Spotlight & Giveaway: One Cut Deeper by Joely Sue Burkhart

Posted May 21st, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 39 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Joely Sue Burkhart to HJ!


Hi Joely and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, One Cut Deeper!

One Cut DeeperI don’t know how or when the idea wormed its way into my head, but a couple of years ago I got the idea of writing something like a horror romance. I don’t mean blood and guts horror, but something scary. Maybe even with an anti-hero like Riddick from Pitch Black. Maybe even…
A killer.
But I still wanted the story to be solidly romance.
Was that even possible?
That’s the idea behind my Carina Press release, One Cut Deeper. I wanted all the wonderful things from romance that I love, like emotional conflicts, heart-wrenching tenderness, spicy sex, and a to-die-for hero. But also elements of horror, like heart-pounding tension, danger, and a deadly hero. Wedded (haha) with a happy ending that puts a smile on your face.
No cop out. No cliff hanger. But a real, committed happy ever after.
It was so much of a challenge, that when Charlie first walked into the story, I really didn’t know he was the dangerous hero I’d been waiting for. He seemed so nice. So normal. Yes, he was a Master, and I knew he was hiding some secrets, but wow, he totally blew me away.
I hope he blows you away too. Even if he does give you a few heart-stopping scary moments.

Read an exclusive excerpt from One Cut Deeper: 

His pants hung open enough to reveal the dark cotton of his briefs and the bulge hidden beneath. He tugged the black T-shirt over his head. He was as lean as I’d suspected, with chiseled muscle that made my mouth water. More chest hair than my previous boyfriends but not so much that I thought of a burly backwoodsman. Both his left shoulder and pec bore ink. From the eagle, flag and skulls, I guessed some kind of hardcore military background, but I couldn’t concentrate on the design.

A silver ring hung from his left nipple.

I could almost feel that metal between my teeth.

His arms were loose at his sides, his shoulders down and relaxed. Nothing screamed domination and control in his stance.

Until I dragged my gaze up his body to his eyes.

Always his eyes, raging and intense, at odds with his gentle voice and manner. It was why I’d worked so hard at never seeing him, or at least never meeting his gaze fully. Once he’d seen what I really was, I knew I’d never be able to escape. He needed no cuffs or chains or collars to bind me to him. All he needed was that dark, all-consuming need that swallowed me whole and left me crying for more. It took all my concentration to force out one word. “Master.”

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Giveaway: A digital copy of ONE CUT DEEPER + $10 gift card to the ebook Retailer of the winner’s choice.


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Book Info: 

Her needs are dark. His are dangerous.

Charlie MacNiall has been bringing his beautiful king shepherd to the vet clinic where Ranay Killian works for the better part of a year. She doesn’t realize he’s been slowly wooing her. She certainly has no idea that he picked her deliberately—that she is to become his. A broken heart and a desperate desire to be dominated make her the perfect victim.

His perfect victim.

Charlie fixes Ranay, testing her emotional limits while pushing her sexual boundaries past anything she’d imagined possible. Pain is their shared pleasure…until Charlie disappears and Ranay is all but destroyed.

The FBI says the man she loves is a serial killer. Ranay can’t deny there’s a darkness in Charlie, a monstrous hunger that drives him to the brink. She even believes he could kill. But Charlie’s hunger is what bonds them—it’s the foundation of their love. Would he actually kill her?

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Meet the Author:

Joely Sue BurkhartJoely Sue Burkhart has always loved heroes who hide behind a mask, the darker and more dangerous the better. Whether cool, sophisticated billionaire, brutal bloodthirsty assassin, or simply a man tortured by his own needs, they all wear masks to protect themselves. Once they finally give you a peek into the passionate, twisted secrets they’re hiding, they always fall hard and fast. Dare to look beneath the mask with delicious BDSM in a wide variety of genres!

Visit Joely at her website, as well as Twitter and Facebook. Her upcoming releases include The Billionaire Grinch November 2015 and the second book in A Killer Need series: Two Cuts Darker in February 2016.





39 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: One Cut Deeper by Joely Sue Burkhart”

  1. Janie McGaugh

    Not really. I do read a lot of PNR and urban fantasy, so they often have scary parts, but I wouldn’t, in general, call the books scary.

  2. erinf1

    I went through a Dean Koontz phase and read pretty much all his books. They are scary but have great banter and the dog always helps to save the day 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  3. Winnie Lim

    I’ve read lots of romantic suspense but I haven’t read any really scary ones. Not sure if the ones written by Linda Howard are considered scary.

  4. Amanda Brown

    I haven’t read any scary romances and they arent really my thing, I’m much more of the happy endings kind of gal

  5. dutcheja

    I just finished The Liar by Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown has recently been writing more suspenseful romances, Kay Hooper, The Search by Nora Roberts, Suzanne Brockmann….

  6. Joely Sue Burkhart

    Thank you so much for having me! I will keep searching for “scary” romances. I do read a lot of thrillers and suspense, but the romance is usually secondary to the fright factor. I’m greedy – I want both!

  7. Jenny Dauksa Schaber

    I’ve read dark, but I don’t know about “scary”. I’ve read a few that really messed with my head.
    Malevolent by Cassia Brightmore
    Bang and Echo by E.K. Blair

  8. Lori P

    I’ve read dark and suspenseful romances, but not scary. Looking forward to reading this one. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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