Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fallen Women Week: Jo Goodman (& Giveaway)

Co-hosted by Kati and Jamie (from
Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance) & Myself

This event showcases some of the amazing authors and books that feature “fallen women” as the heroine.  Make sure to stop back each day as we will have guest posts, interviews and lots of giveaways!

Today for FWW I have Jo Goodman and the lovely ladies at RRFTLOR have Mary Balogh!


Jo Goodman is a licensed professional counselor working with children and families in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle. Always a fan of the happily ever after, Jo turned to writing romances early in her career as a child care worker when she realized the only life script she could control was the one she wrote herself. She is inspired by the resiliency and courage of the children she meets and feels privileged to be trusted with their stories, the one that they alone have the right to tell.

Once upon a time, Jo believed she was going to be a marine biologist. She knows she is lucky that seasickness made her change course. She lives with her family in Colliers, West Virginia. Please visit her website at or hang out with her at


Hi Jo, thank you for agreeing to take part in our Fallen Women Week Event!

1. What is your all time favorite “fallen woman” and why?

Hmm. My favorite fallen woman? She’s got to be Jezebel. Oh, wait. You meant a fallen woman that I’ve written about. That’s tougher. I’d have to say Elizabeth Penrose in Let Me Be the One, the first book in the Compass Club series. She made a conscious choice to take a lover and it turned out to have some unexpected consequences. I like her because it toughened her up around the edges and forced her to rethink some of her decisions. It also opened a door for her to experience the love she’d hoped to find the first time around.

2. What inspired you to write about a “fallen woman”?

In this day and age, it’s hard to wrap my head around the idea of a fallen woman, but for a historical romance, it presents some obstacles for the heroine to overcome. I like the challenge inherent in that. It also means that the hero is going to have to think a little differently than was the norm for the times if he’s going to get this girl. He has to figure out that ‘fallen’ doesn’t mean ‘ruined.’

3. What are the characteristics of a hero would you want for your “fallen woman”?

This hero has to be able to see past certain conventions of the time and recognize and value attributes in the heroine that have nothing to do with virginity. He has to have a deeper understanding of the limited opportunities she would have had, the societal pressures that influenced her choices, and that however far or hard she has fallen, she is a person deserving respect.

4. If you were stranded on an island, what 5 books would you take with you?

I’d always have Atlas Shrugged because I might actually get rescued before I finish it. I’d also want the complete works of Shakespeare because I’ll never read all of his plays otherwise. For practical purposes, I’d want “How Stuff Works” (or some similarly titled helpful survival book). For fun I think I’d like The Count of Monte Cristo. And for the child in me, I’d take along Peter Pan.

5. Describe your book in 140 characters (a tweet).

The Last Renegade attempts to save a town with the help of a beautiful widow, two rascally boys, and the hero of a dime novel.

Quick either/or:

1. Alpha or Beta? Beta

2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower

3. Debutante or Spinster? Spinster

4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? Virgin widow

5. Titled peer or Working man? Titled peer

6. Love at first sight or Second chances? Love at first sight

7. Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Pirate, whether his buckle swashes or not

8. Vampires or Shifters? Please don’t make me choose; they weird me out equally.

9. Past, Present or Future? (sneaky) Past perfect

10. Writing or Reading? Writing

11. Paperbacks or e-books? Hardcover, then ebooks

12. Plotter or Pantser? Plotter, but only because I don’t know what a Pantser is.

13. Author’s choice: You get to ask a question for the readers to answer.
Handcuffs or Ropes? Feel free to answer that, but my real question is: With all the fuss and interest in erotica, specifically bondage, is there a place for that in traditional historical romance?


As the owner of the Pennyroyal Saloon and Hotel, Lorraine Berry is privy to almost everything that goes on in Bitter Springs, Wyoming—including the bloodshed plaguing its citizens. With all of the good men dying at the hands of a local rancher and his three sons, Raine hires a shootist to be the town’s protector. But her handsome new employee is more than a hired hand; he’s a man who keeps his guns close and his secrets closer.


After a chance encounter on a train, Kellen Coltrane travels to the Pennyroyal to carry out a dying man’s last wish. But once he meets the hotel’s fiery-haired proprietor, Coltrane finds himself assuming the role of the shootist’s accomplice and agrees to protect Bitter Springs. And as he learns more about Raine’s own tragedy, Coltrane can’t deny his growing desire for the courageous widow, or the urge to protect her from the threat that draws near…


One lucky commenter will win a $25 gift card (Amazon, Barnes & Noble or iTunes) from Jo Goodman!

Open to residents of the US Only

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment for Jo – answering her question!

We love to hear from our readers – so make sure to stop by and chat with Jo!

Giveaway will be open until October 15th, midnight EST.

Make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!

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  1. I personally would rather keep the heavy bondage activities in erotica genre books. Lighthearted, playful foreplay like tying the hands to the bedpost with a silk tie would be acceptable with the understanding that both parties are in agreement.

  2. Thanks for a fun post and Thanks Jo for the giveaway! I *loved* The Last Renegade :)

    I'm more of a "whatever doesn't hurt" kinda person. So probably for me personally, handcuffs and ropes are out. But silk scarves and ties might be ok. But I'm a control freak so I wouldn't allow it in the 1st place. But I've read some awesome traditional historical romance where it fit in perfectly and was romantic and erotic. I guess it all depends on the author. I like story w/ my love scenes so I'd pick HR over erotica most days :)


  3. I hope there's always a place for the traditional historical romance I absolutely love it. I don't too much for erotica!

  4. Honestly, I'm not too much a fan of erotica. I would hate to pick up a historical romance and come to an erotica scene. I like to know what I'm getting into before I pick up a book. That being said though, I'm sure there would be a few exceptions to this if the scene was not overly graphic and done tastefully.


  5. I think that only reason the bondage would be appropriate in a main-stream romance would be to make a point clear about something already going on the storyline that needed to be explained. At the same time I think it could be done by simply being referred to instead and not going into specific actions.

    I love that you set The Last Renegade in Wyoming! My sister-in-law lives in Baggs, Wyoming with a cowboy for a husband! A personality of a small Wyoming town is hard for someone from New England like me to imagine after living only in metropolitan area. With wide open spaces, no cell phone coverage, kids who can ride their horses to school instead of taking a school bus as well as neighbors and town people who are fiercely independent while never failing to welcome in a stranger it's like an adventure into wonderland!

    1. Sorry I forgot to include email in comment directly above.


  6. Western and historical romance is usually my idea of romance. Erotic romance books I think take away from the storyline. I love happy endings.

  7. I think it's a thoughtful question. I think there is a place in historical romance for erotica and bondage. Honestly, it was a different time with different social standards but behind closed doors people have always been people! Besides, it wasn't that long ago that women went to doctors for "hysteria" treatments. Think about it!

  8. With a bit of imagination I do believe there is a place for that in traditional historical romance. To me it would be much more memorable in a historical romance since it's usually not done.

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  9. I have actually read a couple of historicals that have a little BDSM in them (mainly just tying someone up) and it did work well with the story. But I have also read some that have much more in the BDSM scene in the story. As long as it goes with the story, it works for me. I do enjoy both historicals and erotic romances that include BDSM stories, so I am open to those that combine the two.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  10. Between handcuffs or ropes, I'd choose neither, but if I had to choose, I'd go with ropes. I don't care for erotica myself, especially bondage, I just don't see the appeal.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  11. Don't care for either one! I can see a scarf or stockings used in historicals, but I don't care for any kind of bondage in my books. Thanks for the chance.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  12. Neither. There's room for it in historicals.


  13. I'm sure the bondage thing will spill over to historicals, but I don't really see it going mainstream.

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  14. I've got to say ropes because they didn't have handcuffs in the past where I would love to be if time travel were real. :)

    About the bondage, I can't get into S&M bondage type of reads. If there's a little tying up, I can deal with that.

  15. Personally I don't mind it but I'm still not my cup of tea. I don't mind reading it in erotica but not mainstream romance.

  16. Yes,there always be!! I love historical romance and I will always love it! I like Erotica genre too, but it's not better :)

  17. Why not? Just because we talk about it more now, doesn't mean it didn't go on for centuries!

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  18. Certainly, there's a place for it. However, it's not what I like to read, so I prefer it not to be in traditional historical romances. I like to know what I'm getting when I buy a book and not be surprised.

  19. As long is it is light bondage, I think that it can work in traditional historical romances.

  20. I don't like the idea of bondage at all EXCEPT if the hero kidnaps the heroine because he's madly in love with her (eg.: Emma Wildes' "Riding West"). Other than that, any form of BDSM is a turn-off for me!

    Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.


  21. I think it all depends on the characters in a story. For some characters I think it would seem like what they might do and for others it might not seem right.

  22. Sorry! I forgot my email -
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  23. It depends on the characters and the plot, I think. I mean a lot of things have been going on for a while.....

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  24. Neither - but maybe some silk scarves loosely tied.

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