My name is M. L. Stark, and I wrote the “Burning Desire” series based on experiences from my personal life. For the past decades, I wanted to write a book about my life experience, from being born to becoming an adult woman. I was married for over 20 years and have adult children and grandchildren. As I was middle-aged I was divorced and met a new man that mentally abused me. In a flurry of lust mistaken for love with a swindler, all bets on a safe, happy life are off. I fell victim in my chase for love that engulfed me, and I couldn’t see through the love life as I was dating a sociopath, who had swindled others throughout his entire life his schemes and scams. Before I knew of it, I sacrificed my livelihood for this toxic adventure with the sociopath that takes us across the globe. Little did I know as I soon became a character in the psychopath’s private horror movie as he began to sink into his cruel mania of deceives, abuse and lies. Financially I was bailing him out of messes, lying on his behalf, leaving my children behind, and putting my life on the line for a future that eventually catches up to me. I must make the difficult decision to lose myself completely in love or leave the psychopath behind. While I was living in a petrifying mess, I still had the courage to help abandoned animals and support children’s causes if needed. In 2014, I began to research sociopathic behavior and along with my first-hand experience dating a sociopathic man, I reflected on that entire experience. When I relocated from abroad to United Kingdom, I at first wanted the writing to be self-help, so I could get control over my distraught life again. I wanted to shed light on psychological abuse and increase awareness of the blindness in adoration and the fake love scammers and sociopaths use to mentally abuse others. Living with a narcissist and a manipulative person is more than difficult to get through. My narcissist was not a monster or an evil killer creature, but he had a very cruel psychological agenda for me. In 2016 I got the courage to write some of my life experience of the double-edged sword of love, and I’m sure readers will find the line between love and manipulation is anything but clear-cut. Part 1 was published in February 2020 followed by Part 2 of the “Burning Desire trilogy: The Psychopath and the Girl in Black Prada Shoes” in autumn 2020. With my story I am hoping to connect with people and deter them from facing a toxic relationship in their lives by sharing my own real-life events. Today I live a content life in Bournemouth, United Kingdom, knowing that I’ve achieved the impossible; to write books about being a victim who survived the cruelty of abuse. Ending with one of Bob Marley’s quote: “The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman’s love without the intention of loving her.”

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