Heroes, antiheroes, and villains, oh my …

Hey everyone,

Today I wanted to talk about *waves wildly at the title of this post* heroes, antiheroes, and villains. Bet you didn’t see that coming, huh? Yeah, that’s what I thought. 😉 Anywho … let’s begin.

Eh-em. When I first began my published writing journey (We don’t acknowledge the before times. If I could get anyway with it I wouldn’t even acknowledge some of my previous books. I like to pretend they don’t exist. heh)

Oops, I got sidetracked.

Where was I? Yes, when I first began my published writing journey I did what I suspect a lot of authors do, they play it safe. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved the characters I developed. Still do. But that was the thing, they were characters that would pretty much be likable by most people. The main characters were what would be considered heroes, or heroines, as the case is in these instances. I contintued down along that path for some time before I got bored, creatively speaking, and I dipped my toes into antihero territory. This was a bit more tricky, but overall went well. People liked these characters even if they kind of didn’t want to like them. Then I waded into what I like to call ‘villain light’ territory. But I still held back. I wanted to push these characters over the line into true villain territory. Yep, I was still playing it safe in some small way.

Aaaand along came Riss Wilde, the MC for the first book in my Wildes on the Hunt trilogy, Halfway Wicked. I didn’t even know she was going to be a villain when I first started writing her, and the next thing I knew, *boom* villain origin story. That’s right, Halfway Wicked is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance narrated by the villain. And readers will get to see her slowly stumble down the path to the darkside. (I think she heard they have cookies.) By the end of the book she is ready to make her villainous debut. *Whoot-whoot*

Finally one of my characters is going to steal some of the villainous fun for herself! 😀

Want to know more about Halfway Wicked? Well, you’re already in the right place since this is my website, but click >HERE< if you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to bother with the menu. The pre-order buy links are already available, and the book goes live August 10th.

Okay, so maybe I didn’t eeeexactly talk about heroes, antiheroes, and villains in the way I may have led you to believe I was going to, but come on, I was just looking for an excuse to say: “Hey! Hey, people! I finally wrote that villain I’ve been wanting to and you all need to know!” Although, I’m a tad worried that ‘once you write villain, you never go back’. Ugh. Guess that’s a problem for another day.

Welp, I guess that’s it for now. I’ve filled you all in aka shouted from the virtual rooftops about my girl Riss Wilde.

Until next time …

I love you guys! (Incase anyone is wondering why I didn’t include any gifs in this post like I usually do … Ummm … WordPress doesn’t seem to want to let me. Did I abuse my privilege or something? *Cries* It’s just not the same without them. My post looks utterly naked and boring. *cries turn to sobs*)

Umm … I forgot?!

There is a long list of things an author shouldn’t do, most of them centering around social media interaction and reviews, etc.

But what about when an author forgets about their own book’s release date? Impossible, you might think. And up until today, I would have agreed.  

You see, yesterday was Nightmare Thief’s release date, book birthday, or whatever you want to call it. Thankfully, it still went live thanks to pre-order, but yeah, I forgot. Kind of. What I mean by that is, well, ummm … I knew Nightmare Thief was scheduled for release April 6th, but I lost track of the days, months really. I thought I had more time to make teasers and to promote. In fact, It seemed like I had a lot of time left before release day.

The next thing I knew, it’s the day after said release date, and it passed without notice from me. *screams*

How? How did this happen? The truth is, I’m not sure. Yes, I’ve had a ton of personal shit going down in my life in the past few weeks. A lot. Because of these things I’ve been depressed, angsty, and a whole bunch of not-fun things. But I’ve managed to keep writing my next books without issue. Of course, writing is an escape, and social media interactions seem oppressive on the best days, so maybe my brain purposely blocked out release day. *shrugs* I guess it doesn’t matter in the end. I’m here now.

Sooo …

Nightmare Thief is LIVE!!! 

(In both ebook & paperback.)

And here are the links:

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Audiobook information will be posted as soon as I have it.

Ummm … I think that’s about it for now. Unless, I forgot something else. Ugh.

Until next time …

Nightmare Thief Cover Reveal & Pre-order

Here it is, the cover for Nightmare Thief !!!

(All this cover awesomeness was done by Lindsay Tiry of LT Arts.)

And the blurb:

If you do bad things for a good reason … are you still a villain?

Remy Novem is the not so ambivalent caretaker of the dreamscape Somniare, the place where all creatures go to dream. Her job is to keep the barriers strong between worlds, so nightmares stay where they belong, and no one ends up dead or worse. Her magic feeds off of terror, sweetened by the little bit of torture she enjoys doling out to unsuspecting dreamers. Nocturnal suffering in exchange for safety, not a bad deal as far as Remy is concerned. But not everyone is pleased with the current status quo.

When a mystery foe starts springing nightmares from Somniare, causing havoc in all the worlds, Remy will find out exactly how wrong she was about … everything.

And the pre-order buttons:

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The ebook edition of Nightmare Thief is on pre-order sale for $0.99.

Audiobook information will be posted as soon as I have it.

Ummm … I think that’s about it for now. This post was to reveal the cover and the cover is revealed. 😉

Until next time …

The Eclipsed is LIVE!!!

Today is the day.

Today is the day


goes LIVE!!!

And shit am I nervous. Even though this is the 25th full-length novel under my belt, it’s the first released under my new pen name Dara Kent. And it’s also my first non-romance novel. This release honestly feels like my first all over again. I want people to read my book, but I also don’t want people to read my book. I just … yeah, I think I might puke. Ugh.

I suppose this is where I should post the buy links. I almost forgot. Probably because a part of me, like I mentioned above, doesn’t want anyone to actually read this book. But I also don’t want people to not read this book. Mmm Hmm … I am a neurotic mess with all of this. I know, I know, it’s pretty obvious.

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Ummm … Yep, again, that’s it for now. I think I might go hide under a rock for a bit.

Until next time …

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The Eclipsed Cover Reveal & Pre-order

Here it is, the cover for The Eclipsed, the first novel by Dara Kent.




(All this cover awesomeness was done by Lindsay Tiry of LT Arts.)

And the blurb:

Eighty-nine is just a number …

A nameless immortal tasked with ensuring fixed points in time. Without fail she’s always done her job, protecting reality.

But Eighty-nine’s world is flipped upside down when a jarring discovery, followed by a loss, causes her to question everything.

With the help of an unlikely ally, Eighty-nine will embark on a journey that will end with one simple choice: To save reality or let it be ripped apart forever.

Maybe it isn’t so simple after all.

And the Pre-order buttons:

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Although, not all the pre-orders have gone live yet. I will update as they do. The ebook & print will both be released on May 12th, so a short few weeks away. The audio book is still in the works so I don’t have a date for that yet. It is coming though.

Ummm …

I guess that’s it for now.

Until next time …

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