Today, we’re going to talk about bad girls in fiction, and particularly in my new book Nemesis. When Jay approached me with the topic, I wasn’t sure if he meant Bellatrix LeStrange bad, or just kick-ass heroine bad like Charlie Madigan in The Better Part of Darkness. Regardless, these are the girls you love to hate or hate to love, the ones you almost don’t care about but end up feeling sorry for, such as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, or the girls who just kick ass all the way through a book. The latter type can be the character that really isn’t good in the grand scheme of things, but is placed in a position where she’s the heroine of the story. That’s my main character Nemy’s lot in life.
Nemy is the only daughter of mob boss Michael Mussolini, and is a tattooed bartender at a gentleman’s club who tends to get in bar fights—with men or women; she’s not picky—when she’s out with her girlfriends. As much as she’s trying to stay out of the family business, circumstances have her calling them for help when it’s most needed. She is not happy about this, but has to learn to accept her family and who she is, especially since she discovers that the possible third Prince Charming in her life has a knack for her family’s business.
Her friends aren’t necessarily perfect angels either. Teagan likes to play with fire and has the scars to prove it; Alanna, tattoo artist extraordinaire, parties hard and helps in those bar fights, sometimes starting them for Nemy to finish; and Kennadi really just loves her knives and usually has one on her. All of these girls, and a few more, will have their own book in what I call the Kick-Ass Girls Club novels, so the reader gets a different perspective of the world and has the opportunity to not only see each character’s strengths from within, but also their weaknesses, and a chance to watch them grow from adversity.
I wrote a post on Brooklyn Ann’s blog a couple of weeks ago about making kick-ass heroines sympathetic. And really, the kick-ass heroine is a bad girl turned semi good. We won’t say she turns completely into an angel because that’s just not going to happen with these girls, but they do hit obstacles in their lives that catapult them to a higher standard of living, which shows they still have some ethics and morals.
Personally, I like the bad girls. They’re fun to write and watch as they grow. Bad girls have many layers you have to peel back to get to the heart of them, and they fight you all the way too. For the reader, I think having a girl like Nemy and putting her through these trials—even though this is a romance book—really helps make her more real. Some readers will relate to her; some won’t. And not every book in the series will be the same because each girl has her strengths and weaknesses, so while the reader may relate to Nemy, they might not relate to Lillian, and so on.
I’d like to thank Jay for having me as a guest on his blog today, and because I’m in a good mood, let’s do a giveaway! Check the bottom of the post for details.
Prince Charming was a putz.
Prince Charming number two was even worse.
After the last prince ran off without any notice, breaking her heart and their engagement along the way, Nemesis Mussolini swore off men and passed the time kicking ass and slinging drinks, something her mafia father would never approve of. But, when her boss Clancy ups his flirtations, it’s difficult to remember she’s not interested, especially when he gets that delicious evil glint in his eye that has her melting. Just when Nemy starts to think all men might not be bad, she hears whispers about Clancy’s less than legal past, and wants to run like hell from the idea that he could be just like her father.
Great … Prince Charming number three may possibly be on FBI’s Most Wanted.
While Nemy and Clancy tumble down the romance road, hitting potholes every step of the way, Nemy discovers how much of her heart already belongs to Clancy, and how much of a Don’s daughter she really is. When Clancy’s daughter is kidnapped, they must work together to use every talent and connection they have to get her back, which means Nemy must learn to trust again. If they fail, Clancy could lose his daughter forever. Can Nemy surrender in time to get her happily ever after, or is she hell-bent on letting her past keep her from the one man who could be her true Prince Charming?
You can find Nemesis on the Running Ink Press website, which will direct you to the purchase points:
N.L. “Jinxie” Gervasio was born on Friday the thirteenth. Her dad wanted to call her Jinx. Her mom said no. It took thirty-four years for her to discover the nickname, and she’s grown quite attached to it. She lives in Tempe, Arizona with Umi (her mother) and Moon (her Alaskan malamute). She enjoys riding her beach cruiser “The Betty” around downtown Tempe, loves a good pub crawl, and has had the pleasure and the heartache of experiencing a love far greater than she could have ever imagined.
Nemy is a bartender, so she wants to know what your favorite drink is. Comment on the blog and you’ll be entered into the giveaway to win an e-copy of Nemesis.