The first full-length novel I had published was Sex University: Physical Education in 2010. I’d had a few short stories come out in anthology through Ravenous Romance, and had to opportunity to meet Lori Perkins at Downtown Disney in California. Over a glass of something delicious, she leaned over and asked, “What else do you have?”
From there, a dream and friendship was born. Lori was willing to work with an unpublished author, on spec (and she still is). Me? Having the contract gave me that extra PUSH needed to finish the damn book! (I’m sure many relate to the feeling.)
Since then I’ve had more than 30 novels, novellas and short stories published, with 14 publishers. I’ve learned a lot about the business and the craft, and I’ve also helped a number of others achieve their goals.
While my third book The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome went on to grant me membership into RWA’s PAN (Published Author Network), Physical Education never lived up to its potential.
It may be because of the original cover, which always seemed to appeal more to men than women (traditional readers of romance), or the market (a BDSM novel a few years before 50 Shades of Grey). The second book All-Girls Academy should have pushed even more sales, and then a hoopla with books featuring underage sex hit and the book was pulled from eRetailers because of the title. Note: Everyone is above age; it’s a F/F title with “girls” in the title.
Although I had planned for a book 3, The Master Class, it never happened. (Until next year!).
When the opportunity came to re-release (including re-editing and adding in new material) to Physical Education, I jumped at the chance, and Lori once again was there, believing in this novel.
The series started with the all-new short Summer School, and the novella Christian Mingle. Next, stay tuned for Learning Curves (retitled) and finally The Master Class.
Note: The book released last Friday, but with the violence in Paris and other parts of the world, I’ve held back on doing a lot of marketing. Tomorrow comes another new release, Winter Solstice Ménage, so it’s time to put it out there.
Here’s to second chances!
Tired of sexual norms and wanting to expand her pleasure, Amanda “Mandi” Wilkinson enrolls in summer school at San Francisco Sex University, an exclusive sex school located in the heart of San Francisco. What Mandi doesn’t realize is that not all the mysterious drop-outs are simply flunking sex-ed.
Reed McAllister came to Sex U. for reasons all his own. Undercover, he’s searching for a woman, the right woman, and so far he doesn’t have any leads. Reed never saw himself working at a place such as SFSU, let alone instructing, but he had to admit it – the job did come with its perks.
When Mandi turns up on the missing list, will Reed be able to save her and give her the lessons she so desires?
Sometimes you need to experience what’s wrong in order to find out what’s right.
As scandal after scandal piles up and her husband’s caught cheating, Jody Druger hides at the last place the non-reality TV shows expect: Sex U.
While fighting through her bedroom inhibitions, Jody forges plans for an independent future, and discovers new pathways toward pleasure.
Summer School – Series Starter
A Short Story from Sex University
Ms. Lucy dreams of starting a sex school in San Francisco, the City of Love. After interviewing some promising candidates, including Antoinella De Luca, an artist who integrates her tools into playtime, and twin blond surfer hotties, Blaine and Wayne, Lucy launches a soft opening, Summer School.
One of the first students to join, Willow, comes seeking to explore new experiences. When paired with Ted, who she feels is way out of her league, it’s a game of give or give.
Lucy likes it when the shy ones pair up with those with more confidence. And so do we!
Until next time,