From Gone with the Wind to Confederacy of Dunces to the The Sookie Stackhouse series the southern gothic style has appeared in almost every type of fiction since its inception. The first gothic novels were born on the banks of Lake Geneva in the summer of 1816 when Lord Byron hosted a ghost story competition between himself, Percy Shelly, Mary Shelly and John William Polidori. That contest produced both Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein and Polidori’s The Vampyre. Almost 200 years later the vampire novel has evolved but is still as popular now as it was when it first sunk its teeth into the reading public. The heart of the gothic novel is extremes; greatness turned tragic, lofty affluence fallen to social squalor, heroic acts of bravery ending in madness and death. And few places can you find more examples of great ventures turned disastrous than the American south. The image of the old southern plantation fallen to ruin; aristocrat turned root-eating beggar, great beauty turned grotesque (o…
Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her young adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a recruiter in South Carolina. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her first novel through Amazon with CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. Ta Ta for Now! is also now available through Smashwords at Barnes and Noble.com, on the Nook and the Sony eReader.
For a chance to win an ebook copy of Ta Ta for Now! please leave a comment and email address. A winner will be chosen August 31st. I never imagined I would be an Independent Author. To be honest, I never thought I would be an author at all. It is something I always loved to do and dreamed of when I was younger, but it seemed like too big of a dream …
I'm honored to host author, Michael Thal, on my blog today. Today marks the release of his latest novel, Koolura and the Mayans (Koolura series Book 3) which is available on Amazon. I want to wish Michael the very best of luck with his new endeavor.
Blurb: Koolura is no ordinary girl. Neither is her best
friend Leila. While visiting Mexico, the girls discover a device which hurtles
them back in time to an early Mayan civilization. The Mayans have troubles of
their own—the alien Aquari people have all but enslaved them. They need a
goddess to set them free. Could Koolura be the one? Excerpt: Twelve-year-old Koolura Akopyan stood in the middle
of her bedroom, staring at the open suitcase on her bed. She looked at what she
had already packed. “Okay, I think I have everything. Laptop and books are in
the backpack. Clothes and bridesmaid’s dress in the suitcase.” She paused and
flopped onto the bed. “Gosh, I can’t believe Daddy and Terri are finally
getting married.” Koolura took a deep br…