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April 6, 2016

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Let Me See
Hundreds of scars in need of hiding… Click to buy.

by Madeline Iva

He suffers the judgement of others…because of the choices he’s made in life.   

Hello my lovely readers! Carlene Love is with us today.  She’s got a moody guest post all about her intriguing and scorchy-hot new hero from her latest series.  Two words: male stripper.

Here’s Carlene on her latest hero:

There is a character in my mind, a character I want you to see.  He is my inspiration for the second book in my new series. He’s why I write what I write. He’s who I *have* to write about.


Dark. So dark they don’t match anything else about him.

His smile is much, much brighter than mine. Pearly. Mine are not. In fact, mine are crooked. But whenever I smile—it makes him smile, too. His smile creeps up his face. Adding those lines, which make me feel slightly better about the ones lining my face. Everyone loves his smile.

But it doesn’t compare to his eyes.

His eyes make me anxious. I think he is fully aware of this. He has a brilliant mind. His eyes betray little about him, but this secret of his, that he is incredibly intelligent, they shout it from the rooftops. He is not shy. His eyes hold trust when they look at me. I won’t ever break that.

The darkness I am describing has nothing to do with color.


I am at the same time completely sure of, and yet not sure at all, of his intentions.

With one generous, searching look, he’s figuring you out. Not just you, but the intricacies of the world and all its wonders. Do you need his help? Can you handle yourself? Will you accept him? Can he trust you? Can you be friends?

They are too dark. His eyes.

Maybe I’m wrong. About some things, when it comes to him. No one should ever feel ashamed or alone because of the risks they’ve taken in life.

His eyes don’t make me think of sex. They make me wonder if he is okay. He suffers the judgement of others, all because of the choices he’s made.

His eyes urge me to keep close, to find ways to be there for him.  To not be afraid of the dark.

Interested in reading more? My latest book is LET ME SEE. It’s book two in my latest series: These Three Words.

They were friends turned lovers, but he was too big. Now she's the boss, and he's going to strip just for her tonight.
They were friends turned lovers, but he was too big. Now she’s the boss, and tonight he’s stripping just for her. Yeah. Click to buy RIGHT NOW. 🙂

In closing, I thank the singular Madeline Iva for inviting me to post today. I am grateful for the way she and the other wonderful women of Lady Smut deliver such forward-thinking and fantastic. You all are priceless souls.

I hope the rest of the day is kind to you all!

Thanks Carlene! Readers if you’re looking for more of this brooding hero (and how could you not?) go HERE to Carlene’s website — where you can also find some free reads HERE. (Yay free reads!) Here’s a peek at the first book in her series: STAY FOR ME


  • Post authorCarlene Love

    Someone please pinch me. I just blogged for Lady Smut!

    😉 Good morning, everyone. Clearly I’m honored and happy to be here today. Thank you again, Madeline, and fellow spectacular Lady Smuttresses. xoxoxo

    I’m of the shy sort, but am happy to chat about any and everything. Seriously, anything. Like how I can’t believe my San Diego Padres just had the worst season opener in MLB history. Or how interesting it was hosting a bachelorette party for the first time this past weekend. I said I was shy, right? 😉 So if you have a moment, drop me a note. And have a fabulous day!

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  • Post authorMadeline Iva

    So do tell about this bachelorette party! Did it get out of control (she says with hope in her voice.)

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    • Post authorCarlene Love

      Madeline! Yes!

      About the only thing that went according to plan was that a gentleman showed up in a cowboy outfit right around 9 pm.

      Also, a shout out to Target for happening to have the largest bananas I’ve ever seen on sale earlier that morning. Elizabeth SaFleur would know why those came in handy. 😉

      The rest, well…

      What happens in San Diego, stays in San Diego 😉

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      • Post authorElizabeth SaFleur

        How wonderful to find you here! Oh, yes, those big bananas are important (she wrote with one hand as she grabs her coat to run to Target now). XO

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  • Post authormadeline iva

    You guys…

    Why am I *not* surprised that a guy you hired would show up in a cowboy outfit? ; >

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    • Post authorCarlene Love

      ;-D Lol, well the bachelorette hails from Texas so…. The gentleman was a really nice person, too. He spoke with us afterwards and then we sent him off with snacks and fruit. He had to be up at 5:30 the next morning to go work his day job! I always appreciate learning about people and their points of view. xoxo

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  • Post authorCarlene Love

    Thanks so much for having me today, ladies! Big hugs and kisses, XOXOXO!

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