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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Peeling the Onion

I love making my characters work for their happy endings, and I also love peeling back their layers, making them show their inner selves. It’s a bit like an onion. There might be a coarse outer skin, but slice through that and what do you find? A dozen or more layers all tightly wrapped around each other.

People are like that in real life. None of us are 2-dimensional, and I bet if you find someone who is, they’re probably just protecting their inner self really well. The challenge in writing is to capture our heroes and heroines, and to make them real. People you might fall in love with, or want to hang out with.

In Craving (Talisman #2), Dante is outwardly a rough and ill educated biker. When he meets—and falls in love with—Katherine, we catch a glimpse of the man inside.


“How do you do it, Dante? What’s your story?” 
If I had a pound for every time I’d been asked this, I’d have a fleet of Harley-Davidsons now. I bought myself a minute while I sank into the seat opposite her and took a welcome swig of beer. God, I’d love a cigarette right now. “Do you think it’s some kind of party trick? Like I’ll give you a list of things to do and the spirits just magically appear?”
Her intense gaze caught me by surprise.
This wasn't just a conversation question.
“I've met loads of people who claim they can summon spirits, but you’re the first I've seen who’s actually done it.”
I shrugged. Took another slurp of beer. “Maybe it was a group hallucination. I hypnotized you all into thinking you saw an airman.”
“Nu-huh. Tristan has proof on his hard drive.”
Are they a couple? Surely not, otherwise he’d be here. Her amber eyes seemed to glow in the soft reflected light, and something tight inside me relaxed a little. I could get used to civilized behavior if it meant having supper with Kitten again. The silence between us was comfortable, and I felt irrationally annoyed when she tilted her head to one side and resumed her questioning.
“You don’t have anything else to eat do you?”
Her brows tugged together. “Would cheesecake help you to talk?”
I laughed. “Okay. For as long as I can remember, I've been able to see people, talk to them, when nobody else thought they were there. I don’t know how it happens, or why me instead of the next guy. It just does.” I’m a freak. I took a long drink of the beer, relishing the cool buzz on my tongue, while I waited to see the distaste on her face. “It’s rare to encounter a spirit that everyone can see. We struck lucky tonight. And there’s no guarantee that we’ll get a repeat performance tomorrow. Believe me, it’s out of my control.”
Her lips twitched. She leaned forward and delicately chinked her bottle against mine. “Judging by how tired you looked earlier, you've earned your cheesecake.”

Craving (Talisman #2) is available 10 June 2014, from Time & Tide Publishing.

A deal with a demon, a biker psychic and the girl who might just be his salvation... if the demon doesn't get to her first.


Dante isn't your typical medium. With his leather jacket, tattoos and piercings, he looks more at home on his motorbike than he does holding a séance and Katherine has no intention of getting involved with him. He's the complete opposite of the kind of man she wants and represents everything she's tried to leave behind, but she needs a medium and he’s the best one around.

Dante’s never allowed himself to get close to anyone for fear of putting them in danger. His craving for Katherine is about to bring his worst nightmares to life.


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The Adventure started in Obsession
 book #1 of the Talisman Series