There is so much going on this week! But first up? Cut in Darkness is LIVE and ready for you to read!
I’m often asked by readers and other writers what my favorite book to write has been. And the answer is usually: The one I’m currently writing, or, more typically, the one I just finished.
There are ups and downs to the writing process. That’s for damn sure. But sometimes you love a book so much it keeps you up at night or wakes you up way too early. Cut in Darkness was like that for me. Sure, there were days when I couldn’t get the plot right, and I’d want to pull my hair out or step away from the computer forever. But for the most part, this book haunts me, and there were many nights I fell asleep thinking about it, and many mornings I got up at 4 or 5 a.m. to start writing because I just couldn’t stop until it was done.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 reasons—off the top of my head—I loved writing Cut in Darkness, and why you should pick up your copy today!
- I’m in love with my dynamic duo of a couple. The heat level between these two (though mostly behind closed doors) is h-o-t. But there’s also a vulnerability to each of them, and they both have pasts that seem to haunt them in this book. At the same time, we (the readers and me) are still discovering many qualities about both of them. I love watching these two discover each other even more throughout this book, but I know there’s a lot of “discovering” still to come.
- Romeo. Who is he? Why does he insist on staying super close to Brooke? Is he a threat to her life? To the lives of people she loves? Will he protect her from harm? You’ll find out a bit more about Romeo in Cut in Darkness, but he’s definitely a mystery.
- Synthetic opioids. Holy cow, these are dangerous substances. Writing about fentanyl and carfentanil was fascinating, but it also played a part in keeping me up at night. Heroin is a frightening problem in our country, and it has definitely touched the area where I live in big ways. But add to the heroin problem a synthetic substance that can take down a full-grown elephant, and suddenly you have a recipe for death all around us. I wrote about how fiction becomes reality HERE and HERE.
- OMGs. Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are sometimes glorified in fiction. Not in this book. The OMG in Cut in Darkness is committing some very serious crimes, and Brooke Fairfax is trying to prove herself now that she has been reinstated as a full time special agent with the FBI. She gets up close and personal to several members of Samael’s Army MC, and one member in particular decides he’s going to “take care” of Brooke Fairfax. I spent a lot of time researching motorcycle clubs and outlaw motorcycle gangs as I wrote Cut in Darkness. There is a difference, and there is NOTHING glamorous about gang life.
- Redeemable characters. Charley Packstone (featured on the cover of Cut in Darkness) is the twin sister to the VP of Samael’s Army, daughter to the President. She is torn between family loyalty and the desire to protect some secrets of her own. I loved writing this character. Will she choose to help Brooke, herself, or will she protect her family at all costs?
- Love and romance. I really REALLY love writing suspenseful and thrilling scenes. But I truly adore writing characters who are overcoming conflict to come together as a couple. THIS is why I write romantic suspense. I love the balance of the two.
- Death. Yes, death is a real possibility for the characters in Cut in Darkness, and Brooke stares death in the face several times. The almost final climactic scene in Cut in Darkness is probably one of my most favorite climactic scenes I’ve ever written.
- Twists and turns. I love the twists and turns of the Cut in Darkness plot. And the final twist was fun to watch unfold.
- Declan. A bit of Declan’s past is revealed in Cut in Darkness. And there is so much more about his past to come.
- Series. Cut in Darkness is a standalone story about an OMG and synthetic heroin, however, there are bits about the In Darkness series that will carry from book to book. Examples: A) Romeo—we don’t know everything there is to know about Romeo yet, but we’ll continue to learn about him with each book. B) Declan and Brooke—their relationship is an ever-evolving romance, but they have many obstacles to overcome before it’s a happily ever after, but it will be fun to explore their relationship throughout the series. C) Secondary characters—Characters like Aidan and Marti, Carrie Anne, David, and Ty will continue to have important roles in the In Darkness series, and with each book we learn more about them.
So, there you have it, the top ten reasons off the top of my head that I enjoyed writing Cut in Darkness. I would love to hear your favorite aspect of Cut in Darkness! So, go get your copy, then be sure to come back and tell me your favorite scene or character.