I am thrilled to be hosting a very special author on the blog today! Everybody say a big, warm welcome to the author of HIS SEDUCTIVE TARGET, Nichole Severn! Nichole has been kind enough to stop by today and say hello with an exclusive guest post, and I’m excited to share it, along with all of the details about her fabulous book! So, read on for both!
About HIS SEDUCTIVE TARGET:
NYPD Homicide Detective Veranika Russo used to hunt monsters every day on the job. Even though she’s been suspended from active duty, she can’t resist investigating her sister’s murder. But doing so triggers hallucinations that haven’t haunted her since childhood: demons. Only the demons are real. And one of them killed her sister.
Special Agent Grayson Wyatt of the FBI has signed a deal with the Deceiver himself to bring Nika to him by the next full moon. In exchange for his soul. But his seductive target makes him yearn for a life he hadn’t realized he wanted and, when it comes down to handing her over, he’s not sure he can give up the only woman capable of severing his deal with the devil.
On the run from the most powerful evil in the world, Nika and Grayson fight against time to track down the demon that killed her sister, but can she really trust the one man she fears the most?
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK
“Another great installment in the Afterlife Series!” – bestselling author Zoe Forward
Guest Post from Nichole Severn:
How One Author and Her Books Changed My Life
Everyone remembers their first.
Their first kiss. The first time they had sex. Their first Romance novel. I’ll never forget mine. I’ll never forget the moment my mother handed over Summer’s End by Danielle Steel when I turned thirteen or how the very first chapter made me cry like a baby. And I’ll never forget how that first encounter with a romance novel and it’s author changed my life by giving me a passion I’d never imagined existed, the passion to write Romance.
Within the past year or so, I’ve had the urge to re-read that first book. It’d been years since I’d seen it last, but I remembered really enjoying it when I was younger and couldn’t wait to get my hands on that broken in binding again. Within the first chapter, I was hooked all over again and I was also reminded why I chose to write Romance today. Originally printed in October of 1980—six years before I was even born—Danielle Steel’s Summer’s End still has an impact on me today.
Turned Me into an Author
I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember, but reading Summer’s End turned me into an author. Albeit, years later. This very first Romance showed me how my stories should be structured, how not to write a heroine (man, Deanna Dumas whines a lot), and how the real world and tragedy can affect a relationship.
The very first chapter of Summer’s End had me in tears and just that simple emotional response has deepened my understanding of connecting my characters with readers and how to show that emotion through words.
And I can’t forget the introduction to so many tropes. Friends to lovers, forbidden love, secret baby, fling, love triangle. All in one single book! Each of these tropes can stand on their own, but somehow there’s a harmony and it works for the story. Just goes to show, you can’t have too many tropes and they in fact, make a Romance ten times stronger when used correctly.
Gave Me a Peek at the Strong, Powerful Women Who Write Romance
After reading Summer’s End, I was really kind of blown away by this moving, emotional rollercoaster ride a woman had written and I wanted to know more about her. I wanted to be her.
With over 100+ published books as of 2016, Danielle Steel has created an empire. It’s plain to see looking at her published works list that there’s a determination and passion there. Forget about social media marketing. Forget about the idea of being a full-time stay-at-home-mom and running carpools (okay, she might have done that, I don’t know) or that her husband needed to be the bread-winner. This woman has built a career for herself. She puts everything she is into writing Romance and I decided after reading Summer’s End when I was thirteen, I wanted to be that kind of woman.
Every day since I picked up that first book, I’ve strived to work toward those goals by focusing on my writing career, bringing my readers emotional, rollercoaster ride reads, and forgetting the rest. These women raise families and run households at the same time of trying to build careers for themselves and they don’t let anything get in the way. They show me each and every day that I can do this too and I owe everything I have to women like Danielle Steel.
One author changed my life. Sure, my mom probably didn’t think anything of it when she handed Summer’s End to me when I was thirteen, but reading that first Romance has given me passion and purpose I’d never experienced before then. It’s made me a better writer, a better wife and mother, and showed me what women can do. All thanks to one romance author. And my mom. She’ll kill me if I forget her.
About Nichole Severn:
Award-winning author Nichole Severn writes dark paranormal romance and explosive romantic suspense. She’s the grand prize winner of the 2014 Heart of the West Contest from the Utah Romance Writers of America Chapter and a psychology graduate from Utah Valley University.
Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada where she spent most days at her grandmother’s house watching X-Men, Married with Children and The Simpsons, Nichole migrated to the Salt Lake City valley to live life as a full-time Romance author.
She resides with her very supportive and patient husband, as well as her terrorist of a toddler, in Utah. When she’s not writing, she’s constantly injuring herself running, rock climbing, practicing yoga, and snowboarding.