Title: MALEDICTION: Rise of the Crimson Confessions
Series: Crimson Confessions, #1
Author: J.D. Lexx
Genres: Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 20, 2016
Some devote a lifetime to the endless pursuit of love. Others spend even longer trying to outrun it. Between the shimmering lights of Paris and New Orleans’ commercialized sin, author J.D. Lexx embarks on his latest hunt. Once content to walk blindly in the light, these days he prowls a different world, one of shadow and sensuality where flesh yields to the probing hungers of fantasy. Driven by painful reminders of opportunity left unseized, he roams, tirelessly seeking the next in a growing collection of Crimson Confessions.
Yet these tales of conquest and seduction which have brought such notoriety are merely bait for a more transcendent prey. The one he truly stalks is infinitely more elusive, and lethal in her charms. To win her over, and write the happy ending to this unfinished story, an infamous collector of secrets must now lay his own bare for all to see. Chasing a trail of enticing exploits stretching from Sin City to Prague, every stop leads him back to the beginning…and one step closer to her.
Determined to retake control, I feathered a caress over the sloping muscle of her abdomen while fighting to my last breath the urge to explore her body further. As I took one step back to unsteady her balance, she instantly countered, throwing her palms against the wall behind her and launching the both of us backward. On the far side of the hall, we slammed with a crash so violent that it dislodged a pair of antique mirrors from their mounts.
Moments later, I finished the job. As I shook off the impact of not one, but two bodies, she dropped to the ground, ripping my belt away and heaving it down the staircase. For a passing second, I humored the desire to leave her there on her knees, at the mercy of the beast she seemed determined to unleash. Any longer, however, and she risked getting herself into real trouble. With a grunt of reluctance, I lifted her to her feet and spun her hard against the wall. This time, both mirrors collapsed under the force of the blow, unleashing a deafening roar to each side as bronze frames hit the floor and rained shards of glass over ancient oak.
Looking to one side and then the other while helplessly bound by my grasp, she shook her head and spoke softly, “Fourteen years of bad luck. I hope I’m worth it.”
“You better be.”
I pressed her firmly to the paneling with an added shove for emphasis, and then raked slowly up her sides. Keeping her shoulders glued to the wall, her lower body began to buck as the random whimper escaped her lips. Eventually, every inch struggled to break free and lurch forward for my lips but I allowed nothing on her terms.
With a punishing tug of her hair, I held her still and licked a trail up the warm pulse of her neck. Near enough to taste her lips, I leaned in to stake my claim with that first deep kiss, mangling her blouse in desperation I could no longer control. With a starved tug of fabric, the top two buttons flew free to bounce across the floor, just as the resurrected power grid kindled a soft amber glow.
While my eyes adjusted, I caught a first glimpse of the crucifix revealed by my assault. I can’t tell you how long it kept me at bay as the receding darkness left me once again accountable for my craving. For the first time that evening, I looked into her eyes, squarely and honestly, and reaped all the shame that she had sown. In the rekindled lamp light, I saw only a young girl, and the trust I had so long refused to break.
“I have to get back,” I said, dropping my guilt-laden gaze to the floor.
To this day, those words stand among the most difficult I’ve ever uttered. I knew perfectly well the repercussions they would echo, if not for how long they would do so. No longer had I sacrificed my opportunity for her unwitting benefit. I had now formally rejected it. Fourteen years of bad luck, indeed…
As I turned to leave her trembling in the hallway, I feared the curse may have already taken hold. The moment I stepped again into solitude, that fear gave way to certainty. With a broken breath, I stepped to the bedside to take an icy hand in my own, realizing immediately that I’d returned just minutes too late. I collapsed back into my seat and buried a roar of resignation deep between my palms, grudgingly accepting the unpalatable truth that I had failed not one, but two vows that evening.
Food Lust (A Crimson Confessions)
Two Way Glass (A Crimson Confession)
Order of the Orchidarion (A Crimson Confession)
International attorney, award-winning journalist and last of a modest raconteur bloodline, J.D. Lexx has been a storyteller for most of his life and a student of humanity for even longer. Perhaps it’s no wonder that he takes such pleasure in the subtle tease of the written word, in kindling curiosity with every shared tale, then daring the imagination to continue on beyond The End.
A traveler by nature, Lexx spends most of his time between the frenzied streets of New York and the slower pace of New Orleans’ Vieux Carre´. When not exploring the sensual psyche through his writing, he can usually be found honing his skills in the kitchen or working alongside charitable organizations to promote literacy and tolerance– two causes not only reflected in his work, but forever dear to his heart.
When you’ve been betrayed by your best friend, and a psychotic serial rapist is stalking your every move, nothing much should surprise Ronnie Harper. Determined to take back her life, she starts fresh, taking on a new business partner and for the first time in years, a man that cares for her. As Ronnie and Erik are throw into one unimaginable situation after another, her faith in herself is pushed to the limit. She doubts the people around her, her own judgment and even Erik’s growing feelings for her. He’s relentless and even when she pushes him away, he won’t give up, though he doesn’t realize it may be the only way to protect him from Jeff and his psychotic brother, Kincaid.When they are confronted with the worst imaginable situation, Kincaid puts their love to the test. Is their bond strong enough to survive the dark, twisted mind of a sadistic rapist? Or will Ronnie’s past eventually destroy them?
She eventually grew up and embarked on a not so exciting career in the military, followed by an exciting career working in IT for a few major U.S. corporations and traveled the world. And instead of meeting in their hometown, she met her husband in Cyberspace while he was in Korea.
Marriage and having a child afforded Catrina more time to read, one of her former passions, and eventually, to begin writing.
With the support of her family, she’s released her first novel, Ultimate Betrayal: Revelations and is working on the follow up – Exposed.
Alexa Crushed (Alexa Series Book 1)
Alexa Morgan lost her mother when she was two. At eighteen, her father and stepmother died when a devastating earthquake hit the Bay Area. Only one person has remained a constant in her life: Devin.
Devin has been Alexa’s best friend since childhood. The two are inseparable—or they were until Devin declared his love for her at sixteen. When Alexa can offer him only friendship in return, Devin retreats, brokenhearted.
Alexa, on the other hand, longs for Ethan, the boy next door. Four years older than her, and with an ever-changing roster of girlfriends, Ethan is everything Devin isn’t: wild, sensual, and unpredictable.
In the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, Ethan makes his move on Alexa, who reciprocates in a confused whirl of grief and desire. When Ethan leaves town the next day, Devin comes back into Alexa’s life, offering support and expecting nothing in return.
Alexa begins to see the advantages of Devin’s quiet, stable love. Can she get past the friendship hang-up while trying to forget bad boy Ethan? It’s a choice that will change her life forever.
99c until October 16th
Alexa Loved (Alexa Series Book 2)
After her parents died during her senior year of high school, Alexa Morgan is completely alone in the world—except for her best-friend-turned-boyfriend Devin, identical twins Becca and Jessa, and Sebastian, a mysterious associate of her father’s.
Upon graduation, Alexa wants nothing more than to move on with her life, go to college, and forget all the hard and hurtful things from her tragic past. But when her first love, Ethan, shows up on her doorstep—the night before she’s supposed to meet Devin in Miami—it kicks off a whirlwind of events that threatens the good and stable things she’s worked so hard to achieve.
Ethan and Alexa shared one night of passion before he disappeared, leaving her bewildered and confused. But now he’s back, declaring that he loves her and that the only reason he left was to protect her from his malicious stepmother, Olivia.
In her heart, Alexa knows she loves Devin, but her attraction to Ethan is so strong she can’t help but be drawn in by their shared chemistry. Meanwhile, the threat of Olivia lurks around the edges, casting a menacing shadow over everything and everyone Alexa loves.
Author T.R. Cupak has become a good friend of mine on FB over the past few months and I’m so happy to spotlight her this week on our blog. T.R. Cupak is the author of the Alexa Series, a new adult, coming of age romance filled with suspense, intrigue, tragedy and heartache… and a love triangle ;-) Yep, this series has it all and I for one, absolutely recommend reading it. Book 2, Alexa Loved was released on October 6th, and the first, Alexa Crushed is currently only 99c until October 16th. If you don’t have your copies yet, all the links are below for your convenience.
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(Alexa Series Book 2)
(Alexa Series Book 1)
INTERVIEW WITH T.R. CUPAK
Where did your passion for writing begin and what inspired you to become a published author?
My passion for storytelling began before I could even write. I would sit and spin a tale to whoever would listen. It was usually my dad. I began to write short stories and poems in junior high and continued through high school for extra credit. Mind you, I didn’t need the extra credit. I just loved to write. About two years ago I was advised to journal. I absolutely loathed it. I wanted out of my head, not in it. So one morning I started typing out someone else’s life. I honestly didn’t know what I was doing until I had three chapters written. That’s when it dawned on me that I was writing a book. I honestly never thought I would be a published author. Once I had a completed manuscript I sent my longtime friend who reads the same genre of books that I enjoy as well a copy. I also gave a copy to my husband’s best friend because my husband wouldn’t read it and I wanted a male perspective. My pal hates to read but he said he would for me. Both were floored that I wrote a book and both said that my words needed to be out there. I did some research, talked to my amazingly supportive hubby and decided to jump into the literary world feet first and eyes wide open.
What is your preferred genre to read vs what you enjoy to write?
I enjoy new adult and erotica. I write new adult at the moment but I have started a dark and twisted novel that will fall in the erotica category without being straight up porn. Too many sex scenes take away from the story. I want my words to mean something and not be forgotten.
Do you have a favorite author which influences your work?
When I began this journey I wanted to write and be recognized as an author who can hang with Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire and Abbi Glines but my favorite author, the one I aspire to be like is Kristy Bromberg (K. Bromberg). Her style of writing, the stories she tells and how she is with her fans and other authors makes her one badass super woman. You can say I idolize her.
Where do you find your inspiration to write?
I pull inspiration from my life but a lot of the story develops in my dreams. I’m fortunate enough that when I wake up I can remember my dreams vividly and transpire them into writing.
What would you say are your best writing traits?
I’m way too new at this. I don’t have a best or worst writing trait yet.
Do you have any bad writing habits you would advise new authors to avoid?
Overuse of pronouns. I had that issue with my first book, Alexa Crushed and I didn’t realize it until someone called me out on it. She was nice enough not to post a bad review but she did give me some good feedback. Once I started the second book Alexa Loved, I tried my hardest to not use “filler” words. It’s difficult at times but if you have great beta readers and an awesome copy editor, you can catch and adjust as you go.
Is there a favorite place or time of day you like to write?
My favorite place to write is in my new very cozy writing cave in my house. We had a spare room that overlooks our beautiful backyard and we weren’t using it for anything so I asked the hubby if I can make it into a reading and writing room and he of course said yes. I have a great desk to write at and the most comfortable chaise lounge to relax and read on.
Is writing a full-time gig for you or do you also have a day job?
I wish it were a full time gig. Since I do actually have a full time job I tend to write in the evening but I will sneak a few hundred words in here and there when it’s a little slow at work…Shhhh…that’s our secret.
When you’re not busy writing, how do you enjoy spending your time?
If I’m not writing I tend to spend my time hanging out with my hubby wine drinking or watching something entertaining on TV.
Self-promotion is hard work, is this an aspect of being an author you enjoy?
Oh wow. So no amount of research could have prepared me for this. I do enjoy it but I wish I had more free time to concentrate on my writing. It’s hard keeping up with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all the other entities that go hand in hand with being an author. If you’re too quiet people forget about you and if you’re always on social media, that just means you aren’t writing. Double edge sword but I make it work somehow.
- Alcoholic Beverage
Red wine but have recently taken a liking to some pretty high end scotch.
- Movie, Song and/or Band
Current favorite movie(s) is Pitch Perfect (1 & 2)
Current favorite song Gonna Wanna Tonight by Chase Rice
I don’t have a favorite band because I love house/trance/dubstep music so I would say my favorite DJ is Tiesto
- Holiday Destination
Hawaii or NY
- Quote or Motivational Saying
Don’t judge me when for saying this but it has stuck with me since I was asked the simple question of “What are you thankful for?” My answer: “I am thankful for the air I breathe so I can share the words that I write.” –T.R. Cupak
I’m a sucker for Werther’s Caramel Corn. It’s so dang tasty.
THANK YOU T.R. CUPAK!
I’ve learned so much more about you in this time and I hope our readers choose to connect with you to continue to learn more about you AND your work. Thank you for bringing Alexa’s story alive, I know it’s a story that will stay with me forever.
See our 5 star reviews of Alexa Crushed & Alexa Loved here.