Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Author Spotlight: Dylan Newton, Parnormal Romance Author

Hello, Dylan!  Welcome to the Black Rose Blog’s author spotlight segment. We are anxious to learn more about you so get comfortable, grab some cookies, and let’s get to it, shall we?                                                                   How many books have you written?
I’ve written four books so far. Two of the books are paranormal romances that have been published with The Wild Rose Press (Despite the Ghosts and my novella Any Witch Way). The third book (also a paranormal romance) is currently under contract with TWRP, and features a tough female werewolf—the title is Despite the Fangs and it is due out in 2014. The last book was actually my first book I ever wrote, and is a Young Adult paranormal which I absolutely love, but haven’t found a home for…yet!

We are certainly happy to have your current published/contracted works with us here at the TWRP. But I am sending up a wish out there that your YA finds a home soon.

What works best to keep you focused and on track?
I’m a writer that NEEDS deadlines. I work best if I know someone is waiting to read my book, so critique partners are helpful for me, as are editors that nudge me and ask when that next book is going to be done, already (big thank you to TWRP editor, Callie Lynn Wolfe, who somehow straddles that line between ‘caring/loving editor’ and ‘get that new manuscript to me ASAP, Dylan!’ without missing a beat.)

What a wonderful compliment to your editor, Dylan. In the same token, we editors, are thrilled to continue to receive such wonderful tales from our talented authors.

Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?
I think if you go into writing with the thought of making money to keep you on pace and motivated, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Do I like my royalty checks? You bet your boots! But that’s not what makes me ‘apply the butt glue’ as my writing group likes to say, and sit and write for hours. It’s the pure joy of writing…and, at the risk of sounding certifiable, writing is the only way I’ve found to quiet the voices in my head. (Character voices, that is!!)

Voices, I hear voices…oooh…sorry went off track a moment.  Wait! Isn’t there a song there somewhere? Good point, Dylan, about writing not being a get rich scheme.  Anyone who has published knows this, unless of course, you are someone like Heather Graham, Stephanie Meyer, Laurel Hamilton. You get my pointJ

What is your favorite holiday? And why?
Halloween, of course! I write paranormals for a reason: I looove to be scared. My hubby and I, along with our two girls, host an annual Halloween party, but it’s not for the faint of heart! Last year, we hosted a Zombie Prom, and you weren’t allowed on premise unless you were in full-on zombie prom costume. Even our 70-year old neighbors came as Zombie chaperones! We had a zombie dance contest, zombie prom pictures and a ‘total blackout’ touch tank game where you had to identify the goopy, horrid things you were touching for a prize. Ahh, the memories of those screaming kids. J  Seriously, we have a blast every Halloween.

Wow! Sounds like Halloween is awesome at the Newton house.  And, of course, Halloween is a definite favorite around here. 

What type of stories do you like to write and why?
Writing paranormal romances is like eating chocolate and peanut butter--they're both delicious alone, but when you add them together...scrumptious!
Writing paranormal allows me to escape with my readers to a world where other versions of “normal” exist—a world that's a little “nuttier” (hence the peanut butter reference) than our own. I love exploring the “what if” scenario for my heroine--what if she discovers she's possessed by a demon (as happens in ANY WITCH WAY)? What if she's a psychic who is stalked by a ghost client who needs her help to solve the mystery surrounding his death (as happens in DESPITE THE GHOSTS)?
And when you add the Romance, it's like coating the Paranormal genre with a thick, gooey layer of fine milk chocolate. In a Romance, you're guaranteed a happily ever after, which is satisfying in and of itself. But then you add in some scenes with a yummy level of sexual heat, and...

Mmm, mmm, mmm! Who's ready for dessert? J

We are. We are!

When do you read?  Where?
I read whenever I get the chance, and try to not stick to my own genre (paranormal romance) as I believe it stifles your growth as a writer. I have two school-age daughters, so there is only so much time in the day for ‘leisure’ activities of any sort. I always have a physical book going, typically have a book going on my Kindle, and I am a big, big fan of listening to audio books in the car. There’s something special about being read to while you’re pulling into the school pick-up line that feels to me like a treat—like being pampered. Also, because I’m an auditory learner, I pick up writing tricks from listening to how other authors handle things, like transitioning scenes or using dialogue to move a scene forward. Involving other senses when I read has helped me grow as a writer.

Where did you get the inspiration for ANY WITCH WAY?
As I am a huge fan of the band, "Godsmack," (hard rock band) whose lead singer is purported to be Wiccan, curiosity compelled me to look into the Wiccan religion. I stumbled across a passage I fell in love with in the religion's creed (called the Wiccan Rede):

"With a fool no season spend,
Lest ye be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part,
bright the cheeks and warm the heart."

That passage inspired the first scene where my Wiccan hero and young, troubled heroine first meet, and once I'd begun my research and found a sweet, but deliciously sexy-sounding ritual called the "Five Fold Kiss"...well, I knew I'd have to write this book!

Do you put pieces of yourself or your life in your stories?
I think most authors write based on their own life—you write what you know, right? For example, my stories are typically set in Upstate, NY—which is where I’m from originally. All of my heroines are strong, modern women who can function very well on their own, thank you very much. This comes from my experience being raised by a single mother. Watching my mother provide for my sister and I (and send us both to college!) with only a high school education, a barely-over minimum wage job, and a dead-beat ex taught me that women can and do succeed alone. All it takes is determination, love for your family, and enough moxie to scoff at the obstacles life throws at you, and go after what you want anyway. I was fortunate enough to have married my high school sweetheart, so of course, the ‘true love’ and ‘soul mate’ themes abound in my writing, as well. J

Please tell us more about your upcoming release, Dylan. In fact, that is due out this week isn’t
Yes! My spicy little paranormal romance ANY WITCH WAY, from The Wild Rose Press, will be released in all formats on August 21, 2013. It’s by far the hottest book I’ve ever written, and quite a bit darker than the others—I love it! Also, I have another novel coming out in 2014 (also with TWRP) called DESPITE THE FANGS featuring a female werewolf with a bad attitude who meets her match with a mysterious hottie who blackmails her into finding his missing son.

 What TV shows do you watch? 
I don’t have much time for TV, and have absolutely no memory of when shows come on, or what channel, so I’m pretty worthless with the DVR, too. But…I do have a guilty little pleasure. “Glee.” And it’s all my teenage daughter’s fault for introducing it to me. I mean, what’s not to like? Singing, dancing, drama and every episode almost always ends with a “happily for now” ending. I am a Gleek, and although I can’t seem to ever watch the thing live, we’ve bought all the seasons on DVD and my daughter and I have weekly marathon sessions where we watch episodes until we’re bleary-eyed!

Some personal information. Please choose a couple of these questions to include:

Favorite music? I’m into hard rock—favorite bands include Godsmack, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold and Three Days Grace.

Author? I’m a very eclectic reader, but two of my all-time fav authors are Stephen King (horror) and Elizabeth Berg (women’s fiction). In my genre, I’m a huge Gena Showalter fan!

Hobby? I love to scrapbook, kickbox, and I run marathons (and half-marathons)—all forms of therapy for me!

Food? Does dessert count, because all of my fav foods fall into that category! My favorite dessert is the “Original Cheesecake” by Cheesecake Factory. In fact, I’m offering a $25 gift certificate to Cheesecake Factory to one lucky commenter on this blog! Mmmm…cheesecake! Check back here to see if you’ve won!

 Dylan Newton Bio and Contact/Buy Links:

Dylan Newton was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York where the local library was her favorite hang-out. Despite earning a degree in English Literature, Dylan spent more than a decade sidetracked by an executive position in corporate America where she swears she contracted testosterone poisoning. After leaving, she dedicated herself to more estrogen-rich passions, like motherhood, writing romance novels and her never-ending quest for the perfect date night.

 Dylan married her high-school sweetheart and they are busy living out their own happily ever after in sunny Florida with their two incredible daughters and a snoring Shiz-Tsu. 

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Goodreads (for Any Witch Way): (Any Witch Way):

The Wild Rose Press Link for ANY WITCH WAY:


Graduate student Lily Andrews resigned herself to a life of perpetual virginity. With her recent twisted appetites and weird fugues hospitalizing every would-be boyfriend, it's no wonder she uses her coursework as an excuse not to date.

Then, she meets a witch.

Joshua enters Lily's life to complete penance for a deadly spell he cast centuries ago. Joshua must counter Lily's demon-wrought fugues with his own Wiccan magick, or lose her forever. 

As the pivotal Wiccan holiday, Samhain, approaches, time is running out. Together, they must battle an ancient dark force, fighting for their lives and their new-found love…ANY WITCH WAY they can.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Hi, I'm Lill Farrell and I'm an editor here in the dark side of the garden.  I missed the introductory blog roll and wanted to do a quick introduction.

I've been with TWRP for just over 6 years now and have enjoyed every minute of it.  I got my feet wet in the Champagne line before moving over to the Black Rose line to work under the wonderful Callie.  While all portions of the garden are wonderful I have to say that I think we've got the best corner, filled with a lot of romance and a bit of magic, mayhem, shifters, witches, demons and the other creatures of the night who wander through.  I also do a bit of moonlighting for Faery which gives me the opportunity to spend some time with the lighter side of the paranormal.

I've had the pleasure of working with some outstanding authors and I invite you to peruse the TWRP catalog to see what our dark side of the garden has to offer.  And as always if you have a story hidden in your heart that would fit our corner, I invite you to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and share it with us at TWRP.  We look forward to hearing from you either as an author, reader or hopefully both!!!!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Shades of Black: Grave Distinction Call Out.

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.

Stories should target 8-40K words preferably, however, longer works up to 85K will be accepted. 

We have extended this call out through November, 2013.

Please follow the basic Black Rose guidelines 

*click here for guidelines 

Send your query to: 
Subject should read – Shades of Black: Grave Distinction, your title.
In the body of your email include
Author Name
Word Count
Email contact
A brief blurb and short synopsis
Do not send attachments with your query.

We look forward to reading your stories.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me directly.

Callie Lynn Wolfe, 
Senior Managing Editor 
The Wild Rose Press 
Black Rose Imprint