I’m so happy to have Karen Crompton with us this morning to answer a few questions and to share her newest – Hell Bent: A Wild Young Adult Romance (South Shore Beach Book 1) – available on Amazon right now for only 99 cents!
What do you like the most about writing romances?
I enjoy the cheeky/flirty side of love, so that’s always fun to write. Readers like to lose themselves in books and I enjoy taking them on that journey.
What is your favorite romantic story?
I absolutely love Jane Austen’s novel, Emma.
If you could be any romantic character, who would it be and why?
Abby Abernathy from Beautiful Disaster … because come on, who wouldn’t want Travis Maddox chasing after them.
Which of your characters was the most fun to write?
Corrie’s best friend, Alana, was really fun to write. She’s a bit quirky and loves old movies, quoting lines at the most inopportune times. Most of the time no one has any idea what she’s even talking about, especially her boyfriend, Rake. This of course, proves hilarious for the reader.
If you weren’t a writer and could be anything you want, what would it be?
A ballerina!! (not that I’ve been able to squeeze myself into a pair of tights since I was twelve years old!) But a girl can dream, right?
South Shore Beach series
by Karen Crompton
He’s charming. He’s rebellious. He’s as beautiful as he is damaged.
South Shore’s bad boy surfer Beau Huntington has a solid plan to get through life: one night stands, copious amounts of alcohol, and walls so high no one can ever get in — it’s all about numbing the pain. And his plan’s working fine — until he meets Corrie Johnson. That’s when things begin to unravel. Because falling in love was never part of the plan.
Angry, bitter and confused, Beau’s violent temper lands him in trouble more often than not — but he’s about to learn that the fight of his life doesn’t involve his fists.
Hell Bent is the journey of one troubled soul, two broken hearts, and the bonds that bind three brothers.
Hell Bent’s sequel – Heaven Sent is due out later in 2015.
Amazon – http://amzn.com/B00PLA5ZJK
I grin and lean closer. “Dilated pupils normally indicate arousal of some sort, did ya know that?”
“What?” she says, blinking.
I burst out laughing. “You heard me, so maybe your knickers are in more of a twist than you realize.”
She makes a sort of gagging noise. “You’re a walking cliche.”
“I don’t do anything by the book,” I protest.
“Oh really, is your motorbike parked out the front, bad boy? The one you ride shirtless, showing off your impressive abs, your nipple rings and your surfing tattoos. Let me guess … a Yin and Yang no doubt. Or did you scab a ride with one of your stoner friends?”
I instantly see red. She thinks she has me worked out. Stuff that. I’ve done a lot of shit lately, but I don’t do drugs. Never have. And my tattoo is something else all together.
Karen Crompton was born and bred on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. Hell Bent is her highly accomplished debut novel that explores both the joys of young love and the pain of loss. Having always had a great interest in Young Adult / New Adult films and literature, Karen says that having a book published — one that means so much to her personally — is a dream come true.
My eyes drop to the floor and my hands press against Corrie’s warm back, pulling her in so close that she can barely move. I frown, confused almost at just how deep I’ve got myself in this.
“What is it?” she asks.
“I know I’m totally wasted and probably talking shit, but meeting you has changed everything. You make me feel, I don’t know, worthy of you or something. Nothing means more to me than you, Corrie. I love you so much.”
A small breath escapes her lips. She’s watching me closely, searching my eyes for something she’s missed, something lost. Doubt washes through me and the thought of the next sentence ever becoming a reality burns a huge gaping hole in my chest.
“Don’t leave me,” I say, my mouth against her ear.
I hold her close again and she rests her head on my shoulder. My eyes get lost in the haze of smoke and mirrors and I know for sure that the time’s finally come. I can’t keep the truth from her any longer. I owe her that much.