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Battle of the Bitches Guest Post/Giveaway with Leslie C. Ferdinand



BATTLE OF THE BITCHES: JULIA BARNES WALKER & KAROLYN CROSBY DELEON

Julia Walker is the matriarch in Leslie C. Ferdinand’s Picture Perfect (2013). Karolyn DeLeon is her counterpart in Wicked Allure (2012). While the two books are not connected, both mothers are supreme bitches. They have agreed to sit down and chat to explain what makes them tick and how they are similar but still so vastly different.

Karolyn - What makes you such a snob, Julia?

Julia - Karolyn, I come from a very old and prestigious family in New Orleans. I have every right to demand certain standards from the people I associate with. I do wonder why you’re such a manipulator.

K - As if you aren’t, Julia. I come from as lauded a background as you. I expect to have things done my way and when I see a situation going in a different direction, I find a way to steer it back on track.

J -Except with your daughter, Madigan.

K - I have no wish to speak of Madigan, Mrs. Walker. I would much prefer to discuss Elliot, your son. You were railroading him into marrying a woman any fool could see was wrong for him. Why put him through that?

J - In the interest of this interview, I’ll ignore the fact you insinuated I am a fool. I want my Elliot’s life to be picture perfect. I chose Rachel because I thought she would be his perfect mate—accomplished, beautiful, and a champion for other women.

K - And Alexis? What did you think upon your first meeting?

J - I know my children—

K - Apparently, not well enough—

J - Hmmph. As I started to say, I know my children—unlike you—so I knew the moment I set my gaze upon Alexis, the reason for Elliot’s behavior. She is a fiery one and won’t hold her opinions for anyone. But Walkers keep their promises and I didn’t want my son to be labeled by the press a playboy and a heartbreaker. Besides, there are too many gold diggers out to snag themselves an unsuspecting gentleman, whom they manipulate into marrying. Not in this family. You have to be established in your own right and pass the Walker test.

K - I see. Do you think you’re a good mother, Julia?

J - The best! Because of the way I raised my children, they are all very successful in their chosen fields.

Do you think you’re a good mother, Karolyn? You try to thwart your adult daughters at every turn. You seem resentful and jealous of them. What is it you don’t like about them? Or do you have a gripe against one more than the other?

K - My daughters have youth. No matter what they do, their father loves them. Jack first noticed me because of my beauty. We had much in common. But as the girls grew up, the spotlight faded away from me. The last straw was when I lost the son Jack wanted. My girls are more than I can deal with. Brianna almost humiliated the entire family with her escapades when she was sixteen. Kelly, at least, is obedient and dutiful to me.

J - You think? I believed the same of Elliot. Kelly’s obedience to you will change when she falls in love.

K - She’s already in love, Julia. But, as I said before, I arrange situations so that I achieve the result I want.

J - That’ll backfire, Mrs. DeLeon. Mark my words, dear. Your manipulations didn’t work with Madigan, your youngest.

K - Madigan defies me every chance she gets and has absolutely no respect for me.

J - Why should she? As you pointed out, she’s a grown woman. Besides, you seem to have a thing for her lover?

K - Zachary Steele is a fine, virile man. Much like your Elliot and—

J - We can discuss many things, but you’ll leave the name of Elliot—in the context in you are implying—out of your mouth. Didn’t the media mention you’ve remarried the girls’ father?

K - And?

J - You appear edgy and angry. Why?

K - I don’t like your questions.

J - As if I care. We’ve agreed to the interview and you will answer me. Unless you’re finally coming to your senses and realize how wrong you are. You discuss respect, but you’re disrespecting your husband.

K - My relationship with Jack is complicated. I’ve wanted Zach for a long time. I believe I’m the better woman for him. But I won’t jeopardize what I have with my husband to sleep with Mr. Steele.

J - As if he’d have you. He only has eyes for Madigan. I’m quite shocked he allows you to treat your daughters as you do.

K - One of my stipulations of our reconciliation was he stay out of my dealings with the girls. He deals with them his way and I deal with them my way. Your husband, Frank, seems just as pussy-whipped. He allows you to run roughshod over your children.

J - I do what I do because I love my children. It might not always be the best way but Frank understands I would die before I harm them on purpose. You, on the other hand, are arrogant and self-serving. The Walkers are a close-knit family. The DeLeons are fractured because of your animosity for your girls fueled more because of Zachary Steele’s rejection of you than anything else.

K - You do believe you’re a paragon of motherhood. Hats off to the great Julia Walker, perfect lady, perfect mother, perfect wife. I’m surprised you lowered yourself to sit down with the likes of me.

J - I am, too, because the only woman I’ve met who’s more of a bitch than you is Elliot’s former fiancĂ©, Rachel Evans. And, if you tried to get anywhere near Elliot, you’d have Alexis to deal with.

K - I believe this meeting is coming to a close.

J - Finally, something we agree on. Please avoid the paparazzi. The DeLeons may play the media but I refuse to have our personal lives displayed for the world to see.

K - The paparazzi go with the territory of the rich and famous.

J - The infamous, you mean?

K - You run your family as you see fit, Mrs. Walker, and allow me to run mine as I see fit.

J - Of course, dear. Do have a good day.

Picture PerfectTitle: Picture Perfect
Author: Leslie C. Ferdinand
Series: N/A
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781931761222
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: May 20th, 2013
Number of pages: 293

Purchase at Liquid Silver Books

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A Woman Determined to Rise Above Heartache and Ruin

Alexis Morgan returned to New Orleans just after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Determined to focus on rebuilding her interior decorating business and saving her home, Alex has no time for relationships. She refuses to fall into the same trap that her mother fell into and become involved with a married man. Then the soon-to-be married Elliot Walker storms into her life, tempting her to forget the hard lessons she learned as a child.

A Man Determined to Prove Himself

Businessman Elliot Walker is the youngest and only son, though adopted, of a wealthy and prominent New Orleans family. The Walkers’ natural children are models of society and Elliot will do no less. Once his older brother marries, Elliot knows their mother will push him to marry the woman she believes is perfect for him, a high-powered attorney with a thirst for money, power, and sex. With six months to go before his wedding, Elliot hires Alex to redecorate his home. Suddenly, keeping his mother happy by marrying Rachel, a woman he’s beginning to realize he barely knows, isn’t as important as having Alex in his arms. But Rachel intends to have it all, and she’s willing to murder to get it.

Out of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, secrets are revealed, relationships tested, and true love born.

AUTHOR BIO:


Leslie C. Megahey and Shirley H. Ferdinand have been writing together since 1991. Under their Christine Holden pen name, five books were released by Berkley/Jove between 1998 and 2001. Their last book, Dearest Beloved, had a foreign edition in Dutch. They’ve appeared in New Orleans Magazine, the Times Picayune, RT Book Reviews, the Fort Bend Herald, Fort Bend Lifestyles, and the Natchez Sun. They were also included in Kathryn Falk’s 1998 How To Write A Romance For The New Markets and Get it Published and May McGoldrick’s Marriage of Minds: Collaborative Fiction Writing in 2000. They’ve made appearances on television stations in New Orleans, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Beaumont and Toronto. Leslie has also made an appearance on the Rachel Ray Show and is founder of Inside Rose Rich Magazine. They currently have literary representation with D4EO Literary Agency. This is the team’s first erotic romance

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4 comments

  1. Thank you for hosting me today, Crystal!

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  2. That's a cat fight that I would have loved to have eavesdropped in on that conversation. But I have to agree that Julia came out on top. Makes me think of the original Dallas series.

    Thank you for the great giveaway.
    Lynn
    lareynolds0316@gmail.com

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  3. I was tending towards Julia myself.

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  4. I feel like at one point I would have been worried about them getting to an actual altercation. Karolyn is a crazy enough woman to do it. Lol.

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