Work in progress - Winning Sadie

The draft of my second novel, a sequel to Simon Says, is almost finished. At the end of book one, Simon has proposed and Sadie has accepted. The engagement party is barely over when Sadie tells Simon she doesn't think she can marry him. She's looking for reassurance, of course, and Simon knows just the way to win her back.


What is your Easter tradition?

In case you failed to observe Flogging Monday this year, you may want to note this Easter Monday tradition for future reference:


In the Czech Republic and Slovakia a very odd tradition takes place on Easter Monday. The day, known as ‘flogging Monday’ or Dyngus, begins when young men visit their female friends and whip their butts with sapling branches. The whip, known as a Pomlázka, is a selection of fresh pussywillow branches with coloured ribbons attached at one end. The Pomlazka symbolises fertility. Considered as part of a traditional courting ritual the young men demand treats and vodka before they whip the girls. In some regions it is even customary to douse the girls in cold water too. Oh Eastern Europe, maybe go easy on the vodka?

Source: Slapped Ham


Research anyone?

Whenever I’m writing my domestic discipline stories, I find it helps to look at pictures of what I’m trying to describe. Here are two photos that I found in Tumblr posted by GiraffeDogCat. They illustrate what is happening now in scenes in book 2 of the Simon Says series.

At one point, Simon has trapped Sadie’s legs with his right leg. I imagine her bottom looks just like this when his hand lands.


The other photo shows what I think might be a view from under the table in a subsequent scene.

Of course I’m doing lots of other ‘hands on’ research but I won’t say whose hands are where.

While we're talking about hairbrushes

Two of my scenes on Saturday Spankings (see blogs Feb 5 and 26th) have focused on hairbrush spankings. In that vein I bring you:

One hundred strokes a night would make the naughtiest woman rethink her behaviour. Thanks to the Red Rump site for this great old advertisement.  Although that site is more about women giving spankings than receiving them.

Where it all started

I didn't see this cover of the September 1975 issue of National Lampoon (I believe the artist was Bernie Lettick). When my boyfriend Gavin sent it to me in the form of a greeting card, almost ten years later, I knew he was the one for me. Over twenty-five years later he still knows how to warm my...uh...heart.