Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Book with a Difference

By Barbara Elsborg

Decadent took a chance on me a few years ago and with my suspense story – Chosen. It’s not an erotic romance. It’s light on the romance and heavy on the suspense and if you don’t like dark, violent stories, then stop reading now. If you do like twisted tales and strong heroines, then you might like Chosen.
I wrote it long before the spate of true life stories emerged of women who’ve been kidnapped and held in secrecy for weeks, months, years. I remember my husband saying to me that he didn’t think my story was realistic and sadly, it turned out to be all too possible. Not the time for ‘I told you so’.
Kate is just an ordinary young woman who finds herself caught up in a nightmare after she opens the door to a stranger. Careful as she is, she’s not careful enough and I must admit that I now put the chain on the door before I open it. I wish there weren’t guys like Jack out there, but there are.
Shortly after I’d finished the story, I had a visit from the police who wanted to show me the photo of a necklace they’d found in a car. Was it mine? No. But the car once had been. I sold it a year earlier. It was put into an auction and the guy who bought it murdered a young woman in the next town. The necklace hadn’t been hers and the police were concerned there might have been another murder victim. I never did learn if there was.
My story has a happy ending. I don’t read or write stories that leave me feeling depressed! Kate is a survivor. I hope I’d be as brave as her.

Some crimes can never be forgotten.
      Kate Evans doesn’t take risks. She chose her apartment with care—a safe district with a good neighbor—a place where she can live a quiet, unassuming, under-the-radar existence. Then she makes one mistake and opens her door to accept a delivery of flowers from a secret admirer and her life will never be the same again. A guy she’s never seen before bursts into her apartment and asks her to marry him. Jack Thompson won’t take no for an answer and drags Kate on a cross country journey to hell.
      Invalided out of the police, Nathan Beranson works as a private investigator in San Antonio, Texas where he spends too much of his time following unfaithful spouses and delivering the bad news to their partners. When his fiancée cheats on him with Jack Thompson, the half-brother Nathan’s only just met, he becomes obsessed with Jack in the same unhealthy way as his revenge-seeking clients. By the time Nathan finally realizes putting the ghosts of the past to rest is a wiser option than settling an old score, it’s too late. He’s already been drawn into his sibling’s latest deadly game and Nathan and Kate find their nightmare is only just beginning.

If you’d like the chance to win a copy of Chosen, please leave a comment below telling me why dark tales appeal to you.

Details of all my books are on my website 


Unknown said...

I love dark tales mostly because I love the "thrill", the sinking feeling in your tummy when you read the scary think that happened to heroine. It's, of course, scary but it'll have happy ending, right? Kind of real life. :)

Barbara Elsborg said...

Happy ending is obligatory!! Thanks for commenting, Amanda!

Unknown said...

Yep, it is indeed. Haha. Anytime, Miss Barbara! ;)

Lainey said...

Dark tales can be more realistic and thought provoking not your everyday tale. Maybe more suspense filled too.

Barbara Elsborg said...

I think Chosen would make anyone wary of opening their door to a stranger. Thanks for commenting, Lainey!

Barbara Elsborg said...

And the winner is Lainey! I'll be in touch!