Monday, November 9, 2015

Hats Off Corner Welcomes Stephen Tremp and a few Bad Girls

Thanks Lee for hosting me today. And thanks everyone for stopping by. As a writer, you can find inspiration anywhere and everywhere. My wife belonged to a Bible study group and one of the books they went through was Bad Girls of the Bible. I flipped through it a few years ago and sure enough there were some really Bad Girls doing really bad things. Some were repentant while others met a terrible death. I thought this would be a good topic as the thirteen antagonists in Salem’s Daughters are all Bad Girls. 

Potiphar’s Wife: Her name doesn’t appear in the Bible but this wild woman was bad news for Joseph. Sold into slavery by his brothers, Potiphar bought Joseph to be a household slave. Potiphar was ‘Captain of the Palace Guard’ and his title giving reference to butcher or executioner. 

And his wife had the hots for Joseph. She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house. Genesis 39:12 

Joseph ended up spending many years in the dungeon on her false accusations he came on to her before being released and rising to second in command in Egypt. 

Delilah: She betrayed her husband Samson for money and he ended up a prisoner of the Philistines who blinded him. Samson did get his revenge by collapsing a stadium full of Philistines. 

Rahab: A prostitute, she helped the Israelites capture the city of Jericho she lived in. In exchange, her life and those of her family were spared for her cooperation. 

Jezebel: Often the measuring stick for bad girls everywhere. She incited her husband King Ahab to worship false deities, persecute the true prophets, and brought false witness against common folk and had them killed. Her ultimate demise: she was thrown off the top of a tower by members of her own court and ended up in a big splat where wild dogs ate her. 

Mary Magdalene: She had seven demons cast out of her, was repentant of her sins, and followed Jesus. She is commonly portrayed as a prostitute but her lifestyle was never spelled out specifically. She is mentioned twelve times in the Gospels, more than most of the disciples. 

Sapphira: She and her husband Ananias were killed suddenly after lying to the Apostles about money. 

Jael: She was actually a good person as she killed Sisera to deliver Israel from the troops of King Jabin. She was more of a bad-ass than bad. 

"Then she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground while he was lying fast asleep from weariness.” Judges 4:21. 

Well done, Jael. Well done, indeed. 

Question: Do you have any favorite ‘Bad Girls’ regardless of the source? 

Short Blurb: A four hundred year old evil is unleashed when the daughters of those killed during the Salem Witch Trials find a new generation of people to murder at a popular modern-day bed and breakfast. 

Stephen Tremp writes Speculative Fiction and embraces science and the supernatural to help explain the universe, our place in it, and write one of a kind thrillers. 

Me with Spawn Number Two
You can read a full synopsis and download Salem’s Daughters by Clicking Here

Stephen Tremp posts weekly blogs at his website Breakthrough Blogs

Next Stop: Wednesday November 11th with Michael Di Gesu at In Time.

38 comments:

  1. yes, I've always been intrigued by Byzantine empresses Irene and Theodora, they were some nasty wenches :) They were so naughty that we have many sayings in our language connected with their names

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    1. Dez, I haven't heard of these women. I ll Google them when I get home.

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  2. Jael was tough!
    Never thought about it, but Mary Magdalene is mentioned a lot of times in the Bible.

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    1. Alex, amazing she's mentioned so often in the Gospels but not in Acts. I've often wondered why.

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  3. MM being mentioned that many times in the Bible has always stirred intrigue and tons of debate. Makes one think...

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    1. SA, lots of speculation here but nothing really is said about her other than she was part of a group of women who tagged along Jesus and his disciples and ministered to them. They cooked meals, washed clothes, and such. She could have been a grandmother.

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  4. Considering the evil deeds of some of the men in the Bible, it's only fair that women were part of those deeds. They were all human after all. Even Abraham's wife, Sarah, did some bad things.

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    1. Diane, that's right. Lots of material to choose from, including Eve.

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    1. Southpaw, that's a great theme song for this post.

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  6. It's always been pretty cool learning about various histories but I haven't really considered the "bad girls" of the Holy Bible. I'd like to read a little more about this :-)

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    1. Angela, this is why I love Google so much.

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  7. It's always been pretty cool learning about various histories but I haven't really considered the "bad girls" of the Holy Bible. I'd like to read a little more about this :-)

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  8. I love learning about bad and bad-ass girls!

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    1. Christine, it's been a blast writing these posrs. As much as writing the story.

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  9. Hi Lee and Stephen - I didn't know about half of those .. better get reading - or perhaps I just wanted to avoid Bad Girls ... great post for us though .. and I presume Spawn 2 is somewhat older now?! Cheers to you both - and Lee hope your time away is happy ... Hilary

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    1. Hilary, yes that was quite some time ago.

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  10. I've always wondered where the bad rep for Mary Magdalene started.

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    1. Deborah, she had a number of demons cast out but we don't know what kind. Could have been sickness, mental health issues, or even religious spirits. People assume she was a prostitute but she could have looked and acted like a corporate CEO.

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  11. Bad girls are everywhere. And I think that picture is of an angel not spawn!

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  12. I think all these women could have a rich, deep story that was never told..

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    1. Natalie, maybe there will be a sequel to the Bible that will spotlight some of these people and their backgrounds.

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  13. Interesting bad girls. I had only heard of the most famous ones.

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    1. Patricia, there are so many interesting characters in the Bible regardless on one's beliefs. I find it a great source of inspiration for stories and characters.

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  14. What an intrigingpost Stephen, loved the read, also the photo of you and baby.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Yvonne, thanks and as always thanks for stopping by and saying hi!

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  15. Hi Stephen! Hi Lee! Never thought much about these bad girls, but they sure are interesting characters!

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  16. Bad girls sure were around since the beginning of time

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  17. I always thought Mary Magdelene was Jesus's wife...even when nobody talked about it. I always felt bad for Lot's wife whose only crime was to look back. I never thought that was just to turn her into a pillar of salt. Elizabeth of Bathory always caught my attention-she wanted to keep her looks so she got her henchmen to snatch poor young maidens whom she would have killed and then she would drink and bathe in their blood. She ended up being placed in a dungeon to live out her days. She is one of the other reasons (gosh can't think of the right word) for Dracula.

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  18. Very interesting, yes very, very interesting.
    The most diplomatic answer I could give. :)

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  19. Ah, the bible. And people say horror novels are violent!

    As for my favourite bad girls, I am addicted to the show Deadly Women.

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  20. So fascinating! And it actually makes me want to read Salem's Daughters even more! :)

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  21. Interesting article. I've heard of these "bad girls" but never thought much about them. Will have to take another look now.

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  22. Cool post! And your book sounds super fascinating! *adds to list of books to buy... when she has money, lol*


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com
    verbositybookreviews.wordpress.com

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