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"Why I write Kick-ass heroines, even when they need the hero." by Rachell Nichole | The Marietta Hotels Book Tour | Silver Dagger Book Presents Contemporary Romance

The Marietta Hotels by Rachell Nichole is on virtual book tour. The contemporary romance series stops at Readeropolis today with an author ...

The Marietta Hotels by Rachell Nichole is on virtual book tour. The contemporary romance series stops at Readeropolis today with an author guest post and excerpt.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $25 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

Why I write Kick-ass heroines, even when they need the hero. 

Hi all, first, let me say thank you for joining me today to talk about Kickass Heroines, and why I write them. 

So, let’s begin with my definition of a Kickass Heroine (or KAH, for short), and then we’ll talk about why I write them, and introduce you to some of my Kickass Heroines. 

A KAH, is not someone who is busting down doors left and right and breaking heads (or balls) everywhere she goes. She is not a cold-hearted bitch, or a man-eater, or a man-hater. A Kickass Heroine is a strong woman. And women, as I’m sure many of you know, can be both strong and weak at the same time. They’re not mutually exclusive things. Being strong doesn’t mean never needing someone else. It doesn’t mean never crying, or breaking down, or asking for help, or being so frustrated with a situation that you want to throw things. Being strong is knowing what you want and need, and going after it. 

So, now that I’ve defined what this type of heroine means for me, let’s talk about why I write heroines like this, which is intricately connected with how I define them. 

Society shows us a lot of these so-called strong women who are just jerks, who bowl through life not caring who they hurt along the way. If these women we see had penises, we would call them Alpha-holes (i.e. and alpha man who instead of being a true alpha, is actually an asshole masquerading as an Alpha). Or, we see actually amazing Kickass Heroines in real life that are completely reduced to being man-eaters. These are the kinds of women that are denigrated in the boardroom or the courtroom for their brazenness to have a voice, an opinion, and for speaking up. These are true Kickass Heroines, and I often find myself wondering: If she were a man, would people just think she was badass instead of a bitch? So my goal when writing these kinds of heroines is to show the world below the surface, below what society thinks of when women in charge feel like they’re forced to show not one iota of what could be perceived as weakness. I want to show other Kickass Women that they can be both amazing, Kick-Ass, sexual, love someone else, and get help when you need it, all without sacrificing their Kick-Ass-ness! I whole-heartedly believe that romance, and in particular steamy and/or erotic romance, is feminist literature, because showcasing a woman owning her sexual identity, and seeing to her needs, being the woman she wants to be, is to me, the biggest defining component of the feminist movement. So, when a KAH decides that she wants to stay home and raise babies and run an entire household, because that is what she wants, then more power to her! That is being a Kickass Heroine. 

So, that’s why I write Kickass Heroines, and now let me introduce you to three of my favorites: Dawn Jansen, Layla Morgan, & Mandy Lachlan. 

Dawn Jansen, the KAH from A Love Affair in Las Vegas: A Marietta International prequel, is a single mom of a precocious four-year-old who never sleeps. Dawn grew up in a small town with her overbearing mother, who was determined to keep Dawn safe from the world. But Dawn being Dawn, she fought hard against that, and the small-town mentality of her upbringing and moved away to New York City as soon as she graduated high school, even though she was still just 17. She put herself through City Tech for Hospitality Management, and graduated just before giving birth to Hailey. Dawn is a Kickass Heroine in all respects. She is determined to provide the best life ever for her daughter, no matter what sacrifices that means for herself, no matter how much work it takes. But Dawn suffers from the same kind of issue that a lot of KAH do – that being Kickass means never, ever, needing someone else. This, of course, is false, since as humans we always need other people in one way or another. Dawn finally learns that she can be a strong, independent Kickass mom, and also need someone else. 

Layla Morgan, the Kickass Heroine from An Affair Across Times Square is all about her wild nature. She’s always kind of been under the impression that she should hide such a huge part of her Kickass Heroine self. She’s always felt that her wild sexual nature will drive people away. But when she finally finds a hero that wants her not just for her brazenness and her body, she realizes that the problem wasn’t with her at all, simply with the people she has been around. Tyler not only can stand close to her inner flame without getting burned, but actually embraces and loves this wild side of hers. In fact, he has a wild side to match. 

Mandy Lachlan is the KAH from An Engagement in Paris. Most of Mandy’s life has been defined by her family, and her brother Tyler’s crusade to make the world a better place. Mandy’s intent on finding her own separate identity, so she picks up and moves to Paris to teach at the Sorbonne. There, she finds herself, but also so much more. A one-night stand with a young Parisian leads to an unexpected pregnancy, and Mandy has to decide whether she can stay with Julien and raise a baby. When he proposes marriage, all she really wants is to run home. She hadn’t been expecting a baby, or an engagement, but when both happen, she finds a way to keep her own identity as well as have a family. When she finally realizes what she wants and is no longer afraid to admit, she truly understands what it means to be herself, and that’s about as Kickass as it gets. 

Thanks for stopping by, all. I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about Kickass Heroines and why I write them.

An Affair Across Times Square

Marietta Hotels Book 1

by Rachell Nichole

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Layla Morgan is tired of getting into trouble, and getting hurt. And she fears her wild nature is going to strike yet again. But maybe this time, she’s finally met the guy that can stand close enough to touch her inner flames, and not get burned. The man across Times Square seems enthralled by her wildness instead of scared in the face of it. He can’t seem to look away as she shows him just how much fun she can have… with herself.

After one glance of silky skin and talented fingers, Tyler Lachlan doesn’t stand a chance of resisting the delicious distraction of the mystery woman from the Marietta Hotel. He’s sure there’s more to her than her sultry voice and mahogany thighs, but he doesn’t know if he’s willing to risk his career to find out.

Could what began as a voyeuristic affair across Times Square develop into something more?

An Engagement in Paris
Marietta Hotels Book 2

All Mandy Lachlan wanted was her own identity. All she had to do was run away to Paris to find it. Instead, she finds love, a baby, and a marriage proposal.

Julien Chevalier needs a family. Ever since his mother left when he was a kid, he’s been searching for the security and consistency that comes with marriage and babies. So when he falls for the young African American professor at the Sorbonne, he knows immediately this is the woman for him.

Julien needs to get married the same way Mandy needs her freedom. When they find themselves at the impasse of matrimony, one of them will have to compromise what they want and need.

A Love Affair in Las Vegas
Marietta Hotels Prequel

Dawn Jansen has only ever wanted one thing: to provide a life for her daughter in New York City, away from the small-town minds of her family and her upbringing. She has fought hard to finally make it to manager at the Hauteman hotel, and one of her first duties is to attend a conference at the Marietta Las Vegas to learn all she can about running the show. But when she arrives in Las Vegas, her plans to learn as much as she can on a professional level, turns into learning far more about herself than her job. She may get a second-chance at this whole love thing after all.

Barnaby “Barney” Garrison has always had one goal in life: to help people. He’s found his calling as manager of the Marietta Times Square, and since his past failed relationship, has focused all of his energy on being the best manager he can be. This year, that means helping to run the Marietta Hotels second annual Hoteliers’ Conference in Vegas. But as soon as he notices Dawn in the crowd, his focus instantly splits, his desires for her swift and fierce. When he realizes the attraction is mutual, he doesn’t waste any time seducing her to his bed. But when he suspects she’s hiding something from him, he worries that maybe he’s just destined to attract two-timing women to his life.

Can what began as a fling in Vegas turn into something more once they’re home in New York? Or does what happen in Vegas truly stay in Vegas?

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Rachell Nichole is a contemporary erotic romance author, who loves writing sexy romances about memorable characters who have to fight to hold on to love.

Rachell holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Professional Writing and the other in French. She also received a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. She is the author of The Marietta Hotels Series, Spicy with a Side of Cranberry Sauce, Gingerbread Photography, To Sir, Belle By Night, and Queen of Hearts.

Rachell lives in Pennsylvania with a mountain of books, the love of her life, and an invisible cat who likes to snuggle.

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A Love Affair in Las Vegas 

He was seriously underdressed. As Dawn sat across from him at the table of the restaurant in a stunning red dress, he couldn’t help staring. He was in a suit, so it wasn’t like he was sloppy, exactly, but the way that soft crimson fabric hugged her voluptuous curves put his suit to shame. They had shared a quick bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant earlier, but this felt much more like a true date, and he was delighted. 

“You look ravishing, love,” he said. 

She beamed at him. “Thanks.” She wore no jewelry except a small pair of silver hoop earrings. Not that she needed any sparkle at all. Her braids were pulled up into an elegant twist atop her head, leaving her neck deliciously bare down the deep v top of the dress. “It’s new.” 

Had she gotten it just for tonight? The thought made him wild inside. The idea that she had picked out something just for their date… damn. That was a big deal. When was the last time somebody had dressed up for him? He couldn’t remember. “Well, it’s hot as hell.” 

“I’m glad you like it. And I’ve no doubt you’ll really enjoy what I’ve got on underneath it.” 

His response caught in his throat as the waiter approached from behind Dawn. She chuckled at the face he made. 

“How are you this evening, folks?” the waiter asked. 

Barnaby had to clear his throat before responding. “Fine, thank you.” 

Barnaby tried to give his full attention to the waiter, but he couldn’t stop his gaze from shifting to Dawn every few seconds, admiring the long curve of her shoulder and her toffee-colored skin against the bright red of the fabric. He couldn’t stop himself from imagining what she had on underneath. Something red and lacy? Satin? Black? 

“Sir?” the voice of the waiter finally broke through his thoughts and he tore his gaze away from Dawn. 

“I’ll have the New York strip, medium-rare, baked potato, and broccoli, please.” Apparently, he would need his strength tonight. 

His balls tightened at the thought. Oh, the things he was going to do to her in that dress. 

The waiter left them a moment later and he knew that he needed to focus them on topics of a non-sexual nature, or they’d never make it through dinner without tearing each other’s clothes off. Yesterday, when they’d been flirting and building up the sexual tension, he had fantasized about what she would feel like, taste like. Now that he knew, he wouldn’t be able to contain himself if he didn’t keep some semblance of civilized conversation, when all he really wanted to do was to whisper all the naughty things he would to do to her over the dinner table. 

“Sorry, that was probably not the best timing for that proclamation, was it?” She quirked her mouth up on one side and glanced down at the table, before looking at him again.


  1. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Monday, Jul. 16, 2018 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:

  2. I most like the cover of Engagement in Paris! Looks nice!
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  3. Hi All,

    Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm glad you like the covers. Hope you enjoy the books!

  4. I included the tour in the Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018 edition of Romance Row Weekly:

  5. Covers are great, very romantic!

  6. I love the cover. Looks really good


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