How I handled the research for “When I Look In The Mirror” by Tanith Davenport – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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How I handled the research for “When I Look In The Mirror”

Writing this book was a combination of research and imagination. I had read books about angels and demons before but was looking to try a new take on them, so I tried to avoid reading any while I was writing it – I wanted Zack and Dante to stand on their own.

My heroine Tatum, on the other hand, was a different story. Tatum is a hairstylist living in a flat with other stylists; she wants to become a colourist and is entering a hairdressing competition to that end. I am not a hairstylist or colourist, but I do spend a lot of time in salons since my hair is dyed bright blue. With that in mind, I had a chat with my regular colourist Paige about what an average day is like and what to expect. One thing she did mention, which I incorporated, is that as a colourist she tends to notice everyone else’s hair and think what she would do to fix it. Tatum has other things on her mind during the book, but she does notice other people’s hair.

The scrying scene was also one I took from experience, as I attended paranormal investigations while researching my previous book “I Heard Your Voice”. I saw several people attempt scrying – staring into a mirror in the dark and trying to see a spirit looking back at you, basically – and start screaming in terror at what they saw. I’m happy to say nothing like that happened to me, since I admit to having a phobia of mirrors in the dark, so I would have been terrified to go into the bathroom at night if anything scary had happened.

Tatum, of course, isn’t so lucky – but she does have Zack to help her with what she sees, and she has a supernatural power all of her own.

When hairdresser Tatum Fox takes part in a séance at a party, her only thought is of the attractive man sitting beside her, the mysterious Zack, who appears in her dreams that night and who she hopes to see again. However, when she begins to experience paranormal activity and finds herself confronted by an unnerving client at work, she discovers that the séance summoned a demon – and Zack may be the only person who can free her of him.

Zack reveals himself to be an angel, and shows Tatum that she also has the power to battle supernatural creatures – a power that is increased through sex with him. Their connection soon strengthens, but is Tatum strong enough to defeat the demon with Zack by her side – and can there be a future with an angel, or is their passion doomed to end?

Enjoy an Excerpt

“You’re not into this, are you?”

The voice, low and male, cut through Tatum’s thoughts. Automatically, she looked across the table at its owner, wondering at the same time how she had even heard him. He was on the other side of the table and conversation was going on all around them, yet she had heard him as clearly as if he had spoken directly into her ear.

She didn’t recognize him. His dark hair was slicked back, revealing high cheekbones and a chiseled jaw, a surprisingly modelesque face she was sure she would have remembered if she had seen him before. Ice blue eyes were focused on hers, a mysterious smile flickering on his lips.

“It’s not my thing, but I’ll go with it.”

“Mine neither.” His smile broadened just a little. “I’m Zack, by the way.”


His voice was still low, deep, and yet seemed to be cutting through the surrounding noise as though directly connected to her ear. Nobody else seemed to be paying attention.

“Ouija boards are an uncontrolled medium. Too many people, not enough care, not enough … respect.” Zack threw a glance at Nicole, who was swigging from a glass of punch. “Anything could go wrong.”

“So why are you doing it?” Tatum knew the question could have been directed equally at herself, but somehow she found herself wanting to know the answer.

Zack arched an eyebrow. “Somebody has to be in control.”

His eyes were still locked on hers, and Tatum felt a dark flush cover her face. To have somebody’s attention so tightly focused on her made something tingle low in her gut.

About the Author:Tanith Davenport began writing erotica at the age of 27 by way of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme. Her debut novel “The Hand He Dealt” was released by Totally Bound in June 2011 and was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award for 2012.

Tanith has had short stories published by Totally Bound, Naughty Nights Press and House of Erotica. She loves to travel and dreams of one day taking a driving tour of the United States, preferably in a classic 1950s pink Cadillac Eldorado.

Tanith’s idea of heaven is an Indian head massage with a Mojito at her side.

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