Author Heather SunseriNews and Other Notes
Greetings from Kentucky, where the sun is finally out! Despite the beautiful weather, I’ve got my butt in the chair as I try to finish Covered in Darkness, the third book in the In Darkness series.
But I thought I would take a break and let you in on some of the amazing news you might have missed this week.
1. Cut in Darkness released this week, and so far, readers are loving it!
“Brooke is so bad-assed!”
“Plenty of action, suspense, and romance.”
“Won’t be able to put this one down.”
“You’ll read it twice!”
“Can be read as a standalone, but you really shouldn’t.”
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2. The second awesome thing that happened this week was that USA Today interviewed me about many things, including my writing process, my pets who assist me with writing, and where I come up with my ideas for the In Darkness series. Read the interview HERE.
3. Then, this amazing thing happened… USA Today also posted a review of Cut in Darkness. The lovely and amazing Serena Chase read and reviewed Cut. You can read it HERE.
“Combining a Southern small-town feel with big-city issues of organized crime, federal law enforcement and political scandal, author Heather Sunseri creates a tapestry of intrigue and tension.” ~ Serena Chase of USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog.
4. Emerge series is now on audio!!!!
Who likes audio books? I know I do. Well, this is AMAZING news! Emerge is now on audio. The narrators telling Cricket’s and West’s stories are FABULOUS!! You can listen to a sample and check them out HERE. All three books released from Audible this week.
5. When I announced the audio versions of Emerge this week, someone asked me when the In Darkness series would be available on audio, and I realized I had failed to do a good job of promoting the fact that the In Darkness series IS ALREADY ON AUDIO!!!! And let me tell you: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the audio version of this series, because I love narrator Emily Sutton Smith SO SO SO much. She does an incredible job of telling Brooke’s story. And Alan Smyth narrates Declan, and makes me fall in love with Declan all over again with his smooth, Irish accent. You can check out the audible version HERE. Or if you prefer iTunes or Downpour, click HERE.
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That’s it for this week! But tomorrow starts a new week, so stay tuned…
Have a good weekend and happy reading! Tell me in the comments what you’re reading these days and why you love it!
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.
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Hard to believe
Things are moving so fast these days! Seriously fast! Shot in Darkness, an In Darkness novella, is in the final stages of production. This novella was written for a special anthology that will be available at the Romance Times Booklovers Convention. It is Book Four in the In Darkness series and will release in all formats on August 30, 2017 (unless you’re one of the lucky ones to receive it early at the RT Convention). I’m not kidding when I say: I LOVE THIS STORY. So much of Romeo is revealed in this novella. Also, Brooke comes face to face with some of her demons and must decide: Is love worth fighting for? Or must she set it free in order to protect it?
Intelligence analyst and former FBI special agent Brooke Fairfax is on the run. Not from anything sinister, but from her past. She’s hiding from Declan O’Roark after he proposed a question she simply wasn’t ready to answer. She finds solitude in Washington D.C. where she struggles to reconcile her feelings about her late husband and a possible future with Declan. Within hours, Declan tracks her down, desperate to save the relationship.
After establishing a tenuous truce, Brooke and Declan meet a suspicious man outside a Georgetown neighborhood bar. Terror begins to unfold just as Brooke realizes the man’s intentions. But what appears to be yet another random shooting spree turns out to be a highly targeted act. Brooke’s and Declan’s lives will be changed forever — if they’re lucky enough to escape.
This story is a thrilling, fast paced addition to the series, but do not underestimate it’s size. Though it’s shorter and will be priced less than the full-length novels in the series, it will packs a huge punch, and will be a must-read for lovers of Brooke’s and Declan’s story and anyone who wants a smaller taste of what this series is all about. And by the time you read this one, you’ll be begging me for Book Five.
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(TBD) In Darkness Book Five – AVAILABLE JANUARY 2018