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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Guest Post and Giveaway: Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper #1) by Ruth Silver


Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.

Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.

I’ve been itching to write about grim reapers for awhile. I miss the show Dead Like Me. I wanted my story to be completely different than anything we’ve seen or read about reapers. Imagine a story with grim reapers, dark angels, princesses, royalty, and the black plague! That’s just a taste of what Dead Girl Walking has to offer. 


“Reapers are part of the undead. We’re not like the stories you’ve heard across cultures,” Edon said.

Violetta smiled. “We don’t ride on a chariot transporting souls to the underworld, or wear a black cloak, unless you want to make one.”

“Forget everything you know about grim reapers, Ophelia. Humans have it wrong. It’s easier to believe in angels and demons, than to see what’s right in front of you. Who wants to believe the undead walk among us with beating hearts? It would frighten humans. It would probably send many to their graves faster,” Edon said.

Five things I wish I would have known about publishing 

1. Covers make or break a book. If you don’t like the cover, say something as early on as possible. You as an author, should have some type of say in what is on the cover of your novel. 

2. Everything takes longer in the publishing world. Communication is slow. Publishing a book is slow. Getting a contract is slow. (I turned down an offer in 2013 because the publishing company was too slow to give me the final contract. I had another offer on the table and they had already provided me with a contract.) 

3. Plan to give away a lot of eBooks; for book bloggers, giveaways, promotions. This works especially well for the first book in a series. 

4. Get in writing what your publisher does in terms of marketing your novel. Have it spelled out in the contract. 

5. Understand the wording in your contract and it’s best to consult a lawyer prior to signing any legal documents.

About the author:
Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo names and penned well over a hundred stories.

She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, "Deuces are Wild", which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories.

Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and traveling.

Her favorite YA genre is a mix of Dystopian & Fantasy which is evident in the upcoming release of her latest book, Aberrant. Slated for release April 2013 by Lazy Day Publishing, it is the first in a trilogy.

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Piper said...

There's not as many as say vampires or werewolves, but I love Reaper stories.

Juana said...

I would love to read this story. I haven't read a good reaper story in awhile.

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wendy Hutton said...

sounds like a great read, thanks

Denise Z said...

I am looking forward to something a little new and different. Thank you for sharing with us Dead Girl Walking looks like loads of fun :)

Unknown said...

ooooh, a reaper!!

justwin4once said...

I like what you had to say about publishing and being an author.