Badurday- The Dianna Love/Anniversary Edition Featuring the BAD Agency Boys!

SFCatty:  Welcome to Badurday this week where we will be featuring some of the men from the BAD Agency created by Dianna Love and Sherrilyn Kenyon. One year ago today was the Hello World blog post from the Southern Sizzlers. Yes, August 14, 2009, was when Romancemama posted our first entry here. I think Badurday was established pretty soon thereafter. I hope you all have enjoyed reading these entries as much as we have enjoyed writing them.  I’m proud to be associated with these six other women. If you got us all in a room together, you might ask, “why the heck do these women even associate with each other?”  The answer is simple. Even though we are all very different, we love romance and happily ever after. 

AND we love Dianna Love.  She is a member of our beloved Gulf Coast Chapter of the RWA and when we decided to celebrate our anniversary all month, we knew we wanted this very special lady to be the guest blogger on this, our actual anniversary, day.  We are so proud to welcome her (and some of her BAD boys) to the blog today.  Welcome Dianna. We’re thrilled to have you with us today.

DIANNA:

BAD boys, BAD boys…whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

I don’t think your momma would say the correct response to that question would be to touch up your lipstick and check your hair.  J  I definitely love what I do – working with BAD boys every day – but that’s not to say it’s all roses and chocolate.  They can be as exasperating as they are sexy and dangerous. 

I’ve invited a couple of our favorite BAD agents – Carlos Delgado and Hunter Wesley Thornton-Payne III – from the Bureau of American Defense  to come by today and chat with you ladies. 

Dianna:  Carlos, tell us how you came to the BAD agency and what you like best about being an undercover operative.

Carlos:  You do not want to hear that story, carino

Dianna:  [eye roll] Don’t call me sweetheart if you want to live through another story… and stick to the question. 

Carlos:  [wicked smile]  Si, boss.  It was a time when life was not so good for me.  I had to stretch the law a bit to stay alive, but now I use those skills for Joe and Tee.  It’s good of me, no?  Some of us had to work for a living.  [he cuts a sardonic look at Hunter]

Hunter: [arms crossed, he glares at Carlos]  Don’t get caught calling Sherrilyn babe, sweetheart or hon either, if you don’t want your butt handed to you. 

Jeremy Sunn walks into the room: I’m the one with a story right now, not these two dweebs.

Dianna:  What are you doing here, Jeremy?  This isn’t your day to visit.  <sigh> 

Hunter:  Make another dweeb crack, Sunn, and you won’t have to worry about ever visiting.

Jeremy:  [he smiles at Hunter]  Feeling froggy?  Jump.

Dianna:  Cut it out you two…Jeremy!  What are you doing?  Get your hands off those women.

Jeremy:  Figured I could give them back rubs if I can’t talk to them, boss.  Those other two aren’t offering their services and these women look in bad need of good hands.  [he gifts the women with a rascal’s smile]

Dianna:  [wondering if this was such a good idea]

Hunter:  I’m giving back rubs to only one woman these days.  

Carlos:  [raises his hands in the air]  Me, too, amigo.

Jeremy:  Guess I’ll have to take care of all you ladies myself since I’m a generous kind of guy and I am available right now.

Dianna:  Not for long.  Your story is coming out September 28th and I think you’ll have your hands full with your new next door neighbor in JUST BAD ENOUGH. 

Jeremy:  [swings around, interest piqued] What new neighbor?  Female?

Dianna: If you went home to your place in Marietta, Georgia more often you might know what goes on in your neighborhood.

Jeremy:  Like I have a choice? You and Sherrilyn are the ones typing.

Dianna:  True.  [evil grin]  And it’s going to be fun…for us, anyhow. J

Carlos: [Picks up the advance copy of DEADLY PROMISES from the corner of Dianna’s desk]  So this is it?  Sunn’s story is in here?  [Ducks away when Hunter reaches for the book.] Get your own!

Dianna : [Holds out hand, palm up] Oh, no you don’t.  Hand it over.  You have to wait like everyone else.

Carlos:  Ah, come on.  Jeremy crashed our party with the ladies.  The least you can do is give us a sneak peek at his story.

Dianna:  [takes in Carlos and Hunter’s BAD boy grins and rolls her eyes]  Okay, I’ll let you read the back cover, and since I’m letting you guys see it, I guess everyone else can see it too. 

Hunter: [Grabs book from Carlos and flips it over to the back]

 LEAVE NO TRACE,  Black Ops Inc novella by NYT best-selling author Cindy Gerard.  When CIA  operative David ‘Cav’ Cavanaugh receives a distress call from his BOI buddy, Wyatt Savage, Cav doesn’t hesitate.  He goes off the grid and rushes to Myanmar in search of missing Humanitarian Aid worker Carrie Granger, who has been imprisoned as a slave laborer in the brutal Junta regime’s government-operated ruby mines.    

UNSTOPPABLE, a Tracers novella by RITA® award-winner Laura Griffin.  

Forensic anthropologist Kelsey Quinn goes to a remote Texas border region to dig up ancient bones, but ends up unearthing a deadly secret. When Kelsey’s discovery jeopardizes not just her dig, but her life, she turns to US Navy SEAL Gage Brewer, who may be the only person brave enough–and lethal enough–to help.

JUST BAD ENOUGH, a BAD Agency novella by NYT best selling authors Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love

BAD agent Jeremy Sunn stays away from his too-sweet-for-someone-like-him neighbor CeCe Caprice until she becomes a pawn in a deadly game of vengeance between organized crime lords.  When Jeremy steps between her and danger, he finds out CeCe isn’t as innocent as she appears. And CeCe realizes Jeremy is every bit as deadly as he looks.

Hunter:   Deadly?  Uh, boss, are you feeling okay?  You sure you don’t have Sunn mixed up with another agent? 

Carlos:  [looks over Hunter’s shoulder and lets out a long, low whistle] Not-so-innocent CeCe, eh?

Jeremy: [Glares at Carlos, then grabs the book from Hunter]  Hands off, both of you.  It’s MY story.  Hey boss, how about giving away a copy of Deadly Promises to one of the readers?

Carlos:  Hey, hey!  That one’s not even out until September 28th.  Give them a copy of Whispered Lies.

Jeremy:  Ever heard of early copies, amigo?  You know, like the one you’ve been ogling?

Hunter:  [muttering something about Carlos that isn’t nice]  Give away a copy of Silent Truth, too.

Dianna:  Okay, okay.  Stop posturing for the women.  We’ll give away three books – the winners can choose which one, including an early copy of Deadly Promises I should have in hand by the end of August.  Everyone happy with that?  [arches a don’t-even-think-about-arguing-further eyebrow at the three]

Carlos, Hunter and Jeremy grin.

Dianna:  [sigh…what was I thinking letting this bunch out of the writing cave?]  It’s your turn, ladies.  What makes a bad boy memorable to you?  What’s sexy about a bad boy beyond his hot looks – in your opinion?  What would be your favorite day off with a bad boy?  Or…feel free to ask the boys questions and I’ll do my best to keep them on track.

SFCATTY: These are the covers for this series and even though we didn’t discuss Phantom in the Night, I can attest it is excellent.  AND I don’t want it to go to Carlos’ head, but he’s my favorite!  Answer Dianna’s questions and win one of these awesome books. You’ll love them or I’ll take them off your hands.   

Thanks, Dianna, for making our day special and thank your capable assistant, Cassondra as well. She’s awesome- like her boss!

Silken Sands Success Stories

Today, the Sizzlers share our Silken Sands Conference Success Stories. Imagine pitching to your agent or editor at a table under an umbrella on the veranda of a resort hotel on the beach with a cool breeze blowing.  Most of our conference attendees had great succeses.  When The Calls come, ladies, please share them with the Sizzlers so we can post them in our blog.

Gothic Dweller

Gothicwriter: This year our Silken Sands Conference meant more to me then any of the others. I felt more of a member and I pitched for the first time to Lindsey Faber, and Elaine Spencer. Both requested material. Being around our group of writers felt like coming home. People who understand the need to write. It’s like a sisterhood. I have made history in my life this year and even if nothing becomes of what has happened. I’m proud of myself for the experience. I’m proud of all who tried, and to the ones who didn’t. Next time will be your time to shine. We understand the need to step back. It just means you weren’t ready. Dreams do come true. If you want something, you have to work for it. In the end, it’ll mean all the more. To Cynthia Eden. you put together a mean conference. Thank you for everything. You’re wonderful. And to all the ladies who received a request to send out “Good Luck!”  We’re getting closer.

Lizbeth:   The conference was great and I really learned a lot, especially at the editing presentation which will help with the final edits before submitting them. Patience Smith requested a full of my romantic suspense and Lindsey Faber requested a full of my paranormal short story. 

Lizbeth

 

 

 

 

 

RitaVF:  Appreciated Cynthia Eden’s and Joan Turner’s hard work. Loved the conference. Learned a lot. Met new folks and visited with old ones. Only pitched to Samhain’s Lindsey Faber. She requested a full of His Obsession (SQUEEE!!). When I apologized for talking so fast (I had so much to say and so little time to say it.), she replied, “I talk fast but I hear fast, too.” A genuinely nice lady.  I’m going to do one more read before emailing it.  Won a basket and a critique by Dianna Love.  HAPPY DAYS!

Rita VF and Romancemama

Romancemama:  Wow! It was a fast, furious and fun weekend. This weekend marked the “coming out of the closet” of my pen name, Arabella Stokes. She has written books, but I have never introduced myself as her. Felt very odd. I talked about it with my new buddy Karen Rose (yes, shameless name-dropping here!) who like me has people in her life who can’t handle some of her writing.

And to me, that is just one example of what was so great about Silken Sands. We had all the bright-eyed neophytes like moi sitting down with industry powerhouses, and the biggies not only didn’t act bored with us, they were positively friendly and encouraging. I mean, for Karen Rose to compare any, any aspect of her incredible career with my hesitant little baby steps?!?!?! I sat and swilled cheap white wine with Barbara Vey, people! She put a picture of me on her blog! I chatted up the future of e-publishing with Lindsey Faber!It does not get any better than that.

The Gulf Coast Chapter is a rare and unique group, and our conference reflects that. I’ll go a step further: Cynthia Eden is one of the most professional, delightful people you could meet, and under her leadership, the conference couldn’t be anything else. The 2012 Chair (are you listening, SFCatty? LOL!) has huge shoes to fill!!!

Runere. I’ve piloted offshore marine vessels through Texas locks, and sat box on a dice game with over half a million dollars in play with only one tenth the trepidation with which I approached my two pitch appointments! Yes, it’s that big, and all consuming when it’s something you want so badly and only eight minutes to accomplish it. I felt like one of Sayde Grace’s cowboys in slo-mo: eight seconds vs eight minutes! I’m so fortunate to be part of the support system called RWA Chapter #125 and their spicy spin-off the Southern Sizzlers (Go, my writing sisters!). And I am beyond excited to report I have a request from Laura Bradford for the first thirty pages and a detailed synopsis of the book I pitched to her; and a request for the full MS of the book I pitched Lindsey Faber from Samhain Publishing. Lindsey went out of her way to make my experience a pleasant and promising one! Thank you so much Silken Sands for providing that opportunity!

Runere and Steve

 

 

 

 

 

Sayde Grace: I received a request for a new short story from Lindsey Faber and an ms from Megan Records.  

Sayde Grace

 

 

 

 

 

 

SFCatty:   Silken Sands Conference was a wonderful experience. Met lots of amazing people from all over the country as well as Canada. This was my first experience at a writer’s conference since I came out of the writing closet a bit over a year ago. I’m wondering what took me so long to get involved with such an awesome group of supportive people. It is inspiring to be around so many others that have the same interest in being the best we can be in our writing endeavors. I was impressed with each and every one of the editors and agents I met. All the speakers had knowledge to impart. It was a great experience and one I hope to repeat again and again. Even if none of the requests I got for my work pan out to anything, it was so worth it. Patience Smith asked for a full on Runaway, my romantic suspense and Lindsay Faber asked for a full on Redemption for the Devil , my 1920 Irish historical. I am also sending a partial of Runaway to Elaine Spencer. And, I’m proud to say that I’m not a pitch virgin any longer. Kudos to our conference chair, Cynthia Eden and her co-chair, Joan Turner. They are da bomb!    

SFCatty

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