Great story, and all in here.
The book is Beauty of the Dark: The Complete Trilogy by Amanda Leigh, a mature YA Paranormal Romance.
Delicious. Tantalizing. Mysterious. For the first time, the Beauty of the Dark trilogy is bundled together, including an exclusive short story. Experience the intrigue, magic, romance, and heartbreak with Kiara, Trent, and Kaleib.
From a sinister demon to unthinkable betrayal to forbidden feelings…can they overcome their differences? Will Trent and Kiara give in to their connection? Find out who prevails in this epic battle.
SCARRED – Book 1
A sassy witch, a vampire sworn to protect her, and a vampire that’s falling for her…? All bets are off. Kiara was born with power. At eighteen, her powers are peaked, and she’s destined to destroy the demon threatening her home town. But even with her power and the help of Kaleib, a vampire who’s like an older brother to her, they’re not strong enough to stand against the evil. Enter Trent, a vampire with a secret past, and the tables turn, giving them a fighting chance.
Kiara shouldn’t feel anything toward Trent, especially since Kaleib hates him, but a strong attraction builds between them during their mission. Trent has successfully avoided caring about anyone for over one hundred years, and he plans to keep it that way. When Kiara asks for help, he can’t seem to deny her. Never would he imagine that he’d run into Kaleib, someone from his past–a vampire who knows his secret. Trent convinces himself he’s aiding Kiara for his own selfish amusement, but the little witch seems immune to his charms and she’s chipping away at his walls. To his dismay, he finds himself beginning to care for Kiara.
Between the demon that wants to kill her and two fighting vampires, how will things play out for Kiara and Trent? Will this demon let them live to find out?
BURNED – Book 2
Just when it seems things can’t get worse…they do. When Kiara wakes up as a vampire, she knows things will never be the same. Her best friend is dead and the demon that killed her is still out there somewhere. They’re back to square one and Kiara’s newfound thirst hovers over everything they do. The hostility between Trent and Kaleib still brews just below the surface. Will Kiara hold it together or will she lose control? Will her new thirst be too much?
Kiara blames Trent for Sarah’s death and hates herself every time she feels something for him. Their budding trust is tested. Despite everything, he tries to be there for her. By her bedside when she wakes, helping her figure out how to tell her godparents what she is now, even staying in her house when she can’t sleep.
When Kiara’s dreams are plagued with visions of Sarah threatening her, Kaleib and Trent say that it’s coincidence. Her mind dealing with the loss. But as the visions come while she’s awake, it looks less like coincidence and more like something sinister.
Is it her anger over Sarah’s untimely death or is it something more? Something dangerous?
ANGEL – Book 3
With a battle close at hand, Kiara must face the darkness inside her. The only way for Kiara to save her loved ones from a sinister demon is to turn herself over. But doing so would ensure the destruction of not just those she loves, but the whole world. When she refuses, someone close is taken from her in warning, sending her into hiding with Trent and Kaleib. While a battle looms, Trent and Kaleib must put aside their hostilities toward each other to protect Kiara. They help her navigate the impending fight, not to mention the hunger fighting within her.
As the final fight draws near, Kiara and Trent grow closer, the limited space ramping up tension and making their passion hard to deny. Will their feelings strengthen them or be their undoing?
When the time comes, will Kiara yield to the darkness within her to destroy the monster haunting her?
Chatting with the Author
Amanda Leigh has had a love of words since before she could write them herself. Once she learned to read and write herself she just couldn’t stop. She reads any genre as long as the book sounds interesting. Which may explain why she can’t and never will be able to stick to one genre in her writing. From Contemporary Romance to Women’s Fiction to Paranormal Romance to Poetry and more to come. When she’s not writing or reading she enjoys getting swept away in a great TV show, going to the theater, listening to music, cooking and many different forms of art. She has a cat she adores and also loves Psychology, tea, coffee, chocolate and Elvis Presley. Not necessarily in that order. Feel free to get in touch with her.
Amanda came by to tell us some fun Facts/Behind the Scenes/Did You Know?’-type tidbits about herself, the book or the writing process of the book.
The Beauty of the Dark trilogy started out because of one sentence scribbled in a notebook from when I was 17 years old. “A witch and a vampire fall in love.” I thought it was going to be a short story and even wrote the first chapters during my senior year of high school and into the firs month or so of college (late 2009). I put it aside and forgot about it until September 2013. I found that notebook and those chapters again and began taking notes. About these characters, the world, the rules of the world, their histories, all of that.
Originally, the story was in third person limited perspective. When I was looking it over I decided that wasn’t going to work so I rewrote those first two or three chapters in first person perspective.
First I thought it was going to be a short story. Then a stand alone. Then a duology. Now it’s a trilogy. (With other stories in the same world to come.) Who knew? hahaha.
The book is told in alternating Points of View. Alternating between Trent and Kiara. I toyed with the idea of having Kaleib’s POV in there, too but decided against it. (He is getting his own stories, though and probably even a book with his accounting of the events of the trilogy.) However, I still consider Kaleib an absolutely integral character to this trilogy.
Trent was the easiest character for me to write in this trilogy. Actually, he’s probably the easiest character for me two write period. Out of any I’ve published or written. That doesn’t mean he’s an easy character to write, exactly, but he was/is the easiest for me. When I sat down to write Trent, Kiara and Kaleib’s character sketched and histories Trent’s backstory came flying out of my fingertips onto the keyboard as if it had always been there in my head. Just waiting to finally be let out. He’s the character that i know best, followed by Kiara. Really, those three are. Knowing them so well has its drawbacks, though. Especially with Trent because…he’s a complicated fellow. haha. So when I write something seemingly irrational and unexplainable that he does I know why he does it and sometimes don’t consider that the person who’s reading may not and they might just think he’s a jerk.
Trent wrote a poem for Kiara. I have this poem all written out and it’s even included in one of my poetry collections (Beautiful Broken.)
I always, always have playlists for my books. I sometimes make one for when I’m writing and a separate one for the official playlist I put in the back of the book. This is the playlist that includes every single song in all of the Beauty of the Dark playlists: https://spoti.fi/2PEaarQ
I keep a small wooden turtle on my desk that my best friend brought back from Europe for me. I keep it with me when I write for luck.
My mom bought my Vampire perfume while I was writing this trilogy. I put it on only when I’m going to be working on a story in this world.
I almost always wear my Wuthering Heights fingerless gloves when I work on this trilogy/world because the book is Trent and Kiara’s favorite (as well as mine) and is mentioned throughout the trilogy.
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