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Are You Sitting Comfortably by Bethany Leigh

Just released this week, is a hot new book Are You Sitting Comfortably? from the incomparable Bethany Leigh.

Bethany Leigh writes domestic dramas and detective stories spiced up with spankings and romance.

Bethany lives in Australia. When she’s not writing, she likes hanging out with her family, catching up with friends over a wine or coffee, and spotting kangaroos, wombats, kookaburras and other fabulous wildlife in the bush near her home.

More of her titles are listed with buy links at the end of this blog post.

Publisher Blushing Books has done another beautiful cover for this one.

Multiple heroines. Various misdeeds. Invariable punishment.


Are You Sitting Comfortably?

These ladies aren't, after defiance, hijinks, bad attitude and other misbehaviour lands them a trip across a stern partner's knee.

Enjoy eight short spanking stories, featuring feisty heroines from a range of genres – contemporary, mystery, historical and alt-history – all with one thing in common. They all have a man who knows just how to bring them back in line!

Penny’s husband Hayden wants to revive domestic discipline as well as romance as they travel around Australia. Penny isn’t so sure, but then she ignores an important instruction.

Lucy’s trying to trace a poison-pen writer and searching for an office to set up her own PI agency. Can she find a location boyfriend Noel approves of? (A standalone mystery featuring Lucy from At Dead of Night.)

Lady Helena has run away with her family’s footman after having a disastrous marriage declared void. How will she cope with life as lowly servant Nell? (Featuring two new characters from the Lady Margia/Freedom universe.)

Ruth is in love with the headmaster of the school where she works as a nurse. He seems unaware of her existence – until her madcap friend comes to stay, and a prank goes horribly wrong.

Disclaimer: This book contains explicit spanking scenes. If such material offends you, please do not purchase.

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"I bet he never had a friend in the first place," I said later that night when Hayden and I were getting ready for bed. "I bet he bought two tickets to the cricket just hoping he'd find someone to accompany him by telling that sob story."

"Don't be ridiculous," Hayden said.

"I thought this trip was all about us, Hayden? About us doing things together. About us nurturing our relationship with romantic candle-lit dinners. Not about you going off to watch a bunch of men chucking a ball around with some random guy, leaving me sitting here all evening on my own."

"I said you should meet us after the match. We can still go to dinner."

"And I said I didn't want to. Not with that tosser, anyway." I got into the pull-down bed and wriggled onto my side, pulling the sheet over me; it was way too hot for a doona, but I didn't like sleeping with no bedclothes at all.

"That's your choice – so don't blame me for the fact you'll be eating here alone."

"Better than hanging out with you and fucking Robert, anyway. How come he's not going to visit his friend after the match? His sick friend who can't make it? You'd think he'd go round there with a get well card and a bunch of grapes, wouldn't you, instead of – ouch!"

Hayden's hand stung my thigh. "What's that for?"

"Are you serious? You carry on like the proverbial pork chop because I'm spending one day attending a cricket match. One day out of the 365 we're spending together on this trip. And you ask why you got that slap? Any more of this carry-on and you'll be over my knee getting a really good spanking."

Because the caravan park was quiet, there was a good distance between us and the nearest caravan, so Hayden could probably carry out his threat with no risk of being overheard. I lay there quietly, burning with resentment, silently going over the pros and cons of defying him. The pros: I was right to make a fuss about this, and continuing to show him how annoyed I was would prove to him how unfair I thought he was being. The cons: It was going to be hard to sleep while I was angry anyway, so I didn't want to make it even harder by having a throbbing bottom. And I also didn't want to be spanked because of an argument over a jerk like Robert. I got the impression that he'd be pleased if he suspected I was in trouble with Hayden, and I didn't want to give him that satisfaction.

So that was one pro and two cons. I sighed.

"So you're going to behave yourself, then?" Hayden asked, getting under the sheet. "A very sensible decision."

Unlike the one you've made about the cricket. But I kept my thoughts to myself. I didn't want to give Hayden the satisfaction of spanking me either.

Hayden, as if guessing my thoughts, chuckled and snapped off the light.

Catch up with Bethany Leigh on social media:

Twitter: @writerbethany1


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Other books by Bethany Leigh:

Freedom, set in an alternate Edwardian England

Betrothed, a short prequel to Freedom

At Dead of Night, a contemporary whodunit

A Cure For All Ills, an anthology of short domestic discipline stories.

All are published by Blushing Books.

A Cure for All Ills - Bethany Leigh

Today I’m thrilled to welcome the talented Bethany Leigh to my site. She and I have been friends for a long time and she has forgotten more about writing than I will ever know.

She writes domestic dramas and detective stories spiced up with spankings and romance. Her books are: Freedom, set in an alternate Edwardian England; Betrothed, a short prequel to Freedom; At Dead of Night, a contemporary whodunit; and just this week, A Cure For All Ills, an anthology of short domestic discipline stories. All are published by Blushing Books.

Bethany lives in Australia. When she’s not writing, she likes hanging out with her family, catching up with friends over a wine or coffee, and spotting kangaroos, wombats, kookaburras and other fabulous wildlife in the bush near her home.


This week we’re looking at A Cure For All Ills, the anthology that includes both real life problems as well as some time travel. Some of these stories are the most authentic to real life imaginable.


Many misdeeds – one punishment

Maddie's hot new date loves to cook – but she avoids eating at all costs.

Sarah has perfect plans for her anniversary – but Dan's disappeared into his man-cave.

Ginny's always let her dog run free in the 'on-lead' area – but now a fine has turned up in the post.

Maddie, Sarah, Ginny and the other feisty women in these stories all have problems. And they all have men who believe that a spanking is a cure for all ills.


Depressed and exhausted, Maddie took a long shower. The hot water felt comforting and the fruity aroma of her shower get lifted her spirits a little. It was okay, she told herself; it was a temporary lapse; she was back in control. She would go for a run or to the gym. Or maybe she would drive to the pool too, swim some laps. She’d burn off all those calories. And right at the end of the day, when Adam was due home, she’d go to the supermarket and replace everything she’d eaten so that he’d never know what had happened. And she’d never, ever do this again. She could beat this thing.


She jumped and shrieked. Oh, God, she thought, it could be – not Adam, he was at work.

But it was. The shower curtain was pulled back and Adam’s hand was switching off the shower. “Dry yourself, put on some clothes and come downstairs,” he told her curtly. “You’ve got some explaining to do.”


Getting to know Bethany Leigh

Tell us more about your new release

It’s a collection of short stories and is titled A Cure for All Ills. Whereas my first book, Freedom, was an alt-history and my second, At Dead of Night, was a detective story, A Cure for All Ills is a collection of honest-to-goodness domestic discipline stories. One of the stories features a spanko time-traveller from the future making illicit trips back to 1680s London to track down the legendary spanker Whipping Tom, but all the others are contemporary, featuring women in DD relationships and whose partners see – or come to see –  spanking as ‘a cure for all ills’.

Two of the stories feature a woman whose partner uses DD to help her overcome a severe eating disorder. What made you write about this?

I was bulimic throughout my twenties and used to long for a man like Adam to enter my life, take responsibility for my eating, and save me from my self-destructive dieting obsession. It didn’t happen for me, but it does happen for Maddie. When I first tried my hand at writing a DD story, the eating disorder scenario felt natural for me – troubled heroine with a serious problem, caring partner using tough love to help her recover.  So ‘A Cure for All Ills’ was the first DD story I ever wrote and the other one featuring Adam and Maddie, ‘Far to Go’, was the second.

Describe one scene in a novel that stayed with you long after you closed the book

There are so many – mostly to do with a fabulous twist in a murder mystery or sci-fi plot. But if we’re talking spanking scenes that stayed with me, I’m old enough to remember when spankings appeared in mainstream literature. It was always an unexpected thrill to turn the page and find yourself reading a spanking scene. I don’t remember anything at all about the Jeffrey Archer novels I read years ago apart from the spanking scene in Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less where the hero spanked his girlfriend in the car. There was also a Jilly Cooper romance called Octavia I remember nothing about apart from the scene where the drunken heroine was spanked by a man she’d just met – and, of course, later she married him!

If you could go back in time, would you change anything about any of your books?

I’d set the events of Freedom and Betrothed in a Ruritanian kingdom rather than an alternate Edwardian England. I briefly considered doing so when writing Freedom, but thought it might not work given the settings were so very Downton Abbey-ish. But there was confusion when Freedom was released – some readers thought it was a badly researched historical novel as opposed to completely fictitious world that just happened to contain grand Downton Abbey-style houses and take place in the years the Suffragettes were active. So if I could time-travel like Louise in ‘Time and Again’ I’d make up a country name to go along with the made-up bedding ceremonies!


Find Bethany on Social Media:


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Twitter: @writerbethany1

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