Saturday, December 13, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway - Learning to Live Again (Corbin's Bend Season 2) by Ruth Staunton

Learning to Live Again
by Ruth Staunton
Tired of increasing chaos in his family life and the distance that is growing between him and his wife, Lainie, Grant Taylor decides the only way to save his marriage is to get back to the domestic discipline lifestyle he grew up with. When he finds Corbin's Bend on the Internet, he is certain it is the perfect place for them to start over.

Exhausted and tired of juggling everything herself, Lainie reluctantly agrees to her husband's suggestion. However, she is new to the lifestyle and more than a little uncertain about it. To make matters worse, their 15-year-old daughter Kathleen is convinced they had moved her into some kind of weird spanking cult. She is miserable and not at all shy about letting everybody know it.

Will moving to Corbin's Bend be their saving grace, or will it be the final straw that tears them apart?
Being the New Girl

Moving to a new neighborhood is never easy. It's even harder when you're moving halfway across the country and leaving everything and everyone you've ever known behind. That's exactly the situation Lainie Taylor finds herself in when Learning to Live Again begins. She has reluctantly agreed to beginning a DD relationship with her husband and moving to Corbin's Bend. Even so, she is more than a little unsure about the whole thing. To make matters worse, she finds herself the new girl in a neighborhood where everyone already knows each other. She's also virtually vanilla in a neighborhood dedicated to spanking. To say she's a fish out of water would be putting it mildly. Then, in the name of trying to be helpful, her mentor arranges for a few of the women of the community to come over and help her unpack on her second day in the neighborhood. As much as Lainie appreciates the gesture, she'd rather face the Inquisition and then deal with new people before she's even had a chance to get on her feet. Unfortunately, common courtesy and her husband don't leave her with much of a choice.
Grant came in just as the coffee was beginning to brew, filling the kitchen with its rich aroma. He was shower damp and freshly shaved, dressed in neatly pressed tan slacks and a light blue, short-sleeved button-down shirt that set off his auburn hair. He carried in a lightweight navy blazer over his arm. He had his orientation for his new job at Sandy Ridge College this morning, and he clearly wanted to make a good impression.  It was still a rarity to see him out of uniform, but Lainie couldn’t deny she appreciated the sight.
 “Thank God, you found the coffee.” he said, weaving his way through the boxes and bending to kiss her. He smelled wonderful, like soap and aftershave and that unidentifiable scent that was uniquely him.
“Uh-huh,” Lainie murmured, snuggling sleepily against Grant. “Another few minutes and I might even find cups.”
Grant chuckled. “Who needs cups? We’ll just drink from the pot.”
Lainie laughed quietly. “Oh no you don’t, I’m sharing that coffee with the women who come this morning. They might be coming into a disaster area, but I can at least offer them coffee.”
“Okay, fine, if you insist…” Grant teased. He kissed her once more, hard enough to leave her breathless, then turned away and cheerfully began sorting through the various boxes.
It took several moments of careful breathing before Lainie could will her heart to stop pounding and gain some control over the sudden fire humming in her veins. “You’re in a good mood this morning,” she said. “What‘s got you so happy?”
Grant shrugged. “Can’t I just want to kiss my wife?”
“Of course you can,” Lainie replied. He could. It wasn’t as if he never did. In point of fact, Grant was generally affectionate, or he had been once, and even at their most distant he had always been good about remembering to kiss her hello and goodbye, even if it was often quick and perfunctory. There had been nothing whatsoever perfunctory about that kiss. “I was just surprised,” she went on. “You seem to be in an exceptionally good mood.”
“It’s a new day and a new start,” Grant said. “What’s not to be happy about?”
“Having a house full of strangers for a start,” Lainie grumbled. “How am I supposed to entertain these women when I can’t even find a damn coffee cup? This is ridiculous. Nobody wants a bunch of strangers barging in before they can even get unpacked. Who in their right mind would think this is a good idea?”
“They’re coming to help you,” Grant reminded her. “I’m sure no one expects to be entertained, and no one is coming to inspect your housekeeping. They know we just moved in.”
Lainie snorted. “Shows what you know. They’ll notice. Women always notice”

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Ruth Staunton lives in a small town in the Southeast with her two cats. She is a voracious reader, who has been writing since middle school. She originally wanted to write mainstream contemporary romance, but her penchant for alpha males soon had her taking a sharp left turn into spanking and domestic discipline fiction.  When she’s not writing, Ruth enjoys TV crime dramas, listening to music, and being involved in charities that support orphan care.
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  1. Not sure if it's meant to be about Xmas holidays and if it is the answer is simple: lazying around!
    Xmas time is busy time at work so during the holidays I basically need just to rest and relax with my family. Cooking, decorating the tree (we do this on the actual Xmas morning because we don't have time before) and watching movies are the most strenous activities I can and want to manage :P

  2. It would be giving myself permission not to do anything. ;)

  3. I love being around my family... so that's something that I appreciate doing even more so during the holidays.. particularly because I don't have to work :)

  4. My fav is spending time with my loved one. Remembering new ones and the ones that are no longer with us. Then when all the activities are over I get to read.

  5. This time of year is hard because my son is away in the Army and my daughter is 17yrs old. I used to love when they were kids waking up to see if Santa came. I don't have family around except my daughter, husband, and myself. I guess I enjoy the decorations, putting the tree up and my daughter and I decorating it. I love to cook Christmas dinner and set back and watch them eat leftovers for days, complaining some of the time.

  6. decorating inside and outside.i love christmas lights