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Don't miss Jake's Redemption: The Angel Eyes Series Prequel by Jamie Schulz

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An imprisoned cowboy. An empowered woman. When true love is forbidden, opening their hearts could destroy them both…

Chained and enslaved, Jake Nichols is convinced he’ll die alone. In this new order where men are stripped of all power, he endures brutal torture at the hands of his female captor. But when he’s hired out to build a ranch home for an outspoken beauty, his dreams of escape transform into visions of passion. Monica Avery struggles to fill her heart in a loveless society. With marriage outlawed and romantic partners reduced to pawns, she’s given up hope of finding her soul mate. But watching the rugged rancher hard at work on her shelter awakens deeply buried desires. As the project comes together, Monica discovers a kindred spirit in the tenderhearted Jake. But despite their growing attraction, he still belongs to a cruel woman who'd rather see him dead than free. Can Monica save Jake, or will their love lead to a tragic tomorrow? Jake’s Redemption is a full-length book in the Angel Eyes cowboy dystopian romance series. If you like scorching-hot chemistry, clever post-apocalyptic worlds, and star-crossed love stories, then you’ll adore Jamie Schulz’s captivating tale. Buy Jake's Redemption today to see if love can brighten a dark world!

Jamie Schulz

Jamie Schulz lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family, her husband, and their fur babies. Writing has always been a big part of her life, and she hopes to one day reach the best sellers lists. Cowboys, ice cream, and reading almost any kind of romance are among her (not so) secret loves. To her, every one of her stories, no matter how dark, must have a happy ending, and she strives to make them impossible to put down until you get there. She balances her free time between reading her favorite romance authors—in genres ranging from erotica and dark romance to sweet historicals and contemporary romance—and spending time with her family.

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  • Writer's pictureDevon McKay

Why must we torture our characters?

I’m drawn to characters with flaws. The more troubled, the more I’m intrigued. Hand me a story with a rough and tough guy booking down the road of self-destruction and I’m hooked. Add a stubborn, emotionally damaged damsel in distress and I won’t be able to put the book down until I’ve read the last page.

What is the lure? Why do I prefer reading books that harbor a tortured soul over a character without flaws? The answer comes easy. Perfect is boring, and quite frankly, unrealistic. We are human after all. Emotions often overrule control and common sense. It’s in our makeup. I’d much rather lose myself into the chaos of a life frayed and join the ranks of other readers cheering the character on as they develop, grow, and learn from their mistakes.

Another great tip I’ve gained as a writer is to add a good dose of torment. Torture your characters. I know it sounds awful. Why would any author want to put their beloved characters through mental or physical trauma? For starters, it makes for a more interesting read. Who wants to dive into a story where you can’t relate or connect to the characters? The more anguish a character endures, the more a reader becomes invested and is less likely to quit reading.

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