Heart of Darkness – Meet Dominic Bright (Contest is now Closed)

Dominic Bright is the hero if my upcoming Heart of Darkness.

Dominic is a witch who’s grown up outclan – or outside the governance of a clan system. He was raised by his foster father after his parents died when he’d been an infant. So when he meets Meriel he’s been stealing magick from the Clan’s font (sort of a well for their magick), she has no idea what she’s in for. He’s the antithesis of what she is. Where she was born and raised live and breathe Clan Owen, he was raised to distrust them all. I loved writing them together on the page!

Here’s a little taste of Dominic and Meriel from November 1st’s HEART OF DARKNESS:

She wasn’t surprised that he knew she was there. His awareness of that fact was quite clear as she approached. The energy of his focus on her pricked at her skin. Not painful, but clearly could be if necessary. Still, nothing could have prepared her for the sight that greeted her. She knew his eyes were pale green even though the room was dimβ€”eyes locked on her like a predator.

Dominic Bright in the flesh was a punch to the gut. A sensory wallop of total and unbelievable hotness.

Sprawled in a booth in a roped-off VIP section, his physical presence was nearly as large as his magickal one. The dark T-shirt he wore stretched over tight muscles and broad shoulders. Black boots peeked from the bottom of his jeans. Long legs stretched out before him.

Masculine. The man was breathtakingly masculine. Sharp features marked him, heavy-lidded, sexy eyes, a goatee; his shoulder length hair was thick and she wondered what it would feel like between her fingers. His lips promised such carnal delights she had to take a deep breath to steady herself.

His energy was immense. He had reserves she’d lay odds he had no idea how to use. She wondered if he even knew he was a Council witch. So much raw power emanated from him she wanted to lean in and take a long sniff.

Since that would undermine her own position and power, and since most people didn’t smell each other in public, she refrained from the aforementioned sniffing and found her own center.

His gaze caressed up her body and settled upon her face. “Welcome to the Heart of Darkness, pretty witch.”

His voice was deep and scratchy. He didn’t yell over the music and yet she heard him perfectly.

She continued her approach, steadying legs that may have buckled had she been a lesser woman, stopping finally when her thighs touched the table. The scent of his magick hung about him like a heavy cloak. And fed her like she’d been starving.

“Mr. Bright, you’ve been a very naughty boy.”

“So I’ve been told a time or two. I take it you’re Clan Owen here to spank me.”

This is who I pictured as I wrote him:

Sexy Shark himself Michael Fassbender….

And this is his song:

Nine Inch Nails – Where is Everybody

Anyway I had a great time writing him. He ranks right up there as one of my favorite heroes ever. I hope you all like him as much as I loved writing him πŸ™‚

Oh – wanna win an ARC of HEART OF DARKNESS? I’ll choose a winner for my very last paper ARC on Tuesday October 18 at noon from the responses to this post – Did you see any good movies over the summer? I mainly catch movies on DVD or On Demand, but I enjoyed X Men First Class and Thor was pretty and fun.

45 comments to “Heart of Darkness – Meet Dominic Bright (Contest is now Closed)”

  1. Christine
    October 16th, 2011 at 7:55 am · Link

    I would have to the Second Harry Potter Movie finale. As much as I like to complain that movies don’t follow the book it really was a pretty good ending.

  2. Regina Ross
    October 16th, 2011 at 8:07 am · Link

    Transformers part 3 πŸ™‚

  3. DebbieB
    October 16th, 2011 at 8:16 am · Link

    Horrible Bosses! It was so funny. Also I saw the new X-Men. Really enjoyed it also. πŸ˜›

  4. Debbie Bussie
    October 16th, 2011 at 8:18 am · Link

    😈 Oh and I forgot to say that your book sounds fantastic. Hope I win! But if not, I’ll Def buy it. Thanks.

  5. tresa
    October 16th, 2011 at 8:28 am · Link

    Would love to win, sounds good.

  6. Suzie G
    October 16th, 2011 at 8:47 am · Link

    Sounds like it’ll be a great book.

    It’s sad, but I don’t think I saw any movies this summer. 😯

  7. Megan
    October 16th, 2011 at 8:50 am · Link

    I think I only saw one movie this summer and it was Crazy, Stupid, Love. I enjoyed it for obvious, Ryan Gosling-related reasons.

  8. Pam B
    October 16th, 2011 at 8:52 am · Link

    I am looking forward to reading this book. Dominic sounds like a great hero.

    This summer was so busy that I did not see any new movies.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  9. Jane
    October 16th, 2011 at 8:55 am · Link

    I’m horrible…….re-re-re-watched Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. I laugh at the same scenes every time!!!!

    Love your books! You write it and I will read it…and tweet it!!!

  10. FiveFernsFibreholic
    October 16th, 2011 at 8:56 am · Link

    I saw too many movies to pick just one or two…or three…
    But if I must I’d have to say Pirates of the Carribean….I know it wasn’t the best one but I can’t resist Johnny Depp.

  11. Na S.
    October 16th, 2011 at 9:37 am · Link

    I haven’t gone movie watching for some time, but I have caught some interesting TV shows. The X-Factor and The Amazing Race are two shows I’m hooked on – they’re on tonight!

  12. Linda
    October 16th, 2011 at 9:55 am · Link

    Didn’t catch that many movies but saw Harry Potter (kind of sad that it’s the last movie), The Help (which I was dragging kicking and screaming to but turned out to be really good) and The Debt.

  13. Viki S.
    October 16th, 2011 at 10:32 am · Link

    I saw Thor and LOVED it. My son just lent me the Blu-ray yesterday. Guess what I’m watching tonight πŸ˜‰ Saw Pirates too but liked Thor more 😎

  14. Julie K
    October 16th, 2011 at 10:46 am · Link

    I saw the second Harry Potter (sad that this franchise is done) πŸ™ , The Debt 😐 , and 50/50 πŸ˜€ .

  15. CrystalGB
    October 16th, 2011 at 11:44 am · Link

    I haven’t been to the movies in a long time. I rent a lot of dvds. Heart of Darkness sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Kerry P
    October 16th, 2011 at 12:35 pm · Link

    My all time favorite movie from this summer was Transformers-Dark of the Moon. There were more that came out& I want to see eventually, but like you I usually wait til they come out on DVD or On Demand. Captain Amerce is due out soon and I really want to see that next.

  17. Diane Sadler
    October 16th, 2011 at 1:11 pm · Link

    We don’t have on Demand and seldom go to the movies; sometimes my daughter and I will go but for some reason or other we haven’t this year. Now I know she wants to see Breaking Dawn so maybe there’s hope for me yet! πŸ˜†

  18. Limecello
    October 16th, 2011 at 1:22 pm · Link

    I’m so gone for Michael Fassbender – just watched the “extras” on XMen First Class last night. πŸ˜€
    I’ve got to know – what’s that picture/a screen cap from? Was it just a photo shoot? I can’t remember seeing Fassbender in anything like that. Though of course I haven’t seen every movie he’s been in. I’m trying though! πŸ˜‰ [And I’d say watching “Blood Creek” shows dedication…]

    Oh and no need to enter me in the giveaway – no more print books for me!

  19. Jordan H
    October 16th, 2011 at 2:00 pm · Link

    I loved Thor, it was actually the last movie I saw at the theaters.

  20. Sarah
    October 16th, 2011 at 3:16 pm · Link

    Only saw Harry Potter and the X Men movie . . . loved X Men, wasn’t impressed with Harry Potter.

  21. Alisa
    October 16th, 2011 at 3:52 pm · Link

    Hmm. The Losers on cable. Was pretty good and Thor was way better than I thought. Also saw Your Highness although not my face the hubby enjoyed it.

  22. Mariann M
    October 16th, 2011 at 4:48 pm · Link

    I can not wait for this book — it sounds soooo good!!!!! πŸ˜‰

  23. Jen B.
    October 16th, 2011 at 5:01 pm · Link

    I thought the second half of the Harry Potter conclusion rocked. I am sad to see the franchise come to an end. I love that picture of Michael Fassbender. Thanks for the giveaway.
    I am really excited about this book.

  24. Jenn H
    October 16th, 2011 at 6:12 pm · Link

    Okay, it was a tail-end-of the summer thing, but I FINALLY caught movies at the Toronto International Film Festival. What did I see? The sexy shark himself in “Shame” – so, so worth seeing but also deeply unsettling – and Mira Sorvino in “Union Square”. Both are worth checking out when they are released!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Pamk
    October 16th, 2011 at 8:50 pm · Link

    I have several I need to see but unless it come on my free movie chanels i don’t see many movies. Too busy reading and scrapbooking.

  26. Tez Miller
    October 16th, 2011 at 11:17 pm · Link

    Last time I saw a film was Black Swan. I don’t really have the attention span for films πŸ˜‰ Though I’m thinking of catching the documentary Tabloid – a documentary that includes manacled Mormons and dog cloning. Say WHAT?!

  27. Carrie
    October 17th, 2011 at 5:01 am · Link

    I liked Transformers 3….and of course being a Harry Potter Fan I loved it….I think i actually saw more movies this summer than i have in a long time

  28. Spav
    October 17th, 2011 at 10:58 am · Link

    I saw both Thor and Captain America. I enjoyed both of them.

  29. Lindsey E
    October 18th, 2011 at 2:30 am · Link

    Saw a number of movies this summer. X Men was good and I also enjoyed Harry Potter, Super 8, Mote Carlo, Thor, Fast Five, and Buck. Crazy Stupid Love was entertaining and Transformers was noisy. I just saw Ghostbusters in the theater and it was as funny and I caught more of the references this time around. The special effects also held up well.

  30. maria pena
    October 18th, 2011 at 9:38 am · Link

    Didint see much movies this summer. Wasnt anything out there that i wanted to see

  31. SheriV
    October 18th, 2011 at 9:39 am · Link

    Thor and X-Men First Class were awesome. For a funny movie I did laugh pretty hard at The Hangover Part 2. πŸ™‚

  32. margaret whelehan
    October 18th, 2011 at 9:39 am · Link

    This book sounds soooooo interesting. I would love to win.

  33. Alaina
    October 18th, 2011 at 9:52 am · Link

    some great comic book based movies (thor, captain america, xmen) .. cowboys vs aliens, fast five, harry potter!! PIrates of the carribbean 4, transformers 3… so many good ones!
    i would love to win!

  34. Mar
    October 18th, 2011 at 9:58 am · Link

    Long hair, goatee…the shark? Yeah, I’m sold. I also love her name, very pretty. Let’s see, I saw Thor this summer, which I loved and just purchased so I can view his beauty anytime I wish. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the chance to win Heart of Darkness!

  35. LadyVampire
    October 18th, 2011 at 10:06 am · Link

    I dont get out to the movies as much as I would like but I did manage to go see Thor and Cowboys and Aliens. Both of which were awesome movies in my opinion. The Cowboys and Aliens one sounds kind of iffy but they actually did a great job of pulling together 2 seemingly different genre’s. And Thor, well I expected it to be great after the previews. Thanks for the offer of your ARC. *fingers crossed in luck*

  36. Becky Jean
    October 18th, 2011 at 10:07 am · Link

    I just started watching Supernatural (not a movie but a TV show) with my younger sister, and I have grow to love it!

  37. Dawn
    October 18th, 2011 at 10:08 am · Link

    Love your books. Cant wait to keep reading. X-men and Fast five were my favs of the summer.

  38. cathyf
    October 18th, 2011 at 10:10 am · Link

    Movies this summer…Cars 2, the Pooh movie and Mr. Popper’s
    Penguins. My kids rule when it comes to movie watching.
    I just saw ‘Something Borrowed’ on dvd. I loved the book,
    so I really enjoyed the movie.
    Dominic sounds great.

  39. Jimena D.
    October 18th, 2011 at 11:14 am · Link

    i usually never go to the movies, I can’t even remember the last one I saw. I watched a few documentaries that HBo showed throughout the summer. I especially like Gloria: In her Own Words about the feminist activist Gloria Steinem. I watch a ton of tv shows and this summer True Blood and Entourage were on and I love those shows.

  40. Corinne
    October 18th, 2011 at 11:47 am · Link

    Hmmmmmm, no movies….busy reading!! Like Jimena, watched some documentaries. Simon & Garfunkel HBO special, The HBO George Harrison Living in the Material World and there was another one to but can’t remember the name. Had a singer from The Who, a young musician and The Edge from U2. They were all great!! πŸ™‚

  41. vickie knight
    October 18th, 2011 at 11:49 am · Link

    I’m not much of a movie person or tv for that matter. My husband usually has control of the tv and movie selection of the nite or weekend whatever the case may be. I’m usually in my chair curled up with a great book loosing myself in the pages and experiencing a great adventure. I look forward to many more adventures with more great Lauren dane books
    vickie knight

  42. Tara
    October 18th, 2011 at 11:56 am · Link

    I haven’t gotten to see much in the way of movies in the theater. However, I’ve been on a BBC binge, trying to catch up on all the goodies like Being Human – love Aidan Turner! Thanks for the giveaway! josiecatx (at) verizon (dot) net

  43. Patti W
    October 18th, 2011 at 12:00 pm · Link

    I think this book sounds amazing. I love witch stories.

  44. april s
    October 18th, 2011 at 12:05 pm · Link

    i saw Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Pt 2 and Horrible Bosses. I really loved HP. that was my favorite!! :mrgreen:

  45. Missy_G
    October 18th, 2011 at 12:06 pm · Link

    Harry Potter Part 2 was awesome. We also enjoyed Cowboys and Aliens.