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The Major's Lady

By: Mia Easton
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: ©2018 by Blushing Books® and Mia Easton
50,000 words / 26 chapters
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Liz Gordon gets separated from her friends on the trails of The Haunted Grounds on Halloween. When she encounters a gorgeous, compelling man dressed in eighteenth century garb, it leads to one of the most surreal moments of her life. She reacts by slamming herself through the barrier that separates her from the stranger, crossing over into 1783 and the life of Major Wesley Hale.

Wes is a man who is haunted by his past, and restrained by eighteenth century manners and customs.

Will Liz be able to get back to her own time? Does she want to? Or will the dashing major convince her to stay?

Publisher's Note: This steamy time travel romance takes us back to an era where power, romance, and trouble behind the scenes all combine to keep the reader guessing.

Prologue

 

 

October 31, 1780

At first, he wasn't sure if he was dead or alive. He could have been lying on the ground, experiencing Hell's first welcome as much as on the bloody, body-strewn battlefield that straddled the boundary line of North and South Carolina. Searing pain bit from all over, his right leg, shoulder and back. It was a struggle to draw breath and the result was a sound unlike any he had ever made.

The death rasp, he thought dully. Means…alive, still alive.

"Wes," John Paul cried, suddenly looming in front of him. He looked full of agonized concern, and his shirtfront was covered in blood. He was saying something, but there was so much noise that Wes couldn't make it out.

"—hear me?" John Paul asked. "We won! It's a high cost, but we stopped them." He looked up and frantically motioned to someone. "Get the doctor here, and hurry! The major's regained consciousness."

John Paul's call seemed to echo, or perhaps several men were shouting the same order over and over again. Wes tried to recall what had happened, but all that came to him was a memory of thick, black smoke, the deafening noise of gun volley and the sound of men screaming and yelling.

It was a bad place to have held the battle because the enemy had taken control of the hills to the south and east, but they'd had no choice. They couldn't allow the enemy battalion to meet up with Cornwallis who was said to be in Charlotte. The Continental Army had to either defeat the Redcoats here or die trying. And die they might, he'd realized, they were so outnumbered.

It was coming back to him—the redcoats advancing with bayonets drawn, the sharpened steel flashing in the late afternoon sun. Patriot sharpshooters had picked the Redcoats off, and so many had fallen, and yet they'd kept coming, live soldiers stepping over the dead and wounded without so much as a glance downward. Wes had known they were running low on ammunition, and there seemed to be no end to the Redcoats coming through the pass between hills. As the sun lowered, casting the valley into deep shadow, he'd felt certain all would be lost. 'Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,' ran through his mind. "I will fear no evil," he'd mouthed in response to the unbidden thought. Damn you, I will fear no evil!

John Paul took hold of his hand and squeezed it. "Stay with me, my friend. The doctor is coming."

Wes didn't have the strength to reply.

"Do you remember what happened?" John Paul asked. "You were shot from your horse as you led the last charge."

What Wes was suddenly remembering was his brother's face. They had seen each other from across the field of battle, each in a different uniform. Alexander had been there. "Alex—"

John Paul nodded tersely. He looked around them before lowering his head again and sharing, "He got away. Retreated with—"

A loud cry drowned out the last of his statement. Wes's gaze sought out the source of the cry, a group of men gathered around a large tree some thirty yards' distance away.

"Don't move," John Paul snapped. "You've lost enough blood."

Wes stared at the group, but he couldn't comprehend what the large, colorful objects dangling from the limbs of the large oak were. The realization hit with a sickening force. The objects were men in scarlet colored uniforms. The men, his men, were hanging the prisoners. Another had just been hoisted into the air to a loud cheer. The condemned man's body jerked violently and Wes felt the struggle in his own as he fought for a breath. This was wrong. Wrong! "Stop," was all he managed to get out before black spots danced in front of his eyes and a sick lightness of being began overwhelming him. He was dying and he wouldn't be able to stop the abuse. "Stop them."

"I tried, Wesley. They've gone mad."

"You have to."

John Paul stood. "Stop the hanging," he bellowed at the top of his lungs, starting toward the crowd with ferocity. "The major says to halt the executions immediately. Cut that man down!"

They were the last words Wesley heard before he lost consciousness.

 

Chapter One

 

 

October 30, 1783

"Why tomorrow?" John Paul demanded, scowling at Wes. The three of them, he, his wife and Wes were in the drawing room enjoying tea. Or he had been enjoying it until Wes announced he was leaving.

"Please don't raise your voice, dearest," Maggie said sweetly.

Wes found them amusingly predictable. Their concern for him was both real and evident, although it could not have taken more different forms. John Paul thought he could bellow some sense into him, while Maggie thought he should be handled delicately. Of course, neither approach would work. He was a hollow vessel filled with regret and memories so gory and painful they leeched all the color and taste from life. The fact was he would never have what John Paul and Maggie had. He loved them both, but he also envied their happiness.

"Stay another month. Better yet, stay until Christmas," John Paul urged.

An exceptionally comely maid entered the room with a pot of fresh tea and began filling cups. Eunice. Wasn't that her name? Wes had noticed her uncanny ability to convey sensual looking messages to him when no one else was looking. Maggie would have dismissed the girl on the spot had she witnessed it. Not that he was going to mention it.

There! The sultry little imp did it again. She narrowed her eyes at Wes and a corner of her mouth crooked up as if they were sharing some lurid joke, and she did this the instant Maggie's attention was diverted. Perhaps he might stay a bit longer after all and see just what the maid had in mind by those uncensored looks of hers. "Perhaps I will," he mused aloud.

"Oh, do, Wesley," Maggie urged. "You know we're going to throw a ball in December."

Wes almost replied, and you know how I love a ball, but Maggie, of all people, did not deserve sarcasm. Not only did she have an angelic look about her, with fair hair and porcelain skin, she had a kind heart. "You mentioned it," he replied with both patience and humor.

"It's time to celebrate," Maggie went on. "To get back to normal things." Maggie's gaze sought out her husband. "We should choose a date soon. Invitations need to go out."

John Paul grunted noncommittally and looked out the window at the rainy afternoon, thinking about what Wes had in mind to do tomorrow. For the last three years, on October thirty-first, it was the same thing, revisit the ghosts of his past in that damned valley where he'd very nearly died. It was one of Wesley's most unhealthy obsessions. John Paul had tried, but damned if he could think of a way of discouraging the practice. Leave it behind, Wes, he'd said a hundred times. Move on with your life.

"I have something to do tomorrow," Wes said to her, "but I could return. I might even stay for the ball."

"We'd love that," she said with a smile.

John Paul looked at him with a troubled expression on his face. "Forgo what you're planning to do tomorrow. Please."

Wes set down his cup and rose. "I can't," he replied. "And we've been through this before." He looked at Maggie. "If you'll excuse me?"

"Of course," she replied softly. She nodded as she watched Wes leave the room. His limp always tugged at her heart, although it was not so very pronounced. In fact, it seemed almost symbolic of the internal crippling from his war experience. At the beginning of the war, both John Paul and Wes had been so different. Young, wildly handsome, full of spirit and idealism. Well, John Paul had not been wildly handsome perhaps, except to her. She had loved him from their very first meeting and she still loved him that much and more, but he sometimes exasperated her. "John Paul," she said when Wes's footsteps could no longer be heard. "You should not push him to—"

John Paul shook his head and held up a hand, and Maggie bit her tongue yet again. "Then let's choose a date for the ball."

"Not now," he replied grumpily. "My head aches."

"You cannot cure him, my love."

He looked at her tenderly. "If only I could dissuade this punishment he puts himself through. You know he's going back to that damned valley."

She nodded.

"There's no reason for it."

"He feels a reason. And until he no longer feels it, he will go."

He frowned. "Must you always be so calm and wise and…right?"

She grinned and then chuckled. "I would like to think so."

"What do you think he has to do tomorrow?" Verity whispered from behind the door that connected the drawing room and the library. Verity was taller than the other maids, willowy with fair red hair and pale freckles. She'd been told she was pretty enough to be a front parlor maid, but Eunice was beautiful. If the position came open, she would surely get it.

"All I care about is that he's coming back," Eunice said with a gleam in her eye.

The housemaids quickly went back to their work before they were caught eavesdropping. Verity lived in fear of being caught doing something wrong. If either the master or the mistress caught her, she might be sent packing, and if Mrs. Tidwell, the housekeeper, caught anyone misbehaving, there was punishment. She'd only received one punishment in her tenure at the Nordstrom home, a vicious spanking on her bare bottom and the backs of her legs with the back of a large wooden hairbrush, and she never wanted to receive another. That had been punishment for taking a nearly empty box of chocolates from a guest's room. The guest, one portly Mrs. Darren, had several boxes, so Verity though she wouldn't notice. She'd been made to apologize and return the box, and then came the punishment.

Eunice had only been with the household for half a year and she had already been punished three or four times. It never seemed to faze her. Eunice was different, brave and daring and full of knowledge about things young ladies of good character were not supposed to know. Most of the other maids thought she was a bad seed and avoided her. Martha had called her vile once. It was the night she heard Eunice naming the five best areas of the body to tongue a man. Verity didn't remember all five, but most were places she never would have touched with her tongue or with anything else, for that matter. She strongly suspected Eunice said much of she did for the fun of shocking others.

Verity knew it was sinful to allow herself to be touched the way Eunice did in the late night when the others slept, but it was so pleasurable. Mostly, the touching was done in silence, if you didn't count the soft moaning, which her pillow mostly muffled, and the heavy breathing, which she couldn't help. Sometimes, though, Eunice would curl up to her and whisper in her ear, "You want it, don't you?"

Eunice's hand would stroke and tease through her nightgown before deftly, slowly, slipping underneath. Fingers moved between the crack of her arse and teased before moving the few inches forward to play in her wetness. "Oh, I feel a hungry pussy," Eunice would breathe in her ear. "How many fingers would pussy like to eat tonight? One?" And in it would go. "Two?" Verity would be moaning into her pillow, but arching her back so Eunice could best position those magic fingers. "How about a nice, fat thumb? You like that? You want to be thumb fucked?"

The words were impossible to forget. Verity would try and go about her work the day after an encounter, but the words would keep repeating themselves over and over again in her mind, making her wet and needy all over again. Perhaps she would languish in Hell for her sin, but at least Eunice would be there, too.

 

Tami on 08/08/2018 12:49am
Liz is having fun at a Halloween party, then there is a thunderstorm, she gets separated and suddenly she is transported about 220 years back in time. There she meets Wes who takes her to the plantation. Liz learns how to behave and act like a woman from this time, but this is not always easy. Wes helps her as much as he can, but he is also a strict man and she will be disciplined when she steps out of line.

The Major's Lady was a very interesting time travel story. The chemistry between Liz and Wes was very strong, the intimate scenes were explicit and there were also several discipline scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story.
charlotte Huelsemann on 08/07/2018 06:39am
The majors lady by Mia Easton
The time is October 31, 1780. This is the story of Wesley Hale and Liz. Liz gets taken back in time from 2004 to 1780. She sees Wesley in a fog and reaches for him. This brings her to a different time. They fall in love. Wesley has nightmares about his time in the army. He has never gotten over it, but when he sees Liz he falls in love. This story has mystery and one determined, intelligent women. One very determined man who is used to getting his own way. It has love and loving discipline. I loved reading this book about our history. It has a very %u201Creal%u201D feel too it. The mystery is solved in a way that made me very happy. This book was very good. I enjoyed it very much
Jf12574 on 08/06/2018 08:25pm
Fun filled story but also showing customs of the past with how wives might have been dealt with. A host of strong caring and loving characters make is book one you won't wAnt to miss. I read an advanced copy Nd this is my honest review of a a wonderful interesting book!
Lillie322 on 08/06/2018 05:37pm
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book. A time travel romance. Elizabeth is transported back to the 1700's into Major Wes Hale's world. A hard adjustment into a much different world where servants are punished for infractions. Romance with spanking, but not of main character.
Joanie M on 08/05/2018 05:15pm
The Major's Lady is a romantic time travel story about a young modern woman who crosses over to the eighteenth century. The main characters, Liz and Wes, are very well-developed as we learn their history as individuals before the time travel occurs. Although there is an attraction that brought them together, their relationship is plagued by misunderstanding and unscrupulous characters who have agendas of their own. The multi-layered plot was interesting and held my attention. There is no romantic domestic discipline in the book; however, there is an element of BDSM among the supporting characters that includes F/F and M/F discipline and punishment sex. Overall, the book is very well-written and I enjoyed it.
rjr on 08/04/2018 07:03pm
At a haunted house event, Elizabeth finds herself drawn to a man dressed as a historic soldier. With events happening quickly she makes a decision that will change her life. She finds herself transported to 1783 and into the life of one Major Wes Hale. Immediately drawn to one another, they try to figure out how to keep Elizabeth safe. At the home of Wes' best friends, they try to teach a modern woman how to live in their time. As romance grows between Wes and Elizabeth, Wes must face his painful past and they both must ward off those trying to break them apart. I enjoyed most of this compelling story very much. The book has been researched well and reading about life at this time was very interesting and well done. This is not a spanking romance. The book explores a unique and tender romance that I loved. But there were several characters that were truly evil and their actions were so loathsome that they sometimes felt at odds with the rest of the story. Their part of the story contains harsh physical punishments. That said, I enjoyed the rest of the book so much that I highly recommend it. This is the first book I've read by this author and I really look forward to reading more of her work!
Redrabbitt on 08/04/2018 12:50am
I loved this time-travel story and thought Ms. Mia Easton did an excellent job of allowing the reader to imagine what the shock of going back over 220 years in time would have been like for our heroine, Elizabeth Gordon. The story is full of mystery, suspense, adjustments, adventure, healing, new beginnings, and then there is some deceit thrown in.

Liz Gordon will find herself with several friends attending a charity fund-raiser for Halloween called The Haunted Grounds on October 31, 2004. There is a thunderstorm approaching, and Liz will get separated from her friends, see the light, go towards it and see bodies hanging in the trees, frightened, she falls, but when she looks up, this time she sees a man and she feels an instant connection with him.

Major James Wesley Hale was wounded and nearly died on October 31, 1780, in a battle with the redcoats. He is lucky to have survived, and each year, he feels compelled to return to the grounds that the battle took place. While many died, it was also a turning point for the colonies against the loyalist. On that night in 1783 he will see a woman and can see a mist around them, but he reaches out and beckons her to him.

The plot will have Liz Gordon going to a Halloween Haunted Grounds event with her friends right before a thunderstorm hit in 2004. It will be 1783 and have Wes Hale returning to the battlefield from three years prior. Still battling demons from his past, and also knowing that he lived when many did not, and his friend, John Paul, tried to talk him out of going this year. But this year something will change, Liz will be caught in the thunderstorm and be pulled into a misty area that holds Wes, and she will go to him, leaving 2004 and entering 1783.

The story will have Liz trapped in 1783, but dressed as in 2004. Wes will take her back to his friend's plantation and knows he can enlist their help with her. Liz will have to learn how to dress, talk, act, and deportment of a lady in 1783. She must change her speech, slang, and idioms, and learn not to refer to things from her lifetime. She and Wes have some misunderstandings that are brought about by the difference in language barriers and almost miss out on a chance of happiness.

There is great chemistry with the instant attraction between Liz and Wes. The story will include plenty of angst, trouble-makers, misunderstandings, facing the past, and plans for the future. The story will have the good, the bad, and the ugly of people, and seeing those that deserve it get their comeuppance. There are several discipline scenes, but it is among household staff that includes female domination, and also a dominant guest disciplining and using, with dubious consent of a maid. There are a few explicit sex scenes within the story.
Jessica N on 08/03/2018 06:36am
The Major%u2019s Lady is a time travel romance set in the late 1700%u2019s, here in the United States. Liz has gone through her life feeling like something is missing. When she goes to a haunted mansion on Halloween night, she sees a man, not of this time, and feels an instant connection. Crossing into Wes%u2019 time is shocking, a little scary, and full of wonder, as Liz needs to navigate clothing, social exchanges, and servants. But what confuses Liz the most is her love and attraction to Wes. Will he ever commit to her, or will she always be seen as a burden?

Once I started to read this book, I could barely put it down. I loved that there were serious conversations about how Liz didn%u2019t know the language, that she wouldn%u2019t survive during a social party, and I loved that she had no idea about the clothing. Wes was a really great character, because he had the whole proper gentleman thing going for him, but he was sensitive, understanding, and he felt the connection to Liz just as much as she felt to him. I loved that we got to read from the points of views of multiple characters and we got to see several plots to try to ruin Liz and Wes%u2019 relationship. There was also an interesting dynamic in the story that contrasted a harsh punishment with the sweet romance between Liz and Wes. I enjoyed this book, it was well thought out with an eye catching plot, and I loved traveling back in time with Liz!
Nancy Hughes on 08/02/2018 10:28pm
I love time travel stories, and this won%u2019t disappoint you. Liz is suddenly transported back to the 1700%u2019s. Major Hale takes responsibility for her, when he%u2019s already stressed out living in that time period.
Liz needs to learn and adapt to the customs, language, and clothing of that time. It%u2019s interesting and fun to read, how different we were and how much we%u2019ve changed here in America.
Of course there%u2019s a villain or two, who stir up trouble.
This book kept my attention and has a HEA.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Stats23 on 08/02/2018 06:17pm
This book is certainly one of the most believable time travel ones I have ever read. It actually deals with situations and social interactions that would indeed be most difficult for a person from modern times to deal with in the early American Revolutionary time. The language is subtly different, the manner of dress is certainly different, and the attitudes toward and expectations of a young lady are extremely different. Liz has to deal with all of these issues when on a stormy Halloween night in 2004 she manages to pass through some form of time warp to 1783. Imagine her surprise and delight when she receives support and acceptance from a former Revolutionary Army Major and his close friends. Thus begins a truly sweet and loving romance that relies on trust, honesty and controlled lust. Not that there aren%u2019t trials and tribulations, especially with a scheming maid, but their undeclared love seems to be able to handle all challenges. The question is, will there be a declaration in time? Not the most normal spanking romance, but all of the delightful disciplinary activities are within. 5 fun, realistic stars.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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