Title: Vein Of Love
Author: R. Scarlett
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Three centuries ago, Molly Darling’s ancestors signed a contract in blood—daemon blood—to protect themselves from harm. On the eve she turns nineteen, Molly leaves for her birthday party against her parent’s wishes, sick of their warnings about her “betrothal to a demon.”
Except that she’s very much betrothed, and he’s very much a demon—one who’s only agreed to the nuptials to steal Molly’s ancient daemon powers. Brash, arrogant, and built like a Greek god, Tensley Knight keeps showing up to save Molly from otherworldly attacks, only to insult her a moment later.
As Molly learns more about the demon world, she realizes two things: that her family’s safety depends on a successful marriage, while any chance of freedom she’ll ever have calls for Tensley’s demise.
Yet sometimes Molly spots a tortured soul beyond those liquid grey eyes, and there’s no denying the way her skin tingles when Tensley touches it. In Vein of Love, safety requires sacrifice, foe becomes lover, and one must decide whether to kiss…or to kill.
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“What are you doing?” His dark, classic suit was smoothed, ironed to perfection, and if someone had told her he was a demon, she would have laughed. He looked far too good in a suit.
“Uh, I was just waiting for you,” she stammered.
He cocked a brow. “Waiting for me?”
She hummed an answer, too nervous to speak. “Are you, uh, heading out?” She eyed his three-piece suit.
His relaxed posture turned to steel. “A work matter.” Grey eyes scanned her damp hair and she drew in a deep breath at the incredible sensation he made her feel. Stop it. “I don’t have to go right away. The people there”—he visibly swallowed—“aren’t as entertaining as you.”
Her heart soared and quickly plummeted. Do not allow him to suck you in—ugh, don’t use the word ‘suck’. The edge of the scissors’ blade dug into her palm.
With a smile, Tensley stepped closer until he was towering over her petite figure. He eyed her with curiosity. “What are you hiding?”
Molly’s heart thudded, her grip loosening on the scissors from perspiration.
A corner of his lips quirked. “What are you hiding behind your back, Ms. Darling?” He reached a hand out to grasp her wrist.
She panicked and without thinking, sliced through his shirt.
- When did you start writing, and what made you decide that you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing when I was very young. It began as a way to improve my grammar and writing skills as I struggled with those areas in school. I wrote many short stories and then it turned into full-blown series. It became a huge hobby of mine and I’ve been writing non-stop ever since.
- What inspired you to write Vein of Love?
I wanted to write something for a more mature audience as I had been writing a bunch of novels for Young Adult. I also wanted to write a stronger focus on romance than my other novels, which had put romance as a side part. It was exciting writing a complex, intense relationship and having the villain as the heroine’s love interest. I loved how the conflict was so intertwined with the romance of the story.
- As a writer myself I love to hear what advice other writers give. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Don’t give up. Keep writing, keep reading and you’ll see how much your writing improves over time. I love looking back even to just a story I wrote a year ago and seeing how much I’ve improved and how I can improve that story. I also think having a critique partner or beta readers are very important to improving your novel and your writing. I’ve had a few times where I felt like giving up but I’m so happy I didn’t. Writing is a huge part of me and I love it so much.
- Who is your favourite author?
I love Liz Meldon’s novels and her writing, oh god, it’s so musical and flows beautifully. I also have very similar interests such as mythology so when I found her novel The Maenad in Manhattan I was so excited! It had Aphrodite and Loki and the combination of romance and mythologies from different cultures was perfect. Check her out at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8471791.Liz_Meldon!
- Top five favourite books?
The Maenad of Manhattan by Liz Meldon
Bossman by Vi Keeland
Paper Princess by Erin Watt
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Design by R.S Grey
- Do you plot out your novels before drafting, or do you jump right in and start writing?
I plot, I’m such a plotter it’s insane. I plot out each chapter, sometimes it’s vague things that I need to happen, sometimes I have dialogue scenes written out. I also find that once I have each chapter plotted out I find writing the novel comes so much easier and faster.
- Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what are some of your favourite songs, musicians, etc.?
YES! I love The Neighborhood, Lana Del Rey, London Grammar, Laurel, Fleurie, etc. Whatever captures a mood I want—epic or sad or intense, it helps!
- If you could collaborate with any other writer, who would it be?
Hmm, that’s hard. If I was approached and had the time to write with another writer, I would love to!
- What is your favourite and least part about being a writer?
My favourite part is creating characters that readers love or hate. I love seeing their reactions! My least favourite part is when I can’t figure a part I’m trying to plot.
- Do you have a favourite place to write?
No, not really. Whatever has a place where I can listen to my music without disturbing anyone, then it’s perfect!
- What are your favourite writing snacks/drinks? (I’m a Starbucks girl myself).
Chips and milk as weird as that sounds haha!
- Do you have a favourite chapter or scene in Vein of Love?
My favourite scene in this novel would be the scene where Tensley takes Molly out to an Italian restaurant. I love being in his head and seeing him nervous what to say to her, especially at this moment he’s attempting to woo her. It’s also probably the first scene they’re civil and opening up to each other.
- Can you share a little bit about your writing process?
I plot out as much as the book as possible before I begin writing. I also harass my friends to help me figure out the plot if I’m struggling, haha! Once I have it plotted out, I write and write until I have the first draft completed. Leave it for a week or two and then go back and mark up things I like or dislike. I do this a couple times and then I rewrite. Once I’m happy with it, I send it off to beta readers who then give me feedback and I rewrite again. Then I send it to my amazing editors, Ashley Carlson and Megan Lally for developmental editing. Once I get their feedback, I rewrite again. It’s a long process, but so worth the outcome!
- As a Canadian, I have to ask. Starbucks or Tim Hortons?
Oh god, that’s hard. I want to say both, haha!
- Do you have any writing pet peeves? If so, what are they?
Hmm, not really.
- What do you do in your free time when you’re not writing?
I hangout with friends and family, explore small towns and go to port towns.
- Do you have any pets?
I have the cutest, sweetest puppy named Maggie. She’s the best and loves to try and sleep on my laptop while I’m typing J
- How can readers connect with you?
I’m on a lot of social media sites. The best way to connect to me though would be either my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorR.Scarlett/ or my instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/authorrscarlett/ or my author website: http://www.authorrscarlett.com/
- If you had to describe Vein of Love using only three words, what would they be?
Sexy, demon mafia. 😉
- Are you working on any new projects right now?
I’m currently writing the second book in the Vein of Love series and also working on other projects, a contemporary romance and another Norse gods modern romance. Keep an eye out for them!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
R. Scarlett lives in a small quaint town in Southern Ontario, Canada and has an unhealthy obsession with mythology and romance.
From studying English literature and minoring in History, she loves losing herself in a good book and snuggling up to her Brittany Spaniel.
When she’s not writing or plotting a delicious novel, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, going on long car rides, exploring small towns, or watching reruns of Sex and the City.