Thursday, 8 August 2013

Truth Blog Tour: Sherry Hayes on her inspiration for the Finding Anna Series


I absolutely love Sherri Hayes' Finding Anna series so when I was invited to take part in the blog tour to celebrate the release of the 3rd book Truth I jumped at the chance. If you haven't come across this series before you might not want to read the blurb for Truth (below) because it does contain mild spoilers for the previous two books. You can find out more about the first book Slave by reading my review here though and it's a series I can't recommend highly enough. You can also find out about Sherri's inspiration for the series below, this is spoiler free for anyone who is new to the series.

If you're already a fan of the series then I'm sure Need left you desperate to get your hands on this new book. I'm in the middle of reading Truth right now and loving it, the story picks up immediately after Need ended so we finally get to find out what happens next. I'll be posting my review in the next few days so make sure you keep an eye out for it.

For the last two months, Brianna has discovered something she never thought she would again. Hope. After the horror of being Ian’s slave for ten months, a fate she never imagined she’d escape, it feels as if she is living a dream. She has freedom she hadn’t expected to have again, and she wakes up every morning not fearing what the day will bring.

There is also Stephan. The man who saved her from the daily torture she had to endure at the hands of Ian and his friends. The same man who makes her heart race with just the thought of him. Life is good.

Outside forces are determined to conspire against them, however. When Brianna’s father shows up on her doorstep, it sends her world spiralling out of control. He brings with him new information about how Brianna ended up in Ian’s clutches, but will it make a difference? Will Stephan be able to find a way to make Ian pay for all he made Brianna suffer?

As Brianna and Stephan try to find out the truth, their relationship is tested. She is forced to face her past head on and deal with the ugly reality of what happened to her. Will Stephan’s love be enough to see her through her newest challenge, or will the fragile trust they’ve built come crumbling down around them as the truth makes itself known.

Finding Anna Series:
Slave
Need
Truth
Title and release date for the 4th book are to be confirmed

Now please give a very warm welcome to Sherri!

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Sherri Hayes on her inspiration for the Finding Anna Series:

The idea for my Finding Anna Series came about roughly four years ago. A friend of mine convinced me to start reading some BDSM-themed stories online. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed them. What fascinated me most, though, was the amount of trust and communication that went into the relationships.

Several months after that, the Jaycee Dugard story hit the news. For those of your readers who don’t know, Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped as a young girl, and held hostage for twenty years by a man in his house. The fact that this happened right here in the US amazed and intrigued me.

It was a few days later that I got the idea to combine the two. What if I took a young girl, trapped in a slavery situation, and had a wealthy Dominant buy her to get her out? It led to many more questions like what would she be like when he got her home, and how would he deal with her issues.

After a few days of brainstorming, I penned the first chapter, and sent it off to a friend to read. She loved it, and begged for more.

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Author Bio
Sherri is the author of five novels: Hidden Threat, Slave (Finding Anna, Book 1), Need (Finding Anna, Book 2), Behind Closed Doors (A Daniels Brothers Novel), Red Zone (A Daniels Brothers Novel), and a short story, “A Christmas Proposal.” She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three cats. Her mother fostered her love for books at a young age by reading to her as a child. Stories have been floating around in her head for as long as she can remember; however, she didn’t start writing them down until she turned thirty. It has become a creative outlet that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found helping her husband in his woodworking shop.

Visit Sherri's Website at http://sherrihayesauthor.com/

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Thanks for a fabulous guest post Sherri, I always wondered how you came up with the idea for the series! I think one of the things that makes these books quite so compelling is the fact that Brianna's story is so believable, it is horrific to think that things like slavery still exist - not just in the third world but also in countries like England and the US - but we've all seen enough stories similar to that of Jaycee Dugard's to know that it does still happen. What upsets me most is that the majority of these women will probably never be found and won't be lucky enough to have a guy like Stephan to come along and rescue them.

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