Published on November 17th 2015
Genres: Dark Romance, New Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Tour Schedule Link: http://bit.ly/1Hq6Q5fTitle: Corrupt Author: Penelope Douglas Genre: Dark, Erotica, Contemporary Romance Release Date: November 17, 2015 Organized by:As the Pages TurnGoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21981841-corruptSYNOPSIS: Erika I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession. His name is Michael Crist. My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He is handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me. But I noticed him. I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid...For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away. Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my head anymore. Because he’s finally noticed me. Michael Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika. My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body, I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway. Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.
In my city. Unprotected. The opportunity is too good to be true as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they’re out. We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true
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A secret pool hid behind the falls, and the water glowed with neon blue light, much like the light in Michael’s penthouse. Off to the right lay a bank, of sorts, where you could lie down, sit, or people who weren’t swimming could walk in, stand, and see the beauty inside without getting wet.
The whole place was exactly like a cave. The rock walls and ceiling glittered with little white lights, probably to look like stars, and I couldn’t help the little groan that escaped as I tensed my thighs. I was turned on.
I wasn’t sure if it was just the place, the drinks, or Michael. My senses had been overwhelmed today.
I waded further in, enjoying the solace and the darkness, but then I saw Damon enter the cave and I stopped.
He’d walked straight through the falls, coming from the other side and was drenched. He pushed his wet, black hair over the top of his head, the wall of his chest, shoulders, and arms glistening with water. He must’ve either brought swim shorts with him or borrowed some, but I immediately took a step back, seeing that he was coming straight for me.
“I wish I could say I wasn’t used to that reaction from women,” he mused, noticing my retreat.
My hands fisted, and I licked my dry lips. “No, you don’t,” I contended. “I think you like it.”
His lips curled, and I fought not to back away again. He wanted me to be scared. He counted on it.
“I’m not scared of you.” I cocked my head, my heart racing despite my steel resolve.
The music blared outside, and between that and the waterfall, I doubt anyone would hear me if I screamed.
He stopped just in front of me, an inch between us. “Yeah, you are.”
And then he wrapped his arms around my waist like a steel band and lifted me off the ground.
I grunted, planting my hands on his shoulders and pushing away. “Damon.”
“I could tear you limb from limb,” he threatened, his breath falling across my face. “And I wouldn’t even break a sweat.”
I pressed my hands into him, pushing harder and twisting my body left and then right. “Knock it off. Let me go.”
“You know what I thought about in prison?” He took hold of my hair at the back of my scalp, and I gasped as he pulled my neck back, holding me tight and still with his lips only an inch from mine. “You…and our last night together,” he finished.
He kissed me, soft but possessive, dragging my bottom lip out with his teeth. I jerked away, digging my nails into his upper arms as my heart hammered in my chest.
“Damon, fuck off,” I bit out.
But he tightened his fist in my hair, brushing my lips with his. “Every time I was alone, I stroked my cock, seeing you in my head and taking it like a good girl.”
I darted out my hand and took his neck in my fingers, squeezing as hard as I could and trying to push him away from my mouth.
He laughed as if he didn’t notice. “You never told Michael what happened that night, did you?”
“How do you know I haven’t?” I growled, baring my teeth.
He pushed his head in closer. “Because he would’ve killed me already.”
I clenched my fingers around his neck, digging in my nails. “Then maybe I will tell him,” I threatened.
What inspired the concept behind CORRUPT?
Corrupt was inspired by a news story, and I started thinking about the dynamics of a girl who sends 4 guys to prison and has to face them when they get out. It snowballed from there as I added in my own bits of personality, Pinterest, and playlist.
CORRUPT is written in dual POV. Which POV did you have the most fun writing, Rika’s or Michael’s? Why?
Definitely Rika’s, because everything was happening TO her. She was the one upset, scared, and high on adrenaline most of the book.
It’s hard to talk about the characters without mentioning Kai, Will, and Damon. Would you ever consider writing spin-offs about them individually? (*fingers crossed for KAI*)
Yes, I’m thinking about it. I want to make sure I do them justice and give them stories they deserve. It may take time.
Which scene was the hardest to write?
The entire confrontation between her and the guys at the house in Thunder Bay. Weaving in the story and everything coming to light was hard.
What are 3 words you’d use to describe CORRUPT?
Intense, fast, and scary!
General Writing Q’s:
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novels? Why?
The first line. You try to start it in a way that has the reader immediately in the character’s head and immediately invested.
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
The content. Sometimes the title isn’t ready until mid-way through the book.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
Some of the names just pop in my head, like Rika and Michael. Others I have to search name websites to get ideas, especially last names.
How do you plot your books, do you write it down on paper/index cards/etc, or do you write on the fly? Do you ever find that your plot changes as you write, or does it stay pretty close to how you planned it?
I make outlines and jot down scene ideas I’ve had and then put them in order. And yes, the book changes as you write it. I’ve never have a book completely planned out when I start it, but certain scenes I wanted to happen may end up never happening and scenes I planned for one part of a book need to be pushed back. The outline changes, but usually not the plot.
What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”? (Pens, Caffeine, iPods, Prozac?)
Music, popcorn, and walks!!
Do you have a favorite place to write? Tell us about it!
My office. I’m distracted anywhere else. It’s cluttered with book boxes, a treadmill I never use, and Notre Dame gear. Go Irish!!
If you could use 3 words to describe your books, what would they be?
Angsty, jerk heroes ;)
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
Foster a child
Walk behind a waterfall
Go to space
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is something you never leave home without?
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
Force of Gravity
What are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself?
Quiet, punctual, and busy
Do you have a favorite hobby/pastime?
I love to hike!!
This or That?
Sunrise or Sunset?
Coffee or Tea?
Hot or Cold?
PC or Mac?
By Land, or by sea?
Half-empty or Half-full?
Who cares? Just drink it!
Autumn or Spring?
Summer or Winter?
E-book or Print Book? (Preferred reading)
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