Guest Post and Giveaway by Sara Dobie BauerPlease allow me to welcome Sara whose novel Wolf Among Sheep was just released by Hot Ink Press. Make sure you get it while it's hot! Sara will give a copy of Wolf Among Sheep to one lucky reader who comments below! Enjoy.
Do romance stories have to have a happy ending?
Well, the short answer: no. Phew. Glad we got that out of the way. Now you’re probably asking: Why would I read romance if the lead characters don’t walk off into the sunset together, holding hands?
In my new novella, Wolf Among Sheep (Hot Ink Press), I introduce three characters with … uh, issues. The Dukes are a married couple who like inviting guest stars to their marriage bed. Avery Collins is a poor journalist in 1909 Charleston with a lot to gain by entering said marriage bed—but possibly more to lose. Like his life, for instance.
See, no fluffy make out scenes here.
No playful dialogue (well, maybe a little).
Little chance for everything to turn up roses.
Yet, there is still romance in abundance. There is even love. That said, I don’t expect readers to wander blindly into Wolf Among Sheep thinking Avery is going to get out of this situation free and clear. He doesn’t.
So why do we read romance stories doomed to end badly? Well, for the sex, I suppose, but also because romance stories that end badly are real. We’ve all been there. We’ve all had our hearts broken. In the spirit of this communal pain, we read dark romance because romance can be dark and awful … and still sensual and hot as a branding iron.
Wolf Among Sheep might not have a fairy tale ending, but it shows the devastating effects love can have when it becomes an unbridled, wild thing. This is why we occasionally date bad boys we know we’ll never marry: because they’re a lot of fun and, for a moment, we live in the grip of hopeless lust and fatalistic fixation.
Wolf Among Sheep
By Sara Dobie Bauer
He parts the crowd—a striking figure in a dark grey suit and vest, but still no tie. My tongue would fit perfectly in the shadowed crevice where neck meets collarbone. His cheekbones catch the early evening light, and beneath the halo of sun, tendrils of gold reveal themselves in the darkness of his hair.
Timothy stands with his approach, but they do not shake hands. Then, Avery sits as I pour the champagne and wait.
“I was not at all prepared for what I deduce you proposed yesterday,” he says.
I just adore that strange accent, so much like my husband’s. It is a mismatch of places and times, trapped somewhere between New York and the low south—musical yet clipped and precise.
“What exactly do you deduce we proposed?” I ask.
“That I enter into a sexual relationship with a married couple.”
I laugh and people around us turn to stare. I take Timothy’s hand. “Well, perhaps these Americans aren’t quite as close-minded as I thought.”
“He hasn’t agreed to anything.” Timothy kisses my hand.
“You can watch,” Avery says to my husband. He hasn’t touched his champagne.
I chuckle once, deep in my chest. “That hardly seems fair.”
“Take it or leave it.”
I look to Timothy, whose jaw is clenched, yet his eyes are amused. He knows, in the tangle of limbs, these things get confused. We’ve started like this before, with the nervous, conservative, sometimes even Christian young men who could never fathom the earth-shattering pleasure of my husband’s tongue. They tend to eventually change their tune, which is of course, what will happen to Avery.
No one says no to Timothy. Not even me.
Links you might need:
Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP-hz7_li68
My website: http://SaraDobieBauer.com
Wolf Among Sheep on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Among-Sheep-Dobie-Bauer-ebook/dp/B01C827W26/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1457014669&sr=8-2&keywords=wolf+among+sheep
About Wolf Among Sheep:
Avery Collins is an ambitious young journalist in early-1900s Charleston, South Carolina, when exotic newcomers Timothy and Vonnie Duke spot him at a fancy gala on the Battery. The Dukes like bringing pretty playthings to their marriage bed, and with a promotion in mind, Avery entertains their advances not knowing lust can quickly turn to love — and love to murder.
Sara Dobie Bauer is a writer, model, and mental health advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She spends most days at home in her pajamas as a book nerd and sex-pert for SheKnows.com. Her short story, “Don’t Ball the Boss,” was nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize, inspired by her shameless crush on Benedict Cumberbatch. She lives with her hottie husband and two precious pups in Northeast Ohio, although she would really like to live in a Tim Burton film. She is the author of Life without Harry, Forever Dead, and Wolf Among Sheep. World Weaver Press will publish her novel, BITE SOMEBODY, this summer.