My friend and great author Anna Taylor is back, and she brought her story as part of Boys Behaving Badly anthology.
Stranded (Boys Behaving Badly Book 4) is a contemporary romance collection (and I strongly advise you to check out the 3 already released.)
Put it in a Book by Michal Scott
The daughter of ex-slaves, Aziza Williams uses her freedom to break the law when she teaches slaves to read. She flees the United States for the Free and Independent Republic of Liberia where her independent and injustice-confronting ways garner the unwanted sexual attention of a dibia, Dulee Morlu. In a cruel twist of fate, Morlu uses Aziza’s love for education against her and imprisons her in a book. He declares she will remain there until she submits to him. After a month of imprisonment Aziza despairs Morlu is right: no one will ever read her book. Fear that she may surrender to him begins to overwhelm her. Then one day she senses the unfamiliar touch of Sekou Caine, an audacious and inquisitive thief leafing through her pages and hope for escape flutters through her spirit.
Sekou gripped the book with the determination of one holding a tiger by the tail. The depictions of Aziza’s delight as she pleasured herself, of her resolution as she fought off Morlu set his blood stirring. Delicious tremors coursed from the book, up his arms, and down his torso to his groin. A wondrous tightness swelled his cock. He stumbled to his feet. One word pulsed through his mind, through his spirit. He threw back his head, dropped the book and shouted her wonder-filled name.
In a flash, Aziza lay at his feet, slender and sleek like a panther asleep in the moonlight.
Sekou fell to his hands and knees, dumbfounded, dizzy, and delighted by the sight. He’d always loved black, but never realized how heady an effect the color could have. Neither oil nor ink nor the richest ebony contained the beauty of her black flawless skin.
For she was flawless and the very image drawn on the flyleaf…only more exquisite.
He gazed from the arch of her foot up a muscled calf along a firm thigh to a curvy hip attached to an equally plump buttock. His fingers itched to palm its softness, enjoy its warmth. He moaned, exhaling on ecstasy.
She sighed and turned slightly so her lap came into full view. Hair curled at the juncture of two shapely thighs. Her thighs parted, tensed, then relaxed. The scent from the pages of the book returned. He inhaled the pleasing aroma of erotic honey as she rolled fully onto her back. Her wet nether lips glistened like sunlight on fast moving water. Would her stomach quiver if he dared apply his invasive yet adoring touch?
He clenched his hands to resist touching her nut-brown nipples. To touch her without permission would be a theft even he wouldn’t attempt. Another sigh drew his attention to her mouth. Slowly, she parted her lips and drew her tongue across them.
Sekou’s mouth went as dry as the sands of a Monrovian beach. His tongue mimicked the motion.
Suddenly, she shivered. Gooseflesh pimpled her beautiful black skin.
Sekou rushed to his bed, grabbed the sheet, then hurried back. He wrapped the covering around her as if handling a newborn.
Her eyelids fluttered open with her next moan. Her gaze met his. Her lips parted in a smile that caught him by the throat. “Who—who are you?”
He huffed out a breath, overcome by the gratitude gleaming in her gaze. “Se—Sekou,” he stuttered. “Sekou Caine.”
With cat-like grace she sat forward, stretched, then faced him. Her arms, lithe and limber, extended toward him as her legs contracted, knees pressing her breasts upward almost in offering. She stroked his face. “Thank you for setting me free, Sekou Caine.”
Michal Scott is the penname of Rev. Anna Taylor Sweringen, a retired United Church of Christ and Presbyterian USA minister. A native New Yorker, Anna is a recent transplant to the Southwest and is enjoying the great weather along with her husband of thirty years the their rescue two cats, Scully and L’il Cat. Her loves of history and romance came together in her 2016 novella, One Breath Away. Anna has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 2003 and in addition to erotic romance, writes inspirational romance as Anna Taylor and gothic romance as Anna M. Taylor. You can connect with Michal on Twitter @mscottauthor1 and learn more about her writing at www.michalscott.webs.com.
Hi Anna, and thank you for being back!
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
The theme of the anthology – being Stranded and finding love – had my imagination working overtime. Contemporary ideas kept surfacing but I wanted something where I could work in a historical angle. At the time I thinking this story up I was also revising a time-travel novella where the heroine travels back to Reconstruction Era Texas. She contrasts the newly freed slaves desire for learning with the apathy of her present day students. The old saying “If you want to hide something from black folk, put it in a book,” came to her mind. Once I latched onto that saying, the plot for my story, Put It In A Book, almost wrote itself.
What sort of research did you do to write this book?
I had done research on the colonization movement in the US for another story and dove back into it for my heroine’s backstory.
If your novel were being made into a movie, whom would you pick to play the lead roles?
For present day audiences my hero would be Idris Elba and my heroine would be Lupita Nyong’o. But if I were casting it for folk from my generation it would Be Brock Peters and Diana Sands.
If your story had a soundtrack, which song would it be?
Ella Fitzgerald’s recording of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington’s Something To Live For. The longing in that song illustrates perfectly the internal longings of both my hero and heroine.
Do you have a day job? / What was your job before you started writing full time?
Before I started writing full time I was a minister and wrote riding mass transit to and from church.
What started you on the path to writing?
A goad from my mother-in-law got me writing fiction professionally. She knew I wrote fan-fiction and being an English teacher she asked me why I didn’t write stories about my own characters. I’d slid sideways into writing as a reporter after I graduated from college but slipped even further away when I entered the ministry. Her challenge put me back in touch with a long-buried dream of being able to write like F. Scott Fitzgerald. So in 2003 I learned about Romance Writers of America, joined and the rest as they say is history.
Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
Nope. I’m a plotter on steroids. Although I took a comedic mystery class this year and one of the prompts led to me writing my first full length story by the seat of my pants. Way to go subconscious.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Watch classic movies from the 30’s and 40’s, especially the ones with Fred Astaire. I love watching that man move. Only when he’s partnered with Cyd Charisse do I take my eyes off of him.
Why did you choose the shirt you have on?
Because today’s my birthday. I’m wearing a gift T-shirt from my sister that says “You know what I like about people? Their cats.”
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Other stories in the collection:
What could be sexier than strong women in risky situations who are also happily vulnerable to their rescuers?
Too Deep by Sam Heathers – When an undercover officer loses her handlers in the outside world, she must trust the top lieutenant of a gun-running gang to survive
Rescuing Alaska by Elle James – A Coast Guardsman on an Alaskan fishing trip jumps into frigid waters and dares a bear-ridden island to rescue a beautiful deckhand
A Stranger’s Kiss by A.C. Dawn – Sparks in the sky ignite an inferno when a millionaire bad boy rescues a struggling romance writer stranded in an airport
Shelter from the Storm by A.J. Harris – A rogue super soldier and an ocean-dwelling scout discover the keys to surviving enemy soldiers and giant super-storms on their flooded world may be each other
Reviving Artemis by Ara Geller – Defying her alpha’s direct orders, a young warrior braves a pack of hunting werewolves to finally claim her Mate
Quincy Down Under by Delilah Devlin – A bounty hunter following a lead is trapped in an underground-bunker-turned-beauty-salon with a pretty beautician
Hourglass by Kenzie Matthews – With danger all around them, time-hopping graduate students find it hard to keep their clothes on while their time machine glitches
Out of This World by Kimberly Dean – When an astronaut is stranded without a research partner, her mission’s bad boy commander volunteers to help her complete her studies…on sex in space
Burning Stars by Kimberly Lithe – Heated glances and flirtatious banter ignite into a fever pitch when a mechanic aboard a stranded starship looks for her rescue from an intergalactic criminal
Switching Call by Lucrecia Christina – Stranded in a field, a tow truck driver learns from his sassy rescuer that there’s more to getting stuck in the mud than spinning tires
A Change in Predicament by Melanie Jayne – A doctor with a death wish and a history of bad decisions uses her wits to survive a kidnapping by the wounded leader of a dangerous gang
Put it in a Book by Michal Scott – Trapped in a book by a sorcerer for rejecting his sexual advances, an ex-slave’s daughter discovers one hope of rescue – a nosy thief
Undercover Lover by N.J. Walters – A DEA agent working undercover as a waitress in a dangerous biker bar is stranded without backup until a man from her past walks in
Going Down by Sukie Chapin – One broken elevator, one sexy boss, one hot night…maybe falling isn’t so bad after all