Archive | October 2015

A quick introduction to my characters in the O’Connors

The O’Connors
I will be interviewing these lovely people as they appear in their own books, but some do not have their own. They were too busy with life to stop, but I am mentioning them here as well.

What I would like to do is just introduce each to you and in the next week you will then get the full interviews from several of them to start us on the journey of the O’Connors.

A little Irish Name History-
The O’Connor name is arguably the most important, historically, of all Irish Sur Names. It is descended from Conchobhar, King of Connacht, who died in battle in 971 a.d. – The last two high kings were from this line. The motto is “I neither fear nor desire”. Unfortunately, if desire is to take all forms of its word’s meanings, this family did not follow their creed. No real fear but desire… well, you tell me after reading their stories. My own family is from the O’Connor Sect and there is tremendous historical facts, legends, and intrigue with this line of Irishmen.

O’Connor Parents- Sean and Siobhan O’Connor – (also known as “Da” and Mom) are in their late forties, live outside of Sheridan, Wyoming. All O’Connor children were born and raised on the Emerald Isle Ranch.

Children in order:

Liam- 22 Years old (pronounced LEE-em) -is the eldest of the O’Connors- when this story begins, it is approximately 10 years earlier than present day. That is the novella-Her Sweet Complication. Liam’s Lessons takes us 10 years forward which is where we begin the trek in earnest.
Liam has just finished his four-year degree earning a Bachelors in Agricultural Business Management with an emphasis in Ranch and Cattle Breeding. He is presently looking for a large ranch to learn on for experience. His family ranch is smaller and he has higher dreams. Liam has taken on the eldest role completely. Women love him, his sisters vacillate between love and hate. He is a demanding man.

Kelli O’Connor- (Irish spelling- Ceallaigh) 18 yrs old

Kelli is the second eldest and when this story begins she is starting her four-year degree and is focusing on pre-law. She is Jocelyn Charles’ roommate in the dorm. She is ecstatic to be living on her own and just wants to have fun. That is what draws the guys to her, her bubbly personality. Having five brothers makes keeping boyfriends difficult.

Shane O’Connor- 17 years old.
Shane has already decided that ranching full time is not for him. He gives his sweat to the construction field. Not really a minded college kid, he has already started his apprenticeship with a local contractor on his free hours and summer. Shane is the listener. He is a hard catch but the girls try hard.

Quinlan – 16 years old (pronounced Qwen-lan) Also called Quinn.
Quinn is the middle child of the O’Connors. He is the third son. Considered the “hard nose” of the group. Rules are to be followed according to Quinn and the high school girls love him until he tells them ‘no’. There no doubt who is the leader in his relationships even at 16. Law enforcement is an interest to him.

Caoimhe -15 years old (pronounced either- Qwee-va or Kee-va)
Second and youngest daughter of the O’Connors. Good thing she is not as adventuresome as Kelli because every man in her male-dominated house tells her what to do. She has good business sense and is helping her Da keep the daily books. She has a sweet disposition but can be naughty sometimes that draws the attention of her brothers.

Ciarán – 14 years old (pronounced Key-rawn)
Fourth O’Connor son and he works on the ranch with Da. Good student, learning about the girls but mostly focused on the horses and cattle on the ranch. Watches out for his sisters.

Cián- 12-(pronounced Kee-an or Keene)
The youngest O’Connor who loves anything animal. He has already set his sites on Veterinarian school. He gives first aide to both people and animals on the ranch. Helps at the Vet’s one afternoon a week.

The one NON O’Connor that is important in this first book is:

Jocelyn Charles- 18 years old. Native American Mandan and Sioux from North Dakota to room with Kelli in college. Very focused and determined young woman. Wants her Social Work degree to use to further and help at risk women and children from violent situations. Takes on too much and ties up her emotions inside.
And there you have it. All the O’Connors at the moment we enter their lives. And so lets begin.

Her Sweet Complication- October 16, 2015-Blushingbooks.org and Amazon
Liam’s Lessons – October 16, 2015-Blushingbooks.org and Amazon
Loving Liam- December 2, 2015-Blushingbooks.org and Amazon

Slán leat! (goodbye!)

In Honor of New Books

My new Series has some words in Gaelic. I had the privilege to go to Ireland just over one year ago and I cannot tell you the beauty that was there. I have been able to visit a number of countries over the years but as part of my own heritage is Irish, I especially enjoyed the wonder of Ireland.

In Her Sweet Complication- there are most of these phrases

In Liam’s Lessons- there are less but I try to use the same for obvious reasons

Finally, in Loving Liam- (out in the future) there is no new words but use of the now familiar words

In the other books of the series, that include more of the O’Connor family, you will find less overall usage of words. After reading the Liam books, you will know why. I will add a few words when those appear in future O’Connor books.

A site that helps with pronunciation if it is important to know the exact (well, regional) way to say it: My own family would have predominately used the Connacht pronunciation being predominately from that sect.

This link is to the word LOVE and you can change the words from there but it gives you a start.

http://www.teanglann.ie/en/fuaim/gr%C3%A1

Here are some words you might run into:
Ghrá- love
sea’ (sha), ta yes
Beidh mé damanta I’ll be dammed.
Mé muinín tú mo ghrá I trust you my love.
Is breá liom tú. I love you
a stór-/mo mhuirní my darling
A Stóirín (ah store-een) My little darling.
beidh tú ag pósadh liom? Will you marry me
dul a chodladh mo ghrá, go to sleep my love.
dul a chodladh. Go to sleep
Is tú mo ghrá You are my love
Don’t forget to buy the books this weekend! Have a wonderful Week

New Series

Excerpt from Liam’s Lessons out October 16

Liam's Lessons O'Connor Series BK 2

Liam’s Lessons                            O’Connor Series
BK 2

Excerpt

“Jocelyn, did you know who I was or did you look through your security view before you opened that door? Woman, you could have been attacked by a maniac. You still need a keeper.”
Yep, nothing had changed.
“She said you were still bossy, still kind of authoritarian in your manner, and still thought women should be women should be barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen.”

She chose to remember him as caring, protective, the kind of man that took ordinary out of the dictionary. Darn, he is talking again without me. Pay attention Jocelyn.

Liam began to sputter. “What? Who? Kelli? She most certainly did not.”
“Sorry, my interpretation and maybe I was a bit hard. Shoes are probably okay to wear, right?”
It was discourteous to say that, but Mr. Liam O’Connor, my dream world has crashed right into reality and has left no survivors. But even though she remembered him more fondly than accurately in her dreams it didn’t mean he didn’t still have that violent effect on her. She squirmed at the realization she was damp already.
“Yep and you haven’t changed from the spunky woman who needed her bottom warmed on a regular basis. The door? Checking before opening? What have you to say about that because I can assure you that right now I am wondering if there is enough time to take you over my lap and tear into your perky bottom?”
“I don’t have to answer for my actions with you. I am a grown woman that can answer my own door as I please. And I don’t have one of those peephole things, see? Look, I have already had an assaultive incident this afternoon and so my quota is met for the day. And I am too tired to go tonight but your sister insists so I can be the buffer between you and Jake or something. There is that look again, Liam.”

She ended in exasperation at his conversation and her traitorous body.
While Jocelyn was thinking she should show herself to be self-sufficient, she went about it the wrong way and saw Liam’s eyebrow shoot up at her statement. If possible, the hard expression on his face cemented further. But Jocelyn wasn’t to be put off. Warming to her subject and ignoring the emotional flashing red lights indicating the oncoming train, she blithely continued.
“So do not think that I can be bullied, told what to do, hell, for today, I could probably bite through steel.”
Liam paused for a moment to process the information. Then he gave Jocelyn a broad grin as he leaned on the doorframe, arms folded across his chest. She remembered that smile well. It could heat her up so hot her panties were in danger of bursting into flames.
“Had a hard day at the office, dear?”

New out OCTOBER 16th

NEW SERIES-The O’Connors

First Novella is FREE

First Novella of O'Connors Series

First Novella of O’Connor Series

Her Sweet Complication

North Dakota resident Jocelyn Charles has a life mission. Get her degree and help women and children work through violent acts committed against them. Jocelyn believes that there is no reason one person should inflict pain on another person purposely.

Young rancher Liam O’Connor has a mission. Leave his sister in California at college and go gain experience on a larger spread than his father’s so he can one day, run his own ranch.
From the moment Jocelyn meets Liam, the sparks and libido ignite.

Everyone knows long distance relationships never work. Right?

And how can Jocelyn reconcile her feelings for Liam and stick to her goals when Liam has openly admitted his commitment to a traditional lifestyle?

Jocelyn wants no complications.
Liam is a huge complication.
He is positive there is a solution,
She is not so sure.

More difficult than you might think

So my journey began on the discovery of adult spanking. I thought there would be two camps, those who were worried about being historically accurate and I would cling to them and Opinion. NOPE.

Historically is more difficult to find and I wonder if it is considered, by opinion, to be Taboo or if there is just not as much out there.

I found pagan worship that was enhanced by flagellation, monks self flogging, Greek and then Roman gods worshiped through whipping, fertility thought to be enhanced by flogging (but I personally think if they were spanked by their loving husbands rather than a cold, separated priest they would have had much better success).

One of the earliest depictions of erotic flagellation is found in the Etruscan Tomb of the Whipping from the fifth century BC, named after its depictions of erotic flagellation. Erotic spanking has been around a long time. Longer than the Egyptians I would lay odds, but it is the perception of spanking that really causing people today grief.

Partly because Prinny was so debauched that Victoria was such a prude but anyway, that is for another time, but it does serve to inform why the freer bedroom practices were delegated to be considered pornography in Victoria’s day. They did not go away, simply underground. Punishment for stepping out of bounds was much more accepted in Victoria’s day than Prinny’s -Regent Prince later George IV was quite a free character. Colorful to say the least but women were not to be disciplined physically.

In the twentieth century, France was quite heavy into writing about spanking-the flappers were into spanking, not all mind you and not all types, but I tell you, the twenties was roaring with more than dance and cute outfits. But the spankers and they were mostly dominant, i.e. tutors or such, and were the focus of the literature. The literature spoke of whippings and drawing blood which is not the desire of the average writer today.

Today, the vast majority of spanking novels and novellas depicts lovers. Spanking is romantic, loving, shows protection, love, discipline, CONSENSUAL for most of us, and a turn on sexually. It is as erotica or scenario play or both. There are many who do Domestic Discipline or a version to their liking but again, CONSENSUAL is the rule. We often hear safe, sane, and consensual.

So, voiceinthecorner.com is a good site for getting information on the history and I really could not do better.

In the end,

I still love spanking. I love it in the morning and in the afternoon, I love it in the evening underneath the moon… and at least it is more socially acceptable today than it was even 20 years ago.