Contest!!! One lucky commenting Bella will recieve a copy of "His Dark Kiss" courtesy of Eve!
Ours started as an e-friendship that turned into a totally fun in-person thing when we met at RWA Nat'l. Eve Silver's second novel, "His Dark Kiss," is just terrific. I read it straight through on vacation this summer; gosh, I love advanced copies.
Oh! There is this scene where her hero is totally seducing the heroine but he does this thing where he ends up not making love with her, but the way he does it is hotter than many full-on love scenes I've read. Squeeee!
I love that Eve hangs with us often, and it'll be cool to have her with us all day. So please, Bellas, a warm welcome...
Serendipity. That must be it. Here I am, guest blogging the day after Halloween, and how perfect is that because everything I write ends up dark, dark, dark.
So here’s a secret for you. My November release, HIS DARK KISS, was a light regency romp when I originally conceived it. The first scene was supposed to be between the heroine, Emma, and her two lovely dowager aunts. So I began to type (I’m a pantser—that means I write with no real plan of where I’m going or how I’ll get there), and oddly, the aunts came across as two hideous, vicious women with hearts of pure venom.
Okay. No problem. Scratch the aunts. Let’s start with Emma’s arrival at the pretty, sun-dappled castle… Type—type—type— (Here’s another secret: I don’t know how to type. Never learned. I took Latin instead. I hunt and peck with two fingers.) —O-o-o-kay. The castle began to emerge from the mist, dark, spooky, a crumbling ruin. Somehow, this light romp was not at all what I expected. In fact, it was positively gothic.
But what exactly is a gothic?
Think Daphne Du Maurier, Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney as fabulous recent examples, but the gothic novel originally rose to popularity in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The story is one of darkness and terror, mystery and deceit.
The protagonist is young and female, thrown into frightening circumstance, and her story often begins with a journey. Reflecting a grim and frightening mood in the crumbling ruins of an ancient castle or isolated house, the setting is so strong it becomes a character in the story. There is often a villain, nefarious and wretchedly evil. The hero is isolated from society, a tormented outcast. And the gothic novel involves a mystery.
The hero, ah, the hero... I've blogged about him before. The tormented hero is definitely hot. In HIS DARK KISS, Lord Anthony Craven is dark and delicious, a brilliant tortured man, haunted by guilt. He is seemingly past redemption.
Emma Parrish, the heroine of HIS DARK KISS, is strong enough to be the match for Anthony, the woman who can thaw his frozen heart and help him redeem his soul without sacrificing her own.
And if you like them tortured, just wait for the hero of my August 2007 release, DARK PRINCE.
So, if you had to pick an actor to play the tormented,
dark hero, who would it me and why?