A mutual friend introduced Rebecca and I. I think her books sound unique and I love the anthology she’s in.
Here’s a little about her:
Rebecca Rathe has lived in a fantasy world for as long as she’s been alive. Her nose constantly stuck in a book, the characters and conflicts came alive and felt so real that Rebecca probably had more fictional friends than live ones when she was growing up.
If she wasn’t reading, she was coming up with her own stories. It took a lifetime to get brave enough to share one of them with the world. Publishing a novel has been a lifelong dream that is finally coming true.
When Rebecca isn’t daydreaming about her next story or obsessing over edits, she likes goofing off with her husband, two young sons, and real-life best friend Anne. Her ultimate goal in life is to not take things too seriously, to handle whatever comes with humor and kindness.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a neurotic, neurodivergent, LGBT+ mother of two crazy boys! Motherhood has defined my last seven years, but before that I did ghostwriting and wrote web content and sang in a local cover band.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
My entire life. It’s literally a childhood dream come true!
What genres do you like to read? Are these the same genres you write in?
I’ll read just about anything fiction, from YA to the spiciest dark stories. I prefer romance, but I’ll read outside the genre, especially a psychological thriller. My favorites are why choose romances and dark romance, and those are the genres that I’ve written in so far.
Is your book for adults, young adults or children?
Definitely for adults!
What is your current release or project?
I just released a very dark, paranormal, why choose romance that centers around an ostracized succubus on the run from an elite team of demons- it’s called Revelations.
Tell us about the key characters
Deianira Steele (aka Diya) is the main female character- she’s strong and badass, snarky and brave, but also has this vulnerability about her. The men are part of an elite special forces team from the realm of Leosh (which is, for all intents and purposes, Hell). They are elite demons. Adram is the leader, he’s aloof and controlling. Rett is his muscle and the one that does the majority of the interrogating. Tobi is normally calm and collected, but goes through a lot of changes when Diya comes into the picture. Eli is sarcastic and sadistic, a true bad guy to his core.
What is your blurb or synopsis of the book?
Diya Steele, born of violence and condemned to the prejudice of heaven and hell alike, wanders the earth consumed by fear. Fear of the realms determined to kill her, and fear she will hurt innocents if she ever loses control.
The Dzhavo, a fearsome team of elite demons, are ordered to capture Diya and bring her in to face the Legion. Instead, they keep her for themselves, determined to get answers from her by any means necessary. Fighting through their lust with brutality, they discover nothing is as it seems.
With Earth caught in the crosshairs of a war between realms, Diya and the Dzhavo must find a way to work together to save the world.
How far will Diya go to save the worlds that branded her as an abomination? Will the Dzhavo be able to overcome the lies they’ve been told and trust the one person that might save them all?
Is a relationship built on fear and desire strong enough to keep them fighting for each other, or will their prejudices keep them from stopping the evil that threatens the world as they know it?
Here’s an excerpt
My dirty little secret. My curse. The reason why everyone, even the most monstrous of demons, hates and fears me.
I take to live. I lure people in and suck them dry.
My life depends on siphoning the life force of others through lust and sexual release. Just like humans need to eat to live, I need to feed in other ways. I also need to eat, but it would take me a very long time to starve to death.
Skimming lust off unsuspecting perverts wanking off in a dark booth behind a Plexiglas window doesn’t hurt them, at most it might make them feel tired. It kept me alive, but I still hated myself for it. And when it wasn’t enough and I lost control, people died. People that might be innocent. Although I did my best to redirect my energy to “bad” crowds, I still hated myself for needing to do it.
Do you have a favorite scene?
I think my favorite scene would have to be the scene where Diya gets fed up with Eli (who she considers the worst of the men and is the most sadistic) and finally stands up and asserts her power over him. She brings him to his knees, literally, and it’s delicious.
What advice would you give a beginner?
Have patience with yourself, and a thick skin. You can’t please everyone, so write what you want to write and enjoy it.
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