Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Next Big Thing with Lily Silver

 I want to thank Stacey Joy Netzel for tagging me to do a post on The Next Big Thing blog hop. Stacey is a prolific romance writer. I have several of her books on my desert island keeper shelf. If you are looking for a wonderful Christmas treat, check out her Mistletoe Rules short stories. They are my favorites and they are a perennial bloom. They never fail to please each Christmas season. 

The Next Big Thing originated on the She Writes site, as far as we could work out, and is designed to raise awareness of our work, or work in progress. We do that by answering ten questions about it. We graciously thank the person who nominated us, and tag five other authors whose work could well be that NEXT BIG THING.
 Stacey Joy Netzel's Awesome Post  went live last week. She shared with us a little bit about her next book, Run to Rome, a sequel to Lost in Italy. I'm waiting for Ben and Evalina's story as I met them in Lost in Italy last spring. Their encounter was so sexy, with Ben in handcuffs and Eva teasing him with passionate kisses, you just wanted these two to have their own romance! 



What is the title of your next book?

Bright Scoundrel

 
Where did the idea come from for the book?

This book is the sequel to Dark Hero, the first book in of the Reluctant Heroes Series.  I spent a lot of time with Kieran O'Flaherty as a support character to the heroine in  Dark Hero and so I wanted to feature him in the next book. I also spent a lot of time developing the backstory for Elizabeth O'Flaherty and her older brother, Kieran, and so there seemed to be a need to return to Ireland to complete the story of the O'Flahertys.
 
What genre does your book fall under?

Historical Romance, but I tend to cross genres in my work, so this would be Historical Romance with strong paranormal elements. 

 
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Jared Padalecki from Supernatural would make a great Kieran O'Flaherty. He's tall, good looking, has a winning smile, and if you watch Supernatural at all, you know damn well he could play an Irish sorcerer with panache.



 Chyler Leigh would make a perfect Rose De Lacy. She even looks like the model on the cover of Bright Scoundrel. (See upper left hand corner)


 
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Charming womanizing scoundrel with magical abilities returns to his ancestral home, meets the woman of his dreams but finds her all prickles and spines, a true challenge after his easy sexual conquests in London Society. 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It will be self-published, just like the rest of the series. Dark Hero is the first of the series, Bright Scoundrel is the second book, and Gallant Rogue is the third book in the Reluctant Heroes Series. 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About 5 months. It took time to research the changes in Ireland from 1798, which is when the rebellion happened in Some Enchanted Waltz, (my second book) to 1802, which is when Kieran returns to Ireland after a twenty year absence.
 
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I can't think of any books to compare it to. As for movies, however, I would consider it to be a mix of The Quiet Man and The Sorcerer's Apprentice. 
(that awesome movie from 2012 with Nicholas Cage!)
Kieran O'Flaherty, a Druid with supernatural powers, goes back to his ancestral home in Ireland seeking a quiet life, encounters obstacles and uses magic and his natural charm to overcome them and begin a new life. 


 

 Who or What inspired you to write this book?

The character, Kieran O'Flaherty, did. I enjoyed his character so much in the first book of the series, I simply had to write his story. I had to have him come full circle from being an heir, sold as an indenture, trained as a ghost buster, and then going back to his family home in Ireland to take his place again as the rightful heir. It wouldn't have worked to just ignore him and the potential for his story. 

                                      What else about your book might pique the reader interest?

 The female lead, Rose De Lacy, is a feminist. Yes, a feminist in 1802!  They did exist. She is a follower of the teachings of Mary Wollstonecreaft, an early advocate of women's rights who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman back in 1792. Rose De Lacy is an artist and is the estate manager for Roisin Dubh Castle, Kieran's ancestral home, although she was hired through letters and is known to Kieran and his grandfather only as the Honorable R. De Lacy. She's a little concerned when the absentee landlord suddenly decides to visit his rural Irish estate. 

For a sneak peek, visit the Pages Tab at the upper right of the blog and click Excerpt of Bright Scoundrel

Now it's time to pass the torch to more deserving authors so they can tell you about their amazing work. Their posts (which will have the same title: The Next Big Thing Blog Hop) will be live on or around December 5th. Here they are:

Christina Tretreault

Janice Lane Palko

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar 

 

5 comments:

scmitchell said...

It sounds like a really fun read, Lily. Looking forward to it...

cgtetreault said...

Great post Lily. Thanks for sharing. I will pick it up when it comes out.

Christina

Janice Lane Palko said...

One of my favorite movies is The Quiet Man. Sounds like a great story.

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Bright Scoundrel sounds like a very interesting and fun read! Looking forward to when it's available. :)

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