The original idea for One Cut Deeper developed from an interview I did with Romantic Times in Chicago 2012. They asked what crossovers I’d like to see more of. The first thing that popped in my head was a cross between Horror and Romance.
I know. I was setting myself up for failure. I don’t write horror, but I couldn’t shake the idea.
So what’s the most horrifying thing I could do…and still land solidly in Romancelandia? Because that’s the kicker, right? The hero and heroine have to still be alive at the end or it’s “Fauxmance” ala Nicholas Sparks. More, we have to really believe in their happiness—so neither character should need extensive therapy to recover from the trauma of the book.
But I wanted to write something scary. Something brutal and horrifying and yet end with all the hope and love of a really good romance. Even more, I wanted their love to be what saved them from the horror. It would be beautiful and moving, despite the danger and fear they faced.
It took a few years to get the idea to completely gel in my head, but I finally realized that the most horrifying thing I could do in a romance was make the heroine fall in love… and then yank the rug out from under her when she finds out the man she loves isn’t who he says he is. At all. Maybe he’s the villain, not the hero, and completely unworthy of her love and trust. Everything she knows is a ruse. A deliberate plan that she’s only just beginning to suspect. As her world begins to unravel, only their love remains solid.
Is their love real? Can she really trust him? Can they survive the danger and find a safe place to be together? Can the hero be redeemed for misleading her in the beginning?
In One Cut Deeper, Charlie has a damned good reason for everything he does. He just never expected to have a happy ever after for himself. Which makes it all the sweeter.
What other horrifying circumstances interests you from a romance perspective? Have you read anything you’d consider a thriller or horror with a strong romance? Please share in comments, and I’ll draw one name for a free electronic copy of One Cut Deeper and a $20 gift certificate to the winner’s choice of online book retailers.
Charlie MacNiall has been bringing his beautiful king shepherd to the vet clinic where Ranay Killian works for the better part of a year. She doesn’t realize he’s been slowly wooing her. She certainly has no idea that he picked her deliberately—that she is to become his. A broken heart and a desperate desire to be dominated make her the perfect victim.
His perfect victim.
Charlie fixes Ranay, testing her emotional limits while pushing her sexual boundaries past anything she’d imagined possible. Pain is their shared pleasure…until Charlie disappears and Ranay is all but destroyed.
The FBI says the man she loves is a serial killer. Ranay can’t deny there’s a darkness in Charlie, a monstrous hunger that drives him to the brink. She even believes he could kill. But Charlie’s hunger is what bonds them—it’s the foundation of their love. Would he actually kill her?
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Joely Sue Burkhart has always loved heroes who hide behind a mask, the darker and more dangerous the better. Whether cool, sophisticated billionaire, brutal bloodthirsty assassin, or simply a man tortured by his own needs, they all wear masks to protect themselves. Once they finally give you a peek into the passionate, twisted secrets they’re hiding, they always fall hard and fast. Dare to look beneath the mask with delicious BDSM in a wide variety of genres with Joely on her website, Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to check out her free reads!