I’m both anxious and excited about this book. It’s by far the darkest thing I’ve written so far, and I know some readers will find it disturbing. Hell, I find it disturbing. Why did I write it then? Well, to be honest, I’m not sure. Somehow Nora and Julian got into my head, and I simply had to tell their story.
As I say in the warning, it’s definitely not a traditional romance. What I don’t know is if it can be called a romance at all. Certainly some readers thought Close Liaisons is not a romance, since Korum essentially coerces Mia into the relationship. As one of my favorite reviews put it, she’s “a prisoner in her own life.”
In Twist Me, the coercion aspect is much less subtle. The relationship is between a girl who gets kidnapped (Nora) and her kidnapper (Julian). Unlike many “dark romance” heroes, Julian is not a sheep in wolf’s clothing—he’s the real deal. Their relationship is wrong and disturbing on many levels. However, if you’re an avid reader of dark erotica, you may find that the book is not as dark as some in that genre, since the BDSM aspect is fairly mild.
I can’t wait to share this book with you and see what you all think.
He gives it to me, and I greedily gulp it down. When I’m done, I put down the glass and look up.
Straight into a pair of piercing blue eyes.
He’s sitting on the other side of the bar, about ten feet away. And he’s staring at me.
I stare back. I can’t help it. He’s probably the most handsome man I’ve ever seen.
His hair is dark and curls slightly. His face is hard and masculine, each feature perfectly symmetrical. Straight dark eyebrows over those strikingly pale eyes. A mouth that could belong to a fallen angel.
I suddenly feel warm as I imagine that mouth touching my skin, my lips. If I were prone to blushing, I would’ve been beet-red.
He gets up and walks toward me, still holding me with his gaze. He walks leisurely. Calmly. He’s completely sure of himself. And why not? He’s gorgeous, and he knows it.
As he approaches, I realize that he’s a large man. Tall and well built. I don’t know how old he is, but I’m guessing he’s closer to thirty than twenty. A man, not a boy.
He stands next to me, and I have to remember to breathe.
“What’s your name?” he asks softly. His voice somehow carries above the music, its deeper notes audible even in this noisy environment.
“Nora,” I say quietly, looking up at him. I am absolutely mesmerized, and I’m pretty sure he knows it.
He smiles. His sensuous lips part, revealing even white teeth. “Nora. I like that.”
He doesn’t introduce himself, so I gather my courage and ask, “What’s your name?”
“You can call me Julian,” he says, and I watch his lips moving. I’ve never been so fascinated by a man’s mouth before.
“How old are you, Nora?” he asks next.
I blink. “Twenty-one.”
His expression darkens. “Don’t lie to me.”
“Almost eighteen,” I admit reluctantly. I hope he doesn’t tell the bartender and get me kicked out of here.
He nods, like I confirmed his suspicions. And then he raises his hand and touches my face. Lightly, gently. His thumb rubs against my lower lip, as though he’s curious about its texture.
I’m so shocked that I just stand there. Nobody has ever done that before, touched me so casually, so possessively. I feel hot and cold at the same time, and a tendril of fear snakes down my spine. There is no hesitation in his actions. No asking for permission, no pausing to see if I would let him touch me.
He just touches me. Like he has the right to do so. Like I belong to him.
I draw in a shaky breath and back away. “I have to go,” I whisper, and he nods again, watching me with an inscrutable expression on his beautiful face.
I know he’s letting me go, and I feel pathetically grateful—because something deep inside me senses that he could’ve easily gone further, that he doesn’t play by the normal rules.
That he’s probably the most dangerous creature I’ve ever met.
I turn and make my way through the crowd. My hands are trembling, and my heart is pounding in my throat.
I need to leave, so I grab Leah and make her drive me home.
As we’re walking out of the club, I look back and I see him again. He’s still staring at me.
There is a dark promise in his gaze—something that makes me shiver.
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The reason why I haven’t blogged is not because there’s nothing going on, but because there has been A LOT going on in recent weeks. We’re getting ready to release The Sorcery Code on December 16th and the German translation of Close Obsession in mid-t0-late December, followed by the German audiobook of Close Liaisons shortly thereafter. At the same time, I’m making progress on Twist Me (up to 58,000 words now!), and we’re contemplating putting out a combined Krinar Chronicles trilogy. I really think this might be our busiest December ever.
And on that note, I’m going to go disappear again—hopefully, for a shorter period this time.
1) The amazing Lauren Dawes, author of the Half-Blood series and Dark Deceit, interviewed me on her blog, The Fantasy Junkie. Come check it out here; I chat with Lauren about the writing process, Twist Me, and what super power I would like to have.
2) Fantasy is More Fun blog reviewed Close Liaisons and is doing a giveaway of the complete Krinar Chronicles trilogy! Check it out here and enter to win: http://fantasyismorefun.com/2013/11/close-liasons-anna-zaire-coyer-book-review.html. Dima and I also did a guest post there about why we offer Close Liaisons for free, for those of you who are curious as to why authors do freebies.
4) Twist Me is coming along, having crossed over the 50K mark recently. I came up with a new blurb – you can check it out on my Home page. I’m still not quite ready to set an official date, but I’m confident the book will be out early next year.
5) The German edition of Close Liaisons made it into the Top 100 on Amazon.de and stayed there for the past two weeks, which was incredibly exciting for us. A huge thank you for that to Grit, Kerstin, and our German readers!
Gefährliche Begegnungen (Buch 1 der Krinar Chroniken)
Anna Zaires entführt ihre Leser in der deutschen Übersetzung ihres internationalen Bestsellers Close Liaisons in die nahe Zukunft der Erde. Die schönen aber gefährlichen Krinar haben sich auf der Erde niedergelassen und den Menschen ihre Alleinherrschaft entzogen. Die offizielle friedliche Koexistenz der beiden Rassen wird allerdings durch verschiedene Interessengruppen auf beiden Seiten untergraben, was zu unvorhersehbaren Verwicklungen führt.
Von diesem Strudel der Ereignisse wird auch die schüchterne und introvertierte Studentin Mia Stalis erfasst, als sie eines Tages im Central Park dem geheimnisvollen aber höchst faszinierenden Krinar Korum begegnet. Für Korum ist es Begierde auf den ersten Blick und nichts und niemand kann ihn von seinem Vorhaben abbringen, Mia ganz für sich allein zu haben. Als Mia sich dagegen wehrt, setzt Korum all seine Verführungskünste ein, um der unerfahrenen Mia einen Einblick in die für sie völlig neue Welt der erotischen Leidenschaft zu geben. Allerdings hat diese unkonventionelle Beziehung der Beiden weit größere Auswirkungen auf die Zukunft ihrer Rassen, als sie denken…
Wird Korum über Leidenschaft sein Ziel erreichen und Mia für sich gewinnen können? Wird Mia in Korum mehr als nur den Feind sehen können? Werden beide ihre persönlichen Interessen über die ihrer Rassen stellen, oder verfolgen sie ein höheres Ziel?
She is Gala, and she is anything but inanimate. Born in the Spell Realm, she is beautiful and highly intelligent – and nobody knows what she’s capable of.
Augusta, a powerful sorceress, sees Blaise’s deed for the ultimate hubris that it is. She still loves Blaise and wants to save him before he has to pay the ultimate price . . . thanks to the abomination he created.