Monday, April 25, 2016

Writing the Bad Guys

I was in the middle of writing His Little Lapis when Maggie Ryan was in production with Rescuing Ruby Red, the second book in The Red Petticoat Series. I'd read her first book, but I wanted to push on and finish my book before I read her second one. As it turned out, that was a mistake!
When I turned my book in, Maggie wrote to say, "Uh oh." It seemed great minds think alike. She and I had a very similar trope/scene in each of our books! Both of us had a disgruntled customer kidnap our heroines and carry them off, hanging ignominiously face down over a horse, to a cave!

Of course, since Maggie's book was already in production, it was my job to re-write. At first I sulked a bit over having to change a scene I liked, but as I reached deeper, I realized I was making the book better. I think in the end, my villain came out more believable than the first way I'd written him. I softened Ernie Friedrichson. (SPOILER ALERT) Instead of mean and rapey, I made him more of an opportunist--finding Louise knocked out on the side of the road and carrying her back to his shack in all delusional hopefulness that she'd stay as his wife. While perhaps not as gut-clenching, I think it made for a more realistic story line.
It made me think about the "bad guy" in general. Ideally, I think the villain should be sympathetic, too. We should understand their motivation. Think of Loki, Thor's brother. He is definitely an attractive villain--one you can understand, one you wish would see the light. I hope someday I can write villains (and heroes) that well.

Side note: As someone who writes about domination, the line with the bad guy sometimes gets blurry. Should I be turned on by his misogyny? Certainly not, but...oh yeah, I am. :)
How about you-- any villains who have turned you on? Or villains you love to hate? Hit reply and let me know...
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His Little Lapis
~#1 in Erotic Western~Once a respectable young governess, Louise Small tumbled from society’s grace after her employer forced himself on her. She wound up at The Red Petticoat playing Little Lapis Lazuli, a submissive who dresses like a girl and offers her bottom up for frequent spankings.She enjoys her new identity, so far removed from the prim governess she’d been, but she longs for a real daddy—one who is kind and caring, yet willing to administer real discipline. When she spies Culpepper Cove's Mayor interacting with his young niece, she knows he's just the sort of man she wants. But his disdain for her and her profession put them in conflict.

Letting go of her little self, she reverts to the proper, fine-mannered governess to win his attention. But at what cost? Her little side squashed, she must give up hope of being taken in hand. Will being the Mayor's wife be enough?
 
 
 
 
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

#1 Western: His Little Lapis by Renee Rose

~#1 BESTSELLER IN EROTIC WESTERN~
All she wants is a stern man to call daddy...
https://www.amazon.com/His-Little-Lapis-Petticoat-Saloon-ebook/dp/B01EJYST8W
Once a respectable young governess, Louise Small tumbled from society's grace after her employer forced himself on her. She wound up at The Red Petticoat playing Little Lapis Lazuli, a submissive who dresses like a girl and offers her bottom up for frequent spankings.

She enjoys her new identity, so far removed from the prim governess she'd been, but she longs for a real daddy--one who is kind and caring, yet willing to administer real discipline. When she spies Culpepper Cove's Mayor interacting with his young niece, she knows he's just the sort of man she wants. But his disdain for her and her profession put them in conflict.

Letting go of her little self, she reverts to the proper, fine-mannered governess to win his attention. But at what cost? With her little side squashed, and no hope of being accepted in polite society, she hardly knows who to be or what kind of life to lead. Is being the Mayor's wife enough?

About The Red Petticoat series:

The Red Petticoat Saloon series is a collection of books written by #1 and USA Today bestselling authors. Each book tells the unique story of a different woman, 'a gem', who comes to the saloon to find a safe haven and discovers they become part of a family. Recurring characters appear in each book to allow readers a continuity as they learn about the women who have learned to bend but have not broken under the harshness that life has to offer. It is a series where strong, loving men find not only entertainment at the saloon but the special women who reside under its roof.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Now Available: HIs Little Lapis by Renee Rose

His Little Lapis by Renee Rose

All she wants is a stern man to call daddy...
http://amzn.to/1VE6WBS
Once a respectable young governess, Louise Small tumbled from society's grace after her employer forced himself on her. She wound up at The Red Petticoat playing Little Lapis Lazuli, a submissive who dresses like a girl and offers her bottom up for frequent spankings.

She enjoys her new identity, so far removed from the prim governess she'd been, but she longs for a real daddy--one who is kind and caring, yet willing to administer real discipline. When she spies Culpepper Cove's Mayor interacting with his young niece, she knows he's just the sort of man she wants. But his disdain for her and her profession put them in conflict.

Letting go of her little self, she reverts to the proper, fine-mannered governess to win his attention. But at what cost? With her little side squashed, and no hope of being accepted in polite society, she hardly knows who to be or what kind of life to lead. Is being the Mayor's wife be enough?

Buy it Now!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Rescuing Ruby Red by Maggie Ryan Takes #1

https://www.amazon.com/Rescuing-Ruby-Red-Petticoat-Saloon-ebook/dp/B01DVF5JQ0
From the moment Rebekah McTavish meets the beautiful, cultured Madame Jewel, she has but one dream. She wanted nothing more than to get a job at The Red Petticoat Saloon and don the coveted red petticoat worn by Jewel's gems. She discovers that getting hired is the easy part—who knew that Jewel's partner, has a tendency to frown upon gems who break the rules. 

Jebidiah Justice spent much of his youth avoiding the little red-head. Even his constant threats to tan her hide did nothing to sway the little pest to better behavior. Now, as the sheriff of Culpepper Cove, avoidance is no longer possible. On the night he catches her red-handed breaking and entering, he has to make a choice. Can he force himself to arrest the girl he remembers or will he lose his heart in rescuing the woman she's become? 

Rebekah becomes Ruby, the newest gem at the saloon, finding a home and a sense of family she craves. The only thing standing between her and her red petticoat is a man who refuses to call her anything but Red and warns her that if she puts so much as a pinky toe on those stairs, the only red thing under her skirts will be the hue he paints across her backside. And, this time, she had a feeling that he isn't just threatening. 

Will the two leave the past behind and make a future together or will their chance of happiness be taken away? 

DISCLAIMER: This book includes the spanking of adult women and explicit sexual scenes including anal play. If these offend you, please do not purchase this book. 

About The Red Petticoat series: 

The Red Petticoat Saloon series is a collection of books written by #1 and USA Today bestselling authors. Each book tells the unique story of a different woman, 'a gem', who comes to the saloon to find a safe haven and discovers they become part of a family. Recurring characters appear in each book to allow readers a continuity as they learn about the women who have learned to bend but have not broken under the harshness that life has to offer. It is a series where strong, loving men find not only entertainment at the saloon but the special women who reside under its roof.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Now Available: Ruby Red by Maggie Ryan


Dearest readers,
 
Hi!  I'd like to invite you to go back in time a bit and join the thousands of people who traveled west to strike it rich during the California Gold Rush. While you might not find a gold nugget, you will discover a wonderful world where gems truly shine and you won't even have to leave the comfort of your favorite chair!
 
Rescuing Ruby Red, the second book of The Red Petticoat Saloon series is out today. All Rebekah dreamed of is becoming one of Madame Jewel's Gems. Given the name 'Ruby' she never expected to tussle with Sheriff Jebidiah Justice, a man she's known since childhood who refuses to call her anything but Red. While Ruby covets those beautiful red petticoats worn by the gems, Jeb has something very special planned for her the moment he catches her wearing one. Join Ruby and Jeb in their quest for happiness and revisit Jewel and her gems as well as Gabriel and the ever loving Nettie.
 
If you missed the first book, Jewel's Gems, it is now available for a special sale price. Look for more books coming soon from sixteen USA Today and #1 Bestselling authors as they bring you more gems who are following their own dreams and the sexy men who work to win their hearts and warm their backsides.
Happy reading -
 
Maggie Ryan
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Rescuing Ruby Red - by Maggie Ryan


From the moment Rebekah McTavish meets the beautiful, cultured Madame Jewel, she has but one dream. She wanted nothing more than to get a job at The Red Petticoat Saloon and don the coveted red petticoat worn by Jewel's gems. She discovers that getting hired is the easy part - who knew that Jewel's partner, has a tendency to frown upon gems who break the rules. 

Jebidiah Justice spent much of his youth avoiding the little red-head. Even his constant threats to tan her hide did nothing to sway the little pest to better behavior. Now, as the sheriff of Culpepper Cove, avoidance is no longer possible. On the night he catches her red-handed breaking and entering, he has to make a choice. Can he force himself to arrest the girl he remembers or will he lose his heart in rescuing the woman she's become? 

Rebekah becomes Ruby, the newest gem at the saloon, finding a home and a sense of family she craves. The only thing standing between her and her red petticoat is a man who refuses to call her anything but Red and warns her that if she puts so much as a pinky toe on those stairs, the only red thing under her skirts will be the hue he paints across her backside. And, this time, she had a feeling that he isn't just threatening. 

Will the two leave the past behind and make a future together or will their chance of happiness be taken away?

 

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Jewel's Gems - Now on sale for $2.99!


The Red Petticoat is not just another whorehouse. This is a place for every painted lady to get her happy ending. Madame Jewel and her 'gems' welcome hardworking men to come inside for a home-cooked meal or a few hands of cards. They are invited to listen to a pretty girl sing or watch a show. If a bit of intimate comfort is desired, they are welcome to go upstairs and into the arms of one of the beautiful women wearing the red petticoats. However, refer to its gems as whores and you'll find yourself tossed out into the street.
 
This story all begins when Lady Juliette Gardner discovers she has been set up and her reputation ruined. She decides to leave England for good and find her way to the goldfields of California with the hopes of creating her dream and possibly striking it rich.
 
To Gabriel Vasquez, the hard work and isolation of working his claim is the only way to achieve his dream. When he discovers his new partner is a woman, a very beautiful, very stubborn English woman, he has no problem - except for the fact that she refuses to think of her safety. If she is to be his partner, he will have no hesitation teaching her exactly what happens to naughty, cheeky English ladies.

Gabriel and Jewel will discover that life has room for more than one dream and as they settle themselves in Culpepper Cove. This mining town, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, will never be the same once Juliette-Madame Jewel-opens The Red Petticoat.
 
Join award winning author Maggie Ryan as she begins the tale of The Red Petticoat and all of Madame Jewel's precious-but slightly flawed-gems.
 
Disclaimer: This book contains the spanking of adult women and explicit sexual scenes including anal play, and sex with multiple partners. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase this book.
 
 

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