Never put yourself in danger #WIPItUp

Happy WiPItUp Wednesday! woo hoo!

Courted by Fall came out this week so this is the final post from that book. Next week, I'll start giving you snippets from Courted by Trouble which will be out December 20th.

In this snippet, Cami learns just how firm Jerod's rules are.


“You will never put yourself in danger, either physically or mentally,” he told her firmly at the beginning of March. As it turned out, to him that also meant putting herself down in any shape or form.

During a rather drastic meltdown episode, she found out how serious he was. The day had started out well. She was at his house making them both lunch when the knife she was using slipped and sliced her finger. Having worked in the kitchen her entire life, this was not the first time she had slipped up, but it was her first time slipping up in front of him while cooking. Her old doubts and fears leapt to the surface and next thing she knew she was crying as he forced her into a chair, gently shoving her head between her knees while he held her hand up and checked out the cut.

“It’s just a slice,” he said soothingly. “Let me get a bandage for it. Hold your hand up.” She sat there mortified while he doctored her finger and when he was finished could not believe what a fool she had made of herself. Yanking her hand away from him, she bolted out of the chair and ran outside. She just wanted to get away to calm down by herself, but he ran after her, grabbing her shoulder. “Cami!”

“Let me go!” She yanked out of his hands and ran down to the lake, crying the whole way. He was faster than she was, plus he knew the land better. In no time he caught up with her, lifting her off her feet and sitting down, holding her on his lap. “Let me go!” Cami struggled, but it was like struggling against a straitjacket. Jerod didn’t release her.

“Shh,” he said gently and his kindness just made her feel worse. “It’s okay, Cami. I can understand how scary that was.”

Spluttering, she looked up through blurry eyes into his kind face. “Scary? I’m a mess! Why can’t you see that? The day you met me I was a mess! And it’s almost a year later and I’m still a mess! I can’t even cut my finger without falling apart!”

“You aren’t a mess…” he began but she didn’t listen.

“Yes, I am. I screw up and can’t do anything right. I lie, upset everyone, and cover it up because, oh, yes, that just makes it so much better,” she added sarcastically. “I’m a horrible person, Jerod! Why can’t you see that?”

In a movement that startled her into silence, he stood up and ambled over to the woods that bordered his property. Setting her down on her feet, he walked up to one of the trees, tested several branches, broke three off and pulled a knife out of his pocket, scraping off the twigs and bark. It was such a strange thing to do that she just stared at him. As soon as all three branches were smooth, he pulled the tie out of his pony tail and wrapped it around one end, securing them together.

When he was done, he sat down on a nearby boulder and crooked his finger at her. Confused, she walked up to him. When he patted his lap, she went to sit on it but he shook his head. “No, Camille. Over my lap.”

Her eyes widened as the enormity of what was about to happen hit her. Not only was he going to spank her, but he was going to use a tree branch to do it with. “Umm…” Her brain searched for a way out of the situation, but nothing came to mind.

“Come on,” he said quietly and shocked, she found herself bending over his lap, startled when he lifted her hips a little higher so that neither her hands nor her feet touched the ground. “Camille,” he said, the deep timber of his voice resonating against her. “You will never say such disrespectful things about yourself again. Every bad thing you call yourself hurts. And don’t try to tell me it doesn’t, because I know better. I told you before that my biggest rule was that you were never to put yourself in danger. By badmouthing yourself, you endanger your entire sense of self. And I won’t allow it. Have you ever been birched before?”

“No,” she whispered. “Paddled and spanked.”

“You should know that this is my preferred form of discipline. There may be times for lesser offenses that I may spank you with my hand, but when you endanger the woman I love? This is the result.”


Courted By Fall

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Camille Covington thought she had it all: the perfect life, the perfect future, and the perfect suitor; until it went downhill just days before her 18th birthday. Now struggling to pick up the pieces, she did everything she could to not let anyone know just how depressed she’d become. She did such a good job that she fooled even herself.

Newcomer to Hyacinth, Jerod Kinsley, offered friendship but used to the more traditional way of Hyacinth life, Camille didn’t know what to do with it. Set on a path of destruction, she quickly found out just how supportive her family and Jerod could be. As he and her family encouraged her on a life she never even imagined existed before, Cami began to find her inner strength. When her and Jerod’s relationship solidified through the Hyacinth Courting system, she found out just how freeing discipline from the man she loved could be.

About the series In Hyacinth:

Hyacinth, Washington is all about traditional values. In Hyacinth; its residents live their lives by discipline; there is a strong male head of house; and words like trust, honor, and kindness aren't just buzzwords. Each story in the series is of a young woman (18-20) and her struggle to figure out who she is in this little town while at the same time going through Hyacinth's old-fashioned courting system. On their way to meet, get to know, and finally marry their princes, these heroines grow in ways they and their town never expected.

Courted by Discipline, Book One is available.

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