Writing “The End” is Satisfying and Bittersweet

Finishing a draft fills me with a sense of relief and accomplishment, but a little bit of sadness, too. After months of living in the world of characters in their novel, it’s a sign that it’s over in a way. By that time, I am very invested in their lives so it’s tough to not go back to make small changes, add details–basically move on to the next project.

I finished Dark Muse this weekend. It’s a novella that follows Dark Velvet. By now, I’m fascinated with the characters and story and have already jotted notes for the next novella in the Chateau Seductions series. It’s funny–when I wrote Dark Velvet, I thought it would be one story, a sexy paranormal novella set at a castle on a remote New England island. When I finished the novella, the world and the characters took a hold on me. One of the secondary characters started to reveal herself more to me and I envisioned a sexy new arrival at the art colony who shattered her carefully controlled life at the colony. Much fun to write!

There’s still much polishing of Dark Muse to come–rewrites, critiques, edits, and beta reads–so I’ll still be able to flesh out the details in Dante and Gina’s romance. For a few days, though, I’m hoping to put it aside, give it some breathing space, and focus on something completely different.

Maybe even read a book. 😉

Here’s more about Dark Velvet, the first sexy novella in the Chateau Seductions series.

Dark Velvet

Lisa Carlisle

Chateau Seductions series

darkvelvetGrad student Savannah Evans is thrilled to be accepted as a resident to a prestigious art colony. Where else would she be able to focus on her craft of writing poetry in a setting like that of the medieval-styled castle? The remote New England island is a respite from her hectic city life. When she meets her benefactor, a mysterious French sculptor, her expectations for carefree days writing near the ocean are distracted by unprofessional fantasies about her sponsor.

Antoine Chevalier built Les Beaux Arts on DeRoche Island to bring purpose back to an existence that has lost meaning. He’s wandered the earth for decades and finds solace in returning to art. When Savannah applies for a residency, something about her words touches him. After her arrival, a physical attraction grows between them, which he struggles against. She deserves more than someone of his kind.

Antoine proposes they become lovers during her stay. But the situation turns complicated when Savannah discovers his secret. She had suspicions about his identity, but finds the truth overwhelming. Consumed by her desire for Antoine and faced with a tough decision, she is blind to the danger that has arrived at DeRoche Island.

New adult / paranormal / erotic romance

Recent reviews:
“Looking for a sexy vampire novel? If so, then this is definitely a must buy!” 

“Sexy, dark, full of intrigue, art, and paranormal sexiness, Dark Velvet has it all in one hot package!” 

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