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Book 2 of the Bend-Bite-Shift Trilogy
by Olivia Hardin
Genre: Paranormal/ Romance
Number of pages: 232
Word Count: 52,310
Jill Prescott returned from self-imposed seclusion to help save her best friend Devan’s life. Throwing herself into Devan’s problems and bringing an evil organization to its knees might just be the distraction she needs to keep living without the only man she’s ever loved. Her life changed forever when she was hired to spend a week with Doc Massey.
On the day she became a vampire her youthful innocence ended, but Doc’s love rescued her from being consumed by the darkness. The shadow of that former life continues to loom over her, keeping her from realizing her own self-worth. Running from her past only brings her closer to a destiny that is inextricably connected to what she is trying to escape…
Every gift has both a reward and a price, because All of it fits…
“How am I doing, Doc?” Jill inquired, tossing her head and winking at him at the same time.
“Not bad considering those god-awful moves you were displaying earlier. I wouldn’t have thought one could appreciate this music after listening to that.”
She wasn’t the least bit offended by his words and stuck her tongue out at him, all the while keeping in step with the music. Doc wondered if she had any idea how tempting that little pink tongue was to him and how much he wanted to taste her. He swallowed hard and willed the dance to end.
It did, but he wasn’t awarded the break for which he’d hoped. Instead of an announcer or a commercial, the sound of Joe Turner blended right into Elvis Presley’s syrupy and seductive voice. He felt his blonde companion ooze in against him and the two of them began slowly moving, bodies as one, to the song “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
Jill felt her breath catch as Doc slipped a hand around her waist. His cold fingers gripped the small of her back and held her tight against him. Clutching her hand in his, he turned it gently to rest against his chest. She could feel the pounding of his heart and knew her own pulse matched the heightened beat of his.
The words of the song hypnotized her and she rested her head against his shoulder, any separation of their bodies disappeared with their languid dancing. A deep breath released a stream of warm, moist breath against his cold fingers and Doc inched his hand toward her cheek, caressing her face but all the while keeping their fingers entwined.
Sweet Sound of Inspiration
I know I’m not unusual in that I tend to get a lot of inspiration from music. I like to have a playlist of popular music to turn to when I need to connect with my muse.
The song that had the greatest affect for me from my Bitten Shame playlist was “Drop the Mirror” by Missy Higgins. I tried to dissect those lyrics, and in my mind they became Jill’s own words warring within herself as she struggled with the dark thing inside of her (I won’t say too much and give anything away.)
Of course when you read the book you’ll see references to several songs. At one point Doc catches Jill dancing to “Damn, I wish I was your lover” by Sophie B. Hawkins and you can just feel that she hopes she really will be his lover.
The pull between Doc and Jill in the story is… hot and undeniable. I think the tone of The Fray’s “Say When” describes that yearning between them perfectly.
Always a great group to call on for inspiration, Evanescence’s “Lose Control” was the perfect song to set the tone when a certain young vampire is stalking in the night for fresh blood.
Listening to these songs throughout the writing process of my second novel really helped me stay in touch with the different ambiances I was conveying. They helped me to make Bitten Shame a stronger story just by the emotions they evoked within me.
I know a lot of folks are a part of Spotify these days, so if you’re one of them, here’s the entire Bitten Shame Playlist:
So have a listen and maybe find some inspiration of your own!
About Olivia Hardin
Olivia Hardin realized early on how strange she was to have complete movie-like character dreams as a child. Eventually she began putting those vivid dreams to paper and was rarely without her spiral notebooks full of those mental ramblings. Her forgotten vision of becoming an author was realized when she connected with a group of amazingly talented and fabulous writers who gave her lots of direction and encouragement.
With a little extra push from family and friends, she hunkered down to get lost in the words. She’s also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and is sometimes accused of being artistic, though she’s generally too much of a perfectionist to appreciate her own work. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband and their puppy Bonnie.
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