My book The Delinquent Bride, based around the Titanic, is still with my editor, but should be published very soon. I shared an extract through Saturday Spankings last week, and intend to do the same this week, but as yesterday marked the 102nd anniversary of the tragic sinking, I wanted to share another small extract from my story, relating directly to the sinking.
I don’t think this gives away any major parts of the plot (I really don’t like ‘spoilers’) as I believe it’s pretty obvious that as my booked is based around Titanic, my main character Shelley is going to find herself on it, and I think people would assume she does survive and her story continues. The majority of my story is actually based after the sinking of the Titanic. I normally share bits that lead up to a spanking scene, and I promise my Saturday Spankings offering will include this, but this short snippet does not:-
Shelley closed her eyes and recalled the splendour of the Titanic in the dockyard only days earlier. When she opened her eyes, a tear rolled down her cheek as the once magnificent vessel floundered in the water, seemingly reluctant to go to her beckoning watery grave.
After what seemed like hours, a loud collective gasp filled the air and those in the lifeboats watched in horror as the ship began to slip under the water. The forward funnel started to disappear into the sea before it broke away. A small explosion was heard, and further explosions sounded from within the ship. The Titanic lifted almost vertical in the water before the strain was too much and she snapped in half. Her lights went out and the distraught onlookers watched in horrified silence as the Titanic once more went vertical before finally sinking beneath the waves.
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For a moment, there was not a sound on the lifeboats after the Titanic had plummeted beneath the waves, but the silence was broken by the screams of those still in the water. The cries of distress went on for a minute or two and a whistle sounded sporadically. Many people on the boats demanded the crew take the lifeboats back and pick up the people in the water, who may very well be their loved ones.
“No, it’s too dangerous. We could be sucked under by the sinking ship,” one of the crew who had rowed the lifeboat next to Shelley’s explained.
Shelley felt helpless and as the sounds of sobbing filled the air, she dropped her head into her hands and started to cry.
I have always been interested in the Titanic and have really enjoyed writing this book, especially researching the Titanic in an attempt to make my story as factual as possible. I hope those who purchase it will enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
RIP to those poor souls who lost their lives that fateful day.