Please help me welcome author Shelly Bell to the blog today! She’s sharing how music plays a big role in her writing life and then her latest release Red Handed.
Don’t forget to enter her wonderful giveaway. The link is at the end of the post.
Take it away Shelly…
Music plays a huge role when I begin writing a book. After I get a firm idea of who my heroine is, I think about what kind of music she’d listen to. For Danielle Walker, my twenty-five curvy heroine from Red Handed, I decided she’d listen primarily to soulful female artists. After all, her mother died during childbirth and her father committed suicide in prison. Now she’s blackmailed into becoming a sex slave trainee at the BDSM club Benediction, owned by Cole DeMarco, the man she holds responsible for her father’s death—and also her teenage crush. Lying doesn’t come easy for her, so her guilty conscience grows the more she gets to know Cole. Fiona Apple’s Criminal fits the dilemma she faces.
Heaven help me for the way I am
Save me from these evil deeds before I get them done
I know tomorrow brings the consequence at hand
But I keep living this day like the next will never come
Oh help me but don’t tell me to deny it
I’ve got to cleanse myself of all these lies ’till I’m good enough for him
I’ve got a lot to lose and I’m bettin’ high so I’m begging you
Before it ends just tell me where to begin
What I need is a good defense
‘Cause I’m feeling like a criminal
And I need to be redeemed
To the one I’ve sinned against
Because he’s all I ever knew of love
At first listen, Hozier’s Take Me to Church may sound like a death dirge, but it’s actually a song about finding faith in lovemaking. That’s a recurring theme in the Benediction series and especially relevant for Danielle who feels guilt over her attraction to the man she believes unjustly sent her father to prison. Anyone know what a deathless death is? Le petit mort, translated in English as “the little death.” It’s an orgasm.
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life
No Masters or Kings
When the Ritual begins
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin
In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
Only then I am Human
Only then I am Clean
To listen to the full soundtrack for Red Handed, check out my Red Handed Playlist on Spotify. http://bit.ly/1ACIiBb
A Benediction Novel
By: Shelly Bell
Releasing March 10th, 2015
Avon Red Impulse
An exhibitionist who’s waited her whole life to be seen …
After her stepmother is abducted, Danielle Walker has no choice but to follow the kidnapper’s cryptic instructions. Under the guise of a sex slave trainee, she must infiltrate Cole DeMarco’s BDSM club and find evidence of his offshore bank account … or she’ll never see her stepmother alive again. But Master Cole is no stranger, and despite the dark past they share, Danielle cannot resist his magnetic pull.
The voyeur who’s always been watching …
As Danielle begins uncovering Cole’s secrets, the artistic voyeur arouses her deepest desires, and she surrenders to a fiery passion she never expected. But with time running out to save her stepmother, Danielle and Cole will face off against an evil growing more ruthless by the day … and discover a twisted web of lies, betrayal, and murder that neither saw coming.
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/01/red-handed-benediction-novel-by-shelly.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23285836-red-handed?from_search=true
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Kobo
A sucker for a happy ending, Shelly Bell writes sensual romance often with a bit of kink and action-filled erotic thrillers with high-emotional stakes for her alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines.
She began writing upon the insistence of her husband who dragged her to the store and bought her a laptop. When she’s not working her day job, taking care of her family, or writing, you’ll find her reading the latest smutty romance.
She currently writes for Avon Red Impulse, Loose Id, and Soul Mate Publishing.
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
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