Tuesday, April 7, 2015

An excerpt from The Widow is Mine by Ashe Barker (The Conquered Brides) #spanking #medieval #romance

Today Ashe Barker is visiting with an excerpt from The Widow is Mine, her book in The Conquered Brides medieval spanking romance collection. The following is one of my favorite scenes with Duke Stefan talking punishment with Lady Natalia...

The Widow is Mine excerpt:

“Natalia? You are already in enough trouble. Do not compound your punishment by lying to me now.”

This has her attention. “Punishment? What punishment?”

“You disobeyed me. I have yet to hear any reasonable excuse for that. Unless you can come up with some persuasive reason why you found it impossible to remain in the safety of my tent, as instructed, I intend to punish you for your behaviour.”

She is gazing up at me, her beautiful eyes widening, darkening to a deep, stormy grey. “What do you intend to do?”

“I will spank you. Hard. This will hurt, Natalia, but I hope it will prove to be the deterrent you so badly need. You are my wife, and I expect your obedience, and your honesty. Do you understand?”

“Yes, my lord. But you have no need to beat me. I am sorry. Truly I am. I will never do anything like that again.”

“I hope not, for your sake. And I said I would spank you, not beat you.”

“What is the difference?”

“Ah, my lady, there is a difference. In time you will come to appreciate that. For now though, we have business to settle, you and I.”

“You intend to spank me now?”

Her voice is breaking. She is afraid. A little fear is healthy, but this is too much. I stroke her back, my palm circling between her shoulder blades as I seek to soothe her.

“No, not now. Now you need to rest. You need to regain your strength, and stay warm. I want you to go to bed, sleep, and perhaps think about what has happened today. Try to reconcile yourself to your new situation if you can. In the morning you will accept your punishment, then we will move on and not speak of this again.”

“How will I sleep, knowing… knowing this? If you are going to punish me, please do it now. I want this to be over with.”

Ah, my sweet, too easy.

“No. I will decide when you are to receive your punishment. The events of this day have taken their toll, and I will not lay a hand on you tonight.”

“But you cannot expect me to…”

I place my finger across her lips. “Hush. I expect you to obey me, and not to argue. So now, if you are quite dry, I would like you to get into bed and wait for me there.”

Her expression is shocked. I manage to conceal my grin.

“You intend to sleep with me? In this bed? Tonight?”

“I do. Having gone to all this trouble to combat the effects of your foolhardiness, I intend to make sure you remain warm.”

“But, you cannot. It would not be decent.”

“It is decent enough. You are my wife, after a fashion. I grant you the ceremony at the castle gates was not entirely satisfactory, not the way I would have chosen to make you my duchess, but it will certainly suffice until I can make a more robust arrangement. We will seek the benefit of a more orthodox ceremony as soon as the opportunity presents itself. For now though, we will both get some sleep. In the morning I will spank you, then we leave for Richtenholst.”

The Conquered Brides blurb:

When the castle they called home is besieged and ultimately falls, five women are captured and carried off as wives by their foes. Will they be treated as no more than the spoils of war, or can their new lords prove themselves worthy of the love and submission of their conquered brides?

The Conquered Brides is a five-book collection featuring these brand-new titles from top erotic romance authors:

Commanding the Princess by Korey Mae Johnson
As the ruler of Hohenzollern Castle in name only, Susanna has watched helplessly for years as her power-hungry uncle made one enemy after another for her. One enemy stands out, and the moment she catches sight of him, Princess Susanna is certain that it will be Gerhard of Bavaria who brings her world down around her. As his army smashes through her gates, Susanna makes the only choice she has left. She surrenders herself to Gerhard, hoping to win mercy for her people, though she fears it will come at the cost of her life. But she soon learns that Gerhard has other plans for her, plans which may end with her surrendering much more than just her castle to him.

The Knight's Seduction by Renee Rose
Avowed to never again yield to a man's ill-treatment, Lady Daisy stands ready to fight to the death when her castle is sacked. The imposing knight Sir Barrett has other ideas, however, and to her dismay, Daisy soon finds herself not only disarmed, but soundly spanked as well. Sir Barrett takes her as his captive bride, but when she shows real terror at the prospect of consummating their marriage, he offers her a bargain. She will offer her body to him and accept the pleasurable torments he inflicts, but he will not claim her fully until she aches for it so badly she begs him. Certain she will do no such thing, Daisy agrees, but can she resist the knight's seduction?

The Widow Is Mine by Ashe Barker
Since her husband's untimely passing, Lady Natalia has resigned herself to a quiet life as a young widow and perhaps one day as a nun. But when her adopted home is conquered by the enemy, her world is turned upside down. After he rescues her from the chaos of Hohenzollern's fall, Duke Stefan of Richtenholst cannot imagine allowing Natalia to languish behind the walls of a convent. The duke takes Natalia home as his wife, and he quickly proves himself ready to compel her obedience when it is necessary, but can he ever truly make her his own?

Conquering Lady Claire by Sue Lyndon
As Hohenzollern Castle falls, mayhem unfolds around Lady Claire, and her only aim is to lead as many women and children of the castle to safety as possible. In an odd turn of fortune, her courageous efforts ultimately lead to her capture by none other than Lord Galien of Minrova, the very man that her brother, a powerful duke, recently commanded to find her and claim her as his wife. Claire's defiance is quickly overcome by means of a firm hand applied to her bare bottom, but Galien is not content merely going through the motions of a political marriage. His skilled lovemaking soon leaves his new bride begging for more, but can he conquer her heart as well?

Kidnapped and Claimed by Dinah McLeod
When her husband's repeated infidelities and drunken insults become too much to bear, Lady Cecily flees to her childhood home at Hohenzollern, but things quickly go from bad to worse and she is kidnapped from the castle stables only moments after her arrival. Cecily ignores her abductor's warnings of ruin about to befall Hohenzollern and his claim that he took her from the castle only to keep her safe. She resists him every step of the way, until at last he spanks her long and hard. Despite his firm chastisement, it soon becomes clear to Cecily that her captor cares for her in a way her husband never did. But can she forgive him for stealing her from her home?

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Ashe Barker has been an avid reader of fiction for many years, erotic and other genres. She still loves reading, the hotter the better. But now she has a good excuse for her guilty pleasure – research.

All her books feature BDSM or spanking. She writes explicit stories, always hot. Strong, demanding Doms are a given, often paired with new submissives who have a lot to learn.

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