I can’t believe it’s been a year already! 365 days since I took a deep breath and put HOT FOR JOE up for sale on Amazon. I think I sold 10 copies that first month. However, I stuck with it, and I’m happy to report that in just a year, I’ve sold just over 17,000 copies of 11 short stories, 2 collections, and 2 romantic suspense novels. It’s been quite a ride, and I’m hoping that in this second year I’ll be able to bring you new Bright’s Ferry books, a few more shorts, and a jump into the Hearts of Stone world, among other things.
To celebrate my anniversary, BUILD ME UP is free through Wednesday, so if you haven’t gotten to know Grant and Kelly, now’s your chance!
And of course, it’s Monday, so here’s a much-deserved excerpt from MAKING THE GRADE (TEACH ME TONIGHT #2). Sadie and Cooper are stuck together in a hot, dusty supply closet, but luckily, there’s a window…:)
Math teacher Sadie Dunne’s summer is not off to a good start. Not only has she spent the entire school year getting pushed around by her rambunctious students, by their parents, and by her colleagues, who find it all too easy to take advantage of her generous heart, but she’s just been dumped, and instead of consoling herself on a tropical beach somewhere, she’s stuck teaching summer school. To make matters worse, the AC in her classroom is broken and too-hot-for-his-own-good maintenance man Cooper Bell seems more interested in flirting with her than in fixing it.
Cooper has never been great at reading women, and the mixed signals from the lovely Sadie have been driving him crazy! She may want him, but she never speaks up, and he worries that she’s out of his league. When an accident traps them in a supply closet together, Cooper sees an opportunity to convince her to give him a chance, even if it means letting her call the shots and revealing his deepest, darkest fantasy of submitting to a beautiful woman. A steamy tryst in a closet is one thing, but can Sadie and Cooper get past their self-doubt to teach each other how to be happy together?
“Come on, I’ll give you a boost.”
Cooper grinned at the horror that must have filled her expression, but Sadie couldn’t see anything funny about the situation. Nothing. Zero.
“Don’t worry, I’m not going to drop you.”
“There must be another way.”
“Unless you’re going to magically sprout wings, this is the best idea I’ve got.”
Cooper started toward her, pausing when Sadie shook her head, frantic.
“Come on, don’t you want to get out of here? We’ll have a better chance of someone hearing us with the window open. Maybe I’ll get a tiny little glimpse of your panties. So what? It’s not like I’ve never seen panties before.”
Cooper’s eyes were alight with amusement and naughty anticipation, though she could see him fighting to keep the smile from his face.
“I can’t,” squeaked Sadie.
His eyebrow rose as the heat of Sadie’s blush swamped her.
“Because I’m not wearing panties,” she said.
IT SHOULDN’T MATTER. WHAT were panties anyway? A meaningless scrap of silk that cloaked the soft folds of her pussy – flesh Cooper was never going to get to see. Sadie might have gone commando every day of the year and he never would have guessed. But alone in this closet, suddenly the thought of Sadie’s sweet folds uncovered under her skirt seemed unbearably erotic. Cooper’s skin felt too tight, his cock swelling in the confines of his jeans as he pictured her inching up her skirt for him, her creamy thighs graced with black garters as she revealed the doorway to paradise.
Was she bare? Or did she keep her mound covered in sexy curls, the same impossible white-blonde as her hair?
She was beet red. And his mouth suddenly seemed incapable of forming a sentence.
“Oh,” he said.
“So, yes. No boosting.”
Cooper couldn’t help it, his eyes dropped to her skirt. She blushed even harder, if that was possible.
Don’t think about it.
“Was it too hot to wear them?”
The words came tumbling out and Cooper thought that now might be a good time for a merciful cosmic piano to drop out of the sky and crush him into tiny, stupid pieces.
She looked adorably cute. And flustered.
God, shut up, Cooper! What the hell is wrong with you?
“No, I left them somewhere. I mean, does it matter?”
Somewhere. That one little word had a green tendril snaking up Cooper’s spine to wrap around vital organs. Somewhere like a lover’s bed? Somewhere like some dickwad’s pants pocket, where he could feel the lace and silk against his fingers during the day and think about all the sweet curves they had nestled against?
“No, it doesn’ t matter,” he gritted out.
And then it was just awkward silence for a long moment. Sadie was staring at the floor, no doubt hoping it would open up and swallow her. Suddenly, her chin came up and she looked at him straight, eyes flashing.
“If you must know, I was going to seduce my now ex-boyfriend, but it turns out he was too busy seducing someone else, so I kind of threw my panties at him and made a grand exit.”