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SEXUAL ADVANCES IN THE WORKPLACE

Hello, and welcome to one of the final stops on my Ghostly Interference blog tour! I am honored to be here today.

Sexual advances in the workplace is as common as a coffee pot in the break room. But we tend to think of them as being a man coming onto a woman.

In Ghostly Interference, Jag Peters is forced to deal with unwanted sexual advances from his boss Yvette (Yvette Calleiro this in NO way reflects on you). 🙂

His boss continually tries to corner him and it finally escalates to a breaking point.

I’ll share a short excerpt.

Within minutes, he pulled into the crowded parking

lot of the Glass Slipper. He’d make a few minutes of

polite talk with his co-workers, then excuse himself. He

liked the project Yvette had assigned him, and he

wanted to stay there. But he had limits as to how far

he’d go.

Crowds freaked him out and made his underarms

sweat. This place was packed. He squeezed through a

group near the door and scanned the room for what he

hoped were co-workers and not just Yvette.

He spotted her near the back and his heart sank.

She was alone. He stood frozen while he gathered his

nerve. Leave! That’s what he should do. Too late. She

was waving at him.

Inching his way through the crowd, he formed a

speech in his head.

When he reached her table, she stood and leaned

forward as if asking for a hug. He briefly patted her

shoulder.

“Oh, Jag, I knew you wouldn’t let me down.” She

motioned to the waitress.

“I’ll have a mineral water,” he instructed the

waitress. He turned back to Yvette. “Where is

everyone?”

“Why? Isn’t little ol’ me enough?” She pouted.

His eyes darted around the room hoping against

hope to spot someone, anyone he knew. Strangers’

faces stared back. He slumped into the seat next to hers.

“Of course, Yvette. I just didn’t think you’d be here

alone.”

A hand wandered to his knee. “That was my plan. I

swear you never catch on. I have to spell out

everything.”

He crossed his legs and leaned away, hoping that

would send a clear message. He couldn’t keep this up.

Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad getting banished to a shitty

project if it meant no more of her advances.

“No, Yvette, you don’t have to spell anything out. I

read you loud and clear, I don’t want to hurt your

feelings, but you can’t keep doing this.”

She pulled back. “Doing what? Inviting my

employees to join me for an occasional happy hour?”

“Of course, you can.” He sighed. “You own the

company. You can do whatever you want.”

“I’m so glad you realize that, Jag Peters.” She

swirled her Cosmo and brought it to her lips.

Once again, her hand found his leg and moved

smoothly up his thigh.

He clenched his teeth. “Please don’t. You’re a

married woman. I shouldn’t have to remind you.”

She purred, “Oh, don’t worry about that. He’s out

of the country until next week. He doesn’t care what I

do as long as I keep making him money.”

For a split second, Jag got a glimpse of a lost and

lonely little girl, looking for company in the only way

she knew how.

Could this day get any weirder?

“I have to be honest with you, Yvette. You’re an

attractive woman, but I’m not interested in you that

way. You’re my boss and I respect you, but I don’t

want to sleep with you. So, can we stop this craziness?”

“What? You thought I wanted you to sleep with

me? Well, I never.” She lifted her head haughtily.

“Stop with the games, Yvette,” Jag said softly.

She let her hand drop from his thigh and her voice

hardened. “Someday you’re going to regret this. Mark

my words.”

He stood. “I already do. I have to go now. My

mom is waiting.” While he paused for a group of

people to let him pass, he heard her last dig.

“Project Cyclone has a new vacancy. You better

think long and hard about what you’re doing.”

If words were barbs, he’d have them sticking in his

back about now. He forced his eyes to stay focused on

the door and inched his way through to sunlight and air.

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I’d love to chat. Have you ever had to deal with unwanted sexual advances in the workplace?

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BOOK BLURB

Ghostly Interference by Jan Sikes

Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she”, a dark-haired beauty.

Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?

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Recent Comments

  • roxburkey
    January 14, 2021 - 6:23 AM ·

    Jan your point about the unacceptable practice of sexual advances at work is quite correct. We seem to have several behaviors which need to be called out and corrected. Sexual advances do go in both directions and are typically delivered by those in power for further control or even spite. One must report such activity to HR and stand firm if the abuser cannot be reasoned with.

    Thanks for the blog to lend my comments, Charles. Good blog for guests.

    • Jan Sikes
      January 14, 2021 - 8:59 AM ·

      Hi, Rox. I totally agree in that those types of advances are most often delivered by those in power for further control. COVID has most likely halted a lot of that kind of behavior with so many working from home. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  • Jan Sikes
    January 14, 2021 - 9:00 AM ·

    Hi, Charles! Thank you for lending me your blog site today to talk about “Ghostly Interference!” I appreciate your generosity and support!

      • D.L. Finn, Author
        January 14, 2021 - 1:59 PM ·

        It is true it is, or was way, too common of a occurrence at work. I had to deal with the boss’s son, even after I made it clear it was taken and not interested. His father was having an affair with my boss. The girl whose job I took was transfered to their other office was still involved with the son. I didn’t last there long but it was a very uncomfortable situation on many levels.
        Thanks for hosting, Charles.

        • Jan Sikes
          January 14, 2021 - 8:05 PM ·

          It is definitely more common than one might think, Denise. However, it is most often the male who is the perpetrator and for my story, I had fun making it the female. 🙂 I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment!

  • jinlobify
    January 14, 2021 - 7:30 PM ·

    You are right, Jan. Sexual advances in work place go both ways. But you hear more about it coming from men than women. Thank you, Charles for hosting her.

  • Jan Sikes
    January 14, 2021 - 8:06 PM ·

    Thanks for stopping by, Joy. It was fun for me to make the perpetrator a female, but when you read the story, you’ll see that she took it way too far. 🙂 I appreciate your support!

  • maurabeth2014
    January 14, 2021 - 9:01 PM ·

    Thank you, Charles, for hosting. Jan, it sounds like you have flipped a number of stereotypes in your latest novel, including the sexual harassment one. Certainly, any pressure like that is horrible and many of us have experienced it, even had to leave jobs because of it. Thankfully, more men and women are being honest about it now. On a happier note, I bought your book a couple of days ago, and can’t wait to read it!

    • Jan Sikes
      January 15, 2021 - 8:06 AM ·

      Thank you for purchasing “Ghostly Interference,” Maura Beth! I sincerely hope you enjoy it. You are so right in that more men and women are being honest about sexual harassment and it is causing a much needed change!

  • Vashti Q
    January 14, 2021 - 9:34 PM ·

    I like the way you flipped the roles. Men do get sexually harassed as well. I enjoyed the excerpt! Thanks for hosting, Chuck.

  • Karen Black
    January 14, 2021 - 9:44 PM ·

    I always enjoy your blog, Charles. Jan, your subject is certainly worth addressing. In addition to being irritating, wanted sexual advances can be terrifying, particularly when the aggressor has control, or input, into the victim’s livelihood. And men are most definitely not always the aggressors. Happy January, everyone!

    • Jan Sikes
      January 15, 2021 - 8:09 AM ·

      Thank you, Karen. Your comment made me think of your short story, “Treacherous Love.” That is another example of flipped roles and men are not always the aggressors. I appreciate you stopping by!

  • robbiesinspiration
    January 14, 2021 - 9:47 PM ·

    This piece about the sexual harassments was most interesting in this book. It was particularly interesting to me that the harasser was a woman. I have experienced this sort of behaviour during my working life, but have always been the recipient. It is still a surprise to me to think of a woman behaving like this, although, of course, they do.

    • Jan Sikes
      January 15, 2021 - 8:10 AM ·

      Hi, Robbie. I think most of us women can relate to some form of sexual harassment throughout our working lives, but I honestly have never known a man who was the recipient of it. So, when I decided to put it in this book, it had a reason and that reason was to jar Jag out of his comfort zone. 🙂 It worked! Thanks for stopping by!

  • yvettemcalleiro
    January 15, 2021 - 5:09 AM ·

    You cracked me up with that mention, Jan. I love that my name (with my spelling) made it into your book. Lol! That was a great scene. I loved how you allowed him to see a glimpse of the sad soul within the aggressive woman. Thanks for hosting, Charles! 🙂

    • Jan Sikes
      January 15, 2021 - 8:12 AM ·

      Lol, Yvette. When her name came to me, I honestly didn’t even think of you, because I could never see you as a predator. 🙂 But the name seemed to fit her. I wanted the readers to see her loneliness as well. As they say, it can be lonely at the top. Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate your support!

  • marianbeaman
    January 15, 2021 - 9:25 AM ·

    Jan is bold enough to highlight an overlooked issue in the workplace. Just as domestic violence often involves a female abusing a male, so the same may happen in the workplace. I believe this may be a fresh treatment of a little-addressed problem.

    Thanks, Charles, for hosting Jan and her latest book this week! #RRBC @JanSikes3

  • Shirley Harris-Slaughter
    January 15, 2021 - 1:31 PM ·

    Jan, where do I start? I worked for a boss in a small office where the doors were bolted shut from the inside and you had to have a key to open them. Imagine your boss chasing you and you are trying to get out that door. Its not going to happen. That scenario played out for me one too many times and eventually I had to quit my hard-to-come-by job. There are not too many men experiencing sexual harassment but it does happen. It just happen more with women.

    I could share more, but will stop here. LOL!

    I love your posts.

  • Bette A. Stevens
    January 15, 2021 - 2:38 PM ·

    A great excerpt, Jan! Love the role-reversal on sexual harassment… Gives us all a lot to think about when it comes to gender issues. Congrats on the new release!

  • Patty Perrin
    January 15, 2021 - 3:24 PM ·

    Hi, Jan! It was refreshing to read about a woman being the harasser in this scenario, and it added balance to the abuse Rena’s friend suffered from her boyfriend. I hope people are less inclined to make advances in the workplace these days. Back in the day, the workplace was sometimes a hostile environment, but I have to say it mostly involved women being harassed by adult-aged boys with power issues. I also loved how Jag became aware of the lonely woman whose problems drove her without having him compromise his integrity. Nice balance. Great book.

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