Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Countdown--6 days to go!

Countdown Christmas is an event at A Bookalicious Story to celebrate the coming of Christmas in 2 weeks time. There'll be fun interviews, Christmassy excerpts and giveaways just brimming with bookish-goodness ranging from YA Fantasies to New Adult Contemporary Romances to Adult Historical Romances. I hope y'all will join in this celebration! The more the merrier, aye? ;)

6 days to go, guys! It's on to a genre that hasn't been featured yet. It's a new genre, relatively, and it's a cross between YA and Adult Fiction. I have invited Pepper Winters, international bestselling author of the Monsters in the Dark series, a New Adult series!

Tears of Tess
Monsters in the Dark #1
Blurb from Goodreads

A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.

“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?...more

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Quintessentially Q
Monsters in the Dark #2
Blurb from Goodreads

“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right."

Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.

He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.

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Last Shadow
Expected publication: April 2014
Blurb from Goodreads

“My life wasn’t perfect but at least it was mine. Now, I live in hell and owned by others. I fell for a guy who promised me the world and sold me for five kilos of cocaine. I want nothing more than to end this existence of abuse and slavery. I’m not weak. I’m not giving up. I’m just done.”

Owned. Possessed. Used.

Lyric is a whore. After three years as a pawn in a high class game of bastards and sex, she’s had enough. Every hope and dream she’s ever had is inked on her skin—a reminder of why she should stay alive. But she’s lost all hope and the moment she runs out of flesh to tattoo, Lyric will find freedom. Freedom by death. As her last breath fast approaches, she needs nothing and no one…until him.

Kage was born to be one thing: a killer. Trained from birth, he’s an expert in blood and extermination—the last shadow his victims ever see. He’s the best at his profession; a ruthless, unfeeling assassin. He needs nothing and no-one…until her.

A man who lives to kill and a woman who wants to die. A serendipitous match…or so they thought.


A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to slavery, cruelty, and non-consensual sex. A story about a killer with no remorse, a woman living in nightmares, and a future that binds them in servitude.

Goodreads | Author's Website

Watch for these upcoming releases from Pepper Winters.

Monsters in the Dark Book #2: Twisted Together (Tentative Release 2014)
Broken Chance (Tentative Release – TBD)  

About the Author

Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

Her debut book Tears of Tess will be followed with Quintessentially Q. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.

Connect with Pepper:
Author's Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

An Interview with Pepper Winters

Hi, Pepper! Welcome to the blog!

1) Hey, you've been so busy recently! How's Quintessentially Q (a.k.a. QQ) coming along?

Pepper: Really good thanks! It releases in about 36 hours so I'm starting to freak out and hope that I've done everything that I can.

2) Oooh, big day!! Good luck, yeah! :)) How will QQ be different from Tears of Tess? Will it be any more darker, or sexier, or more focused on the emotional development between Tess and Q?

Pepper: It's different in a lot of ways. Tears of Tess I held myself back, unsure how far I could go. QQ is more me. There's violence and raw emotion, but also redemption, connection, and happiness. It follows their journey from man and woman to soulmates :)

3) Seems intense, and TT was already super intense for me! Can you tell us something about QQ that can't be found anywhere on the Net? Maybe not too spoilery but more of a juicy tidbit? ;)

Pepper: Oh, good question. Um...how about an xmas message from Q himself ;)

"May your ass by sore from my not-so-tender care. May your skin be flushed and bruised from my not-so-gentle touch. May your mind be full of sin and lust and darkness. But most of all, may you enjoy your Christmas full of kink and togetherness that only truly twisted couples can endure." --Q.

4) Hot damn, haha. I pity/am happy for Tess, mixed feelings whenever Q is in the picture. You have a few more books scheduled for release, Broken Chance and Last Shadow. What will they be about? Are they connected? Will there be more installments for both?

Pepper: They aren't connected to Tess and Q. Broken Chance is more erotica than dark, but knowing me it will turn darker as I grow to know the characters more. And Last Shadow I am very excited about. Another slavery book with a hero who kills and a heroine who wants to die.

5) I'm really looking forward to Last Shadows!! There's a sort of mix between fantasy, dystopian and erotica romance. So intriguing! Last Shadow seems really dark, though. Like reeeeally dark and gritty. Will it be? More so than ToT and QQ?

Pepper: Um, I think it will be darker in different ways. I can't say much without giving too much away, but there will be the same hard to read subjects (like rape and violence) but in a different context.

6) I've been wondering about this for some time... Tears of Tess and QQ seem very heavy on BDSM and erotica that I sometimes thought ToT tread more on adult erotica territory. Do you think it's more NA or adult erotica? Did ToT turn out the way you envisioned it to be initially? How much did the story change along the way?

Pepper: That's a very fair comment. Tess is only 20 so it fits into the NA catagory, but you're right that it's heavy with BDSM that might be more adult rather than NA. Then again, a lot of NA these days are very heavy on sexual themes. I suppose it fits loosely into both?

7) Where d'you get your inspirations from anyway? Like all those um, should-be-illegal coitus scenes? Haha!

Pepper: I normally get snippets of the plot while staring out the window, or driving :) I love those moments where the plot progresses without me hindering it. It excites me to start writing!

8) Have you ever thought of writing a story in another genre? Fantasy maybe? Or historical romance?

Pepper: No not at this stage. I'm really enjoying the genre I'm in, however never say never. I do have a dark historical thought I've been mulling over but it's not on my list to write as yet :)

9) Dark. Historical. Holy crap, please write that soon. What genre do you love to read most? Any author recs? :)

Pepper: I read every genre. Popular, unpopular, traditional and indie. I LOVE all books.

Rapid Response Questions

1) First book boyfriend that pops in your head?

Pepper: Jondalar from Clan of the Cave Bear

2) Sunrise or sunset?

Pepper: Sunset. I'm a night owl.

3) Vanilla or...well, not vanilla (if ye get wha' I mean)?

Pepper: Nope. No vanilla. Either sex or icecream. blah

Thanks so much for having me on your blot, Yet!

Thank you so much for coming over to the blog!! :)

Pepper is very generously giving away one (1) ecopy of TEARS OF TESS and QUINTESSENTIALLY Q each to one (1) international reader. How awesome is that?! Giveaway ends Jan 8, 2014.

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Thanks for visiting! You can refer to the master calender of events on Day 1's post. :)


  1. I don't like nor 'get off' on rape stories, but if it is part of the entire story, I don't mind it (in the story). Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. For me I'm sort of on the fence for it. I've been super turned off by rape stories that I DNFed those novels but there are some that...well, works. Thanks for visiting! And good luck with the comp. :)

  2. I haven't read a lot of NA. Mostly the ones I've read haven't had much plot...but that could be due to my bad picking. -_-

    1. LOL, that's like me and dystopian a while back! Persevere on, Cait, there are NA books out there that are worth reading. ;)

  3. I like NA, both the explicit and non-explicit variety. I just don't to see NA become ONLY that, because I think as a genre, it fills an important need.


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Cyp's Abbreviation Dictionary

DNF = Did Not Finish
HEA = Happily Ever After
PNR = Paranormal Romance
UF = Urban Fantasy
YA = Young Adult

Erotica Reference

BDSM = Bondage/Discipline, Dominant/Submissive, Sadism/Masochism
f/f = female/female
m/f = male/female
m/m = male/male


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