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Temptation. Sin. Seduction. He’s taking her all the way.…


It’s a mission that could cost him his career and his life. But the woman he just rescued—his lover for one unforgettable night—has something Dalton desperately needs. That’s why the fearless demon hunter is risking everything to spirit Isabelle to a secret hideaway in the Louisiana bayou. Saving her is one thing. Banishing the demon inside her is another. Especially when this gorgeous seductress brings out the devil in him.

Isabelle can see the passion roaring inside Dalton—and it both frightens and arouses her. Is Dalton her enemy or her savior? All she knows is he’s beyond seductive and igniting all sorts of conflicting feelings. All Dalton knows is that they’re both in big trouble—hunted by demons and demon hunters alike in an all-out war for survival. As their pursuers close in and passion overtakes them both, Dalton must make a stunning choice…. Caught between sin and salvation, between darkness and light, will he make the ultimate sacrifice to save the woman he loves?


Research is such a fun part of a writer’s job. Whether going somewhere in person, or doing research via the internet, I can lose myself for hours imagining a place for my characters or a destination for my next book.

Probably the most fun I’ve ever had researching has been for my Demon Hunter series. The first book of the series, Surviving Demon Island, was set on a tropical island—didn’t have to do a lot of research there, because I’ve been lucky enough to vacation on a few tropical islands in my lifetime. Though I did have a specific geographical location in mind for my island, so it did require me to drag out the maps via the internet and create my island’s whereabouts. And then I had to stare endlessly at gorgeous tropical backdrops with dense jungle and swaying palm trees and miles of turquoise blue ocean. Yeah, that was a real hardship. Heh.

The second book, Hunting The Demon, was set in Australia. Again, I’d been to Australia before, but only the eastern coast and more than ten years ago. And I set the majority of the book in the northwest section of the continent, so it required a lot of research. Fortunately, a wonderful woman who lives in Australia sent me books and maps and travel guides, which were so incredibly helpful. And again, I watched a lot of video and spent hours losing myself in the lay of the land. The book was set in rugged terrain, with caves and high temperatures, so I really had to “feel” where my characters were located.

The Darkest Touch’s setting was in Italy, and oh did I ever have fun researching that location. We (the figurative, research me, not we actually went to Italy… sadly) went to Sicily and Malta and I spent time with the history of the islands because my heroine was an archaeologist. Fun stuff!

Taken By Sin, my book releasing this week, is set in the bayou of New Orleans. I love New Orleans like nobody’s business, have been there several times. It has a mysterious, mystical quality to it, along with a inherent sensuality that I wanted to portray in this book. The setting was perfect for the plotline I wanted to accomplish, and I did take another trip to New Orleans to do some additional background research on Voodoo, which plays a prominent role in this book.

Setting research really can be a lot of fun, especially if you’re able to do it in person, which isn’t always possible (dammit). But even doing it via the internet can immerse you in the geography and culture of the area, and help to enrich a story and its characters.

What are some of your favorite settings? Or your dream places to visit? I’ve always wanted to go to Italy, since it’s part of my ancestry, and I will someday. The Azores is another place I’m dying to go to. And I freely admit anyplace that’s warm, has an ocean and a beach? I’m so there.


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