Ex-boxer Mike Logan struggles to put a brutal past behind and make ends meet as a bus driver. When a young runaway settles for an all-night ride, he seizes the chance to do a good deed—get her home safely. But first, they’ll drive around and talk. What he doesn’t anticipate is that this broken night angel is also a sexy little minx needing a lot more…and not just the gentle kind. **This is an expanded edition of the story previously featured in the anthology Passion, Pleasure, Pain in 2019** #Dark #Erotic #Romance
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Thank you for having me, Beth! It’s lovely to be here and talk about my latest release, the dark, erotic romance Shade Addiction.
Q) What made this story special to you?
A) I wrote Shade Addiction in a difficult time, while one of my best author friends and supporters, Doris O’Connor, was undergoing cancer treatment. As her condition worsened, a group of friends decided to put together an anthology, with all proceeds from the sales going to her family. Shade Addiction became my contribution. A year later, I’m re-releasing an expanded edition, and even though it’s a standalone title with a new cover, it will forever remind me of the dear friend we lost much too early.
Q) What do you think is your strongest asset as a writer? …what is your weakest factor as a writer?
A) I think my strongest asset is my twenty-something-year career as a secretary, which helps immensely when it comes to paying attention to syntax and grammar. Over the years, I’ve developed a habit of constantly looking for better ways of saying things, and so I edit more than I write. – Which leads me to my weakest factor, my handicap: English is not my native language, so I have to look up every word and idiom to make sure my manuscripts are somewhat readable. Thus, my writing process can take ages, and when I’m finally ready to hit the SEND button, I have terrible panic attacks (laughs).
Q) Do you write in a linear fashion or do you jump from scene to scene and then go back and “fill in the blanks”?
A) I most definitely jump! It’s like doing a puzzle, with each piece a chapter or a scene. I often start with the edges aka the structure, add key pieces here and there in the middle, then go back and forth, filling in and tying the different parts together. The process is chaotic and exhausting, but that’s the way I roll.
Q) What are your upcoming projects?
A) I always have many stories in the works – too many, actually, because it takes years to finish them, and in the meantime, new ideas pop into my mind and I just have to write and publish these before the ones that are waiting (laughs).
My current project is a gay romance taking place in Norway at the end of WWII, between a young Norwegian prisoner and the commander of the local Gestapo bureau. We know what the Nazis thought of homosexuality, so you may ask if this is a likely romance, worth developing? I’ll leave it up to the readers to judge. What matters today is that my two very real and strong-willed characters insist that I put their abundance of feelings and desires onto paper... and I must oblige.
ExcerptShe gives me a long, languorous look. I think I know what it means: She’s interested by my wild side. Dark attracts dark. She believes she’s found the same kind of fallen angel as she is, a soul mate.
Wrong, kiddo. What you need is someone good, not broken like me.
She reaches over the table to pat my chest. “So hard. Jesus. You definitely work out.”
Her touch sends electric sparks to my groin. My cock pulses. I push her hand away. “Don’t do that.”
I sigh. “I’m thirty-two, you’re what?”
“Nineteen, that’s very young. I could easily be accused of taking advantage of you. Did you see how the waitress treated me?”
She crosses her arms underneath her boobs. “But I’m an adult, and I have boyfriends.”
“You have boyfriends.”
She holds my gaze. I don’t know why I had to make a deal of that. She continues, “So, it’s not like I’d let anybody touch me if I didn’t want them to.”
“Well, I don’t want you to touch me. Let’s go.”
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