Karen’s Killer Book Bench: The Politician’s Heart (A Going Strong Novel) by Michel Prince


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A Going Strong Novel



Karen Schroeder made the choice to be a politician. Her local success has caught the eyes of her party and she’s suddenly thrust into the national stage. She knows how to play the game and exactly who she needs to be, even if it’s not who she really is.

Sarah Lindstrom has never questioned her feelings, even when they made her believe her girlfriend would say yes to her proposal instead of breaking up with her. When she sees Karen Schroeder campaigning, the rush of attraction is undeniable. Sarah knows she’s been wrong before, but her feelings for Karen overwhelm any apprehension for this woman who’s trapped in the closet.

As the relationship grows, Sarah learns love can be painful when the one you love can only be herself when the door is closed. More importantly, her love of Karen could cost her everything she’s worked for. Can love bloom when hidden in the dark?

A Going Strong Novel



Editorial Note: Edited for language.

“Oh my God the way this guy IMs, I may need to buy stock in D batteries,” Mandy said as she and Sarah walked through the displays at the Ramsey County fairgrounds. “I’m thinking of flying out to Arizona next month, what do you think?”

Six months had passed since Mandy moved in, and Sarah had to admit living with her was entertaining.

“Is the goal of this excursion to be bound and gagged—”

“Yes please.” Mandy jumped up and down while clapping her hands.

“I wasn’t done,” Sarah grumbled. “Raped and dropped into a shallow unmarked grave?”

“Why are you c&#k blocking me?”

“Why can’t the mystery man come to you?”

“I’m sure he could, but then he’d have to research the best places in the Twin Cities to dump a body.”

“I can see why he’s hesitant.”


“For all you know he could be a sixty-year-old woman with a hankering for messing with young hotties.”

“Aww, you’re so sweet. Speaking of sweet, I need to get my funnel cake on.”

Sarah shook her head as they headed closer to the rides where the food was, when a woman in red caught her eye. Saying that she stood out would be an understatement. This was a county fair where most people looked like she and Mandy did—hair half falling out of a ponytail, t-shirt clinging to the body from sweat, and shorts. Not Representative Karen Schroeder. Her auburn hair was pulled into a perfect French twist, and even though it was ninety-seven degrees, with humidity that made the air cling to everyone’s skin, Karen Schroeder wasn’t even sweating.

“Oh no, if I can’t date a serial killer, you can’t date a straight Republican,” Mandy shook Sarah from her trance. “Unless you think she’s family, just hiding out?”

“What do you know of family? You’re barely a step-sister that only comes over on the holidays to eat.”

“Because I don’t discriminate like your hateful ass, you don’t have to be mean.”

“You’re barely bi, so quit acting like you’re all about the ladies. And I wasn’t looking for a date. She’s attractive. Am I not allowed to look at women at all now?”

“I’ve seen that look before. It was more than a mmm, let me get a piece of that. You get too invested in your conquests. You’re always looking for your life partner or soul mate.”

“What’s wrong with looking for your soul mate? It’s better than looking for your next infection.”

“Again, it wasn’t an infection.”

“Then why did it take you the rest of the weekend before you could walk straight?” Mandy smiled and sighed. “Fine, if a man can screw you that well, why aren’t you locking him down?”

“Because men like that don’t get locked down. And really I wouldn’t want that on the daily.”

“Would you like information on the Representative?” an overly eager volunteer broke up the conversation with a pamphlet.

“Maybe,” Mandy said with a smile that made Sarah instantly nervous.

“Don’t,” Sarah warned in a low tone.

“Oh, we’re going to find out what the Rep’s all about,” Mandy said while batting her eyes. “Can I talk to her?”

“Of course,” the bubbly girl said as she led them toward the put-together politician. “She’s making the move to Congress. Representative Schroeder has done so much in the State House the last few years. She’s who the Republican Party is looking for to take over the Fourth District.”

“You’ll have to tell me more. I’m a flake when it comes to elections,” Mandy played innocent.

“Ramsey and part of Washington County is the Fourth District,” Sarah said, stiffening her stance.

“Awesome, I was hoping Giggles here would tell me.” Mandy glared at Sarah. At this point Sarah wished Mandy would entertain herself with Giggles and not take advantage of her slight crushing on the Rep.

“Representative Schroeder, these two women would like to know more about your platform,” Giggles introduced the two of them.

Sarah suddenly had a problem breathing. Karen Schroeder was more than just put-together. She was breathtaking. Her high cheekbones and gentle, inviting eyes had Sarah envisioning things she shouldn’t. Crushes on straight women had destroyed her in the past. Then again, this woman was a politician. She was in the spotlight. She was not a real person. Celebrity crushes were fine.

“What area are you most interested in?” she asked in a voice that wrapped around Sarah and cradled her.

“I’m kind of wondering about you as a person,” Mandy said as she leaned on the table, squishing her full breasts together so they might as well be lighthouses on a foggy night. Even Sarah, who would never think of her best friend as a potential sexual partner, couldn’t help staring.

“I’m an outdoors type, I love fishing at my parents’ cabin,” Karen said, not taking her eyes off Mandy’s eyes. Damn, straight as an arrow. “Then again, when I’m not working, I just love being with my family. They’re my anchor and guide me in my decisions.”

“By family do you mean your husband and kids?”

“Oh, no, I barely have time for a personal life. My boyfriend and I—”

“That’s too bad,” Mandy purred and leaned over further. “Everyone needs a few minutes to snuggle in close with someone that gets what she desires.”

“Excuse me?”

“You know what I mean.” Mandy licked her lips, then bit her bottom one. “No matter what those desires are. Tell the truth, isn’t there a little bit of you that wants to go behind the show barn with me right now?”

“I really don’t know—”

“Excuse my friend,” Sarah interjected as she pulled Mandy back from the table. “She has a brain tumor and can’t control her sex drive.”

“That’s…strange…was she—” Karen started.

“I apologize for her making you uncomfortable.”

“Is there a problem, sweetheart?” an attractive man wrapped a protective arm around Karen’s shoulder.

“No, just backlash for my vote last year, I assume.” Karen’s inviting eyes became cold and hurt as she moved on to another constituent.

“What were you doing?”

“I wasn’t being blatant. Only you got it. She’s straight as hell or she would have been licking me as soon as I leaned over.”

“Oh my God, Mandy, not everyone is like you.”

Meet Author Michel Prince読書

Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.

With characters yelling “It’s my turn damn it!!!” She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.

When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.

Michel has been awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press in 2013, the service award for her local RWA chapter Midwest Fiction Writers 2013, 2014, won 2015 Sweetest Romance from IREA for Chrysalis and is a PAN member of RWA. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, and new puppy.


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5 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Book Bench: The Politician’s Heart (A Going Strong Novel) by Michel Prince”

  1. Good morning, Michel, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Mandy is a fun character. I think we all have a friend or family member who isn’t afraid to speak her mind! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to share your new release with us.

  2. What drew me was all the local, to me, talk. I live in Ramsey county in the Twin Cities. This could be an interesting premise.

    1. I hope you can come to the Holiday Hop in North St. Paul. I’ll be signing books on the 10th from 10-12. Quite a few of my books are in the Twin Cities.

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