I'm so thrilled(see how I worked that in there?) to have Best Selling Author, Kathy Bennett here today. Kathy's debut novel, A Dozen Deadly Roses reached the Best Sellers lists on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble within a few weeks of release and continues to top the charts in Mystery & Thrillers , and Police Procedurals.
More about that later. For now, Kathy is here to tell us about her upcoming release, A Deadly Blessing.
I told Kathy she could talk about anything she wanted, but I never imagined she'd go down this road!
These Aren’t Bunnies You Give Your Kids at Easter
I have to admit the first time I heard the term Badge Bunny I thought it was a rabbit. I assumed it was the mascot for the police station where I worked. I was right out of high school, a new civilian worker at the LAPD and had led a somewhat sheltered life.
For those of you who don’t know what a Badge Bunny is…it’s a person who loves to have sex with cops (or firefighters, or any man in uniform). Usually, a Badge Bunny is female. However, once I became a police officer, I was ‘hit on’ a couple of times by different guys who, I was fairly sure, were attracted to me only because I wore a badge. Were these men male Badge Bunnies trying to score with female cops? I don’t know, but I was always able to shut them down by telling them my husband is a world-champion pistol shooter. Worked every time.
So, getting back to female Badge Bunnies, from what I’ve seen (and heard), these gals will go where they know cops hang out and then flirt aggressively. Many Badge Bunnies don’t care if their ‘target’ cop is married or not – in fact, there are some bunnies who seek out the cop wearing a wedding ring.
There are some cops who will ‘romp’ with every bunny who comes his way. Some cops avoid bunnies like the plague. But one thing clearly evident is that cops have lost their jobs, marriages, relationships and even their lives over Badge Bunnies.
Officers who’ve learned the hard way about Badge Bunnies usually tell their younger counterparts that bunnies are usually nuts and offer the sage old advice: "Your Badge Will Get You Pussy, but Pussy Will Get Your Badge!" But how effective do you think that is with a young good-looking cop in a uniform who gets hit on several times a day?
Danger from bunnies is not relegated to the usual cop spots either. Dispatchers, nurses, and even female cops can be bunnies – and the male officers aren’t shy about passing bunny names around. It’s considered poor form for a bunny to ‘date’ more than one cop at a time, but many don’t care and will have several cops a week over to her hutch.
First responders aren’t the only professions to garner the attention of the bunnies. Military men, college professors, and athletes are prone to bunny love too. In fact, women who seek out cowboys are called Buckle Bunnies, and women who hunt hockey players are called ‘Puck Bunnies.’ (Don’t try to say THAT fast five times!)
Needless to say, wives and girlfriends of police officers or firefighters etc. don’t hold Badge Bunnies in high regard. Being married to a cop can be highly stressful, and due to the demands and odd hours of the job, it takes a lot of work to keep cop’s marriage together. Bringing a bunny into the picture usually doesn’t help.
Speaking of stress in the marriage of a police officer, I’d like to tell you a little about my next book, A Deadly Blessing.
The critically-ill daughter of the governor of California has been kidnapped. LAPD Detective Maddie Divine is assigned to find her before it’s too late. But this high-profile case comes with secrets on every side: cops, politicians, even the innocent.
Maddie Divine: Her marriage hangs by a thread, her SWAT-officer husband has lost it, and almost as bad, she can’t trust her detective partner.
Travis Divine: After the death of a SWAT teammate, he’s a shell of the man he used to be. He’s lost touch with his work, his wife and occasionally even reality. Can he regain the warrior mentality needed to support Maddie and do his job?
Preston Truesdale: The California governor’s daughter has gone missing, and so has her only bone marrow donor. Is it coincidence or something more sinister?
Pilar Luna: The mayor of Los Angeles is a media favorite, and she plays Preston like a Vegas pro would play a Midwestern farmboy…all in hopes of reaching the White House. Will she hit the jackpot?
Tiffany Truesdale: The brainiac teenager evaded her security team to spend a night on the town with her girlfriends, but can she outwit the man who kidnapped her before time runs out?
A Deadly Blessing is a lightning-paced story of suspense that will keep readers on edge from beginning to end. Coming April 2012!
About the Author -
Kathy Bennett is no stranger to murder and mayhem. A twenty-one year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, her authentic crime experience results in arresting stories.
Most of Kathy's career was spent working patrol in a black and white police car. Prior to retirement, Kathy was assigned as a Senior Lead Officer, with approximately five square miles in the San Fernando Valley her responsibility regarding crime and quality of life issues.
Kathy also served as a Firearms Instructor at the LAPD Police Academy, a crime analyst in the 'War Room', a Field Training Officer, and worked undercover in various assignments. She was named Officer of the Quarter twice, and Officer of the Year once.
She's married to a Los Angeles Police Officer, and they have one daughter and one granddaughter. Kathy has written two romantic suspense manuscripts and is currently revising her third book - a suspense novel. Her novel, A Dozen Deadly Roses was released in June 2011.
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Los Angeles Police Officer Jade Donovan is being hunted. There’s the lieutenant who’s out to get her, the psycho who’s stalking her and leaving dead roses at her door, but most frightening of all, she’s been assigned to partner with her son’s father, Mac Stryker. Mac doesn’t know he’s Donnie’s dad, and Jade will stop at nothing to prevent him from finding out and possibly taking away her son. She will protect and defend him at all costs.
Mac Stryker is a cop with something to prove. Five years ago, he’d been forced to resign the police department in disgrace when he was too drunk to take action during a shooting. Now, Mac is sober, back on the force and back working with Jade Donovan, the rookie who’d saved his life. Worse, he finds himself attracted to Jade and her precocious son, Donnie. But Mac is through with love. The violent death of his wife and daughter turned him into an alcoholic, and he won’t put his job or his heart at risk again. He will protect and defend them both at all costs.
But when the deadline looms on Jade’s dozen deadly roses stalker, will the two partners manage to put aside their differences in order to save their son?
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This Badge Bunny stuff is news to me. How about you? Have you heard the term or can you add to the list?
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