When I was approached by K.S.Hunter, an international bestselling author whose identity will remain a secret, to see if I’d like to read Just One Time I was intrigued. Then when fellow blogger and friend Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources set up the blog tour I knew I had to be involved. Although I haven’t had chance to read Just One Time yet, it’s very firmly on my TBR and I have a brilliant guest post to share with you today.
Published on 7th December 2017 Just One Time is available for pre-order from Amazon UK.
Just One Time
Desire can have dire consequences
Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.
She is irresistible
Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.
What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.
She is insatiable
Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.
She is unstoppable
Of course, once won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.
A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion.
Getting the Balance Right
A Guest Post by K.S.Hunter
I was sitting in a theatre in London. The play I was about to see was called Let the Right One In. I stood up to let a couple pass me. I sat down again. The lights were dim. I remembered I hadn’t switched off my phone, which I’d placed on my lap, but when I reached for it, it wasn’t there any more.
After a slight panic, I realised it must have fallen on the floor when I stood up. A moment later, I was on my hands and knees, trying to find it in a pitch-black space. The woman who was sitting next to me asked what was wrong. “I’ve dropped my phone,” I said, looking up at her, not realising she would become the femme fatale in my next novel two years later.
“What’s your number?” she asked. “I’ll call it for you.” And I gave her my number without any hesitation.
It was at that moment, on my hands and knees, that I saw the beginnings of a story. A series of what-ifs entered my mind. What if she contacted me that evening? What if she found a way into my life and then wouldn’t get out of it again?
I knew erotic fiction was popular and I knew I had a story that could be steamy. I immediately thought of Fatal Attraction and everything that made it work as a story of obsession. One thing it has is a fairly graphic sex scene. I skimmed a few pages of some erotic fiction to find out how far explicit descriptions went nowadays and I was surprised to discover just how graphic they were.
I had the majority of my plot and began writing, but then I realised I was essentially a crime fiction author. How graphic do I make this? I asked myself. Very, was the answer I came up with. After all, E.L. James wasn’t exactly shy. I wrote, edited, rewrote, edited. I laughed at some of the things I wrote. I can’t include that, I said. Ultimately, some things made it, some things didn’t. I decided to rock the boat, but I didn’t want to sink it.
There are a handful of sex scenes in Just One Time, but I knew from the outset that there had to be one major scene – the film Basic Instinct came to mind: all the build-up and then a full meal of a scene (I believe it was called The Fuck of the Century by reviewers). I got to that point in the novel, the point when Nina tells David that she will get out of his life forever, if he sleeps with her just one time. And I knew it had to be my Basic Instinct moment.
It had to be graphic and I couldn’t shy away from the kind of language that would make it even more shocking. Shock comes in two ways: the actions and the language that’s used to describe them, and I utilised both.
The final act of Just One Time contains what I hope is something that readers have never experienced before. I had to find a balance between how to describe it and which words to use that would intensify its impact. I wanted readers to cringe, to go Wow, to feel a gut punch. I wanted them to feel what my characters felt.
As a crime fiction author, I am used to writing thrillers. I try to make my books exciting, but that excitement comes from pace that hopefully rattles along at speed. Excitement in Just One Time, which I’m calling a steamy psychological thriller, in part comes from the pace, because I am the same writer even though I’m using a different name, but it also comes from the erotic elements. The book should, at times, titillate, but there’s a delicate balance between the thrills of the erotic and the thrills of the thriller.
Have I got the balance right? Is there even such a thing as a ‘right’ balance? I think the vast majority of readers today are ready to embrace anything, so long as the characters and story are worth investing their time in.
About K.S. Hunter
K.S. Hunter is the pseudonym of an international bestselling author. The identity of the author, who lives in the United Kingdom, will remain a mystery.
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