Where do I get my ideas? The story behind my latest re-release, Owned by the Night

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I’m so excited that Owned by the Night, my erotic paranormal romance has been re-released with Totally Bound! It’s available from the Totally Bound site, Amazon or all good online bookstores for 99p/99c. A real bargain for such a steamy book 😉

In honor of the re-release I thought I’d share where I got the idea for this story.

One of the questions I get asked a lot is: where do you get your ideas from? It’s not an easy question for a writer to answer. Ideas come from everywhere – everyday things, news, movies, books, something someone said to me…

I tend to get a lot of story ideas, specifically “moods” of books, from music.

Owned by the Night is no exception. Actually, this story has a clear correlation to a specific song.

And that song is…Closer by the Kings of Leon. In case you’ve never heard the song, I’ve linked to a video on YouTube below.

Here are the lyrics:

“Closer”

Stranded in this spooky town
Stoplights are swaying and the phone lines are down
Floor is crackling cold
She took my heart, I think she took my soul
With the moon I run
Far from the carnage of the fiery sun

Driven by the strangle of vein
Showing no mercy I’d do it again
Open up your eyes
You keep on crying, baby I’ll bleed you dry
Skies are blinking at me
I see a storm bubbling up from the sea

And it’s coming closer
And it’s coming closer

You shimmy-shook my bone
Leaving me stranded all in love on my own
Do you think of me?
Where am I now, baby where do I sleep?
Feels so good but I’m old
2000 years of chasing taking its toll

And it’s coming closer
And it’s coming closer
And it’s coming closer
And it’s coming closer

I get such a dark vibe from this song. Always have done. I think I had it on repeat the whole time I was writing the story.

 

 

Listening to the lyrics, I came up with Kyrian and Allgera. A female vampire turning a male, one she thinks she can control, but ultimately ends up running from. Eventually, after thousands of years, he catches up to her and she finally gives into her desire to be with him.

 

 

Ohhh, think I just gave myself goosebumps 🙂 The story itself was originally called Closer but my lovely editor decided to go for something a bit more suited to the storyline. And thank god for that!

 

 

Owned by the Night is sexy and dark and full of possession and fangs. I’m so glad it’s out

in the world again.

 

I really enjoyed sharing where I get specific ideas for my stories. If you liked this post, and would like to know more about where I get my ideas, post a comment below.
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Enslaving Dana – 5 out of 5 stars!

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I’ve been offline for a month or so due to moving house and having no internet connection *sobs* but coming back online had some wonderful news from Night Owl Reviews – Enslaving Dana got 5/5 stars! It’s a TOP PICK!

Review:

“Scarlett Sanderson is one of my favorite Erotic/BDSM writers. “Enslaving Dana” is the third book in the Mission Pleasure series, and I absolutely loved it!”

https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Reviews/Sandiebuck-reviews-Enslaving-Dana-by-Scarlett-Sanderson

 

I’m sooooo happy! Thank you so much, Sandie 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed Dana and Bastien’s story.

99c SALE for CLAIMING RUBY (and another awesome review)

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Claiming Ruby, the first book in the BDSM Mission Pleasure series is now on sale at 99c! You can purchase a copy from Amazon. Or you can read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Ruby has a secret. Beneath her prissy exterior lies a submissive in desperate need of a Master. After her past disastrous attempt at exploring her fantasies, she buried her cravings deep and told herself she’d be fine without giving in to them. Then she meets Joshua. He’s everything she’s ever fantasized about—and everything she’s feared.

Joshua didn’t start out wealthy—he’s an ex-marine who made his fortune after seeing his fair share of war. His wealth and lavish lifestyle are nothing next to his driving need to claim Ruby for his own. He’d give up everything to collar her for a lifetime, and he’ll have to use every sinful dominant trick he knows to make her let him in.

Inside Scoop: This book features a hero who knows what his submissive needs, whether it’s being tied up or being taken in public with the assistance of two other hot marines. Please note this book was previously published by Ellora’s Cave.

Knotty Girl Reviews has given Claiming Ruby 5/5 flaming stars!

I’m once again floored by how much I just love her stories, and I really enjoyed this one!

You can read the full review here. Thanks so much, Sandie! 🙂

If you love Claiming Ruby, the second instalment of the Mission Pleasure series, Taming Nora is also available!

A sexy, dominant CIA spy. A submissive ballistics expert. One unforgettable assignment.

#SatSpanks – Claiming Ruby

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I’m taking part in the #SatSpanks hashtag today and sharing a spanking snippet from Claiming Ruby...

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“Such a pretty ass.” He massaged her cheeks, his large hand warm against her skin.

He pinched the flesh and she yelped. The first sting of pain after years of nothing sent endorphins racing through her blood.

“Like that?” His husky tone betrayed his calm exterior.

A feminine thrill ran through her. She might not be model material but Joshua obviously found her attractive. She nodded. “Mmmm.”

“Good.”

The heavy thwack startled her. She hadn’t thought he’d start off so hard.

She blinked back tears. She would not cry.

“Such a fuckable ass. You should see how you’re blushing for me. So pink and pretty.” He soothed her heated cheeks by continuing the circular massaging motion. It eased the ache and calmed her nerves, gave her time to recover. “Do you want more, Ruby?”

She nodded, unable to do anything else. Pain gave way to intense pleasure. Her clit throbbed. She was so wet. Her breasts hung heavy and full.

“Ask me for more.” He dipped his fingers lower, stroked the seam of her slit.

“Please, please spank me again,” she begged in a whisper.

 

“You_re so beautiful. You_re flushing a gorgeous shade of red. Every Dominant in the club wants to fuck you tonight but you belong to me. I_m the only one fucking this pussy.”

 

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TOP PICK for Wicked Game from The Romance Reviews

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Thanks so much to Knotty Reviewer of The Romance Reviews for the 5 star review of Wicked Game! I’m so happy  🙂

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Review:

WICKED GAME is a BDSM erotic romance, a genre in which Scarlett Sanderson excels. I have always enjoyed her books, her scenes are hot enough to fry an egg on! And her characters are down to earth, everyday people who just happen to like a side of kink in their sex lives. – See more at: http://erotic.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=24126#sthash.ggXjzHmI.dpuf

Wicked Game is available from Amazon and also on Kindle Unlimited!

Movies that shaped me as a writer

I finally convinced Mister Scarlett to come and see a Fast & Furious movie with me. Over the past few weeks he’s caught up on the movies I’ve been watching religiously for the last 16 years (he really enjoyed Fast 7 and Fast 8 by the way). It got me thinking, movies have always played an important part in my life. Looking back they have even shaped the kind of writer I am (and will probably continue to do so).

They are in chronological order of when I remember seeing them – so the movie I remember seeing first will be number one. There are many, many movies that I love – Star Wars (I’m actually a real Star Wars geek!), Goodfellas, Godfather, Gladiator, Blade, Fargo, anything from Marvel…the list goes on, but I’ve been really selective.

So here goes…the movies that have shaped me as a writer.

Highlander (1986)

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I was fairly young when I first saw Highlander, probably about 10 years old. Was I a bit young? Maybe. But this movie has always stayed with me and is still one of my favourites.

From the first time I saw Christopher Lambert having the epic sword fight in the parking garage at the opening of the movie, I was hooked.

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Sword fights. Historical flashbacks. Witty dialogue. A cool soundtrack. A handsome hero with a really sexy accent. And a love story. What’s not to like?

This is the first movie I can remember seeing as a kid. Unconventional, right? It stayed with me because of the witty dialogue but also the love story. This immortal man is doomed to a continual cycle of love and loss. He has to watch all of his lovers die as they age and he stays young. Until he finds one woman he’s willing to give up his immortality for. Powerful stuff.

Sabrina Fair (1954)

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Going old school with this one.

In my early teens I fell in love with Sabrina. Actually I had a period where I adored Audrey Hepburn. She’s stunning in this. It’s a perfect ugly ducking to swan story.

Poor plain teenage Sabrina moons over David, good looking younger son of the household her father works for. He barely notices her but she watches him seduce many woman from the comfort of a tree. Sabrina goes away to Paris to a cooking school and comes back a chic, beautiful young woman with every intention of getting her hands on David. The only problem is he’s engaged. In steps David’s older brother Linus – the more serious,workaholic older brother. Linus’ intention is to seduce Sabrina away from David and send her away with a generous monetary donation, but in the process Linus falls for Sabrina…

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I think initially, I fell in love with the epic dress Audrey Hepburn wears.sabrina dress

But this is ultimately a story about change. What Sabrina thought she wanted as a teenager completely changes by the time she’s a woman. Even though she doesn’t realise it at first.

It’s a love story about redemption – for Sabrina and Linus. I love the character of Linus – focused, determined, a little gruff and serious, not smooth and charming like his brother. These are the kind of characters I am still drawn to (and tend to write about).

Labyrinth (1986)

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In my opinion, one of the greatest movies ever made *grins*

I had my first sexual fantasy about Jareth the goblin King. I mean look…just look how pretty and sexual he is…

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The intensity of his feelings for Sarah could be thought of as a little creepy, stalkerish even, but I wanted that intensity. I wanted someone to move time and space for me. Now I’m older and I know that’s not entirely possible, I still try and work some of that intensity into my books. I create men who would do anything to get their woman.

And honestly, who wouldn’t fall to their knees when Jareth says this line:

“I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave.” 

*shivers*

Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Seriously, I hear you cry? Yep. Silence of the Lambs is still one of the creepiest psychological thrillers around. It brings to life two of the greatest fictional characters ever created – Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling.

The tension between the two every time they are on screen is electric. Although he’s a serial killer, a cannibal, he’s extremely charming. You never know whether he’s going to eat you or engage in a brilliant conversation. It’s that level of ambiguity I try to include in some of my darker characters.

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From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) /Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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The first guy that seriously got my panties in a twist was George Clooney as Seth Gecko. I saw this movie on my Aunt’s tv when I went to the US for the first time in 1996. I was sick, away from home and my parents, and for some reason I got access to this on cable. It blew my mind.

Horror, comedy, violence, amazing snappy dialogue and Seth fucking Gecko. This is probably where my obsession with anti-heroes began. For a time I believed I was attracted to good old George, but thinking back, it was actually Seth I wanted to get my panties off for.

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Tattoos, guns, waistcoat (even now I still find a well tailored waistcoat extremely hot on a man), the ambiguity of whether you were supposed to hate him because he’s a criminal or fuck him because he’s super hot and does the right thing in the end.

Anyhow…moving on swiftly…

This movie also introduced to me to Quentin Tarantino. Creative genius and god. He played creepy Richie Gecko so damned well.  After watching Reservoir Dogs, I had a creative crush on Quentin. I wanted to get inside his mind, root around and discover how he came up with the all the nuances of  his movies and the damned amazing dialogue.

Even now I still have a creative crush on Mr. Tarantino.

Pitch Black (2000)

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Still one of the best horror sci-fi movies around. When I first saw this, I never expected it to go in the direction it did. And for a low budget film, it was very well made.

Why is this on my list? Because of the character Riddick.

Another ambiguous anti-hero male (are you seeing a pattern here?!). And yes, as with Seth Gecko, Riddick did funny things to my hormones.

Was he a killer? Yes. Did he like to kill? Maybe. Did he kill women and children? No. Did he actually prove himself to be a saviour despite the way they’d all treated him? Yes.

I find the anti-hero thing extremely attractive in any characters – on screen or in books. I like a bad boy with a streak of integrity running through them. Again, I try to use that in some of my own stories.

Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)

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This is probably my all time favourite movie (I know it’s a trilogy but they are all tied in first place as I can’t choose between them).

It has everything – beautiful story telling, great characters (thank you, Tolkien!), and the ability to sucker punch me in the gut every damn time I watch them (thank you, Peter Jackson). The embody friendship, family and love; good over evil; hope over despair.

As a writer those are powerful themes to use, but the reason I’ve included these movies is more practical.

I’ve always been a writer as such, but when these movies came out I got back into writing seriously. I wrote LOTR fan-fiction and published it online. I had some success, won awards. It helped me work the writing muscle, it helped me improve and also allowed me to do what I do today.

Secretary (2002)

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As I’ve gotten older I’ve realised my sexual taste lie more on the kinky spectrum. Vanilla just won’t cut it. I’d always written very hot sex scenes but after seeing this movie on a recommendation, I knew I wanted to write about kink.

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Who doesn’t find being spanked hot? Maybe I’m projecting a little…*smiles*

But Secretary is, at its heart, a story about two damaged people finding love through kink. It works. It’s not creepy or abusive. It works for them. It makes them happy. I hate that BDSM gets such a bad name in mainstream press.

Although my stories started out as very hot romances, they’ve moved on into the erotic romance territory. They almost always contain BDSM and ALWAYS have hot ambiguous male heroes.

So there is my list. What are some of the movies that have shaped you? Or just some of your favourite movies?