Thursday, December 11, 2014

GUEST POST: LOVE TRIANGLES WITH KETLEY ALLISON

Recently, we discovered (through her discovering us) an up and coming author named Ketley Allison. Her new novella series called SNAPPED took us by storm and we cannot get enough. It is a blend of big city living, love, lust, betrayal and growing up all at the same time. The suspense is killer! And so is one of the characters! 

Welcome Ketley and see her thoughts below on those pesky love triangles! 




This series contains feelings after sex, good girls staying good (unless they don’t want to), good boys turning bad, great friends flipping sides, close lovers falling backwards, sassy mouths, stubborn jackasses, and a fight for the one, all in the name of f*cked up love.

But whose love is twisted?

In nine weeks Charlie Miller's life goes from high-rolling perfection to a crypt of sin. All it takes is one night, one blade, and her boyfriend, best friend and new friends all either end up as suspects or dead.


Nate Westcott, a pierced, tattooed, charismatic lawyer, is a man she can’t have—but a seductive danger she can’t ignore. He’s cocky, infuriating, brilliant and wrong, yet he makes her question whether she really is the good girl she wants to be or more like the selfish killer everyone thinks she is.

And her body wants him in ways she’s not supposed to crave.

As the weeks close in, cracks start forming in her everyday world of pro football golden boys, law school domination and New York City nightlife. Everyone she cares about is at risk because one of them doesn’t love Charlie back. In fact, they want her out of the way. Disposed of. Set up.

One more step, and all Charlie has to do is fall through.

Week 1 starts now.

WHO WILL SNAP?
Snapped is Ketley’s New Adult Novella series with all the romance you’d expect, but the killer—and lovers—that you don’t.
Kindle Edition, 105 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Ketley Allison LLC
Purchase this novella: Goodreads | Amazon

Get parts I, II and III today! 

Why I Still Love Triangles

Everyone who reads has heard it, said it or thought it: what is with all these love triangles in novels? Why do I always have to choose a team? Is it lack of originality on the author’s part? Laziness? A need for the writer to be on trend? It’s tiresome. It’s old. It’s—here it is again! GAH.

I’m not immune to these thoughts, but I also can’t stay away from creating lovers’ conflicts in my novels in quite this way. I see it as a form of choice. The idea that there is a match for your soul is wonderful and I don’t want to take away from that, so instead I see this as adding to it.

One doesn’t find their soul mate immediately – there are moments, trials, and tests. A person who drops into your life unexpectedly—like when you're taking a tentative sip of your fresh coffee while waiting at an intersection and they bump into you from behind, and you nearly topple into the intersection before he/she catches you—or, more likely, a person you simply are introduced to at a party and you notice them and you swear you can feel your eyes touch theirs. Yep, that moment – a tender second of developing love. A triangle doesn't deplete this. Instead, I see it as a real twist. Sometimes, you meet more than one person, either consecutively or months or years apart, and you get that feeling again. Sometimes, you are already with another, or you’ve broken up but still have a lingering, unfocused ache tying you to that previous relationship. But in most cases, there will be mixed feelings and conflict, a wrestling of emotions that all comes down to, who do I truly love?

This is one of the most beautiful and painful issues I crave to write about. And I find that love triangles aren’t simply “triangles” anymore. Authors are putting their own unique spin on this and, if you consider it closely, not every triangle is the same. 

More than one love interest encompasses growing up, taking chances, and finding the drive to be happy with another (or, in some circumstances, choosing no one and loving life just the same). How can it be resisted? We are not born with one person in mind. We are often faced with multiple crushes and more than one relationship.

While there will always be those who find that one love and stay with them forever (my best friend is one of them), what I think about when I have a blank page in front of me, what I try to evoke, is all the coils and snarls that searching for THE ONE brings and how to unravel them. How to make my reader feel that tension and how hard it is for my character to choose. And for me, that means more than one.

So yes, I absolutely believe in soul mates, but I also believe in the journey of reaching them.

Before you go! Take peek at Ketley's playlist for writing Snapped! 
1. You Lost Me - Sleigh Bells

2. Finders Keepers - Myriam Bryant

3. Melodies - Madison Beer

4. Into the Wild - LP

5. Oceans (Where Feet May Fall) - Hillsong United

6. The Way We Touch - WE ARE TWIN

7. This is What it Feels Like - Banks

8. At Sunset - Original Mix - Idenline

9. Emmanuel - Basecamp

10. Technicolor Dreaming - Cardiknox

And even more can be enjoyed here!

About the Author
Ketley Allison began her career by writing books as birthday presents for her friends (with her friend as the main character and opposite a super sexy lead, of course) before ending it in order to walk down a path she thought she was supposed to follow.

The writing bug never left her--and, in fact, would often bleed into the official papers she was supposed to write--so now Ketley's putting down her suit and finally following her dream. While her friends are no longer the stars of her books, she still throws in bits and pieces of them into each and every one of her characters.

As a result, her books tend to focus a lot on friendships as well as love, because let's be honest, friends are what really get you through--especially when your epic love turns into epic heartbreak.

Learn more about Ketley by visiting her website at www.ketleyallison.com

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