Valerie Herme′ grew up in working class neighborhood of a small Midwestern U.S. city. She enlisted in the Army after 9/11, participated in the invasion of Iraq, returned home, and joined the police force. After five mostly celibate years of working night shifts and studying by day, she was able to finish her degree in finance. She took a job as an internal security officer for a bank and married her boss, a widowed banker with three young children. Her keyboard lifts her from her life of soccer games, charity board meetings, and cocktail parties. Mandi is her first erotic novel.