Title: Darling Dark
Author: Natalie Bennett
Series: Infernal Regions Book 1
Genre: Dark Fantasy Paranormal
Release Date: Nov 25 2016
Edition/Formats: 1st Edition ~ eBook & Print
It started with a cruel twist of fate.
Trapped in a dark world inhabited by savages and ruled by the corrupted––Duvessa finds herself bound to a tyrant. Day in and day out she bears witness to just how cold and vicious her husband-to-be truly is His iron fist rule strikes fear in the masses.
Reyes is ruthless and volatile –he incites both fear and inexplicable passion among those in his wake. Just as her feelings for the seductively cruel Reyes begin to grow, she learns nothing is as it appears to be. With already so much to fear, could there be something darker, more sinister lying in wait? Will Reyes dark secrets tear them apart?
A raw, dark, suspenseful story. Full of sex, lies, possessive males, and strong heroines. Contains explicit content that may not be suitable for all readers, if dark undertones and material bother you, please do not purchase.
She wasn’t sure how long she hobbled before she couldn’t walk anymore, her legs refused to hold up the rest of her. The pain was radiating through her whole body now and getting stronger. She refused to give up and sit there pathetically waiting to be found by the wrong person. So, she started to crawl, digging her hands into the soft wet dirt of the forest floor and pulling herself along.
She had never felt so small and weak; her vision became obscured by the tears streaming down her face. Was she dying? No, she was not going to wilt away like a flower naked in the middle of the woods. She continued to push herself, her breathing grew heavy, and her skin had a fine layer of sweat mixed with the dirt smeared on her body and caked beneath her nails.
With no choice but to stop, to try and get her breathing under control, she sat on her knees with her forehead to the ground, like a curled up armadillo.
She learned in that moment––death is an unfair opponent. It has zero tact and little consideration of timing. In short, death is a fucking asshole.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Darling Dark is my debut, and only handfuls have read it before its release. But, what I have heard from them is very encouraging. The story is unique and they love the characters I've created.
What do you think makes a good story?
This could have a million answers but in my opinion, a good story has a plot that makes sense and characters that make you think they're real, whether you love or hate them.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
When I was little I swore I was going to be a veterinarian. My love for animals hasn't changed, but my life has gone a down a different path and I don't regret that.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
If a reader was going to take away any kind of message from my novel, it would have to be that sometimes doing the right thing is hard, but it is always the right thing to do.
What books have most influenced your life?
Steven Pressfield's War Of Art helped me become a much more disciplined writer. Teresa Deny's The Silver Devil is my all time favorite book, I've read it a dozen times and it's where my inspiration came from.
What are your current projects?
The second book (Darling Devastation) that follows Darling Dark will be released 1.26.17 with the third following in the spring. I have work in progress that will be the start of a new series that centers around a new unique world. The heroines name is the title of the book, Orabelle.
What was the hardest part of writing Darling Dark?
I knew this book was not going to be puppies and kittens. Sometimes I wondered if I was crossing to many lines.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
My advice to other writers is to write the story you want to tell. Don't think you have to write just like anyone else, your story is your story and only you can tell it the way you want it told.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
. Readers are the ones that make writers continue to write. To anyone that reads my book(s). I hope you enjoy them as much I enjoyed writing them.
What’s next for you after your current project is complete?
After my current project is complete I'll just move on to the next one. When I started the Infernal Regions series I knew that I didn't want to be someone that released the next book years after the first.
Natalie was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. She grew up with 3 brothers, a love for animals, and an even bigger love for books. She now lives in Florida, with her husband, their boys and a pit-bull named Lulu who thinks she's a lapdog.
Sarcastic- sometimes a tad vulgar, wife, mother, and always willing to be a friend. She knew she wanted to be a writer ever since taking the writing portion of the OAT test in elementary school. Steven Pressfield's-War of Art, and Teresa Deny's-The Silver Devil, played a big role in her start to writing. Natalie loves all dark reads. Everything from romantic suspense, to erotic horror.
Her own stories tend to push the boundaries of what is deemed acceptable. She writes things not everyone will find appealing or care for, and that's okay with her because not everyone likes the same things. Her debut book is Darling Dark, it is the first book in her Infernal Regions series.
When she's not writing or procrastinating, she spends her time with her family.