Beach Book Blast’s “Warm Winter Reads” Day Two!

Sit back, fill your coffee mugs or tea cups (or wine glasses) and enjoy a second day of Warm Winter Reads from The RG2E’s Beach Book Blast Author Friends!!!

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***And thanks bunches to RG2E Featured Authors Lily Silver and Janice Lane Palko for sharing the scoop…


Welcome to a Reader’s Paradise!

So many of us believe in the adage:  You get what you pay for..  That is true, but not always.  A recent report from Digital Book World reveals that the average price for a top-25 bestselling book has fallen considerably, dropping from a high in October of $11.37 to $8.23.  What’s that have to do with you?  Everything!  It’s never been a better time to be a reader.  More people are writing books giving you, the reader, more choices, and since the prices are coming down, it means you get more bang for your book-buying buck.  It’s a veritable reader’s paradise.   And speaking of paradise, this is the last day to snag some great read from those authors who hang out at the Beach Book Blast site as well as being the last day to register to win the spectacular prizes they are giving away.

Below is a sampling of those being offered:

A little world travel, a little romance, and a lot of suspense!


From the beaches of California to Jamaica, New York, and Europe, Emily finds herself on a madcap race against time, running from an unscrupulous organ broker who wants her dead, all the while checking items off her unusual bucket list. On top of it all, she’s falling in love with the most unlikely person, a man who can never return her feelings . . . but will his friendship be enough?

Buy Links for Carpe DiEmily by Riley J. Ford:
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A little epic fantasy makes the winter blahs go away:


A tiny Mesopotamian town becomes ground-zero for this fantasy fiction retelling of mankind’s most epic story about the battle between good and evil, the clash of empires and ideologies, and the greatest superhero to ever walk the Earth, the Archangel Mikhail.

Buy Links for Sword of the Gods by Anna Erishkigal: 


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Escape to Ireland of the past for mystery, romance & magic set in a haunted castle:

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**Released January 1, 2013—-Lily is offering a free digital copy to RG2E readers who request it by leaving a comment here with their email address below.

In 1802, Notorious rake Kieran O’Flaherty flees to Ireland to hide from the scandal attached to his name. At Roisin’ Dubh Castle, Kieran meets Rose De Lacy, a determined spinster who follows the philosophy of a revolutionary feminist.  Can Kieran convince Rose marriage is not the life indentured servitude she imagines it to be? As an adept at the magical arts, Kieran also struggles to free his ancestral home from a menacing evil that craves the blood of the innocent.
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Embrace the Magic:

Get the first three books of The Claire Wiche Chronicles in one set!

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Claire Wiche is an ordinary woman, running her Wicca shop, The Wiche’s Broom, in an ordinary California beach town. But Claire wasn’t always ordinary, and she isn’t quite human. This special boxed set includes the three novels:

*  Rest For The Wicked

*  A Gathering of Angels

* Carry On Wayward Son

Buy Links for The Claire Wiche Chronicles by Cate Dean:

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An officer and a billionaire playboy join forces to help a town after a devastating storm:

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She’s spent her life avoiding love. Captain Charlotte “Charlie” O’Brien, a doctor in the United States Navy, returns to her home in North Salem, Massachusetts to visit her family and make an important decision about her future.  Mother Nature has other plans when a hurricane strikes, flooding the town and throwing Jake Sherbrooke in Charlie’s path.  Initially she believes Jake is nothing more than a rich playboy, but quickly, she learns that he is so much more.

The Billionaire Playboy by Christina Tetreault;

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A little intervention from a Saint, and some very sassy bar patrons:


Peg McMaster has been praying to St. Anne, the patron saint of housewives, to find a suitable wife for her son before she dies, and she believes that Anne’s arrival on the Feast of St. Anne is the answer to her prayers. With the aid of St. Anne and the rest of the characters who frequent the bar, Peg conspires to bring Anne and Gerry together in this charming, heartwarming tale that readers have described as spirited, sparkling, and sassy.  St. Anne’s Day will make your day too!

St. Anne’s Day by Janice Lane Palko:

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Another New Release for January; A Time Travel Romance!

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Two lovers separated by an evil curse…
It is 1807. Adrian Segrave, Viscount Bournemouthe, and Lady Emmaline Deramore are about to wed. But a mysterious Frenchwoman has her ambitious sights on the groom. When she sets her cruel plan in motion, she leaves devastation in her path.  A quest through time…

Heartbroken, Emmaline embarks on an adventure she’d never imagined. There is one thing she wants more than any other — to get back her man. When she finally finds her prize, he does not have a single memory of her, and her worst nightmares are far from over. Is this love meant to be, after all?

An Eternity of Roses by Natalie G. Owens:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

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The Hot Shots is a romantic comedy with James Bond elements for fun and fast paced action with passion.

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The snap on the story:

If you were a Boston decorator, would you jump off the USS Constitution into Boston Harbor with a perfect stranger?

You would if he looked like hunky Chauncey Miller.  She goes on the run with Chauncey to set a trap for the mad man in London. But once Chauncey catches the mad terrorist, how will she ever be happy to return to her life as a decorator?

Buy Link For The Hot Shots by Stephanie Queen:

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Exotic places and hot romance that’s sure to warm your blood:

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Book 2 of the contemporary romance Challenge series, set in Nigeria. Three friends. Three challenges. Are they willing to risk everything for love?

Paul isn’t ready to forget the dark-haired beauty or their scorching night together so he plans to have Ijay right where he wants her—in Abuja, working on his latest business project by day and enjoying the pleasure of his bed by night. When Ijay arrives, she’s wearing another man’s engagement ring. With the explosive desire between them threatening their priorities and loyalties, the stakes get higher by the minute.

Who’ll be left standing at the altar when Ijay walks down the aisle?

Sale price for eBook: $1.99 from Amazon or All Romance (for a limited period). Usual price: $3.99 

eBook Available at:

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnesand Noble | All Romance eBook | Kobo | Diesel | WHSmith

Paperback Available at:

AmazonUS | AmazonUK | Barnesand Noble | BookDepository | Createspace


There you have it, our Sunday line-up for the Beach Book Blast Warm Winter Reads Event.  Leave a comment below requesting one of these great reads. You could be a lucky winner of free e-book.

And don’t forget to stop by our Beach Book Blast Blog to register to win a $50 Best Buy gift card so you can get some fabulous new accessories for your e-reader.

Thanks for joining us.

Lily Silver and Janice Lane Palko and the rest of the Warm Winter Reads Authors!


I’m in Ebook Heaven, Beach Book Blast-ers!!!

Totally superfab awesome sauce selections!!!

Thanks bunches for sharing with us and for the Ebook Gift Copies and other terrific prizes too! Y’all rock!!!

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



The Beach Book Blast Authors are Back with their “Warm Winter Reads” Event!

We’re all in for a treat this weekend, RG2E Peeps!

It’s time for another Beach Book Blast Event!!!

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Here to tell you all about it – including the Ebook Gifts, huge prizes (like a  $50 Best Buy Card and a $25 Gift Card from your choice between Amazon, Barnes & Noble or iTunes), and individual author prizes too – is RG2E Featured Authors Lily Silver and Janice Lane Palko!


Hi RG2E Readers!

It’s nearly two weeks since we celebrated the arrival of 2013, and the writers from the Beach Book Blast knew that once we flipped the calendar and settled into January, you would be looking for some fantastic stories to fill your e-readers.  Seventeen of our authors are offering books to warm up your winter reading.  Many of you may have just received your first e-reader as a gift and are not sure about embracing paperless books, but that brings me to another new year that is soon approaching—Chinese New Year.  This is the year of the water snake.  According to Chinese legend, the water snake is a formidable creature because even though it is small, it can swallow an animal much larger than it.

E-books are the water snakes of the publishing world.  While we are confident that paper books will never completely go away, e-books and e-readers are gradually swallowing up the traditional publishing world, and once you download our books, you will know why.  Indie books are the wave of the future!  Take a look at the ones featured below and start reading today.  Also, make sure to drop by the BBB site and register to win a $50 Best Buy gift card so you can get some wonderful accessories of your e-reader. Second and third prizes include gift cards from digital outlets for more e-books.

Happy New Year from the Beach Book Blast authors!

Our Featured Beach Book Blast Warm Winter Reads Day One: 

New Release by Donna Marie Rogers from the Series Welcome to Redemption. (Book # 7)


Sheriff Chase Lowell has never been more scared in his life than when he discovers the diner where Hannah Porter works has been robbed at gunpoint. He’s been in love with her for as long as he can remember, but has kept his feelings in check because she’s his best friend’s little sister.

Buy Links For Never Let Me Go by Donna Marie Rogers

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Another New Release for January; small town romance at its best. This is the companion story to Donna Marie Roger’s Never Let Me Go, (Welcome To Redemption Series #8).


After escaping an abusive ex-husband, Jenny Clark focuses on making ends meet from one day to the next. Then she meets her new apartment building manager, and the passion in his kisses dare her to believe she could have a second chance at love.

Buy Links for Hold On To Me by Stacey Joy Netzel:

Amazon, Apple iTunes, AReKobo, SW

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Everybody loves a murder mystery!

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When Presley’s boss is found hanging she thinks its suicide until the police discover its homicide. Who would want to kill the owner of a high end women’s boutique? Presley’s not sure but she’s determined to find out.

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Just in Time for Valentine’s Day!

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 Hearts, cupids, and diamond rings … bah humbug!

Amanda Goodwin inherited her Valentine grinchness from her Grandpa George, so when she returns home for her Grandma’s Valentine’s Day wedding, it’s bah humbug all the way. Until, that is, she encounters her grandpa’s ghost. Fortunately, she’s not in this alone.

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E-book boxed sets are all the rage this year:

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       Dance ‘n’ Luv Collection by Alicia Street & Roy Street  

Three Complete Novels plus a short story!  

The Dance ‘n’ Luv series shines a spotlight on women of the dance world. Not necessarily the stars, but the unsung heroines, the dilemmas they face and the men who capture their passions. 

Special Boxed Set Includes three full length novels:

*  Kiss Me, Dancer

* Touch Me and Tango

* Stars, Love and Pirouettes

**Plus Snow Dance, the short story prequel to the three novels!

Buy Links for Dance ‘n’ Luv by Alicia Street and Roy Street:

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Add some southern mystery and romantic suspense to your life!

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Private Deception is the first novel in the Jade O’Reilly Mystery series by Amazon Bestselling Mystery and Romantic Suspense Author Tamara Ward. The novel’s prequel, the short story Jade O’Reilly and the Ice Queen, joins Jade O’Reilly and the Mysterious Musician, a short story that follows Jade on an adventure after this novel. In all three, action and light romance combine with engaging characters and humor for page-turning whodunits set in the fictional coastal town of Sweetwater, NC.

Buy Links for Private Deception by Tamara Ward:

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Even a perfectionist needs a little help:


Harry Chambers is a workaholic and perfectionist, and it is these traits that leave him stressed at a time of fun – Christmas. He wants to get the office’s directory done by the deadline but it isn’t working out, until his aunt Geraldine comes along and tells him ‘A trouble shared is a trouble halved’ and he doesn’t need to work alone. Harry discovers that colleague, Carol is there to help, and she does, getting him more organised. As she helps him day by day, Harry falls in love with her, and realises that ‘A trouble shared’ is certainly a trouble halved.

Buy Links for A Trouble Shared by Julie Day

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Add one hot firefighter and some spicy, sexy romance to your nights:

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A firefighter desperate to save his failing marriage earns the trust—and the sexual submission—of his controlling wife in the most pleasurable of ways. Hoping that the trust required by BDSM will help them rebuild their faith in each other, Jamie and Erica embark on a journey of sexual exploration. But is it too late to repair their crumbling marriage?

Buy Links for Under His Command by Kristine Cayne:

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Leave a comment here letting us know which little gem above would make your day. You may be the one to win a free e-book copy of your choice.

And stop by the Beach Book Blast Blog:

to read more about these fabulous authors,their efforts to warm up those cold winter nights and your chance to win more prizes!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Janice Lane Palko & Lily Silver


This is just fabulous Beach Book Blast-ers!!!

I actually bookmark your RG2E Posts and then use your wonderful books as my To Be Read Lists!!! Whatever I’m in the mood for, y’all have it!!!

Thanks Bunches for your Ebook Gift Copies and for all of your other terrific prizes too! U rock!!!

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


RG2E Featured Author Lily Silver wants to know “Do You Believe in Fairies?”

Happy Thursday, RG2E Peeps!

Here’s a superfab fun question from RG2E Featured Author Lily Silver

“Do You Believe in Fairies?”

I’ve always had a weak spot for fairies. It all started with Tinkerbell, that cute little pixie-like creature with wings when I was a little girl. Tink in Peter Pan captured my fancy by the time I was four years old. My fascination with fairies has stayed with me, but matured over the years from the cartoon icon of Disney’s creation. When I started writing Some Enchanted Waltz a few years ago, I realized I needed to do some research into Irish myths and legends as my story was set in 18th century Ireland, a land imbued with magic, myth and mystery.



My research into Celtic lore led me to a wonderful legend that was faithfully recorded by Lady Wilde, Oscar Wilde’s mother. It goes like this:

“At certain seasons of the year, Fairy Queens make Great Efforts to carry off the fine stalwart young men of the country to the fairy palace in the cleft of the hills. Or they attempt to lure them to their dancing grounds, where the men are lulled into dreams by the sweet, subtle fairy music and forget home, kith and kindred, and never desire to return again to their own people. Even if the spell is broken and they are brought back by some strong incantation, they are never the same; for everyone knows by the dream look in their eyes that they have danced with the fairies on the hill, and been loved by one of the beautiful race, who, when they take a fancy to a handsome mortal lover, cast their spells over him with restless power.”

The Book of Irish Cures, Mystic Charms & Superstitions

By Lady Wilde 1896

I was elated to discover this passage because of the inherent romance element it created for the hero and heroine. I had already created the character of Lord Dillon to be Irish Patriot fighting with the United Irishmen in the Rebellion of 1798. And, I had already created my heroine, Tara, as a modern day college educated woman thrust back through time and rescued by Lord Dillon after she’s captured by soldiers. I still needed to create a plausible reason for the hero to take her into his protection and to insist they marry quickly. Once I found the above passage, I realized Lord Dillon would believe Tara was of the Fey Race, and thus, he would be completely enchanted with her. The storyline and my characters didn’t let me leave it there. Lord Dillon keeps insisting that Tara is a fairy who had lost her way among the mortals. Tara believes he’s just deluded and superstitious. Perhaps he is. But maybe, just maybe, Lord Dillon is right after all. 🙂

In researching fairy lore in Ireland, I came across the most intriguing book of true stories recorded by an Irish journalist who went around interviewing people about their encounters with the Fae. The name of this book, if you are interested, is Meeting the Other Crowd; the fairy stories of hidden Ireland, [collected and edited by Edie Lenihan with Carolyn Eve Green]. In this book I found countless interviews of people being contacted or abducted by strange folk when walking home alone a road. Many people in Ireland still revere the fey race and speak of them in cautious tones. The Fey are referred to in conversation as The Good People or The Other Crowd, so as not to offend them. It is considered very bad luck to build a home on a Fairy mound or too near it. Those who do so are known to have come to ruin.

Interesting thing to to point out is that when people see these ‘Other Folk’ they are not tiny people with wings as we think of when we imagine fairies. The ‘Other Folk’ the Irish refer to are described in these encounters as being human in appearance, the same size as we are but with an otherworldly aura about them, something magical, almost frightening and yet very beautiful and alluring.

Even today in Ireland, it is bad luck to say anything derogatory about the Good People. In one such incident from Meeting the Other Crowd, two women were driving down a winding country road in their car one night, discussing the existence of Fairies. The driver scoffed at the idea and within seconds of her derisive laughter, their car stalled, dead–nothing–nada. The women were now stranded alone on a dark, winding country road–in our century, no less. After the woman driving profusely apologized to the Other Folk, her car started again!

When we consider the reverence of modern people in this magical land for the Fae Race, it’s not too hard to believe that a man in an earlier century would be completely and utterly besotted when he lays eyes on a beautiful and enchanted woman he has taken into his protection.

If you ask Lord Dillon the question: “Do You Believe in Fairies?”

His answer is immediate: “Aye, I’m in love with one.”

Who would like an Ebook Gift Copy of SOME ENCHANTED WALTZ? Let me know below, and you just might win one!!!

Some Enchanted Waltz: A Time Travel Romance 

When a violent storm spawns power outages, radio DJ Tara O’Neill must keep broadcasting severe warnings to local residents without electrical power. As the storm intensifies and dead air devours the airwaves, Tara must reboot the transmitter to get back on the air. Lightning strikes as Tara reboots the system, hurtling her through time.

Lord Dillon needs a bride, immediately, to escape his enemy’s snare. He has always respected the Fairy Race. As a boy, he played with them in the secret glen and was warned that one day he would be called upon to shelter one of their own who has lost her way among mortals.

Tara appears just when he needs her, a strange woman with no memory; a wounded woman needing his protection. A beguiling woman with fey features and a strange tattoo of fairy wings across her back . . .

Memories collide with terrifying dreams of being kidnapped by a Darkling Fey Prince, making Tara uncertain of her true origins. Has she been sent to Adrian as he insists to save him from some disastrous fate? As they journey to Dublin, little does Tara realize her husband’s business there is rebellion. The United Irishmen are set to seize the government and free Ireland from English rule.

Can Tara prevent Adrian from dying for a cause destined to fail?


“I’m afraid this is all that Maggie could find for me.” Tara informed him. “ I’d much prefer a pair of blue jeans and a comfortable sweatshirt to such finery.”

Lord Dillon crossed the room to stand beside her. “A sweaty shirt? Why should a lady wish to wear such a disgusting garment?”

She laughed. The delicate, musical sound only added to her seductive charms. “I’m assuming wearing pants here is entirely out of the question?”

“A young lady shouldn’t speak of men’s breeches in polite company, much less wear them.”  He chastened and immediately regretted his harshness. He had no right to chide her. She was an enchanted being. Irritating her or those who had sent her to him was tantamount to blasphemy. He’d bring a curse on his head and those of his people.  “Women in this realm are not as free in their behavior as your race, I’m afraid.”

“Ah, yes, a woman’s place is in the home, and all that.” She laughed again, amused rather than annoyed by his impertinent outburst. Her mirth evoked the image of a naughty fairy come to taunt the inconsistency of mortal ways. “Well, Lord Dillon, as I am not a woman of your . . . realm . . . as you put it, I will not bow to male chauvinism or adhere to queer customs of a selfish caveman.”

“You speak passing strange.” Adrian remarked. “I implore you to abide by our customs, my dear. To do otherwise would bring scandal and suspicion upon us both. We want you to blend in, not stand out and draw attention to your fey bloodlines.”

Tara frowned, carefully considering his words. “So, you’re saying that if I stand out too much here, it could be dangerous?”

“Yes. Not all men take kindly to those of your race. Some would entrap you, keep you a prisoner and attempt to extract your magic from you by foul means. They would make you their slave, Tara, like a Genie trapped in a bottle. You would be at the mercy of vile men like the ones I rescued you from last week in the barn.”

His words upset her. She sucked in her lower lip and hugged herself in a gesture of self comfort. He wasn’t a cad. He didn’t take any pleasure in frightening women, yet it was better this way, better to have her curb her fey inclinations and appear to belong in his world. Better for both of their sakes. He’d sworn to protect her; he’d sworn long ago to shelter and protect a member of the Sidhe race who had lost her way among the mortals.

In exchange for his protection, she would also protect him from Burke’s scheme.

“You are safe here, Tara.” Adrian couldn’t help adding, “I promise you, by becoming my wife you will have the protection of my name, my title, and my sword. This fortress will be your home. You’ll be safe from the world beyond our gates. And you will live in luxury, Sweet Tara. As Lady Dillon, you will want for nothing.”

Tara stared at the tapestry on the wall beyond him, appearing deep in thought. “Except for a cell phone connection, the internet,” Tara muttered, more to herself than to him. “Starbucks and indoor plumbing.” She released a wearied breath and drew her gaze back to him.

About Lily:

Lily Silver lives in Northeastern Wisconsin in a lovely old Victorian house with her husband, their German Shepherd and three charming cats. Lily studied history and humanistic studies at UW-Green Bay and has degrees in both disciplines. She loves to read historical romance, so it seemed only natural that she would turn to writing them. When not writing, Lily can be found in her art studio painting watercolors or behind a camera as she is an avid nature photographer.

Lily has published two full length historical fiction novels and one contemporary romance to date {Dark Hero: A Gothic Romance  & Some Enchanted Waltz; A Time Travel Romance & The Rock Star Next Door}. She is currently working on the sequel to Dark Hero, Bright Scoundrel, which will be released in December.  Lily also has published a free historical/paranormal romance in serial form on her website. The Gypsy’s Curse can be found in weekly installments at


Wonderfully magickal and fascinating, Lily! Thanks sooo much for sharing your world with us and for the terrific Ebook Gift Copies too!!!

I’ll definitely be checking out this book!!! And your Gypsy Curse in serial format too!!! 🙂

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

Beach Book Blast is Back with a New Fall Book Release and a Thanks for Great Books Blog Hop Too!!!

Welcome, RG2E Readers, to the BBB (BeachBookBlast) New Fall Book Release and Thanks for Great Books Blog Hop. I know that’s a mouthful, but isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about—appreciating the abundance in our lives? With that in mind, have we got a treat for you! Today and tomorrow, November 25-26, nine of our awesome and talented WG2E Street team members are celebrating the release of their latest books. You can find all the fabulous new releases and their buy links at our BBB page here.

In response to your suggestions that we offer ways for you to get to know us better, each author has written a blog about what fantastic book, author, or character has most influenced them. We’d love for you to participate in this opportunity to share your favorites with us and tell us why you’re grateful for great books. In addition, each author is offering some special prizes, gifts, and giveaways to randomly chosen commenters that stop by their blogs today and tomorrow. Links to all the blogs can be found at our BBB page. Also on our main page is your chance to enter to win our grand prize giveaways for participating in the hop. Prizes include a $25 and $10 gift card to Olive Garden and a car. Ooops…sorry…no car. But I got your attention, didn’t I? I hope to see you there!

Here is a sampling of some awesome new books on sale today and tomorrow. Please stop by the author’s blogs and let them know how much you appreciate them for writing great books!

Debra Burroughs- The Heart of Lies-$0.99 at Amazon

Stacy Green- Into the Dark- $4.76 at MuseItUp Publishing paperback available at Amazon and B&N

Stacey Joy Netzel- Rising Above (Still Waters part Two) On sale Nov.25-26 only $0.99 regular $2.99

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Smashwords, Kobo, ARe

Lily Silver-The Rock Star next Door- $3.29 at Amazon

Janice Lane Palko-A Shepherd’s Song- $2.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords


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Wow, Pj!!!  Beach Book Blast it totally rockin’ the house again!!!  My one-click-buy trigger finger is going to get a workout the next two days!!!

Thanks bunches for all of your Ebook Gifts and other special prizes too!!! 🙂

See y’all tomorrow for more Beach Book Blast Books!!!

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

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!

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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!

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