I’m so happy to welcome back the talented Sofia Grey! Sofia has a sexy new book, and an awesome giveaway too, so read on!
Don’t underestimate or trivialise it. Fear is a powerful driver for behaviour. And I’ll stick my neck out here… I reckon everyone has a secret fear locked away. We’re all scared of something, and there are different levels as to how scared we are.
If I had to rate my personal fears, it would go something like:
1 out of 5 – mild anxiety / wariness;
2 out of 5 – a sense of discomfort
3 out of 5 – pulse speeds up, shivers down my spine
4 out of 5 – yep, I’m scared, I’ll admit it to whoever is nearby
5 out of 5 – holy shit, I’m freaking out
For me, 1/5 might be a large, hairy spider walking on the far side of the room. 2/5 would be if the spider was next to me, while 3/5 would be a spider on me. Or an earwig. Don’t like earwigs, ever since one dropped into the bath while I was submerged under a cloud of foam. I leapt out of the water so quickly and yanked the plug out, that I forgot to look if the bug had actually swirled down the plughole. I was fine then, until a drop of water snaked down my back and I became convinced it was the damn earwig. I screamed so loud that my hubby came running in to rescue me from the axe murderer he was convinced had sneaked in.
And then there’s the fears so deep and dark, so insidious that we can’t give them names. We certainly don’t give them headroom, as least, not consciously.
In Obsession, Suki tries to find a way to cope with her off-the-scale fear, something she has never revealed to her husband.
I averted my eyes from the headline screaming at me. I’d read the story earlier but could do without the constant reminders. Severely depressed ex-soldier murdered his two small children and then committed suicide. Apparently he was afraid they’d inherit his condition. It was hard not to be sympathetic.
Mum had skirted along the edge of a bi-polar disorder and fallen straight into psychotic depression. According to everything I’d read, the condition was hereditary. I stood at least a twenty-five percent chance of losing my sanity, and I battled this fear on a daily basis. Little incidents, like the guy in the café, would be the first signs. Forgetfulness. Mood swings. It had become my best-kept secret.
Dad and I maintained the illusion that Mum was fine, just shy and retiring. Antony was never mentioned. It all weighed heavily on me and there were times I needed to unload, to let out some of the tension in my head before I screamed.
Your turn now. What are you afraid of? And would you tell anyone? Leave a comment and I’ll put your name into a draw for a copy of Obsession.
Obsession is available 12 June 2013, from Time & Tide Publishing.
Josh Delaney is the ideal honey trap.
His charm and model good looks would be enough for most women, but coupled with his psychic ability to read their thoughts, he’s impossible to resist. Suspicious husbands employ him to test their wives, to see if they can be tempted to stray.
High profile couple Suki and Gabe Bridgewater have the perfect marriage, or at least, that’s the image they portray to the world. Behind closed doors, Gabe’s dominance in the marriage is unravelling and he decides to test Suki, using Josh as bait.
For Josh it should be just another easy job, but two things go horribly wrong.
One, Josh falls in love with Suki.
And two, Gabe refuses to let her go.
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Romance author Sofia Grey spends her days managing projects in the corporate world and her nights hanging out with wolf shifters and alpha males. She devours pretty much anything in the fiction line, but she prefers her romances to be hot, and her heroes to have hidden depths. When writing, she enjoys peeling back the layers to expose her characters’ flaws and always makes them work hard for their happy endings.
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