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Thursday, 27 June 2019
Tuesday, 25 June 2019
I never could have guessed the danger that was stalking me.
Or who was stalking me.
Until the only thing that had ever mattered to me was threatened, and then I had to sit up and smell the roses. Torn between a ghost and a man, I found myself on the run.
Instinct had taken over. She was all that mattered.
I couldn’t fail.
What wouldn’t I do?
*Previously published under the name HARLEM DAE and with different cover art
Friday, 21 June 2019
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Monday, 17 June 2019
BREATHE YOU IN - USA TODAY REVIEWER'S RECOMMENDED READ OF 2013
What can you tell us about Breathe You In?
Breathe You In is a story that’s been inside me for a long time. Before taking up writing I worked as a nurse in London. I spent some of that time in coronary care and was lucky enough to witness amazing, life-saving surgery. It was during this time I realized what an emotive organ the heart is, during anatomy and physiology classes we were taught to see the heart as simply a chemically driven pump but I learnt that it was so much more.
I was in surgery when a woman in her forties was treated for a serious heart condition. Afterwards, back on the ward, I continued to care for her until she went home. I told her I’d been in the theatre during her surgery, and she found it fascinating that I’d seen her heart. When her husband came into visit he was equally as curious, in fact he looked at me as though I’d just told him I’d seen fairies at the end of the garden. He said he found it magical that I’d seen the organ that loved him. Is that a bit weird? Mmm, maybe but it didn’t seem it at the time. We talked about it, they were a great couple and she went home fit and well and looking forward to carrying on with her life that had been restricted due to her illness.
Having a vivid imagination I thought more about this and wondered about people who’d had heart transplants and what that meant to them. It seemed very different to a kidney transplant or liver—for some reason the heart stirs up so many emotions in us. If we’re sad we’re heart broken, if we’re happy to see someone we might say our heart skipped a beat. If something is devastating it’s heart- wrenching, I could go on...
It was this idea that a heart could hold emotion that I wanted to play with in Breathe You In, not really of course, I’m too much of a scientist to believe that it could, but for Katie, my protagonist she can’t rest until she knows where her dead husband’s heart is. It turns out it’s in a man who could help her rebuild her life, but she wasn’t supposed to find him. She broke the rules, behaved unethically, and then didn’t own up to her fascination.
Breathe You In is a story about loss and love, about obsession and grief, it’s also a sweet romance with a seriously hot guy at the center and plenty of sexy scenes as they both embark on a new way to be after their lives were devastated.
Katie’s loss is painful to read, particularly following her dream at the beginning of the book. Was it difficult writing about such a delicate topic?
Grief is always a difficult topic and not normally associated with erotic romance novels but talking about bereavement and knowing you’re not alone helps. Again I called on my experience in nursing, it’s impossible to be a nurse and not be touched by death and witness the agony of losing someone.
What I wanted to show with Katie, though, is that after nearly two years as a widow she was still grieving yet everyone was expecting her to get on with her life. Her time to be sad was up! But she didn’t complain, she conformed to the pressure of society, slapped on a smile, went into work and pretended to be interested in her friends’ lives. Yet inside, and what the reader understands, is that she’s really not coping, she’s still haunted by her loss.
So was that first chapter difficult to write? Yes because I ached for my heroine, her aloneness, the weight she carried, it felt like mine as I wrote, and I’ll confess I shed a tear. But the good thing about being at rock bottom, is the only place to go is up.
Katie’s secret is disturbing, but her fascination with finding Matt’s organs recipient is almost bordering on obsession. Why did you choose to explore the psychological effects caused by grief?
This is sounding like such a depressing book LOL, it has many funny and sweet moments plus hot and racy ones! However you’re right, it’s Katie’s fascination with finding Matt’s organs that brings her to Ruben, and without Ruben there’d be no man-candy in Breathe You In—oh yum!
To answer the question, I believe grief can exaggerate and intensify many feelings. It can turn simple things into mind-blowing, all-consuming, obsessions. Kubler-Ross states there are 5 stages of grief, Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and finally Acceptance. Katie is in the depression stage but there is an element of bargaining too, ‘if I can just visualize where his heart is I’ll be okay...’
I like to explore many emotions in my writing and grief is certainly a powerful one. Breathe You In shows how it’s possible to climb out of despair and find happiness again.
Why did you choose to continue Katie’s deception of Ruben once he reveals his medical history?
Katie should have never gone looking for the recipient of Matt’s heart. There are legal and ethical reasons in the UK why this shouldn’t have happened and she could have got into trouble. But she did go looking. She hired a private detective and found out where he was. She only planned a glimpse but of course a glimpse turned into a walk in the park, a glass of champagne, a picnic, a roll into bed... Ruben swept her off her feet—his vulnerability, easy smile and desire to get his own life back together was exactly what Katie needed in her life.
As with most secrets the longer Katie kept it the harder it became to confess. As she fell for Ruben, and felt his heart beat during orgasm she couldn’t bring herself to confess that their meeting at the museum hadn’t been accidental at all, she’d contrived it...
Of course it’s always in the back of her mind that Ruben will think she’s mad, unhinged, to be with him when he has her husband’s organs. She worries that he’ll think she’s only at his side to be close to Matt. That she doesn’t love him for him but what he represents to her. This isn’t true, but Katie can’t take the risk.
You show the sacrifices which Ruben has had to make as a result of his medical condition. Did a lot of research go into writing about F1 and McLaren for Ruben’s backstory?
I didn’t do lots of research but I have been to Silverstone several times so I called on those memories. The noise of the cars, the smell of the tarmac and the sleek machines are not something easily forgotten. I wanted to project Ruben as a fun-loving, adrenaline-junkie before his illness. He lived life in the fast lane, enjoying parties, cars and women as his job took him around the globe. The fact that he became ill changed his life as much as Katie’s was changed by losing her husband. This is why they’re so good together, they’ve both lost so much and are rebuilding, finding a new way to be.
Was it important for you to show Katie and Ruben’s happy ever after in the epilogue?
I do love a good happily ever after! Epilogues are such fun for me as writer. They’re a way to tie up any loose ends and say goodbye to characters that have been with me for a few months as I’ve written their story. It’s nice for the reader too, to be able to have a last bit of time with characters once the conflict is straightened out, kind of like a little window into the future before that last page.
You can grab BREATHE YOU IN from Amazon as a complete novel, or from iBooks split into three, part one FREE.
Saturday, 15 June 2019
Thursday, 13 June 2019
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Boxed Set Contains
After escaping a fate worse than death, Uma Nixon knows she's one lucky woman.
She also knows Earth is no longer a safe place to be.
Not wanting to fall into the same trap twice, she uses her skills to secure a job aboard Equinox as it travels between Earth and Planet Athion. Some might say it's a grinding job. A long journey in hyperspace as a cognitive traveler isn't for everyone. But throw four sexy guys into the mix--human and alien--a cheeky parrot, and a whole lot of flirting and desire, things soon get interesting out there in the abyss.
When jealousy, curious quirks of evolution, and danger rears its head, Uma wonders if she'll be able to handle the heat and the excitement. And if she can't...there's nowhere to run.
EQUINOX - A STANDALONE REVERSE HAREM TRILOGY WITHIN THE PLANET ATHION SHARED WORLD
Saturday, 8 June 2019
Friday, 7 June 2019
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
You can now grab part two of REDWOOD SHIFTERS! (MM & MMF stories)
When two become three, it’s guaranteed the earth will move.
Patrick’s life with his shifter mate Greg is idyllic. In love and lust, they exist in a wonderful bubble of contentment and satisfaction in the Redwood Forest, giving in to their needs and desires whenever the mood takes them.
Until one day Patrick stumbles across a wild dog. His wounds are shocking, but it’s even more sickening how he got them.
Neither Patrick nor Greg can abandon the poor creature and they take him into their home and their hearts. But when the new addition to their family turns out to be so much more than a dog, can they act on what their bodies are crying out for? Will a third man in their relationship upset the applecart? He certainly thinks it will and it seems he’ll need convincing otherwise.
His needs took him away, but their needs sent them to claim him.
Raul’s mate has left camp on business but when his love letters become clipped and distant, Raul soon finds himself miserable and tetchy. Throw in some exciting news he can’t wait to share and being without Malec is not only physically painful it’s downright unbearable.
But as he heads west, in search of the man who completed his life, Raul’s imagination goes into overdrive. What if Malec doesn’t want to come home? What if he’s found another lover and their bond wasn’t as strong as he believed it to be?
There’s only one thing for it and that’s to stand up to his fears, hope the rest of his family can handle the truth, and get his man—and he’ll get him back no matter what he has to face, who he has to fight, or what price he has to pay.
Convincing the man of your dreams he’s the one is easier said than done.
Bradley has spent years on the road, wandering from town to town and hunting out the hottest Californian guys to have fun with. So finding himself restless at the thought of continuing his nomadic lifestyle is somewhat of a mystery to him.
Luckily his friend Malec, a shifter like him, has extended the offer of a place to stay and Bradley soon finds himself immersed in life at the Redwood Shifters camp.
The trouble is, when he least expects it, Bradley’s life is turned upside down. His handsome face and model body have always worked in his favor, but not anymore. Convincing the shy guy with glasses and dreams of working in the local library that he’s his mate, his one true love, proves to be Bradley’s biggest challenge yet.
And if you missed Part One...