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Dark Eros (a Novel of Suspense) [Kindle Edition]

H. Raven Rose
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Dark Eros: A Novel of Suspense



The shadow of night, desecrated corpses, dark erotic desires and a naïve girl collide when a sadistic killer, a dark soul with a love for the thrill of the chase, stalks and murders defenseless young women in a tiny town.

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A Psycho-thriller/Suspense release by mixed-genre writer, screenwriter, and playwright H. Raven Rose



  • Page-turner /Suspense novel of 40,000 words

  • Survivor Chick Lit (a woman in peril must fight for, or lose, her life)

  • Sub-themes of evil vs. good, karma, death/shared death experience, supernatural themes

  • Twist ending


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    A NAÏVE YOUNG WOMAN FACES AN UNSPEAKABLE FORCE OF EVIL


    After losing her parents at a young age, Leila fell into the first relationship that came along. Now an unemployed, overweight waitress, she is finally ready (with the help of her sassy best friend Shannon) to leave her tiny town and abusive boyfriend. Before she can do so, a series of disturbing, horrific events, a horrible mystery, unfolds around her. A sadistic killer, a dark soul with a love for the thrill of the chase, is stalking and murdering young women in her tiny town. Soon Shannon is missing. To find her, Leila must face shadow of night, desecrated corpses, and the dark erotic desires of a crazed psycho-killer. Will Leila escape or be another victim?

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    The play version of 'Dark Eros' was originally staged readings in Los Angeles, one of which starred Jessica Biel.

    PRAISE FOR THE AUTHOR



    A Nicely Twisted Thriller
    "I found the descriptions of small town America very effective and detailed, almost Steven King like. Some might find the graphic nature of the material a little too much but personally I found it fitted the tone of the book perfectly." ~WildWoods30

    Harrowing, Thrilling Read
    "The book is terrifying, touching and uplifting by turns, and it's also got a couple of big surprises that I wasn't expecting. There are some very rough moments; the author does not shy away from showing the terrifying actions of her villain, or using the appropriate language to describe it.

    Some parts of "Dark Eros" are not for the squeamish, but they're absolutely necessary to the story. And more importantly, in reading them, you're right there with Leila as she's fighting for her life. I agree with another reviewer who commented that you'll probably want to check that the doors and windows are locked as you're reading!"
    ~James D.

    NO WONDER IT WAS ONCE PRODUCED AS A PLAY!
    "I read this at night and I have to admit, (even though I'm embarrassed to ) I had to stop and check the doors and windows cos I got a little scared." ~Sadsack

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    About the Author

    H. Raven Rose was born in Tennessee and grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Blairsville, Georgia. A screenwriter and author, based in Los Angeles, she read almost daily as a child. She always knew she'd be a writer when she grew up. A mystic, scribe, and star-gazer, she loves writing books. Writing novels allows her to get into the head space of a character, and create a highly-textured setting ambiance, in a way that plays and screenplays do not allow.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 297 KB
    • Print Length: 214 pages
    • Publisher: Expression Unleashed Publishing (January 8, 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00BIAHON2
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #919,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing, Thrilling Read March 19, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I read "Dark Eros" straight through in one sitting; I couldn't put it down. It's very well written, with a compelling heroine struggling to escape a horrible relationship and get her life on track against terrible odds.

    The book is terrifying, touching and uplifting by turns, and it's also got a couple of big surprises that I wasn't expecting. There are some very rough moments; the author does not shy away from showing the terrifying actions of her villain, or using the appropriate language to describe it. Some parts of "Dark Eros" are not for the squeamish, but they're absolutely necessary to the story. And more importantly, in reading them, you're right there with Leila as she's fighting for her life. I agree with another reviewer who commented that you'll probably want to check that the doors and windows are locked as you're reading!

    Raven Rose also does a fantastic job capturing the ryhthms of life in a small, economically depressed town, and the desperation that its residents feel - as well as the hope and their underlying humanity. I'm looking forward to reading more from her.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    "The woods were thick with trees. Deer wandered. Damp leaves rotted. Fungus and beetles vied for domination. The stench of something decaying was in the air"."

    A delightful read for horror/ psychological thriller aficionados who want their dark appetites sated. The first few lines of H. Raven Rose's Dark Eros immediately sets a sense of anticipation that bad things happens in the dark whether we like it or not.

    Dark Eros begins with a slow pace and quickly warms up to a riveting read that takes the reader into an intense psychological world of horror.

    It is definitely worth the wait as it keeps you at the edge of your seat and compels you to keep turning the pages.

    The fate of Leila, a small town girl trapped in an unhappy relationship who dreams of leaving with her bestfriend Shannon, is entwined with a rampaging, serial killer who harbours dark fantasies. H. Raven Rose eerily depicts the darker side of human nature in her well developed characters and her ability to describe the scene brings the story to life.

    I would certainly recommend Dark Eros for those itching for a good psychological thriller and am looking forward to reading some of the author's other works.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A nicely twisted thriller November 26, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Was surpised at how much I enjoyed this book. A first I thought it was a bit too similar to James Paterson's 'kiss the girls' but once I got into to it I found Dark Eros to be a great read.
    I found the descriptions of small town america very effective and detailed, almost Steven King like. Some might find the graphic nature of the material a little too much but personally I found it fitted the tone of the book perfectly. I'm looking forward to what else the author has to say.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not as dark as I like them. May 15, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This story had some high points of tension and dread that's the good.The bad for me is some continuity problems with character dialogue and hard to follow dream like sequences. This author has talent and I would read their other works and its not their fault that I always compare these types of stories to 'Silence of the lambs'
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Some things strange and sinister October 17, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Some authors have an uncanny knack for writing the dark and disturbed. H. Raven Rose is one of those authors. At the very opening of Dark Eros you want to clutch a can of mace, or a small 9mm handgun, before you continue going down this dark path. The characters are what stood out for me in Dark Eros. H. Raven Rose painted each one with layers that were real and not forced. As one of the characters states in the story: "people are complicated."

    The serial killer, twisted in his mind of what is right and wrong, stalks unwitting females as they jog in the woods. The description Rose gave for the 'Serial Killer' makes you want to shower. He is oily, covered in blood and body fluids, and most disturbingly insane. One of the murders is so full of rage it makes you cringe, but the victim finds her peace by connecting with the spirit of a loved one on the other side. It is quite a surreal and well-balanced moment. Then you have Leila, the antitheses of 'the serial killer.' A woman who has lost all her self confidence and thus is living a life far less than she deserves with a man who beats and berates her. As you read Leila you root for her to find her strength again and confront everything that is holding her back, because you know that when she meets 'the serial killer' she is going to need all that and more.

    -Cynthia Vespia
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid, rich and satisfying novel. September 19, 2013
    Format:Paperback
    Cutting. Sharp. The author employs strong words that suck you right into the action. It is graphic, yes; but it is also a very self-aware novella. The female characters are strong yet conflicted; weak, in a way that the world would view them as such, but there's a dignified strength in the way they prevailed, in the way that they refused to be victims of fate. Their internal dialogues about their fears and insecurities are all very real. They can be any woman on the street struggling with their identity and place in a harsh world. The female characters give voice to the many who are unheard, who may be muted and depraved of having a voice. The book has a redemptive quality. There's a spark of hope that can be found even in the darkest of love.

    The pacing is perfect for the story, because it packs so much in such a short form. In just a few paragraphs, we get a picture of how desolate the town has become and how the economic meltdown has affected the lives of just about everyone. You get a sense of desperation from the place, but there's resiliency among the people. From Leila who refuses to leave town because it holds all her memories, even Shannon who has a penchant of flirting to just about everyone, or chubby girl Chelsea, their vivid characters jumped out of the pages and stuck with me even after I was done reading.

    If stories were to be classified either in colors or black and white, this one bursts with vivid colors.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars So Incredibly Vivid and Imaginative
    This book is written so well! The intricately woven plot lines and well-developed characters are really wonderful and a breath of fresh air among a barrage of independent books... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Lisa J. Davis
    5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Eros is beautifully written and I recommend it to anyone as long...
    This was another dark book that took me by surprise. It's creepy scary, with some gore, some brutality (both sexual and otherwise), but there is also the underlying love, hope, and... Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Joe Cool Review
    5.0 out of 5 stars Spine-chilling and exhilarating.
    Dark Eros is a wonderfully crafted book. In the setting of small town America the story twists and turns, constantly keeping the reader interested and eager. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by AJW
    5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Thriller with Sparkling Rays of Hope to Uplift
    H. Raven Rose's DARK EROS is a study in contrasts: Two relatively naive young women-- one overweight, one thin, one sexually experimental, one monogamous-- containing brutal... Read more
    Published 16 months ago by Leigh Podgorski
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting and Exciting Thriller!
    A riveting and exciting thriller, I found difficult to put down once I started. Rose effectively delivers a suspenseful tale that will have you gripping for more from the very... Read more
    Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars NO WONDER IT WAS ONCE PRODUCED AS A PLAY!
    This is the first piece I'v read from Raven Rose and I found it to be
    a dark but riveting read.

    The plotting and pacing are spot-on. Read more
    Published 20 months ago by Sadsack
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    More About the Author

    H. Raven Rose is a screenwriter, author and playwright. Her creative work encompasses varied genres--including drama, psycho-thriller, sci-fi, and horror, many of which include survivor chick lit themes. A theme in her books is the development of the inner strength to overcome harrowing circumstances, often life or death, while evolving as a Soul in the process. Many of her works are classified as science fiction or horror, yet may include events, characters or elements considered paranormal or related to spirituality. The stories are informed by the author's personal life experience and studies in consciousness, depth psychology, spirituality and shamanism. Her stage play 'Dark Eros,' adapted into a suspense novelette of the same title, was staged as readings in Los Angeles, one of which starred Jessica Biel in the lead role as Leila.

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