Tantra Bensko's Seductive Psychological Suspense
Plunge deep into profound love
No generic stereotypical stories but satisfying the tropes of Romance
Romantic Suspense love interests are regular people, not bodyguards, FBI agents, SEALS, etc
Classic plot structure
No Omniscient narrator (head hopping),
No male lead cheating
Questions of identity, ambiguity, dread, bewilderment, danger
Moderate heat level
Explorations of consciousness and wounded characters
More complex than Romance but should satisfy readers who enjoy sexy love stories with their Suspense
Floating on Secrets protagonists are contemporary New Adults finishing out college or internship. There is Gothic uncertainty about the motivations of the stranger floating in the tank in this hot hot hot Psychological Suspense novel.
The story-line about corruption in the small town in Indiana is more complex than simple romance. There is moderate violence and sex and swearing. Possible trigger in the first chapter. It is Close Third Person Past Dual Point of View, 80,000 words.
All genders enjoy this book, and many discover Neo-Psych Rock through its pages and come to love that style of music.
Buried in Lies: Prequel novella about Flair Montgomery's younger sister, Jennifer, demonstrates why Flair became in-law-averse. Jennifer, a Freshman studying psychology in a central Indiana university, has a crush on a classmate who is the professor's son. They ditch Human Sexuality Week for an adventure of their own.
Encore is a contemporary Gothic novel with adult characters and concerns: moving ahead in career, world events, history, philosophy, metaphysics, ethics, the arts, and passion. The love relationship is intense, with a guaranteed HEA.
It is a Romantic/Psychological Suspense, both genres having arisen from the Gothic tradition. It takes place in England.
Factual international history of the juncture of propaganda, occult practices, and intelligence agents pervades the novel.
Readers interested in historical intelligence assets like John Dee and Edward Kelley, Madame Blavatsky, Aleister Crowley, Nicholas Roerig will be on familiar ground with the references, as will readers with an interest in the history of alchemy and the appropriation of foreign mythologies to forge military alliances.
This is a powerful death-defying, cinematic love story full of mistaken identity, longing for two men, manipulation, and applicable esoteric sexual practices.
There is violence, swearing and mystical sex. It is First Person Past Single Point of View, 110,00 words.
It is Book III in The Agents of the Nevermind series.
Other Psychological Suspense (Not Seductive Romance)
The Agents of the Nevermind series: The first two books in the series garnered positive reviews, and have strong romances. They are Psychological Suspense, not Romance genre. The theme is the heroism of exposing social engineering. Thrills for Thinkers.
Remember to Recycle: Psychological Suspense: Website. On Amazon. Book 2 in The Agents of the Nevermind series. What if the homeless man going through your recyling bins knows more about your life than you do? Like who is going to die.
The Agents of the Nevermind series is Alternate History which takes a slight veer in the late 1980's: a President with the hormonal imbalance, gigantism, used the newly created intelligence agency to convince the public of the superiority of giants through history, such as in the mythical Atlantis. The intelligence agents, who network the United States and Britain, control the media to keep occult interests popular as they're handy for propaganda. Overall, the world of the novels is very similar to what we experience currently.
The prequel to the series, the novel Giant Jack, will reveal how that agency was created and follows the life of the simple country boy Jack as he grew up to influence the trend toward fetishising giants. The boy's father gave the Human Growth Hormone that was meant for the dwarf daughter to his normal sized son to make him grow tall; they could all work together as a show. Jack meets a giantess and they change the world.
At Lookout Mountain Labs in the Canyon, he acts for a production company run by the Nevermind Agency, which is creating a propaganda movie about Theosophical figures like Madame Blavatsky. One movie set is Murphey's Ranch, where the William Dudley Pelley's Silver Shirts once prepared for the rise of the Reich.
Publisher of all the books on this site is Insubordinate Books
Word count definitions:
Flash up to 1000
Short Story 1000 to 7,500
Novelette 7,500 to 17,500
Novel 40,000 to 125,000
Epic 125,000 and up
Tantra Bensko has always been an enthusiastic multi-instrumentalist, and now she brings you recordings of tunes, songs, and soundscapes, which can be found on the Tantra's Music page of this site. What's the connection between the music and the books? Floating on Secrets, and its prequel, Buried on Lies, are about indie musicians who make neo-psych and experimental sound.
The presentations are gleefully LoFi, but though they will always be made at the home recording studio, they will become increasingly sophisticated in production, and you'll find combinations of psych, drone, stoner metal, stoner rock, post metal, post rock, post punk, noise rock, doom, experimental, shoegaze, kraut rock.