Unbeknownst to Claire, for a very long time, she has been within Anthony’s sights. Many of the pivotal events in her life occurred, due to his sinister manipulation. Every action has a consequence, and his actions result in their chance meeting.
More than a psychological thriller, Consequences is a vivid story of one woman’s struggle to survive incomprehensible circumstances. Every aspect of her being suddenly depends upon the tall, wealthy, dark haired, dark eyed businessman. Anthony Rawlings is known to the world as prosperous, benevolent, and kind. Claire quickly learns that he can also be a menacing controlling captor.
With few options but concession, Claire attempts to earn her freedom, while enduring a hellish existence that truly appears perfect. Persevering tests and trials, she struggles to retain her pure
His goal in sight, Anthony’s calculated agenda encounters an unforeseen detour. He becomes captivated by Claire’s beauty, resilience, and determination. The interaction of these two compelling characters instigates strong emotions: fear, anger, love, and lust. Claire and Anthony’s tumultuous journey flows into uncharted waters of intrigue and passion.
Utilizing vivid detail, this 167,000-word novel unfolds like a movie, before the eyes of its readers. From the opening criminal abduction, through twists and turns, to the unlikely romantic thrills, the suspense climaxes as Anthony’s motivation becomes evident.
Anthony and Claire must decide if they will stay true to one another, or allow preceding actions to result in justifiable Consequences.
Where do I begin? My head
is still spinning and all I can manage to say is, WHAT THE F*CK !!!!!! Consequences
is a book that totally f*cks with your head.
I have to say that Claire is VERY strong because if I were in her shoes,
I would have slit my wrist with the butter knife or hung myself from the bed
post. Aleatha did a FANTASTIC job with her debut book. The emotions that you get from reading this book are hard to put into words. Consequences definitely makes you stop and think...
Claire Nichols graduated from college with her degree in Meteorology and was a weather forecaster but with the recent buy out of her station, she was laid off. Claire was minding her own business while bar-tending at a local bar, "Red Wing" when a good looking guy approaches the bar and orders a drink. The handsome guy could not take his eyes off of Claire the entire night. This handsome guy's name is Anthony Rawlings. Anthony asks Claire to have a drink with him and against her better judgment, she agrees to have a drink with him when her shift ends.
Thank the lord that Claire would think back to memories that her grandmother had instilled in her. I think that is the only thing that kept her sane. “It is not the circumstances that makes a person a success. It is how that person responds to those circumstances.” Her grandmother believed that every situation could be handled better by the right attitude.
Claire walked on egg shells all the time with Anthony. She never knew if she would do something to irritate him and she feared if she made him angry, she would be punished. After being with Anthony for several months, she began to develop feeling for him. At times, Claire questioned her sanity. How could she be having feelings for a man that causes her this much pain? I myself was baffled by her feeling for Tony. Granted, there were times throughout the book where Anthony would be affectionate, gentle, loving and caring with Claire. Under his dark exterior and blackened heart, Anthony was developing feelings for Claire as well. Feelings that he wasn't sure were possible.
She has lived most of her life in
Aleatha enjoys traveling, especially when there is a beach involved. In 2011 she had the opportunity to visit
Aleatha originally published through self publisher Xlibris a subsidiarity of Author's Solution/ Penguin Publishing. In October of 2012 she re-published on her own, a true Indie Author. Later that month she published Truth through Romig Works. Aleatha is happy to be represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.
I’d always wanted to write a book. It was a bucket list type thing. In 2008 my husband lost his job, it was in construction materials and the economy tanked! He began working a third shift job. Our two oldest children were off in college. Our youngest was going to bed about 8:30. That left a lot of alone time.
I had this idea of a woman in a room... I decided to sit down and see where the story would take me. I didn’t write Consequences to publish. I wrote Consequences as therapy or escape from my life. I could totally manipulate and control the lives of these characters. It was more than I could do for myself.
How did you come up with the storyline for Consequences?
I had the “vision” or “thought” of the opening scene. I didn’t know any more, but wanted to learn more. That’s how it started..
What was the hardest part of writing Consequences?
What books have most influenced your life most?
There are many books I’ve loved. Gone with the Wind is my all-time favorite. I also enjoy thrillers; John Grisham brought me back to reading when my children were young. I like the older Patterson’s and enjoy Greg Isles. I also have started to find more erotic romances, and admit to liking those too. These have all been entertainment, a means of escape! Your question is “influence” the only book I can say has “influenced” me is the Bible – best seller of all time!
What author has influenced you the most?
I belong to the Indiana Romance Writers Association. In our local chapter there are many talented writers, and I’ve learned and been influenced by these woman in many ways. Most of them have much more experience than I. Their willingness to share and encourage has been invaluable.
In a long distance, no direct influence kind of way, I will say E.L. James. Not because I found Fifty Shades amazing... it was good. But, she opened the door to “different books” hitting the mainstream. Consequences Series isn’t erotic; however, it is dark. I breach subjects that previously were taboo. I’m not sure that my series would have received the acceptance it has, pre Fifty Shades.
What were the challenges in bringing Consequences to life?
I was and am so inexperienced. Consequences was published in August of 2011 by a self-publishing publisher. In October 2012 I rereleased Consequences completely Indie. Just last week I entered an agreement with a copy editor. I’d had Consequences and Truth line-edited... and as many have pointed out, there are still mistakes. Being self-published I’m not accustomed to having someone tell me “consider deleting” or “consider re-wording” or anything else... I’m excited and scared.
How would you classify Consequences? I mean its not exactly romance
when people ask me how to best describe it I say it's kinds sorta like the TV show Revenge (which is my current addiction)
I think I’ve invented my own genre: Contemporary Dark Romance / Psychological Thriller. Obviously, Consequences by its self isn’t a romance. However, since it is the relationship of Claire and Tony that propels the series, I’ve been told that makes the series a romance. Now, that said, I definitely believe it qualifies as DARK and PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER.
Did you have any specific people inspire your characters physical attributes?
My husband! (lol) No, I honestly made my characters up, their physical characteristics and their personalities. Then, one night after I’d completed Consequences, I was watching True Blood with a friend. Alcide, Joe Magellano, came on. Another character asked him how tall he was, Alcide replied, “Six four – six six.” I was like , OMG, he’s Tony!
Also check out our video chat with Aleatha. http://www.naughtyandnicebookblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/getting-to-know-aleatha-romig.html