Author Spotlight (Interview): Pepper Winters



☆ ☆ ☆ Author Spotlight: Pepper Winters @pepperwinters ☆ ☆ ☆

About two years ago, I (Grace) saw some chatter about this book, Tears for Tess.  I knew right away that it was Yaya’s kind of book, so I told her about it, and the rest is history.  She went on and on about this book, convincing everyone to read it. Who would have guessed, that would have led to Yaya being one of Pepper’s beta readers.

While Q might not make every book boyfriend list (he’s near the top of Yaya’s list), I personally can appreciate good writing when I see it.  I was a fan with the Monster’s in the Dark series, and after the Indebted series, she has become an automatic 1-click author for me.  Not only does she have a wicked mind, but describes horrific events with a beautiful prose.

We are so excited to have the opportunity to interview Pepper, a Shortie Fave!  And if you haven’t had the chance to read her work, scroll thru this post, and 1-click away.  We promise you won’t be disappointed!


Describe your last release in 5 words or less (include title of book).

Pepper: FOURTH DEBT. Sinfully dark but full of heart.

What are you currently writing? 

Pepper: FINAL DEBT the last book in the Indebted Series.

How did you decide on writing in the dark romance genre?

Pepper: I’ve always been drawn to it. I love the darker subjects as it allows me to really get into the characters mind.

Who was/is your favorite character to write?

Pepper: Q and Jethro are by far my most favourite to write.

What was the hardest scene you’ve ever written (without spoilers)?

Pepper: Probably the last scene in Quintessentially Q when Tess does something to Q in order to come back to him.

Would you ever want your books to be made into a movie/TV series?  If so, what series and do you already have actors/actresses in mind?

Pepper: HELL YES!! TV series would be amazing. No idea about actors though 🙂

What is your favorite dark read, by another author?

Pepper: I really like Escape from Paradise by Gwendolyn Field

Do you read romance books out of your genre?  If so, which is your favorite?

Pepper: Yes, I can’t name a favourite. WAY too hard 🙂

Do you celebrate Halloween?  If yes, what was your favorite costume to dress up in?

Pepper: No, I was born and raised in Hong Kong and it’s not celebrated over there so never got into it. I feel like I’m missing out though!!

Name one thing you are afraid of (spiders, clowns, etc.).

Pepper: Heights.

Vampires, werewolves or other?

Pepper: Oh, tough choice. Both lol

Favorite scary movie?

Pepper: My mind has gone blank. I think….Jurassic Park (not that it’s scary but just OMG so good)

Final question: who is your favorite Star Wars character?

Pepper: I want to say Darth Vader as I liked his story as Aniken. But not sure if that’s allowed… go C3PO. 🙂

Thanks Pepper!



Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

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If you haven’t read them already, check out Pepper’s books:


Book Title: Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 376 pages


“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?




Book Title: Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 392 pages


“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… screwed up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs do make a right.”

Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.

He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.




Book Title: Twisted Together (Monsters in the Dark #3)
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 325 pages


“After battling through hell, I brought my esclave back from the brink of ruin. I sacrificed everything—my heart, my mind, my very desires to bring her back to life. And for a while, I thought it broke me, that I’d never be the same. But slowly the beast is growing bolder, and it’s finally time to show Tess how beautiful the dark can be.”

Q gave everything to bring Tess back. In return, he expects nothing less. Tess may have leashed and tamed him, but he’s still a monster inside.

After surviving the darkness, a new dawn has begun. Twisted Together wades through black to grey, chasing the light of true love to banish the shadows forever.

Pain is a requirement, connection a necessity. But ultimately Q and Tess must face their demons, before they can embrace their future.




Book Title: Destroyed
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 464 pages


She has a secret.

I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated.

I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn’t realized how far I could fall or what I’d do to get free.

He has a secret.

I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.

I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.

One secret destroys them.



Book Title: Debt Inheritance (Indebted #1)
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 222 pages


“I own you. I have the piece of paper to prove it. It’s undeniable and unbreakable. You belong to me until you’ve paid off your debts.”

Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Being the first born daughter, her life is forfeit to the first born son of the Hawks to pay for sins of ancestors past. The dark ages might have come and gone, but debts never leave. She has no choice in the matter.

She is no longer free.

Jethro Hawk receives Nila as an inheritance present on his twenty-ninth birthday. Her life is his until she’s paid off a debt that’s centuries old. He can do what he likes with her—nothing is out of bounds—she has to obey.

There are no rules. Only payments.




Book Title: First Debt (Indebted #2)
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 316 pages


“You say I’ll never own you. If I win—you willingly give me that right. You sign not only the debt agreement, but another—one that makes me your master until your last breath is taken. You do that, and I’ll give you this.”

Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Stolen, taken, and bound not by monsters but by an agreement written over six hundred years ago, she has no way out.

She belongs to Jethro as much as she denies it.

Jethro Hawk’s patience is running out. His inheritance gift tests, challenges, and surprises him—and not in good ways. He hasn’t leashed her but he thinks he might’ve found a way to bind her forever.

Debts are mounting. Payment waiting.




Book Title: Second Debt (Indebted #3)
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 260 pages


“I tried to play a game. I tried to wield deceit as perfectly as the Hawks. But when I thought I was winning, I wasn’t. Jethro isn’t what he seems—he’s the master of duplicity. However, I refuse to let him annihilate me further.”

Nila Weaver has grown from naïve seamstress to full-blown fighter. Every humdrum object is her arsenal, and sex…sex is her greatest weapon of all.

She’s paid the First Debt. She’ll probably pay more.

But she has no intention of letting the Hawks win.

Jethro Hawk has found more than a worthy adversary in Nila—he’s found the woman who could destroy him. There’s a fine line between hatred and love, and an even finer path between fear and respect.

The fate of his house rests on his shoulders, but no matter how much ice lives inside his heart, Nila flames too bright to be extinguished.




Book Title: Third Debt (Indebted #4)
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 386 pages


“She healed me. She broke me. I set her free. But we are in this together. We will end this together. The rules of this ancient game can’t be broken.”

Nila Weaver no longer recognises herself. She’s left her lover, her courage, and her promise. Two debts down. Too many to go.

Jethro Hawk no longer recognises himself. He’s embraced what he always ran from, and now faces punishment far greater than he feared.

It’s almost time. It’s demanding to be paid.

The Third Debt will be the ultimate test.




Book Title: Fourth Debt (Indebted #5)
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 350 pages


Fifth Book in the New York Times Bestselling Series

“We’d won. We’d cut through the lies and treachery and promised an alliance that would free us both. But even as we won, we lost. We didn’t see what was coming. We didn’t know we had to plan a resurrection.”

Nila Weaver fell in love. She gifted her entire soul to a man she believed was worthy. And in the process, she destroyed herself. Three debts paid, the fourth only days away. The Debt Inheritance has almost claimed another victim.

Jethro Hawk fell in love. He let down his walls to a woman he believed was his cure. For a moment, he was free. But then he paid the ultimate price.

There is no more love. Only war. Hope is dead. Now, there is only death all around them.




Book Title: Final Debt (Indebted #6)
Genre: Dark Romance
Releasing: November 2015


The Last Book in the New York TImes Bestselling Dark Romance Series. Where love tries to triumph and darkness continues to reign….

“I’m in love with her, but it might not be enough to stop her from becoming the latest victim of the Debt Inheritance. I know who I am now. I know what I must do. We will be together—I just hope it’s on Earth rather than in heaven.”

It all comes down to this.

Love versus life.

Debts versus death.

Who will win?



Book Title: Ruin & Rule (Pure Corruption MC #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 416 pages


“We met in a nightmare. The in-between world where time had no power over reason. We fell in love. We fell hard. But then we woke up. And it was over . . .”


She is a woman divided. Her past, present, and future are as twisted as the lies she’s lived for the past eight years. Desperate to get the truth, she must turn to the one man who may also be her greatest enemy . . .

He is the president of Pure Corruption MC. A heartless biker and retribution-deliverer. He accepts no rules, obeys no one, and lives only to reap revenge on those who wronged him. And now he has stolen her, body and soul.

Can a woman plagued by mystery fall in love with the man who refuses to face the truth? And can a man drenched in darkness forgo his quest for vengeance-and finally find redemption?



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