Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Things Are Going To Slide

In Things Are Going to Slide, Marilee Carson Cooper, daughter of a prominent southern family, teaches law and runs a law school legal aid clinic in the small Alabama town her family has inhabited for generations. But then things slip out of her control. She is pregnant with her second child when her husband leaves her for another man. She loses a coveted job--to her first love--that would ensure her financial security, and she is desperately trying to help a teen-age mother accused of murdering her baby. Described by one reader as "smart chick-lit/mom-lit,law-lit", and another as"the kind of book that makes you keep reading long after you meant to turn out the light."

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For a little over a decade, I have taught in the clinical law program at one of the Washington, D.C. area law schools. That work experience is reflected in my newest novel, Things Are Going to Slide.
For those of you who have never heard of clinical law, a law clinic is a nonprofit law practice in a law school that serves the public interest. In most law clinics, law students represent clients and appear and argue in court pursuant to student practice rules. The dual goals of most clinical law programs are to teach skills and values to law students and to serve populations of individuals who otherwise wouldn’t be able to have lawyers. Most U.S. law schools offer legal clinics to their students in a broad array of subject matters and over the last few decades clinics have become an essential part of legal education. In the U.K., however, a much lower percentage of schools offer clinical education opportunities to their students (I don’t know what accounts for this difference).
If you’ve seen the movie Legally Blonde you might recall the scene where Elle Woods takes over the defense of her former exercise instructor and reads from the statute allowing her to practice law under the supervision of a practicing lawyer. Elle’s approach was somewhat unusual (to put it mildly). In clinics outside the world of movies, our students sign up for clinic as part of their third and last year of law school and professors instruct the students in the classroom and supervise them outside the classroom as the students embark on their first cases.
Although most U.S. law schools have legal clinics, different schools employ different types of clinic pedagogy. In Things Are Going to Slide, those differences became one of the conflicts between my heroine, Marilee, and her first love, Dwight, who betrayed her years earlier. Marilee’s clinic was non-directive, meaning that her students handled the cases largely on their own, with weekly meetings with their supervisor, Marilee. Dwight, who “stole” Marilee’s job promotion, was trained in a very directive model, in which the supervisor acts as the main lawyer on the case and the students are assistants.
The requirement that clinic professors publish law reviews like their peers who teach substantive courses also is part of the plot in Things Are Going to Slide. Marilee will lose her job if she doesn’t publish a law review article, a somewhat unfair requirement given that a clinical law professor not only teaches but also runs a law firm!
Another aspect of clinical law that became a significant part of the book was the clients and their stories. Almost every legal case involves someone in some kind of trouble. The stories clients tell their lawyers are often riveting and I wove several hypothetical legal stories into the plot of Things Are Going to Slide. Many of my readers think this aspect of the book lends itself to a sequel. Let me know what you think!

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. After college in Atlanta, I moved to D.C. for law school. I never left D.C., much to my surprise, and, in between raising four children and writing books, I have practiced public interest law and corporate law, I have prosecuted anti-trust and criminal cases, and I have represented several white collar criminal defendants facing politically motivated charges in federal court. Most recently, I have taught a variety of courses at the Washington College of Law and done pro bono work on behalf of asylum and immigration client. Things Are Going to Slide is my second published novel. My first, No Defense, will be re-released as an e-book in the spring of 2013.
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Princess Miri: An Erotic Coming of Age Monster Romance 18+

The following review is for 18+ readers.

Princess Miri: An Erotic Coming of Age Monster Romance
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Princess Miri is a bitch and the heir to the throne and she might have accidentally fallen in love with a monster.
It's common knowledge that everyone hates Miri, which is why it surprises her when her rival gives her a pet troll servant for her eighteenth birthday. Thump, as Miri names the husky monster, will do everything she asks. Or that's what she thinks.
When her demands lead to experimentation and sexual teasing, Miri realizes this isn't quite the case. One disobeyed order ends with a bang, literally, and her and Thump in an unclothed, carnal mess atop her now-broken bed.
A troll coupling with a human? Disgusting!
She should be furious! Irate! And maybe she is, but she's curious, too...
She never thought she could open up to anyone before, always believed she needed to act harsh and stern in order to ascend to the throne. Unfortunately for Miri, while she discreetly explores her taboo sexuality with Thump, someone's plotting to exploit her shameful secret and ruin the Princess's reputation...
Alluring, erotic, and playful. This provocative story of a Princess and her troll will delight you, entice you, and keep you excited long after you're done.
This book is intended for mature audiences


****This book was part of a blog tour I received a copy for my honest review****
This book really is a delicious bit of fun.
Princess Miri as a self absorbed, narcissistic, spoiled brat of a princess. She cares for no one but herself. When she steals a friends boyfriend, she doesn't even realize what she has done and doesn't even think there would be any consequences. Said "friend" sends her a birthday present, a Troll, who Miri calls Thump. She takes him everywhere and eventually she is on a path to an erotic journey of another kind. But little does she know that her shameful little secret is about to become public knowledge.
Princess Miri's Erotic coming of age monster romance is really for readers with kinks of a different persuasion. With magical fairytale romance setting of royalty, servants and castles, trolls and centaurs, in an erotic book you can imagine where this is going. Thump and Miri's sexual exploration becomes the theme of the book and Miri's slow (very slow) realization that she may love her monster and not just lust after him. Miri's character is really hard to like but the book is so wacky and the things that come out of her mouth so outrageous and hilarious at times that it is hard to hate her.Thump is described as a hideous troll, yet he has more heart and feeling than Miri. I can't say I was really attached emotionally to the characters but they were definitely amusing and kept my attention.
I Iike my taboo monster romance books to be a bit light hearted and fun and this one definitely was. It helps to balance out the grotesque but somehow fascinating erotic scenes.
Which brings me to the erotic scenes. I never like to truly analyze what it is about monster porn books that pull me in, I guess I just like taboo romance because these sort of stories, usually include dubious consent and well just sex of a different sort. Princess Miri's story had all that I like in my "monster porn" and I will be looking forward to more from this author and more for Thump and Miri :)
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Centaur Rivalry

Centaur Rivalry Release Day Blitz!!
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About Centaur Rivalry
The Centaur world is rocked as news spreads of the Lost Herd, Camille's existence, and her Centaur protector. A death order against Camille's father and family sends all into hiding.  Camille and Drake leave the country pursued by the Lost Herd as well as by Centaur Council enforcers. Camille's twin brother Cameron is manipulated by the Council Head and is quickly becoming her newest enemy. Amid unexpected new protectors, enemies, and romances, Camille and Drake make their plans to travel to Africa to confront the Centaur Council. They hope acceptance of Camille as Chiron's heir, yet knowing that her link to the Lost Herd could require them to kill or to be killed.
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