Codi Gary: The Bad Girl Returns

I am so excited to present today’s guest. Codi Gary is a friend and fellow Avon author who is gathering fans by the droves among readers and writers alike. Her Good Girl/Bad Girl series is crazy popular—and excellent! Not only is Codi a really great writer, but she’s a force of fun and energy. Spend any time with her, and you’ll come away feeling like you’ve met a superstar!  Welcome to Get Lost in a Story, Codi!

An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

Return of the Bad Girl
Publisher: Avon Impulse


Bad girls don't forgive.
Bad girls don't forget.
Bad girls don't fall in love.
Caroline Willis may be known for causing trouble, but she is NOT about to become homeless. So when she learns that her perfect apartment has been double-booked—to a dangerously hot bad boy—Caroline's bad-girl reputation comes out in full force. He may be sexy as sin, but she's not afraid of him … or his panty-melting smile.
Rock Canyon's got room for only one bad attitude—and Gabe Moriarty was here first. Still, starting over means playing it smart, so while sharing his new apartment is less than ideal, it's worth getting his dream business off the ground. Not to mention that it means shacking up with a sexy wild child. Caroline may be giving him the cold shoulder, but Gabe always was good at starting fires …
Caroline vows to keep things professional with Gabe, but as close quarters begin to ignite the sizzling chemistry between them, she's left wondering: Bad boy plus bad girl equals nothing but trouble … right?

“It’s my parking spot.”
Caroline poked her head past Gemma to see who it belonged to. The man behind the voice was a panty-dropper for sure. He was leaning against the counter of the shop’s break room, but Caroline had a feeling he was as tall as he was muscly. Wide shoulders and rippling arms were hugged by the light cotton of a tight, army-green T-shirt, and she couldn’t miss the bumps and ridges of his pecs and abs—proof that this guy worked out hard, in all the right places.
Caroline tried to say something, but her mouth was too dry, her tongue glued to the roof of her mouth.
She hadn’t even gotten to his face yet. How long had it been since a man had tongue-tied her with his body alone? Too long, apparently.
Her gaze finally met his obsidian eyes—complete with ebony lashes framing them thickly, unfairly. His coffee-and-cream skin was smooth except for the hint of scruff around his chin and a two-inch strip of dark hair running down the middle of his head, like a short, tamed Mohawk. She could see the tip of a tattoo on the side of his neck, just above his T-shirt, but it was his smile that finally brought her back to reality.
It was stretched wide—with an edge that told her he knew exactly what he was doing to her, that it happened to him all the time—and his arrogance was like a bucket of ice water. This man was dangerous, cocky . . . and he had stolen her parking spot. Worse, he’d called it his spot, and here she was, basically going into heat. She wasn’t this girl, the one who panted after whatever hot guy crooked his finger at her.
Gearing up for battle, she placed a hand on her cocked hip. “As pretty as you may be, I am going to have to call bullshit on that one. Gemma leased the upstairs apartment to me and the parking spot along with it.”
Tall, dark, and douchey stood up, forcing her to tilt her chin skyward and curse her lack of heels. She normally wore them everywhere, but since today was moving day, she had worn comfy shoes for running up and down stairs. Which put her about four inches shorter than normal; at five foot three and a quarter, she was on the shrimpy side when dealing with average men. This guy was definitely above average, probably six foot two in his bare feet. What really pissed her off, though, was the way he was leaning over her now, as if he was trying to intimidate her with his bad-boy aura.
Please, I eat assholes like you for breakfast.
He took a few steps closer, that smug smile never slipping. “Well, Travis, Gemma’s husband, rented the apartment—and parking spot—to me as well. So, looks like we have a bit of an issue here.”
That threw Caroline, and she swung her focus to Gemma, who looked like she was ready to wring her hands and cry. “Please, tell me he’s kidding.”

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LIZ: How often do you get lost in a story?
CODI:  As often as I can, but it depends on the type of story and how often my kids interrupt me.

LIZ: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
CODI: The Little Red Hen with my Disney Tape Cassette Player.

LIZ: What’s your favorite “love” word?
CODI:  LOL love word? Hmmm…sexy?

LIZ: What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?
CODI: Owning Violet by Monica Murphy, Sweet Surprise by Candis Terry, Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton, and Darcy Burke’s Only In My Dreams.

LIZ: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
CODI:  Actual fairy tale would be…Beauty and the Beast.

LIZ: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
CODI: Dr. Doofinshmirtz.
LIZ: Oh my gosh, I LOVE Dr. Doofinshmirtz and all of Phineas and Ferb!

LIZ: Cast your book using fairy tale or cartoon characters.
CODI:  Um, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, and Colin will be played by Justin the Rat from The Secret of Nimh. Penelope with be played by Mrs. Brisby.

LIZ: Write us a haiku about your book or one of your characters!
CODI:   Through Tragedy Comes Hope
                Through Pain Comes Forgiveness
                Acceptance and Love will make them whole.

LIZ: What one thing about your hero drives his heroine crazy? And what one thing about your heroine drives her hero nuts?
CODI: That he thinks he’s so hot. And that she is so bossy.

LIZ: Name three things that are, at this moment, in your heroine’s purse.
CODI: She carries lip gloss, mace, her keys, and her wallet.

LIZ: What sound or noise do you love?
CODI: The sound of rain on the roof.
LIZ: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?
CODI: Tudor England to meet Queen Elizabeth and find out if she got it on with Dudley.

LIZ: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?
CODI: My children’s antics.

LIZ: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
CODI: Fried Green Tomatoes

LIZ: Who’s your favorite villain?
CODI: Spike from Buffy

LIZ: What is your biggest vice?
CODI: Sweets.

LIZ: What’s your favorite kid joke?
CODI: Knock Knock Orange you glad I didn’t say banana.

LIZ: What do you hope for the future of romance publishing?
CODI: I hope that we still continue to dominate the book market and that they bring back historical westerns. I miss those!

LIZ HAS GOTTA ASK: What’s the most personal thing you’ve ever put in one of your books?
CODI: That my horse died on Valentine’s Day when I was 11.
LIZ: Oh my goodness—that’s an honestly sad story. I had no idea it was true.

CODI WOULD LIKE TO KNOW:  Which character from Rock Canyon are you most looking forward to reading about? Codi has a $10 Amazon gift card for one lucky commenter.

Website: www.codigarysbooks.com   


Bad for Me  comes out on April 7th.

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PREVIOUS RELEASES: Check out Codi’s earlier great reads. 


  1. Welcome to GLIAS Codi. Books sounds awesome. The best of luck to ya'.

  2. Hi, Codi! and welcome to Glias. I was never a bad girl, only a good girl. Sigh. Bad girls had more fun. Congratulations on the books

  3. Can't wait to read more about Carolyn. On my kindle already

  4. No idea; haven't read it

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  5. I have not read your books before... looking over at your website... I like the sound of them all... probably would start with Katie Conners' story. Thanks for sharing! :) greenshamrock at cox dot net

  6. "Panty-melting smile" Yeah that one made me grin!

  7. Love the setup for this. What a great excerpt! This series is new to me. Thanks so much for introducing us to Codi! And thanks Codi for the great interview!

  8. Thanks, everyone, for all the awesome love and Liz, thanks for having me!