Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Villain of Our Own Stories by JL Peridot #WickedWednesday #romance


Join me in welcoming JL Peridot with an inspirational Wicked Wednesday post.

Sometimes we’re the villains of our stories, not the office bully, or the queen bee from highschool, or the megalomaniac billionaire trying to sink half the city in the ocean so he can build his waterfront development.

Without any outside help, we tell ourselves we’re ugly when we look in the mirror; we’re unrelenting to ourselves when we struggle; we’re cruel to ourselves when we’re less than perfect. Sometimes we’re the ones holding the bloody knife, the smoking gun...and the broken heart.

When I wrote It Starts With A Kiss, I didn’t want to rehash a Mean Girls trope in sci-fi office setting. I wanted to explore the villainy in my heroine as well as the heroism in my villain.

Despite their comically catastrophic differences, Celeste and Eleanor both embody similar qualities that they use to navigate the complex environment of a business run by small-minded people—finding satisfaction at last when they push through their inner struggle, and finally appreciate themselves (and each other) for who they really are.

We are all complex and curious creatures. If you’re in a place to handle it, try to do this one thing today: be kind to yourself ❤️

Thank you for having me, Brenda! 🙏

It Starts With A Kiss (Kyanite Publishing) 

Celeste is a talented engineer who doesn’t realize her job’s going nowhere fast. She’s a little naïve. She’ll cut code and solder cables forever as long as Owen’s around. Owen, on the other hand, knows exactly how badly things suck—he just doesn’t care. Sure, his skills aren’t what they used to be, but they’re still better than what Halcyon Aries deserves.

Then it happens. The company’s toxic management team finally crosses the line. As both techies race to upgrade the station and to free the team from their oppressive contracts, they come to learn that life—and love—can only ever be what you make it.

Strap in for a steamy office romance in space, because sometimes It Starts With a Kiss!


“It’s just a tiny config change.” Eleanor flicked the new spec at Celeste’s terminal. “And it’s only in two places. That should be easy enough for someone like you.”
She knew what Eleanor was trying to do, and it wasn’t working. In fact, it made things worse. If she really knew the scope of the change, she wouldn’t be using that tone of voice or looking at her with that sugary smile.

Celeste shook her head. “This isn’t a simple change, Elle. I’d have to completely redo a couple of modules—”

“OK, sure! Redo them then. We have room in the budget.”

“But it’ll blow out the timeframes. I can’t get this done in two days.”

“Oh, no, you’ll just have to find a way. That’s when they need it by.”


“No buts, Celly. I’ve already told them we’ll have it ready for when they dock, OK? So, thanks in advance, and keep up the good work!”

That was it. Elle’s walls were up, plastered in pleasantry and aggressive cheer. The perky administrator turned to leave, but after a few paces stopped and looked back at Celeste over her shoulder. “Oh, I almost forgot. Dave and the others have called a meeting. Make sure you’re in the conference room by 1600. Toodle-doo!”

With that, Eleanor skipped between the desks and left through the break room door.

It Starts With A Kiss is available Amazon:

About JL Peridot

JL Peridot writes love stories and more from her home beneath the southern skies. Her latest book, “It Starts With A Kiss”, is a nerdy, sci-fi office romance—a little HEA for her fellow ladies in tech. Right now, she’s figuring out how to defeat her inner villain, still washing her hands, and working on her next book.

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  1. Good morning. Thanks for being a guest, JL.

    1. Thank you so much for having me, Brenda! And for letting me rabbit on about this topic :)

  2. What a great post! It needs to be said over and over. Thanks!