Sexual Politics: sex-u·al pol·i·tics
the principles determining the relationship of the sexes;
relations between the sexes regarded in terms of power
SEXUAL POLITICS (74,000 words) is a spy thriller ripped from the pages of the news.
Dr. Samantha Edwards, a university professor, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee against a contestant for the Supreme Court who tried to rape her. He and the all-male committee deny it, shame and blame her, and lie. The President, who is also accused of sexually abusing at least 22 women, stands up for the accused rapist. The judge is confirmed as the latest Justice of the Supreme court, while her life is in shambles. People she doesn’t know call her at home and work at all hours. Reporters knock on her door. She gets hate mail and death threats.
The only bright light in her life shines when she goes to her Columbia University job the next morning, and her all-female class sings, We Shall Overcome. The Dean foists Anthony Broccoli upon her as a new student. He says he’s a social worker who wants to become a nurse practitioner, but he’s really working undercover for the FBI. The new justice and one other justice are murdered gangland style and she looks guilty. As does her twin sister. Anthony, whose number one rule is never get involved with a suspect, fights his attraction to Samantha while saving her from the bomb clicking under her car. When he drives her home, they find her house blown to smithereens and her twin sister wounded in the hospital. Samantha and her dog, Chanel, are forced to go on the lamb with Anthony, even though Samantha doesn’t trust him. He knows too many spy things a social worker wouldn’t. With the FBI stumped or refusing to act, she and Anthony must find the killer and the reason two justices of the Supreme Court were killed, or she or her sister will fry in prison. The clock is ticking.
Experiences I've had that compelled me to write Samantha and Anthony's story: being a university professor with a doctorate from Columbia University and a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner with a private practice as a forensics specialist working with sexually abused women and children, being a survivor of sexual politics myself, participating in several dangerous cross-country adventures, living with a rescue dog named Chanel, and being married to an Anthony who was an ammunition renovation specialist in the Army. Awards I've won: first place in a Romance Writers of America contest and second place in a State of Florida fiction contest with a rape novel. My short stories have appeared in the University of South Florida's writer's journal, PALM PRINTS, and online at RIVERWALK.
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