When I set out to write my Lady Pinkerton character, Sadie Michelson, I wanted her to be a kick-butt heroine that would make women cheer. I cut my teeth on action-adventure movies as a kid, and I wanted to write a female, who could be a “John Wayne” type of character, without sacrificing her sensuality or femininity.
Needless to say, Sadie is not the kind of woman who would be happy, sipping tea in a Victorian drawing room (unless she’s playing the part of a prim-and-proper lady as a Pinkerton Agent.) No, Sadie is more about competing with men in a man’s world – and beating them at their own game.
Sadie has all kinds of interesting adventures in my Lady Law & The Gunslinger series (including jumping out of a burning brothel.) She can hold her own in a fight with guns, fists, and words. In fact, writing Sadie’s dialogue is the most fun I’ve ever had crafting a story. I just love to embroil her in arguments with her charming (but aggravating) lover, the gunslinger-turned-lawman, William “Cass” Cassidy.
But the quintessential Sadie snippet, in my mind, is the following teaser from Book 2, Dance to the Devil’s Tune, set in Denver in 1883.
“Looking for someone, mister?” her voice was harsh.
Cass’s lips twitched. “They call her the Devil’s Daughter.”
A moment passed. Then a light bloomed at her elbow. She was lounging in an armchair, her chestnut mane spilling to her waist, lacy rosettes cascading from her breasts. The skimpy threads left little to his imagination. But what captivated Cass in that moment -– what had always captivated Cass about Sadie -– was the sensual fire burning in those hungry, tiger eyes.
“I got word you wanted me,” he said.
He hiked an eyebrow.
“But since you made the trip,” she said huskily, her trigger finger never wavering on her .32, “take off your clothes.”
(Note from Adrienne: Yeah, you’re not likely to read a woman like THAT in a Regency Romance. 🙂 )
Dance to the Devil’s Tune
Dance to the Devil’s Tune
Lady Law & The Gunslinger Series
By Adrienne deWolfe
Maestro’s music creates mindless puppets, who commit crimes at his command. To lure the sinister jewel thief out of hiding, Pinkerton Agent Sadie Michelson poses as a wealthy widow.
Fearing for her safety, William “Cass” Cassidy, her hotheaded lover, hatches his own plot to end Maestro’s killing spree. But his daring gamble backfires and costs him Sadie’s trust.
Now Cass is on the run, hunted by Maestro and the Pinkertons. Torn between her mission and her gunslinging lover, Sadie must stop Cass’s showdown with Maestro, or she’ll lose her badge—and her man.