Thank you for giving me a spot today. Tiberius Petrov is a Fang-tastic Siberian were-tiger from my new novel Going Under. I’m not going to lie. The vamps are making him a little nervous. They are usually up to no good in Dark Forest.
Today I’d like to talk a little bit about how I write my books. I am what’s called a “pantser”. I don’t write with an outline. The method involves coming up with a “What if?” statement and running with it. My what if for Tiberius and Kenzie was: What if a shifter with a predestined mate and a human woman were friends before they become lovers?
I started this book five times before settling on an opening scene I liked. Tiberius fiddled and played with it for a while, until he was happy with it, and then the rest of the book flew onto the page. The plot twisted. The characters changed themselves a few times to fit with what the story was becoming. There is nothing more magical than sitting back and watching this little thing you created take on a life of its own. Before I knew it, I had the novel completed and ready for the self-editing stage.
Editing is where the story magic happens for all writers no matter what their drafting style is. Tiberius and Kenzie gave a ton of information to work with. I had to go back in and leave little details to keep certain plot twists from being a total surprise. While I know this sounds odd, I think the best stories have the characters involved at all stages of a book’s creation. Characters are the life of the story, and I even let them have a say about what is or is not done to the book, even when working with my publisher.
I hope everyone enjoys latest Secret Blood novel Going Under. I love these characters and I am sure you will, too.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Date of Publication: December 1, 2014
Number of pages: 257
Word Count: 64,000
Kenzie Butler is in love with the man who saved her life eight years ago. Her problem? He’s a Siberian were-tiger with the ability to scent his mate, and she wasn’t it. For years they lived across the hall from each other, helping one another with the aftermath from being tortured in a science experiment gone wrong. With each passing day, she falls more in love with him, even while knowing that one day Tiberius will find his true mate.
Tiberius Petrov leads a shadowed life. Kenzie is the only thing standing between him and the gruesome fate awaiting any shifter who goes rogue. For eight years the sound of her voice, the sweet intoxication of her scent, and the soft feel of her skin have kept him from turning down darker paths. But he’d always believed she could never be his. His nose was supposed to tell him who his perfect mate is, but it lied. He didn’t know if it was possible to develop a mate scent. All he knew was one day Kenzie didn’t smell like his mate, and the next day she did. Even after her scent changed, she kept insisting they were perfect as just friends.
After Kenzie survives a mysterious were-bear attack in her place of work, Tiberius learns the scientists altered more than his state of mind. Just when he thought he could take Kenzie as his mate he discovers he could be the biggest threat to her life.
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He got off the creaking chair. He found his pants first, and tugged those on, and then started the search for his shirt. “Kenzie, I lost control with you, goddamn it. You need to go, no, stay here. I’ll send Chad over.” He scrubbed a hand down his face. “Where is my fucking shirt?”
She was standing in front of him in the next moment. Her soft breasts brushing against his chest. “Look at me.”
He growled. “Kenzie, I know when I am losing it, and I am losing it.”
She captured his face between her hands and pulled him down so they were at eye level. “It’s completely normal to fantasize about what you want to do while having sex.” She kissed his nose. “You fantasized about me and you being mated. It’s okay.”
He wasn’t safe for her, but here she was, trying to make it right for him. Hellcats! She was…she was supposed to be safe with him, and in one second of giving in to the fantasy of her, he’d have done the worst, most unforgivable thing a shifter could do. “I’m not safe for you, Kenz. Please, don’t make this harder than it is.”
“Ty, don’t do this. You need to calm down and think about this rationally.” “I need my shirt.” He pulled away from her and got down on his hands and knees to check under the bed.
Kenzie got down on the floor next to him. “It’s in your apartment.”
He darted back. “Put some clothes on. I’ll have Chad come here.”
He retreated to the door. “Tiberius Petrov, you did not just make love to me so you could walk out on me.”
That was exactly what he was going to do. He should be her safe place, he should be the one thing in the whole world that would never hurt her, and he wasn’t sure until after the fact that he hadn’t hurt her. “I’m sorry, Kenz. I love you too much to stay.” Then he did the hardest thing he’d ever done. He walked away from her.
About the Author:
Emma Weylin fell in love with the written word as a child. She loves to create her own worlds full of magic and wonder. One of her favorite things is populating those worlds with interesting and true-to-life characters who experience everything from epic love and heartrending battles to seriously silly or embarrassing “duh” moments. She believes love can and does conquer all things. When she’s not writing, she enjoys her family and has a copious yarn addiction.
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