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Seoul Spankings…Cabbage is Sexy

Seoul Spankings Promo
Cabbage IS Sexy!

Two years ago when Kate suggested I write a book for the 1Night Stand series, I wanted to set the story in Seoul, South Korea. I’d written Desire in Any Language about a college graduate who studies abroad in Korea, and readers loved the setting.

So when it came time to plan this one-night love affair in the land of Samsung, Mash, and K-pop, I sat down with Kate to work out the details. You see, there are strict rules in writing for this series, and #EvilMistressKate has a heavy hand. She’s even threatened taking my wooden spoon away for misbehavior! (I still have nightmares. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night to make sure my beloved spoon is still with me.)

The first problem occurred with the use of “Madame” in Madame Eve’s name. In Korean context, “Madame” sounded unnatural and perhaps disrespectful. “She’s Madame Eve,” Kate replied, and I mulled over the problem for months until a brainwave hit. Of course! By attaching the honorific “-nim” at the end of Madame Eve’s title, I could indicate respect and stay true to Madame Eve’s character. Madame Eve became Madame Eve-nim, and poor confused Indigo wondered why Madame was named after the evening.

The second problem, however, was more serious. I originally chose Seoul Searching for my title. After discussing with readers and playing around with various titles, I hit upon a great, fun title:

Kimchi with a Side of Spanking

Fun, sassy, and indicative of kimchi’s central place in the story. Hyunkyung feeds Indigo the spicy, fermented cabbage, and the food symbolizes the new world offered. Kimchi made for a great title! I loved it! It was brilliant!

“No,” said #EvilMistressKate.

“But…” My chin quivered. A tear may have fallen. I’d already had to conduct a memorial service after my evil editor slashed one of my favorite lines. I had to give up the title, too?

“No,” replied the inexorable #EvilMistressKate. “There is nothing sexy about cabbage.”

The book turned into Seoul Spankings, and once I revealed the cover (by the talented Fiona Jayde), I basked in praise for the artwork. I couldn’t help teasing Kate.

“And you said cabbage wasn’t sexy!”

Kate’s reply?

“That ain’t no cabbage on the cover!”

Maybe. Smart people don’t argue with Our Lady of Kate. (Don’t take my spoon away. Please.)

I humbly submit for your consideration a small excerpt from Seoul Spankings in which cabbage IS sexy. If you agree, please tell Kate. But let me run to safety first.

“Ah,” she [Hyunkyung] said, and she cupped her left hand underneath the piece of kimchi wrapped around a bit of meat.
Ah must be a command to open my mouth. How else could she use that order? Stop it, Indi!
I wrinkled my nose but obeyed, and she placed the salty-sour package onto my tongue. I expected to wince at the sharp, acidic spice, but grilling had softened the kimchi into pleasant warmth. Paired with fresh meat, it offered the perfect combination. Without thinking, I swallowed and opened my mouth for another taste.
Hyunkyung laughed when she saw it. “No more turning your nose up at good food,” she said with satisfaction.

Broken-hearted when her live-in boyfriend impregnates her best frenemy, Indigo Adams accepts a one-way ticket to Seoul, South Korea, and a challenge from her Great-Aunt Matilda: Forget that boy. Go and make something of yourself.
Bruised from an international public relations nightmare as the new heir to the multi-billion-dollar Han Incorporated, Hyunkyung Han seeks positive publicity in the form of a wedding. She consults with Madame Eve to find a nice, well-behaved Korean American with bilingual and bicultural skills.
Instead, Madame Eve sends Indi, a naïve philosophy major graduate working for minimum wage at the local pub. Enraged to find Indi can’t speak one word of Korean, Hyunkyung orders her sent home on the next plane to Spillville, Iowa.
Then Hyunkyung shakes Indi’s hand, and the sparks fly. With all of her professional responsibilities, how can Hyunkyung allow herself to fall for the wrong woman? How can Indi feel attraction for a woman who despises her?
Seoul Spankings offers a light-hearted romp through the perils and joys of navigating an intercultural romance. Certain to delight all fans of a happily ever after with a kinky twist.

Author Bio
Cookie queen, wooden spoon lady, and champion of carbs, Anastasia Vitsky specializes in F/F fiction. She hates shoes and is allergic to leather. When not writing about women who live spankily ever after, she coordinates reader and author events such as Spank or Treat, Love Spanks, and Sci Spanks. Her favorite event is Ana’s Advent Calendar, a month-long celebration of books, community, and making a difference.
She is too afraid to watch Doctor. Who, but she adores The Good Wife and anything with Audrey Hepburn. In her next life, she will learn how to make the perfect pie crust. She can be found at and on twitter @AnastasiaVitsky.
While she welcomes correspondence from readers, she is promised to her spoon.

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24 responses

  1. Poor Ana, she seems to have a spoon addiction. She needs spoon therapy. Maybe Mistress Evil Kate can supply the therapy. The detoxing is the hardest part.
    Hugs, Laurel

    March 25, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    • Big hugs Laurel LOL

      March 25, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    • I’ve given up wooden spoons for Lent. That should prove I don’t have an addiction. Wait, how many days left until Easter? Thank goodness I get Sundays as exceptions.

      Uh, never mind.

      March 25, 2015 at 9:24 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Anastasia Vitsky and commented:
    Cabbage IS Sexy! Go and convince #EvilMistressKate!

    March 25, 2015 at 11:19 pm

  3. Alyssa

    What a yummy snipit… Pun intended 😉

    March 26, 2015 at 2:34 am

  4. SH

    Still not sure cabbage is sexy lol but the book sure is 🙂

    March 26, 2015 at 6:31 am

  5. pao

    So… Ana sent me here to say cabbage is sexy and so I will say here that cabbage is so, very sexy. *whispers* But it SO isn’t! Chinese cabbage is SO unsexy! But for Ana, yes, yes, cabbage is sexy!

    March 26, 2015 at 6:56 am

    • LOL Pao. You’re lucky Hyunkyung is busy with Indigo. 🙂

      March 26, 2015 at 9:27 am

  6. Not that I’m siding with the Evil Mistress, or anything…but if my husband had just eaten kimchi, he’s not even getting a peck on the cheek, let alone sex 😛

    I love kimchi, I really do, but there’s a very distinct, very not-sexy odor.

    March 26, 2015 at 6:57 am

    • You’re just afraid of what #EvilMistressKate will do to you! 😛

      March 26, 2015 at 9:11 am

  7. renee200

    For Ana’s sake cabbage is sexy *said over my shoulder as I quickly exit the room* Although I will say that this book gave the perception of kimichi being sexy.

    March 26, 2015 at 7:42 am

  8. Kimchi with a side of spanking sounds sexy to me. And maybe Kimchi is sexy with the right side dish. Kimchi and spanking sounds like a spicy dish that could almost be ordered in a restaurant, doesn’t it? And what Hyunkyung and Indigo did with their cabbage is definitely sexy. Is it allowed to play with food? Imagine what you could do then. Yummy. I mean, not that I approve of that, of course not, but sometimes … 🙂



    March 26, 2015 at 10:55 am

    • LOL I want to find that restaurant!

      Playing with food as fine as long as you don’t waste it. 🙂

      March 26, 2015 at 7:59 pm

  9. Laurel Lasky

    now that I think about it chopsticks are used and mostly made of wood. Two are used and if you didn’t have a spoon you could multitask with the chopsticks. Just a random thought, giggle, giggle.

    March 26, 2015 at 11:28 am

  10. Ashley

    Oh Kate. I am only here to tell you that cabbage is set -grumble-

    OMG I’m crying I can’t stop laughing.

    March 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

    • Ashley

      Sexy**** even.

      Stupid autocorrect

      March 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

      • Ashley! You did that on purpose! 😛

        March 27, 2015 at 10:59 am

  11. I’ve already proven through various highly inappropriate (NSFA) photos that cabbage is, indeed, sexy. So is this story. Sexy sexy. And not a spoon in sight. BTW some charming Iowa customs Indi can introduce to Hyunkyung: catching lightning bugs on summer evenings, falling asleep in the grass listening to cicadas, eating pork tenderloins, wearing shorts when it gets above 40 degrees, and having sex in a barn.

    March 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm

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