Cocktails and Characters: L. M. Pruitt and Her Butt-Kicking Heroines

L. M. Pruitt creates tough, sexy women who kick butt–and don’t have time to sit around sipping a mixed drink. When these women choose to imbibe, they go for shots.

When I first thought of creating a drink for a character—any character—I was excited. I like alcohol, the characters like alcohol, this should be fairly easy. And then I remembered something vitally important.

None of my characters are cocktail girls. Every last one of them are shot girls.

Granted, they like different things—Jude and Cari both gravitate toward whiskey, Frankie has a decided love for tequila, and Joanne (the heroine in an upcoming series) is all about the wine and champagne. But not one of them is fond of mixing their beloved alcohol of choice with anything.

So, I sat back and I thought—“Damn. I really wanted to do an alcohol based post.” So instead of giving you examples of what each woman drinks (see the paragraph above? That would have been the entire post.), I’m going to briefly explain why each woman drinks what she drinks.

Jude and Cari like their Southern Comfort straight up, no lime for these ladies.

For Jude and Cari, it’s a geographical preference. New Orleans, where Jude lives, is (in)famous for its association with Southern Comfort. Anybody who has ever done a shot of SoCo understands when I say it’s a good choice to get drunk quick, fast, and in a hurry. Cari lives in a much more rural area in southern Georgia. You can yell “cliché!” all you want, but I’m from this area. Again, trust me when I say that whiskey tends to be the hard liquor of choice. Beer is almost always the first alcohol of choice, but whiskey… well, there’s no other liquor that has quite the same burn.

Tequila and Frankie are the perfect pairing.

I’ll be honest, I have no idea why Frankie drinks tequila. Personally, I can’t stand the stuff, so it was a little bit of a surprise to me. But when I think about it, I can see how it fits her personality. Even at its most mellow, tequila is still brash and bold—you never mistake tequila for anything else. And once you’ve met Frankie Post, you never mistake her for anyone else, either.

Finally, there’s Joanne. Joanne comes from a much different background than the other three—well off family, debutante upbringing, tons of social polish. And her story is very, very different from any of theirs. So it makes sense that given a choice of alcoholic beverages, she’d gravitate toward wine and champagne. Even when she’s leading a battle charge or drawing a sword on an archangel, there’s a sense of restraint and refinement.

Pruitt’s newest heroine is elegant and refined like her choice of drink.

So there you have it—the various female leads and their beverages of choice. As you can see, they’re a varied lot. Some of their tastes are not my own—actually, most of them aren’t mine (I’m totally a vodka girl). But that’s just one more thing that makes them unique.

About the Jude Magdalyn Series

Hole in the Wall (#0.5)

Before Jude could throw fire…Before she could heal…Before she chose between two men…

She was a bartender.

Find out what Jude was up to the night before her world went nuts.

Hole in the Wall is available as an exclusive FREE ebook to celebrate the release of the second edition of Shades of Gray.


Shades of Gray (Book One)

Jude Magdalyn Henries lives what many would call an unconventional life.

Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, a teenage runaway living on the streets… she now earns a living at odd jobs, including one as a fake tarot card reader. Very little about Jude’s life appears normal, by any scale.

When she accepts a gig to do a private reading, unconventional takes on an entirely new meaning. Life as she knows it ends when she’s thrust into a world she never knew existed-one filled with magic, vampires, and her beloved New Orleans on the verge of an underground war.

To make matters worse, she’s got two men in her life vying for attention, Williams and Theo. Both call to a different part of her, but one scares her just a little bit.

Can she step up to the challenges set before her and make the right choices for the greater good?

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Shades of Desire (Book Two)

All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.

Instead, I’ve got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.

On top of that, I’m breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it’s a full time job. All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.

Instead, I’ve got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.

On top of that, I’m breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it’s a full time job.

Did I forget to mention that I’ve also got enough girls living at the Crossroads to start my own boarding school?

Peace and quiet? Out the window.


Shades of Blood (Book 3)

If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

Felipe, one of New Orleans’s most infamous—and crazy–vampires is back in town. And to say he’s unhappy is an understatement.

Duprees and Williams have to track down Felipe, fast, before he claims any more victims. If that means making a deal with the Devil–otherwise known as St. Germaine–and using an untrained dhampir, so be it.

If that wasn’t enough, I’ve also got rebellious teenagers, feuding couples, and a suddenly full social calendar.

The more things change….

About the Moon Rising Series with Cari Gravier

New Moon Rising (Book One)

Nothing ever happens in Selene, Georgia. The biggest events in the past ten years have been a wedding, a funeral and a bar fight. It’s slow, sleepy, a little narrow-minded–but for Cari Gravier, it’s home.

Now things are starting to happen that nobody’s seen before. Strange things in the woods, dead animals–and dead people. Cari’s about to discover a whole new side to Selene. And a past that may come back to bite her…

Harvest Moon Rising (Book Two)

Cari Gravier might have learned Selene’s big secret, but some things remain constant: the Old Town Cafe, blackberry harvesting, and the shaky relationship with her ex-husband, Mike Sullivan.

But there’s more change in the wind, the kind even half blind Old Willis can see. The seeds of the past–betrayal, violence, and heartbreak–are ready for harvest.

And some sleeping dogs just won’t stay down…

About the Frankie Post Series

Irish Rover (Book 0.5)

Cheating husband?

Call Frances “Frankie” Post, a private investigator with a trick or two up her sleeve.

In this flash fiction piece (approx. 1500 words), join Frankie as she spends the afternoon in Queens masquerading as a member of the “personal entertainment” business community. A note to cheating husbands – never use the joint checking account.

Taken (Book One)

Cheating spouse? Stolen jewelry? Missing person?

Call Frances–Frankie–Post. A private detective with a trick of two up her sleeve and a few skeletons of her own.

What starts out as a simple missing person’s case dumps Frankie and her lover Jack right in the cross hairs of a dangerous human trafficking organization. With lives on the line, bad blood and old wounds finally see the light of day. And Frankie and Jack are forced to realize: The past always catches up with you.


About L. M. Pruitt

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of the Jude Magdalyn Series as well as Moon Rising Series, featuring Cari Gravier, and Taken, featuring Frankie Post. Ms. Pruitt makes her home in Florida with two cats–one smart, the other not so much.

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