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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Love Painted in Red

Love Painted in Red
by Cristiane Serruya


GENRE:  Romance



Tavish MacCraig, thirty-three-year-old Highlander, forsook his medical and military career, after being a POW for 6 months in Afghanistan, to run his family’s internationally renowned art gallery in London, The Blue Dot. Despite being surrounded by wealth and beauty, Tavish’s days are bleak, his nights, living nightmares, and his heart, an empty shell. But when he meets Irish painter Laetitia Galen, a powerful and sizzling attraction ignites between them.

Laetitia, who fled hell on earth when she was sixteen, now works as a well-paid housekeeper in a forsaken country manor in Warwickshire and sells her paintings in an obscure gallery. To preserve her new life and recently found peace, she resists Tavish and The Blue Dot's fantastic offer of an exclusive contract.

Laetitia becomes Tavish’s obsession; Tavish, Laetitia’s unattainable dream.

Meanwhile, a man with a burning grudge plots his long-awaited revenge, which could destroy them all over again.




“We’ve been doing everything we can,” the private investigator said in defense of himself. He looked pointedly at Geoffrey Callaghan, hoping for some support.

“I’ll double the reward if you find her in the next three months,” said a husky male voice. “Put more men on her. Do whatever is necessary. I’ll pay the extra cost.”

The PI nodded once and quickly made his exit, not wanting to hear the or else, which was implicit in the order. He had never been inside that room. It was the first time in years that he had to deal with a person other than Geoffrey, who was scary enough.

“They will find her,” Geoffrey said.

“If I were a suspicious man, I would wonder why you didn’t have more men searching for her.” Bluish-white smoke rose from the corner, which would be completely dark if not for an orange glow. “Or why you weren’t more careful that night.”

“You were the one who chose her.” A faint smile touched Geoffrey’s wrinkled, thin lips. “I told you she was a freak.”

He had no answer to that. “GO! Leave me alone.”

“That’s exactly what you asked of me years ago. Look what happened.” Geoffrey smirked.

“Leave me alone.” He grabbed the nearest object—a Baccarat ashtray—and flung it at Geoffrey’s head, who despite his old age, ducked, avoiding being hit by the crystal but not by being showered with butts and ashes from the homemade cigar.

“Don’t do that again, my son.” He shook his bald head at the once handsome man sitting in the dark. “Don’t forget who gives the orders here.”

“Do I ever?” A fury raced through the man’s blood. There had been a time when many things could tame his unruly desires. Not anymore. He had become dependent on the old man in front of him.

“I will go.” Geoffrey smirked. “But you need to relax. I’ll send a cup of Yagé and a devotee for you to fuck.”

The man stayed silent for a moment. “Send the Yagé and the devotee.”

“A wise decision. Be at peace,” Geoffrey said before he closed the door behind him.

The orange light glowed brighter as he dragged deeper. He imagined he could see her face and body take shape in the smoke as he exhaled.

She had become the reason he arose every day, breathed, and endured pain. She had become his obsession.

He would find her. Touch her as she had touched him. Make her scream as he had.

Until he tired.

Until she begged.

Then, only then, he would kill her.

A Word From The Author

Hello Elaine, and thanks for hosting me. I’m so happy to be here with you and your readers today.

1.When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
But it all started in a very silly way. In April 2009, I was bed-ridden, sick and bored. I had a such bad headache that I could even read or open the curtains. So…I decided to tell myself a story. The seed was planted. But it took me more than a year to gather the courage to put some ideas on paper. The story grew and took shape, but daily life kept me from writing it. On February 28th, 2011, a friend of mine said I had such good stories to tell that I should write a book. The next day, I started TRUST Series.

2.Besides yourself, who is your favorite author in the genre that you write?
As unimaginable as it may be, I don’t read in the genre I write, but apart from the classics, I read sci-fi, paranormal and historical romances, and the authors I love most on those genre are Gena Scholwalter, Kresley Cole, Tessa Dare, Loraine Heath, and many, many others.

3.What are reading right now?
Right now I am reading Jane Eyre, and editing and proofreading my own new book, titled From the Baroness’s Diary, vol 2, The Diaries Series #2! :-P
When I am writing my new stories, I don’t read much so not to distract me from the plot I am entwining and my dead line. From the Baroness’s Diary: The erotic escapades of Baron Beardley’s wife, The Diaries Series #1, will be released on September 13th, 2016, and I don’t want readers to wait too long to read the sequel.

4.Which one of your characters is most like you?
While Laetitia, from Love Painted in Red, is adorable, without question I’d resemble more Sophia Leibowitz, from TRUST Series. Sophia is independent and bold, studious and intelligent, steadfast and polite. Erm…not that I am all that goodness but I have a lot of things in common with her—and with her daughter, too. But then all my characters have something in common with me, even the bad ones. :-P

5.Which of your books is your favorite? Why?
Oh, I don’t think I should answer that question, but anyway…right now it is Love Painted in Red and all because of Laetitia and Tavish Uilleam, the lead characters. Tavish appeared on my first release, Entwined Fates, TRUST Series #1. He grew so much as a character that I had to write his story in. A war hero, a billionaire hunk, a lonely and tortured Highlander, whose heart no woman has thawed yet, he was POW for 6 months in the hands of the Taliban while serving as a doctor in RAF. After returning to civil life, he forsakes his medical career and assumes a position on his family art gallery. But even surrounded with beautiful things, he sees nothing but darkness. He was a great character to write, especially because I wanted him to be a believable veteran dealing with PTSD, so I interviewed many veterans online and it was an enlightening and heartbreaking experience. He came out beautifully—or so I like to think—with his physical and psychological scars and yet full of life strength and vigor.

Last, the good news: All my ebooks are on KindleUnlimited, so visit Cristiane Serruya's Amazon Page and read them for free!

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Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts here and helping me promote my work, Elaine. 

Thanks for coming, Cristiane. Your cover is lovely, and your book sounds great. 



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Cristiane Serruya is Brazilian and lives in Rio de Janeiro, with her husband, two teenage daughters, and Loki, her Shetland sheepdog. She has studied in England, France, Italy, and Switzerland and graduated in Law, with a Master’s in Business Law, and a BA in Fine Arts. In 2012, she published her first romance, and is proud of the awards her novels have received.
She still works as a lawyer, but writing has become an essential part of her life, and a fulfilling adventure, as it allows her to make friends all over the world.




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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Rita said...

I liked the excerpt.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post, I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing :)