Author : Demelza Carlton
Evil should never be necessary. Except when it is.
"And now in breaking news, Caitlin Lockyer has been found. In the early hours of this morning, a man discovered her body dumped on a south-west beach. A police spokesperson would not confirm whether the girl known as the Absent Angel is alive or dead..."
They called her an angel. No one thought to ask what kind.
Burning for retribution, now she'll stop at nothing.
Can it truly be evil when it feels so good?
A tiny taste of what's in store:
Don't get into cars with strangers.
So stupid to think I was strong enough to resist.
But I never dreamed it would happen to me.
I tried to back away, but the b**** behind me didn't let me. She hit my diaphragm with the heel of her hand, forcing my breath out in a huff. Unable to breathe, the street stood still in my mind as I stared around, desperately hoping for someone to see - someone who'd help me. Did eyes meet mine? Did I imagine understanding? If it was, it came too late. The burning flare that was my need to breathe exploded and she shoved me into the car. I fell on flesh encased in fabric as I gasped for breath, a flailing fish in the pervert's lap as I lay across the back seat. I dimly heard the doors and windows shut. The motor hummed as the car accelerated away - before I had enough air to scream.
This is the second book in Demelza Carlton's Nightmares Trilogy, as dark, disturbing and downright scary as the first, Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer.
Demelza Carlton – Author Bio
Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy.
Guest Post :
What to do when your plot goes down the toilet
Never set an important scene in a toilet. No one wants to read or see anything that happens in a toilet.
I guess I never was good at following the rules, even this one. I'm not the only one, either.
Some of the best action scenes take place in toilets. There's a brilliant fight sequence with Arnold Swarzenegger in the film, True Lies, that takes place in a public men's toilet. He makes use of the urinals, the hand basins and the hand dryer to clean up a bunch of terrorists.
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books and subsequent films set several important scenes in toilets. The troll battle sequence that cements Rob, Harry and Hermione's friendship in the first book takes place in a girls' toilet, as do several scenes to do with the Chamber of Secrets.
In Jurassic Park, who can forget the scene where the Tyrannosaurus rex eats a man sitting on a toilet? A key element of humour in what is quite a gory, horrible scene. Yet it works.
I knew there were some particularly powerful scenes in my Nightmares Trilogy that simply had to take place in toilets. In Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer, the first book, there's one about trust – where we see Caitlin choosing to trust Nathan. Much later on, there's a key action sequence that takes place in a toilet, which had some of my readers swearing at me. In between the f-words, I understood this was because of what I had shown…but also because I only showed half the scene, which is what Nathan saw. The other half he didn't witness, so he can't explain what happened.
In Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller, the whole scene appears – but in a very different light, as it's from Caitlin's perspective. Oddly enough, none of my readers have been angry at the way Caitlin relates this sequence of events.
Picking such an unusual setting for key plot points highlights them in a way that they stick in your mind. A romantic scene…in a toilet? A horror scene…with toilet paper?
As I was writing both of these two books, every time I ventured into a toilet, public or otherwise, these key scenes would run through my head. How would Caitlin react when Nathan tries to kiss her in a toilet? And what happens when Nathan leaves her hidden and unarmed in a toilet, as the people who tried to kill her come to finish the job?
Given that my Nightmares Trilogy is most definitely in the suspense thriller genre, I believe I'll leave you in suspense on this one – for Caitlin surprised me, her hero, Nathan, and I hope she can surprise you as well.