Writing Savage Penance

Some books are hard to write. Just…difficult beasts, with the words fighting me the whole way.

I wouldn’t say writing Savage Penance was easy (in fact, I remember whining about Chapter 21 being a pain in the ass), but it was certainly fun. Doug’s transformation was a challenge, that’s for sure.

In the previous book in the series, Savage Redemption, Ben’s transformation was already on its way–he not only needed to change, he wanted it. Doug, however, was a lot harder to redeem. He doesn’t want redemption; in fact, his mantra in Ben’s book and in the short prequel, “Irredeemable,” is “Fuck redemption.”

So how do I take a big, potty-mouthed, unlikable guy and turn him into a hero?

With the same special sauce that drives all romance novels–love.

While Doug doesn’t recognize it immediately, he falls prey to the pitter-patterings of his deeply-buried romantic heart and starts falling in love and falling in line. There’s some growing to do, sure, for both him and Gwyn, but this is a dance heroes and heroines of romance novels have danced millions of times. It finally becomes more painful for the alphahole to walk away. The proud, snarky heroine must admit that she’s self-sufficient…but hell, she needs his love. Evil is overcome, and love wins.

Love wins, y’all.

And that’s why I keep writing these stories. They give me hope–and that’s what I want to give you, too. ❤

Savage Penance is coming out in just two weeks (you can pre-order it on your favorite retailer), and I am so excited to share it with you! While you wait, there’s a free prequel up on Apple Books. If you don’t have an Apple device, you can grab it on BookFunnel.

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Savage Penance Pre-Order and a Free Prequel

Savage Penance is coming out in just three weeks, and I cannot wait! I’m very excited about this one. So excited, in fact, that I wrote a prequel and I am giving it away for free!

You can grab the prequel on Apple Books, or, if you don’t have an Apple device, you can snag it through BookFunnel.

Here’s an excerpt from Savage Penance:

The truck’s cab was full of tense quiet as Doug pulled into the drive. Ben’s jaw was clenched—he was pissed.

“Look, I was an asshole,” Doug said. “I still am. I’m never gonna be as good as you and I sure as hell will not ever be as good as Chase. So I’m gonna check on the mom, get her info, and pass it on to Marlana. Then I’m peacing the fuck out of Montana.”

“You’re such an idiot,” Ben said.

Doug nodded. It wasn’t news to him. He parked the truck and started to climb out.

Ben stayed put. “First off, you can’t just abandon your daughter or son. It’s a dick move.”

“They’re better off without me.”

“Right now, I don’t doubt that,” Ben growled, “but it’s still a dick move. Second, you’re looking in the wrong place.”

Doug opened his mouth to retort, but froze, then sputtered, “What do you mean?”

“Looking for the mom of a toddler…in a fuckin’ bar?” Ben laughed.

“It’s where we met,” Doug said, frowning.

“Yeah, but single moms generally don’t hang out in bars. Then again, she might not be single.”

A flare of rage ignited in Doug’s chest. “What?”

“She could have a husband now, or a boyfriend,” Ben said, oblivious to Doug’s confusing jumble of feelings. “Either way, she’s unlikely to go to a bar when she has a little kid at home. I’m not saying she won’t, but there are better places to look for her.”

“Like where?”

Ben climbed out of the truck and slammed the door. Doug met him on the other side.

“Like daycares,” Ben said. “Parks. Library song and story time.”

“Library song and story time?”

Ben nodded.

“Have you been to library song and story time?” Doug asked, narrowing his eyes.

“Yes, I go every week with McKenzie.”

Horrified, Doug stammered, “Why?”

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