Monday, August 3, 2015

Mad Delights by Beth D. Carter




CRIME AND MYSTERY
MÉNAGE 














From Conception to The End

As any writer knows, or anyone who has ever tried to write a novel, the hard part of any story is continuing until The End.  An idea is easy, the plot manageable, but keeping with the story, having the characters come alive with depth and personality…that, my friends, is the tricky part. 

The little details in a novel can be the make or break of a story and can often be the catalyst that forces the writer to take a direction that hadn’t been thought of before.  Some writers are plotters, they conceptualize from beginning to end and outline the entire book.  While some of us, myself included, are pantsers, meaning we write by the seat of our pants.  While this can be frustrating sometimes and surprising other times, I enjoy opening my mind and letting my imagination take over.  If I can envision a story from beginning to end, then I know it’s one I will finish writing.  The question is, where will the story take me?

To make the one dimensional hero or heroine into a breathing entity, a life must be created.  A background, feelings, hopes, wishes…it’s not unlike giving birth, only this time around it’s a fully grown made-up individual with a past, present and future already mapped out.  Filler is needed to plump out a story, but not in a way that feels unnatural.  The more organic, the more believable.

Although I am very guilty of this on several occasions, one of the hardest things to do is not create insta-love, where the two characters meet and instantly fall in love.  The old adage “It’s the journey not the destination” should always be forefront in mind.  A writer has to put themselves in the shoes of the character and think “How would I handle this situation?”  Would I jump in with both feet or would I be hesitant?  And speaking of putting yourself into your character’s mind set, the dialogue has to be believable from which point of view is being explored.  I tend to write cruder when I’m writing from a male POV.

It is very easy to stay within the confines of what is comfortable and normal in your set boundaries.  But erotic romance writers have the double-edged sword of writing not only quality stories, but writing sex scenes that sizzle. Stepping outside whatever box makes you feel safe is a way of exploring a part of yourself you may have been afraid to face, whether as a reader or writer.  I constantly push my own boundaries because I never want my stories to become stagnant; to fall into the trap where I substitute character names but have the same plot and the same expectations. 

Always, once I’ve typed the words “The End”, I’m slightly shocked that I created something that a publisher considers worthy of being in print.  Every writer is his or her own worst critic and I am truly blessed with the ability to string a bunch of words together into a cohesive story, even if I’m not quite sure how I did it.


-Beth D. Carter
Blurb for Mad Delights:
When violence sweeps through their town, the Men of Hell must figure out who’s after their club.
Someone is watching Romeo Barrigan’s every move. Chloe Matsumoto’s favorite pastime is studying the Men of Hell Motorcycle Club’s president. Ever since he helped rescue her deaf cousin from the hands of a human-trafficking ring, Chloe has become fascinated with him and now wonders how she can repay him.
Daxton Squire is the enforcer of the Men of Hell. He’s filled with self-loathing after failing to recognize the threat from the former club president. When he spots someone tailing Romeo, he vows to protect him at any cost. Only Dax didn’t expect to be so attracted to the little stalker.
Violence sweeps through Bair, Nebraska, threatening the town and the club. Romeo has a lot on his plate. Not only does he have to figure out who’s after his club, he also has to determine how the hell he ended up in a ménage relationship—and keep those he loves safe from the menace.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of ménage and anal sex, scenes of violence, physical abuse, murder, prostitution, and hints of drug use. There is a scene of dubious consent and some racist language.  
Publisher's Note: This book is the prequel to Madness Ends and is best read in sequence.
Publisher's Note: This book is linked to the Red Wolves Motorcycle Club series.


Excerpt from Mad Delights:

Dax followed the car at a distance, but after the second turn, whoever was driving caught on that they were being followed. The expensive little car sped up, trying to lose him, but Dax was persistent. Down Cedar Road, onto Grant, until the driver managed to get onto the rural county road that led out of town. Dax shifted the bike into full throttle and easily caught up with the speeding car. He couldn’t see inside, but he gestured to the driver to pull over. The Mercedes braked and fishtailed a little, but eventually it pulled to a stop.

Dax rolled in front of the car and hit out his kickstand. Then he stomped over to the driver’s window and knocked.

It took a moment for the driver to respond. The door opened and he waited, his hand loose and ready to grab his gun if he needed it. However, the first thing he saw was legs. Long, shapely legs, followed by a small waist, breasts and a gorgeous face frowning at him as she exited the car. The petite woman glared at him with eyes so dark they glowed with black fire. Horns stuck up on either side of her head and he blinked in confusion until he realized her hair was in some weird updo, emphasizing her Asian heritage. Interest stirred, and he tried hard to remember that she’d spent the better part of a week stalking the club.

“Who are you?” he demanded.

The delicate little chin went up a notch. “Shouldn’t I be asking you that? You were chasing me for some reason.”

He put his hands on his hips. “You deny you’ve been spying on us?”

“Yes.” She crossed her arms, which thrust her tits out nicely. Her hip jutted to one side and he couldn’t help but think she looked badass in her tight black jeans and high-heeled boots. And he tended to like badass chicks.

“Liar.”

Anger darkened her features. “How dare you? You don’t even know me!”

“You’re right,” he replied smoothly and walked around her to the open car door.

“What are you doing?” she demanded.

She punched his arm with her little fists, which amounted to a fly hitting him. She’s really cute when she’s mad.


Review

Title:  Mad Delights
Author:  Beth D. Carter
Publisher:  Totally Bound
Publisher URL:  www.totallybound.com
ISBN/BIN:  9781784306540
Genre:  {M/F/M}, Ménage, Crime and Mystery, Series
Rating:  4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

Chloe is stalking Romeo, because he rescued her cousin and becomes obsessed with him.  She meets Dax when he confronts her about stalking Romeo.  Chloe finds she is attracted to both men, but what happens when she offers to help them in exchange for themselves?

The first book in the Men of Hell series, Mad Delights, is aptly named as most of those around Chloe, including her family, thinks she has a screw loose.  Her actions would seem to bear that out.  I did have to laugh at some of her antics.  Chloe is an interesting character, and the reasons why she behaves the way she does is explained in detail, along with her family ties.  I loved the way Chloe bargained with her grandfather. 

Romeo never thought he would end up in a ménage relationship, though his brother is in one, and decides he will call his brother for advice.  Dax figures it will happen since Chloe has made it clear she wants both men.  The chemistry between the three is hot.

The Men of Hell end up under attack, and several things happen that put all the men and their families in danger.  The club has lost several members, and it is playing havoc with moral. There are a some twists that cause a few tense moments with rivals. As the reason why becomes clear, things get resolved, except for one major thread which hopefully will get resolved in the next book. 

I am looking forward to reading more about the Men of Hell.

Reader Advisory:  There is a scene of dubious consent and some racist language. 


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I like writing about the very ordinary girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances, so my heroines will probably never be lawyers, doctors or corporate high rollers. I try to write characters who aren't cookie cutters and push myself to write complicated situations that I have no idea how to resolve, forcing me to think outside the box. I love writing characters who are real, complex and full of flaws, heroes and heroines who find redemption through love.

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