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Bad Girl For A Day – Ashantay Peters

Hi, ladies – Ashantay Peters here.  Thanks for making me an honorary Bad Girl today!  I appreciate your invitation.

The heroine of my new release, Death Stretch, is a bad girl too.  Katie Sheridan had run-ins with the Granville Falls, NC, police as a teenager.  Now she’s saving her best friend from a blackmailer, evading a determined murderer and avoiding a sexy cop.  All while defending herself from a murder rap involving the death of the yoga instructor she tried to save. But it’s all in a day’s fun for Katie.

Katie and Cop Sexy–Dirk Johnson—came along (so to speak) with a story excerpt.  Katie relates the exchange:

I watched him inhale, like he held in a rant. Shame on me, but pissing off the man held a certain appeal.

He inhaled through his nose, his gaze lifted for divine inspiration, or perhaps patience. “Break-ins are common these days, so maybe you should use the lock.”

“How do you know I don’t?”

“The lock didn’t tumble before you opened your door.”

“Oh.” It’s hard to be sarcastic to a guy whose job is to “protect and serve.” Speaking of serve, those lips could offer… no, I wouldn’t go there.

“So, Detective Johnson, what does bring you by?”

“I have a few more questions. Mind if I come in?”

My brain stopped at the word come. Silly, but have I mentioned it’s been awhile since I’ve dated?

He grabbed my arm. “Ms. Sheridan? Katie?”

The sizzle of his touch jolted me back to life. “Um, sure. Sorry, I haven’t cleaned yet today.” Or last week, but who’s keeping count? And why apologize?

I closed the woman’s magazine I’d left open to an article on Giving Good Head and shoved it under a pile of papers, hoping Detective Johnson hadn’t noticed my reading preference. His smirk suggested he probably had.

My attention shifted into hostess mode. I might be a slut wanna-be, but my Mama raised me right.

“Something to drink? I have iced tea, bottled water, Pepsi.” I stopped before adding “wine and beer.”

The smirk disappeared and his jaw tightened. “All I want are answers.”

Whoa.  When Dirk is after answers, get ready to blab!  Being a Bad Girl at heart, Katie had more in mind than giving Dirk replies, and so would you if you saw him.  He’s just your normal tall, dark and handsome detective who sports a crooked nose and butchered haircut.  Yep, Katie doesn’t mind clichés, especially when they kiss as well as Dirk.

Dirk’s a smart guy who knows he shouldn’t get involved with a material witness.  His attraction to the reckless Katie means trouble, but his instincts aren’t logical.  Especially when Katie has long hair and more curves than the Blue Ridge Parkway. Dirk’s not sure he can keep up with her, but he’ll go down trying.

Katie appreciates his stamina. Wouldn’t you?

Death Stretch is a Wild Rose Press publication currently available only through Amazon.

Death Stretch

To learn more about Katie, Dirk and their friends, check out www.ashantay.com.  The site is evolving, but you’ll find a yummy iced chocolate recipe on the blog page.  Also, I’m on Facebook under Ashantay Peters.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my honorary Bad Girl time.  I appreciate your interest and hope I hear from you.

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Bad Girl For A Day: Brighton Walsh – So You Feel Like a Fraud, Huh?

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I’m not a timid person. I like to think I have a fair amount of confidence. I don’t know where it came from; I just know it’s always been there. I never doubted my ability to do anything, ever. I just did. 

And then I started writing.

And all of the sudden, all these doubts and fears and uncertainties started bombarding me. Are you seriously trying to do this for real? You think people are going to pay for this? You’ve never even read a Danielle Steel novel and you want to be a romance author? What makes you better than Sally Smut or Shirley Sexalot?

Whoa, brain. Slow down.

One neurosis at a time, please and thank you.

I think it’s probably safe to say most writers go through a version of this at some point or another in their writing careers. And, hey, if you don’t/haven’t, send me a note to tell me your all-powerful Yoda ways, yeah?

Whether you’re knee-deep in agent querying, polishing the pages of your very first manuscript before submission, or waiting for the release of your first—or, hell, your tenth—book, these fears can come out of nowhere (or maybe they’ve always been there) and strike at the most inopportune times. Like when you’re on a roll with your WIP and suddenly—WHAM!—you’re blocked with fears and anxiety and OMG how did I think I could ever do this??

So how do you get over it and not let it crush your progress, your spirit, and your faith in your own ability?

For me, I allow myself a day to brood and be Molly Mopesalot, and then I keep my head down and I power on. I write. And write. And then I write some more. And I give myself permission to stop comparing my in-progress works with the collective polished works of authors whom I yearn to emulate. These worlds flowing from my fingers aren’t perfect. And that’s okay. They’re in progress for a reason.

Another thing I think is important to overcome the niggling doubt is to put faith in the people you’ve brought on as your go-to team—your pre-readers and critique partners. You have to surround yourself with a team that won’t just blow sunshine up your ass, but will actually give you constructive (and sometimes hard to hear) feedback on how you can improve. You have to trust they’re going to tell you if your work is a pile that needs a major rewrite or if it just needs a little polishing. You have to trust they won’t throw you to the wolves with a piece of work less than the best they believe you can create. And having those people, that solid support system in place helps on the days when the OMG how did I ever think I could do this?? thoughts really get you down. Because, hey, they think you’re pretty swell. And if that piece you were working on needs a little polish, well, they point out the spot and hand you a rag and let you do some polishing, all the while reminding you of the other parts that are already shiny and pretty.

It also helps to know I’m not alone in this. That I’ve reassured amazing writers that, no, their work is not the pile they think it is and, no, they absolutely should not delete the entire thing and start a career as a shoemaker instead.

So, you’re not alone. You’re in the trenches with all the other writers out there trying to make something of themselves. Keep your head down. Power on. Write, write, write. Forgive yourself mistakes and listen to the people you trust enough with your unpolished manuscripts. It’ll be okay. And you have just as much right to be here as Sally Smut and Shirley Sexalot do.

What gives you the push you need to power through those devils on your shoulder, trying to tell you you’re not good enough for this business?

Plus One by Brighton WalshCheck out Plus One by Brighton Walsh

Olivia hates the singles scene, so when her best guy friend, Ian, offers to be her plus one to a series of weddings she has to attend, she agrees. Although she doesn’t want to complicate their lifelong friendship, she can’t pass up the chance to have a steady date without the dating drama. What she doesn’t expect is to now find Ian so incredibly sexy.

When Ian sees his old friend Olivia dolled up for wedding #1, the boyhood crush he once nurtured transforms into smoldering attraction. It doesn’t take long for their no-strings arrangement to turn physical. But as Olivia’s desire to stay “just friends” becomes clear, Ian’s feelings are deepening. In the time they have together, how will Ian convince Olivia that one plus one can make for a lifelong pair?

Available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Thanks for stopping by and sharing a mimosa with us! You can find out more about Brighton at her various social media haunts…

Twitter: https://twitter.com/writeasrain_

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brightonwalshwrites

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6548902.Brighton_Walsh

Website: http://www.brightonwalsh.com/

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Author Spotlight: Zoe Forward

Hey Zoe! Welcome to Bad Girlz Write! Congratulations on your new release. We’re always excited to
share a mimosa with a fellow member of Carolina Romance Writer. Unless you’re more of a Bloody
Mary person…

I’ll take that mimosa….cheers! It’s great to be here. Thank you for inviting me.

I predict you’re going to get this question a lot, but I have to ask… What got you started on Egypt? What
inspired you to turn your love of Egypt into a novel?

I’ve always gravitated towards Egypt and archaeology, but I never discovered a romance novel
that successfully made it accessible and modern. The story and the Scimitar magi came to me as a
way to bridge that divide. I wasn’t interested in having a story take place in Egypt, but to bring that
mythology into our life as it is now.

Were you a longtime Romance Reader/Fan before writing your own? What are some of your favorite
titles?

Yes, I’ve read every genre of romance for a long time. Some of my all-time fav’s are: Son of the
Morning by Linda Howard, Lover Mine by J.R. Ward, Mirror Image by Sandra Brown, and The Scarlet
Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.

One of my favorite parts of your book was the Magi team. Will each Magus get their own book? If so,
who is next to fight evil and find their soul mate?

Absolutely. The next story is on its way. We will get to meet a magus who’s been around a lot
longer than even Ashor, but he got lost for a while.

Thank you so much for joining the Bad Girlz here on our blog, Zoe! Good luck to you and congratulations
on your book. Can’t wait to read your future titles!

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Check out Dawn of a Dark Knight on Wild Rose Press and Amazon!

Find out more about Zoe on her website and connect with her on Facebook and Goodreads.

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Author Spotlight: Sam B. Morgan

 

Today we welcome Sam B. Morgan to be our Badgirl for a Day. Author of male/male romance with a brand new book released yesterday – tell us a little about yourself, Sam.

A little. Okay… My name is Sam. I write contemporary male/male romance about complex men. Gritty, hot, and dark but with humor. Let’s say I have a law enforcement background and leave it at that. Also, I’m amused at being a “Badgirl for a Day,” but I’ll take it. I’ve been called a lot f*cking worse. Can I say f*cking here?

You can. That’s why we have the asterisk. Tell us about your debut novel.

A Rookie Move is about two characters who circled my brain for a year.  Mike and Nate work together as partners for the LAPD.  Mike was Nate’s training officer and continues on as his partner after his rookie year. Mike’s been a police officer for most of his life and he’s damn good at his job. He’s secure in his sexuality, but keeps it close to his chest.  Nate is the golden boy rookie that shows up and complicates the hell out of Mike’s life, in the best possible way.

Nate is a rich boy whose past has shaped him and propelled him into joining the force. His relationship with his current girlfriend is plodding along and failing, the same as all his previous relationships. It isn’t until he starts working with Mike that the chemistry between them flares and he starts to question everything about his life. It’s got action, compelling characters, and great sex.

It’s published with Loose Id Publishing – great place by the way – and hit virtual shelves yesterday. Shameless segue into self promo.Boom! Get some of that: http://www.loose-id.com/a-rookie-move.html

What inspired you to start writing?

 Like most writers, I started creating characters and worlds as a kid. We’d be playing cops and robbers and I’m the one coming up with backgrounds and details for the villains. Blurring the lines between who is “good” and who is “bad.” I needed to know the bad guys’ motivation and sometimes the good guys would do bad things. I still create in pretty much that same style. Character sketch first; plot second.

What are you working on next?

 I’m currently working on a story that delves into rehabilitation of the body and the soul.  Douglas Brody is a homicide detective who gets injured on the job – a job that’s the focus of his entire life. He uses work to fill a huge emotional void that he refuses to recognize. Once that is removed, even temporarily, everything changes.

Zack is the Physical Therapist who gets stuck with rehabbing the patient no one else can handle.  Zack is a big, smiling moose of a PT. He loves his job and the challenge of helping people recover. Brody is his toughest case yet, especially since he’s attractive as hell and exactly Zack’s type. Zack is out, but realizes Brody is either arrow straight or so deep in the closet he can’t see light.  And Zack swore he’d never go down that painful path again.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give other writers?

Surround yourself with fellow writers. Immerse yourself in the culture; learn and build on what you know and never quit. Accept that your writing will always be a work in progress. You probably cringe at what you wrote 5 years ago. Maybe now you think it sucked, but that means you’re getting better.

Thank you for visiting the Badgirlz! Thank you for having me. Write on.

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