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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Bonus Scene for Savage Redemption, “What He Left Behind”

Honestly, I don’t know exactly which book this is from–whether goes best with Savage Redemption, or whether it goes with whatever Doug’s book will be called. The point-of-view character is Doug, Ben’s brother, and it’s a little heart-wrenching and I wasn’t even sure what was going to happen until I wrote it. Some might also view it as a cliffhanger, which wasn’t my intent. So be warned! Doug’s book is likely months away, as I’m working on another series right now.

Bonus Scene!

Okay, now that I’ve done everything in my power to convince you not to download the scene “What He Left Behind,” here it is! ❤

Click here to download the Savage Redemption bonus, “What He Left Behind.”

Savage Redemption: Available Now

It’s finally here! Savage Redemption is now available from your favorite retailer! Click the image for the universal book link, and I’ll post each of the major retailer links below, as well. ❤

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Savage Redemption, starring:

Ben Channing

  • Hates: vampires, surprises
  • Likes: his truck, burritos

Delilah Jones

  • Hates: negativity, lies
  • Loves: her baby girl, tacos

I had the absolute best time writing about a brooding, regretful hero and a optimistic, down-on-her-luck heroine who come together and make things work. I hope you enjoy it! (Psst: Get it soon, because the price will go up.)

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Soundtrack for Savage Redemption

This soundtrack is a little different from soundtracks from my other books, because the hero in Savage Redemption, Ben, loves punk music. Because I used to listen to a little bit of punk (shout out to my high school BFF, Brian, who introduced me to it), I thought it might be fun to put together a list of punk songs that would work with Ben and Delilah’s story.

You can find the soundtrack on YouTube, except for the original version of “Past Mistakes.” There wasn’t a good recording of it, so I found an acoustic tribute which doesn’t have quite the same energy. Maybe you can hunt down the original 88 Fingers Louie recording on whatever music apps the kids are using these days. 🙂

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  • The Offspring, “Gone Away”
  • The Bouncing Souls, “Cracked”
  • Five across the eyes, “Past Mistakes” (a tribute to 88 Fingers Louie)
  • Lagwagon, “Violins”
  • The Vandals, “Don’t Stop Me Now” (funny video)

Savage Redemption, Coming Soon

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Advance review copies have gone out and now I’m waiting…waiting…waiting. Savage Redemption releases on November 6th, so if you live in the US, you will hopefully go vote, and then buy your very own copy to read! (Or buy your copy first, and then vote. Either way–I won’t be picky about your process.)

While we wait, here’s a little excerpt from the book!

She reached for him again, caressed his biceps and tugged him toward her. He lowered himself onto the mattress. All his dreams were coming true in this moment. Now that he had her in his bed, what would he do with her first?

Please her. Make her want more. Make her want to stay.

To pre-order your very own copy of Savage Redemption, click here to find it on your favorite retailer!

Annnnnd a bonus book right now is “Irredeemable,” a short story prequel featuring Ben and his twin brother, Doug. It’s available exclusively at Apple Books–click here to grab it!