Thursday, January 2, 2014

Cold Hands Warm Bottoms

Welcome Spank Hoppers!

I hope you all survived the holidays and you're ready for some fun in 2014.

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Please enjoy this excerpt from my Work In Progress, tentatively titled Becoming A Proper Lady, The Diary of Miss Sarah McLean. Sarah McLean is an American girl whose father has taken her to Regency London in search of a husband. Here, she tells the story of her first meeting with Lord Amherst 


     For all my complaining I must admit that I enjoyed myself very much last night. Father and Mrs. White, the woman he has hired to make me into a proper bride for an English gentleman, escorted me. Mrs. White introduced me to a number of older ladies who were in attendance, including our hostess, Lady Waterford, who in turn introduced a number of eligible gentlemen to me.
    Soon my dance card was full and I passed the evening fairly agreeably. Several of my dance partners were rather dull and I wondered why they bothered signing my dance card if they were going to spend the entire dance glancing about the room to see what everyone else was doing, but to my credit, I did not actually say as much to any of them.
     There were one or two of my partners who are worthy of mention here. First, there was Lord Williams. He was quite handsome and a good dancer. He complimented me on my gown, which was perfectly understandable because it was utterly divine. Layers and layers of lace and satin pinched in at the waist by a corset, which I found totally unnecessary since I have a tiny waist as it is. But, Mrs. White insisted.
     She insists more than I think she ought, but Father is the one she answers to and not me.
     Lord Williams is very charming and I understand that his family is much to be envied and sought after, so Mrs. White seemed to relax a bit once she realized that he appeared taken with me. He even brought me a lemonade and we sat and chatted for a few minutes. Nothing of great consequence was said, but at least he did not comment on my accent, which puts him head and shoulders above most of the young men I have met here.
      Which leads me to the other person whom I feel I must mention. While standing near an open window in order to get some fresh air, I happened to overhear a man, I have no reason to believe him a gentleman, maligning Americans as nothing more than the bastard sons of the devil. 
      Well, I could hardly allow something like that to go unchallenged. I am sure that had Father heard him he would have boxed the young upstart’s ears, but since the honor of my country was left to me to defend, I did my part.
       “Pardon me, sir,” I said tapping the blowhard on the shoulder. When he turned, it was all I could do to keep my composure as he was undoubtedly the most strikingly handsome man I had ever seen in either America or England.
        My breath caught in my throat as his dark eyes looked down at me and the corners of his mouth turned up in a sly smile. “How may I be of service to you, miss?” he said. His voice was so sultry, I nearly forgot my pique, but seeing the mischievous twinkle in his eye reminded me and I replied. “You forget, sir, that the Americans who are the bastard sons of the devil as you say, also bested your country in two wars.”
     “We only sent hired soldiers to fight the bloody Americans. An army of real British soldiers would have done the job in half the time.”
      “What a thing to say. And have you no respect for your countrymen who died at war?”
      I glared up at him with all the might I could muster. Finally he laughed and said “My, you are not afraid to speak your mind, now are you? I suppose I ought not to be surprised. Americans are an untamed lot who apparently do not know how to train their women either.”
      He smiled down at me and I suppose he meant to be funny, but I was in no mood for his humor and something came over me, I know not what, but I stomped on his toe. Hard. Though I am petite and my feet were only ensconced in dancing slippers, I saw him wince. Whether from pain or surprise, I know not.
      Thereupon the scoundrel took me by the arm and lead me, very unceremoniously I might add, onto the terrace of the home in which the party took place. “What are you doing?” I said, trying very hard not to show my alarm. I glanced over my shoulder at the other guests but they were engaged with the dance and no one noticed us, not even the ever vigilant Mrs. White, who I later found out had spent more than her fair share of time sipping brandy instead of lemonade.
     However, as I was being escorted from the home, Mrs. White was the least of my concerns.
     This stranger, who had not even been polite enough to introduce himself to me, put his hand at the small of my back and guided me to a bench on the far corner of the terrace. I knew not what he intended but I did know that being there with him, alone, was highly improper. Yet the scorch from his touch just above my backside compelled me to comply without protest.
     What was this spell he had cast over me?
     He had not answered my question, but once we were near the bench he placed one foot upon it and then bent me over his knee.
     “How dare you? Unhand me!” I hissed at him through gritted teeth. I would have preferred shouting to the rooftops but dared not draw attention to myself or my indecorous situation.
     “I can see that you, my little Yankee girl, need a lesson in manners and that is precisely what I am about to give you.” And with that, the brute swatted my upturned backside.
     I can only be thankful for the many layers of my gown because although shocking, the swat was not painful. Unfortunately, I said as much to the still unnamed man who had me over his knee. “You spank like an old lady. Or a British Lord. ‘Tis hard to tell the difference.”
     There was a pause while I recoiled in horror at the implications of what I had just said. Perhaps I did need some lessons in keeping my mouth shut, but that was not the time to make such an admission.
     The next thing I knew, there was a rustle of fabric and my skirts were flipped up over my back and even mussed my hair. I struggled against what he intended and I was particularly irate over the damage to my coiffure. Two maids had spent an inordinate amount of time arranging it to meet Mrs. White’s specifications and she would not be pleased to see me return to the dance floor with my hair out of place. As she liked to say in response to nearly every question I posed ‘It simply is not done.’
     A cool breeze blew across the slit of my pantalets and inhaled sharply at the feeling of being exposed to the night air in such a manner. His hand cracked down on my barely covered backside and I gasped with the impact.
     “I bet that did not feel like a spanking from an old lady,” the cocksure gentleman said.
     “I do not know what you people here call a spanking, but my grandmother spanks harder than that.”
     Why could I never learn my lesson?
     I know that since this is my diary of events, you only have my word to go on, but I can honestly say that I am not usually so contrary. Of course, I do not often encounter men who excite my ire so profoundly, either.
     Apparently I had a similar effect on the man who had me over his knee because he wrapped his arm around my waist, pulled me in close to himself so I could not move, and proceeded to lay into my backside in a manner which would have made any grandmother proud.
     I lost count of the number of times the brute’s hand landed on my upturned bottom, but he seemed to strike it repeatedly. My delicate flesh warmed quickly under his assault and I cared for the sensations it created not at all. I kicked my feet in an attempt to impede his efforts, though rather than slowing him, he laughed. “You are quite the little hellion, Yankee girl.”
     “Stop calling me that,” I said, my jaw clenched in anger and resolution.
     "Since I do not know your real name, what choice do I have?” Although I was certain he had exerted himself thoroughly in my punishment, which continued unabated, he spoke as calmly as if he were reading the news.
     I am not proud of this, and if I am asked directly to verify its accuracy, I cannot vouch for my own future honesty, but I shall tell you, Dear Diary.
     While tottering across his knee, I turned my head as best I could but could not get a good enough angle to spit in his face, so instead, I worked up an impressive amount of spittle which I then projected onto his shoe with both accuracy and a fair amount of delight.
      He paused in his efforts to scorch my rump, stood me up (which then caused my skirts to thankfully fall back into place over my reddened bottom) and stared down at his saliva adorned shoe.
      I saw him bite his lip and for the second time in as many minutes I was forced to consider my own sanity.
     I stood next to him, gasping for air because the position I had been in over his knee, and possibly my own trepidation over the consequences of my actions, made it difficult for me to fill my lungs sufficiently.
     My captor’s hand rested gently on my arm and I glanced about the terrace considering the possibility of escape but before I could take action, I heard a familiar voice calling me.
     “Miss McLean! There you are. I have been quite frantic in looking for you.” Mrs. White, red-faced from exertion and brandy, huffed and puffed in my direction. She took a firm hold of my arm and said,“Hurry, now. You are to dance the next with Lord Amherst. He is the prize catch of the season and you must be on your best behavior.”
     I was stunned that Mrs. White would speak so in front of the oaf who had drug me onto the terrace in the first place, but when I glanced around to read his reaction to her words, he was gone.
Had I imagined the whole thing? Based upon the burn in my backside, I could only believe that it had been all too real.  
   However, I was relieved to be done with him and also relieved at not having to explain to Mrs. White why I was outside alone with a gentleman whose name I did not know.
     As we approached the dance floor she glanced at my hair and tsk-ed in dismay. “Honestly, Sarah, how did you manage to get your hair into such a frazzle already?”
     I could hardly explain to her that hanging upside down over a man’s knee made it challenging to maintain one’s hairstyle, and so I was grateful when she took her attention away from me and focused it on our hostess, Lady Waterford, who smiled at me and said “Miss McLean, please allow me to introduce Lord Amherst. He is most eager to make your acquaintance.”
     I smiled and curtsied like the trained pet I had become, but when I glanced up from my lowered position, I stared straight into the smirking face of…you guessed it…Lord Spanked My Ass.



I hope you enjoyed this excerpt. One of my New Year's Resolutions is to have this book published by March.

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In your comment, please answer this question---What is your New Year's Resolution? 

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48 comments:

  1. My resolution is weight loss :-) I want a waist again!

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  2. I decided against making a new years resolution this year as i never keep them.. So anything I want to change this year.. starts on January 6th lol

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  3. I really enjoyed your story, Celeste. I laughed my socks off as Sarah spat on his shoe, nothing like a bit of fire in a heroine, and yours do have fire!
    My new year resolution this year is to try and make more effective use of my time so I get more writing done.

    tarafinneganromance@gmail.com

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  4. March can't come soon enough. Love this spunky little yankee.

    I don't make New Years Resolutions - for me it's a waste of time, I only break them

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  5. I love spanking stories!!! :) My new year resolution is taking more time for myself to do things I enjoy!! bw2323bro@yahoo.com

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  6. Lord Spanked My Ass!!!! LMAO!!!!! I don't really have any new years resolutions...Well, maybe one but its a secret for now :) Sorry!

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  7. I would like my husband to be healthy and not have Alhyminers disease. Each day is a blessing when he has very good days.

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  8. Very cute Celeste! "Americans are an untamed lot who apparently do not know how to train their women either." OUCH!!

    New year's resolution - clarity and balance. I had this last year too but it didn't take. Hoping this year is a good year for it :)

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  9. My resolution is to eat healthier and spend less time with the computer. :)

    I liked Lord Spanked My Ass title too. hehehe

    lacrimsonfemme at gmail.com

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  10. I loved your story Celeste and the last line gave me the biggest giggle of all! New Years resolution…not fond of them, there’s always such a feeling of failure when you inevitably break them.

    constancemasters@gmail.com

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  11. to brat even harder than I already do :D

    and I loved the story! Lord Spanks :D

    authorjoellecasteel @ excite . com

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  12. Celeste, You never cease to amaze with your great writing style, you really have a great sense of the time frame that you are telling the story from. I love the character of Sarah, a little spitfire with a sharp mouth to boot. The line “You spank like an old lady. Or a British Lord. ‘Tis hard to tell the difference.” put a giant smile on my face. Best of luck to your future release and have a great new year!! My resolution is to focus more on my artwork and develop new skills. Thanks thecoverartisan@gmail.com

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  13. I don't do New Year's Resolutions because NYRs are meant to be broken. Instead I write goals./dreams at other times of the year. And I can hardly wait till this story is out! Yum! She might whirl in her grave, but reading that, it took me back to my young girl'hood reading Barbra Cartland Regency novels.

    Definitely good memories.

    d.thianna@gmail.com

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  14. I loved this excerpt! Sarah's story sounds great. ghwasd at gmail dot com

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  15. Oh goodness Celeste...these two are going to burn the pages up! New Year's Resolutions? Nope...don't do them. ;)

    Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings...
    Cat catsbrighteyes at gmail dot com

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  16. Oh I love a feisty lady who gives as good as she gets!
    New years resolution....hmm.... one has to do with losing weight again! lol.
    minellesbreath264@gmail.com

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  17. Loved your story, Celeste. She is a feisty little one, isn't "Lord Spank My Ass" made me laugh. New Years' resolution - to get two books done this year. So far, not a great start with all the hops I've been doing.

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  18. Oh I need to remember to check back in March for this book - loved the excerpt! My resolution is to be more organized! ingen77@yahoo.com

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  19. Brilliant excerpt, Celeste. I'm going to be among the first to get the book once it's out. Your writing style really grabs me.

    As for resolutions, I don't make them. I do have goals for the year, but they're not the "I vow to..." kind of thing. I was thinking of resolving to become an Evil Overlord, but I believe the job has been taken. :)

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  20. As soon as this is published it will shoot to the top of my TBR list. I don't really do resolutions as I'm not successful with them, but I'm looking forward to the New Year and all of the new opportunities I have available to me right now.
    Johnnamaquire@gmail.com

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  21. I really liked this excerpt. I love a feisty girl in my stories. Not real good with NYR but I have determined to be healthier this year. Thanks.
    rameyer.nmb@gmail.com

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  22. I'm proud of the girl! Let's stand up for America! But one must do so politely and she soon found out. Great story! I feel sure you'll make your march deadline.
    pk.corey@yahoo.com

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  23. I'm LOLing over Lord Spanked My Ass! haha! I didn't make any resolutions this year, though my husband said I should resolve to do more laundry and bake him more pies. authorsuelyndon at gmail.com

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  24. ROFL! This is great! Can't wait to get the entire book!!! Ugh...New Year's Resolutions...same ole, same ole....Lose Weight!

    tammyfaris1966 at gmaildotcom

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  25. I think the vapors may be upon me. No, I was wrong what I'm feel in the big green monster. Lucky girl. My New Year's Resolution is to find a someone to warm the cockles of my buns.
    laurah2727@yahoo.com

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  26. OMG Lord Spanked My Ass. I am giggling.
    I am not big on resolutions, why should I make a promise just because it's a new year? But I have promised myself I will floss daily- oral hygene is not something to be taken lightly.

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  27. Great story. I wonder how many times she faltered while dancing with Lord Amherst.

    I didn't really have any New Year's Resolutions. I always break them so I didn't want to come up with new ones to break.

    kesummer69(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Wow I loved this story I want to read how it ends! My New Years Resolution is to take more time for myself I am always doing for others but I always neglect myself. Thanks for sharing your amazing story.
    amybowens34@yahoo.com

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  29. Really great, such a feisty girl, not in the least submissive. Which brings me to my resolution, to try and encourage his dominance with a little more of my submission. Well I'll try anyway!

    Bootsyduck68@gmail.com

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  30. Enjoyed your story - love the word 'scoundrel' :D
    My new year's resolution is to try and find some time to play my piano.

    abigailarmani2@gmail.com

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  31. What a spunky heroine! I loved her! I wonder what's coming next between her and Lord Amherst! My New Year's resolution is to be my authentic self in everything and around everyone. :) corinnealexander4@gmail.com

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  32. Oooh I love that- but I hate WIP's I have no patience for things that aren't available. I never read series until they are complete either grrrr....

    I've agreed to do the try to be vegetarian with my daughter for a couple weeks. she's 15 and well, somethings you just have to experience.

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  33. I resolve to rely less on email at work...and get up more and talk to colleagues face-to-face or by phone. I'm an introvert and it's so much easier for me to revert to email.
    capefearlibn at gmail dot com

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  34. Can't wait till March! My resolution is to get out more. I'm kind of a recluse.
    Lburger1908 at gmail dot com

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  35. I think this one is going to be a winner, Celeste!

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  36. Lord Spanked My Ass - love it!! Look forward to reading it in March.
    My resolution is to treat myself with respect & dignity. I do it for others but tend to dump on myself.
    whitk22222227@gmail.com

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  37. Fun story--can't wait to read the rest of it! I don't make New Year's Resolutions.
    window3579@hotmail.com

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  38. I loved your story. I look forward to reading it when it comes out. I hope it's a long one. My resolution is to finish my book.

    laurellasky@gmail.com

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  39. Love how you write that time period. It's lovely!
    My resolution is to take a walk every day, make it a habit instead of a lark.
    normandiealleman (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  40. My New Year's Resolution is to read more books & take time out to enjoy life. Great story - can't wait for the book!!

    nmc69 (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  41. Loved this story and can't wait to read it. I don't make New Years Resolutions...thus none to report.
    kfemme at sbcglobal dot net

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  42. Very cute story. I always like when they are spunky and sassy! My new year's resolution is to be positive, in words and actions whenever possible.

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  43. Great story, Celeste. My resolution is more of a goal, which is to write full time in 2014 I am inspired. maddietaylorromance@gmail.com

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  44. really liked the story! My only resolution this year is to try. All those things that people say they'll do and fail, I say I'll try. As long as I keep trying I can't fail. Haha we'll see how that goes...

    chickieblog@live.com

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  45. What a wonderful story - Lord Spanked My Ass. HAH!
    My new year's resolution is so typical and boring - to lose 10 pounds! Too many delicious cookies over winter break!!
    michellpa65@gmail.com

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  46. "Lord spanked my ass!" Ha Ha. I really liked that,
    Ed
    caddydlr@google.com

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  47. I love these characters! You can see the sparks! I love stories that start like this! Best beginning!! I cant wait to read this! Ill definitely be watching the book store! ;) This year, i decided against making any resolutions. I never stick to them. So this year, im gonna go with the flow and see where it takes me. :) Thank you for sharing!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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