August 14, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Featuring Slammed (Davy’s Saga, Book 1) by Liza O’Connor
In my story, the marketing guy, Charles, tries to bully a pretty reporter into having sex with the men he’s lining up for sponsors.
I saw this bad behavior first hand when I worked at a local radio station in the south. There was a fabulous (and very pretty) female DJ who was without question the best DJ at the station. Oddly, the manager knocked her shift down from six to two hours. She naturally objected since she couldn’t live on such a small salary.
He then offered her another job, to replace the hours he’d taken away. She would warm up the businessmen he wanted to bring on as sponsors and then after she had warmed them up, he’d come in and get the contracts signed.
She agreed to try, and discovered that ‘warming up’ didn’t mean bringing them cookies and telling them funny stories. They wanted sex.
When she shared her predicament with me, I reminded her what a fabulous DJ she was and encouraged her to write to other stations, preferably in a different state and send them her DJ tapes. She did that, and got several job offers and became a top DJ in Oklahoma.
While I missed her, I was glad she got out of this horrible situation. But for a young woman trying to become successful, I fear this type of coercion still goes on all the time.
Davy’s Saga, Book 1
Country Western/ Bull Riding
Davy Hill goes from obscurity to fame by riding the rankest bull alive. Coming from a life of poverty, the young cowboy expects his life to change for the better now that he’s a successful professional bull-rider. Yet, with every occurrence of good luck comes an equal dose of bad. He suffers a potentially career-ending injury, a string of betrayals, and much worse. Despite all the brutal slams he takes, he keeps getting up, because he’s a bull-rider and they never give up.
Allie scrambled from the bedroom, naked and bleeding. Putting the small table between them, she tilted her head up to stop the bleeding. “I didn’t tell anyone. Why would I?”
“Don’t give me that shit. You’ve had a stick up your butt ever since I asked you to warm up advertisers before I pitched them.”
Her anger flared in return. “And I have a right to be pissed about that. I’m trying to be a serious reporter, not some call-girl to improve your sales. When you asked me to do that, I realized you had no respect for me professionally.”
“You’re right, I don’t. A reporter knows how to keep her mouth shut.” At least now, he knew what had happened. She had complained to someone about his request and it got back to the Chairman of the Board. This should have gone nowhere, but if that pious jerk, Samuel, got involved, then Jack might not have had a choice in firing him.
“I told you, I didn’t say anything!” Allie insisted.
He was tempted to throw her out of the room naked, but that might come back to bite him. “Get dressed and get out of here. You’re fired.” His words turned her from angry to distraught in a millisecond.
She stepped toward him. “Charles, I swear to you, I didn’t say anything!”
“Doesn’t matter. You’ve pissed off everybody in the WBR with those in-your-face interviews. I’ve been keeping you on as a favor, but the favors end now. Get your clothes and get out.”
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Davy’s Saga, Book 1
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.
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