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Best Betrayers: Top 25 Worst Acts of Betrayal in Romance Novels

Please Note:  The House on Black Lake has been adapted to screenplay. Go to Home Page to see trailer (with acts of betrayal) and haunting new music video "Dangerous Shadows" inspired by novel.

An act of betrayal by a lover or mate is generally acccompanied by severe emotional distress by the betrayee. Cheating is the most common form, but the act can take many forms, including emotional betrayal. Few women (or men) can forgive and forget such a transgression, as trust is severed with the act. However, when one is deeply in love the decision to walk away can may extremely difficult. Generally, there must be a long period of groveling and the belief that the transgressor has truly learned a valued lesson and can be trusted to maintain integrity in the future. This process is a torturous one for both individuals.

Although living through such an experience is pure hell, it can be therapeudic to vicariously live through the experience of a character in a novel. In fact, much can be learned of human behavior through this process. In the House on Black Lake Alexandra is betrayed at every twist and turn on her journey. Both men and women betray her throughout the story. However, each character is forced to confront the ramifications of their selfishness, while Alexandra's character is strengthened as she learns to become more self reliant, intuitive, and emotionally grounded. Ultimately, when it appears she has been betrayed by them all and most cruelly by Ramey Sandeley, the object of her obsession, her dorment strengths are awakened. Metamorphosis is possible following an act of betrayal. And that is its greatest gift.

The top romance novels featuring acts of betayal are listed below. The list was culled from romance forums and discussions with readers. In no particular order.

1. Dream Man by Linda Howard

2. Perfect sin by Kat Martin

3. Lady Gallant by Suzanne robinson

4. Risk Everything by Sophia Johnson

5. Coyote's Mate by Lora Leigh

6. Almost Forever by Linda Howard

7. The Missing by Shiloh Walker

8. Cry No More by Linda Howard

9. Pulled by Danielle Bannister

10. Angel Creek by Linda Howard

11. Loving Evangeline by Linda Howard

12. My True and Tender Love by Jill Gregory

12. Seducing Simon by Maya Banks

13. That Scandalous Night by Christina Dodd

14. Total Surrender by Cheryl Holt

15. Paradise by Judith McNaught

16. Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

17. Belong to Me Shayla black

18. Heart of the Outback by Lynn Wilding

19. Take this Regret by Amy Lichthench

20. Gold Ring of Betrayal by Michelle Reid

21. Blue Moon by MacKenzie McKade

22. Bitten by Kelly Armstrong

23. His Bonnie Bride by Hannah Howell

24. Last Chance by Christy Reece

25. Tempt Me Tonight by Toni Blake

 

 

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"Dangerous Shadows" from "The House on Black Lake" is First Documented Music Video for Novel

"Dangerous Shadows", a new HD music video based on novel "The House on Black Lake" by Anastasia Blackwell explores the contemporary gothic suspense in a unique form. Filmed by award winning cinematographer Frazer Bradshaw with original music by Andrew Oudot, the moody piece incorporates flying and static trapeze acts.

The video was filmed at author Sam Keen's Sky Ranch in Sonoma and incorporates Trapeze Pro, a circus skills school located on the property.

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Halloween 2011: Treat Yourself to Dark/Sexy New Music Video "Dangerous Shadows"

Get into spirit of Halloween by viewing new music video "Dangerous Shadows". The video stylistically recreates harrowing scene from "The House on Black Lake" by Anastasia Blackwell. The moody piece was filmed at author Sam Keen's ranch in Sonoma by renowned cinematographer Frazer Bradshaw. Evocative music was scored by Russian composer/filmmaker Andrew Oudot. Corset by Timeless Trends.

To view video go to Home Page or click on link below:

http://youtu.be/tIWOoAT7DhQ

 

 

 

 

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Ian Somerhalder's "Empoweresque" Features Trapeze Artists From "The House on Black Lake" Music Video

Trapeze artists featured in "Dangerous Shadows" music video are scheduled as featured performers for actor Ian Somerhalder's "Empoweresque" fund raiser in Atlanta on October 29th, 2011. Tanya Hoover, Keith Hoover, and Marek Kaszuba will perform static trapeze, incorporating unique choreography from music video.

Somerhalder, a popular actor best known for his performances in "Lost and "The Vampire Diaries",  created the Ian Somerhalder Foundation to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.

The fundraiser will be held at The Opera, a lovely historic Atlanta, Georgia building. The theme of the soiree is awakening the unique powers of women. 

Empoweresque is a celebration...

An awakening of the uniqueness and power within women.
If you think being sexy is akin to throwing on a pair of heels, think again...
It's about the woman within knowing that SHE has the power to change the world.

It's not what you look like.
It's not about your size, age, colour or faith.
It's who you ARE.
It’s your passion, your strength and your ability to inspire and lead change not just within yourself, but within others.
It's about awakening your divine femininity and becoming an "Empoweress."

This awakening within yourself will forever change you, and uniting empowered women will forever change the world.
Historically, we've seen phenomenal female change makers. These women "stand up and stand out", but why must they stand up as ONE woman when we can "stand up & stand out" together to radically transform the world as one UNITED divine force?
What are you waiting for?

Venue Details: Opera’s lavish style, combined with Victorian décor, makes it one of the most unique venues in the country. Opera features three environments: The Opera House (Main Room), Cabana and the Venetian Room. Both sides of Opera have been very successful, especially this past year. Opera Nightclub was nominated one of the top three Nightclubs in the Country. Atlanta Event Center at Opera won the 2011 Allie Awards for Best Corporate Event. Objectives of Event: United Empowerment! •Raise funds that will contribute to the expansion of ISF programs that empower youth to create the change. •To empower existing ISF GLOBAL Groups to co-create with each other, and encourage new groups to become a part of ISF. •Reach 1 million followers with Ian Somerhalder’s twitter to expand the potential ISF family population. •Ultimately, empower generations to support each other with intense focus on supporting youth to become active, innovative, successful leaders.

More information about the event the Ian Somerhalder Foundation may be found at:

http://www.isfoundation.com/

To view Trapeze Pro artists:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIWOoAT7DhQ

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Dangerous Love: Top Ten Crazy Obsessive Heroes in Romance Novels

Please note - The House on Black Lake has been adapted to screenplay. Go to Home Page to see provocative trailer and music video based on novel.

A dangerously obsessive male can be both highly exciting and a nightmare for a woman. In reality few would desire such a challenge, but held at arms length - inside a novel or on a movie screen, such a man can be enormously intriguing.

The House on Black Lake features three such obsessive males, all very different. Ramey Sandeley's obsession with Alexandra Brighton leads him to the brink of emotional and physical cruelty. He can't help himself, as he has never heard the word "no".  Rock God Georgie La Pointe, on the other hand, grooms his hair in the eyes of his lovers, but when he loses control over his conquest he becomes obsessional. Andre Labat, the sensuous young Frenchman has the same expectation of female surrender and a ruthless desire to level the playing field by seducing the object of his rivals' desire. All men are out of control, and that is what makes them so appealing.

The following top ten are taken from lists of romance lovers and are in no particular order.

1. Simon Boldevar -Crimson Kiss Series  by Trisha Baker

2. Lucien de Malheur "The Scorpian" - Breathless - The House of Rohan by Anne Stuart

3. Judd - Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changelings book 3) by Nalini Singh

4. Dimitri - Archangels Blade (Guild Hunter) by Nalini Singh

5. Zsadist - Black Dagger Brotherhood - by J.R. Ward

6. Conrad Wroth - Immortals After Dark Seriesby Kresly Cole

7. Travis - Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire

8. Jake - Burning Wild by Christine Freehan

9. Baird - Claimed by Evangeline Anderson

10. Domenico - The Silver Devil by Therese Denys

Sean Culhane from Stormfire is a very controversial "hero" who is hated by most readers, but leaves a powerful impression, nonetheless.