Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Welcome to our Author Spotlight segment! Please welcome Paranormal Romance Author, Carol Shenold

Hi…I am editor Ally Robertson with The Wild Rose Press, and I am so excited to introduce Carol Shenold and her clever little short story, Fairy Dust set to release Wednesday, July 3. Carol is a fabulous author with a wonderful imagination. It was a true joy working with her. And the fact that she’s a fellow Okie makes it all the better!

Thank you for joining us, Carol. Our readers would like to learn a little more about you, so if you don’t mind, let’s get started…

 Tell me about yourself. What makes you angry, happy, sad, snoopy dance?

Happy is being on the patio to journal, drink good coffee and watch the birds, or any time I can dance. Moving to music, true happiness. Happiness is watching baby smiles, listening to children giggle, seeing squirrels chase each other in circles, Vivaldi anything, a new book, a movie I have not seen.

 Sad is intolerance, violence, greed, the stuff of wars.
Nice images. I can’t say I disagree. What inspired you to write your first book?

 I tried writing a romance once. It was bad. I kept having this notion that someone should be killed off and the murder solved, magic should happen. Didn’t work. So now I’ve combined my favorite things, paranormal and murder. Works for me.
Yes, being a suspense editor and author, I totally get the ‘somebody has to die’ mentality.  What are some unique methods of marketing you have used to gain visibility for you and your book(s)?
    I’ve been known to leave business cards on restaurant tables, stick them in my bills and put them on random bulletin boards.

What is your favorite holiday? And why?
    I’ve always loved Halloween, spooky stories. I grew up reading Poe, O’Henry, Saki. Loved horror comics as a kid. Watched every scary movie I could get my hands on. Still love those

I also LOVE Halloween. Go figure. What type of stories do you like to write and why?
    I love writing urban fantasy. I like to put ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances and see how they are going to deal with the fact that the monster under the bed is alive and real.
What type of stories do you like to read and why?
    Mystery, horror, science fiction, post-apocalyptic, urban fantasy all have that sense of danger I like and a different reality to escape to. That is what I enjoy the most. Same with my movie and television choices.
Hmmm. Seems like we have more in common than the fact that we both live in Oklahoma. Who would you say modeled your career? Who would readers compare your work to?

    I would love to have my work compared to Jim Butcher or Dean Koontz. They are two of my favorites, plus the small town feel of Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse books.

When do you write (daytime, nighttime, on your lunch hour, before the kids get up, after everyone is asleep?  In large chunks of time or stolen snippets?)
    I write any time I can snatch a few minutes, during lunch, after work, on the weekends. I take any bits of time I can find.

When do you read?  Where?

I read whereever, whenever I can. My favorite time to read is first thing in
the morning, when I can sit with coffee and a book on the patio, listen to the
birds and read. Or in the evening, outside, a glass of wine, a book, heaven.
But, really, anytime, anywhere, on my Kindle, with a paper book, inside,
waiting rooms, waiting in line, at lunch, I just love to read. Used to get in
trouble with the nuns in nursing school because I carried a novel with my
medical text books. That was fifty years ago. Still reading.
In Oklahoma during the summer, I would imagine at times it gets too hot on the patio to read. Or do anything else. Where do you go to think?

 I go outdoors when I have a chance. Nature, birds, critters sounds, all help me center and connect to the universe, muse or whoever helps us poor writers keep going as we try to put words on a piece of paper.
Do you put pieces of yourself or your life in your stories?

    A lot of what I write, especially growing up in Dallas or living in small town Texas, shows up in my books, one way or another. Many characters are a mixture of people I’ve met or known at some point in my life.

Why do you write?
    I write because it’s what I do. It’s the process, not the finished project. You have to love the process since it takes so long. For me, it’s just a fun thing to do. Now, editing something for the 4th or 10th time, that’s not as much fun.

Even as an editor, I agree, editing 4 to 10 times is NOT fun. Do you have an upcoming release?  You do! Oh please tell us all about it.

My current WIP is “Dead Fairies. Ande from “Fairy Dust” is working with CAL for the PIA. Someone is murdering fairies and ripping off their wings. Ande’s fae half- sister shows up-Cal is fascinated. Ande sees fairy ghosts.

The murders are thought to be the work of a powerful human witch and threatens the balance between good and evil. Not only is Ande and the rest of the world in danger, but even the Queens of Fae could become involved, including Mother Nature. You don’t mess with Mother Nature.
Sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to read it! What do you do for relaxation?

I love to paint pastel portraits and play the hammered dulcimer. I discovered Zentangle this year, I kind of directed meditative ink drawing(doodling). You can check out some of my drawings on my blog:
Wow…I’m impressed. Very nice. I wish I had an artistic flair like that. So when you’re not working, writing, or painting, what TV shows do you watch? 

    Big surprise, I watch Supernatural, Warehouse 13, Falling Skies, Touch, Walking Dead(love zombie shows) True Blood and can’t wait for Kings “Under the Dome.” However, if OETA has Agatha Christie, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, I’m there. Big fan of British costume drama.
LOVE True Blood. I’ve intended to start watching Walking Dead. Must add that to my schedule. Have you been inspired by any particular movies or shows you have seen?

I have adored movies since I was in grade school, and went to the Saturday matinee every week for years. Still love them. Faves include, Sixth Sense, Practical Magic, Independence Day, Sleeping with the Enemy, The Spiral Staircase, Gaslight, The House of Wax(original-Vincent Price)
What type of music do you favor?

    I fell in love with Celtic music as a kid, for no apparent reason and love it to this day. I also love Classical, especially baroque, John Williams, Danny Elfman.
What is your favorite time of year and why?
    I love Autumn because of the colors, cool air. It always reminds me of Colorado in the summer, which is my favorite place in the world but I only get to go once a year to see the bears and chipmunks.
Fun question (possible blackmail material down the line, LOL) What is the most uncharacteristic thing you have ever done? Please, no censoring. I have no qualms about placing a content warning on my blog!

    I can tell you I’m 71, have a tattoo, I’ve been a nurse for fifty years, learned to play pool watching my daughter sing in honky tonks in north Texas and have clog danced in front of hundreds of people at a Texas Clogging competition.
     I also have flying monkeys and I’m not afraid to use them. Remember, the monster under the bed IS real.
Okay…you passed the test. Those were some juicy tidbits. J Thanks so much for joining us, Carol. I enjoyed chatting with you.

Carol would like to extend an invitation to all of you…
Come to my blog,  Between July 1 and July 10 and leave a comment about your favorite books. I’ll be drawing twice for two commenters to win the first two Tali Cates books, Privy to Murder and Bloody Murder.
Contact Carol at:
Buy Link

 Fairy Dust Blurb
Half fae/half witch, Ande Ryan’s deepest desires are simple: a stress-free, fun evening with a nice guy, to earn the respect of her peers in the Paranormal Investigation Unit, and at long last, learn to use her Goddess given fae magic.

Instead, she fights a demon, gets mugged by a pixie, meets her soul mate and oh yeah, has to try and defeat a wizard with the help of a six-foot elf and a wolf—Cal Masterson.

Cal had no idea that his first encounter with Ande Ryan would include a fight with a demon or an intense attraction to the red-haired fairy who displays as much courage and determination as any wolf in his pack. Will Cal overcome his need to protect her as they both fight the odds and allow her fulfill her destiny?

Review Five Star on Amazon
As there were no reviews on this ebook, I was not expecting much. I was actually very pleasantly surprised. This was a quick read, with lots of action and intrigue. In fact, I was up all night, because I could not put it down. It was that engrossing. I would put this writer right up there with some of the better urban fantasy romance writers. Check it out. You won't be disappointed!


I write Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Mysteries. There are three books in the Tali Cates mystery series that features a small town, Love, Texas, Tali Cates and her family, along with various and assorted spirit guides, ghosts, witches, were wolves and vampires. The people in this tiny, Texas town must face the reality that the monster under the bed is real. The first book in the series, "Privy to Murder", features a murder in the outhouse and a very angry ghost. In "Bloody Murder", book 2, things heat up when a new man comes to town. Tali's son thinks he's a vampire, but that's impossible...or is it. "Museums are Murder" is a short Tali mystery.

I also write Urban Fantasy, "Fairy Dust", introduces Ande Ryan, half fairy, half witch, all woman, who joins her friends to fight off a wizard. Join Carol and the crew at or

I live and work in Oklahoma City with my daughter, two cats and a spoiled dog. I work full time in the nursing profession as well as write, paint portraits and play the hammered dulcimer. I love to read Urban Fantasy but lately I've been hooked on post apocalyptic zombie and vampire books.

The thing coming at me barreled out of the trees, leaping from shadow to shadow.

Its rotten-meat smell drove me back. It didn’t hesitate before it threw itself at the circle shield. Sparks flew off, crackling in the air and weakening the shield. It kept coming, like the crazy it was, slamming itself into the arc, weakening it more and more until one of the impacts threw me back, into my own energy and through it.

Okay, out of protection here. I threw myself over to land on my knees and came up in a crouch.

The ghoul looked around as if it couldn’t figure out where I went. When it saw me, it let out a snarl and flew toward me. I sent a stream of earth fire at his sorry ass but missed because I levitated at the precise moment I let the stream of fire loose. Ahhhhh.

It always happens at the wrong time. If I ever get control of the flying thing, it will be so great.

Now the darkling was truly confused, and I sent another tiny but forceful fire stream toward him. This time I didn’t miss, and he burst into flame, at least his arm did.

He screamed with frustration because he couldn’t see where I was, flailed around a bit, and ran back into the trees.

“Damn it.” I needed down before the hell dog came back so I could get rid of it.

What if some kid came along. Not one child but several, in a group, with a leader came skipping toward the bridge. Damn, I shouldn’t have had that thought out-loud.

“Go back,” I yelled as loud as I could. “Hurry. Run.” The kids were chattering at the top of their lungs. The leader tried to push them faster, wanting out of the park before the sun set altogether I guessed. They didn’t hear a word I said.

Shadows crept toward them, and one shadow moved away from the others. It was back and heading straight toward the kids.

“Up here, idiot. Leave the kids alone. I’m your prey. Come on, use that one cell you have for a brain.”

“Oomph.” I dropped like a dead fairy, directly in front of the thing. I was toast.


Black Rose Imprint                                         
The Wild Rose Press

Callie Lynn Wolfe,
Senior Managing Editor
Editing Staff:
 Lill Farrell

 Eilidh MacKenzie

 Nicolette Smith

 Lara Parker

Monday, June 17, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to chat with one of our Black Rose authors Lilly Gayle.  She was kind enough to take time out of her busy writing schedule to discuss her upcoming release, Embrace the Darkness and give us a look into her world.  Pull up a seat, grab a cuppa and join us. 

Lilly has also been kind enough to offer a prize of print copies of BOTH Out of the Darkness and Embrace the Darkness to a lucky reader.  What a wonderful way to be introduced to her work!!! To be entered into the drawing please leave Lilly a comment. 
Thank you for joining us today.  I am excited about your upcoming release!!! Let's jump right in!!!

 How many books have you written?

  I’ve written two paranormals, Out of the Darkness and its sequel, Embrace the Darkness my latest release from The Wild Rose Press. I’ve also published two historical with The Wild Rose Press, Slightly Tarnished and Wholesale Husband. I also have one self-published western historical. Then there is the medical thriller and time travel that will most likely, never see the light of day. The medical thriller was the first book I ever wrote once I decided I had no desire to write childrens’ books for anyone other than my own children. That book was written on my very first computer in 1996 on Lotus Works and saved on 7.5 inch floppies. Needless to say, it no longer exists, which is probably a good thing. It was crap.

Well I can say that we at TWRP are extremely happy that you kept writing after your first attempt.  And I am sure that your children were thrilled to have a book written especially for them by their mom!!!!

 Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?

 Trust me, I’m not getting rich off my writing so I’m either crazy or truly love writing. Some days, I’m not sure which.

When was the first moment you felt comfortable saying, “I am a writer?”

 Sometimes, I’m still not comfortable saying it. Lol! I often feel as if I’m a child playing dress up in my mommy’s grown-up shoes. Then I look at one of my books and realize it’s true. I’m an author. I fell in love with writing in the 8th grade but years later, college and life got in the way. I still talked about my writing dreams to my husband and in 1995, he bought our first computer and told me to stop dreaming and start writing. Since it had been so many years since I’d tried my hand at writing, I took a mail-order course on writing for children and teens. My first stories were children’s stories I wrote for my girls who were still young at the time. Then in 1996, I wrote a medical thriller that sucked. Eventually, I joined RWA and my local writers group. I studied. I wrote, and I submitted. But only my family and closest friends knew my “secret.” I didn’t tell anyone else until after I signed my first contract with The Wild Rose Press for Out of the Darkness on Mother’s Day of 2009. The book was released one year later.

I will be happy to tell anyone that asks that you  are most definitely a writer!!!!

 What type of stories do you like to write and why?

 I write paranormal and western romances because I grew up watching paranormal and western television shows and movies with my dad. And I write historical romances because of a love of history passed on to me from both my grandmothers and my mom. History was always one of my favorite subjects in school and after I got married and had children, our family vacations often included side trips to museums and state historic sites. Luckily, my daughters never complained and my husband enjoys those sort of activities as much as I do.

 What type of stories do you like to read and why?

 I read multiple genres from horror to romance, but romance novels are my favorite because I truly believe life without love is a life not worth living. And, I love a happily ever after. If I want tragedy and heartache, I’ll watch the news.

So very true.  We all need a little bit of "happily ever after" in our lives and your stories give us that and so much more.

When do you write (daytime, nighttime, on your lunch hour, before the kids get up, after everyone is asleep?  In large chunks of time or stolen snippets?)
I work a day job as a radiologic technologist/ mammographer at a local hospital. M y schedule is Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to4:30 or 5:00. I get up a half-hour earlier than I need to so I can spend a half hour each morning either writing or promoting. Then I spend about an hour after I get home writing and promoting. My husband is in route sales, so depending on what time he gets home, I may slip in a couple of hours of writing time before or after supper. Both my girls have moved out, but I still hold to family traditions and serve supper at the dinner table each night. After supper, if my husband falls asleep and none of my favorite tv shows are on, I write until bed time at 11:00. And since Fridays are my day off, I have the whole day for writing, blogging, and promoting. Some days, I spend more time on Facebook and Twitter than writing. Those are the days I wish the internet didn’t exist.

 LOL, I know exactly what you mean.  I sit down at my computer after having a very stern  talk with myself to stay focused but then I find myself on Facebook or searching for  something on the internet.  It seems more and more authors are finding themselves writing much like you do, fitting in short sessions here and there.  I have to say though that it certainly works well for you!!! :)

Where do you write?
I have an office in my home where I do most of my writing. But we have a camper permanently set up at the beach and I like to sit at the kitchen table or out on the deck under the awning and write if the muse strikes.

When do you read?

I used to read 2 or 3 books a week, but now, I spend that time writing, blogging,   or promoting. So, the only time I read is on the weekends or on vacation. Where? I usually read sitting on my porch swing or sitting on the beach when we can get away.

I sooooo hear you.  I actually have actually come to look forward to long car trips    when I can bury myself in a book or magazine.

Where did you get the inspiration for Embrace the Darkness?

Embrace the Darkness is the sequel to my 2010 release, Out of the Darkness. I hadn’t planned on writing a sequel, but Gerard demanded his own story and several fans made the same request. I got the idea for Out of the Darkness after reading a Dean Koontz novel about a man with Xeroderma Pigmentosum, a light sensitivity disorder that requires those who suffer with the condition to avoid sunlight or risk disfiguring burns and deadly skin cancers. While researching XP, I saw a re-run of the Jean Claude Van Dam movie, Universal Soldier and the book more or less wrote itself. That’s never happened before and hasn’t happened since. The sequel was much harder to write and although I have a rough idea for two more stories in this series, life has gotten in the way and I haven’t written them yet. But I will, and God willing, TWRP will publish them.

You certainly created a wonderful and unique world with your Darkness novels.  I look forward to seeing the next stories.

Where do you go to think?

To the beach or to bed. Seriously, I’ve solved many plot problems in those twilight moments between being awake and falling to sleep. In those few minutes, I’ve often crafted dreams in my head that plot out some of my most pressing plot related problems. The only problem is, that once I figure things out, I can’t get back to sleep.

What is your least favorite thing to do as an author? Allow me to clarify: query, write a synopsis, write a blurb, market, you get the picture.

 Marketing and promotion. Not only do I suck at it, but I feel conceited telling people to buy my book because they’ll love it. Growing up, my parents taught me not to brag. I was raised to believe there is no such thing as the best or worst at anything, and I passed that humility on to my own daughters. I think both my girls have more self-confidence than I ever had, but I never wanted them to think they were better than others. And for some reason, that mentality is so ingrained in me that it makes it harder for me to self promote.
How long did you write seriously before your first book was published? 

Thirteen years. Over the years, I received dozens of rejection letters, some of them more encouraging than others. But it wasn’t until one of my critique partners suggested I submit to smaller presses that I found TWRP and submitted Out of the Darkness. And the rest, as they say, is history. 

 Do you have an upcoming release?  You do! Oh please tell us all about it. 
 Embrace the Darkness releases June 21! I’m so excited. ETD is the sequel to Out of the Darkness. I know it’s a long time coming but the book took a whole different direction than the one I intended  but things finally came together and the book is better than I anticipated.

I would certainly say it came together!!!  Your characters jump off the page and the story keeps you guessing until the very end.  

I know that beyond writing and your family you have another subject that you're passionate about.  Can you share that with us?

On a personal note, my life took an ironic turn in 2007. I’ve been a radiologic technologist since 1982 and while I’ve also performed mammograms in the past, I didn’t become board certified until 2006. I’d been having mammograms since 1995, but since I didn’t have a family history of breast cancer and I’d never had any symptoms or problems, I only had one every other year. Once I became a mammographer, I figured I needed to practice what I preached and follow the FDA and American College of Radiology guidelines and have an annual mammogram. Despite some recent government recommendations, the FDA, ACR, and American Cancer Society recommend annual mammograms for women forty and older. So, in June 2007, I had my annual mammogram although it had been eighteen months since my last, normal mammogram.

At that time, our facility still had film screen rather than digital mammography. And as the first film dropped from the film processor, I hung it on the viewbox and saw something I never expected. On the right breast, there was a spiky, new lesion seen in both projections. Even before the radiologist read the films, I knew. I had breast cancer. I underwent a biopsy, a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. I’ve since had two additional biopsies, that thank God, came back negative and I continue to work as a mammographer. I had no family history, no lump, and no symptoms of breast cancer. In 2007, 70% of all new breast cancers were in women with no family history. Today, that number has risen to 80%. So, no matter what the government recommends in its efforts to decrease anxiety from “unneeded”  biopsies in women who have annual mammograms before age 50, as a mammographer and breast cancer survivor, I highly recommend yearly mammograms starting at age 40. Trust me.  From the POV of a mammographer and breast cancer survivor who’s had two positive and two negative breast biopsies, I would rather have ten “negative” biopsies than an undiagnosed breast cancer that goes untreated until it is too late to cure.

I think that it is so important to share that information.  As you said you were in what was once considered a low-risk group, yet found yourself facing the unthinkable.  I truly believe that it's voices like yours making a difference.  Thank you for taking the time in an already busy life to be such a voice.

And thank you so much for taking time out of your schedule to chat with us today!!!  Now back to work writing those next books!!!  :)


Lilly's Bio:

Lilly Gayle is a wife, mother of two grown daughters, and a breast cancer survivor. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and little dog, Teetee. Lilly works full time as a x-ray technologist and mammographer, and in her spare time, she writes paranormal and historical romances.


You can find Lilly at:


Lilly’s latest release, Embrace the Darkness is available from The Wild Rose Press at:




An experimental vaccine gives vampire Gerard Delaroche hope for the first time in two centuries--until two people are brutally murdered, and he suspects a conspiracy between vampires and mortals. To solve the crime, he must put his trust in a beautiful detective. But is former soldier and MP turned detective, Amber Buckley, a threat to his existence? Or the answer to his prayers?

Amber Buckley and her partner are assigned to do follow up interviews in the Lifeblood of America slayings. Amber believes she and Reid are just new eyes on a cold case. That is, until she meets Gerard Delaroche. Something about him teases long-buried memories Amber would rather not chase. However, the two join together, falling into more than resolution of a murder case. It seems Amber has some dark secrets of her own.

To find their way into the light, Amber and Gerard must first EMBRACE THE DARKNESS.



He rolled his eyes and huffed. “Stop pretending ignorance. You know what I am.”

“A vampire. Really?” She wanted to scoff, but a chill shivered over her skin. He wasn’t dead. And she’d shot him.

Maybe he was wearing Kevlar. But wouldn’t Kevlar show through that tight-fitting shirt?

Perhaps not. Still, there had to be a logical explanation.

Ignoring the warning bells clanging inside her skull, she shoved the Glock back in its holster and reached for the beer she’d deposited on the counter. She took another long, hard pull on the bottle, hoping to douse irrational thoughts.

Gerard inhaled sharply. His eyes devoured her.

Despite renewed fear, she managed to set the bottle back on the counter without dropping it.

He’s not a vampire. He’s not a vampire. He’s not a vampire.

“I’d give anything to drink beer again,” he said in a reverent voice.

Amber nearly laughed aloud. Her shoulders sagged. Gerard Delaroche wasn’t a vampire, and he didn’t want to drink her blood. He wanted a beer. Like a normal guy.

Hell, he probably was normal. She was the one off her rocker.

“Want one?” She forced herself to meet his intense stare.

He smiled. “Can’t. Vampire. Remember?”

Like that was something a girl could forget. It wasn’t every day a hot guy claimed to be a vampire.

Hell, maybe he was a vampire. The man could stop bullets with his chest.

He took a hesitant step closer. She stiffened and took another cautious swallow of beer. He stopped three feet away. Good. Sexy and crazy was a dangerous combination.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Pet Peeves

Hi. I’m Eilidh, and I’ve been editing for The Wild Rose Press for about five years now. I started on the Champagne line and moved to Black Rose for the thrills. Along with some exciting stories, however, comes the occasional overused phrase.

Almost every submission that crosses my desk includes one of three tired phrases. I’ve seen these so often they have become cliché. If you use these phrases, it doesn’t mean an automatic rejection, but I’ll definitely ask you to change them to something more original.

The first one is couldn’t help but. This usually comes in the form couldn’t help but laugh or couldn’t help but smile. You could make a simple change to something like he had to smile; that gets you away from the cliché. Or you could be more descriptive: she pursed her lips to hide a grin.

The next one is (verb) her way. She made her way, wove her way across the room, navigated her way through traffic, puzzled her way through the dilemma, pushed her way through the crowd. It’s just redundant. Why not weave across or just cross the room, navigate through traffic, or puzzle through your dilemma?

 The third cliché phrase is didn’t know where he ended and she began and similar phrases. Sometimes it shows up as didn’t know where her body ended and his began. The first time I came across this phrase, years ago, it was fresh, but it hasn’t been fresh for a long time.

We all have the same pool of words to draw from when writing. Make your prose stand out by avoiding tired phrases and arranging your words in your own original style.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Hello, I am Callie Lynn Wolfe, senior managing editor of TWRP's Black Rose Imprint. I wanted to invite you to join us in the newly formatted and improved Black Rose Blog. We encourage you to follow our magnificent editing team for insights on editing, story and storytelling, as well celebration and fun.  We will share our secrets with you as well send out kudos to you, the writers, that keep us busy and entertained with all your wonderful stories.  We also encourage your participation in commenting so we can learn about you and the type of information/conversations you would like to have with us.
Please don't be shy. Speak up.  This blog is ultimately for you. Let us know what you would like know from your editors.  And if you are not yet contracted with TWRP, please feel free to join in the conversations.  Perhaps something you see here will give you the knowledge and or motivation to submit your heart's work.

I also would like to tell you we are looking for submissions.  We would love some spicy and very unique darker characters.  Toss the run of the mill vamp, were, demon. Give us the hottest heros, most vibrant heroines and stories outside the coffin and dog runs if you know what I mean:)  Let your imaginations run wild and free.  Give us the unique, the unwritten, the untried.  WE WANT DIFFERENT!

Oh and by the way,  if your story is not so spicy--not so up close and personal with the love scenes--that is fine too. We don't mind closed doors, but we do like to allow our imaginations to run so we do require some sort of sensuality as our creatures tend to run on the lustful side of the heart meter:)

More about submissions...

Speaking of which, or perhaps we might say witch. We do have a call out as noted below and wait patiently amongst the darker edges of the garden's forest--yes, you've guessed it among the ancient tombstones to see what you will come up with.  Take a look at the below call out and guidelines.  We would love to see what you all can do with them.

Black Rose 
Special Call for Submissions
Shades of Black: Grave Distinction

The Wild Rose Press’s Black Rose Imprint is looking for dark romance stories set in or around old cemeteries (these can be real or fictional). Perhaps a graveyard at an old manor house or mansion. We’re looking for dark, paranormal ambiance. Send a shiver up our spine as you weave a tale of romance.

Stories should revolve around the graveyard and should incorporate dark creatures of the night. Shifters, vamps, demons, incubuses, succubuses, gargoyles, dark angels, witches, warlocks, or even evil ghosts. Bring those grave markers or statuary to life.

Mainstream dark and urban paranormal is welcome as well.  Please keep in mind we do not accept horror here at TWRP as yet.
 Stories should target 8-40K words preferably however, longer works up to 85K will be accepted. 

An aside:  Does anyone know the name of the cemetary depicted in the above picture? And where is it located?

Thank you for joining us! Please don't go to far as the next few weeks our editors will be posting their pet peeves so I am certainly sure you don't want to miss that.


Callie Lynn Wolfe
Senior Managing Editor
Black Rose Imprint, TWRP