May 27, 2010

Guestpost and Giveaway with Author Joely Sue Burkhart

I'm so happy to have Joely Sue Burkhart here today with a wonderful Guestpost. She asked me what I would like her to post about and I told her I adore Conn (hero of Dear Sir, I'm Yours) and so she offered this post. OMG I love it. I think I have to print it out and put a frame around it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. And don't forget the giveaway at the end of the post.

Susi, this is an exclusive poem written by Conn just for you!

He was rather taken aback by some comments that a professor does not "teach" but "lectures." He agrees for the most part, but there's an important distinction he wants to make. Some professors lecture, standing at the head of the class droning on and on, never caring whether their students survive the class or not. Conn is different. He's not just the sexiest professor alive, he also gives a damn about whether his students--especially his one very special student--learns from him.

A startling revelation has been brought
To my most eager attention:
Instead of helping my students, I ought
Provide mere cold direction.

My voice -- as sexy as it may be --
Is surely quite enough!
Tho' students clamor, beg, and plead,
Discard them as dry and itchy slough!

But I cannot, Dear Reader, abandon my hope;
Most sincere, my heart's true calling:
Never leave a student in darkness to grope
Ever deeper in lost despair falling.

I seek that light, fragile and bright
A spark of pure understanding;
The deeper confusion and shaking fright,
The greater battle, vict'ry notwithstanding.

One spark in that bewildered haze
Is worth its weight in gold,
For one who's seen that treasured gaze
After denying ignorance to enfold.

So when my heart's most beloved mate
Stands before me in trembling fear--
How can I do less than eagerly abate
Every doubt while I kiss each tear?

And if she hesitates with dread
At the thought of our dark need,
Shall I lecture her instead
And leave her heart to bleed?

Shall I swear my cruel hands are safe?
That I would surely never harm
Such an innocent, lovely waif!
With calculated snake-oil charm.

Are mere words enough to defeat
Bone-deep fear of surrender?
My body, hands, lips to cheat
The temptation of this flower so tender?

Nay! God forbid my beloved ever
Look upon me with disgusted fear!
For I would rather my head to sever,
and cleave my arrogant heart with spear!

Dearest Reader, forgive me if I carefully taught
With consideration so mundane;
Instead of lecturing from on high and haught:
For I cannot bring myself to feign.

*le sigh* I love it!


Joely offers a digital copy of Dear Sir, I'm Yours or a digital ARC of The Bloodgate Guardian, her new Carina Press release.

(I have to tell you I loved both books. You can read my homage to Conn here and my dual review with the wonderful pattepoilue here. The review of The Bloodgate Guardian will be up next week.)

Just leave a comment on this post.

Giveaway ends Friday June 4th and I will announce the winner on Saturday.

Good Luck!


pattepoilue May 27, 2010 at 5:11 PM  

I LOVE it to pieces!it's Fantabulous (yeah...I know lol)! This is such a great poem! Susi I'm very jealous...Conn is just *happy sigh*
Joely you are fantastic as always!

'My voice -- as sexy as it may be --'
Ohh yes Mr Professor it is!

lol ok the crazy lusting lady is leaving now

katsrus May 27, 2010 at 5:16 PM  

Loved that poem! Those covers are beautiful.
Sue B

Stella (Ex Libris) May 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM  

Oh what a poem! *sighs* :-)

Please enter me, haven't raed anything by Joely Sue Burkhart yet, but would LOVE to read Dear Sir, I'm Yours! The cover looks fantastic too! ;-p

Thank you!

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Joely Sue Burkhart May 27, 2010 at 6:10 PM  

Susi, happy blogoversary!! Thank you so much for inviting Conn to stop over! He had so much fun writing this poem for you!

SusiSunshine May 27, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

@pattepoilue Don't leave crazy lusting women. We love you the way you are!

@katsrus I agree the covers are gorgeous. DSIY has a special place in my bookshelf! ;)

@Stella You really have to read it. I so adore her books.

@Joely It is totally my pleasure. You know that I screamed like a fangirl as I got the poem. LOL Thanks again hon! Made my day!

Andrea I May 27, 2010 at 6:39 PM  

They both look like great books. I have the prequel to Dear Sir, I'm Yours and it's on my TBB list

Anonymous,  May 27, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

Hi Susi, Happy blogoversery!

Please don't enter me in the contest/hat I'm already a happy owned of both books and feel they deserve other loving homes. *g*

And Joely, you sure know how to make the rest of us swoon.

SusiSunshine May 27, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

@Andrea You should read Letters ASAP. I adored it. It made me buy DSIY ASAP.

@Soleil Thanks hon! Yes they really deserve that. Agree about the Joely part.

s7anna May 27, 2010 at 11:36 PM  

Both of those books are on my TBB list. Thanks for the great post today.


elaing8 May 28, 2010 at 2:07 AM  

Love the covers. Joely Sue Burkhart is a new author to me.Great post.

Cecile May 28, 2010 at 7:21 AM  

Hey honey I wanted to come over and wish you a wonderful anniversary!!!!!!!!!! I was glad to found you... way back when... hee hee... and I look forward to many more years with you!!! Hugs to you honey!!!

Scott Romanski May 28, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

Very nice poem. The books sound fantastic.

Cathy M May 28, 2010 at 6:57 PM  

After Susi's glowing review for Dear Sir, I'm Yours, I now have this story at the top of my wish list.

Going to go check out Joely's website right now.


The Sentinel May 28, 2010 at 11:00 PM  

Love Joely and gotta love Conn. Great work, both of you!

Nice to meet you, Bookworm. I look forward to exploring your blog!

Debbie F May 30, 2010 at 2:30 AM  

Count me in! Thanks!

dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Tracy June 2, 2010 at 11:40 AM  


the poem is amazing!

i found your blog today and sad about it that i couldn´t read it before ;)

so, i will pass by again and again ...

and i think the story The Bloodgate Guardian would be really interesting ;)

Willa June 4, 2010 at 3:02 PM  

I love Conn but didn't know he had such a head for rhyme. I'm impressed. He's certainly not in the category of those teachers that can't do.

PamelaTurner June 4, 2010 at 10:13 PM  


New to Joely's books, also. DSIY sounds interesting. Always looking for a good BDSM novel. :-) And the cover is gorgeous.

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