Two lovers. One fate. One twist. It will all hang on the roll of a die. Marco is a seductive literature teacher embracing a life of unconventional pleasures to escape his past. His student Marisa hides behind a cheerful façade while struggling with the loss of her father and the estrangement of her mother. Their mutual fondness of literature brings Marco and Marisa closer, and the two find in each other a soulmate. When their secret relationship comes to light, they are torn apart. An unexpected encounter amidst mayhem brings them together again - two changed beings sharing unchanged feelings for each other. To be reunited, however, Marco and Marisa must take a risk that can jeopardize their love forever. RED is a tale of forbidden love that has received over two million hits on Wattpad. It was endorsed by journalist Debra Picket, a former columnist of The Chicago Sun-Times and contributor to CNN, as "an intriguing first novel - a thinking woman's 50 Shades of Grey." Set in Brazil and the US, RED is an unusual contemporary romance featuring references to philosophy, psychology, music and literature. If you enjoy the works of Sylvain Reynard, you'll love RED.
Price: Amazon's kindle price is £2.75. RED is also available for free with Kindle Unlimited. It is also available in paperback format.
Publication: RED: A Love Story was published by Something Or Other Publishing and was released on 28th March 2016.
Nicole Collet was born in Brazil and has multiple degreed in Journalism and Cultural Management. She's not only a writer but a translator too, having edited and translated works from authors like Ken Follett, Nora Roberts and Machiavelli. Nicole's novels are written in such a way as to inspire readers to think outside of what they know, challenging misconceptions. She writes about love and challenges her readers to think about love differently, combining psychology, philosophy, music, and literature.
Ah, that’s a good question. I used to be a romance buff, then I moved on to “serious” literature. Now I read romance mostly for reference. I think I write the stories I would like to read. I am very interested in human behavior, sexuality and spirituality.
Love is a theme that fascinates me because it’s so complex… What exactly stirs butterflies in your stomach and makes your heart leap? What makes that initial excitement fade? How can an undying love suddenly turn into hate? (The last question is actually easy: love and hate share the same neural circuits in the brain, just like pleasure and pain.)
Biologically, love follows a cycle. It starts with passion and a chain of chemical reactions aimed at ensuring the reproduction of the species. After the offsprings have been raised and a partner is no longer needed to help look after them, the biological tendency of love is to end.
Mentally, during the infatuation period, you obsess with the object of your desire, losing your appetite, concentration and sleep. The passion phase, however, doesn’t last too long for a simple reason: you couldn’t physically survive it.
What ensues is a period of tranquil marital bliss, and with it comes routine. Your mind seeks novelty, though, as it needs constant stimulation. Once you settle into routine, you may gradually get bored with your partner, and that’s the death sentence to love. Avoiding it requires effort and constant care.
In a spiritual level, love is an enigma. It can be the encounter of two souls teaching each other lessons that need to be learned by each individual. Souls seek one another for mutual growth. French philosopher André Comte-Sponville, in his wonderful A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues, says love is the greatest virtue of all because it is the deepest. That’s what I like to explore in my stories.
Romantic, dreamy, subtle, steamy, atmospheric, unconventional, with a touch of magical realism… It’s hard to describe!
The moment I learned how to write when I was a child. I had dreamed my whole life of becoming a writer, but I’d always thought I was incapable of creating stories. Today creating stories is what I love the most. It’s like a drug: I get obsessed when I’m writing them, I’m over the moon when I write something I like, and seriously, I get depressed if I write a passage that I find weak.