Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Writing a Gift

Hi all,

I'm over at TEB's Hitting the Hotspot today, talking about what it was like to write Knives & Feathers, one of my upcoming July releases. For your convenience, I have put up the post here as well - enjoy!

Writing can be a lot of things. Most of the time it’s great fun. It definitely is a rush. An addiction. Sometimes it can be a bit of a drag, too, when the story just won’t flow or characters start behaving oddly. And then, sometimes, there are those very rare occasions, when, as a writer, you are blessed. You receive a gift. Everything just fits, the story is there, the characters are so real inside your head you can hear their voices, feel what they feel, and within minutes, you knowthem—not just as characters in a book, but as people. (Help me fend off those guys with the straightjacket, please!) Add to that the luck of having a fantastic team of editors, and you’re in writer’s heaven.

Knives & Feathers is one of those books. The story entered my head, completely unexpectedly, and everything was just there. It didn’t even feel as though I was writing it. No, I was writing it down. It was as if the story already existed and all I had to do was grab hold of it and pin it down.

Consider this my excuse, because in all honesty, I couldn’t have planned to write this book. I simply wouldn’t have dared tackle a topic so sinister, and sinister it is. Chances are it is too sinister for the average taste, but a story like this just isn’t average—at least not if you’re the lucky person chosen to write it (down).

Okay, that’s enough of me blabbing about writing the book, here’s what it’s about:

They say that love can heal all wounds - even the ones that are self-inflicted?

When best-selling author Chester Banning requires inside information on the life of a forensic pathologist, he comes across an enticing yet rather unwilling study subject in the shape of sinfully attractive Dr Nicolas Sheridan.
After a hot and slightly unsettling one night stand, Sheridan turns out to be as inapproachable as he is intriguing but clearly not interested in intensifying the liaison. Chester however finds himself falling head over heels in love and doesn’t rest until he succeeds in cracking Sheridan's icy shell. What he discovers underneath is a man who is well capable of love and affection but caught up in a web of lies spun by his abusive and possessive partner, Jake Simmons.

Led to believe that he is responsible for the death of his past lover, Sheridan's sense of guilt makes him tolerate the mistreatment he receives from Jake and seek punishment in self-harm.
Will the love and support Chester can give be enough to help Sheridan free himself from the demons that haunt him or is all Chester can do watch him go further down the road to self-destruction?

Knives & Feathers is due for release on July 30 but should be available to pre-order any day now. You can find it here: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1744

Have a lovely day!


Sage Marlowe
Taking romance to the edge...

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