Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Guest Blog Instruction by L.M. Pruitt

The Next Step

When I first had the idea for Instruction, I envisioned a single book—girl and boy meet, she teaches him the ways of the world and they go on their way. It wasn’t meant to necessarily be a book with a happy ever after, simply for the fact that the real world doesn’t work that way, especially not with the type of relationship I’d be writing about. I also didn’t want to do the characters wrong which, to me, is probably the most important thing when writing. I’ve walked away from books and series because I knew I wouldn’t be able to write the kind of story the characters deserved.

And then I actually started writing Instruction. And everything changed.

Even when I’m a plotter, I’m still very much a pantser. My characters have surprised me more times than I can remember, almost always for the better. Even when I know them inside and out, they’ll do something that completely throws me and I have to readjust. Case in point, Taylor and Namir.

I always envisioned Taylor as the ultimate party girl. And she is. But she also works really, really hard. She owns up to her mistakes. She makes sacrifices. She grieves.

Taylor surprised me.

Namir, in contrast, was the quintessintal good boy. He graduated early from high school and college. He busted ass to climb the corporate ladder. But he’s also a romantic. He doesn’t guard his heart. And when he loves, it’s without reservation.

Like Taylor, Namir surprised me.

Instead of the original book I meant to write, one about a true no-strings relationship, I found myself planning a trilogy, where two people meet, fall in love, and have to overcome obstacles to get to their happy ending. It’s still not traditional—because that’s not how I roll—but it fits the characters.

I think they’re more than ready to take the next step.

L.M. Pruitt

Publisher: SP Press

Publication Date: August 18, 2015


Genre: Erotica

Book Description:

Taylor Allerton's speakeasy is one of the hottest nightclubs in Manhattan. Young, rich, and beautiful, she can have any man she wants--and usually does.

Namir Adeem just became the youngest partner at one of the most prestigious accounting firms in Manhattan. His determination to bring honor to his family leaves no time for any relationship.

When Taylor discovers just how sheltered Namir is, she takes it upon herself to give him the education he deserves.

Some things can't be taught in school....

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“I’m sure it’s not the first time you’ve had to dissuade a woman in a bar.”
He barked out a laugh. “Ms. Allerton, I’ve spent more time in libraries and schoolrooms than in drinking establishments. I’ll confess, if you hadn’t intervened, I’m not sure how I would have handled your friend.”
“Look, I’ve already decided to hire you, so you really don’t need to continue plugging your education.”
“I assure you, that’s not my intention at all.” He coughed and scratched the side of his nose again. “I’m simply trying to inform you, as delicately as possible, that I am not used to this sort of… open culture.”
I stared at him, working to process his words. “I’m sorry, I’m not really following what you’re saying.”
“When I say I lack experience in certain areas, I mean I… lack experience.” He leaned his head back and closed his eyes. “You do not achieve the success I have at my age without making some sacrifices along the way.”
“Oh.” As the full impact of his words sank in, my eyes widened involuntarily. “Oh. Oh, God. Now I’m even more sorry about Kennedy and how she acted and what she said and--.”
“You don’t need to apologize, Ms. Allerton. You have been beyond professional in every way.” He opened his eyes, tilting his chin down and studying me with a slight smile. “At least you have while in my presence.”
“Well, thank God we can’t get in trouble simply for having dirty thoughts.” I crossed my legs and laughed. “Although it’s probably only me having those thoughts.”
He sat silent for long minutes before clearing his throat. “You would be wrong, Ms. Allerton.”
I lifted my brows, tilting my head to the side. “Oh?”
“I hope this won’t impact our professional relationship but since you are being honest, so must I.” His gaze shifted to mine and I sucked in a breath. “I find you very attractive, Ms. Allerton.”
“In the spirit of continued honesty… my friend was right.” I picked up my glass, taking along sip of watered down tea. “I want to fuck you.”
“As flattering as I find your statement, I doubt it would be very good for you, all things considered.”
“Do you want me to teach you?” I hadn’t even known the thought was in my head until the words were echoing in the room but it was instantly an obsession. Slowly, I began sliding around the booth toward him. “I will—as much as you’re willing to learn.”
He dropped his gaze to the table, shifting restlessly. “You should check on your friend.”
“You didn’t answer the question.”
“It was a highly inappropriate question, Ms. Allerton.”
“Still not an answer.” I leaned closer, my mouth a half inch from his. “Do you want me to educate you or not?”
His lips parted on a sigh. “Yes. I do.”

“Wonderful.” I leaned back, pretending not to see the disappointment flash across his face. “We’ll start tomorrow.”

Instruction Trilogy
Book Two
L.M. Pruitt          

Genre: Romantica/Erotica

Publisher: SP Press         

Date of Publication: September 7, 2015

Word Count: approx. 40K

Book Description:

Namir Adeem has traded in early mornings, coffee and spreadsheets for late nights, bottle service and VIP lists. His nightclub is poised to become the next hotspot in Manhattan. Still, success means nothing without the one person he's spent six months trying to replace.

Taylor Allerton made her mark on Manhattan nightlife with Whisper. Her next venture has the possibility to catapult her to the coveted pinnacle of the social scene. And yet nothing can fill the hollow spot in her heart left by that one week.

When they meet again, there's no denying the attraction and emotion still sparking between them. But this time around, Namir has a few lesson of his own in mind--and Taylor is eager to learn.

When the student becomes the teacher, anything is possible.

Instruction Trilogy
Book Three
LM Pruitt

Genre: Romantica/Erotica

Publisher: SP Press

Date of Publication: October 7

Word Count: approx. 40K

Book Description:

Taylor Allerton and Namir Adeem have conquered overbearing parents, untrustworthy friends, and now rule the Manhattan club scene like royalty. But their greatest challenge is still ahead.


About the Author:

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She knows this because she's killed bamboo. Twice.  She is the author of the Winged series, the Plaisir Coupable series, Jude Magdalyn series, the Moon Rising series, and Taken: A Frankie Post Novel.