Thursday, July 30, 2015

Where a Suggestion and Writing Meet

Writing Advice

Please welcome today's guest author, Tilly Greene! Tilly writes erotica and erotic romance novels in a variety of genres and sub-genres like shape shifter, paranormal, contemporary and futuristic.

Where a Suggestion and Writing Meet
by Tilly Greene

One of the first suggestions given to a writer is: write what you know.  Well, I’ve been a published writer since 2006, and, whether knowing or not, I still follow this advice.  By no means is it intentional. When I think about a story or series, what I know is far from my mind. I know I can research, ask questions, and then do even more research. Apparently this advice holds a special place in my heart because it simply happens.

While I’m surprised by how often my hometown and places I visit when home often show up as the setting, I’m a So Cal girl, there were two series where I intentionally went with what I learned and knew. At university I went for a double major, Classical Greek and Russian Area Studies, for no other reason than I had loads of time on my hands. Ten years I studied these two subjects and I love them to bits, and that’s why I wrote with them in mind.

When asked by another author if I wanted to do an erotic romance that touched on Greek mythology, I jumped up and screamed YES! While I refused to touch the original myths, I did write what happened next. All of my stories have a new ending, hence the title of the series: Mythological Messes Redux. I take on Hephaestus, Castor and Pollux, The Cyclopes, the last ipotane named Marsyas, and Zeus and Hera twice.

Everything is touched on in this series.  There’s bondage, ménages, no sex and some watching, as well as one story that is both based on Mount Olympus and Earth. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this series with it’s ancient touches that come with the immortals and the places they visit. Everything is there, but I like to change things up. I’m one of those writers that demand I not be tied to one genre.

With that in mind, no one should be surprised when I say my Russian Area Studies came about with Shape Shifters. The Come series is based in New York City, with new immigrants from Russia, who find-lose-and find love again. There’s paparazzi, the police, city life and a family estate in the country where they can be themselves. I love how the heroes, three brothers, all have whiter than white hair. They aren’t old, just prematurely white [like some of us] and sexy as sin.

So, readers want wannabe writers out there to know something very important. Build your plot on what you know and then there’ll be no mistakes. It can be a person, place or thing you know like the back of your hand and take it in any direction you want but keep it real. You can change bits, but I warn you to be very careful. Fifteen years ago a NYT Bestselling author wrote a scene with a drive I knew could never happen because it was in my neighborhood and there was no such road, couldn’t with a nuclear power plant and military camp in the way. They ruined the story for me and I couldn’t trust them to actually do research. I never picked up another book by them.

It never hurts to read loads!

Thank you Tilly for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Tilly Greene and her books, please visit her website (contains adult content).

Do you have a question for Tilly?  Please ask in the comment section below.  We love comments!

Note: I'm in New Orleans for Author Reader Con, so we're mixing things up and trying something different today.  Paranormal romance author Tilly Greene was kind enough to provide this guest post on writing.  Enjoy!  -E.J.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Savannah with Emily Cyr

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Savannah with Emily Cyr author of The Lightning Prophecy

Come on boys and ghouls!  It's time to hop on Route 666 for a spooktacular Paranormal Road Trip.

This week's stop is Savannah, GA and our special guide is Emily Cyr, author of THE LIGHTNING PROPHECY.

Emily's Top 5 Spooky Places in Savannah

My book, The Lightning Prophecy, takes place in Savannah GA. Savannah is known for being one of the most haunted places in the states! I picked Savannah to be the setting of this trilogy after having lived there for nearly 8 years. For anyone who has lived/been there you will understand the place is honestly full of magic!

The first place that is a must stop is Colonial Park Cemetery.

Colonial Park Cemetery - is located in the middle of downtown Savannah. There are over 9,000 graves in the small cemetery established in the late 1700's. I have been there a number of times and have heard that people see a couple holding hands floating over the graves. SPOOKY!

Stop two has got to be the Marshall house!

The Marshall House - located on Broughton st in downtown Savannah. It is now a hotel but it didn't start out that way. It used to be a Civil war hospital. The hospital saw more than its fair share of death as there was a major outbreak of yellow fever. It's said that the now huge hotel was built on the graves of the people who died in the hospital! I have been there a number of time and eaten dinner there. Can you say scary?

Stop three has to be the Foley House Inn.

Foley House Inn - Okay so this one is definitely a scary story! The Inn was built in 1896 by Honoria Foley. A near century later renovations were done and what do you think they found tucked away in the wall? Oh, just a skeleton! What the what?

Stop four has got to be Wright Square.

Wright Square - This was the location of a pretty famous hanging. Alice Riley was said to be the first woman to be executed in the state of Georgia and it was done right smack in the middle of Wright square.

The last stop is Bonaventure Cemetery.

Bonaventure Cemetery - Bonaventure's location isn't the only thing that is special about this last spot. This cemetery is home to thousands of graves but there is one of a little girl named Gracie who is seen roaming the rows of graves as well as the city itself.

Thank you Emily for giving us such a haunting tour of Savannah!  

To learn more about Emily Cyr and her books, please visit her website.  You can add The Lightning Prophecy here on Goodreads.

The Lightning Prophecy Lightning Witch Trilogy paranormal Emily Cyr

Have you ever been to Savannah, Georgia?  Ever experienced anything supernatural there?

What did you think of Emily's picks for spooky places?

Last week on Paranormal Road Trip we visited Tangle Lake, MN with Michele Hauf.  Next week I'll be at Author Reader Con in New Orleans, but the following week we'll be traveling to Nashville, TN with Emmie Mears.

Join us for another spine-tingling Paranormal Road Trip...
if you dare!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Q+A with Lori Handeland (In the Air Tonight)

Q+A with Lori Handeland author of In the Air Tonight

Please welcome today's guest author, Lori Handeland.  Lori is the author of the Sisters of the Craft trilogy, including her new release IN THE AIR TONIGHT.

Q+A with Lori Handeland

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

Lori:
  I started when I was 10 years old writing a sci fi book about two families sent into space.  Haven't stopped since.  My first book was published in   1993.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

Lori:
  I've always loved the spooky, the unusual and the mystical.  I was first in line to buy Carrie when it came out.  My mom tells a story about when I was a baby and she would work nights, she'd come home and my dad would have propped up on the couch watching The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits.

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

Lori:
  I would love to be invisible.  It would serve so many purposes.  I could get a lot of writing done too!  No distractions!

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

Lori:
  My latest release is IN THE AIR TONIGHT, which is the first book in my Sisters of the Craft witch trilogy.  These books will be released back to back, starting June 2 with IN THE AIR TONIGHT, then June 30- HEAT OF THE MOMENT, and August 4-SMOKE ON THE WATER.
In IN THE AIR TONIGHT, three triplet babies are sent forward in time from the 16th century to the present day to escape the wrath of a witch hunter.  Each has her now life and no knowledge of her supernatural powers until . . .

Raye Larsen has never fit in with the Scandinavian community of New Bergin, Wisconsin. Being adopted is part of the reason she feels like an outsider, but what really sets her apart is her ability to see dead people. Everywhere. She’s learned to keep her visions to herself…until she stumbles onto the ghost of a murder victim. Enter Bobby Doucet, a distractingly handsome homicide detective who has been tracking a killer all the way from New Orleans.

These books have a little bit of everything--time travel, Wicca, werewolves.  All of the things I love about the paranormal.

EJ:  If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?

Lori: 
I would cast Evan Rachel Wood as Raye.  She has the perfect look and can pull off both the small town kindergarten teacher innocence and the just born witchy woman.  I would cast Danny Pino as Bobby.  Also the perfect "look" and he's already played a detective on SVU.  One of my favorite shows.

Thank you Lori for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

In the Air Tonight paranormal romance by Lori Handeland

In the Air Tonight (Sisters of the Craft #1) by Lori Handeland

Four centuries ago, in a small Scottish village, three baby girls escaped the wrath of a witch hunter. Today, one young woman will learn about her secret history, her heart's destiny, and the sisters she never knew she had...

With her blue-black hair and dark eyes, Raye Larsen has never fit in with the Scandinavian community of New Bergin, Wisconsin. Being adopted is part of the reason she feels like an outsider, but what really sets Raye apart is her ability to see dead people. Everywhere.

She’s learned to keep her visions to herself . . . until she stumbles onto the ghost of a murder victim who needs Raye’s help. Enter Bobby Doucet, a distractingly handsome homicide detective who has been tracking a killer all the way from New Orleans. Could this be the break in his case he’s been looking for all along?

Meanwhile, the deeper Raye gets involved with the case—and with Bobby—the closer she comes to unlocking the mystery of her own origins. What she discovers about herself could destroy everything she knows . . . and everyone she loves. Is finding the truth worth the risk?

Release Date: June 2, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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To learn more about Lori Handeland and her books, please visit her website.  Have a question for Lori?  Please leave a comment below.  We love comments!