Those who've read my Safe Harbor series (like, the 3 of you...) know that I like to put my characters in dangerous situations at exotic locales. Fellow Liquid Silver Books author shares my odd predilection for torturing kickass damsels and knights in distress, as witnessed by her new romantic suspense Seduction in Sierra Leone. Before I allow her to pimp her book, I forced her to first give me a writing tip (I'm evil that way). As someone who needs complete silence in order to concoct nefarious plans, it's one I can't follow myself. However, I've heard it can work wonders for distinguishing points of view.
Find Your Character's Tune
by Olivia Night
I always love when you read a book and while you read it a certain musical genre, or song or artists emerges. Being from the generation whose childhood was half tech free and half tech emergent I find it hard to focus with background noise. I do love, however, to listen to specific songs or genres prior to writing to give me some inspiration.
I find it fascinating that my characters all have their own sounds. Listening to music can help me when I have to make a shift in perspective, as my books do regularly. Otherwise, sometimes, I find it difficult to write from the perspective of a calm, loving woman to the perspective of the soulless man chasing her.
If one were to look at my Pandora account they would find that I have the maximum allowed stations (yep) and these stations range from Pearl Jam to Zac Brown to 2Pac to Muse to Sinatra to The National to Old Crow Medicine Show. It is all over the place! But it’s helpful because my characters, too, are all over the place.
My writing not only bounces from perspective to perspective but also book to book. I am currently working on four separate books and at times when an idea for one book pops into my head while I’m working on another I will turn on the station I think will help and viola! Inspiration.
My first book out, Seduction in Sierra Leone, was written with the help of many, many songs. But now, that I have planted the seed I would love to hear what music comes to mind as the reader reads the novel rather than reveal it to them!
Seduction in Sierra Leone
by Olivia Night
In the mangroves of Sierra Leone, two strangers, raised a world apart, find themselves inextricably connected. They can run from their pasts, but they can’t run from each other. Passion erupts between a relief worker and an arms dealer as they play a deadly game of hide-and-seek with a man set on vengeance. Seduction in Sierra Leone is a fast-paced, action-filled novel of murder, lust, and revenge from romance author Olivia Night.
Aislinn Salameh, an American relief worker, is searching for purpose in her self-imposed lonely world. The stranger who enters her village on a blistering hot day seems more animal than human. She knows she should stay far away but can’t stop herself from being drawn to the mysterious man.
Brandt Fairlane is haunted by the sins of his past. Detached from others, Brandt has spent his life alone. His line of work is too dangerous for the luxuries of love and family.
When Brandt sees Aislinn and her haunting eyes, he knows he must possess her. But when Brandt’s past comes back from the dead and Aislinn is caught in the crossfire, it is up to him to keep her safe. In order to survive, they must learn to rely on one another. As they run for their lives, the heat between them becomes undeniable.
Now, Brandt must not only protect Aislinn from a madman committed to stealing her away, but he also must protect her from himself. Because if Brandt steals her body and her heart, he’ll never let her go.
He cleared his throat. “Are you hurt?”
“No,” she said quietly.
He knew she could feel the charged current in the atmosphere. “Are you sure?”
“Yes, I washed up. Thank you for putting the water out for—”
Brandt didn’t let her finish. He crossed the room in four short strides and pressed his mouth into hers. His hand came up to trail her thigh. His tongue was instantly invading her mouth, his teeth biting at her lips. She gasped. She was confused by the pain and pleasure of the sensation.
“I’m sorry...” he said into her mouth.
His hands pulled at her head, forcing her face up to him. His tongue softly trailed the delicate skin to her collarbone. His right hand came down and grabbed her thigh, guiding it around his waist. He moved both hands to her round ass and lifted her up so that he could wrap both of her legs around him, his cock pushing against her intimately. He pushed her backward into the wall. A moan escaped from her mouth as she tilted her head back to give him better access.
“That’s right. Let me have you,” he murmured.
About Olivia Night
Olivia Night, a fictional character herself, has always been an avid read and writer. She found the romance genre in college and has never been able to get enough. One sleepless night, the main characters of Book One in her Seduction series sprang from her head fully formed. They demanded she tell their story; so she did. As they revealed themselves, so did two other intriguing characters. Those characters convinced her to give them their own books because their stories were worth telling too. And so Olivia suddenly became a romance author. When Olivia is not writing, she has the best job in the world, which, too, will remain a secret. In her free time, she reads, write, runs, or is, most likely, out emulating Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Olivia lives in one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the U.S.—Baltimore. She lives with her cat, which she is convinced was a gladiator in his past life. Olivia plans to continue being awesome at this thing called life. Really, that’s her only goal.