TCO is happy to have Sean Michael stopping by with a guest post about finding the unexpected when writing a new book, and an excerpt that’s quirky while setting up the story nicely. Educating the Professor looks like it has all the sexy of a Sean Michael BDSM book, and a bit of intrigue to round out the romance. Can’t wait! Thanks for stopping by Sean!
Kenneth Brannigan is a small-town history professor. He’s happy with his life, loves the classes he teaches, and lives in a tiny apartment in a converted house with his best friend, Tim, next door. He’s still recovering from a bad breakup and is content to stick to his comfortable routine. It’s Tim who insists he come to the Queer Alliance’s Rainbow Mixer.
At the mixer, Kenn meets David Burgundy, a new-to-town TA who is working on his masters. Dave is drawn immediately to Kenn and is thrilled when Kenn offers to show him the best pizza place in town. One meal leads to two, which leads to Dave and Kenn spending most of their free time together… and Kenn loosening his self-imposed rules regarding dating and sex for some kinky fun.
Kenn’s ex isn’t going to just let Kenn be, though, and the happier Kenn is with Dave, the less the ex likes it. Will Kenn continue to run away from his past, or will his relationship with Dave help him face it head-on?
Thank you to Two Chicks Obsessed for hosting me today!
I love it when a book surprises me as I write it, and Educating the Professor is one such book. I had no idea Kenn’s ex was going to be involved. I knew that Kenn was a sub, but one who was reluctant, who hadn’t done a whole lot. And I knew Dave was his one and only and would be a great Dom for him. They were made for each other.
Then, when I thought the book was about Kenn learning about the lifestyle he’s so fascinated by (online at any rate), his ex showed up and suddenly there’s a very good reason why Kenn hasn’t ever done anything in the lifestyle, why he doesn’t even ever talk about it with anyone. It was a good surprise for sur and I’m glad there was more to the story than I thought.
My characters are good at that – they all come with their own baggage and stories and let me know it on a regular basis!
I hope you enjoy Kenn and Dave’s story; they’re sweet and kinky boys and I had a blast writing them.
smut fixes everything
Dave grabbed his beer and took a sip before wandering away from the bar. He had to give it to the Queer Alliance—they really knew how to decorate for a Rainbow Mixer. It totally looked like a unicorn had barfed all over the place.
His newly self-appointed best friend, Anita, sidled up next to him. “Looks great, doesn’t it?”
Given that she was on the event committee, he knew she’d had a hand in the decorations.
“Very colorful,” he told her, hoping she didn’t press him. He didn’t like lying, but he didn’t want to hurt her feelings either. He was generally more of a black leather and silver buckle sort of man, but this was… impossible to ignore.
She was happy with his answer, bouncing and kissing his cheek.
He was new to the campus, coming to the university to do his masters, and had found a room with five other TAs who lived in a great big old house—frat style, really. And honestly, he was grateful Anita had latched on to him. She knew everyone and everything about the school. She’d been the one to insist that the mixer was the best way to meet people.
It was certainly well-attended—undergrads and graduate students, along with professors, some of whom had the confident joviality of tenured faculty while others appeared more anxious to please. Impressive.
Anita took hold of his arm and began dragging him around, introducing him to everyone. It was a good thing he had a knack for putting together self-reminders for names and faces because he must have met a hundred people in less than an hour. His beer was long gone, and Anita seemed determined to ensure he met absolutely everyone before letting him go get another.
“Have you met Drs. Brannigan and Parker? They’re from the history department.”
“My first history profs,” he joked. He shook their hands, giving the slender blond a longer smile. Pretty. Very pretty.
“I’m Tim, this is Kenneth.” The redhead was bouncy, all kinetic energy. “Anita, you have outdone yourself.”
Dave wondered for one brief moment what it would take to tame that vivacity. A little bondage? No, a lot of bondage. But most of his attention remained on the much quieter Kenneth. With this man the trick would be to make him lose control. It could be a delicious challenge.
“Thank you, Dr. Parker,” Anita said. “I appreciate it. Do you mind if I leave David here with you? I have to check on the snacks.”
“Of course. We’ll make sure he doesn’t get lost.” Tim had a quick smile. “Oh look, Kenn! There’s a reporter. Let’s go talk to him.”
“Go ahead, Tim. I’m not interested in publicity, huh?”
“Oh. Right. I got it. I’ll just go and see what’s what.”
Dave chuckled as the redhead bebopped his way over to the reporter. “If we could bottle that energy….”
“Yes indeed. We all say that twelve times a day.”
Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.
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