First of all I wanted to say thank you for the warm reception you’ve given Bitter Heat. I had no idea how people would react to this book. I’m blown away by the positive responses and am completely humbled by you guys taking a chance on a new series!
Bitter Heat was fun, but extremely challenging to write. It has its own rhythm and vibe that’s unlike anything else I’ve done. I’ve been working exclusively on the Crime Lord Series for over three years so I was excited to flex my writing muscles and see what story unfolded.
Originally, I thought this book was going to be a standalone, but the further I got into the story, the more I uncovered about their past and realized it would be impossible to put it all into one book. The Singed Series will be a trilogy (shout out to Kelly who got an early ARC and helped me name the series)! I can’t wait to explore their relationship in more detail.
I love complex characters and to me, Jasmine and Roth both delivered in spades. Roth was so closed off that I had to write huge portions of the scenes from his POV because I had no idea what he was thinking. I think he’ll eventually get his own installment once the trilogy is complete because there are some things only he can tell. As for Jasmine, it took me a while to nail down her personality and thought process. She’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met/read/written. I love her and think she’s a great counterpart to Roth.
The thing I love about dark romance is that it absorbs elements from other genres- suspense, thrills, mystery, and so much more. I love watching a story unfurl slowly, petal by petal, which allows me to absorb, analyze, and calculate how every new piece of information fits into the greater picture. I wanted to write something dark and raw that would make people think, feel, and yearn for more. Using the darkness, I can lay out a story that’s raw, complex, and uncomfortable. The reader can choose to take everything at face value or withhold judgment until they hear the whole story.
I can’t wait to show you what else the Singed Series has in store. Thank you for allowing me to meander through stories and join me on this ride. I’m so grateful for the reviews and you recommending me to others. I couldn’t do this without you!
PS: I’ll make an announcement when the paperback is available!