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50 Great Love Scenes in Romance Novels

Please Note: The House on Black Lake Trailer may be viewed on Home Page.

A love scene in a novel (as in real life) reveals the innermost characteristics of the individuals involved. Physical strength or weakness, depth of passion, creativity, hidden fears and sorrows, need to control or degrade, to surrender or dominate, shame and pride, fetishes, tenderness, empathy, repressed memories, boldness, cautiousness, secrets, flaws and scars, deformity, and exquisite physical perfection can be revealed when the cloak of civilization is thrown off and humans revert to their animal nature. The circumstances of a mating can be highly romantic or base and ugly. No matter the social status of the individuals, age, nationality, relationship, or gender it is always a primal act, unscripted, and powerful in emotional resonance. Whether cruel and disgusting or highly gentle and romantisized love scenes are unscripted dramas that tear away the monotony of daily life. The act may result in the creation or transformation of life, that is its overriding power. There is an aura of spirituality to love scenes, and for those who seek a higher level of excistence making love to another is the key to another realm.  

In The House on black Lake Alexandra is a world weary mother struggling through a devastating divorce. She has not had a lover since her husband, and has never experienced a deep and satisfying physical connection with a man. In her journey on Black Lake she encounters three men with whom she experiences powerful emotional reactions. Charismatic Ramey Sandeley awakened something deep and unknown years ago when she first took his eyes on a snowy night in the desert. Her life dramatically changed in that moment, but she has not been able to consummate her feelings as he is a married father of five. However, the intense attraction leads Ramey to lure Alexandra into increasingly dangerous scenarios. Andre Labat is a young French artist who seduces Alexandra into an afternoon of love in his bungalow where he teaches her about the nature of love and the power of trust. Georgie LaPointe is narcissistic rock God and Cousin to Ramey who grooms his hair in the eyes of his lovers and makes love to recordings of his singing. Georgie introduces Alexandra to the dark side of sensuality. As a repressed woman Alexandra's experiences with these powerful men are clothed in an atmosphere that may appear forced, but she is not necessarily an unwilling victim and reacts in a manner true to her desires. Through her journey on Black Lake Alexandra is transformed and empowered as she learns to accept "the beautiful freak" inside her, the lonely soul that seeks  love without boundaries and the pursuit of passion at all costs.

Most rarely see acts of love, so novels offer opportunities to find inspiration in respectable forms of art.

The best love scenes in romance are featured in the following novels. The list was culled from talking to readers and through romance sites (including Amazon). They are in no particular order, although many believe "Flowers from the Storm" deserves first place. Some say Lisa Kleypas is the foremost master of of the romance novel love scene.

1. Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kindsdale

2. Goddess of the Hunt by Tessa Dare

3. When He Was Wicked Bridgerton Family Saga by Julia Quinn

4. One Dance With The Duke by Tessa Dare

5. Pleasure for Pleasure Ellis Sisters, Book 6 by Eloise James

6. Dangerous to Love by Elizabeth Thornton

7. The Diamond Slipper, by Jane Feather

8. The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

9. The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

10. Outlander by Diana Galbadon

11. Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

12 Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas

13. Tempt me Tonight by Toni Blake

14. Match Me if you Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

15. Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

16. Ride the Fire by Pamela Chase

17. Heart of Fire by Linda Howard

18. Devil in Winter The Wallflowers, Book 3

19. Midsummer Moon by Laura Kinsdale

20. Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas

21. Then Came You by Lisa Kleypas

22. Princess of Fire by Shannon Drake

23. Mad, Bad Duke by Jennifer Ashley

24. Madness of Lord Ian Mackensie by Jennifer Ashley

25. Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas

26. Love Storm by Susan Johnson

27. Wicked by Susan Johnson

28. Absolute Pleasure by Cheryl Holt

29. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julie Quinn

30. The Valley of the Horse by Jean M. Auel

31. Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

32. Surrender A MacKinnon Ranger's novel by Pamela Chare

33. The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

34. Green Darkness by Anya Seton

35. Passion by Lisa Valdes

36 The Proposition by Judith Ivory

37. Years by Lavyrle Spencer

38. His Second Hand Wife by Cheryl St. John

39. Wild Oats by Pamela Moisi

40. Between the Devil and Desire by Lorraine Heath

41. Married by Morning

42. If you Dare by Kresly Cole

43, If you Desire The MacKarrack Brothers Part 4 by Kresly Cole

44. Thunder and Rose by Mary Jo Putny

45. Hot Shot by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

46. Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

47. Thornbirds by Collen McCullugh

48. Night Magic by Karen Robards

49. Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase

50. Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsdale

 

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One Voice - A Writer Sparks Revolution

The protesters that began the expansive "Occupy Wall Street " movement are examples of the power of One Voice. They are not alone in the history of uprisings that have changed the course of history.

In my case,  a terrifying experience in a haunted house on an island outside Montreal  segued with injustice in the chambers of a private judge in the family court system. At the time, I felt I had no voice. So, I began to write the story of a world-weary American woman's story of transformation and empowerment in the French Canadian underground.

I wrote the following piece to remind myself that one must be brave and speak the truth for the good of the world.

                                                                                                                                                                         One Voice

     A man sat at an ornate  desk and gazed at a blank  parchment. On the paper he had agreed to write  a proclamation, a fiery statement that would be delivered to the King and all of his courtiers and officers. it was a document that  would irrevocably alter his life.

     He  realized he was jeopardizing everything he owned and held sacred. The lovely estate he had designed himself  and furnished with artifacts from around the world, the gardens he had tended and nurtured would be confiscated.  His servants would be out of jobs - employment they needed to survive. His cherished family would lose their comforts, and his wife would be reduced to working in the households of the nobles, if they would  take her at all. The prospects of his children be would horribly altered. His daughters' marital opportunities would be diminished and his sons' opportunities limited to those of farmer or laborer, rather than gentleman.

     Even worse, he understood if he wrote and signed the proclamation he would  likely be hung by the neck in the gallows. He would be publicly humiliated in front of his wife and children and all of the community that  looked up to him as a man of high position. Once he finished putting ink to the parchment his life as he knew it was over.

     Five men waited for the document - the well positioned men had chosen him to create the first draft. He had only written a few words, then just a few paragraphs, when he was compelled to stop. He was aghast at his own vehemence - he had called the King a tyrant! Surely the others would think him mad for using such an explosive word.

     Then, like one possessed, his pen began to scratch at the parchment, his hand desperately seeking to keep up with the words raging from his mind. Once he had written of the horrible deeds of the King against his countrymen, the lost lives and futures, insults to dignity and honour, crimes against his comrades, his brethren - there was no turning back. He completed the deed and signed the document with relish.

     The man gently picked up the parchment, still wet with the black ink from the crystal ink holder given to him as a present from his beloved father, and walked from the sun drenched room. His carriage waited outside, and within the hour he delivered the document to the five illustrious men. To his surprise, they did not attempt to edit his words, instead they reinforced them by signing their names. Then, it was delivered to the Commission, where each added their name to the list.  His voice became stronger as each signed the document, and it soon became a throng of cries from citizens who had been mistreated for too long.

     The voice of the man at the desk has never stopped speaking. His voice caused the downfall of a government. His voice helped to create a new constitution based on its precepts. His voice has resonated through three centuries, and continues to speak throughout the world. One man's proclamation is now viewed by most of mankind as  Divine Right - the Divine Right of the Individual for Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It marks the birth of democracy.

     The man was Thomas Jefferson and his proclamation -  The Declaration of Independence.

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     May we all be bold and brave in standing up for our God given rights -  and those of our  comrades.

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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.

 

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First Documented Music Video Based on novel features Dramatic Trapeze Act

PRESS RELEASE
An historic music video for contemporary gothic suspense, "The House on Black Lake" is scheduled for release late September, 2011.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aptly titled "Dangerous Shadows", the stylistic video depicts a dramatic scene from the novel. The video opens with a woman being chased through lush landscape as she seeks to escape hooded figures in preparation for what appears to be a pagan ritual, and climaxes with a stunning trapeze act. The piece was filmed by award winning cinematographer Frazer Bradshaw. An evocative orchestral composition with heavy percussion, by Russian filmmaker/music composer Andrew Oudet, lends tension, foreboding, emotional resonance, and effectively stands on its own as downloadable dance or background music.

The video was shot at renowned philosopher/author Sam Keen’s Sky Ranch in Sonoma. Trapeze rig featured is a permanent fixture on the property and home to Trapeze Pro, a prominent Bay Area circus skills school. Professional performers Marek Kaszuba, Tanya Hoover, Keith Hoover, Jake Minkoff, and John Arnst are featured in the flying sequences. In addition, unique, never before performed trapeze tricks, including "The Heroine’s Journey", were created as part of choreography by trapeze trapeze duo Hoover/Kaszuba for interpretation of the novel’s climactic scene.

Author/actress Anastasia Blackwell produced, directed, and performs in video. The ground breaking piece joins a trailer she created for her debut novel, as well as videos and teasers featuring original photography, sound design, and spoken word.

Time will tell if the unique idea will spread to indie authors and publishing houses and create a new genre of music and means of promotion for literature. The potential appears unlimited, with millions of books lining shelves of libraries and online catalogues worldwide, languidly waiting for an infusion of life.

"The House on Black Lake" has been adapted to screenplay and author is in negotiation for rights. To learn more about project and view other videos go to Home Page.

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Creative Revolution Productions is a publishing,marketing, promotion company dedicated to
promoting work of emerging artists.

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Kidnapped: Favorite Captive Love Romance Novels

Please Note: Go to HOME PAGE to view provocative trailer for The House on Black Lake filmed by award winning cinematographer.

Scene from "The House on Black Lake" Trailer

 The House on Black Lake explore a woman's experience as she is lured into a seductive web of intrigue and deceit, and held a virtual prisoner on Black Lake. Although Alexandra Brighton takes the trip to the exclusive enclave of summer homes outside Montreal on her own volition, to find resolution to her obession with charismatic Ramey Sandeley, she does not initially realize there is no way out. By the time she recognizes there are sinister forces at work she is essentially kidnapped and forced to confront the dark forces at play within the shadows of the lake, and well as inside her own heart. In the end Alexandra must must make a dramatic personal transformation is she is to survive.

The subject of kidnap is a popular theme in romantic literature. Some of the most popular are as follows, in no particular order.

Perfect by Judith McNaught

Unlawful Contact by Pamela Clare

Lone Rider by Lauren Bach

Comanche Moon by Catherine Anderson

Honor's Splendour by Julie Garwood

Silken Savage by Catherine Hart

Night Flame by Catherine Hart

Hawk O'Toole's Hostage by Sandra Brown

His Wicked Ways by Samantha James

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

The Touch of Fire by Linda Howard

Cheyenne Song by Georgina Gentry

Apache Caress by Georgina Gentry

Tanner's Scheme by Lora Leigh

Abduction of Julia by Karen Hawkins

A Darker Dream by Amanda Ashley

Twilight Illusions by Maggie Shayne

Knight Triumphant by Shannon Drake

Princess of Fire by Shannon Drake

Lie Down in Roses by Shannon Drake

A Masquerade in the Moonlight by Kasey Michaels

The Bride of the Beast by Teresa Medeiros

Thief of Hearts by Teresa Medeiros

The Devil Wears Plaid by Teresa Medeiros

One Man's Love by Karen Ranney

The Heart of Winter (Anthology) with Maggie Shayne

The Nymph Kingby Gena Showalter

Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter

Captain's Price by Lyla Sinclair

Night of the Phantom by Anne Stuart

Gallant Waif by Anne Gracie

Night Fire by Catherine Coulter

Uncommon Vows by Mary Jo Putney

The Hawk by Monica McCarty

The Quest by Juliana Garnett

The Pirate Prince, Ascention Trilogy, by Galen Foley

The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne

Lover Unbound, Black Brotherhood Trilogy, Number 5, J.R. Ward

The Pirate Lord Lord Trilogy 1, by Sabrina Jeffries

Ruthless, The House of Rohan, by Anne Stuart

The Scotsman by Juliana Garnett

Savage Heat by Nan Ryan

Night Raven by Elaine Barbieri

Untamed Captiveby Elaine Barbieri

This Fierce Loving by Judith French

Panther's Prey by Doreen Owens

Captive by Colleen Faulkner

Destiny's Warrior by Kit Dee

Lakota Love Song by Madeline Baker

The Falcon and the Dove by Bonnie Vanak
Northman's Passion by Kate Hill
Whirlpool of Passion by Emma Darcy

In the Warrior's Bed by Mary Wine

Alexandra is kidnapped to island by Andre Labat

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Crazy Love: Most Dangerously Jealous, Obsessive, Possessive Alphas in Romance Novels

Please Note: The House on Black Lake has been adapted to screenplay. Go to Home Page to view provocative trailer filmed by award winning cinematographer.

Scene From "The House on Black Lake" Trailer

The story of The House on Black Lake teems with jealousy and obsession.  World-weary Alexandra Brighton travels with son Samuel to visit the man who has haunted her heart for years. She seeks resolution to an obsession that has brought her former life to ruin. But the fire is only stoked by charismatic Ramey Sandeley. Ramey is a man who has never heard the word "no" and expects life to give him everything he desires. But he has never tasted the drug of love or any desire beyond the physical. The feelings awakened in him by Alexandra are twisted to jealous rage when he learns she has given herself to seductive young French artist Andre Labat.  When she returns to the house he confronts her and threatens to administer a whipping for her discretion. This is only the beginning of a battle of wills that will lead the couple to the edge of destruction and threaten the safety of those caught in their orbit.

Yet, they are not the only ones driven by obsessive feelings. The lake's inhabitants are caught in tormented web of frustrated desire and and the drive to create unity at any cost.

Christian Grey, of Fifty Shades of Grey is the latest in a long line of dark lovers.  Crazy in love, jealous, obsessive, possessive males make intense romance heroes.  The top alpha picks (taken from personal surveys and popular romance forums) can be found in the following novels, in no particular order.

1. A Rose to the Fallen by April Bostic

2. The Smoke Thief  by Shana Abe

3. Queen of Dragons by Shana Abe

4. Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

5. Dark Desire from the Carpathian's Series by Christine Feehan

6.  Halfway to the Grave Night Huntress Series, Book One by Jeaniene Frost

7. The Game Series Complete Collection by Christine Feehan

8.  Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh

9. Dangerous Games Tempting Seals Serices by Lora Leigh

10. Killer Secrets by Lora Leigh

11. Darkyn Series by Lynn Viehn

12. KGI Serices by Maya Banks

13. Dangerous Secrets by Lisa Marie Rice

14. Bitten, Women of the Otherworld, Book 1 by Kelley Armstrong

15. Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

16, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

17.  A Hunger Like No Other  by Kresly Cole

18. Forever Mine The Moreno Brothers 1 by Elizabeth Reyes

18. Always Been Mine The Moreno Brothers 11 by Elizabeth Reyes

19. Under the Cowboy's Control by Lynda Chance

20. Blackmailed into Bed by Lynda Chance

21. The Madness of Lord Ian McKenzie by Jennifer Ashley

22. Tempt the Devil by Anna Campbell

23. Playing Easy To Get Immortals After Dark 1 by Kresly cole

24. Pleasure of a Dark Prince Immortals After Dark Series by Kresley Cole

25. Clockwork Angel The Infernal Devices, book 1 by Cassandra Clare

26. One Bite With A Stranger The Others Book 6, by Christine Warren

27. Submissive Desires by Carolyn Faukner -  SD chronicles a woman's journey of complete submission under control of dominant ex navy seal. The book is erotic and too extreme for most, but well written  for those who enjoy or desire insights into world of BDSM.

I was recently interviewed about obsessive, possessive love.  Here are my thoughts.