Fifty Shades of Green is a collection of sexy gardening-themed stories, to be published by Greenwoman Publishing this summer.
The idea came about when talking with friends about the success of that . . . other book. I thought it would be funny to turn the story around--make the woman the billionaire, the man the virgin college student who is required to be the "submissive." Since we are gardeners, those thoughts morphed into ideas about making the billionaire a gardener and green industry magnate. We began coming up with ideas for humorous scenarios in the garden: salacious acts of bondage with the garden hose, whippings conducted with switches from favorite flowering shrubs, requiring the "submissive" to perform nude weeding, for hours, on hands and knees. The possibilities were endless! Those scenarios grew into the idea for not just one story, but a collection of stories that were not all BDSM oriented---just some funny, or strange, or sweet, or amazing gardening-themed stories with one connecting theme--sex.
Fifty Shades of Green is what we came up with. We've succeeded beyond our expectations. It's a feminist/gardener/literary answer to that . . . other book. And it is hotter than the hottest pepper on the Scoville index of heat. And smart, not smutty. Well, maybe a little smutty.
--Sandra Knauf, Publisher
The god Pan--he's great in the garden (and the bedroom) but Carol discovers another side. (Phallus Impudicus)
A community garden's secret fertility ritual. (Seed)
An Edwardian dominatrix living out her sadistic garden fantasies. (Lady Sally Rudson-Chichester and the Walled Garden)
Student/teacher lessons in horticultural hotness. (Exploding Alfalfa)
Young lovers seeking the help of green witches. (Rosewitch and Sunlight and Water)
A beautiful, blind priest who helps an injured traveler. (The Pulse of the Earth)
. . . and so much more.
If this collection is successful (and we believe it will be) there will be a Fifty Shades of Green II.
(So stay tuned.)
Cheri Colburn, a veteran of the publishing industry and a fan of both gardening and eroticism (along with their attendant literature) will be editing the Fifty Shades of Green collection.
Cheri’s previous projects are many and varied. You can see a business- and education-skewed sample of her work at her website, TheFinishedBook.com. One thing you won’t see there is the erotic fiction that Cheri writes under a pen name and peddles on Amazon. (Because then what would be the point in having a pen name?)
A long time ago, Cheri received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from a perfectly quaint commuter campus attached to a perfectly respectable state school. If you would like to know more about Cheri’s pedigree, you should buy this book instead. It will be much more fun.