It was Pi Day last week – did you have your pie? – and now, just a week later, I’m thrilled to show you folks the covers for the Slices of Pi trilogy. Even better, they’re available for pre-order! Yes, ALL of them! I’m worried about surpassing my quota for exclamation points for this post, so I’m going to try to rein it in.
Geeky meets kinky in the Slices of Pi trilogy, which follows the romantic rendezvous of the employees at PI Games, a gaming company based out of sultry Florida.
EVEN ODDS: Level One
Available July 4, 2016
What I love about this cover: I like the playful, flirtatious attitude of the model in this image, as well as her fantastic glasses. She looks just like I pictured Isabel Suarez, my female main character. That font, right? It’s perfectly geeky, and I think it captures the spirit of the book quite well. I have a special place in my heart for the pixelated 8-bit game systems of old, like Nintendo and Sega Genesis, and I think the repeating cover design on this trilogy harkens back to those glory days. Instead of blowing in game cartridges, though, the characters are… you know what, I’m going to have to stop that metaphor right there.
About EVEN ODDS
As a design manager at PI Games, Isabel Suarez is no stranger to the struggles of being a woman in a male-dominated industry. But when her team attends a gaming convention on the other side of the country, she figures there’s no harm in putting aside her professional demeanor for one weekend to participate in a risqué scavenger hunt. Why shouldn’t she let loose and have a little fun?
A careless romp soon turns into more, however, when Isabel ends up having a fling with Caleb Portland, an artist and animator, without knowing he has just been hired to partner with her at her company—and Caleb can’t bring himself to tell her. When they end up coworkers a few weeks later, they need to find a way to work together and keep things strictly professional. Caleb doesn’t want to take on a relationship and risk failure. Isabel doesn’t want to risk ruining the professional reputation she’s worked so hard to develop. But when faced with the undeniable sizzling chemistry between them, will either of them be able to resist temptation?
TIED SCORE: Level Two
Available August 15, 2016
What I love about this cover: The two models are flirtatious and fun, and they’re clearly having fun together. As Iris and Owen, they have the light-hearted, easy chemistry of the main characters of the book. Iris is showing a touch of playful dominance with her hand under Owen’s chin, but Owen is obviously into it as much as she is, encouraging her to continue. That’s the spirit of the book, too. The main characters in TIED SCORE are evenly matched, even though they’re playing the heady games of Dominance and submission. This cover carries through the 8-bit pixel font and theme, and those little hearts for the increasing “levels”? They make my geek soul sing.
About TIED SCORE
Iris Parker never planned on ending up in HR because, let’s face it: HR isn’t the most glamorous position in the world. She took a comfortable job and always planned on leaving when something better came along, but before she knows it, she’s thirty and the HR director for PI Games. Even though she likes her coworkers, there’s no excitement in the job for her, and Iris is worried that she’ll lose her spark. Luckily, Iris’s romantic life provides some thrills—living the confirmed bachelor life, when she wants her bed warm, she can find company, and in her sights at the moment is the cute pastry chef at her favorite bakery.
Owen Hobbs has noticed the gorgeous businesswoman making eyes at him when she comes in for coffee and sweets, but he’s not the type of guy who dates much anymore. Unfortunately for him, it didn’t take long in his sporadic dating history to learn that most women aren’t interested in taking charge in bed, which is what he really craves. Working early mornings at the bakery keeps him from the nightlife where he might meet someone who can fulfill his needs, so he’s resigned himself to fantasies and pretty much given up on the dating scene altogether. But when Iris’s advances become too much to resist, Owen finds himself revealing his desire to be sexually dominated…the only question is, is she the right woman for the job?
SINGLE PLAYER: Level Three
Available September 26, 2016
What I love about this cover: Well, it’s hard to deny that there’s a whole lot of man torso on this cover. And damn, I love a good man torso. Muscles! Denim! That open shirt! I love the men in my life, but they don’t dress like that, and that’s why I adore some sexy cover torso. Having paid for a costly Macbook repair once, I can only hope he’s using the hand we don’t see to hold that laptop in place, or I fear one twitchy thigh bulge will send it skittering to the floor. Ahem. *fans self* This model pictured must be Silas, and I love the idea that Matthew discovers his partner’s fantastic body under his somewhat dorky exterior appearance. This trilogy is all about the secretly hot sex lives of geeks, so it makes sense that even though Silas is written off as inexperienced and nerdy, he’s got a smokin’ hot bod under that exterior. Like the first two books in the Slices of Pi trilogy, we’ve got throwback gamer font and those cute level hearts. Can you tell I’m all atwitter about the level hearts?
About SINGLE PLAYER
Matthew Abrams finally has the life he’s always wanted—a promising career as a programmer at PI Games, a decent apartment in a nice neighborhood, and a thriving social life. And he’s perfectly content until he has a one-night stand with Silas Benson, a biomedical engineer with a charitable side to boot. Suddenly Matthew is doubting his life choices and worrying he might not be living up to his full potential.
Silas Benson doesn’t have time for much else outside of work, and that’s how he’s always liked it. As a biomedical engineer, he’s at the cutting edge of advances in the field, and he’s not going to waste his life partying when he could be doing actual good in the world. After a one-night stand at his friend’s twenty-fifth birthday party, though, Silas feels his focus shifting toward a certain tall, dark, and handsome almost-stranger.
When an emotional breakdown requires Silas to take a leave of absence from work, Matthew rushes to his aid and teaches him the merits of frivolity. Silas is an unwilling student at first, but Matthew soon has him in the groove, which makes for one steamy, wild ride. But is this a forever sort of affair, or will Silas abandon Matthew’s wanton ways in favor of a life of serious-minded solitude?