Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CLAIMED BY THE CAPTAIN by Gracie Malling


Claimed By the Captain
by Gracie Malling


Blurb: When Captain Thomas Edwards returns home after twenty years at sea to take ownership of the White Hart Inn following the death of his father, he has not even reached the edge of the village before he comes across a miscreant stealing apples from a local farmer’s orchard. Upon discovering that the thief is a young woman named Ellen who has been employed in his father’s inn for years, he considers it his responsibility to bare her bottom and spank her soundly.

In addition to working as a servant at the White Hart, Ellen has become known for her skill as an herbalist, and the last thing she needs is a stern sea captain getting in the way of her curing the ailments of her fellow villagers with a potion or tonic when the need arises. But despite her shock at being punished in such a shameful manner for nothing more than stealing a few apples, to Ellen’s surprise the painful chastisement leaves her aching for Thomas to take her in his arms and make her his.

Despite his willingness to spank her bare bottom whenever he feels it necessary, Ellen finds herself falling deeper in love with Thomas with every passing day. But when plague strikes the village and a witch finder is summoned, Thomas forbids Ellen from using her herbs to aid her friends and neighbors. As the situation grows more desperate, will she disobey him and put her skills to use even if it means risking her life, and can he keep her safe if she does?


Excerpt: “No more spells, no more gathering herbs and flowers, no more night-time adventures in the woods.”

Ellen gasped. How did he—?

“Oh, yes, I know what you’ve been doing,” said the master and that look of amused affection was back on his face. “Do you think me ignorant of anything that goes on in my property?”

At his words, Ellen blushed bright red. Her mind flew to the memory of her many writhings and whimperings on the straw mattress at night—surely he didn’t know about that?

Mortified, she pushed the memory out of her mind at once.

“But I could help people—the fever…”

No, Ellen,” said the master and the softness was gone. “I forbid it, is that clear?”

“But I know just the charm and—”

“I am in earnest, Ellen. You are forbidden from going anywhere near the village until that witch finder has gone.”

Ellen stood up and clasped her hands together. Did he not understand how difficult it was for her to just stand by and watch while people suffered? To turn them away when they came to her begging for help?

The master stood up too, took Ellen gently but firmly by the arm and turned her to face him. “This is not a game,” he said, leaning down so that his face was level with hers. “If you are accused of witchcraft, you could be tortured. Hanged. Burned alive. I do not forbid you for my own amusement; I forbid you to keep you safe. And if you defy me, Ellen,” here his voice dropped to a deeper pitch and the intensity of his gaze was such that Ellen had to look away, “then the punishment will be severe. Do you understand me?”


Bio: Gracie Malling lives in the UK and has been writing BDSM erotica since she was 21. All round nice person on the outside and a bit of a bad girl in secret, Gracie loves reading and writing stories about spanking: her favourite kink.

Social Links: Twitter, Facebook, Blog, Goodreads

Questions

So first, of course, the obvious question. How did you become a writer?
I’ve been obsessed with writing stories for pretty much as long as I’ve been reading them: so since the age of about five at least! I must have started thousands of stories between then and my mid-twenties but I never finished anything: I just didn’t seem to have the stamina. This was constantly frustrating – because I love writing so much – so for my 26th birthday, I bit the bullet and bought myself a place on a creative writing course… and I haven’t looked back since!

Are you like any of your heroines?
If I had to choose, I’d say I was probably most like Jo (from Troublemaker). A bit cheeky, occasionally sulky, and completely in love with being spanked!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love going for long walks with our awesome dog, watching all the films and reading all the books, having millions of cuddles with the people I love, pursuing increasingly ridiculous hobbies (including Scottish Country Dancing and pirate re-enactment), practising yoga, playing the piano and going out for cocktails with my friends.

If you were attending a Halloween party, what would your costume be and why?
I quite like the idea of getting together with a bunch of friends and dressing in those red dresses and white hats from The Handmaid’s Tale… non-traditional, I guess, but definitely terrifying!

What's your favorite dish to cook?
It’s not really a dish, but I love to bake focaccia bread! It’s so lovely and salty and oily and it smells so gooooood…

Have you ever jumped out of a plane?
Yes! I did a sponsored sky dive for a children’s charity when I was 20 years old. It was amazing but I think once was definitely enough for me…!

What mythical creature would you want to be?
I would definitely be a fairy. I mean, they can fly, they get to be naughty all the time, and they only ever really eat cake – what’s not to love?!

Do you have any advice for other writers?
The best writing advice I’ve ever seen is ‘you can’t edit a blank page’. It’s so simple but so true. My advice to anyone starting out would be to give their inner critic a holiday and just write and write everything that’s in their head – you can turn it into something that makes sense afterwards.

What item, that you don't have already, would you most like to own?
I would love to have one of those cute old-fashioned campervans so that I could go on loads of adventures!

What's your favorite love story? (movie or book)
I really enjoy quirky romantic films where the characters have issues and/or don’t really ‘fit’ in society but then find someone who matches them perfectly and loves them for who they are. ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘Secretary’ are two of my favourites.


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