Welcome to Under the Covers, Aleatha. We are so excited to have you here to chat with us a bit about what some may seem as a taboo subject. Dubious Con and Non Con books.
What does the term dubious consent mean to you?
Dubious Consent to me, is when the reader feels uncomfortable with the situation. It is something that in fiction we readers can find outside of our comfort zones and that makes it exciting. It isn’t the same as NON- CONSENT…this is the line before that…when there is a strong push and pull that makes the reader WANT to go the extra step, but still feels uncertain. It can be a very stimulating situation…out of the comfort zone.
What was your first introduction to dub-con/non-con and your initial reaction to it?
I believe the concept was introduced in more Thriller and Crime novels…in those situations it wasn’t erotic, but scary. Then in romance, I wrote it. Believe it or not, Consequences was my introduction. After I wrote my first book, I read Seduced in the Dark by CJ Roberts. From there I began reading more BDSM. My initial reaction was that uncomfortable feeling I mentioned. However, this is FICTION…and there is a strong erotic element.
What made you realize that this needed to be a part of the story you were writing and how did you go about including it? Any research?
Consequences was meant to be a psychological thriller, not a romance. I felt it was important to the story…but now, my new story, RIPPLES, has more explicit Dubious Consent. I suppose my research is the books I’ve read…but it works perfect for this book. This new stand-alone Consequences novel is intended to take the fade-to-black from Consequences and turn it up a notch or two…it is meant to push boundaries while entertaining and imagining that now this is the DAUGHTER of the man you hated in book one. It’s a whole new ball game!
I also have a new release in THE VAULT anthology entitled UNCONVENTIONAL that has dubious consent. The subject is ESSENTIAL for that story line. The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.
Do you find it harder/easier to write than books/scenes that don’t have this subject?
I LOVE writing alpha men. I LOVE writing them as possible predictors, disciplinarians, and romantic lovers. I have been blessed with writing in many genres, but I do believe I have an affinity for the darker, push your boundaries subjects.
You have a new CONSEQUENCES standalone novel coming out soon. What can you tell us about it?
RIPPLES, releasing October 31 is the story of Natalie, the youngest daughter of Tony and Claire, the one you never knew existed. She’s an adult and her plans get changed when she meets a man on a flight, Dexter. He’s been watching her for a while and has his own plans. Natalie never knew about her parents’ history. Like the saying goes, “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” RIPPLES is stand alone and can be read whether you’ve read Consequences or not. I’m very excited about this addition to the series that made me what I am today, Consequences.
What was your biggest concern when deciding to write this story?
My biggest concern was aging my hero and heroine. Anthony Rawlings still appears on “Sexy Alpha” lists after six years. In Consequences he is in his forties. To write a book about his and Claire’s child, it meant…he had to age. I wasn’t sure I was ready to think of Tony as seventy! LOL. I’m 52 and suddenly, 60’s and 70’s don’t seem that old! Tony is STILL Tony.
What is your favorite thing about it?
I wrote this first as a novella. I knew as I was writing it, that it needed more, but I had a word count restriction. Writing Ripples Unabridged was so fun to bring back Tony, Claire, Phil, and Taylor as well as the Rawlings other children: Nichol and Nate. It was like visiting old friends. I loved bringing Natalie and Dexter’s relationship into more depth as well as the obvious controversy that would arise with a missing Rawlings princess.
Is there anything else you’d still like to explore writing in the dark romance sub-genre?
Goodness, I don’t know. I have now written psychological thrillers, dark romance, romantic thrillers, romantic suspense sagas, erotic thrillers, rom-com, and sweet, sexy romance. I think I enjoy multiple genres and seeing where each one will take me. I don’t want to be pigeon holed as an author of only “dark” or only “light”. I don’t want people to think each story is just a retell of the last. I LOVE creating new and different stories. If those take me down darker paths, I will gladly go. I leave it up to my characters. Time will tell…
We are always looking for recs! Are there any taboo reads that you’ve enjoyed recently?
I love anything from Skye Warren, Pam Godwin, Annika Martin, Pepper Winters, and more. I wish I had more time to read!
What are you working on next?
I just finished and sent to editing RESPECT, which may I say, is about the BEST novel I’ve ever written. It’s an INFIDELITY stand alone novel. It’s essentially a prequel to my Infidelity series, the story of Oren Demetri, the father of Nox Demetri, the hero of Infidelity – not about cheating. Oren’s life is complicated. By marrying the niece of one of New York’s dons, he entered the Costello family, accepting more than he knew. RESPECT is a nearly 30 year journey of “The making of a man.” The early reviews call it dark, raw, and heartbreaking. RESPECT will be released January 23, 2018.
Thank you so much for sharing with us today!
Coming October 31, 2017!
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