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Why Tess Rider wrote Bring Me to Ruin

Bring Me to Ruin cover art

It’s a pleasure to be your guest today, Pauline. Thanks for having me.

Today I want to share with you why I wrote my debut novel, Bring Me to Ruin, a sci-fi/paranormal romance set on a ruined Earth in a broken future where time has shattered. Dark, sexy and full of adventure, it’s the first in a series about a town plagued by ghosts, the Fae and a deadly form of nano-technology known as necro-tech.

The universe in which the series is set first came to me over twenty years ago as a dream about a haunted town. The Haunted Hollow has been quietly building itself in the back of my mind ever since. Long fascinated by the eerie atmosphere of ghost towns and the timelessness of dreams, I wanted the series to be set in small town California, bucolic on the surface but haunted by ghosts and nightmares in the shadows. In addition, I wanted to follow not just certain characters, but also the history of the town, past, present and future. Eventually, the storyline evolved to incorporate time travel and a hidden world underneath the town, a world where time is broken and an evil sorceress threatens to decimate the human race with a highly contagious ghost army infected by the fatal necro-tech virus.

Into this alternate reality, I dropped two characters who also first came to me in that dream of many years ago. Raised in the trenches of the Great Ghost War, the General is a heroic figure, but also a solitary, lonely man. Because of his role as leader of the last human enclave, he has to keep everyone at a distance. He believes it’s necessary to get the job done. Enter Thea Maloney, who steps through time and shatters everything he thought he knew about himself. Since these two have been circling each other in my head for years, it was a lot of fun finally writing the combustible scenes between them as they danced around their attraction on both the physical and soul levels. Both of them are fish out of water. She’s been thrust into a post-apocalyptic future full of dangerous new technologies and violent, dark magic and he’s never been in love before. Of the two, he has the hardest time adapting. Exploring their fears and desires and growing the universe of the Haunted Hollow has literally been a dream come true.

You can pick up your copy of Bring Me to Ruin:

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Thank you so much for hosting me today, Pauline! Thanks for reading, everyone!

Tess Rider author photoTess Rider lives with her wonderfully eccentric husband in an equally eccentric Victorian in the San Francisco Bay Area. An avid cat lover in search of her next cat(s), Tess is a huge fan of anything by Joss Whedon and gets inspiration for book titles from song lyrics. She’s an accountant by day, a novelist by night and an artist at heart 24/7. Her debut paranormal time travel romance, Bring Me to Ruin, released April 2016. Find her on the web at and contact her at

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My thanks to Tess for stopping by to share her story! It sounds most intriguing! What say you, readers? Have you ever had a dream stay with you for years and years?

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