Music and Mayhem

By Sharon K. Gilbert

For those who don’t know me well, the inclusion of musical scenes in Blood Lies may come as a surprise. Actually, I spent many years as a professional singer, and I even studied and performed opera at the University of Nebraska Lincoln for a couple of years (and before that at Indiana University). So, it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that my main female character (and her little cousin Adele) both love to sing. Using opera as a plot device also allows me to include theater scenes and use the lyrics of arias as a means for internal dialogue and even conflict. 

In many ways, the inclusion of operatic elements allows me to pay homage to one of my favorite early 20th century novellas, The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (the link is to the Kindle Unlimited Free edition at Amazon).

 

Read the Prologue for Free

By Sharon K. Gilbert

Many of you have asked me to explain what the book is all about, and in a nutshell, it’s a study of two opposing sides in the ongoing spiritual war: Redwing, a secret society composed of men in league with the devils and the fallen angels they serve AND ‘the inner circle’, a group of men and women who serve Christ but also protect a secret–a secret that would alter the course of England and the entire world if it were known.

It is a secret born in blood.

To help you see where this is headed, I’ve added a ‘free preview’ of the book’s Prologue, which takes place in 1879. This important scene is where our main characters first meet, and it sets up the first four chapters of the book. Chapter Five takes us to 1888 and the Ripper murders. I hope you enjoy the Prologue.

The Manuscript is Finally Done

By Sharon K. Gilbert

Yesterday afternoon, I finally hit ‘save’ on the final edit of the Book One manuscript, ‘Blood Lies’. I started writing the series last February, so it’s been nearly a year to the day, and throughout that journey I’ve learned a great deal about the late 19th century, about Jack the Ripper, the police officials, the victims, and the people of England and Scotland at the time.

Generally, it doesn’t take me nearly this long to write a single novel, but I’m planning this series to encompass the transitional years between 1888 and into World War I and perhaps even World War II, so I’ve not only planned out the future plots but also written the first SIX books. Needless to say, I’ve been very busy over the past year.

During that time, I’ve come to love many of the characters within the pages, and I hope when you read the books, you’ll also become attached to them. Though the 1880s were a simpler time, for those living then, the rise of the industrial and ‘scientific’ age often caused distress and drew many away from the church, allowing spiritual entities to gain ground in the ever expanding supernatural war between God Almighty and the Fallen.

That’s what this book is all about. That War. And it’s played out within the lives of the Redwing Saga characters, and I hope that, in addition to entertaining, the series also helps to teach Biblical truths.