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Title: Stealing Innocents
Author: Lisa Henry writing as Cari Waites
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, Horror, Thriller
Those who dare to scratch the surface of ordinary, everyday life may be horrified to find a sick underbelly beneath—a nightmare world populated by villains and victims, predators and prey, where the rules of society no longer apply.
Where you’ll find people like Danny, the boy who sells himself to pay for his father’s gambling debts and ends up in a situation more twisted than he ever imagined. Or Troy, the cop whose obsession with saving a brutalized human trafficking victim turns deadly. Or Drew, the mental patient who begins to suspect his nightly delusions of abuse by his doctor are actually real. Or David, the cuckolded husband who decides the best way to get revenge is to seduce his wife’s barely legal son.
Stealing Innocents is an exploration of our darkest human impulses, where sex is power, love is horror, and there’s no such thing as a happy ending.
Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes:
sexual assault, child abuse
Hi! Welcome to the blog tour for Stealing Innocents by Cari Waites. Who is not-so-secretly Lisa Henry. I’m visiting some of my favourite blogs around the place to talk a bit about writing Stealing Innocents, and sharing some of my influences, ideas, and even an excerpt or two! Don’t forget to leave a comment, for your chance to win prizes!
When the team at Riptide asked me what genre the stories in Stealing Innocents were, I emailed back: Is mindfuck a genre?
Apparently it is not.
For someone who writes genre fiction, I’ve always had trouble at staying within the lines. Luckily, there are plenty of publishers out there who’ll take a chance on something different, and plenty of reader who’ll support it. Although my previous books all fall under the (thankfully) large umbrella of romance—although a few push back a little at that classification—there is very little romance to be found in Stealing Innocents. And, despite the explicit sexual scenes, it would be a hard sell to call all of the stories erotica either. Some were written for titillation, true. Others were definitely not — you’ll know that story when you hit it.
Sex doesn’t happen in a vacuum. There is always more going on than inserting tab A into slot B. Each person is bringing psychological baggage to the table (or bed, in most cases) and everyone has something to hide. To me it’s fascinating the things that can be revealed during sex; often things that could take years to uncover otherwise. We are literally at our most naked during sex.
But what interests me, and has always interested me, is the pathology of sex and at what point it becomes exactly the same as the pathology of violence. Because there are so many power plays happening even in the sweetest romance—push and pull and give and take—that I always feel the need to delve deeper and explore darker scenarios, where sex isn’t about love or romance, but where it’s about power and control. Often, this manifests itself in BDSM stories, which by their very nature are about power and control, and, done right, have nothing at all to do with actual violence. Violence isn’t a thing that can be negotiated.
The monsters in Stealing Innocents are the sort of men you might pass in the street and not even notice. They’re ordinary, everyday men, but behind closed doors everything changes. I’ve always been fascinated by this sort of transformation, and by the idea that we all wear different masks depending on the situation. In Stealing Innocents a businessman or a doctor might be a monster. But then, so might a victim, because nothing is ever as simple as it appears.
In the end, Riptide went with Thriller/Horror for the stories in Stealing Innocents. It’s definitely an expedition into some dark places, and, if you join me, I hope you enjoy the journey.
To celebrate the release of Stealing Innocents, Lisa is giving away a $20 Riptide credit and an ebook of your choice of title from Lisa’s backlist. Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 16, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Lisa can reach you if you win!
About the Author
Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.
Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.
She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.
She shares her house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.
Cari Waites is her much darker alter ego.
Connect with Lisa:
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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