RG2E Featured Author Lily Silver – aka Dark Lily – talks Halloween and Middle-Age Goth

Happy Halloween, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

We’ve got a Halloween treat for you today with RG2E Featured Author Lily Silver, who’s also known as Dark Lily.

Lily’s Favorite Quote:

“I believe–I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always–take any form–drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul! [Lily’s note: his ‘life & soul’ being Cathy!]” Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

Take it away, Dark Lily…

I love Halloween.  To me, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the one time when the real me can emerge without the raised eyebrows and gaping stares. Why, you may ask would this be? Well, dear reader, I’m sort of a middle aged Goth. My license plate says DRKLILY. That’s Dark Lily phonetically. I get a lot of questions on that, with people seeing everything in the letters from Drunk Lily to Dr. Klily. I look at it this way, it works like an ink block; people see what they want to. Most get it, Dark Lily. But every so often someone tells me how much they love my ‘drunk lily’ vanity plate and I have to shake my head and wonder about them.

As a child, my TV heroines were Morticia Addams and Lily Munster.

I thought these ladies were so elegant in their long black hair and flowing gowns. I loved the Gothic feel of those shows, the dark atmosphere coupled with the extreme campiness.  I secretly wished I could have lived in that world growing up. When Anne Rice’s novel, Interview with the Vampire was first released I devoured it at the tender age sixteen (more than a few decades before the Twilight craze) and I fell in love with Louis, the tortured, angst ridden vampire protagonist. I since went on to discover Mr. Rochester of Jane Eyre fame and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights, although I have some problems with Heathcliff’s innate cruelty, I still could not forget his dark devotion to Cathy in life and death. [see quote at top]

My Gothic Romance: When I wrote the novel of my heart, Dark Hero, several years ago, I had a lot to live up to when it came to tortured heroes who were devoted to their ladies. Dark Hero is a Gothic Romance. Imagine a kinder, gentler Heathcliff falls in love with The Ghost Whisperer. The hero is tortured, angst ridden and tends to like to hide behind masks–both literal and metaphorical–as he uses false identities to insulate himself from the world. As a scientist and a former pirate, he uses both his wit and his physical strength to win the battle.

Dark Hero is also a historical romance, so I can get away with the swashbuckling pirate who dissects corpses for scientific research (a little Dr. Frankenstein thrown in). The Heroine has inherited the gift of the seer. She can see and speak with the dead. The females in her family were powerful in the magical arts, but she’s trying to ignore that unconventional inherited quirk and just be ‘normal’ like everyone else. These quirks give her trouble with the hero, as he’s a stickler for logic and reason. I placed the pair in a neglected manor house with plenty of ghosts–one who is becoming increasingly violent toward the heroine. So Dark Hero is also a paranormal romance as there is a strong supernatural element in play. The key to the heroine’s release from the haunting and the evil stalking her is within herself, but she’s afraid to tap into her dark side and use the magical powers within her and set herself free–kind of like the rest of us.

Did I mention that I love Halloween? It’s the time of year to celebrate the dark side of life. Television features all those great horror flicks from the past decades and newer ones to tempt our palate. I can put fake tombstones and ghosts up on the front lawn, hang plastic pirate skeletons from the porch. I can play a CD of creepy organ music as I dress in black and quietly sip a Bat Bite out of a silver chalice and hand out goodies to the kids brave enough to dress up as their favorite fantasy character for one day out of the year!

Me, I’ll be dressed as Dark Lily, distant cousin of Morticia Addams, of course.

I write historical romance, and so I really want to know what touches reader’s hearts when it comes to a romance hero. It’s your turn! What do you like in a romance hero? What don’t you like? I’d like to know either way, as a writer I want to create heroes that are swoon worthy and satisfying for the reader. Share it with me and be entered in to win a copy of Dark Hero, A Gothic Romance. I’m giving away ten of them in e-book form as a super Halloween Treat.

Dark Hero is the first in the Reluctant Heroes series. Book Two, Bright Scoundrel, will be released in December of 2012, and Book Three, Gallant Rogue will be released in 2013.

Thanks to the wonderful and fun folks at RG2E for letting me share my dark side with you on Halloween. Happy Haunting every one: may all your supernatural encounters be pleasant!

Links for DARK HERO ($2.99):

Amazon: http://amzn.to/Vq6W4e

Nook: 
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-hero-a-gothic-romance-lily-silver/1113027240?ean=2940014522441

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/148132

Sony: 
http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/lily-silver/dark-hero/_/R-400000000000000683950

Connect with Lily here:

Website:  http://lilysilver.webs.com/

Blogs: http://romancinghistorylove.blogspot.com/

 http://strictlygothic.blogspot.com/

Facebook:  Lily Silver, Author

Twitter:  Lily Silver @timeless_lovers

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What a wonderful Halloween post and superfab treats too, Lily! Thanks sooo very much for sharin’ the luuuvvv here at The RG2E!

The Best of RG2E Ereading and Halloween Wishes —

D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

 

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RG2E Featured Author PJ Sharon asks “Are You Afraid of The Future?”

Happy Monday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

Today, RG2E Featured Author PJ Sharon asks “Are You Afraid of The Future?”

Take it away, PJ…

I saw a funny cartoon on Facebook a while back. It said something like, “I’m an apocaloptomist; I know the world is doomed, but I believe everything will be okay anyway.” At the time, I remember laughing and thinking, that’s me! With all the hype about the Mayan calendar predicting the end of an age come this December, the pivotal political race looming, and the global economy circling the drain, not to mention Mother nature’s wrath wreaking havoc (hello Super-storm Sandy!), everyone is a bit…well…nervous might be an understatement. People have plenty of reasons to be on edge.

But here’s my take—there isn’t a darn thing we can do to stop any of it. Sure, we can vote for the leader least likely to hurry the process of inevitable collapse, but let’s face it, every culture has its day in the sun, rises and falls, and then disappears. Worrying yourself sick about it serves no purpose but to increase the climate of fear and ruin a perfectly good rest of your life. Many years ago, I learned a valuable lesson in synonyms from scripture. The definition of fear is, believing what you cannot see will come to pass. The definition of faith is, believing what you cannot see will come to pass. Ironic, huh? You can either live in fear or live in faith. I choose to live in faith.

When I wrote WANING MOON, Book One in The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a dystopian trilogy, I did a lot of research about what kinds of technology might survive a post-apocalyptic future, how people might adapt to a threatening environment, and what the world—at least our little part of it here in the US—would look like. I watched a ton of episodes of Doomsday Preppers, National Geographic specials on climate change and polar shifts, and Discovery channel episodes about high tech medical advances and space travel. My husband, having worked for thirty years as a space suit engineer and shuttle technician gave me invaluable insights into technology and where it could lead us.

The truth is our doom could come from any direction. To survive we need to adapt, improvise and overcome—a military credo that my characters live by. In my story, I chose a viral plague that wipes out three quarters of the population and a polar shift that threatens the rest of humanity with extinction. I know—cheery thought, right? I figured Mother Nature strives to find balance, and the biggest threat to her survival is overpopulation. With seven billion people doing their darndest to greedily suck the life out of her, the earth is bound to fight back. What better equalizer than a virulent strain of a microscopic bug that kicks our collective butts to kingdom come. Oh, the irony! We think we’re so tough. But really that’s all it would take for our world to be tipped upside down. A bug!

Irony being one of my favorite nemesis (nemesis’s? nemeses?), I thought the plague a fitting end, since it wouldn’t discriminate against the poor, the rich, and everyone in between. With rampant terrorism and today’s global travel, a world-wide pandemic is not much of a stretch. For good measure, I added a slight polar shift (something that is already happening), that would force a level playing field for survivors. Money can’t buy you out of an earthquake, tsunami, or tornado. Of course, our scientists would step up to the challenge and eventually find a cure for the virus and a way to create barriers against the solar radiation that would slowly kill us all with cancer. They could conceivably figure out a way to make fetuses in the womb immune, but at what cost—‘cause you know there is always a cost to messing with nature.

In sixteen year-old Lily Carmichael’s case, she is born with the ability to heal very quickly and also to heal others. Now as far-fetched as that may sound, I am a healer, and I believe that with a slight boost to my energetic field, I could do exactly what Lily does. If you think me a tad frou-frou, you’ve never had work done by a really good energy worker. My day job as a Massage Therapist keeps me very busy. If you doubt my superpowers, just ask my clientsJ

Imagine Lily’s conflict, though, when her healing abilities don’t work on her beloved uncle who is dying of cancer and she must travel to the trading city of Albany to find a cure for Sam. To challenge Lily further, our young and beleaguered heroine has to keep her gift hidden from the Industry, a rogue government agency set on capturing these genetically enhanced teens. To complicate matters, her thirteen-year-old brother has an opposing ability that is even more valuable to the Industry. He can take life with just a touch. Add some teenage hormones and a murdered Industry agent and you’ve got a real dilemma for both Lily and her brother Zephron whom she has vowed to protect.

When seventeen-year-old drifter Will Callahan shows up and Lily rescues and heals him, her secret is bound to get out. As if Lily doesn’t have enough drama, she is forced to deal with her growing attraction to Will who has his own secrets that could lead them both into harm’s way. I added a couple of loveable wolves, some interesting secondary characters, and a ticking clock for humanity, and I must say the apocalypse is looking mighty interesting. But I say FEAR NOT…oohhh, the author goddess speaks…perhaps it will take someone just like Lily to save the world. As long as there is faith, hope, and love, we have a chance!

I had so much fun writing Zeph’s character, I had to give him his own voice by writing a short story prequel in his point of view, called SOUL REDEMPTION, which is part of the WG2E All for Indies Anthologies Spooky Edition. You don’t have to read the prequel to enjoy the trilogy, but it definitely gives a deeper appreciation for what Lily faces, and why the story unfolds as it does. It also gives you a peek into the conflicted and creepy mind of a would-be killer—the perfect addition to a spooky anthology.

In honor of All Hallows Eve and Super-storm Sandy, I’ll be gifting copies of the Anthology along with e-copies of WANING MOON today. I want to make sure you all have plenty of reading material to ride out the storm! I’ll be working on Book Two, WESTERN DESERT, set for release next summer…assuming there is a next summer. Keep the faith people!

Waning Moon Links ($3.99):

Amazon

B&N Nook

Smashwords

Print copies through Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/3994643

Smashwords coupon code: HA75P

WG2E Spooky Shorts Anthology Links (99 Cents):

Amazon

B & N Nook 

Kobo

Smashwords

SOUL REDEMPTION on Wattpad 

About PJ:

PJ Sharon is author of several independently published, contemporary young adult novels, including Molly finalist, HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES, FAB Five finalist, ON THIN ICE, and SAVAGE CINDERELLA, a finalist in both the Sheila and the Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm contest. She is excitedly working on The Chronicles of Lily Carmichael, a YA Dystopian trilogy. WANING MOON, Book One, is now available on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.

Writing romantic fiction for the past seven years and following her destiny to write Extraordinary Stories of an Average Teenage Life, PJ is a member of  RWA, CTRWA, and YARWA. She is mother to two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Berkshire Hills of Western MA.

Connect with PJ:

E-Mail: pjsharon64@gmail.com

Website: http://www.pjsharon.com

Book Trailers: http://www.youtube.com/pjsharon64

Follow PJ on Twitter: @pjsharon

“Like” PJ on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pjsharonbooks

Find PJ on Amazon’s Author Central page: https://www.amazon.com/author/pjsharon

Follow PJ’s Promotional blog @ http://pjsharonyawriter.blogspot.com

Follow PJ’s Tuesday Scribes blog @ http://secretsof7scribes.wordpress.com

Good reads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5238865.P_J_Sharon

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pjsharon/

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As PJ said, Y’All, stay safe while you’re riding out Frankenstorm! And thanks sooo very much, PJ, for treating all of us in the meantime. U rock!!!

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

Cheers to You, RG2E Peeps…with My Bottle of Boos…and Ebook Gifts Too!!!

Happy Weekend, RG2E Peeps!!!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!!!

Who all’s gettin’ ready for Halloween?! We sure are at The Scott house!!!

We’ve got our Bottle of Boos…

And pumpkins too! (***I found this idea on Pinterest…you just drill the holes with different size bits and I used white Christmas lights inside.)

So we’ve got our pumpkins and boos…how ’bout an Ebook Gift too?!

I’ve got three October releases this year – each just 99 Cents (and all available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords too) – that are sure to put you in touch with the spirits of the season.

Think Hex an Ex…it’s Castle, gone-country, with a bit of Bewitched tossed into the mix. Here’s the scoop:

http://bit.ly/S3mRXU

You’ll never think of Halloween or “spooky” in quite the same way with these 4 spooky, short stories!!! 🙂 Here’s more about that:

http://bit.ly/R5SKvv

And for those of who you enjoy Political Humor and Commentary, here’s a spin on that, right in time for Election Season!!!

What if a Drag Queen determined the U. S. Presidential Election?

Think RuPaul as The Godfather of Wall Street

Here’s more:

http://bit.ly/Tq2oK7

Okay, RG2E Peeps, let me know below which one you’d like an Ebook Gift Copy of, and I’ll treat you!!!

Also, share with us your fave Halloween decorations…

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder

Think Halloween and Spooky Shorts, as in a Spooky Short Story Collection, with The WG2E’s Latest Anthology!

Happy Weekend, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

As we settle in for a wonderfully chilly Autumn Sunday, and continue the countdown till Halloween, here’s somethin’ superfab spooky to get you in the mood of the season…for just 99 Cents!

On Amazon

Barnes & Noble Nook

Kobo

Smashwords

Here’s the scoop on our latest WG2E Anthology:

With this Spooky, Halloween-themed Anthology, you’ll never think of Halloween in quite the same way.

In this Fifth Edition of The WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies, you’re treated to a terrific, one-of-a-kind approach to the anthology concept.

You’ll get a variety of genres and story-lengths all packaged together as a wonderful way to discover some of today’s hottest new authors!

Plus, each WG2E Anthology is based on a different theme.

In this WG2E Spooky Shorts Edition, you’re getting short stories that yes, have a spooky, Halloween element, but you’ll never think of spooky or Halloween in quite the same way.

For example:

“Think one crazy aunt cooking up a cauldron full of trouble…it’s spell-casting gone awry and Voodoo Doll Hell” for D. D. Scott & David Slegg’s STUCK WITH A SPELL

“The future can be a frightening place, even for those with special powers” for PJ Sharon’s REDEMPTION

“Is Creepy Mouse Guy really a creep?” for Lois Lavrisa’s TREAT OR TRICK

“Sometimes, it’s not the undead who are truly scary” for Patricia (P.R.) Mason’s NOT A SPARKLE IN SIGHT

About the Authors:

All the authors in the WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies are regular contributors to The WG2E site. At The WG2E, it’s all about writers helping writers reach readers with great books for great prices. It’s all genres and all story-lengths, from just a couple of pages to novel-length too!

Praise for The WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies:

“A fun read…for any day.” — Diane Vallere

“I have read most of them…I liked them all for their different styles and genres.” — Julie Day

“I loved Spring Fling! I can’t wait to read the other two…” — Shadow

“…a sampler of genres and styles, and gives the reader a chance to find new writers… and explore beyond the same old books he or she has been reading for years…I have to admit that the collective imaginations of these writers boggles the mind!” —Patrice Fitzgerald

“Wow! What a list of awesome authors and fabulous story concepts! It is so much fun to read each one…can’t wait for the next one!”— Reader Ann

“What a great idea, WG2E! I love being able to read several different genres in one collection but with a central theme connecting them. And it’s a terrific way to find new authors!” — Sab

For more information about our WG2E Anthologies, including all the previous editions too, check out the following RG2E Post:

http://bit.ly/QWynlG

Also, be looking for our Sixth and Final Edition – MARTINI MADNESS – this Holiday Season!

In the meantime, I also want to encourage y’all to check out the incredible, inaugural edition of our WG2E Street Team’s Anthologies/Short Story Collections…

On Amazon US Amazon UK Barnes & Noble Kobo Smashwords

Price: $4.99

The WG2E Street Team, via their Beach Book Blast entity, will be continuing our WG2E Anthology tradition with their own unique twists!

You can get all the terrific scoop on The RG2E:

http://bit.ly/QrF13U

Happy Reading and Welcome to our WG2E All-For-Indies Anthologies and our WG2E Street Team/Beach Book Blast Short Story Collections too!

Now then…who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of our SPOOKY SHORTS EDITION?! Let us know below, and you just might win one!!!

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott

D. D. Scott and David Slegg talk ‘Hex Your Ex’ in their latest release Stuck with a Spell

Happy Tuesday, RG2E Peeps!

Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!

And Happy Halloween early!!!

STUCK WITH A SPELL (The Stuck with a Series Book Two) is here for just 99 Cents!!!

On Amazon

Barnes & Noble Nook

Kobo

Smashwords

For Stuck with a Spell – Book Two of the Stuck with a Series – think Castle and Beckett gone-country with a bit of Bewitched tossed into the mix.

And for all of you D. D. Scott Bootscootin’ Books and Cozy Cash Mystery Fans, The Mom Squad’s Grams joins the fun!

The Stuck with a Series is Castle gone-country with The Mom Squad and a crazy-ass aunt also in the barnyard. For Stuck with a Spell – Book Two in the Series – there’s a bit of Bewitched tossed into the mix. Think hex an ex.

Nicky Blane, a Bestselling Author and Farmer-in-the-making, doesn’t need to look far to find creative inspiration for his novels. His crazy-ass Aunt Liza, a wanna-be witch, lives next door. But this time, she’s blown it big-time with a hex on her ex that’s gone a wee bit awry.

Think graveyards and Voodoo dolls, spell-casting and cauldrons, potions, raw emotions, and more.

Bonus Content Included:

A Sneak Peek at D. D. and David’s first Stuck with a Series Christmas Novella – STUCK WITH SLEIGH BELLS – is also included.

What if the guy in the big red suit is sick and it’s up to Grams and her Significant Other, Father Time, to save Christmas?

Here’s one of our first reader’s reactions (straight off of Facebook the morning after its release):

“…after cleaning my house last night I thought i’d lay down and take a lil peek at your new book…I finished it at 2 this morning…… I had to read chapter 7 twice because it was sooo dang funny! Another FABULOUS book!” — Gina Maples Mashai

David and I just had a ball writing this one!

Wouldn’t we all luuuvvv to be able to ‘Hex an Ex’?! LOL! Whether it’s an Ex Spouse, Ex Friend, Ex Family Member, Ex Mailman (damn, I’ve had some crappy ones…how ’bout u?). You name it…but wouldn’t we get a kick out of helping karma out a bit? You know…along these lines:

Anyhoo…

So you Hex an Ex…but what if your spell goes a wee bit awry?

That’s the story question for this one and the inspiration behind it.

It’s Your Turn, RG2E Peeps: Who’d like to Hex an Ex? C’mon, don’t be shy…

Oh, and in the meantime, who’d like an Ebook Gift Copy of STUCK WITH A SPELL? Let us know below, and you just might win one!

The Best of RG2E Reading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder