sunday spotlightAshe Barker is in the spotlight today with her hot new novel A Scandalous Arrangement. It’s burning up the Amazon charts and has already reached #5 in Victorian erotica.


Hi Ruth, and a huge thank you for inviting me over today to chat a bit about A Scandalous Arrangement.

Ashe Victoria (1)A Scandalous Arrangement is about Victoria, a woman doing her best in the chauvinistic man’s world that was Victorian England – and succeeding. That is, until her waster of a brother gambles away their family business. I scoured Google images for inspiration for Victoria, and this picture was my favourite. She is very much how I imagine my Victoria, but I suspect that bustle would have to go, to facilitate a decent spanking.











After a foolish wager costs her brother ownership of the weaving mill in Yorkshire which provides her income, Victoria Wynne is left with no choice but to confront the man who took the bet and seek to dissuade him from claiming his prize. Unfortunately for her, that man turns out to be Adam Luke, an experienced, ambitious entrepreneur who is intent on keeping what he won.


Upon meeting her, Adam is enchanted by Victoria’s beauty and charm as well as her nerve and self-reliance. Adam is a man of singular tastes, and when Victoria asks to manage the mill in return for a share of the profits, he offers her a bold proposal of his own. She will continue to run the mill as she has for years, but in return for a substantially larger portion of the profits she will also serve at his beck and call behind closed doors, submitting to him in any way he desires.


Wanting to earn enough money to buy back the mill as quickly as possible—and with some part of her shamefully aroused by the thought of kneeling naked at Adam’s feet—Victoria accepts his terms. But submission initially proves difficult for a woman used to running her own affairs, and soon enough she finds herself bare-bottomed over his knee for a firm lesson in obedience.


Adam’s plans for Victoria run much deeper than just an occasional spanking. She will be stripped naked, bound, and teased until she is aching for release, and then at last he will take her long and hard. As Adam continues to train her, teaching her to yield to his mastery while bringing her more pleasure than she ever thought possible, Victoria cannot help falling for him. But can a lifelong bond truly emerge from such a scandalous arrangement?


Publisher’s Note: A Scandalous Arrangement is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.




“Victoria, I thought I made it clear that work was concluded for the day.” His stern tones rang out across the quiet room.

Her pen clattered to the desk leaving a delicate spray of ink across the page. He could have sworn she muttered an oath to herself as she reached for her blotter. Victoria turned to scowl at him.

“You did. And I told you I had paperwork to finish, especially having spent most of the afternoon showing you around the mill. They are routine matters, and I did not wish to trouble you further this evening so I will see you in the morning, Mr Luke. Do you require help to find your room?”

“I do not. I do, however, require help in understanding why you have chosen to disobey me so early in our relationship. Could you enlighten me at all, Victoria?” He deliberately softened his voice.

“Disobey you? Please do not be ridiculous, I did not disobey you. I simply came to the library to finish off my work, as I do most evenings.”

“So I am given to understand. Your mother is concerned that you work too hard. I suspect she may be right.” He chose to ignore her comment about his being ridiculous, but made a mental note to deal severely with any repetition of such rudeness. For now, he had much to address with her and the situation was quite delicate enough.

“There is no need for concern, I assure you.”

Adam entered the library, closing the door behind him. He turned the key in the lock, then slipped it from the door and pocketed it. She saw what he did, gasped, but he ignored her. In the absence of further protest from Victoria he strolled across the room to position himself beside her desk. He picked up a sheet of paper, perused it, then laid it back down. He picked up another, then another as Victoria watched him. Her irritation was evident though she wisely refrained from snapping at him again. Even so, she had much to learn. He would start her education here and now.

“Victoria, please be under no illusion. When I tell you we are finished for the day, we are indeed finished. I do not expect to find you sneaking away, secreting yourself somewhere to continue working. Your diligence is commendable, but in this instance it is misplaced and will be punished. Stand up please.”

It was all he could do to retain his stern demeanour when her beautiful face registered the import of his words. Her jaw dropped, her eyed widened and the blue darkened to a deep violet. She was speechless, though that state of affairs did not last.

“I beg your pardon.”

“I asked you to stand. I do not appreciate having to repeat myself.”

“Why? Why do I need to stand?” Her voice was shaking now. He was pleased, it denoted a more proper appreciation of the situation.

“Because I am going to require you to lean across your desk, raise your skirts, and accept a decent spanking. I trust that will be sufficient to get my point across, though I will be happy to repeat the lesson should it be necessary. Then, when I am satisfied we are done here, you will take yourself off to bed. Your bottom will be sore, you may not find sleep so easy, but you will do your best.”

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About the Author



I’ve been an avid reader of fiction for many years, erotic and other genres. I still love reading, the hotter the better. But now I have a good excuse for my guilty pleasure – research.

I tend to draw on my own experience to lend colour, detail and realism to my plots and characters. An incident here, a chance remark there, a bizarre event or quirky character, any of these can spark a story idea.

When not writing – which is not very often these days – my time is divided between my role as resident taxi driver for my teenage daughter, and caring for a menagerie of dogs, rabbits, tortoises.  And a very grumpy cockatiel.

I have twenty four (at the last count) titles on general release with publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, and I have several more in the pipeline. All my books feature BDSM. I write explicit stories, always hot, but they offer far more than just sizzling sex. I like to read about complex characters, and compelling plots, so that’s what I write too. Strong, demanding Doms are a given, often paired with new submissives who have a lot to learn.

I have a pile of story ideas still to work through, and keep thinking of new ones at the most unlikely moments, so you can expect to see a lot more from me.

I love to hear from readers. You can find me on my blog, and on the Totally Bound site. I’m on Facebook, and twitter and now on Tsu as well. I’m on Pinterest too, and Goodreads