Cover Reveal: THE KIDNAPPER

Katie walks home from work to her apartment every day, and visits a small supermarket on the way home. On two occasions she encounters a duo of petty criminals outside the supermarket who eye her, and kidnap her one late afternoon. Will the valiant Katie’s life come to an untimely end at the hands of her kidnappers, or will this be a meeting of the minds in a most unexpected way for her, and them?

THE KIDNAPPER

THE KIDNAPPER

Here is the cover for THE KIDNAPPER, my new suspense short story. THE KIDNAPPER will be available to readers from the first week of June 2015 on Smashwords and Amazon, with other e-bookstores to follow.

BRANDY’S SUMMER IDOL Preview: Ryan

Ryan from BRANDY'S SUMMER IDOL

Ryan from BRANDY’S SUMMER IDOL

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Brandy knocked on the door, and noticed that the lights were softly lit in the guest house. In a few seconds, Ryan slowly opened the door, and stood in the doorway, observing Brandy. Ryan was shirtless, and Brandy thought she would not be able to utter a word, so powerful a vision Ryan was in front of her. He appeared even more handsome than the first time they met, and she now knew that putting up with all her mother’s schemes to separate them was worth it.

“Hi,” Ryan said, steel blue eyes hooked on her.

“Hi Ryan,” Brandy said, eyes alight. Ryan walked towards Brandy, and she sucked in her breath, believing that she would faint at any minute.

“I wanted you since the first time I saw you that day,” Ryan said, eyes glowing in the evening light. There were candles situated all around the room, offering a luxurious luminescence which enveloped them both in its beautiful glow.

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BRANDY'S SUMMER IDOL

BRANDY’S SUMMER IDOL

This is the first part in a series of previews from BRANDY’S SUMMER IDOL, which will be available to readers from 12 August, 2015 on Smashwords and Amazon, and afterwards on other e-book websites.

Expanding Upon A Theme From A Current Work In A Future Story

GRANT'S ANGUISH

GRANT’S ANGUISH

When recently editing a novella, a number of thoughts entered my mind about lengthening certain scenes in the story, and the overall effect of actually doing this. Would it be viable for the story, or unnecessarily take away its power by becoming redundant? One of the characters in the novella was contemplating committing adultery, and meets someone who gives him another perspective about this. Looking at the story as a whole, I decided that pursuing this would not be beneficial to the current story, as it would be introducing another character to the fray at a late stage, and I did not go ahead with this angle. This experience, though, did take matters into another direction for me story-wise.

I thought that this would be a good starting point for another story, entirely unrelated to the story from which the idea originated. Pursuing a separate story would give more space to develop another set of characters and explore their situation, which would have been impossible in the other story. The other story is a multi-character and generational narrative, while the newer book would explore the themes of marital discord and adultery in a more intense manner, with less characters, giving dimension to three characters instead of eight. I was also fortunate to find an image fitting what I envisioned for the main protagonist for the purposes of the book, GRANT’S ANGUISH, and the cover is above. (GRANT’S ANGUISH will be available in the future)

What I have learned from this is that if you feel a current story has themes you would like to deal with in another book, do not hesitate, just go with the flow, and write another story. If you do not do this, you may be shortchanging yourself of an opportunity to analyse concepts and characters that would be very much worth exploring in detail.

PATRICIA’S HOLIDAY AFFAIR Preview

 

Cole from PATRICIA'S HOLIDAY AFFAIR

Cole from PATRICIA’S HOLIDAY AFFAIR

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Patricia was about to turn around to the bar when she saw a handsome young man wearing dark sunglasses, sporting a very brief white swimsuit that left precious little to the imagination. The conversations in the pool area suddenly froze as this man walked by, to the obvious admiration of the women present, and the envy of the men with them.

Patricia felt her breath catch in her chest as she realized this was the man watching her in the restaurant, and he was again observing her with the same passion. With great finesse, he made his way towards Patricia, and she thought she was about to faint, but somehow kept her composure. He sat on the chair next to her, raising his sunglasses to the top of his head.

“Hi,” he said, a sensual smile on his full lips.

“Hello,” Patricia said, the pool area silent, all eyes open her and this man. The man moved around, and fully faced her.

“I’m Cole,” he said, his hazel eyes hooked on her.

Patricia thought she would not be able to respond to him, as her voice was trapped in her throat, but she breathed out, this releasing her tension.

“Patricia,” Patricia said, her eyes wide with amazement.

Cole raised his eyebrows, and treated her to another seductive look.

“A beautiful name for a stunning woman,” Cole said.

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Patricia from PATRICIA'S HOLIDAY AFFAIR

Patricia from PATRICIA’S HOLIDAY AFFAIR

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I hope you enjoyed this preview of my new romance novelette. PATRICIA’S HOLIDAY AFFAIR will be released on Smashwords and Amazon in the first week of May, 2015, with other bookstores following. You can add it to your TBR list on Goodreads here. Advance copies are available by contacting me through the blog, through Goodreads, and on twitter by DM.

Cover Reveal: PATRICIA’S HOLIDAY AFFAIR

Freshly divorced fifty-something Patricia has decided to pack up her woes, and take a holiday to an island resort to save her sanity. At the resort she meets a mysterious young man who is interested in her, despite their age difference, and Patricia entertains light thoughts of becoming involved with him, despite being on the rebound from her adulterous husband. Is this handsome young man all that he appears to be, or is he hiding something which may destroy Patricia’s life forever?

PATRICIA'S HOLIDAY AFFAIR

PATRICIA’S HOLIDAY AFFAIR

I reveal to you the cover for my new romance novelette, PATRICIA’S HOLIDAY AFFAIR. The book will be available on Smashwords and Amazon from early May 2015, with other bookstores to follow.

Meet Harvey and Annalise from HARVEY HANDSOME

Harvey is a forty-four year old university professor who is noticed one day by university student Annalise at a café she often visits. Spirited, bohemian Annalise is immediately taken with the handsome, but virile professor, and takes steps to get to know him better.

Annalise from HARVEY HANDSOME

Annalise from HARVEY HANDSOME

Harvey nurses a secret that may prevent his relationship with Annalise from going anywhere, despite the overwhelming charm of the delectable Annalise. Is this true love for Harvey and Annalise, a May-December romance, or just a flirtation that will go nowhere fast, and leave heartache in its wake?

Harvey from HARVEY HANDSOME

Harvey from HARVEY HANDSOME

HARVEY HANDSOME is now available on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, I-Tunes, Kobo, Indigo, Scribd, Oyster, and Inktera.

Interview with author Charity Parkerson

Today I have the great pleasure of interviewing Charity Parkerson, author of SATED: A DARK ROMANCE, LUST & LONGING, UNSURPASSED, BLUE CHEESECAKE, THE ASSIGNMENT, BRYANT: MMA ROMANCE, BRANDON, and CYBORG, amongst her many works, and welcome her to my blog.

Charity Parkerson, author photograph

Charity Parkerson, author photograph

 Welcome Charity!

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Q: For how long have you been writing?

A:  As a teenager, I wrote really bad poetry that—thankfully—disappeared over the years. In my mid-twenties, I wrote my first fiction piece and I haven’t stopped since.

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Q: Have any life experiences inspired you to write your books?

A: I have a few true-to-life experiences hidden inside my books.

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Q: Each writer works in different ways with reference to writing. Do you have a writing program/schedule that works for you?

A: My kids are school age. During the school year, I unplug during those hours and write as much as I can. Once the summer hits, I try to write more at night after they’re in bed so my daytime hours are free to spend with them.

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Q: Do you have any favorite book genres which you love to read?

A: Oddly, it’s not one I write. I love historical romances and new adults written in the first person. I don’t write either of those.

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Q: Are there any favorite books and authors who have been influential upon you and your writing?

A: Too many to name.

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Q: I enjoyed reading BLUE CHEESECAKE, and liked the deft blend of erotica, science fiction and subtle humor, which added a layer of spice and fun to the narrative. What inspired you to create this story?

A: A few years ago, there was a monthly writing contest known as The Mistress of the Darkpath. Each month, the mistress would post a list of requirements for each story and you had to include each element to qualify for the win. A secret list of Amazon top reviewers chose the top three stories and then readers voted. Blue Cheesecake was born from one of those stories, combined with readers demand the story go in an erotic direction and a running joke I have with another author—Scott Mallory. I love to make people laugh and sigh. If I can accomplish both in one story, it feels like a success.

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Q: Amongst your stories, is there one which is closest to your heart, and why?

A: I have a few that mean a great deal to me. Sated is probably the closest to my heart. Almost a year ago, I had an episode at the mall while shopping with my kids. I bent over to check out an item on the bottom shelf, and BOOM, it was as if I’d been hit in the chest with a sledgehammer and I couldn’t draw another breath. A trip to the ER later, I learned there’s a problem with my heart, and my life changed forever. Everything I’ve always done was suddenly lost to me. I went from daily trips to the pool with my kids and going to theme parks, to nothing. A trip up the stairs wipes me out. It was life-altering in more ways than the eye can see. I didn’t want to talk to anyone about it. I simply wanted to hurt, be angry, rage, and generally grieve in my own way. One night, I sat down and started writing Sated. Every ounce of helplessness and fury toward life went inside. Arbor Sinclair became this character who felt out of control and nothing made sense to her. She feared she was losing her mind and was scared to reach out. By the end, I’d accepted my life as it is now, as much as anyone can. I’m not sure what I would’ve done without it. It’s my hope that people read that story, see my soul there, and love it.

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Q: Do you have any favorite TV shows, either from the past, or currently on the air?

A: Love Supernatural!! Jensen Ackles. Yum!

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Q: Are there any hobbies or pastimes you like to participate in when you have spare time?

A:  If I’m not writing, and I have a spare moment, I love to read. Rarely do I do much else.

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Q: You are a versatile writer in terms of genres, tackling stories in the erotica, romance, paranormal, and science fiction genres. Would you like to write stories in any other genres?

A: It’s not really a genre, but I’m determined to write a story in first person one of these days. I love to challenge myself.

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Q: You have written quite a few books in a series format, such as your Society of Sinners series. What is the attraction for you in writing books that have multiple parts?

A: Usually, I start a book with no intention of a second part. Then the craziest thing always happens, I fall in love with a secondary character, and I need to tell their story.

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Q: Are you left-handed, or right-handed? Being a left-hander, it is interesting to see how many writers are either one or the other, or ambidextrous.

A: Right-handed.

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Q: Do you have any other writing projects, or new/upcoming releases, that you would like to mention to readers?

A: Currently, I have several things going. Book 6 of my No Rival series, Undamaged, is in editing with my publisher Ellora’s Cave Publishing. Book 2 of my Wrecked series, Spent, is in the beginning stages. Mostly, I’m focused on Book 4 of my Ugly Eternity series, Heart’s Duo.

It’s been a labor of love. It’s more realistic and true-to-life than anything I’ve ever written, which has made readers unhappy. Everyone loves a HEA rather than a HFN, but life is rarely that way, and I had to stay true to myself and my characters.

I think everyone has known that one perfect couple who everyone thinks will last forever. When they don’t, their friends are forced to choose a side or never speak the other half’s name again. That’s Ugly Eternity. When the perfect couple splits, each book takes you through the different sides of the story to where that character ends up. Book 4 will be the truth. I hope to show how manipulations, misunderstands, and good intentions led them to where they are today. And of course, everyone will finally have their HEA, just probably not with who the reader envisioned.

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I am certain you will join me in thanking Charity today for her time, and that we look forward to reading more of her works in the future. If you wish to contact Charity, she is available on:

*Twitter

*Goodreads

*Facebook page

*Amazon.com

*Barnes and Noble

*iTunes

*Smashwords

*Charity’s website

*Charity’s Blog

– Charity’s books can be accessed by clicking on the book covers below:

SATED by Charity Parkerson

SATED by Charity Parkerson

LUST & LONGING by Charity Parkerson

LUST & LONGING by Charity Parkerson

 

UNSURPASSED by Charity Parkerson

UNSURPASSED by Charity Parkerson

 

BLUE CHEESECAKE by Charity Parkerson

BLUE CHEESECAKE by Charity Parkerson

 

THE ASSIGNMENT by Charity Parkerson

THE ASSIGNMENT by Charity Parkerson

BRYANT: MMA ROMANCE by Charity Parkerson

BRYANT: MMA ROMANCE by Charity Parkerson

BRANDON by Charity Parkerson

BRANDON by Charity Parkerson

CYBORG by Charity Parkerson

CYBORG by Charity Parkerson