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Welcome BadGirl for the Day: Madeline Martin!

Laura here, jumping in quickly to introduce Madeline Martin, author of smoking hot Scottish historicals! Not only is Madeline a talented writer, but she loves to give back. Her website is chock-full of great marketing information for authors, and she hosts a Free Book Friday on her Facebook author page each week for readers! Make sure you check out all her links at the end of the post (including buy links:) With no further ado, I’ll let Madeline take it away and tell us why she and her heroine Mariel are BadGirlz…

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If there’s any one thing I never thought I’d learn writing romance, it would be how to be a badass. That is until I wrote Mariel Brandon.

Mariel Brandon is the heroine in Deception of a Highlander – an English spy whose parents succumbed to the plague and left her the sole caregiver of her young brother, Jack. They lived on the streets until Jack fell ill, then she was forced to accept help from a stranger and unknowingly thrust herself into the clutches of London’s dark underlord. In order to keep her brother alive, she was not only forced to spy, but also eventually act as an assassin if she can’t obtain the information she needs from Scottish laird, Kieran MacDonald.

Writing Mariel was complicated. I had to make her relatable and I had to make her tough. Imagining her emotional turmoil was all too easy with my too active imagination, but those fight scenes were proving a little difficult. So, I decided to try my hand at martial arts.

GloveNBookPicI’d love to say I just walked in, found my niche and went from writer to badass in a matter of days, but that’s not how it worked. Not even close, actually.

I signed up for Tae Kwon Do and was all excited that first day in my white ankle-skimming pajama like karate outfit thing (not the technical name – also it’s not NEARLY as comfortable as it looks cuz it’s all scratchy and not made for freakishly long limbed people). Not only was I the white belt in the class, I was also the only adult. And those kids were ruthless. Let’s just say I came away with a couple bruises and a dinged up sense of pride. Sidebar – it’s a good thing the nun chucks were blue Styrofoam because I may or may not have clocked myself in the noggin a few times.

But blue Styrofoam nun chucks and getting my butt kicked by ten year olds wasn’t exactly badass.

I think the owner of the place had pity on me because he kept suggesting I take the Krav Maga self defense class. I’m one of those stubborn people who sticks with an idea once it’s lodged into my head, so I kept refusing and kept subjecting myself to elementary school beatings. Because, hey, it had to get better right?

It didn’t.

Then one day, all these men came into the class. And when I say men, I mean like the tall, good looking, ripped kind of men. I shot a WTF look to the owner and mouthed “What are they here for?” He smirked in that I-told-you-so kind of way and said, “Krav Maga self defense class.”

Guess what I started taking? FeelinTough

My first day of Krav Maga, I learned how to get out of  a chokehold on the ground by grabbing a man by his head with my knees, throwing him to the floor, breaking his nose with my heel, standing up while snapping his shoulder out of joint and being ready to fight some more. Badass. I kept up with that class for the duration of writing Deception of a Highlander and truly enjoyed the experience.

I just signed another three book deal for my next series, The Broken Dolls, where noblewomen who fall from society’s good graces are swept into an underground organization of all female spies. I’m thinking I need to go back to Krav Maga and dig a little deeper into my inner badass.

CestMoiAuthor website: www.MadelineMartin.com 
Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MadelineMartinAuthor 
Author Twitter: @MadelineMMartin
*Email questions should be sent to: MadelineMartin@Ymail.com

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The Holy Grail of Hotness – A Guest Post by Marie Lark

Please join me in welcoming a dear personal friend of mine and an honorary Bad Girl For A Day, author Marie Lark. Follow Marie on Twitter, like her on Facebook, or find out more at her website.

Take it away, Marie…

Love stories, for me, are just as much about real-life issues as they are escapism, so writing my new book, Third Take Is the Charm, I wanted to explore the fantasy of three people falling in love with each other, while grounding it in the reality of money trouble, grief over lost loved ones, and other everyday struggles. I find the triumph of the fantasy all the more satisfying and moving when it’s packed with details that I can still relate to in my own life.

Straight up, I’m about as vanilla as it gets when it comes to my real life. I’m married to an accountant. We have one mortgage, one dog, and one car. Lots of us who read and write romance are vanilla. (And lots of us aren’t, wheeeeeee!) So what is it about the fantasy of menage or poly love stories that appeals to me when they’re so far from my everyday, lived experience?

It’s not just the kinky stuff, but let’s talk about that for a minute. Everyone’s got their thing, and for me, the idea of two partners instead of one is right up there with Jamie Bell dripping wet with rain, confessing his undying love for Channing Tatum as the Holy Grail of Hotness.

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Anyway, what was I saying? Extra hands, extra mouths, extra other things… All of this adds to the fantasy of letting go and giving up control to partners who’ve taken your happiness as their priority.

But for me, the sex stuff isn’t nearly as fascinating as the relationship stuff. It isn’t nearly as fascinating as the question—“What would it be like to fall in love with more than one person, and to have them love you back?” Now, to be clear, I’m not talking about a love triangle that looks like two dudes competing for the same gal. No, I’m talking about a polygon with multi-directional arrows, maybe a curve or two, and more than one snarl per side.

I’m talking about a story that puts this front and center: no two people in love can be all things all the time to each other, so what happens when “two people in love” isn’t endgame? What happens? The best thing happens.

It becomes possible to revel in all your favorite relationship dynamics at once, because different dynamics satisfy different needs in a poly love story. There’s my personal favorite:

Receipt for one angry small, one dirty largeAnd its slight variant—Angry Small/Besotted Large:

Mako Mori and Raleigh BecketThere are also the sides of the polygon that don’t have to be sexual but are full or romance, or are sexual but completely lack romance. There’s the casual intimacy that comes with years of proximity and affection—the slow motion helmet tap, if you will:

flower3There’s Jamie Bell dripping wet with rain and swearing to Channing Tatum that he will return!!

There’s the lonely girl behind her camera who finds something beautiful but broken in the relationship she’s filming and steps out in front of the lens to fix it.

People enter into relationships for a near-infinite number of reasons. In writing those relationships, why limit yourself to just one or two? Multiply a green-card-marriage by the sexy roommate by the tattoo artist by the hot alien and… I don’t know what that would be. Maybe don’t do that. But you get the idea! Menage/poly love stories can be about the kink. Oh, yes. They can be about the kink. But they can also be about a whole bunch of the ways that humans (and/or aliens) can love each other—simultaneously. And I love that.


Don’t miss Marie Lark’s new book, Third Take Is The Charm, out now from Loose Id:

Third Take Is The Charm by Marie LarkNot everyone gets a second chance at their own happily ever after—except maybe in the movies.

All her life, filmmaker Melody Gellar has wanted to tell the perfect love story. Recently widowed and with her thirtieth birthday looming, she decides that now more than ever she needs to remind herself what true love looks like. With a passion for erotic cinema and an eye for chemistry, she finds two male dancers with a long history together to play the lovers in her film.

Francis and Denny are electric on screen, but Melody quickly discovers she’s stumbled into an actual romance—one that neither of her stars have acknowledged and that threatens to push them apart. Worse, Melody begins to fall for them both from behind her camera. With their troubled, violent past dogging their every step, Francis and Denny need Melody to come out in front of the lens, to tell her own story with them—to make their happily ever after.

Sometimes the third take is the charm.

Find THIRD TAKE IS THE CHARM on:
Amazon //  Barnes & Noble // All Romance // Loose Id

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Bad Girl For A Day: Amanda Weaver

The Bad Girlz are delighted to have Amanda Weaver on the blog today. Amanda writes contemporary and historical romance and has a contemporary romance that will release in April 2014:

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Welcome, Amanda!

What do you write? For the past several years, I wrote almost entirely contemporary romance, and my first novel, Always, is contemporary romance. I read a TON of historical romance but never had any urge to try writing one until last year. I got a plot bunny for a historical romance that I decided to explore. That kind of exploded into a whole book, The Forgotten Duchess, and while I was writing it, three secondary characters stood up and demanded their own stories, and so my little “let’s see if I can write historical romance” experiment has grown into plans for a four book series! I’ve finished a draft of The Forgotten Duchess and I’m now editing, and I’ve made a small start on the second. Meanwhile two other contemporary romances are languishing in Scrivener, waiting for me to have time to write them…. *shameless plug* I’m a little Pinterest-obsessed and I have boards for all my stories, even those that are just ideas in my head right now. Plus I have boards for a bunch of other stuff I’m interested in. http://www.pinterest.com/AWeaverWriter/

Pantser or Plotter? This has been my method for everything I’ve written and so far it’s worked pretty well for me. I get an idea and let it roll around and percolate for a while. At some point (usually while I’m brushing my teeth- for some reason, that’s magic brain time for me) a scene will suddenly start forming in my mind and I’ll feel compelled to write. I’ll write, usually just enough to get a feel for the story, the character, whatever. Then I stop and properly outline the rest. I can’t outline until I have something actually written, but I can’t keep writing until I have an outline. 

What authors are on your auto-buy/borrow list? Oh, so many. Sherry Thomas (my queen), Courtney Milan, Meredith Duran. Tammara Webber, Gayle Foreman, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins. Jojo Moyes (who I’m a little bit obsessed with) and Lev Grossman, just because I’m desperate for the last installment of The Magicians like it’s air.

Fave book you had to read in high school English? I think it would have to be Jane Eyre. I read it the first time at 13. I’ve read it several more times in the years since and every time I do, I discover something new in it that went over my head in previous reads. It’s a book that changes as you do. At least, it changed for me as I grew older.

What’s your signature drink? Easily red wine. It’s a little shameful how much I love it.

What song do you have to dance/sing along to whenever it comes on? Dancing Queen by ABBA. Several ABBA songs, really. I’ve loved them since I was a little girl and it’s never gone away! People joke about me and my lifelong love of ABBA. Whatever. I challenge you not to sing along to Waterloo.

What’s your fave pair of shoes? (Include a picture, if you have one!) I had to buy a new dress and shoes for this fancy event a couple of years ago and I fell in love with this pair of Badgley Mischka pumps. Even on sale, they were so far out of my budget it wasn’t even funny. I agonized about them forever but eventually I caved. Now whenever I need to get dressed up for something, I work the whole outfit around those shoes. I’m determined to get my money’s worth out of them, plus I love wearing them, even though they hurt like hell. Aren’t they pretty?

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Visit and follow Amanda at her social media spots below:

Website: http://www.amandaweavernovels.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Weaver/642963329073960
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AWeaverWrites
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7855753.Amanda_Weaver
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/AWeaverWriter/

 

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Giveaway Winners!!!

We’ve been so lucky to have some amazing giveaways here on the blog in the past week. Without further ado, we’re thrilled to announce some of the winners.

Congratulations to:

  • Barbara Elness, who is the winner of a signed ARC of Elizabeth Michels’s upcoming release, Desperately Seeking Suzanna.
  • EmilyD, who won a three book set of books by Grace Burrowes, including The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, Once Upon a Tartan, and The MacGregor’s Lady.
  • And Margaret Smith who won Grace Burrowes‘ generous giveaway of an iPad!

Thank you so much to Elizabeth Michels, Grace Burrowes, and Sourcebooks for making these prizes possible, and to everyone who visited the site and commented to enter. We’ll be in touch with the winners via email to get them their prizes.

Cheers!

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Bad Girl For A Day: Grace Burrowes, Interview + iPad Giveaway!

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Pantser or Plotter?

Pantser—by that I mean, I have some idea of my characters’ backstories, and some idea of what’s keeping them apart. Then the begging starts. “Please, Benevolent Universe, may I have an opening scene? No? An opening paragraph? OK, how about an opening line…” Before I turn in for the night, I read over whatever I’ve written that day, and I hope and pray that when I climb out of bed the next morning, I’ll have just one more scene… Nervewracking way to write thirty books, but it’s the only process that has worked for me (so far).

 

What writing book or workshop gave you your biggest A Ha! Or facepalm learning moment?

Donald Maass’s “Break Out Novel Intensive” workshop. Don has taken apart the bestsellers that hang on the lists for months and figured out what makes them tick. A commonsense approach to commercial writing that can lead to brilliant results—though it’s a long and daunting week.

 

What authors are on your auto-buy/borrow list?

Joanna Bourne, Kristin Callihan, Mary Balogh, JR Ward, Carolyn Jewel, Julie Anne Long, Meredith Duran, Tessa Dare, Judith Ivory, Loretta Chase (is that enough?). Love Robert Burns’s poetry and letters. I also read Charles Finch. He writes the Charles Lenox mystery series set in Victorian England—purely scrumptious and full of elegant little historical flourishes.

 

Fave book you had to read in high school English?

Cannot recall liking a single book I “had to read” for high school English, and several of them I regarded as pure anti-adolescent meanness on the part of the English Department. (Mr. Golding, did you simply hate boys?).

 

What’s your signature drink?

I have two. At home, I treat myself to jasmine green tea with agave nectar and whole milk. When hoisting a flagon of libation among good friends, I’ve been known to have a White Russian (or two…).

 

What movie scares the bejeezus out of you?

I do not watch scary movies—a writer’s imagination can be a liability late at night, when the moooon is full.

 

What movie makes you bawl?

The Jungle Book—when Baloo supposedly dies. I know he’s not really, really dead, and yet I choke up every time. Don’t get me started on Old Yeller. And then there’s the scene in Black Beauty when Beauty comes across Ginger all broken down and dispirited… Or the end of The Incredible Journey, when Chance comes limping out of the underbrush…

 

What song do you have to dance/sing along to whenever it comes on?

The Pointer Sisters, “Jump,” or “Neutron Dance,” or “I’m So Excited…” (I’m dating myself!)

 

What’s your fave pair of shoes?

Bare feet, or when it’s cold, a really thick pair of Maggie Moo organic wool socks.

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THE MACGREGOR’S LADY BY GRACE BURROWES – IN STORES FEBRUARY 2014

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What if the steps they take to avoid marriage…

The last thing Asher MacGregor, newly titled Earl of Balfour, wants is a society wife, though he has agreed to squire Boston heiress Hannah Cooper about the London ballrooms. When he’s met that obligation, he’ll return to the Highlands, and resume the myriad responsibilities awaiting him there.

…Lead instead to impossible love?

At her step-father’s insistence, Hannah Cooper must endure a London season, though she has no intention of surrendering her inheritance to a fortune hunter. When she’s done her duty, she’ll return to Boston and the siblings who depend upon her for their safety… or will she? The taciturn Scottish earl suits her purposes admirably—until genuine liking and unexpected passion bring Asher and Hannah close. For if the Scottish earl and the American heiress fall in love, an ocean of differences will keep them apart.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes hit the bestseller lists with her debut, The Heir, followed by The Soldier and Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal. She has a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish was awarded Best Historical Romance for 2011 by the RT Reviewers Choice Awards. Burrowes is branching out into Victorian and contemporary romances with Sourcebooks, as well as short stories. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland. For more information, please visit http:///www.graceburrowes.com.

To purchase The MacGregor’s Lady:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Books-a-Million

iBookstore

IndieBound

Sourcebooks

Discover a New Love 

Grace has two giveaways for today’s post!

Comment for a chance to win an Ipad OR a three books set of The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, Once Upon a Tartan, and The MacGregor’s Lady. (US and Canada only, please.)

Entrants must be residents of the United States or Canada, and must include their email address in order to be eligible to win. Drawing closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Winning entries will be randomly selected using the number generator at Random.org. They will be contacted by email and announced on this blog. Good luck!

Edited February 19, 2014: Thank you so much for your interest in this giveaway. We are now closed to entries. We will announce the winner tomorrow. Again, thank you!

 

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Grace Burrowes’ visit is February 12th – Win an iPad!

Please stop by the Bad Girlz Write Blog on Wednesday, February 12th when our Bad Girl For A Day is New York Times and USA Today Best Seller Grace Burrowes.

There will be 2 giveaways with her visit! Comment for a chance to win an Ipad OR a three books set of The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, Once Upon a Tartan, and The MacGregor’s Lady. (US and Canada only, please.)

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THE MACGREGOR’S LADY BY GRACE BURROWES 

IN STORES FEBRUARY 2014

What if the steps they take to avoid marriage…

The last thing Asher MacGregor, newly titled Earl of Balfour, wants is a society wife, though he has agreed to squire Boston heiress Hannah Cooper about the London ballrooms. When he’s met that obligation, he’ll return to the Highlands, and resume the myriad responsibilities awaiting him there.

…Lead instead to impossible love?

At her step-father’s insistence, Hannah Cooper must endure a London season, though she has no intention of surrendering her inheritance to a fortune hunter. When she’s done her duty, she’ll return to Boston and the siblings who depend upon her for their safety… or will she? The taciturn Scottish earl suits her purposes admirably—until genuine liking and unexpected passion bring Asher and Hannah close. For if the Scottish earl and the American heiress fall in love, an ocean of differences will keep them apart.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes hit the bestseller lists with her debut, The Heir, followed by The Soldier and Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal. She has a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish was awarded Best Historical Romance for 2011 by the RT Reviewers Choice Awards. Burrowes is branching out into Victorian and contemporary romances with Sourcebooks, as well as short stories. Grace is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland. For more information, please visit http:///www.graceburrowes.com.

To purchase The MacGregor’s Lady:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Books-a-Million

iBookstore

IndieBound

Sourcebooks

Discover a New Love

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I Need A Hero (with Bad Boy For A Day: Sam B. Morgan)

Everyone has their favorite heroes. I was recently asked about my favorite hero within the romance genre. It wasn’t easy to choose one, but after some thought, I cheated and settled on two. First:

Vishous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.  V for short.vishous_by_morgaine1-d5eslvl

Image credit: http://morgaine1.deviantart.com/

My reason for this is four-fold. Allow me to explain and maybe it will get you thinking about your favorite romantic hero.

  • Vishous is tall, dark, dangerous, powerful, built like a brick house and hot as hell. He’s inked up, has jet black hair, a goatee, and ice blue eyes that can look like diamonds. He’s a Red Sox fan and a vampire.
  • Vishous is damaged goods. He’s a closed off demi-god with enough emotional baggage to fill double digit steamer trunks. A horrible childhood that included assault, physical mutilation and forced infliction of violence upon others – he could’ve been anything but heroic. Add to that the gift of foresight and feeling other people’s emotional turmoil and he’s uber dark hero material, that Vishous. He’s designed to be the perfect anti-hero, yet he’s not. Not really. He’s a valuable member of the BDB team and at times is the one who keeps them together. He’s loyal to his brothers, even while giving them hell. He serves his King, though he’d be the first to call him out on his bullshit. Sure he can be withdrawn at best, downright cold bastard at worst, but he is a true alpha hero. When the end of the world goes down, you want Vishous there to save your ass.
  • Vishous is off the charts intelligent. His best bud and soul mate brother Butch would say he’s “wicked smaahht.” The BDB’s resident techno wiz, linguist, and historian, V is a genius level brainiac with the body of a perfectly sculpted assassin.
  • Vishous is anything but vanilla in bed. While his style is predominantly Dom, his level and need to dominate has changed throughout the series. He’s even filled the role of submissive and done pretty much everything in between. If you can say he’s flexible in the D/s relationship, then he totally breaks the Kinsey scale. He’s not straight, he’s not gay, maybe he’s bi. I don’t know. All I know is Vishous wants what he wants, when he wants it, how he wants it. End of. He’s not the Brother to let something like social mores or the opinions of others guide his lifestyle either. More to the point, he doesn’t give a damn what you or anyone else thinks. Now that he’s mated to Jane, he’s completely Jane-sexual, but even Jane isn’t a traditional female. Ghost lovin’ anyone? Here’s an example of V hotness. If you’ve read the series, you know THE SINK scene:

Jane pulled back and got to her feet. “Fantasies don’t interest me. If you don’t want us to be together for real, then let’s not go there at all.”

He pulled part of the duvet over his hips, covering an erection that was straining against his flannels. “I don’t want to hurt you.”

She shot him a glare that was part sexual frustration, part Gertrude Stein. “I’m tougher than I look. And to be honest, the whole male-driven, I’m-looking-out-for-your-best-interests bullshit gives me the scratch.”

She turned away with her chin up, but then realized there was nowhere really to go. Way to make an exit.

Confronted with an utter lack of alternatives, she went into the bathroom. As she paced between the shower and the sink, she felt like a horse in a stall–

With no warning at all she was tackled from behind, pushed face-first into the wall and held in place by a rock-hard body twice the size of her own. Her gasp was first one of shock, then one of sex as she felt V grind into her ass.

“I tried to tell you no,” he growled as his hand buried itself in her hair and locked on, pulling her head back. As she cried out she ran wet between her legs. “Tried to be nice.”

“Oh…God–”

“Praying’s not going to help. Too late for that, Jane.” There was regret in his voice–as well as erotic inevitability. “I gave you a chance to have it on your terms. Now we’ll do this on mine.”

She wanted this. She wanted him. “Please–”

“Shh.” He cranked her head to the side with a twist of his wrist, exposing her throat. “When I want you to beg, I’ll tell you.” His tongue was warm and wet as it rode up her neck. “Now ask me what I’m going to do to you.”

All of this makes V a stand out hero. Maybe he’s my favorite because I’ve never read about anyone who is anything like him. 

My other favorite hero is one of mine: Zack from my book, SLOW BURN. Release date: Today!

Zack is the antithesis of Vishous, even if he does have some damage in his past. Zack is my athletic beach boy. My fun loving, laid back, floppy haired hero with the bright smile. Even with the emotional wreckage of his past, he’s pretty positive about life in general. That’s a good thing because when Zack meets the most belligerent patient of his PT career, Detective Douglas Brody, it will take every ounce of his cool not to throttle the man. Or kiss him. He wants to do both.

 What about you? Who are some of your favorite heroes from romance? Who do you love to love?

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Detective Douglas Brody has only ever known the life of a cop. Raised strict but fair by his police chief father, he joined the academy right out of school, climbed the ranks hard and fast, and now works homicide for the City of Charleston. The job is his entire life. For years it’s kept him happy enough to minimize the side of him that craves what he believes is wrong. An accident on the job puts him on medical leave and everything in Brody’s world changes. He has to prove himself once more to be best cop in the department, all while dealing with Zack – his persistent, sexy, and out of the closet physical therapist.

Zack is tan skin, big grins, floppy hair and tackles his job with the same full-blown enthusiasm he does everything else. When the “patient from hell” is thrown his way by another PT who can’t handle him, Zack is committed to achieving the impossible. His new patient is a head strong and hot as hell homicide detective, who oozes as much resentment as he does sex appeal. Any involvement with a patient, especially a man who is so deep in the closet he can’t see light, is something Zack swore he’d never do. But Brody slowly proves too much to resist…

You can find me at: @SamBMorgan on Twitter &  http://sambmorgan.com/

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Bad Girl For A Day – Kelly Moran

Bad Girlz Write would like to welcome Kelly Moran to our blog as a Bad Girl For a Day. Welcome!!! 😀

Thanks for having me! I’ll give away one eBook copy of my new release, The Dysfunctional Test, to one commenter at the end of today. XO

What do you write?

I write mostly quirky & heartfelt contemporary romance, though I have branched out and did a romantic suspense. In the past, I’ve written poetry and literature, but that’s no longer my focus.

Who would you cast as the hero/heroine in the movie adaptation of your book?

Bwa ha ha ha. Hm… For my book, The Dysfunctional Test, I’d cast Ryan Reynolds as my hero Troy and Alexis Bledel as my heroine Camryn.

What authors are on your auto-buy/borrow list?

Oh, that’s easy. Roxanne St. Claire, Caridad Pineiro, Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgins, Robin Wells, Nora Roberts, Carla Neggers… You know what? All of them. If they wrote one romance and I liked it, I’d auto-buy more.

 What’s your signature drink?

Coffee. Preferably intravenously.
What movie scares the bejeezus out of you?

Stephen King’s ‘It’. Effing clowns! The only good clown is a dead clown!

What movie makes you bawl?

Finding Neverland or Atonement.

What song do you have to dance/sing along to whenever it comes on?

Pour Some Sugar on Me, Def Leopard

 

Here’s the trailer for my book!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzxndhLbD60&w=420&h=315

You are cordially challenged to a test of true love…

Thanks to her large, crazy Serbian family, Camryn Covic is an expert at shutting down her emotions in order to maintain her sanity. But when she loses her apartment, her job and her boyfriend all in one day, she hits her breaking point. Worse, if her family finds out she’s single again, her sister’s upcoming wedding will be a disaster. The bride-to-be has a plan, though. A plan that involves an old friend, a pretend relationship… and the probability of ending up in a padded cell. Troy Lanske agrees to the crazy plan only because Camryn was once his lifeline as a foster child. But she isn’t the idealistic girl he remembers. She’s become so jaded that she doesn’t even believe in love anymore. He sets out to restore her faith in happily-ever-afters, but his plan backfires when the fake relationship begins to feel all too real. Falling for the one woman he can’t have could mean losing more than just his honorary family. He could lose everything.

Where to find Kelly: www.authorkellymoran.com

facebook.com/authorkellymoran, @AuthorKMoran, pinterest.com/authorkmoran, myspace.com/authorkellymoran, kellymoranauthor.blogspot.com, goodreads.com/authorkellymoran, youtube.com/authorkellymoran

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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: Larra Riggs – How I Created My Penname

I’ve had a few friends ask me: “How did you come up with the name for your alter-ego, writing persona, pen name?”

My intention was to write erotica, so I needed something somewhat slutty and smutty, that sounds naughty. A short name that rings well to the ear when spoken aloud. I thought about it for a few weeks and came up with several options. None seemed to fit the sexy image I wanted to portray.

Of course it was easy to come up with first name selections. You have the usual trashy names (no offence to anyone having one of these names, they just sound slutty to me!!) Like: Tammy, Sasha, Starr, Tabitha, Amber, and so on. Unfortunately, none of those turned my sexual crank.

I needed something original and slutty. I continued my search until one day a female friend of mine, from Spain, was talking about another woman we knew named Laura. My Spanish friend pronounced Laura, ‘Larra’, with a long rolling ‘r’ sound. I laughed at the pronunciation and thought That’s it. That’s my new pen name. Larra! It sounds sexy and exotic, it’s different and original. When I went home, I googled the name. It’s a unique, old fashioned Russian name, usually spelled with one ‘r’. It is also the last name of a Spanish writer, spelled with two r’s.

Voila! Larra was chosen.

Now, the last name. At the time I began writing erotica I was writing sex scenes for a friend to help her get into the groove of writing smut. Then I began writing my own sexual fantasies to entertain myself and work on my own book. My muse at the time was a friend who I had a severe crush on, with uncontrollable passion, which I mistook for love. It was not love, it was messed up. Regardless, this man is tall, sexy and desirable. He’s a trucker by trade, drove an 18 wheeler as you say. Now he’s an office boy. I started to call him Trucker as a nickname. In my thought process to develop a last name for Larra, I came up with ‘Rig’, since the nickname for these massive trucks is: rig. Now I began to play with the possibility of having rig as Larra’s last name. Except ‘Rig’ sounded too short and did match Larra.

After a few attempts at playing with potential names I settled on: ‘Riggs’. I wrote it with two g’s to match the two r’s. Hence, ‘Larra Riggs’ was born!

How did you create your pen name?

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Contact Larra at: larrariggs@yahoo.ca

 Larra spends her time writing smut and posting short stories on her blog: http://www.larrariggs.blogspot.ca/

Find Larra on She Writes at:

http://www.shewrites.com/profile/LarraRiggs

 

Larra has recently self-published her first ‘ebook’ on Amazon. Originally on amazon.ca, although found on all amazon sites.

Sexy, Sassy & Fun Erotic Fantasies!

An Anthology of 10 erotic short stories

http://www.amazon.com/Sexy-Sassy-Erotic-Fantasies-ebook/dp/B00CWP91BA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369254422&sr=8-1&keywords=larra+riggs

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