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Q & A with Author @sbaileyauthor | The Devil's Syndicate Series Book Tour and $15 Amazon GC / Swag Pack #Giveaway | #DarkRomance #Mafia #ReverseHarem #Romance

The Devil's Syndicate Series by Sarah Bailey is on virtual book tour. The dark mafia reverse harem romance stops at Readeropolis...




The Devil's Syndicate Series by Sarah Bailey is on virtual book tour.

The dark mafia reverse harem romance stops at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $15 Amazon gift card or swag pack with signed character postcards for the 5 main characters & a bookmark (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).







What inspired you to write this series?
As with most of my books, the idea just came to me whilst listening to music. The first song to go on the playlist (I have one for every book/series) was Put It On Me by Matt Maeson. But I was also listening to a lot of MISSIO at the time, that really gave me a focus for the characters. Especially Sing To Me and Twisted.


What can we expect from you in the future?
More dark romances. I’ve got a duet on the away after this series as well as a complete standalone that’s very different from what I’ve written before. For starters, it’s male/male and a really long book, which I don’t usually tend to write. It’s hard for me to describe and pin this one down, but we get to watch these two boys grow from children into adults. It’s full of dark and twisted happenings, a lot of which break my heart. It’s one of those books which steals your entire being and I can’t wait to release it.


Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Devil’s Syndicate?
So, we have Ash (Ashleigh) Russo, our heroine who is the daughter of a London crime boss. She’s feisty, smart and doesn’t take any crap off anyone.
Then we have our four heroes, Quinn, Xavier, Eric and Rory.
Quinn Knox is the de facto leader of this merry band of men. He’s an alpha male, dominant and likes to get his own way at all times.
Xavier Scott is our joker of the group. He doesn’t take life too seriously and is at constant loggerheads with Quinn.
Eric Nelson is our pragmatist who’s always trying to keep the peace. He takes care of the boys and is always there to offer an ear.
Rory Carter is the youngest of the group and the quiet one. He has a super tragic past and is darkest male of the group, but that boy is super observant too.


How did you come up with the concept and characters for the series?
The concept just came to me one day. The idea that a girl who’s not an innocent heroine gets taken by four men who want to use her in a revenge plot. I liked the idea of having four best friends who’d been through hell and back banding together to form their own family unit. Originally this was not meant to be a reverse harem at all. Ash was meant to be Quinn’s love interest, but as I started writing, it became clear to me there was more to this story than meets the eye. When I realized I wanted each of the characters to have their own point of view, I knew that reverse harem was the way I wanted to go with it. And it grew from there.


What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Getting to explore the backstories for each of my five main characters. They’re all very different and have their own unique personalities. I loved that about them. It made them feel more real to me.


Who designed your book covers?
I actually designed and created these covers. I usually work with a designer, but recently I’ve been learning how to do them myself.


Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
That I really enjoy writing non-traditional romances. Poly romance was never something I planned to write nor was something involving male/male either, but this series enabled me to branch out of my comfort zone. For the first time, I was writing not only multiple partners, but sex scenes involving more than two people. I think it pushed me as a writer, which is a good thing. Now I feel I can continue to write more diverse characters and romances which aren’t always so cut and dry.


Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
I don’t base any of my characters off real people. They have characteristics of people I know, but it’s more like an amalgamation of different people. I like my characters to feel real, so I breathe life into them that way, but they really do all come from my imagination.


Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
They hijack the story every single time. I’m never in control. They tell me what they want me to write and I go with it. Probably why I don’t do any huge major planning my stories. I’ll have ideas and a general gist of what’s going to happen, but usually just I sit down and write. The funny thing is often I’ll include things earlier that I don’t even realise relate to things later on down the storyline. Guess my characters know what’s coming but I don’t, so they know when to foreshadow. I think it’s more fun this way. I call it writing like I’m the reader. Plot twists will come out of nowhere a lot of the time. It certainly keeps me on my toes when I’m writing!


Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
This isn’t like any other reverse harem you’ve ever read. Some might call it a slow burn, but I’d call it real, raw and gritty. Ash doesn’t just fall into bed with these men, she develops an individual relationship with each of them. You’ll see them grow in unexpected ways and the wild ride is so worth the journey. It’s full of angst, steamy scenes, emotional turmoil and you won’t see the twists and turns coming. Our heroine isn’t an innocent girl, she’s just as dark and depraved as the men who take her.
If you want to read something a little different with characters who will make you laugh, cry, scream and most of all, fall in love, you should definitely pick up this series. It will put you through the wringer, but I always guarantee that HEA at the end.


Have you written any other books that are not published?
A fair few. I’m always writing something new, but I’ve got books sitting around which I’m not sure I’ll ever publish. I did start writing a sci-fi series, which has two finished books, but I’ve never completed the last one. I guess when I found my niche in dark romance, everything else fell by the wayside. Maybe one day I’ll pick them back up, but who knows.


Deceived 
The Devil's Syndicate Book 1 
by Sarah Bailey 
Genre: Dark Mafia Reverse Harem Romance 


Four of them. One of me. Who will give in first? 

It started when they stole me from my life. The daughter of a crime lord who ruled with an iron fist. The heir to a family of blood and ruin. 

They left only a whisper of a name in the air. Il Diavolo. A man whose reputation preceded him. Ruthless. Merciless. Cunning. 

The one they called the Devil. He was as beautiful as he was terrifying. Except I wasn't scared of him or his three friends. They might want to use me in their quest for revenge, but they picked the wrong girl. Or maybe I was the right one and none of us knew it quite yet. 

Our connection is undeniable. Our fates are entwined. But loyalty and lies keep us all locked in a battle of wills and denial. 

There’s only one thing I know for certain in this fight between the five of us. Secrets always catch up with you in the end. And my secrets were the worst ones of all. 

A dark reverse harem series with cliffhangers and drama in abundance and a HEA in the final book. 

Get ready to meet Ash and her boys - Quinn, Xavier, Eric and Rory. 




Defied 
The Devil's Syndicate Book 2 


Two become three. Lies, lust and betrayal. Who will fall first? 

It started when I chose to remain with them. The ones who took me from my life and changed all the rules. 

The chains binding me to my family loosened their hold. Little did I know that by taking me, Quinn and his friends began the long process of setting me free. And even as I got closer to the boys, the past always held us back. Keeping our feelings at bay. 

The questions plagued me. Where did my loyalties lie? Who could I trust? And the biggest one of all. Could I really go against everything I knew to be with the four people who kept me captive to use me against my father? 

Our secrets brought us closer. Our lies tore us apart. And it became crystal clear that every decision you make in life comes at a price. 

A dark reverse harem series with cliffhangers and drama in abundance and a HEA in the final book. 

Get ready for more of Ash and her boys - Quinn, Xavier, Eric and Rory. 




Derailed 
The Devil's Syndicate Book 3 


Three mixed with four. The captive became an ally. Who will break first? 

It started when they betrayed me. The ones who I’d come to trust. The ones I was starting to love. 

My world flipped upside down and nothing is as it seems. Everything was unravelling before my eyes, tearing us apart whilst pulling us closer together. 

I’m caught between two worlds. The one I grew up in and the one I’d started to forge with the boys. Everything came to a grinding halt when long hidden secrets came to light. The truth changed the rules and made us realise nothing in life is ever as it seems. 

Sometimes the only way out of a situation is through. Never before had been truer when it came to the five of us and our future together. 

Did we have a future? Or was everything too much for us to handle? The pieces were starting to fit together, but there’s always something holding us back. My family. My loyalty. My duty. And whether to throw it away or stand and fight by their sides. 

A dark reverse harem series with cliffhangers and drama in abundance and a HEA in the final book. 

Get ready for more of Ash and her boys - Quinn, Xavier, Eric and Rory. 




Debauched 
The Devil's Syndicate Book 4 


Four seek their fifth. The hunter devours his prey. Who will lose first? 

It started with an impossible choice. One I had no wish to make from a person who’d only just come to know. 

So many of our decisions had led up to this moment. Perhaps it was the way we’d come together which threw my life so off balance. Leaving me with the final say in a matter I wanted no part of. 

We had to draw up the battle lines. Change our fates. Or we’d all crash and burn. It wasn’t a case of if we’d fight for survival, it was when. When would he come after us? When would he try to destroy us? When would he decide I wasn’t worth saving any longer? 

The inevitable hung over us like a dark cloud. A time bomb waiting to go off. No matter how many times we tried to stay ahead, we were always one step behind. And it was perfectly clear, we had to be prepared to go to war or we might end up with nothing at all. 

A dark reverse harem series with cliffhangers and drama in abundance and a HEA in the final book. 

Get ready for more of Ash and her boys - Quinn, Xavier, Eric and Rory. 




Depraved 
The Devil's Syndicate Book 5 


Together. Apart. Where does it end? 

It started with the war. The war we’d wage upon the very man who’d raised me. The war which would either tear us apart or keep us together. 

We’d finally found our way to each other. The five of us gave in. It’d been inevitable from the start. Desire had forged us, but it was love which set us free. Made us into what we were. A family drenched in blood. 

Everything had built up to this moment. Our final fight for survival. Our final battle against corruption. Quinn, Xavier, Eric and Rory were the ones I had to protect at all costs. Even if it meant I sacrificed parts of myself in the process. 

We had so much to live for. So much to lose. Would we really win this? Would we come out the other side? Would we still be whole? And the very last question I had… Is the love we share really enough for all of us in the end? 

A dark reverse harem series with cliffhangers and drama in abundance and a HEA in the final book. 

Get ready for the final chapter of Ash and her boys - Quinn, Xavier, Eric and Rory. 





Sarah writes dark, contemporary, erotic and paranormal romances. She adores all forms of steamy romance and can always be found with a book or ten on her Kindle. She loves anti-heroes, alpha males and flawed characters with a little bit of darkness lurking within. Her writing buddies nicknamed her 'The Queen of Steam' for her pulse racing sex scenes which will leave you a little hot under the collar. 

Born and raised in Sussex, UK near the Ashdown Forest where she grew up climbing trees and building Lego towns with her younger brother. Sarah fell in love with novels when she was a teenager reading her aunt's historical regency romances. She has always loved the supernatural and exploring the darker side of romance and fantasy novels. 

Sarah currently resides in the Scottish Highlands with her husband. Music is one of her biggest inspirations and she always has something on in the background whilst writing. She is an avid gamer and is often found hogging her husband's Xbox. 





$15 Amazon, Swag Pack - signed character postcards for the 5 main characters & a bookmark 

(1 winner each) 

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2 comments

Get carried away with love!