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.
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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!!
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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.
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.