Reasonable Doubts blurb
Widow Liz Davenport assumes when she begins to date, her new man will be like her late husband–a member of the Rod and Cane Society and an experienced disciplinarian who can provide her with loving guidance she requires to feel grounded and secure. So why is she attracted to Grant Davis, an ex-Naval JAG officer who works for her nemesis and has never spanked a woman in his life?
Events in his recent past have forced Grant to take stock of his life and try some new things. But spank a woman? He’s never considered that before, but with Liz’s coaching he’s willing to try.
But when the past collides with the present, will he be able to step up and become the disciplinarian Liz needs?
Book tour contests and prizes!
I’m going on tour. For the release of Reasonable Doubts, I’ll visit 15 blogs over a four-week period. Each stop features a different guest post and/or excerpt from Reasonable Doubts so that you’re not reading the same stuff. Everyone who comments on one of these blog stops will receive a Rod and Cane Society membership card–which you can use later to enter future prizes drawings.(While supplies last).
In addition, everyone who comments will be entered into a drawing for a Rod and Cane Society coffee mug. Four mugs are up for grabs, and each time you post a comment you’ll receive one entry. 15 stops x 4 mugs = 60 chances to win.
To receive your membership card and entered the mug drawing contest, you must leave a comment on a participating blog AND your email address in the body of the comment, so I can contact you for your mailing address to send you the membership card and the coffee mug if you win one.
The first blog stop is with PK Corey. It’s an author interview.
I also have a spotlight post (an excerpt) on Lisa Medley’s blog.
Wednesday’s tour stops:
Maren Smith’s blog. Reasonable Doubts characters speak out.
Katherine Deane. An author interview. Find out which character I’m most like
For the complete list of blog stops and the most up-to-date direct links, visit my blog tour page.
Reasonable Doubts excerpt
Please, please, please. Let this mean something. Liz crossed her fingers as she entered Grant’s condo and he shut the door. Weak-kneed with hope and desire, she crept into his living room. When he’d confronted her outside Rod and Cane, he’d been angry, and she couldn’t blame him. She’d treated him shabbily.
Age wasn’t the real issue. Whether a man was older or younger, the actual number didn’t matter as much as maturity and knowledge. And Grant fit the bill.
But could he lead their relationship? Would he, could he take responsibility for enforcing the discipline she craved? Until today, she hadn’t pictured Grant in that role.
The world had tilted when he’d charged forward to protect her from Paul McGinnis. He’d proceeded to throw his weight around, and, although some women might have been put off by his behavior, Liz had gone weak with longing. Begun to second-guess her decision.
Underneath the nice-guy exterior existed a man of mettle. He’d tracked her to the mansion. He’d taken charge over her objections. He’d threatened to spank her.
She’d known he wasn’t serious, but the slip had given Liz hope. If his commanding behavior on the steps of Rod and Cane was any indication, he might be the man she needed. The one who listened to her, guided her, and provided the loving discipline so key to her equilibrium.
But she would have to do her part by being honest and open about her needs.
“You push all my buttons, lady,” Grant said.
“I didn’t intend to.”
“Sit.” He pointed to the sofa. “Please,” he amended.
Liz sat at one end and crossed her ankles. Grant plopped next to her, his legs spread, his forearms resting on his knees, and studied the floor for a moment. She waited for him to speak. At last, he turned his head. Determination darkened his eyes. “Before we begin—before you begin—let me apologize for what I said out there.”
Liz licked her lips. Her mouth had dried. “You mean about spanking me?”
He nodded. “I shouldn’t have said that. I’m sor—”
“Don’t apologize until you hear what I have to say.” She twisted her hands. What if he thought she was a kinky freak? What if he hustled her out of his condo and his life? Liz took a breath. “I did think you were older than you are, but that wasn’t the real issue.”
“I don’t understand.”
“In my marriage, there was never any question who was in charge. Otis always consulted with me, but I deferred to his judgment. He led; I supported.”
Grant arched his eyebrows. “That sounds very traditional.”
Liz nodded. “Yes. I assumed when I got involved again, the man would be…traditional…like Otis.” She wasn’t being clear enough. “I figured I would meet someone through the Rod and Cane Society.”
Grant frowned. “Rod and Cane. The mansion we were at?”
“Is that some sort of fraternal organization?”
She nodded. “Otis was president. Jared, whom you met outside, has filled in until an election can be held. I’m vying for a seat on the governance board. It’s a bold move for a conservative—some would say old-fashioned—organization to admit a woman.” Stop stalling. Say it.
“What does the organization do? What’s its purpose?” In a game of Twenty Questions, Grant probably would need no more than a couple to guess the object.
Liz rubbed her hands together. “Rod and Cane supports and promotes domestic discipline. The male members spank their wives.”
Grant blinked. “You were spanked by your husband?”
“Yes.” Relief that came from truth settled over her.
“Wow.” He exhaled and studied the floor. Then his head shot up, and he sought her gaze. “You want me to spank you.”
Grant got to his feet and shoved his hands in his pockets. He paced. “Well, this wasn’t what I expected you to say.” He glanced at her then tossed his head back and laughed. As if she were a joke. She’d bared herself to him, and he laughed at her?
What a jerk. And to think she’d considered him a nice guy. Liz grabbed her purse and sprang to her feet. He’d driven her, but she’d crawl back to Rod and Cane if she had to!
Thank you for visiting.