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Capture with Sandra Carmel

Sandra Carmel

Give us the one to two sentence tagline for your book.

When an ethics-bound geneticist discovers an evil plot to wipe the vampire gene from existence, will he expose the generations-old atrocity and risk losing the love of his life?

What surprised you the most while writing this book?

My ability to write multiple points of view and keep track of the subplots!

Why did you pick the setting you used for your book?

I chose Tasmania, Australia and Trondheim, Norway mostly because of the cool weather conditions that fit with the vampire characters’ needs. And both places have spectacular and atmospheric scenery too!

What is the sexiest trait of your hero(s)?

Intense, light jade green eyes.

What is your favorite scene/moment in your book?

When Richard (hero) and Eva (heroine) take the soulmate serum.

Tropes get a bad name, but they’re often the biggest draw for readers. What tropes do you love to write and read?

I love friends to lovers, fake engagement/marriage, falling for the best friend’s younger sister, enemies to lovers, soulmate/fate, second chance romance, secret romance. So probably most of them! Lol.

What are your favorite genres/sub-genres to write in? Are there any you love to read but cannot write in?

I really enjoy writing steamy contemporary, paranormal, time slip/time travel and menage. I love reading a bit of steamy historical, particularly Regency period, but I struggle to write it.

Which do you love to write best: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?

Ooh, I love writing a good love scene, closely followed by dialogue and setting.

Which do you hate to write: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?

I find it difficult writing bridging language to link scenes, for example, ‘The day flew past and now she was right where she wanted to be, had craved to be all day – in her lover’s arms.’


Erasing the past is the only way to survive the future… It’s beyond love at first sight the day geneticist Richard Hall spots secretary Eva Fjelstad. They have so much in common—a love of rare steak, red wine and music, and they work for the renowned, yet enigmatic research corporation Sub Rosa. The beauty of being a bright young geneticist is that Richard has access to cutting-edge technology, including a newly developed soulmate serum.

A sip of the serum and a brush of hands confirm Richard and Eva are destined to be together. But there’s a problem. Sub Rosa in the swinging sixties isn’t as peace-loving as it seems, and when Richard uncovers corruption at the very core of the company—a secret that goes to the heart of his parents’ disappearance—he’s faced with a decision no man wants to make.

Excerpt from Capture

In five minutes, he’d parked in front of her whitewashed, single-story house—green lawn, picket fence and all. He accompanied her to the imposing white wood door and they stopped in the shadows, couched in the dim, misty shimmer of a distant street lamp.

“I just wondered… Could I get your number? I’ll call you tomorrow.”

She shifted her weight from one delicate foot to the other. “Oh, um…yes, it’s—”

“Hang on.” He pulled out a blank coaster, and a pen from the inside pocket of his jacket, then pressed the round white card against his thigh, pen poised. “Okay, go ahead.”

“Two, two, three, nineteen forty-four.”

Richard jotted it down and slipped the precious piece of paper back into his pocket. “Thanks.” Then on another blank coaster he wrote, Eva, you’re intoxicating, and underneath it scrawled, Richard Hall, 223 1939.

“And here’s my number,” he said, and handed it to her.

Eva read his note, kept her head bowed and smiled, her hand shaking as she filed it away in her bag. Her shyness around him was the sweetest thing. Combine that with the sexual tension surging between them and Richard careened toward combusting.

He had never wanted to kiss a woman so much in his life. Would she consider it too bold? They weren’t even on an official first date. They’d hardly spent a couple of hours together.

“Um…I suppose it’s goodnight then.” Good to know his do-the-right-thing conscience always won out, even though it could be frustrating. Like now, when he wanted to taste her tempting lips.

“Yes…” she said, without looking up, but she didn’t move.

Hope sprang into his heart, speeding up the sporadic beats. Is she wishing for more too? “Eva…”

Her bewitching gaze reconnected with his then dropped to his mouth, and before he could stop himself, he kissed her. Instead of pushing him away, she molded her mouth to his, warm, supple and welcoming. Eva sighed, the remnants of red wine on her breath sending him straight from tipsy to drunk…on her.

Richard clutched her face and deepened the kiss, engaging their tongues like lustful lovers. She pressed her palms against his chest and leaned into him, sending his pleasure receptors into overdrive. He trailed his hands down her arched back to her sumptuous behind.
What am I doing?

Rational thoughts shackled his desire and he pulled back. “I shouldn’t have… I’m sorry,” he said, his persistent hard-on betraying his words. He had it so bad.


Sandra Carmel is an Australian-based author of engaging, thought-provoking romance novels, novellas, short stories and poetry, who writes for the pleasure of stimulating herself and others with words. An obsession with classic romance novels, particularly Jane Eyre, combined with marrying her own Mr Rochester were key motivators in commencing her romance writing journey. So far, she has taken the scenic route from contemporary to paranormal to erotic, creating provocative stories that delve beneath the surface of desire. She reads and writes a lot, frequently disrupted by her ever-attentive, cheeky cats, and sinfully amorous husband.

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