Wednesday, June 1, 2016

#WIPitUP - 6/1/16 - Lessons in Love - Breakfast in the office #OfficeRomance #DD

WIP: Work in progress.  WIP it up Wednesday is a hop where writers share portions of the project they're working on with readers.  I really like the idea because it allows me to share something that's still in the creative stage as well as work behind the scenes as a prompt to keep me writing.

So, I want to continue sharing my newest published spanking romance novel "Lessons in Love" with you.

"Lessons in Love" centers around a wealthy business owner who believes in helping his executive admins using politically incorrect, H.R.unapproved, and therefore clandestine, Domestic Discipline techniques.  Since DD isn't for everyone, he does tend to go through admins rather frequently.  However, he also makes sure if they choose not to work for him because of his unorthodox management style, that they are given another suitable position in his company if they wish to stay, or a handsome severance package if they choose to leave.

Pam Weston has worked in Robert Peterson's company for nearly six months as a temp when she is reassigned to the President's office.  She has caught glimpses of Mr. Peterson when she temped on the executive floor, but she never expected she'd be summoned to work for him.  Pam has a criminal record and a murky past, which has made her practically unemployable, and yet now H.R. has assigned her to work for the president of their company, and after her first day she suspects working for Mr. Peterson will be a very different experience.

This excerpt follows on directly after my last WIP excerpt for Lessons in Love. Mr. Peterson has ordered Pam to block off the morning on his calendar so they could have a "discussion" about his expectations for her as his assistant. Pam is understandably nervous to have his intentions spelled out in black and white, so she escapes to the ladies room where her friend and co-worker, Krista, seeks her out to check on her. It seems her absence was noted and the lion was pacing. When Pam requests five more minutes, Krista jokingly tells her she'll pass on the information, but between them, she'd better be out in three.

Pam didn't know whether to laugh or cry, but she pulled herself together and washed her face. When she emerged from the restroom, she saw Mr. Peterson's tall form over the vast rows of low-walled cubicles as he gazed at something on Krista's computer screen. He glanced up the moment she stepped out and jerked a thumb toward his office. The message was clear. Get in there, or else.
Walking the dead man’s mile, Pam kept her gaze focused straight ahead of her, breathing a small sigh of relief when she reached her destination without mishap. His conference table was set up with an array of beverages, fruit, and boxed cereals. She fixed him a cup of coffee, the way she'd been told he liked it, then made herself some tea. She was fingering through the selection of cereals when he stepped in and shut the door.
Pam quickly straightened and stared at him, her throat suddenly dry. He spotted the coffee sitting on his desk and smiled.
"Thank you. That was most thoughtful."
Unsure what to say or do, she nodded and returned her attention to the small, gaily-colored boxes, careful to keep her back straight the entire while.
He came up beside her and put a hand at her waist. "I chose a variety, since I wasn't sure what you preferred. Though I'd take you for a Cheerios girl."
She smiled back. "I do like Cheerios."
"Good. He took the box from her hand, opened it, and poured it into a bowl. He added enough milk to cover it and handed it to her with a spoon and a napkin—serving her.
"I thought my job was to serve you, sir."
He fixed himself a dish of granola mixed with yogurt. "No. Your job is to assist me. Not serve me. Take a seat at the table, and we'll begin. I ordered lunch to be served at eleven thirty."

When Pam Weston was ordered to report to the CEO of Peterson Enterprises she had no idea her new boss had hired her specifically as his next pet project, so she took the assignment suspecting he would fire her before the end of the day. Recognizing a prison record rendered her unemployable by most companies, she worked hard and kept a low profile. Except, working as an executive assistant for the CEO was about as "high profile" as any job could get. And working for Robert Peterson in particular would present Pam with challenges she never expected.

Lessons in Love (click to read first chapter)

M/F, DD on the executive floor.

If you're 18 or older, you can read the first three chapters at Lessons in Love 

Buy the book directly from Blushing Books,  Amazon, or Barnes & Noble

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1 comment:

  1. Oh goodness, a discussion on expectations, I would be nervous too! Great snippet Kathryn, good move on her part pouring him coffee!



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