Published by Kindle Press on June 21, 2016
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Tavish MacCraig, thirty-three-year-old Highlander, forsook his medical and military career, after being a POW for 6 months in Afghanistan, to run his family’s internationally renowned art gallery in London, The Blue Dot. Despite being surrounded by wealth and beauty, Tavish’s days are bleak, his nights, living nightmares, and his heart, an empty shell. But when he meets Irish painter Laetitia Galen, a powerful and sizzling attraction ignites between them.
Laetitia, who fled hell on earth when she was sixteen, now works as a well-paid housekeeper in a forsaken country manor in Warwickshire and sells her paintings in an obscure gallery. To preserve her new life and recently found peace, she resists Tavish and The Blue Dot's fantastic offer of an exclusive contract.
Laetitia becomes Tavish’s obsession; Tavish, Laetitia’s unattainable dream.
Meanwhile, a man with a burning grudge plots his long-awaited revenge, which could destroy them all over again.
Love Painted in Red
Hello Isabelle, and thanks for hosting me. I’m so happy to be here with you and your readers today.
Write about what a typical writing day is like for you
Although I try to write every day, it’s not always possible. I like to write at night when everything is quiet, but my six-foot-six husband who is very jealous of my books—or should I say jealous of the male lead characters?—demands I go to bed at a more…hmm…normal hour once in a while. J I don’t have writing goals. I can write 10,000 words in a day—not that I was counting, I never do; not a single character in others; delete whole chapter; write middle chapters—which will probably not be used; have a horrible writer block for days…that’s okay, it’s part of my author life. But then I can be hooked by the story and won’t stop until I finish it. J
What inspires your story ideas and characters
Real life and real people are my inspiration. For example, Tavish Uilleam MacCraig, the lead male character of Love Painted in Red appeared on my first release Entwined Fates, TRUST Series #1. The sour brother of the lead character—Alistair Connor MacCraig—he was supposed to be a secondary character. Yet, my characters are kind of rebels and very opinionated and sometimes they don’t like to follow my outline and planning for them, demanding more. Tavish grew so much as a character during TRUST Series that he demanded his story to be told. J
He was a great character to write, but as the plot unfolded, I realized I didn’t want him being a war hero and a veteran just as a background for his love story with Laetitia. I wanted the readers to feel his pain and I wanted him to be a believable veteran dealing with PTSD. So I interviewed many veterans online. It was an enlightening and heartbreaking experience and it helped me create new scenes and developments, which were not planned at first.
He came out beautifully—or so I like to think—with his physical and psychological scars and yet full of life strength and vigor. Love Painted in Red is my homage to those who dedicate themselves to make this world safer.
List your long term and short term goals as a writer/author
My goals are…keep writing. J Since Love Painted in Red, I already published a new book, a novella: FROM THE BARONESS’S DIARY: The erotic escapades of Baron Beardley’s wife, The Diaries Series #1, which is a 20th century romantic erotica. It’s already on pre-order on Amazon, release date on September 13th, 2016.
It started with a single diary entry I wrote and was supposed to be a bonus scene for the print version of Love Painted in Red, where Laetitia, a painter, used the late Baroness’s diaries to develop a series of erotic paintings, but I realized I would be doing a disservice to my readers if I didn’t develop Lady Chloé Beardley’s own story. My first kid’s book—Prince Peter and The Kingdom of Perfection—is coming out by the end of the year.
I am writing The Diaries sequel, which will be available by spring next year; and, finally, I have immediate plans for co-authoring a full length comedy romance, and I have a new romance brewing in my mind. After that, only God knows. J
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“We’ve been doing everything we can,” the private investigator said in defense of himself. He looked pointedly at Geoffrey Callaghan, hoping for some support.
“I’ll double the reward if you find her in the next three months,” said a husky male voice. “Put more men on her. Do whatever is necessary. I’ll pay the extra cost.”
The PI nodded once and quickly made his exit, not wanting to hear the or else, which was implicit in the order. He had never been inside that room. It was the first time in years that he had to deal with a person other than Geoffrey, who was scary enough.
“They will find her,” Geoffrey said.
“If I were a suspicious man, I would wonder why you didn’t have more men searching for her.” Bluish-white smoke rose from the corner, which would be completely dark if not for an orange glow. “Or why you weren’t more careful that night.”
“You were the one who chose her.” A faint smile touched Geoffrey’s wrinkled, thin lips. “I told you she was a freak.”
He had no answer to that. “GO! Leave me alone.”
“That’s exactly what you asked of me years ago. Look what happened.” Geoffrey smirked.
“Leave me alone.” He grabbed the nearest object—a Baccarat ashtray—and flung it at Geoffrey’s head, who despite his old age, ducked, avoiding being hit by the crystal but not by being showered with butts and ashes from the homemade cigar.
“Don’t do that again, my son.” He shook his bald head at the once handsome man sitting in the dark. “Don’t forget who gives the orders here.”
“Do I ever?” A fury raced through the man’s blood. There had been a time when many things could tame his unruly desires. Not anymore. He had become dependent on the old man in front of him.
“I will go.” Geoffrey smirked. “But you need to relax. I’ll send a cup of Yagé and a devotee for you to fuck.”
The man stayed silent for a moment. “Send the Yagé and the devotee.”
“A wise decision. Be at peace,” Geoffrey said before he closed the door behind him.
The orange light glowed brighter as he dragged deeper. He imagined he could see her face and body take shape in the smoke as he exhaled.
She had become the reason he arose every day, breathed, and endured pain. She had become his obsession.
He would find her. Touch her as she had touched him. Make her scream as he had.
Until he tired.
Until she begged.
Then, only then, he would kill her.
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