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The Misadventures of a (Wannabe) Slutty Bartender

by WS Carmichael


GENRE:   Romance/Romantic Comedy



Ava Moreland has it all planned out. In two months, she will marry her fiancé, Tim. She’ll continue working at Vegas’s famous Cosmopolitan bar while he runs his father’s accounting firm. Soon they’ll start a family and she’ll have the white picket life she’s always dreamed of.
Or not.

When her fairytale engagement implodes in a devastating display, Ava embarks on a quest to reclaim her identity and feminine prowess – by sleeping her way through Las Vegas. With her best friend, Jarrod, acting as wingman her plan is foolproof.
Or not.

Nothing goes as planned with hilariously disastrous results. Her sexual misadventures will keep you in stitches as Ava searches for herself in Sin City, finding herself and her happily ever after in the unlikeliest of places.



Excerpt One:


The problem with a dramatic exit is what comes next. They never show you that part in the movies. You never see the tough heroine stumbling down a hotel hallway, her feet tired from traveling all day, alone and confused in a strange city, holding back tears as the realization her life has been flipped upside down settles in.


No. They never show you that part. They fade to black and pick up two years down the line when she’s found her happily ever after.


Where the hell is that fade to black button? Because this is the part I want to skip. I want to skip the binge eating and the ugly crying. I want to skip the ‘why me’ phase. I want to skip the explanations to my friends when they ask what happened. I want to skip all of it.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


WS Carmichael is attempting to write the world into romantic bliss one novel at a time. Based in upstate NY, she travels as often as her hectic schedule will allow. When she isn’t busy writing, she’s a mother, nurse and avid sportswoman.


WS Carmichael fell in love with romance at an early age when she would sneak Harlequins from her mother. A voracious reader, she eventually made the jump to writing.

Writing is her passion and she’s always jotting down new storyline and character ideas. Often, her characters take on a life of their own and don’t always cooperate with her plan for them. Creating well developed, strong alpha male characters that don’t fit into the typical romance hero mold makes her novels exciting and relatable. A woman who believes whole heartedly in happily ever after, she gives her heroes the heroine they deserve.

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Tell us about your book? How did it get started?

The Misadventures of a (Wannabe) Slutty Bartender is the story of how Ava Moreland finds love and herself when her engagement implodes just two months before her wedding. She poured everything she was and everything she wasn’t into what she believed was being the perfect fiancé. She changed her religion, her work hours, and limited the amount of time she spent with her best friend, Jarrod. With her relationship over, she decides to take advantage of all the advantages being single and young in Las Vegas has to offer – including one night stands. Unfortunately for her, the romance gods are not in her corner. Each attempt to have casual sex ends in a disaster more hilarious than the last.

The idea for Ava’s story came from the title itself. One day while driving, the title popped into my head. Who knows what I was thinking about! I could have been thinking about my next novel or I could have been wondering if aliens wear underwear. Either way, the title popped into my head and I loved it so much I eventually fleshed out a plot and characters. Voila! Novel created! Just kidding, I wish it were so simple.

How do you create your characters?
First, I develop a loose idea of the plot. I know it sounds crazy, but the characters create themselves from there. Once in a while, I’ll have an idea for a character and build a story around him or her. But, for the most part, I’ll picture the storyline playing out in my head and see who shows up to play which part. When I start a new book, I have a general idea of where I’d like it end up. The characters are in charge of how we get there and if any new characters jump onboard for the ride.

What inspires and what got you started in writing?

Even as a child I loved to make up stories. People watching and creating backstories is one of my favorite pastimes. I often thought about writing, but it wasn’t until I was almost forty that I was brave enough to try. I also spent an inordinate amount of time stealing my mother’s Harlequins when I was a teenager. I loved the romantic stories. Eventually, I realized I wanted to bring that same joy to others as those books brought to me. The rest is history.

Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I love writing on my laptop because it’s portable. I have an innate ability to block out the world around me while I’m concentrating, so I can write almost anywhere. I only run into problems when someone is directly engaging me, thus distracting me. Or if I’m stuck on a scene. Then, everything is distracting. I like to have a cup of coffee or tea and a notepad with me. Although the bulk of my writing is done on the computer, the planning and brainstorming is done on paper.

What do you like to read?

Romance is my favorite genre to read for the same reason I like writing it. The world is filled with negativity. I like escaping to another time and place where there is always a happy ending.

What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?

Just write! That’s it. You’ll learn more about the process by doing it than you ever will procrastinating or researching how to write. I’ll warn you, though. Once you start letting those characters loose, they’ll take over your brain and invite their friends over to help.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I love interacting with fans! Please feel free to visit my website, read my blogs, leave comments, ask questions, whatever. I love it all.




WS Carmichael will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Goddess Fish Promotions 05/11/2021 - 5:48 am

Thanks for hosting!

Rita Wray 05/11/2021 - 12:08 pm

Sounds like a good read.

Sue G. 05/11/2021 - 5:16 pm

This sounds great!

Sherry 05/11/2021 - 11:49 pm

Sounds like a good read.


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