Sunday, September 19, 2021

Burning Desire by M.L. Stark - Book Tour

The Psychopath and the Girl in Black Prada Shoes, Part I

Fiction, Drama

Publisher: ‎Xlibris

Mary, is an established woman. Her lifespan is a petrifying mess. This is about dating a truly creepy sociopath, one who swindled himself through life. A self-absorbed, lying person using people. He presents himself with a public persona of normalcy. She could not see what lay behind the dark shade of Drake Lucifer Bates. He was inappropriately flirting with her; he was a doctor and she was his patient. During a treatment session, he goes too far. Does he get hard when he treats patients? It was too late for her to escape. 

 Unintended she becomes captured in his mean spider web. Drake won her compassion with his enormous intellect and glimmering charm. Something vastly magical happened around him. She begins a passionate love affair with him. Their life seemed blissful on the outside. Behind his malicious plan, it was chilling. 

 Trusting him with her fragile life, she don’t see he is like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Believing him was fatal. Swindle wealthy patients, was his primary target. His manipulative behavior and scams, ends disastrous for Mary. She is a character in his horror movie. He sinks into his mania of deceives and lies. He is a predator! She don’t know anything about psychopaths. How does she figure out what she can expect from such people? Her life was never the same, but she learned from his evilness.

Author Interview

1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?

       Getting out the truth. Fighting for people’s justice––getting out the important message; never allow anyone ever to abuse you.

2. Favorite childhood memory involving books?

        Horseback riding. Then I played the Native American character. I enjoyed my cartoons or books about Native Americans, because I love and adore their culture and spirituality there is between, wolf, horse, spirits and themself.

3. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?

        Mostly, I wanted to be a professional horseback rider or a swimmer. However, I have always written lots of notes. Mainly, because I didn’t want to forget anything about my life. I think since I was a juvenile; I desired to write an autobiography. It never came to fruition, but in 2016, I had the courage to grab my pen and paper.

 4. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Animal lover, loyal, passionate.

5. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
Horses, dogs, elephants, wolfs, and a black Panther.

6. Have you ever met anyone famous?
Yes, several, but I hardly talk about it because I don’t like namedropping.

7. What is the first book that made you cry?

Mio, My Mio, (Mio, My Son) a 1954 children's book by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren

8. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?

   I don’t know! It might depend on the narrative and the author. It took me four years to write the first book, and beforehand I’d already spent two years in researching many things about the antagonist.

9. How do you select the names of your characters?

       Good question. Choosing names was a grand puzzle. I had many options to begin with. Along with the storyline, I changed the name of the antagonist several times, until I found the perfect name-match for his character. The name of the protagonist I knew immediately. The rest of the characters’ names came along with the story writing.

10. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
The dog, wolf, and the horse.

11. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

·        War Horse, directed and produced by Steven Spielberg

·        The Last of the Mohicans, 1992, Directed by Michael Mann. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe

·        Lady and the Tramp, Disney

·        Troy

·        The Odyssey

12. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

     Important question where I can only answer on what I’ve experienced. Be aware of all the bogus promises from the self-publishing companies. They only want your money and not what’s best for you. Stay away from the many Instagrammers who offer paid reviews to represent you on Amazon. As a writer, you can easily fall into those traps. Don’t! It can damage you.

13. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!
·        Humorous, but also a serious person.

·        Funny and like to tease in a good and caring way.

·        Loyalty is my mantra

·        When I promise to get things done, I get it done.

·        I am a terrible liar and I despise liars.

·        Enjoy making funny things with family and friends.

·        When I love someone; I love with the deepest of my heart and soul.

·        I am a massive geek of technology and gadgets.

·        Since I am a great animal lover, I would like to save all animals in the world and build a new Noah’s Ark

·        I love the fun of travelling and meeting new cultures and people.

14. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?

  Probably go back to the 18th-century, where sorceress was a common thing. Then I want to find out if I was a sorceress back then.

 15. What is your favorite genre to read?

·        True Crime

·        History

·        Memoir & Autobiography

·        Biography

·        Science & Technology

Other books in the Burning Desire Series:

Burning Desire Fades

The Psychopath and the Girl in Black Prada Shoes - Part 2

Publisher: ‎Xlibris

Part 2 presents the continuation of the maliciously agenda of Doctor Bates and will leave you in a trance of shock with its vigorous narrative. A moment ago, it seemed, it was yesterday full of happiness. Tomorrow it is a matter of survival for Mary as her life is on the brink of insanity to her Knight in Shining Armor. Loving him was all she ever had.

As she meets Drake again she becomes a slave in the madness of love. Before Mary notice the dangerous life, she gets deeply trapped in Drake’s dodgy mesh. It’s too late for her to escape. Fraud, lies, dominance, torment and the complexity of an abusive relationship evolve, and will unexpectedly be a new part of Mary’s life. Drake’s sinister betrayal sneaks slowly in as he lures Mary like a ravenous wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Mary will experience love, hatred and deception; however, will she continue to be Drake’s victim in his mystiques and hefty deceptions he gets during the nights? On the outside, it seems Drake is loving and has a high IQ, above normal. On the inside, he is a devious psychopath. The story will drastically unfold to a complexity of a love drama, crime, fraud and Drake’s delusions of grandeur.

At a secluded area outside Hong Kong, the mafia attempt to kill Drake. We will follow the two sweethearts in how they try to escape from the difficulties with the Asian Mafia. With lightning speed, three creepy guys and the mafia boss run into the Hotel to search for Drake.

Not only once, but several times the two lovebirds are on the run in the shadowy darkness of the night, because Drake steal and frauds his business associates.


About the Author

M. L. Stark has been married for over 20 years and has adult children and grandchildren. She based certain elements of the story on real-life events. When Stark was middle-aged, she underwent a divorce and met a new man who mentally abused her. These experiences and her survival have empowered her to write stories about surviving cruelty and abuse.

"I am telling the story not of what I thought I was meant to be born into, but as the survivor I have become after abuse. I am also hoping to connect with people and deter them from facing a toxic relationship in their lives by sharing my own real-life events." Stark says.

M. L. Stark dares to discuss what it is like to be in an abusive relationship, and shows the power in embracing the experience, prevailing and ultimately recovering from the abuse, escaping the psychopath and helping others tap into their empathy and prevail over similar hazards.

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