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The Not So Good Girl & giveaway w/ Tara Fox Hall!

In the fictional world, evil characters are usually interesting and complex, and good ones are boring and hard to relate to. Yet in the real world, it’s just the opposite, with good people being interesting and complex, and bad people being boring, shallow, and usually unlikable. So, in short, WTH?

Stories in film and fiction have always inspired and entranced me; it’s why I became an author myself. Watching characters resolve their external conflicts and fight their inner demons helps me to make sense of my own life struggles. Yet I admit to never feeling like I could relate to any of the heroines of my youth, whether they were the various Disney princesses, She-Ra, the perfect Sweet Valley High twins, or the older “good” female characters from sitcoms who seemed to do most everything right with only slight slipups. As a girl, I was a far cry from the sweet, demure young lady I was often told I should be. Instead I was full of wild emotions, I didn’t care about wearing pretty dresses, and I wanted to have adventures. One of the reasons I became a tomboy was because the male characters I was exposed to were more interesting; they could go “dark side” in an episode and return to being a hero. They could be less than perfect, and not lose their “good” label, a facet I found incredibly attractive. It wasn’t until the advent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that I finally found a heroine I could identify with; a female who was good not because she had no failings or temptations, but becausemost of the timeshe could successfully fight them. Further, she had her weak moments of utter failure and heartbreak, where she tried her best and still her world went south. Yet she always picked herself up and went on, even when all she wanted to do was curl up in a ball and give up. This resonating is probably why Buffy will always have a special meaning to me, even as I have moved my “best heroine” allegiance on to Carol from The Walking Dead.

I have tried to infuse this balance of vulnerability, hope, passion and fear into all of my heroines, as well as my heroes. To me, innate good is not a lack of evil, but quest to do what is just and right in the face of contrary desire and emotion. Its self-control, coupled with peace, love for others, kindness, happiness, and empathy. My kind of superwoman lives in the world I live in: where there is temptation, but there is also strength to overcome it. More importantly, it is okay to have your weak moments, as long as you get it right in the end.

 

 

 

Neither human stripper Sundown nor virgin were-halfbreed Serena knew how their futures would change when catalyst vampire Devlin Dalcon walked into their lives. Sundown was just looking to party and forget her tragic past; Serena was hoping for excitement and love, to be swept away from the dull routine of her short-order cook job and solitary life. Will these very different women finally face their fears in time to seize their own dreams of happiness?

 

It felt like the day from hell. Everything had gone wrong for me. I’d gotten hit on by an overzealous, middle-aged buffoon who’d fondled me intimately on his second lap dance. That had put me off so much, I’d been a beat behind when I took my turn onstage. The men in the audience hadn’t cared, but I had. I liked to think I was the most sought after girl in Hotcakes, and how could I, feeling like some amateur her first night on the pole.

“Shit.” I drank my seven-and-seven down in a gulp, and decided to pay my tab. It was time to go home.

Leaving some money on the bar, I motioned to Bill, the head bouncer at Hotcakes. He came over grinning snidely, his tanned face sharp, yet still friendly. “Another, Sun?”

“No,” I said tiredly, getting to my feet. “I should go home.”
He leaned in close. “Even though you’ve got a fan still here?”
I gave him a look that said he’d better not annoy me in the mood I

was in. “What are you talking about?”
“That guy in the corner,” he said, with a discreet hand gesture. “He

came in when you were on stage. He watched your set like he’d never seen a woman before.”

“Good for him,” I said dispassionately, though inside I was pleased to hear of the special attention. “It’s nice I can still give a man a lift, even as bad as I was.”

“You weren’t bad,” Bill replied seriously. “Just off by a few seconds.”

“Not good enough,” I replied stiffly. “I strive for perfection. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

As I went for my coat, a soft yet deep voice called out, “Please wait.”

I turned back to see my admirer coming toward me. As men went— especially compared to the type who came in here usually—he was a solid nine. He was handsome, tall, and his body was nicely muscular without being too bulky. He looked sort of young for some reason, yet I reasoned that he had to be at least twenty-one for Bill to have let him in the door. His straight dark hair was pulled sharply back in a short ponytail, which made me think he was older than the early twenties I pegged him for. That hairstyle wasn’t popular with the twenty-something crowd, and the clothes he was wearing also spoke to him being at least thirty-something.

“Can I take you for coffee?” he asked softly, his dark eyes staring at my breasts before looking up to my face.

At least he’s close to my age. It was nice to have a man come on to me who wasn’t old enough to be my father…wait. The stranger’s eyes had seemed red for a moment. Now they were dark again. It must have been a trick of the light. The bartender had just shut off the flashing neon signs in the front windows and announced last call. Maybe it had been the glare of the strobe lights that were still going strong? Maybe I’m drunker than I thought…Nah.

“Or something to eat,” the stranger added, when I didn’t reply. “You look like you could use a good meal.”

“Listen, buddy,” I replied sarcastically. “This isn’t Pretty Woman, got it? I’m not looking for a savior.”

“What woman is these days?” he stated bitterly. “I was just offering company, if you wanted some.”

I was surprised that someone so young could sound so bitter. Maybe he only looked young. Or maybe he’d had a childhood like mine. I reached out and ran my hands over his chest. His muscles bunched reflexively under my hands, making a shiver of desire snake its way through my body.

Maybe this is a good way to end the night. “What are you offering?” I said suggestively, giving him my best bedroom eyes.


Tara Fox Hall is giving one (1) lucky commenter a “You’re My Type” travel mug (U.S. only) . But don’t fell left out if you’re international. If you’re outside the U.S. and your comment is chosen you’ll win an ecopy of the book.  So, who’s your heroine? I’m with Tara on Buffy. I’ve always been drawn to the stronger women/girls. Probably why Island of the Blue Dolphins was my favorite book growing up. Share yours to be entered. Good Luck!

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37 comments to The Not So Good Girl & giveaway w/ Tara Fox Hall!

  • I was a Buffy fan as well. Yes, it was slightly corny and not even the little bit scary, it did have a strong heroine and a good cast of characters who could play off each other well. I liked when Faith entered the scene, as she was definitely a strong not-so-good girl. And who could forget Buffy and Angel’s chemistry and internal angst.

    I also loved the Farscape series which also featured a strong female character, Aeroyn, who fell for a mere human, John.

  • I loved the Buffy series, and the Farscape series, both of which featured the strong females. I liked Buffy seasons in which Faith entered the scene, as she was definitely a not-so-good girl.

  • Hi Ryan. I was a pretty big Faith fan myself! I still remember the episode “Bad Girls” one of my favorites! 🙂 I never saw Farscape, I will have to check it out!

  • samantha lundergan

    I really Loved Buffy as well because of her inner strength. I have never identified with the weak girls who need someone to save them and instead prefer the snarky ones who can save them selves.

  • Debra Guyette

    I like Katniss from Hunger Games. She does quite a bit.

  • Gabrielle

    I love Merry Gentry from Laurel K Hamilton’s books. Along with Anita Blake. Both are strong women.

  • I am a fan of strong female characters. I have lots of favorites… Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews, Joanne Walker from CE Murphy, Eve Dallas from JD Robb, Mercy Thompson from Patricia Briggs, Lucy Yu from Eileen Wilks, and so many others

  • Amy Hart

    I am a big fan of strong females. Growing up I loved Xena: Warrior Princess, and She-Ra. Now I love watching Emma Swan and Regina from Once Upon A Time and several others. These days Princesses aren’t waiting around for Prince Charming. They are rescuing themselves. I think I read Island of The Blue Dolphins in 4th or 5th grade.

  • JeanMP

    I was a fan of Buffy too, such a strong, take charge character.

  • Cindy Mucha Barton

    I am also a fan of a strong female. Alice Cullen from Twilight, she is behind the scene awesome. Caroline from The Vampire Diaries, I always liked her better than Elana (little whiney butt). Katniss from The Hunger Games is up there and I really like Elana Michaels played by Laura Vandervoort from Bitten. So, a mix of main characters and secondary characters.

  • jodi marinich

    i loved buffy too..she was always kicking ass..lol

  • LINDAB/HOTCHA1

    Hi Tara! LOVE VAMPIRES!

  • Marci

    I never did watch Buffy…maybe it’s time to do so?! I also like strong female leads. I have always envied them that they could go out and do what needs to be done, while remaining true to themselves.

  • Rose Foster

    My hero is Rose from Vampire Dieries

  • Kel

    I’ve always loved the strong female characters like Buffy. I would have to say my favorite is Mercy Thompson from the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

  • Karla Eakin

    My favorite heroine is Piper from Charmed. She always stayed true to herself and loyal to her friends and family. Her faith in love and perseverance through all the crap thrown at her made her stronger and kept her love strong too. It’s what showed me that when you truly love someone you’d go to the ends of the earth for them without hesitation. But above all else family is always first.

  • Jessica Vincent

    I love when there is a strong women involved into the stor.. My ffavorite vampire woman would have to be selene from underworld, an della from this series called shadow falls.. Thank you so much for the chance

  • Joye

    I don’t have a favorite even tho I like to read stories with strong females in them. The first one I remember reading about was Wonder Woman

  • bn100

    Buffy was interesting

  • Michelle B

    I enjoy heroines who begin quiet and unsure, but when placed in the right (or wrong) situation, find out just how deep their strength really goes. I think sometimes an outright “strong” woman (in story), can come across as just brash and overbearing, so I tend to like characters more who don’t start that way, because I get to know the personality of the character on a deeper level, and care about their journey to finding their strength.

  • Beth Ann Miller

    Merry Gentry, Anita Blake, Buffy – all great strong women.

  • Hey Tara,
    I love Vampires ever since I was 10 years old. I love strong women and have heavy emotions when they fall in love. Thanks for your writing.

  • I would have to say Bo the succubus on Lost Girl. She is strong, sensitive, and kick a** all wrapped up into one. Although Buffy does come next in the favorites. Thank you for the chance. bobbischleining @ yahoo .com (no spaces)

  • Sheila Schwartz

    I loved “Buffy” even more so “Angel” although he was a he but my favorite female character was Peta Wilson in Le Femme Nikita in the USA series. She kicked butt!!

  • Mary M.

    Xena, Buffy and Fred (from Angel) are strong women I enjoyed stories about.

  • Robyn K

    My t.v. heroine is Xena and in real life my heroine is Ronda Rousey

  • Natasha

    Buffy was always my favorite!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jane

    I love Anita Blake because she’s so conflicted about what she is – good girl who kills the monsters, sleeps with the monsters, is a monster. Strong women, good women with a bad streak can be far more interesting than either the stereotypical good girl or bad girl.

  • Melissa C

    I have always like Laura Croft from Tomb Raider. She was pretty kick ass.my next choice would be Storm.

  • Charlene Fraley

    I enjoyed watching Buffy, it was fun.

  • Susan S.

    I enjoyed Buffy too.

  • Annamarie d

    I loved Buffy and Angel

  • Sharon Baker

    Buffy was the best. Watched every chance I got. Even reruns. Love the way a woman can do things.

  • Yes, if you have not seen Buffy yet, I recommend catching a few episodes. I also was a fan of many of the other strong heroines listed above! Good luck!

  • Jessi Sawa

    LOVED Buffy! But I think my FAVORITE Heroine would be Sarelle! from Tara’s Promise Me series!! LOVE HER!!!

  • Susan Marks

    Sounds great cant wait to read

  • ShaMona Hagan

    I’m a Buffy girl as well. I have been a huge fan since the movie came out.