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DARKER THE RELEASE
Revenge Saga Book Two
Releasing Oct 6th, 2015
USA Today bestselling author Claire Kent continues her emotionally charged story of longing, betrayal, and insatiable desire as two lovers find themselves in a deadly standoff of seduction.
Kelly Watson got involved with mogul Caleb Marshall for all the wrong reasons: namely, to prove that he murdered her father twenty years ago. But Caleb is hotter than hell, the sex is mind-blowing, and Kelly’s afraid that she’s falling for him despite her chilling suspicions. Now, the more time she spends in his arms, the more she risks betraying her identity and losing her heart. The only way out is to discover the truth before Caleb figures out who she really is.
Caleb’s feelings for Kelly are taking him into uncharted territory, replacing his weakness for call girls and one-night stands with a hunger for something real. Still, the ruthless businessman in him can’t resist looking into Kelly’s background. When his investigation suggests that he’s not the only one with something to hide, Caleb is forced to decide if he can trust someone who’s been telling him lies. For the first time, Caleb understands how intimacy can be so tempting—and, in the wrong hands, so dangerous.
Darker the Release is intended for mature audiences.
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Interview with Claire
1) Tell us about your next release.
My current release is DARKER THE RELEASE, which is the second part of a super-sexy revenge romance that started with SWEET THE SIN. The book is full of angst and drama and hot sex.
My next release will be TAKING IT OFF, which is a sexy romance about a male stripper!
2) Give us a glimpse of how you organize your files/time.
I don’t organize my files at all. I have one big folder in Word that’s called “Novels” and all of my books are still put in there. It’s so large now, I can’t find much of anything so it’s definitely time to sort my books out into separate folders.
In terms of organizing my time, I have a rough outline of what needs to be done every week, and then I lie in bed each morning and decide what my schedule for the day is going to be. I used to make lists, but I never kept them, so I finally stopped making them.
3) Explain how some of your opinions/views about writing have changed since you began your career.
My core views about writing—in terms of what makes good writing and what I want to accomplish through my own writing—haven’t changed at all since I began my career. What’s mostly changed are my priorities for how I spend my time. I used to spend hours online every week, researching marketing strategies and experimenting with all kinds of things that might help my books sell better. I finally concluded most of that was a waste of time, so now I spend most of my time writing and only work on the few things I know will affects sales (my newsletter, sending out ARC’s for early reviews). That change has also taken away a lot of the self-imposed stress that was involved in my writing career, which is very nice.
4) Are you a pantzer, plotter, or hybrid?
I’m hybrid in terms of planning out my books. I always start with a very general outline so I can make sure the pacing works in the early chapters, but I don’t have details about what happens in each chapter until it’s time to write each one. For instance, I might label a chapter “Bonding scenes” or “Fight scene”—which gives me a general sense of the overall arc but allows me to be inspired on details for each chapter when I actually get to that point in the story.
5) What has been the strangest comment you’ve received from your reader?
I sometimes get comments that my books are “predictable” because they end with a happy, romantic ending – which I find very strange since my books are always romances so they will naturally follow that structure. I assume the comments come from non-romance readers, who perhaps don’t know the happy ending is the basis for the entire genre.
6) What are your biggest concerns about the literary world? What would you change and how?
My concern is always that, in chasing trends and sales numbers, we sometimes end up sacrificing characters who are genuinely human. The real power of books and stories has always been in how they reflect humanness in all its depth and rich variety, so we always need more books that do that really well.
Claire Kent has been writing romance novels since she was twelve years old. She has a PhD in British literature and, when she’s not writing, teaches English at the university level. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Noelle Adams.