By M. S. BrannonNew Adult/Romance
Date Published: 6/6/2013
Darcie Claiborne spent several years of her young life living with a monster, always fearing what he would do next. Clasping onto her last ounce of hope, Darcie releases a scream. It’s her final attempt to live; to survive the villain of her reality. Sweeping her up in his arms, Darcie’s knight in shining armor rescues her from the hell she’s been living; from the stepfather she's feared for all those years.
Reggie Evans has been forced to grow up before he’s ready when his mother dies of an overdose, leaving him responsible to raise his younger brothers. One fateful night, Reggie jogs by an old, run down house and discovers a young girl clinging to life as she screams for help.
Three years later, Darcie is healing and always protected by the man who saved her, but now she's fighting with something she isn't prepared to face. The growing love for the man who saved her life three years ago, the same man who’s nine years older. All the while, Reggie fights to protect Darcie from the demons of her past and new ones of her present.
For me, inspiration comes from many different sources and events surrounding my life, a close friend or family member, or someone random stranger. I like to people watch. Sitting in a busy place I love to try and figure out what that person’s particular story could be. I will almost study them to the point it could be considered staring, watching their body language, interactions with others, and mannerisms they will you. Then try and write their story in my head. Often times ,I will end up writing down what
I’ve encountered in that moment and develop it into a short story in a matter of moments. Or I will see or hear of a certain event that’s happened and it will remind me of story I am currently working on. I will find a way to incorporate it into the story.
Scarred Love in particular was inspired by countless stories surrounding childhood abuse. Every time I would turn on the TV or read an article there was something new to report of a child who was kidnapped, abused, or worse killed by the hands at the people who were supposed to care for them.
The thought festered in my head and really bothered me. Then in the middle of the night Darcie’s story started writing itself in my thoughts and I flew to the computer to take it down. I wanted tell a story of a girl who was rescued from unimaginable abuse and make her into a fighter/survivor. I wanted show that it does not matter who you’re legal bound to, family are the people who will do anything to protect you.
Then of course I wanted to tie it all together and have her fall in love. All of this inspiration came from small news segments and articles I read about children suffering from abuse by the hands of people who were supposed to love them.
M.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest. She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music. She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience.