Please welcome guest author Carol Lynne to the Cafe!
I’m sure there are a lot of women out there who fell in love with the gritty outlaws in Sons of Anarchy. I happen to be one of them. I took my passion for the series to Amazon and started devouring all the biker books I could find. There are some really great stories about bikers and the women who win their hearts. Unfortunately, quite a few of them brought up memories from my past that I would love to forget. I’m a writer, so I decided to write a story for myself that had the gritty outlaw characters I love minus those hot buttons that ruined so many other books for me.
I’m sure there will be readers who don’t appreciate the fact that The Cut isn’t true to life, but this is a romance. Stake is as damaged and reckless as any biker you’ll see in a book, but he doesn’t disrespect the woman he falls in love with. He doesn’t cheat on her, and he doesn’t treat her like property. Stake is not, and will never be, a law-abiding citizen. He has his own set of rules and doesn’t care whether or not the law agrees with them.
I think what I love most about Stake is the way he changes when he’s with Santana. If you’ve ever seen a big, burly man hold a puppy or kitten, you’ll understand where I’m going with this. For me, there’s absolutely nothing sexier than a man who is able to drop his rough persona when handed something so fragile. In my story, it doesn’t matter that Stake isn’t a nice guy in his daily life because the moment he connects with Santana, he treats her like she’s everything to him. That’s exactly the kind of outlaw biker that I fantasize about.
In Santana, I see a lot of myself. Life has beaten her down so many times that she truly believes she’s unworthy of love. Her father was a biker who thought nothing of doling out harsh and abusive punishments for the smallest infractions before his untimely death. Her mother loved to drink more than she loved her own child and set wheels in motion that would leave Santana without the club loyalty she should have been able to count on after her father’s death.
I think, more than any other character I’ve written, Santana truly is a shell of a person at the beginning of The Cut. I don’t mean she doesn’t have a soul or an intelligent thought, but she has been shunned and hated by every person around her for so long that she seems to merely exist. It isn’t until Stake defies his club and reappears into her life that a small spark of hope is created inside of her. Slowly, Stake is able to show Santana what it really means to live her life, and she’s able to show him that true love can heal a damaged heart.
I hope you enjoy The Cut as much as I loved writing it.
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As the only child of an abusive biker and an alcoholic mother, Santana Rogers had one hero she could turn to in her life. Stake Wills, a member of the Kings of Bedlam Motorcycle Club, was her father’s best friend, her savior and her lifelong crush. When her father is sent to prison, the club and her only friends turn their backs on her, leaving her to deal with the fall-out of her father’s crime on her own.
Santana is proud of the way she’s persevered through the hard and lonely years on her own. When Stake reappears into her life after the county sheriff attacks her, she isn’t sure she’s willing to let him back into her life and her heart. And if she does, she’s not sure she’ll survive having her heart broken again when he inevitably leaves.
It just about killed Stake to walk out of Santana’s life, but after his best friend’s death, he’s forced to choose between the motorcycle club and keeping an eye on Santana. The club is the only family he’s ever known, and a blackmail threat by Santana’s mother threatens to destroy it all. He realizes that he made a mistake, but that won’t stop him from trying to prove to Santana that he’s still the man she needs him to be.
The Cut is now available to buy and download from Totally Bound, Amazon and other retailers.
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An avid reader for years, one day Carol Lynne decided to write her own brand of erotic romance. Carol juggles between being a full-time mother and a full-time writer. These days, you can usually find Carol either cleaning jelly out of the carpet or nestled in her favourite chair writing steamy love scenes.