The joy of writing Science Fiction romance is that you can weave a fantasy around an idea and use it to let the imagination go wild. What was my idea for a Sci-Fi? I’d written the world of Marco and Freya in Chosen by the Governor and it was a great success, so I’ve gone back to that world for a new story with fresh characters.
You don’t have to go into outer space to meet an alien – stay right here and you’ll have the chance to meet Galen, an alien High Judge. Part of Earth has been colonised by an alien invader and they have their own laws and rituals, including ordeals for criminals. Zara, a visiting human, has been sentenced to the Ordeal of Astra.
Here’s an excerpt from my new release – Chosen by the High Judge.
She shook her head.
“Not surprising as they rarely happen. It is part of our ancient history. Each ordeal relates to a legend. The legend of Astra tells of a princess, the youngest of the first emperor. She craved his attention, but failed to win his affection as he was too busy fighting wars. When his greatest enemy, Brynt, came for peace talks, out of bitterness, she stole the jewels of Brynt’s dead wife from his chamber while the two men met.” The judge paused.
“She got caught?” Zara bit on her lip. She’d interrupted him. However, he didn’t seem to mind.
“Yes. A maid saw her sneak in and out. The emperor was furious. She jeopardized the peace talks. She was sentenced to a flogging, then exile to a distant world.”
Zara swallowed hard. It didn’t sound like a promising story.
“She pleaded for mercy. But, it wasn’t the emperor who saved her, but his enemy, Brynt. He agreed to take Astra to his camp and punish her himself. He would claim her for his pleasure and discipline her alone until he considered her debt paid.”
“Did she go?” Zara tensed. The story almost bore some resemblance to her situation. Was she going to be sent somewhere? An off-world prison colony was unacceptable. So where?
“She had no choice. She went and humbled herself for him night after night. By the time he finished, she was both contrite and an accomplished lover. And also a thoroughly spanked one.”
Zara had to admit the outcome for Astra had to be better than exile even if Astra had to submit to sex. “What became of her?”
“Her people forgave her and peace was brokered,” he ended the story with some degree of haste.
Was that really the end?
“It’s a very interesting legend, but what’s it got to do with me, sir?” She had an inkling she was the new Astra. Surely it wouldn’t involve everything he’d implied, like how Astra had become Brynt’s mistress?
“I’m offering you the choice: a public whipping or the Ordeal of Astra. You would be privately punished and submit your body to another’s desires for the duration.” He maintained a steadfast gaze with a glimmer in his eyes and she squirmed, unable to look away.
It couldn’t be possible—what he proposed was unbelievable. “You?” she exclaimed.
“Me. I am a high-ranking judge and licensed to claim a convict for an ordeal. I will take you to my residence, where you be locked away from prying eyes. A room without luxuries but better than a detention cell.” He stepped toward her, closing the gap and she held her breath. When he reached out to touch her chin, she didn’t flinch, but she snatched a breath. He towered over her and nudged her head up, forcing her to meet his steely gaze.
Oh, my God, she nearly blurted. The warmth of his breath bloomed over her. She crushed her legs together instinctively. Did he know? How could he. She’d not been examined.
“I would be your prisoner? Punished by you?” she whispered. How could she agree when she didn’t know him? Who was this judge and why was he willing to take her to his home to conduct this ordeal? Was he simply after a woman, a human female, to fuck? Or worse, was he a sadist?
“At my discretion. But only me. You would be saved from public humiliation and from your fellow humans witnessing your punishment. They would never know.” He stroked his finger down her cheek. “No tears? You’re not afraid of me?”
She was still trembling. She had to tell him, because at the moment there was no choice. She couldn’t follow in the footsteps of Astra.
“I’m a virgin,” she blurted.
Read more from this scene here: Spanking his Little Human
After twenty-year-old Zara Webb is arrested for delinquent behavior while living as an exchange student in an alien colony, she is placed into the custody of High Judge Galen Hosta. For the duration of her sentence, she will live in Galen’s home and under his authority, and the stern, handsome warrior will have the right not only to punish her in any way he sees fit, but also to take her to his bed and enjoy her beautiful body in any way he pleases.
Within moments of her sentence being pronounced, Zara finds herself over Galen’s lap for a painful, embarrassing bare-bottom spanking. But when she kneels at his feet, blushing crimson as she is made to thank him for her well-deserved punishment in the most humiliating way possible, she cannot hide her helpless arousal.
Over the coming days, Zara discovers that Galen’s mastery of her body will be far more thorough than she would have thought possible, yet even as she is brought to one intense, shameful climax after another, her need for him only grows stronger. But when her sentence is complete and she is no longer his prisoner, will she choose to stay by his side as his mate?
Publisher’s Note: Chosen by the High Judge is a stand-alone book set in the same world as Chosen by the Governor. It includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
5* This is the sequel to Chosen by the Governor, but could easily be read as a stand alone. I love that this heroine is smart, strong, caring and capable, along with naughty, sassy and disobedient. The Judge is stern but continually shows mercy and understanding by tempering her punishments. I enjoyed this book. It was well-written and easy to read, and the plot was expertly developed. Of course, the super hot sex scenes and strict discipline also added to the entertainment value.
Chosen by the High Judge takes place in the same world as Chosen by the Governor but can be read as a stand alone. I haven’t read the Governor story, but had no trouble following this world and the world it takes place in.
Zara was a easy to like character. She is strong, with a big heart and will do anything for those she loves, but she is also struggling with her emotions and not sure how to handle them.
Galen started out very stern and strict but it was fun to see how a human female made him feel all confused and conflicted. My favorite part of the book were the tattoos. Those were awesome.
I absolutely loved this book. Stayed up until the early hours to finish it! Zara agrees to a deal when she breaks the law. She has to stay with Galen and endure the Ordeal of Astra. There is a lot of discipline and spanking involved as well as some interesting tattoos! Galen and Zara will battle their own feeling before the end of the Ordeal. Do not miss this book! Cant wait for more.
This book is a great example of how different people can adapt and change. I loved that the H accepted and understood the difference between women of his world and those of Earth. Through out the story he was aware of needing her acceptance and understanding of everything involving her punishment. The H although submissive can she does have strength and courage. All and all very well thought-out and enjoyable story. Not the first story I’ve read by Ms. Peaches and will not be the last.