I have the awesome NYT Best Selling author Madeline Sheehan on the blog today, telling us all about her newest release - UNBELOVED.
In case you've been living under a rock, let me tell you about it.
Unbeloved is the fourth installment in her Undeniable series, following the lives of Deuce West president of the Hells Horseman, and Eva West.
It's not just a love story, it's a fucking experience. One you will connect with on so many levels.
Madeline truly has a way with words. She'll make you feel every emotion the characters go through, so that you are living the experience with them, and when you finish her books and look around you in awe, you can't help but wonder how the hell everything can just carry on.
For those of you who don't know Madeline, here's a little about her.
Fantastical realm dweller Madeline Sheehan is the USA Today bestselling author of the Holy Trinity Trilogy and Undeniable Series.
A Social Distortion enthusiast, lover of mud and anything deemed socially inappropriate, Madeline was homegrown in Buffalo, New York, where she can be found engaging in food fights and video game marathons with her husband and son.
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Blurb, Banner & Book Cover From Unbeloved
Warning: This is not a conventional or predictable love story. It involves one woman and two men bound by a love so destructive it spans two decades, pitting brother against brother, and shattering the lives of those touched by it.
Dorothy Kelley is a born romantic, searching for her prince. Instead she finds herself pregnant at fifteen, and a in a loveless marriage by the tender age of eighteen.
Then hope comes riding into her life on a motorcycle and within weeks, Jason “Jase” Brady, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen motorcycle club, sweeps Dorothy off her feet.
But nothing is ever simple for Dorothy. Jase is married with children. And as Dorothy patiently waits for Jase to give her the happily-ever-after she’s been dreaming about, James “Hawk” Young, a member of the Hell’s Horsemen with secrets of his own, sees an opening into Dorothy’s life and takes it.
Carrying on two secret affairs is no easy feat. As Dorothy tries to dig herself out of the mess she’s created, covering one mistake with another, tragedy strikes, nearly costing Dorothy her life and that of her unborn son.
What follows is a long and painful journey of self-discovery and forgiveness, as Dorothy comes to realize that home was exactly where she’d left it, and the love she’d forever craved had always been within her reach.
This is the story of Dorothy, Jase, and Hawk.
We are all born pure; it is our journey that burdens us and leads us astray. Our mistakes that beat us down and cover us in guilt and shame, burying us a little more with each passing hardship. It is up to us to dig ourselves out, to come to terms with our faults, to embrace not only our imperfections but those of the ones we love, and to once again find the path we strayed from.
Special Guest Interview With Best Selling Author Madeline Sheehan, Deuce & Eva West From The Undeniable Series
Today I have some very special guests on the blog, USA TODAY Best Selling Author Madeline Sheehan, and Deuce and Eva West from her Undeniable series.
Claire – Hi, nice to have you all here, settle in, grab a beer and let’s talk. I’d like to address Madeline first, but of course you can both speak up if you feel the need to.
Claire - Madeline, tell us about the newest book in the Undeniable series.
Madeline - The newest book, UnBeloved, is centered around the aftermath after Dorothy, Jase and Hawk’s love triangle was brought violently to light. It’s a little different than the first three books in the series as it doesn’t deal with first love or lust, but a homecoming of sorts and a realization of oneself. It’s an emotional ride, for sure, but definitely not as wild as some of the others.
Claire - I know the fans have been itching for the story of Jase, Dorothy & Hawk—me in particular. There’s something about a love-triangle that I love to hate. But for you, is there a particular story that you can’t wait to tell?
Madeline - I am itching too! To tell ZZ’s story, UnDying. It’s been a long time coming and it’s going to blow up in all our faces. It’s also the book that will bring the entire saga full circle and back to the beginning again. Actually, to say I’m excited is an understatement, I’m bloody (that’s for you, Claire) ecstatic!
Claire - When you write, do you stick to a strict outline or does the story evolve as you write it? For instance, were there different outcomes for some of the characters originally?
Madeline - I usually begin with a strict outline that veers left, plows headfirst into a tree, backs up, gets lost down a dirt road, breaks down at a dead end and goes off wandering into a dark forest. Thankfully the sun eventually comes up and shows me the way home. But there you have it. My process. Shhh, don’t tell anyone what an absolute clusterfuck it is. But honestly, it’s the only way I know how to tell a story and I’m always happy with outcome.
Were there different outcomes originally for some of the characters? No way, Jose. But there were different beginnings. I play around with ideas until I can get into the head of the character and once that happens, the story clicks and the words just flow. Off the road, into a tree…ect, ect, you get my point.
Claire - You must be pleased with how well loved the series is, I mean, you have some seriously hardcore fans. Does it make it more stressful for you? Or do you find it helps?
Madeline - A little of both. God knows, I want to please everyone, but life tends to get in the way. It is stressful when fans are screaming for the next book but at the same time I feel it pushes me to do better than the last, to give my all for them. There is no better feeling than knowing all your hard work is being appreciated. Although, after each book is finished, I do need to decompress for a bit, get out of my head and back into the real world.
Claire - So, what’s coming up next for your readers? And when can they expect to get their greedy little mitts on it?
Madeline - Obviously UnBeloved is coming, and after that I have two more books planned for the UnDeniable series: UnDeserving is Preacher’s story (before Eva’s birth) and the final book in the series, UnDying.
In the midst of all that, I’ll be working on the final book in my Holy Trinity Trilogy, something I’m dreading, having to say goodbye to those characters I’ve grown to love, but as well as being excited to move onto to other genres I’ve been dreaming of exploring. Lately I’ve been playing around with horror and I’m really enjoying the outcome, so we shall see what happens. I’m sure 2015 is going to be an insanely busy year for me!
Claire - I know that you currently have two series out – The Undeniable series and The Holy Trinity series. If I remember correctly you’re on to the last in the series of The Holy Trinity series. Do you have any more apocalyptic books in the works?
Madeline - I do. And all I can say is that I have a surprise coming very, very soon. Stay tuned. ;)
Claire - I want to ask Deuce and Eva a couple of questions now, but as previous, feel free to interject if you have something you want to add.
Claire - Deuce, you met Eva when she was just a young girl, in the years between you two meeting back up, did that young girl ever cross your mind? Obviously not in a sexual way. It was after all the start of you taking over the Hell’s Horseman, and affectively having to man up. Not that you weren’t man enough before that…wait, I’m fucking this question up. Back to my point though. Did you ever think about the little girl you met in prison and what had become of her?
Deuce - Yeah.
Eva – *looks at Deuce* Is that all you’re going to say?
Deuce – Yeah.
Eva - *looks at Claire and shrugs* Sorry…
Claire - And we know that you thought of him a lot over the years, Eva, but did you ever see yourself with him? I’ve always believed that when you know, you know.
Eva – Oh, I knew. I always knew he was it for me and I fantasized about it, definitely. But did I ever actually think Deuce and I would ever truly end up together, as a family, married and with children? Honestly, no. There were just so many obstacles. Thankfully, it didn’t turn out that way.
Deuce – Babe. Yeah.
Claire - So, the future? What do you see for it? And for your kids.
Eva – I see our kids having more kids, I see a family so huge, and so full of love. I see a happy ending for us all. *looks at Deuce* Our happy ending.
Deuce – *Grins at Eva* Babe.
Claire - And the Hell’s Horsemen? One thing we’ve all learnt through the series is that family doesn’t always mean you’re blood related. I guess that means that your family is always growing. Are there any newer members that we can look forward to getting to know?
Eva – Of course you’re going to see some of the kids fall into the life, both the boys and the girls, as for non-blood related members, you’ll just have to wait and see.
Deuce – Don’t need any more fuckers to take care of.
Claire - If you weren’t President of the club, what do you think you would be doing? You must have had ambitions when you were younger. And Eva, the same applies to you. I know that you both have each other, and your family, but taking that aside, what else would you have liked to do with your lives?
Deuce – Bitch, are you stupid? What else is there? If I didn’t have the club or my family I’d be eatin’ concrete on the way to no-fuckin’-where.
Eva – I honestly don’t know. I’ve never known anything but the club life. It was my whole life. Even when I was at college, I never really planned on doing much with my degree. The club was everything.
Claire - I’m not going to beat around, your story worked out, but it was a fucked up start to a relationship. Did you ever think that you would get to this point?
Eva – Like I said earlier, I wanted this, him, but I never truly believed it would ever come to fruition. Although, I can’t stress enough, how happy I am that everything turned out the way it did. Right, baby?
Deuce – Babe.
Claire - How’s Danny, Cage and Ivy doing? What are they up to now?
Eva – Both Danny and Cage are married, both living in their own homes. Ivy is still with us, she’s been seeing someone and Deuce isn’t too happy about it, but is Deuce ever happy about anything?
Deuce - *grunts*
Claire - I don’t believe in regrets, or mistakes, I believe that everything happens for a reason, but do any of you look back on some of the things that have happened and wish that you had done things differently?
Eva – No. I think if we changed even the simplest of things, we wouldn’t have had the same outcome.
Deuce – I think some of that shit coulda been fuckin’ avoided, yeah?
Eva – *rolls her eyes* Deuce doesn’t believe in fate.
Deuce – Fate is for pussies. We make our own fuckin’ path.
Claire - To all of you. If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be?
Eva- Peanuts. Don’t forget the peanuts.
Deuce – I ain’t answerin’ anymore woman shit.
Madeline – Make all the same mistakes. Fuck up. Go crazy. Date those assholes, keep writing, piss off your parents. It will all be worth it. Every single crazy, fucked up second of your life, is going to lead you home. And happy.
Claire - I want to thank you all for coming along today and talking to me, though I’m sure you got dragged along by Eva, Deuce J
Deuce - *grunts*
Claire - Thanks for your time.
Unbeloved (Undeniable #4) is out NOW at all major retailers—or at least the ones that have any fucking sense!
The Holy Trinity Series Also By Madeline Sheehan
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