Dark Heart Series
Genre: new adult paranormal
Date of Publication: August 30, 2016
Number of pages: 320
Word Count: 85k
She wants more than he can promise.
His desires could lead to betrayal.
But without each other, neither can survive the dangers ahead.
Annie Freemont knows this isn’t the right time to get involved with a man like Chase. After years of distrust, she’s finally drawing close to her estranged family, and he’s an employee on their estate in Maine. Though she never intended to stay on the estate for long, her father’s illness and the mysteries surrounding her family made leaving impossible. And now with the newfound hope of rescuing her long-missing mother, Annie’s determined to be involved with the family’s plans one way or another.
If only she could keep her mind off Chase and focus on the impending rescue. But there’s something about the enigmatic Chase that she can’t resist. And she’s not the only woman. Annie fears a seductive stranger who is key to safely freeing her mother is also obsessed with him. As plans transform into action and time for a treacherous journey into a strange world draws near, every move Annie makes will test the one bond she’s trusted with her secrets, her desires—and her heart.
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Her new adult paranormal novel, A HOLD ON ME (book #1 in the Dark Heart series) is available from Kensington Books. BEYOND YOUR TOUCH (book #2 Dark Heart series) will be released August 30th.
Since I write contemporary paranormal novels that are at least partially set in real locations, I usually come up with a setting I want to use first. Most often, it’s a place I’ve been to and was inspired by. Then I think about what main character would find that particular setting the most uncomfortable. From there I start expanding the world, adding characters, situations, mythology, and twists. Eventually, all the little sparks begin to form a plot. Pinning down the perfect antagonist is often the hardest part for me.
2. Do you have a dream cast for your book?
I don’t really have a dream cast for BEYOND YOUR TOUCH. But I do have Pinterest boards for each of my novels that includes the characters. Check it out and you’ll get an idea of how I see Annie, Chase, Malphic . . . and even Houdini (Annie’s cat). https://www.pinterest.com/patesden/beyond-your-touch-book-2/
3. How do you handle writer’s block?
I don’t have an problem with writer’s block. When I’m feeling stuck, it usually means I’ve taken a wrong turn and need to stop and think about the story before moving forward. At that point, I swap to working on a less creative aspect of writing. I might go through and see if my outline needs reworking. I spend perhaps a day writing up blog posts ahead of time, or work on the novel’s blurb or synopsis. Soon, I have a clearer head and am energized to start drafting again.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
BEYOND YOUR TOUCH is the second book in the Dark Heart series. It actually was inspired by the mystery that is at the heart of A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart book 1) --and also by my desire to not make falling in love easy for Annie and Chase. It’s hard to say a lot more without giving spoilers for book 1.
5.What’s the hardest part of being an author?
The waiting. If you think it’s hard to wait until the next book in a series comes out, it’s a hundred times worse for the author. I’m dying for readers to be able to enjoy BEYOND YOUR TOUCH. But even more so I can’t wait until they read book 3, REACH FOR YOU. It’s torture to not be able to share what I know is coming!