Thursday, October 4, 2012

GUEST POST WITH AUTHOR, KEITH ROMMEL

The Unspeakable Truth




…is stranger than fiction. For me, starting an article with a cliché is not the best approach, but in this sense, the title is literal and so is the cliché. Often times I am asked where I draw my inspiration for my suspense/horror series. Today I am going to share how The Lurking Man came to be.

It was Christmas Day 2010 and I was gathered with some family and friends. We sat around the table and had a great holiday meal that was festive and filled with a lot of light conversation and good laughs. Soon we moved onto desert and coffee and someone I am going to refer to as “Olive” suddenly turned sad. In that instant, the holiday cheer was snuffed and concern made me ask Olive what was wrong.

Her eyes were filled with such profound sadness that I was drawn closer to comfort her. She showed great appreciation for our small gathering with glassy eyes. Something inside of her was stirring and it threatened to break down the barrier she had erected around herself for protection.

To me, this Christmas meal with friends and family was common. I come from a large family where holiday dinners were always an event of pleasure. Sorrow never occurred to me during these times, but to her, this was a change, and it was big. It didn’t occur to me just how big.

She hesitated at first, and with a gentle voice she began to tell me about her life. She lived through constant emotional and physical abuse. This continued throughout her entire childhood and her adult life. She told me how she continued to struggle with the memories of her past and how that encouraged a lifetime of addiction.

The truth of her life and the people who had affected her so—and how they did it—was heartbreaking to hear. Much older now, I remember looking across the table at Olive and thinking how frail she seemed to be. That wasn’t how I remembered her as a child. The toll the mistreatment she had endured throughout her life had become easy to see in that moment. I watched her struggle with it and how she seemed to try and resist what had stifled her for so long.

But now as I write this and reflect back on that night, I know something inside of Olive wanted me to hear what she had to endure. Maybe it was her time to start the healing process. Or maybe it was the plea of a soul trapped within a body that had been tortured for far too long.

Although I will commonly change the gender, age and overall details of the protagonist and the antagonist, this time around I used Olive’s experiences to create the hero and the villain. I concealed the true details of her story in an intricate web of fiction that will extract every emotion out of you.

About The Lurking Man:




Cailean stands beneath a spotlight in a blinding
snowstorm. She has no idea where she is or how she got there, but she senses something moving around her in the darkness outside the light.

When the ominous presence calling himself Sariel makes himself known, he declares that he is Death Incarnate and that Cailean has died. He has taken her to the Aperture, a place between the living and the dead, where he will force her to face the sins of her past in exchange for twenty-four hours of life to try and right her wrongs. But what she must do in return for this precious time is unthinkable.

About the Thanatology Series:

Rommel’s series is titled due to Thanatology being a study that explores death and dying. Rommel has taken this science to a fictionalized, gothic-style horror level that may leave you breathless and unable to stop your mind from contemplating how you live your own life.

The books are grouped in the series due to the nature of the theme, but each book may be read independently. “Those who read in order will be able to catch glimpses from previous book(s), but it is not dependent upon each individual story,” Rommel said. 

The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man are released by Sunbury Press. Book three in the Thanatology series is on schedule for a summer 2013 release. The Cursed Man is currently being considered as a feature film.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Keith Rommel is a native of Long Island, New York and currently lives with his family in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Rommel is a retail manager and has enjoyed collecting comic books since he was a child (a hobby inspired by a teacher in grade school to help overcome a reading comprehension disability). He enjoys watching the New York Giants and writing how-to articles for other authors.

To learn more about Rommel and his books, please visit:

http://keithrommel.weebly.com.
Amazon ~ Available as a Kindle book or paperback

http://www.amazon.com/Keith-Rommel/...t_athr_dp_pel_1

Barnes & Noble ~ Available as a Nook book or paperback

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/keith-rommel

Contact Information—Keith Rommel

Email: keithrommel@gmail.com
Website: http://keithrommel.weebly.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/keithtrommel
Twitter: @keithrommel

Keith Rommel Shows that Death Has No Mercy in His Second Novel The Lurking Man

What happens after we die? Are we given choices based on how we lived our lives? It’s an age-old question pondered by just about everyone. 

Author Keith Rommel dared to explore the answer by creating his newest novel The Lurking Man, a story of dark suspense that unmercifully reveals the life of a self-deluded, neglectful mother who caused irreparable damage to her family and ultimately struggles with death as much as life. It’s the second novel in his suspenseful and thrilling Thanatology series that began with the eerie, spine-tingling The Cursed Man. 

“Imagine Death knowing your deepest, darkest secrets and all of your private pain,” said Rommel about The Lurking Man. “Now imagine it wants to use what it knows against you so that you bend to its will.”

In The Lurking Man, main character Cailean stands beneath a spotlight in a blinding snowstorm. She has no idea where she is or how she got there, but she senses something moving around her in the darkness outside the light. 

When the ominous presence calling himself Sariel makes himself known, he declares that he is Death Incarnate and that Cailean has died. He has taken her to the Aperture, a place between the living and the dead, where he will force her to face the sins of her past in exchange for twenty-four hours of life to try and right her wrongs. But what she must do in return for this precious time is unthinkable.

Rommel’s series is titled due to Thanatology being a study that explores death and dying. Rommel has taken this science to a fictionalized, gothic-style horror level that may leave you breathless and unable to stop your mind from contemplating how you live your own life. 

The books are grouped in the series due to the nature of the theme, but each book may be read independently. “Those who read in order will be able to catch glimpses from previous book(s), but it is not dependent upon each individual story,” Rommel said. 

The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man are released by Sunbury Press. Book three in the Thanatology series is on schedule for a summer 2013 release. The Cursed Man is currently being considered as a feature film.

Keith Rommel is a native of Long Island, New York and currently lives with his family in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Rommel is a retail manager and has enjoyed collecting comic books since he was a child (a hobby inspired by a teacher in grade school to help overcome a reading comprehension disability). He enjoys watching the New York Giants and writing how-to articles for other authors.

To learn more about Rommel and his books, please visit: http://keithrommel.weebly.com.

Pinterest Contest

Get involved in Keith Rommel’s book tour by taking part in his Pinterest contest! If you don’t have Pinterest go to www.pinterest.com to sign-up!

For those of you already pinning, make a board titled something like “Book Contest~The Grim Reaper” or you can make your own title. It doesn’t have to be morbid, just make it fun! Especially with Halloween month upon us, there are all kinds of things out there that will make it fun.

You MUST at least pin the photos with link to The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man, Keith Rommel’s two books in his Thanatology series, and pin the link to his blog tour dates.
You can find the books with links to re-blog on the example board at: 

http://pinterest.com/erinalmehairi/...he-grim-reaper/
You can find the blog tour schedule to pin at http://keithrommel.weebly.com

You have until 11:59 p.m. EST the final day of the tour to create your post. Be creative, the best board wins an ARC paperback copy of The Cursed Man, an e-book of The Lurking Man and some cool bookmarks! This is for USA and CANADA only.

You must leave a comment back here that you did the contest with the link and with your email so we can get in touch with you! And if you had a great time and read the book be sure to click "like" on book seller sites and let us know what you think.

Some ideas to get you started:

*Think outside the box!

*Think about all the psychological horror movies relating to cheating Death.

*Think about fun creatives like food or clothing for a book party (for a book launch or book club).

*Think about colors, art, music, visuals that relate to stories of the Grim Reaper.

*It doesn’t have to be morbid, make it fun especially with Halloween parties coming up!

Keith Rommel’s books are about how Death comes in different bodily forms and shapes—sometimes in the shadows…hiding in the darkness, hiding in our minds, making us think back on our lives, yet sometimes in the daylight, haunting and maddening our mental state.

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