Monday, April 6, 2015

New Release - Dear God Southern Mystery Series

I’m excited to announce another southern gothic fiction release I’ve been working on here and there since finishing Then Death Spoke.

After being dumped by her husband with no note and no clue as to where he went, Louise Bidwell starts writing letters to God every night in her trailer. What she learns about herself, and her husband's whereabouts, turns out to be more dark and sinister than she ever would have thought.

Welcome to the Dear God Southern Mystery Series. Yes, she is crazy, but poor Louise just can’t seem to catch a break! 

Oh, and y’all know none of my books would be complete without some dark, southern humor, so there’s plenty of that.

There are two books so far, and the first one is now permafree! 

If you like mystery and southern humor, I would love for you to check them out and let me know what you think. Oh, and I am currently working on Part 3 which should conclude the series. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

He's Dark - Gothic Poetry

He's Dark - Gothic Poetry by Lizzy Shaw

His kisses loom like shadows before they
reach my lips.
And his hands flow like a river before they
touch my hips.

Our words don't break the silence when they're
spoken under breath.
But it doesn't really matter when you're nothing
more than deaf.

The shadows they are there with no
contact in between.
And it's a shame but you don't know my hips are
long and lean.

You wait for me I wait for you this
silence growing cold.
And in the end we both shut down too young too
far too old.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Tell Me - A Dark Poem

Dark Poems by Lizzy Shaw

Tell me again?
Tell me.
How you couldn't live without me.
How your life was cold and hollow.
Like a starving weeping willow on a cemetery plot, its leaves hanging from the dead weight of a thousand slaves, pulling the limbs to the ground, so far down.

Tell me.
How every moment after those goodbyes we never could bring ourselves to say,
How every second seemed like an eternity.
How every hour you tried not to rip your eyes from their sockets because you couldn't stand to see me in your head and you just wanted to stop seeing me.
You just wanted to stop.

Tell me.
How you never knew how pretty the sunrise could be from the back seat of a car through the billowy black smoke at five-thirty in the morning in the middle of summer on a dirt road in a strange town after having stayed up all night because no one had shown you.
No one had ever shown you that.

Tell me again?
How the breadth of my silence could never match the depth of your patience and now all you have is the sound of your own thoughts and all I can do is talk talk talk.

Oh, tell me.
That's my favorite part.
How your thoughts are all you've got.

Monday, December 22, 2014

I'm Not - Dark Poetry by Lizzy Shaw

I'm Not - A Dark Poem by Lizzy Shaw

There is no hope.
There is no end to this dark road that stretches out in front of me as far as the eye can see.

And I'm not inspired.
I'm not inspired to tell you.
I'm not inspired to tell you just how much.
I'm not inspired to tell you just how much I want.
I'm not inspired to tell you just how much I want to die.

I'm not inspired to tell you just how much I can't even cry.
I'm not inspired to tell you just how much I won't even try.
I'm not inspired to tell you that this is goodbye.

I'm not.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Conceiving Evil by Jenna Fox - Cover Reveal

Conceiving Evil
Release date: October 16th by Dark Hollows Press
Author: Jenna Fox

In a World Full of Hopelessness, He Was Her Savior 

Like everyone else after the economic crash, Abby Torrance was struggling financially. But then Dorian Lincoln, a political and business icon, sweeps her off her feet and into a life of promise. He’s a man who has enough power to change the world for the better, a man who can give hope to the masses, a man who can give Abby a baby.

But the road to Hell is paved with good intentions and Abby is having strange dreams that seem both a warning and a prophesy. How can she give the evil undertones of her dreams any notice when she’s busy focusing on conceiving?

Contains light BDSM and horror themes.  Includes flogging.

Well, my dears, Jenna Fox has struck again. 

With her talent!

Jenna is a dear friend who has been incredibly awesome and supportive over the past year and a half, even as I transitioned from erotic romance to southern gothic fiction.

I've also read every one of her books, and there is no doubt about it--the woman can write.

This one has piqued my interest, particularly because of its dark nature, and I'm sure that it will not disappoint. Jenna never fails to bring us rich characters with heroes that are sure to leave us... begging for more, shall I say? I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on this one. I have a feeling that Dorian is NOT who Abby thinks he is. But Jenna is notorious for surprising her readers with twists and turns, so we shall have to wait and see what Conceiving Evil brings. 

Make sure to Pre order it on Amazon now! 

To learn more about Jenna's dark erotic books, please visit her on GoodReads or her Amazon Author Page where you can also peruse her other books. My favorite so far is Sealed in Blood, a sizzling yet dark mystery with a touch of domination and submission. 

In the meantime, Jenna has sent me an excerpt from Conceiving Evil to share with you all. So please, enjoy and feel free to leave comments below! 

Dammit to hell. I can’t even enjoy a movie.
The nighttime air bit at my skin as thoughts of him chomped at my brain. He’d polluted me like a poison that spread throughout my mind and body, seizing every thought, leaving no rest. I loved horror movies and yet I couldn’t recall a single scene. Jimmie kept glancing at me, concern etching his face all the way through the ninety-minute show.
Soon Jimmie and I walked out of the theater, my hand resting in the crook of his elbow. Bitterness raged inside, heating my face against the breeze when I saw the limo roll toward us. He found me like he always said he would, but three fucking hours late.
I knew I wasn’t Dorian’s top priority, and I’d made some progress at keeping my jealousy under control, but no woman wanted to be shoved to the side every time it was convenient for a man. I tightened my grip on Jimmie’s sleeve and pulled him along just as the driver stepped into our path. I gave the chauffeur a shotgun-glare as he motioned me to the car. “Miss Torrance, Mr. Lincoln is waiting.”
My heart skipped ten beats, I couldn’t tear my eyes away when the dark window lowered and Dorian tousled his ebony hair with his fingers. He wasn’t in his usual attire, a business suit. Tonight he presented himself in casual wear. His sharp, handsome features were expressionless.
I closed my eyes, digging deep for the strength to tell him to get lost for standing me up, but I knew the words would never make it past my lips. I was a fool to entertain the thought. One look from those black eyes sifted me like wheat. Dorian practically owned me. That man was my tempter and my savior wrapped into one.
I met him at the lowest point of my life, after my mother died of cancer. The three jobs I was working to keep my head above water and pay off her medical bills were about to do me in physically. While I was waiting tables at the country club, Dorian swooped in from out of nowhere and rescued me like an injured bird. His amazing sixth sense alerted him that life was too much for me, and he offered me a strong shoulder to cry on. The floodgates opened and I unloaded my personal problems. Dorian Lincoln promised those problems would disappear with a simple acceptance of his proposition: give him power over my body, something Bianca wouldn’t allow.
Lifting my palm to Jimmie’s cheek, I smiled. “Thanks for the movie. I’ll call you next week.”
“He’s a prick. You deserve better, Abby!” Jimmie yelled, as I eased myself inside the limo.
Dorian opened a small refrigerator under the seat, his hands cupping the base of a champagne glass. “You’ve wasted no time finding another way of entertaining yourself this evening.”
“You wasted no time in standing me up,” I scoffed.
When I left his office that afternoon, Dorian said he wanted me for some ‘quality time.’ Eight-thirty rolled around before I realized he was a no-show. The food got cold and eventually the long stemmed candles I lit for dinner burned out, along with my patience.
“Meetings...clients,” he said.
Top secret meetings and clients were always the excuse. The coldness in his voice was a sword to my heart, a reminder of my temporary ranking in his life. I held on tight to his promise of our relationship becoming more when the time was right.
His stony expression broke into a devious grin. “You look beautiful in that dress and your enthusiasm is charming. But watching you masturbate will reimburse me, Miss Torrance.”
My stomach dropped and quivered as I pressed my thighs together. He was going to punish me.
I tugged at the straps of the red shoes he’d bought me, eyeing him as he sipped from the flute and moved his gaze toward the window. Overtaken by the need to be the object of his fascination, I almost begged him to turn those onyx eyes back on me. His attention was the only thing that kept me from going under.
“Dorian, please I-”
My words were cut off with the sharp turn of his head. Relief came in a warm caress, but suspicion moved in with a lift of his brow. The small amount of light coming through the tinted windows deepened the masculine angles of his face, lending them a sternness that echoed in his voice.
“No other men. I thought I was quite clear about that when we discussed the terms of our agreement, three months ago.”
“Jimmie is just a friend.”
“Jimmie is a man. A distraction.”
“A distraction from being pissed. I don’t like being stood up.”


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Not-So Reluctant Parent (that's me)

In the process of job hunting, I came across this webpage. Don't ask me how. One job led to another which led to another which led to some photographer who would be taking nude photographs of women and Ba-da-Bing-Ba-da-Boom!!! Here I stumbled upon the site of this amazing photographer. It made me think. And it made me cry. Doesn't take much these days...

From the time I was 17 and my brother was born, I knew I wanted to be a mom. The moment my daughter emerged from within me and out into the world, my whole life took a gravitational shift. Not one thing and not one person is more important to me than my girl. I've had people come in and out of my life and hers, for good, including her father. Yet here I stand right beside her as a testament to the fact that no matter how tough it seems or how hard it is, some people will never, ever abandon you.

If you are a new father, a veteran mom or dad, a soon to be parent, or don't have kids at all and absolutely abhor or adore them, this article (with beautiful accompanying pictures) is for you:

The Reluctant Father

P.S. Bring tissues.