club: Sarah's Tutorial by Emily Tilton

It's going to be a Corbin's Bend Summer (or what's left of summer) here on Spanking Stories Book Club. Tara Finnegan is here today to lead the discussion of Emily Tilton's Sarah's Tutorial.



Emily Tilton’s wonderful novella, Sarah’s Tutorial, Book two in the Corbin’s Bend series, to me represents a number of things.

First of all, it is a story of first love, of the intense, life-changing, coming-of-age and sexual awakening experience that rocks your soul. That the first love is also a heavy D/s type relationship only adds to the intensity in my opinion.

Secondly, it is a story of how prejudice and interference can so severely hurt and damage a person and indeed a relationship. Sarah’s parents rejection of her chosen partner, and lifestyle are so harmful that it almost breaks her. And John’s desire to do the right thing for Sarah further twists the knife in the heart of a young woman who was born to love so totally and submissively. For a time Sarah loses her beautiful givingness.
And of course it is a story of hope and strength – how prejudice and misunderstanding can be overcome if only you can be strong and someone bends, even just a little.

It’s beautifully written, the innocence of a twenty one year old is depicted in the wonderful  almost childish phrases Sarah uses to describe her private places, and as she grows in confidence and self awareness, while more worldly and crude expressions are used at the appropriate times, her sweet coyness and gentility remain.

John the more worldly Dom, while more experienced and more  sexually free, cannot fail to be enchanted by the beautiful innocence he is offered, even  appreciating it all the more when the seemingly pure young lady has a delicious wanton side that she wishes to share with him.

My Questions.

1. The first intimate scene between Sarah and John was incredibly intense and very lengthy, it spanned several chapters. Initially, Sarah, who had a crush on her professor, decided it would be a thrill to seduce him. A combination of innocence and that self-assurance that only the young have made her quite sure that John would be grateful for whatever attentions she chose to bestow on him. Within moments, John had taken charge of the situation and shown Sarah the Dom he was, and the sub she was. By the time the first meeting was over, both recognized that they had started something very special indeed.

Do you think it is possible to recognize a Dom or a sub within that short a timeframe, and to connect on a subconscious level the way John and Sarah did in Sarah’s Tutorial? And also, do you feel  it is possible to know that what you are experiencing is indeed love, rather than lust, or excitement, or immense interest in someone? Do you think love at first sight can happen?

2. Secondly, although Sarah is clearly the initiator, John is Sarah’s professor, and is a quarter of a century older than her. Her parents are horrified, assuming that as John is both in a position of authority over  Sarah, and so much more worldly wise, (and given the Master/slave nature of the relationship) that he is in effect an abuser. I admit I had a real conflict of interest as I read, I had come to know John and Sarah, and I really wanted them to be happy, but as a parent I couldn’t hep but put myself in Joe and Maeve’s shoes. In the end Maeve offered an olive branch to her daughter, and I was so relieved. I honestly don’t know how I would feel if it was me and my daughter though. I think probably my first reaction would be no way (because of the age difference, I think I would assume a hero worship crush) but I hope I might let them get on with it, in the hope it would burn itself out! How do you fee about it?  Do you find that overstepping the boundaries of professional ethics  and moral behavior? How would you react to a family member embarking on a similar situation? Would you be able to stand back and examine the situation or would you do as Sarah’s parents did, try to call an immediate halt to it?

3. I would have expected that Maeve and Joe, Sarah’s parents, living in Corbin’s Bend as they did, should have been more open to diversified relationships. They initially would have entered Corbin’s Bend so they could enjoy the freedom of a spanking and Taken in Hand relationship. Yey when the chips were down, they couldn’t afford their daughter that same understanding that they had sought. Did that surprise you while you read the story unfold? How did it make you feel/ think? Do you find this an issue with life in general, that people will talk about the right to freedom of choice, as long as that choice is acceptable to them? Or do you find that people who make alternative choices are more open to variances? Or is it even possible to make a broad sweeping statement on any kind of prejudice?

4. One thing John was very clear about in the book, was that he did not want Sarah throwing away her future because of her relationship with him. He wanted her to reach her potential, academically speaking. Where do you stand on sacrifice for love? How far would you go? How far are you comfortable with seeing the characters in a book go?

Thank you so much for joining the discussion on Sarah’s Tutorial. I look forward to reading your thoughts, both on the book, and on the general questions it raises in the minds of the reader. This was a very thought provoking book, and as a result some of the questions are pretty thought provoking too. But please, do join in in so far as you are willing to. Feel free to make general comments on your feelings about the book or the discussion, or perhaps one or two of the questions, even if you don’t want to answer each question individually.


Before I finish I’d to say I commend Emily Tilton for writing a book that even forces these questions into the mind of the reader because I really love a book that both challenges me and makes me hot at once, and this one certainly did.

Coming Up: 

July 25 - "Exile to Unity" by Tara Finnegan - Discussion Leader: Thianna D
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KN3BD0K/
August 1 - "Long Shot" by Cara Bristol - Discussion Leader: Kate Richards
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L3I1BSS
August 8 - "Leading the Way" by Constance Masters - Discussion Leader: Maren Smith
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KXZUIZ4



Excerpt:

The first time he caned her was a direct result of one of these tutorials. She had seen John's cane, in its place of honor on the bookcase in his office, had even dared to touch it when he wasn't looking. Her fear of it was huge and delicious, for she knew that sooner or later she would feel it across her bottom, and yet she couldn't imagine what it would feel like.
John asked her about whether she had read a certain article about the rape of Lucretia that he had told her to read, and of course she hadn't. "I would hate to think, Miss Harshaw," he said, "that our erotic pursuits are getting in the way of your studies."
"Oh, no, you wouldn't," Sarah said, without thinking about it.
"That's the kind of answer that gets young ladies caned, Miss Harshaw," John said. "Would you care to rethink it?"
"No, Sir," she replied, annoyed he implied that fucking her was less important than teaching her Roman history.
"Go to the office, young lady, and get over my desk. I will be there to punish you in a few moments."
"With the cane?!"
"Yes, Miss Harshaw, with the cane. It is high time you understood that your education is not a proper object of your disdain."
Had he been looking for an opportunity to use the cane on her, or did he really think the tutorial was more important? She was surprised at how angry she was about it. Who the fuck cared about the rape of Lucretia? Did John really love her, or was she just his latest tutee?
She was so pissed off that she actually didn't get over the desk, but rather stood there in his office, fuming. He found her standing in the center of the floor, looking at him. She was naked but for her collar, of course, but that didn't matter at all, since she was so used to it by now. This incident happened in perhaps the third week of October.
"Do you really think..." she began.
"Get over my desk, NOW, Miss Harshaw." He did not raise his voice. As far as Sarah could tell, John never, ever raised his voice. But the tone of it instantly reasserted his dominance over her. Her pussy tingled and flowed and she obeyed.
She heard him take the cane from the bookshelf with a little rattling sound.
"Sir..." she said. "I'm sorry."
"Not as sorry as you're going to be, Miss Harshaw," he said, drily, and began to cane her. After six, she did, actually scream "Yellow!"
"Listen to me, young lady," he said, right after that. "My love for you is the most important thing in the entire universe as far as I'm concerned. I'm willing to proceed on the supposition that the same is true, in the converse, for you."
Sarah quietly sobbed. Had she ever, ever, ever felt anything more painful than the six welts across her bottom, John's welts? She didn't think so.
"But that doesn't give me a license to harm your prospects, if we stoop to that Victorian phrase. What if I died tomorrow? What if our relationship couldn't continue, for any of a number of very good reasons?"
"There's no good reason. None," she said miserably.
"Grant me this, Sarah. Perhaps there are good reasons. I can't think of any right now, but perhaps there are. I would owe it to you, and you would owe it to yourself, that you were prepared to continue with your studies. You are brilliant. I don't know if you're going to write a book about Livy, or about Roman history, or about anything related. Frankly, I don't know if people will still be writing things called 'books' ten years from now. But you have a gift for classical history, and probably for a lot of related things, and I'm not going to let you waste it because I want to fuck you in the ass every night for the rest of eternity."
"Oh, God... John..." The pain from the cane welts had begun to fade, and it was communicating itself to Sarah's pussy in a truly extraordinary way.
"What?"
"Um... make love to me?" (That was the first time Sarah ever uttered that phrase.)
He kneeled behind her now, the cane thrown aside, with his face buried in her ass and she was screaming. She came, and then he carried her the short distance over to the office couch, settling her on top of his cock, holding her burning bottom cheeks in his big hands. 
"I'm going to teach you to ride me, now," he said softly, and he began to guide her upon him, until they moved in rhythm. "Does that feel nice, sweetheart?" he asked.
"Oh, fuck. Oh, yes, Sir."
John tsked at her foul language and looked up into her face. She saw an expression in his eyes she hadn't ever seen before: Certainly it was not in any way a submissive expression, but it wasn't really dominant–just... loving. He wanted to make her feel good; that she feel good was his will for her at that moment. She felt tears well up in her eyes.
"Sir... thank you for caning me."
He smiled up at her. "Any time, young lady."

Blurb:

When Professor John Dunn moves to Corbin's Bend, hoping to live the spanking-centered BDSM lifestyle for which he has always yearned, he gets more than he bargained for when his brilliant student Sarah Harshaw sets out to seduce him. Sarah, in turn, gets much more than she bargained for when she finds herself taken in hand, and loving it. Both John and Sarah know that their torrid D/s relationship is wrong, but both also know that they have found in the other a true partner not just erotically, but intellectually as well. 

Will their love survive the trials that inevitably befall it when Sarah's parents find out, and confront John? Can Sarah convince John that she knew what she was doing when she entered his office even though wearing his collar wasn't in her game-plan? 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Spanking Stories Book Club: Eddie My Love By Patricia Green

I did so much blogging in June and I'm sort of slacking off in July, but thanks for stopping by today.

I thoroughly enjoyed Patricia Green's Eddie My Love, the third in her ROMANTEK series.

Blurb: Willow Camber wants to get away from it all. Her business has taken over her life, and none of the men she's dated recently want her as a person rather than as a mega-corp. Her vacation plan is a time-travel, virtual reality trip into a film noire mystery--Bogie and Bacall writ large and in color- -so different from the twenty-second century life she currently leads. 

Eddie Reston needs a break from his hectic life, away from his nagging ex-wife. His passion is old novels about hard-boiled detectives of the 1950s. A Romantek virtual reality vacation is just the ticket for a guy like him, more an early Charles Bronson than a Cary Grant. 

When Willow and Eddie meet to solve a murder mystery, their attraction is instant, even though Willow sometimes needs active correction. But Romantek forbids them to give away their true names during the vacation, so they can't pair up in their own century. They struggle to find a way, but it remains elusive. Can Eddie and Willow cheat the Romantek system and set up a real life meeting, or will their new found love be lost when reality intrudes? 




Friday, July 4, 2014


Happy July 4 to those in the US. Thanks for stopping by.
Natasha Knight is here to share one of her favorite Spanking Books. 

Blurb

Judgment--the ultimate disciplinary establishment, a forbidding mountain fortress where unfortunate young women are taken and trained to become the perfect submissives for a world-wide market. Abandoned to the whims of Judgment's ruthless masters, Callie McGuire descends into the depths of this prison, discovering a new capacity for sensuality as she becomes Mischief, the personal plaything of the Mountain Lord.


I've read this book three times now I think, maybe four. It was recommended to me by Trent Evans when I asked for a darker read without a depressing ending and I can tell you, after some months, I still think about it.

Denise Hall is another pen name Maren Smith uses to write darker erotica in case you did not know. Part of what captured me in this book was the non-con, abduction scenario and what subsequently happened to Mischief at the fortress. The book opens with Mischief in police custody after she's been separated from her Master, The Mountain Lord, Tane. Throughout the first half of the book, I couldn’t decide what I wanted - for Mischief to be 'saved' from him or for her to be returned to her Master. Tane was not a kind man, he never once let her off the hook and punished her harshly from the beginning, but somewhere in those pages, something happened and I wanted them to be reunited. I can't really explain it because this book was the definition of non-con, and I shouldn't want that, right? I should want her to be rescued…???

So my questions for you follow but I'd love to hear any others you have or any parts of the story that stayed with you. For me, the words "This one loves her Master, heart and soul," are so powerful, I can still hear Mischief say them.

1. This was darker than the usual spanking fiction I read but I have a great love of the capture fantasy. Maybe it's the idea of being wholly at someone else's mercy, but only if that someone else takes a very special interest in you. What did you think of how the story opened, how Judgment was introduced, how the Mountain Lord and the other Masters were introduced? Was it too much too fast and too harsh, or did it make you sit up and pay attention? Make you give up a night of sleep because you had to keep reading?

2. There was no time wasted when the first sex scene in the book was a non-consensual anal scene. To me, this is the ultimate act of power over another. Did this turn you off to the book or to Tane or did it have the opposite effect?

3. This book hit all the right buttons for me and one of the reasons for that was the way the punishment scenes were done. The demerit caning was probably the most intense. What do you look for in a corporal punishment scene and how detailed do you like it to be? Did you find the punishments in this book to be too severe or difficult to read? Have you ever stopped reading a book because you found the spankings to be harsh or excessive?

4. How long do you think it would take to break a woman in a setting such as Judgment?

5. At one point, Mischief walks out of Judgment but stops. No one is following her (she believes) and she can escape, but she doesn't. Instead, she turns around and goes back to Tane, slips back into bed with him, touching him, her tormentor. How did this particular scene make you feel? Were you telling her to run or by now, were you hoping someone would come out and take her back?



Friday, June 27, 2014

Spanking Stories Book Club: Bride Two Soon by Rayanna Jamison

The fabulous Patricia Green is here, fresh from her vacation, to talk about Bride Two Soon by Rayanna Jamison.

Bride Two Soon blurb: 
       
This is a story of love and life- long friendship against the odds.

        What happens when two life long best friends Mollie, and Beth Anne find themselves married to the same old fashioned man?
        Can they remain friends? Will jealousy get the best of them? Will their husband be able to fix the problem with a good old fashioned spanking, or two?


Bride Two Soon is about forming a polygynist triad in a religiously "gated community" – not literally gated, but effectively. It has lots of spankings of both "wives," and plenty of tension and conflict as the three try to put their lives in order together. Since polygyny is acceptable in their community, it's expected for them to work it out…somehow.

I like what this book represents: a different, wholesome way of life, where multiple “wives” are accepted and the outside, average world isn’t a party to their personal relationships. I could really get on my soapbox here and write a laundry list of why polygyny ought to be acceptable, even in these modern feminist times, but I won’t. And Bride Two Soon stays clear of proselytizing as well. In Jamison’s world the tale is all that matters, and if the reader accepts that this is a story about another lifestyle, they’ll be spellbound.

The story is romantic and loving; there is no explicit sex. My feeling is that Rayanna was avoiding such scenes, and avoiding straying into erotic menage. Her story was crisp and shiny and didn't need sex to make it whole.




1.       When you picked up Bride Two Soon, did you expect it to have sexual menage? If so, what made you expect that?

2.       When you think about a polgynist triad, do you think about the legal aspects?

3.       Considering polygamy in general, do you feel that some sort of sex among multiple partners is likely to happen? (I don't mean flitting from flower to flower, but rather having all the flowers at the same time.)

4.       Jealousy is a main theme in the book. Do you feel that jealousy is inevitable among polygamist partners?

5.       Could you ever see yourself in a polygamist partnership? Why or why not?

6.       When you finished reading Bride Two Soon, did you find yourself questioning how children can become socialized, stable citizens, despite having two (or more) mothers?


I highly recommend this book, and hope that you'll take the time to read it, if you haven't already. Partnerships like those portrayed need some time in the sun, too.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

SpankA2Z Z is for...

Zero!

Which is the number of regrets I have about taking on this challenge. It's been fun and I've loved the opportunity to get to know some new bloggers, and get to know old friends in new ways.

Zero is also the number of alphabet posts left for me to do!

Congratulations to everyone who participated either as a blogger or supporter. I feel like we've all run (or limped) a marathon. Woohoo!



Please take a moment to visit some of other folks who have been blogging all month long!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SpankA2Z Y is for...

You!

Thank you for visiting my blog. Otherwise, I'd just be talking to myself.

A special thanks to those of you who have supported me through this marathon of blog posts.

You should give yourself a treat today for being so wonderul. What will it be?