Sunday, June 24, 2007
Spicing Up Her Marriage by Paige Tyler
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I'm a full-time writer and married to the most wonderful man. We live in the sunny southeast with our dog and cat, who are totally part of the family. I love reading romance books as much as I love writing them. I have been writing for fun since I was a teen, and since I'm a complete romantic that has always appreciated a well-warmed bottom myself, it makes complete sense that I now find myself writing romantic spanking stories.
I published my first novella about three years ago with Bethany and have been going strong ever since. Since then, I have published more than 20 stories, mostly as Paige Tyler, but also as Samantha Danvers and Madison Kincaide, and I still get giddy every time I see another one of my novellas online. In fact, I jumped up and down like a kid at Christmas when my first story, Samantha and the Detective, went to print! I put my heart and soul into every page I write and greatly appreciate everyone that takes the time to read my books.
Visit her website at: www.paigetylertheauthor.com
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Madison Holloway wants to spice up her marriage, so she asks her friend for a little advice, and is shocked when the other girl mentions that spanking might be just the thing. How could spanking be fun? she wonders.
After witnessing her friend getting a spanking however, Madison is so intrigued that she decides she wants to try it herself. Now there’s just one problem. How is she going to get her husband, Trent, to spank her? There has to be a better way than coming out and asking for one, right?
Madison Holloway regarded her pretty blond-haired friend over the rim of her coffee mug. Both of their husbands worked at the same architectural consulting firm, and with all of the parties and social functions the company held it was natural that she and Heather Lowelle had become friends. They also lived on the same block as each other, which meant they were able to spend a lot of time together. Their friendship had deepened over time to the point that Madison now felt that she could talk to Heather about anything.
They had just come back from their weekly Pilates class at the gym, and as they usually did, they were relaxing over coffee.
“Heather, can I ask you something?”
From where she sat curled up on the other end of the couch, the other girl nodded. “Sure,” she said, taking a sip of coffee. “What is it?”
Madison hesitated for a moment, chewing on her lower lip as she tried to come up with the most diplomatic way to word the question. Deciding that being straightforward would probably be the best, she tucked her brunette hair behind her ear, took a deep breath and met her friend’s gaze levelly for almost a whole five seconds before lowering her own to look down at her coffee.
“How many times a week do you and Derek...have sex?” she finally said.
If Heather thought the question were too personal, she gave no indication of it. Not that she would, Madison supposed. After all, it wasn’t like this was the first time the two of them had ever talked about sex. But they had always kept their conversations general and rather superficial. Asking a detailed question like this seemed to be somehow a little more private. But Madison needed some advice.
Her friend only shrugged, though. “Three or four,” she said, and then smiled as she added, “Sometimes more, if he comes home for a quickie at lunch.”
Madison blinked, but said nothing. A quickie at lunch? Her husband, Trent, hadn’t come home to have a quickie at lunch since they were newlyweds, and that had been four years ago. Heather and her husband had been married almost twice that. Trent and Derek worked in the same office. If Derek came home, she didn’t know why Trent couldn’t. Madison frowned. Just one more thing to think about.
“Why?” Heather asked, taking another sip of coffee. “How many times do you guys have sex?”
Now it was Madison who shrugged. “Once or twice, usually on the weekend,” she admitted. “Unless we’re too busy to get around to it.” She thought a moment, and then added, “But I’m a little worried about the quality of it more than the quantity. Even when we do find the time to make love, it’s not as exciting as it used to be. I mean, I love Trent with all my heart, but it’s like our marriage is missing something in the sex department.”
God, she couldn’t believe she was even talking about this, even if it were with her best friend. But if she didn’t discuss it with someone, Madison thought she was going to go crazy. When she and Trent were first married, they couldn’t seem to keep their hands off each other. Now, their lovemaking consisted of a few kisses, some quick foreplay, and sex in the missionary position before bedtime. It wasn’t that Trent wasn’t interested in her anymore; it was just that their sex life had gotten into a rut, and she wanted to do something about it before it got any duller.
“After a few years, that’s kind of natural,” Heather was saying, her voice soft and understanding.
Madison gave her a rueful smile. “Apparently not for you and Derek.”
Heather laughed. “Derek and I went through the same thing, believe me,” she said. “We just had to learn how to spice things up.”
Madison’s brow furrowed. “What do you mean?”
Heather shrugged. “We just decided together that we had to try different things and pay a little bit more attention to both of our needs. We started with sex toys first, you know, dildos and vibrators, and then experimented with some light bondage and role-playing.” She gave Madison a naughty smile. “But what really did it for us was spanking.”
As the other girl spoke, Madison had been trying to imagine her and Trent being adventurous enough to try something like bondage, but at the mention of spanking, her blue eyes went wide.
“Spanking?” she said in disbelief. “You can’t be serious!”
But Heather only grinned.
Madison frowned. “Derek...spanks you?”
“Only when I’ve been bad,” the other girl admitted, still smiling. “And I make sure that I’m bad a lot.”
Madison didn’t know what to say to that, but thankfully she didn’t have to because at that moment, the telephone rang. Setting her mug down on the coffee table, Heather went into the kitchen to answer it. The house had an open floor plan, much like Madison and Trent’s home did, and as Madison watched her friend pick up the cordless phone and hold it to her ear, she tried to picture the pretty blond being put over her husband’s knee for a spanking, but all she could seem to think about was what she would look like in that same position.
The image of herself draped over her handsome husband’s knee was so vivid that it made Madison blush, and she hastily took a sip of coffee as Heather came back into the living room.
“You know,” Heather said, picking up her coffee mug and sitting down on the couch again. “You and Trent might want to think about giving spanking a try before you totally rule it out.” She smiled. “It can be really fun, not to mention a complete turn-on.”
Madison shook her head. “I don’t see how getting spanked can be a turn-on,” she said, and then, suddenly afraid that she’d just insulted her friend, she quickly added, “But that doesn’t mean you can’t be into it.”
Heather laughed, assuring Madison that she hadn’t been offended. “Hey, I never would have thought that I’d enjoy being spanked, either, until I tried it a few times, but whatever. Different strokes, right?” was all she said.
Much to Madison’s relief, Heather changed the subject, and they were talking about what a killer workout they’d gotten that morning at their Pilates class when the sound of the garage door opening made her friend’s brown eyes go wide.
“That’s Derek!” she exclaimed. “I forgot he was coming home for lunch.”
Remembering their earlier conversation about the other couple’s penchant for lunchtime quickies, Madison couldn’t help but be a little envious as she heard the car door close. She was just getting ready to ask if she should leave, but apparently Heather had other ideas.
In a flash, Heather was off the couch. Grabbing Madison’s hand, she pulled her to her feet. “Quick, in here!” she said, leading her across the space to the bonus room they had off their living room and half-pushing her inside. “I was supposed to be cleaning up in there so that we can start painting and I don’t want him to know that I spent the entire morning talking with you instead.”
Madison’s brow furrowed in confusion, but before she could say anything, Heather pulled the door halfway closed and hurried back into the living room. Looking around, Madison’s brow lifted as she took in her surroundings. The room looked like a carbon copy of one that she and Trent had in their house, only with more junk. Heather had mentioned something about them wanting to turn it into a game room, but that had been weeks ago. Wondering how long she was going to be confined there, Madison glanced out the half-open door just in time to see Heather throw her arms around her husband’s neck and kiss him passionately on the mouth.
Both tall, blond, and athletically built, Heather and Derek made an attractive couple, and as Madison watched them kissing, she found herself wondering how she could get her own husband to come home for lunch sometime. But then her attention was drawn back to the couple in the living room as she heard Derek’s deep voice.
“So,” he said, tucking his wife's hair behind her ear. “Did you clean up like I asked you to?”
Heather hesitated, chewing on her lower lip. “Uhm...not really.”
Derek folded his arms over his chest and when he spoke his voice had taken on a firm tone. “Why not, Heather?”
Madison hoped she hadn’t gotten her friend into any trouble. She definitely didn’t want to hide out back here and hear them have an argument. And what if he came in the cluttered room? It was what they were talking about, after all. She would be completely mortified to be found eavesdropping.
Madison saw her friend look away, as if not wanting to meet her husband’s gaze. “Madison came over after our workout and we got to talking, and before I knew it, it was already noon,” Heather said softly.
Derek lifted a brow as he regarded his wife. “Heather, you got back from your workout three hours ago,” he said. “Are you trying to tell me that you’ve done nothing but talk that whole time? You promised me that you’d get that room done today.”
Heather put her hands on her hips and lifted her chin. “It’s not like I could throw her out,” she told him indignantly. “Besides, she always comes over after our workout.”
“So, you’re blaming Madison?”
Heather quickly shook her head. “No, of course not,” she said, looking up at him. “It’s just that...”
“You were trying to make excuses for not doing as you were told,” Derek interrupted.
Heather opened her mouth as if to reply, but then lowered her gaze to stare down at the floor, and Madison’s brow furrowed at her friend’s odd behavior. Heather had always been spunky and Madison had never seen her step back from a confrontation. But Heather definitely didn’t look defiant now. In fact, she looked totally meek.
“Go get the hairbrush, Heather,” Derek said.
The words were so soft that Madison almost hadn’t heard them, but Heather jerked her head up, her eyes wide.
“B-but...” she stammered.
“Now, Heather,” her husband ordered, and this time, his tone brooked no argument.
It wasn’t like he was mad at her, Madison thought, just very firm. Though she couldn’t imagine what he wanted the hairbrush for.
Heather didn’t hesitate, but turned and made her way across the living room toward the stairs. To do so, she had to pass the room in which Madison was hiding, and as she did, Madison could see the other girl’s lips curve into a smile as her friend hurried up the stairs.
Abruptly, the conversation she and Heather had had earlier about spanking came rushing back to her and Madison blinked. Surely, Heather’s husband wasn’t going to spank her, she thought. But as Heather came back downstairs with a highly-polished wooden hairbrush in her hand, Madison realized Derek was going to do just that!
For some reason, Madison felt as if she should look away. It just didn’t seem right to see her best friend get punished. But her curious side made her stay right where she was. She couldn’t help but remember what Heather had said about spanking being a total turn-on.
Easing closer to the door for a better view, Madison stood transfixed as she watched the scene unfold before her.
Why did you become a writer? Was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I knew I wanted to be a writer ever since I was little. I carried a pencil and a notebook around with me wherever I went so that I could work on whatever story I was currently writing whenever I got inspired. It wasn't until I got encouragement from my creative writing teacher in my junior year of high school that I really started giving it serious thought, though.
What do you love about being an author? Is there anything you dislike?
I love absolutely everything about it! I enjoy coming up with the storylines and writing the stories as much as I enjoy the editing! And I get totally excited every time I see another one of my books online!
How do you balance your personal and writing time?
While I do have to balance everything, I'm a full-time writer and am very fortunate to be able to devote my weekdays to working on my books. It really helps that my husband is so supportive of my career. Not only is he a great sounding board, but he actually lends his help whenever I need it. And not just around the house either, but with the writing, as well! It definitely means a lot to me!
How do you write? Do your characters come to you first or the plot or the world of the story?
The characters always come to me first! Which makes for some interesting conversations around our house! Sometimes, I'll say to my husband, "I have this couple. Any idea what we can do with them?" Coming up with the storylines with him is half the fun!
What genre(s) do you write?
I mostly write contemporary romances, however, I've also written historicals, westerns, and sci-fi. Even a time-travel!
Why do you write the stories that you write?
I’m often asked the question, “How did you get into writing romantic spanking stories?” And while the answer, “I kind of just stumbled onto it,” might seem cliché, it really is the truth. I was browsing the Internet several years ago, looking for romantic spanking stories to read for fun, when I came across a site called Bethany’s Woodshed, which sold romantic spanking stories. Interested, I clicked on one and was intrigued by what I read. I’ve always loved the historical romances that had a spanking scene between the hero and heroine in them, but I had no idea there was an entire website out there that published romances with spanking as the main theme! I immediately thought to myself, I could write those!
I had already been working on a romance storyline about a feisty journalist who keeps crossing paths with a police detective who can’t stand reporters, and I had no doubt that I could create a lot of spanking situations with these two characters. So, after checking Bethany’s submission guidelines, I immediately set to work on my first romantic spanking story, Samantha and the Detective, which is now a bestseller!
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
While my characters are totally from my imagination, I always put a little bit of my own personality in each of the heroines!
Out of all the characters that you've written, who is your favorite and why?
I honestly love all of my characters, but Samantha and Hayden from Samantha and the Detective will always be special since they're my first!
What would you want readers to take away from your books?
Pleasure and enjoyment, definitely! I'd like my readers to be able to immerse themselves in the books I write and let themselves get swept away in the fantasy world of romantic spanking.
Do you have any advice for beginning writers in regards to writing a book?
Write what you know, and don't try to write whatever the current fad genre is. Several years ago, I tried writing a sci-fi/fantasy and discovered that the words just wouldn't come because it wasn't my thing.
What are you reading right now?
I'm reading A Bite to Remember by Lynsay Sands. It's the fourth book in her Argeneau Vampire Series, and it's fantastic! I absolutely love vamp romances and Lynsay Sands, along with another author, Kerrelyn Sparks, write the best!
If you could be anyone or anything that you wanted, who or what would you be?
That's an easy question. I love being me and doing what I do!
Spicing Up Her Marriage by Paige Tyler, tells the story of Madison Holloway, a happily married woman looking to add a bit of sparkle to her marriage with husband, Trent. When she turns to her friend Heather for advice, she is more than a little surprised that the other woman suggests spanking, as a means of hotting up her humdrum sex life. But when Heather treats Madison to a very private viewing of one of her own spanking sessions with her husband, Derek, Madison thinks twice about the whole prospect of her husband “punishing” her. What follows is a whole series of events, which see Madison on the path to getting the spanking she longs for. This often amusing and frequently sexy tale, takes a look at one wife’s journey to become a good girl turned bad and get the spanking that she so richly deserves.
I have to admit to being a virgin when it comes to spanking stories. Spicing Up Her Marriage was my first. But I don’t think it will be my last. Ms. Tyler has penned an informative, yet sensual read, which contains likeable characters and a very believable scenario. I had to chuckle at Madison’s shyness when it came to expressing her desires to her husband. Her “bad behaviour” and attempts to anger her husband provide great comedy, in what is a very sexy story indeed. As a reader, I found that my anticipation for the spanking was just as keen as our heroine’s.
Full marks have to be given to Ms. Tyler for providing a story that is not only succinctly crafted, but also beautifully descriptive. Her great attention to detail, not only draws the reader into the story, but it also allows us to clearly visualise each scenario and enjoy it, right along with the characters. I am a new visitor to the world of Ms. Tyler and her romantic spanking stories, but I do hope to be able to spend time there again, very soon.
- Reviewed by Megan Rose
Spicing Up Her Marriage by Paige Tyler
Genre: Erotic Romance
$5.95 from Romantic Spankings
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