Spotlight & Giveaway: Credence by Penelope Douglas

Posted January 13th, 2020 by in Blog, Spotlight / 97 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Penelope Douglas to HJ!

Hi Penelope  and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Credence!


To start off, can you please tell us a little bit about this book?:

Credence is a new adult romance about a young woman who is sent to live with her step-uncle and his sons in the mountains of Colorado after her parents pass away. I’ve changed up my setting with his one, delving into the romance of the wilderness, wintertime, and three heroes with their own stories and intrigues. It’s been a challenging project for me, but it’s been so worth it.

Please share your favorite lines or quote(s) from this book:

“Snowfall isn’t like rainfall. Rain is passion. It’s a scream. It’s my hair sticking to my face as I wrap my arms around him. It’s spontaneous, and it’s loud.
Snowfall is like a secret. It’s whispers and firelight and searching for his warmth between the sheets at two a.m. when the rest of the house is asleep.
It’s holding him tightly and loving him slowly.”


What inspired this book?

I find that I love forbidden-type relationships lately. Not only does the synopsis imply that all three men are connecting to her and interested in her, but these men are relations by marriage, which poses its own level of challenges, too. This story takes place in a remote location, and I loved the idea of making this atmospheric and making the readers feel they are hidden away with the characters. I wanted a story setting and plot where you’re in a situation where you can make your own rules and characters that you can see yourself in.


How did you ‘get to know’ your main characters? Did they ever surprise you?

I mostly get to know the characters through writing them. Starting a book is the hardest time for me, because I don’t know my characters very well, I haven’t been in their heads, and everything is unfamiliar. Over time, it gets so much easier. I think Noah surprised me the most, though. He turned out to be more poignant and wise than I anticipated, and he tried to derail me from my outline several times lol. I love him more than I thought I would.


What was your favorite scene to write?

My favorite scenes to write are usually the action scenes or fight scenes. My characters argue a lot. I love raw emotion and intense confrontations, so those are featured a lot in my books. I can’t post my favorite, because it’s a spoiler, but here’s a snippet of one I did love writing!

“Do you feel this?” he growls over my lips as he pushes me forward into the sink. The thick, hard ridge of his cock nudges my ass, and I groan. “This is what you’re doing to me. It’s not right. Instead of pile-driving the hot tits and ass I came home with, I’m sitting down here, trying to talk myself out of going into your room and giving the teenage piece of ass living in my house a long kiss goodnight.”
My clit throbs, and I shift on my feet, feeling the slickness between my legs.
“And do I take off my panties for that?” I breathe out.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

That is most definitely a spoiler, but…I will tell you the hardest scenes for me are always the intimacy scenes, so that will give you a hint. The hardest one you’ll know when you read it.

As a reader, I tend to skip sex scenes when I know for sure they’re going to have sex. I’ll read their first time together, but after that it becomes redundent to me. I already experienced this with them, I don’t need to see it again. For this reason, I always try to keep the reader on the hook of whether or not the sex will actually happen each time, because I worry–like me–they’ll skim if they are certain sex is going down in that scene. There’s talking, foreplay, and yes, actual arguing, leading up to and happening during the intamacy scenes. Lol. The story dosn’t stop, and one scene in particular was about to turn my hair gray from the stress of writing it!


Would you say this book showcases your writing style or is it a departure for you?

It’s absolutely something different for me. I hope the style of the writing is the same, but the plotting is different. I normally favor much simpler relationships and high school angst and shenanigans, and this book is four main characters as opposed to two, all of them dynamic and tortured in their own way.


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

As always, I want them to question their perceptions of the world. I have so many readers over the years who say “I never would’ve read something like this, but I’m so glad I did.” “You changed my palate.” “I read reviews, and I was scared off from reading this, but I’m glad I gave it a shot.” I want to see us all broaden our viewpoints, and most of all, I want them to travel with Kaleb, Noah, Tiernan, and Jake and escape to the peak and enjoy the quiet, winter nights I wrote! 😉


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned?

I’m currently working on Nightfall (Devil’s Night #4). That should be my next release. After that, I have Motel (stand-alone), Falls Boys (Fall Away Spin-Off #1), and a F/F stand-alone in the pipe. Big year for me!!


Thanks for blogging at HJ!


Giveaway: One signed paperback copy of Credence by Penelope Douglas


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Book Info:

Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.
And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?
Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore. As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.
And as a part of them.
And she also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.
One of them has her.
The other one wants her.
But he…
He’s going to keep her.
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Meet the Author:

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the stand-alones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), available now.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter.
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97 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Credence by Penelope Douglas”

    • Brooke Allen

      I agree with Penelope Douglas that I personally wouldn’t have read Birthday Girl and once I did I LOVED it. I have a feeling Credence is going to be the same way.

  1. Jennifer Shiflett

    I’m not sure, but I’m definitely intrigued. This is one of my most anticipated reads.

  2. Maruška Hoangová

    One of the Van der Berg men. lol I always thought it would be Jake. The teasers were pushing it that way. Althought I wish it would be Kaleb, But after the interview I’m intrigued by Noah’s character. Can’t wait to find out!

  3. Maruška Hoangová

    One of the Van der Berg men. lol I always thought it would be Jake. That’s the way I saw the teasers pushing it. Although I wished it would be Kaleb. After the interview I’m intrigued by Kaleb’S character. Can’t wait to find out!

    • Maruška Hoangová

      Sorry for the duplicate comment. Now that I think about it. I think it could be RH.

  4. Paige ward

    I have this feeling it’s Jake but I don’t know… is it bad to day All 3? Lol! Cant wait to read and find out!!

  5. Jennifer Marshall

    I really want to read this book. So badly, but I can’t even find a place to pre-order it or purchase it. Is it still coming out tomorrow Jan 14th? Oh, well. I guess I’ll enter the giveaway!

    I have no idea, but I cannot wait to read this one.

  6. Mimi

    I think it’s gonna be Jake but Im secretly hoping it’s Noah. Idk why? I never met these people.

  7. Shelly B

    I’m going to say Jake…no, Noah…possibly Kaleb? Why can’t she end up with all three! Sharing is caring.

  8. Jennifer Beyer

    They are brothers but I can only assume that they are very different men. If they both care about her then I hope it’s the brother that will cherish her as she needs.

  9. Denise Luscan

    Ok. I’m actually 30% and I still have absolutely no clue!! I’m loving this book and I already miss it and can’t wait for her next releases!!!

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