Hi again, everyone! I wanted to talk today about why I’ve chosen to write dark romance for Evernight Publishing.
I’ve always had fun in my writing pushing my own boundaries and trying new things. I’m definitely not an author who writes the same book again and again, and I’m proud of that. I worry at times it might confuse readers, but that’s how my muse works, and I must follow where she leads.
UNYIELDING – Tortured Love 1 – began as a much shorter work, submitted for an anthology by Evernight. It was not right for it, and in fact the editorial feedback left me wondering whether I should even try to write this sub-genre. I had a lot to learn!
But the basis of the story was something that really tugged at my heartstrings, so I rolled up my sleeves and gave it a shot, using both the editorial feedback, and other bits and pieces gleaned from fellow authors.
I wanted a story that was sexy, emotional, but that dealt with seriously flawed characters who were somehow right for each other, despite their pasts and presents. The reviews and reader feedback was so much more than I’d hoped for, and I knew I’d found one niche for my Ravenna Tate name.
Graphic designer Lynda Shelton has agreed to marry Mergers and Acquisitions legend Merrick Dalton for one reason only—to save her family’s company. She’s warned this is a marriage in name only. Merrick will never love her. That’s fine with Lynda because she has sworn off men.
Merrick Dalton has wanted Shelton Energy for a long time, so when he’s asked to save the company, he jumps at the chance. He has vowed never to love another woman, but Merrick can give Lynda what he’s been assured she wants—material comfort and social standing.
The one place where Merrick and Lynda connect is in bed. She has a penchant for his kinky tastes, and he stirs desire in her like she’s never known. But when their secrets surface, the reason they married turns into a dangerous game of illusions and lies.
Be Warned: spanking, anal sex, sex toys, BDSM
The second book in the series, IRREFUTABLE, had already come to me while I was working on UNYIELDING. This one was a bit different, and I hoped readers would enjoy it as much. This time, I pushed more boundaries and made both the hero and heroine ex-cons who become unwillingly involved in a recent jewel heist. But the conflicts involve more than that shared past. The heroine is coerced to lie to the police, pointing the finger at the hero, who in reality had nothing to do with the robbery. When he forces her back to his apartment because he wants to get to the truth, the real fun begins.
Ex-con Carolyn Lucchesi receives a shock nastier than another prison sentence when she discovers she inadvertently lied to the police. Uncle Tony had sworn to her the man in the photo taken from the video footage of a robbery at an art museum was none other than infamous ex-con and jewel thief Jagger Tyrell. But when Jagger confronts her in the park, he tells a different story. One that, if true, means her uncle lied to her and set her up for a parole violation.
Jagger has spent nine years avoiding his former associates, and anything to do with prison or the police. When Carolyn’s lie thrusts him back into the spotlight, he uses everything at his disposal, including Carolyn’s body, to find out who is trying to frame him for a crime he did not commit, and why. But falling in love with Carolyn is not in the plans…
Be Warned: BDSM, anal sex, rimming, spanking
What’s next in the Tortured Love series? Plenty! I hope you’ll check out my website for updates on future books!