Well, it’s not because it’s a low-effort process. Authors are twice as hard on themselves as any editor could be. We passed our stories to each other and went through them line by line. I was actually kind of nervous! These are writers I’ve read and admired, and I wanted to impress!
So why bother, if it’s not quick and easy? A book like this is a chance to write something a bit special and unique. It’s an opportunity to give life to one of those sparks close to an author’s heart. I think this shows in the fact that, although these are all vampire stories, they are all very different.
What was great for me was that I could offer a story that comes from my Dark Forgotten universe but involves a location and characters that don’t fit into the plot arc of my novels. When tied to a series, authors rarely get the chance to chase the butterflies that flit through their imaginations. This gave me the opportunity to take advantage of at least one!
I love the characters of Rafe and Lila and was hugely pleased to bring them to life. Like all my protagonists, they surprised me. Lila is very good at keeping secrets. I had no idea who the gargoyles really were . . .
HIDDEN by Sharon Ashwood
Rafe returns to the Devries werewolf pack to rescue his people from a scheming fey beauty. Pitting his will against her wits, he plans to seduce his way free of the ice queen's trap. But surrender means death for the fey, and little does Rafe know that he's gambling with more than hearts...
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