June 5, 2012

Welcome Guest Blogger Karyn Good

What a Girl Needs

Thank you for having me on your lovely blog today, Sarah. It’s a pleasure to be here and to be sharing a bit about my debut romantic suspense, Backlash, with everyone. I thought we might talk a little bit about heroines. We all love to read and write about fabulous female characters. Lily Wheeler, my heroine, is smart, passionate, and determined. At least, I hope she comes across that way. But she’s also human, she makes mistakes. Pride and stubbornness tend to trip her up more often than not.

But Lily does believe in the power of three things: girlfriends who always have your back, a good quality Chardonnay, and the necessity of a fabulous purse or bag.

We all know a close knit circle of girlfriends is good for our health. Women need other women to connect with and share with. These relationships make us happy and keep us sane. Try laughing, crying, and color coordinating your wardrobe with a guy. Even if he’s the love of your life, he’s not going to want to know. Or realize he should care. Or he might care, but not know what the heck to do about it. And who else are you going to complain to about the juicer you got for your anniversary. Or that nightmare blind date you agreed to then wished you hadn’t. The price of face cream.

Then there’s wine. That’s pretty self-explanatory. Or maybe your choice of drink is tea. Or maybe it’s anything as long as you get to drink it uninterrupted.

Our purses. Purses are sacred things, aren’t they? Men are scared of them. Children aren’t allowed to touch them or dig around in them. Girlfriends and total strangers admire them. Also different occasions require different bags, as do seasons. Men don’t understand this either. Lily’s purse is her security blanket. A purse, or handbag, pocketbook, satchel depending on what part of the world you live in, is her must have accessory. Not quite bigger than a breadbox, it’s a repository for all things needed to survive a surprise apocalypse, complete with escaped tic tacs clinging to the inside lining.

But mostly importantly the best heroines act in a way that is true to who they are. Whether they want to take over the world or simply survive the next twenty-four hours. It’s that deeply personal part of them that is revealed throughout the story that makes us love and relate to them.

What’s favorite thing to do with girlfriends? Or share you drink of choice. Maybe you want to tell us what the strangest item is you keep in your purse or bag?

by Karyn Good

What he’s sworn to protect, she’s willing to sacrifice to save those she loves...

When dedicated teacher Lily Wheeler interrupts a vicious gang attack on one of her students, she vows it won’t happen again. But her rash interference puts her in the path of a cold-blooded killer and the constable tracking him—a man she has little reason to trust, but can never forget.

Constable Chase Porter returned to Aspen Lake to see justice done, not renew old acquaintances. But when he rescues the woman he once loved from a volatile situation, he realizes his feelings for Lily haven’t lessened over the years.

Now, the dangerous killer Chase has sworn to capture has Lily in his sights. Can Chase and Lilly learn to trust each other again before it’s too late—or will old insecurities jeopardize their future?

Kate crossed her arms and frowned. “What have you done?”

“Nothing. I needed to make it clear I couldn’t care less that he’s waltzed back into town. But things kind of went downhill once he opened the door all dripping wet and gorgeous. And time stopped and I felt sixteen years old again. But then he opened his mouth and started issuing orders. Believe me, I understand the severity of the situation. But when he touched me? I don’t know … there was something.” She flopped back against the booth and sighed.

Kate sat unblinking. “The man’s been back in town for twenty-four hours. Why do you need theories? The severity of what situation?”

“Oh believe me, I’ll get to that horrible part in a second.”

Kate didn’t move. “And there was touching?”

“Well, not really touching. He tucked a strand of hair behind my ear. That was all. I shouldn’t have mentioned it. It was nothing.” Lily lifted her shoulders in what she hoped passed for a nonchalant shrug and picked up her coffee cup up again. And set it down. “Okay, I threatened to shove an umbrella up his butt and I left. No big deal.”

Kate nodded in perfect understanding. “No big deal. Because you’re always threatening people with umbrellas.”

“He started it by calling me a Mary Poppins do-gooder.” She rubbed her forehead and let out a deep sigh. “I’m as pathetic today as I was back then.”

“Lily, you were a teenager.” Kate reached over to pat her hand. “Of course you were pathetic.”

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christine warner said...

Great post and oh so true Karyn! There is nothing like getting together with the girls to discuss...well, everything!

And there is nothing better than reading about a heroine that you would easily let into your select group of girlfriends.

Congrats on your release...loved the blurb!

Karyn Good said...

Thanks Christine! The only thing that can help certain situations is a girlfriend. And so very true! Those heroines we feel are friends and form a connection with are the best kind.

Mary Balogh said...

A lovely blog piece, Karen. And I am into the book. So far so very good indeed. Great set-up, great hero and heroine, great chemistry!

Joanne Brothwell said...

Great interview, ladies! I'm waiting to read Backlash until I get a signed copy!

Karyn Good said...

Hi Mary and welcome! I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying the book. I treasure the compliment!

Karyn Good said...

Hi there, Joanne! We'll have to see how we can arrange that!

Annette said...

Hello Karen,
Great post about female friendship. When I moved into the center of the city I ditched my "almost as big as a breadbox" bag for a small slung across the body that can hide under a coat. I can live with what is in it, although there are many times I wish I had access to more.
Enjoyed your blurb.
Congratulations on your debute romantic suspense.
Yours truly,

Anita Mae Draper said...

Great post, Karyn. Looking forward to reading your debut book and others to follow.

As for the question, the most unusual thing I carry in my purse is my old military dog tags with my radiation dosimeter attached. I was supposed to hand the latter in when I retired, but somehow ended up with it. And if anyone ever takes a reading off it now, no one will know where it detected the radiation since I've had it over 30 yrs. Yowza!

Katherine said...

Hi Karen,

My closest friend lives quite a distance away so we make it a point to get together one night a month where we do dinner and talk for hours catching up even though we talk/email each other a few times a week. I look forward to that girls' night every month.

I loved your excerpt. It made me laugh. I loved the Mary Poppins reference. Hope you have lots of sales.

Karyn Good said...

Hi Annette! Downsizing is hard! But in the end probably worth it. And I bet it's a lot more organized :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Karyn Good said...

Hi Anita Mae! Yep, that's a pretty usual something to carry in your purse! So glad you stopped by!

Karyn Good said...

Hi Katherine! And thanks! Visits with a friend is a lovely thing to look forward to. I feel the same way about book club. I can't wait for that once a month get together!

Georgina Sellwood said...

I bought an e-reader copy. Hope to get into it this weekend.

Karyn Good said...

Hi Georgina! Aw, thanks! I hope you enjoy it!

Calisa Rhose said...

Fun post Karen! I have a tendency to carry my digital camera everywhere because in Oklahoma you never know when a tornado might drop from the sky right in front of you! Or you see a hottie that will suit your hero perfectly when hundreds of hours scouring every image site on the internet has turned up zero possibilities. :) Yes, there's a camera on my phone, but It doesn't always catch quality shots in a spur of the moment. lol

Karyn Good said...

Hi Calisa! Carrying a camera is an excellent idea and those are two very good reasons for carrying one :D

Thanks for stopping in to say hi!

Nancy Jardine Author said...

It's great when you know that you can rely on a friend even if you've not touched base for a while with them. Best wishes with your latest release.