All posts for the month November, 2013

Day Three of WATER VAMPS (2nd ed.) for Free! It’s Currently #3 in YA Horror (Free in Kindle Store)…

Published November 29, 2013 by glgiles

Thanks so much to those who’ve downloaded it, and it’s still free till midnight tonight (Friday 11/29/13). Plus, great fun seeing how much I could rhyme in the tagline. 😉

Here’s the link to pick up your free copy (and please tell your friends, too):

Water Wrap

WVFDD (WATER VAMPS Free Download Day) Has Arrived! :)

Published November 27, 2013 by glgiles


Actually, it’s a free download for the next three days at this link:

So, please download a copy, if interested, and tell your friends & fiends. 🙂

Yours in dark delight,

G.L. Giles

If You’re Tired of Tofurky or Other Caloric Thanksgiving Food, Then There’ll Be a ‘Virtual Feast’ Waiting for Your Literary Palate…

Published November 21, 2013 by glgiles

because WATER VAMPS (2nd ed.) will be a Free Kindle Book (Wed., Nov. 27 through Sat., Nov.30)! So, at that time, you can download your FREE copy here (it’s usually $2.99):


Plus, other BlackWyrm Free kindle books to be given away on 11/27-11/30 are:

Albrim’s Curse
Bent Creek
Branwen’s Garden
Burning the Middle Ground
Circle of Prey
Dark Halo
Dream Stone
Eyes of Sandala
Gemini’s War
Immortal Betrayal
Iron Fist
Legends of Darkness
Man in the Box
Misadventures of a Country Girl
Ogre Stories
Order of the White Guard
Past Lives
Rainbow Connection
Seasons of Death
Thieves of Genesis
Trajan’s Arch
Vast White
Wisdom of Weng Shu
Yard Sale

These will be free downloads from Wednesday through Saturday, 
encompassing the Thanksgiving holiday.

Looking for a gift this Thanksgiving and Yuletide Season with both bark (weres) and bite (vamps)?! :)

Published November 9, 2013 by glgiles

WATER VAMPS (2nd ed.) has both!! You can pick up a paperback or kindle copy at:

Here are some of the reviews:



Praise for G.L. Giles’s “Water Vamps”:

“Water Vamps is one of the most clever supernatural stories I’ve read in years… only the
singular mind of GL Giles, in all her guile and wit, could have come up with the idea of aquatic
vampires who behave like the sirens of yore. As wildly out to sea as the premise seems, Giles’ rich, warm, and emotional writing style manages to make everyone seem so real, and our young protagonists, Robyn and Marion, are as grounded and substantive as can be. Water Vamps is a truly unique, engaging story – the sort of which makes GL Giles the worthy successor to the authors of my childhood (Ursula K. Le Guin, Madeleine L’Engle) and will certainly earn her a place in the canon of today’s most imaginative and engaging emerging fantasy authors.”

Staci Layne Wilson, author of DARK LULLABY and co-host of Inside Horror

“G. L. Giles once again brings vampires to life, this time in a young adult novel spanning centuries, dimensions and death. Giles’ tale of protagonists Robyn and Marion includes all the usual suspects one expects from a good horror tale; vamps and werewolves, romance and loss, life and death. Mixing these ingredients with a brand new revisionist spin, Giles creates a world familiar yet astonishingly different from similar young adult fare. Giles has not forgotten what it is to be twelve. Armed with this knowledge, she lures readers in with interesting characters and daring messages not mired in traditional fantasy tropes. Giles cannily circles the familiar before transforming her tale into something entirely new. Water Vamps is a tale of tolerance and understanding, written in descriptive, engaging prose.”

Will Colby, reviewer at KillingBoxx

“I picked up Water Vamps by G.L. Giles on a recommendation. The line under the title, “a young adult adventure story,” would generally be enough to turn me the other way—just not my scene—but having been promised that these vamps, although very different from the traditional in many ways, stick to one rule that should never be broken—they do not sparkle—I decided to give it a try. The book’s slim length and easily accessible style made it ideal for an evening plane ride home from a conference. The risk was minimal, and the reward turned out to be far greater than I would have thought possible. Water Vamps delivers a young adult adventure story, kids coming of age and learning life lessons and discovering love as they face dangers and learn the value of teamwork, all the good stuff the line below the title promises, but it also delivers quite a bit more for us grownup horror fans. Giles builds the supernatural side of her Charleston, South Carolina on a rejection of an absolute Christian world view that would easily classify goods and evils, Van Helsings and Draculas, etc. This rejection is manifest through the protagonist family’s pagan values, which narrative outcomes affirm, but it also provides justification for a proliferation of creatures and perspectives within the novel (or novella’s) 84 pages. We have the titular water vamps, of course, but they have different sects and philosophies, as do land vamps, who have different powers that go with different philosophies. Furthermore, the water vamps’ (and presumably) others’ powers develop according to some judgment of their accomplishments that comes from some unspecified higher power, a higher power capable of accepting all creatures within Giles’s diversely populated world, whatever kind of vamp, human, siren, raven or other being the creature might be, as long as it follows an ethic of self-authenticity and respect for others…as an affirmation of human diversity (which we see in everything from James Whale’s Frankenstein to Clive Barker’s Cabal/Nightbreed to the Shrek movies) is how this morality seems to operate as a creative force within Giles’s work, giving us (or at least me, as I’ve lectured on the history of vampires across the country) a kind of grammar and vocabulary for vampires we’ve never seen before. And given how many goshed darned vamps have flooded this market since Louis and Lestat got castrated and turned into Mormon teens, that’s about the highest praise I can imagine giving a vampire tale…So YA and vamp fans, brace yourself to be dazzled by creative thinking but left feeling eager for more.”

Professor L. Andrew Cooper’s review at Horrific Scribblings

“A good storyteller shows the ‘human’ in the alien creatures, in this case water vamps, and the ‘alien’ in the humans and GL Giles’ “Water Vamps” lives up to a great fantasy tale because of it. A new kind of vampire is created in Water Vamps and Giles fascinates readers with those differences. It is not just blood sucking vamps but a kind of species that lives in water and behaves sometimes similarly to sirens. These creatures live by a set of rules – ones you probably haven’t encountered before – and these codes are mirrored in the young lives of the human protagonists. Targeted for young adults, the depth of the story easily catches adult readers in its snare as all good fantasy/fairy tales do.”

Gary Starta, author/reviewer and a ‘Top Ten Finalist in 2010’s Preditors and Editors Poll for Science Fiction’

“I was thrilled when I read about the Water Vamps that Giles created…every author needs to come up with a new twist that makes their vampires unique and memorable. With vampires seen as a species, Giles has definitely done this overall, but then she takes it a step further by creating an entirely new species that seems a little like a mermaid, a little like a siren, and all vampire!…Their story [is told in] “Water Vamps,” and it will slake the thirst of anyone wanting to know more. Giles weaves a tale of intrigue and gives us a glimpse of the underwater world of the Water Vamps, and the history and origins behind these beautiful and dangerous creatures is truly unique!…We get to interact with these creatures on a more personal level: they go to school, have spelling and vocabulary tests, have to deal with their parents and even crush on each other. In this sense, we get to see the more ‘human’ side of the water vampires and see that the youth water vamps are similar to the human heroes, Robyn and Marion. Written for young adults, the main characters are children, and the adults are secondary to the story, which will appeal to any young adult. Robyn and Marion understand each other, and they (like the water vamps) have to deal with all the things children deal with, despite their unusual gifts. Even without these gifts, Robyn is a role model for any young female with her strength of character, respect for adults (at least those who deserve it) and her loyalty to Marion, who deserves his own credit for his loyalty and friendship…In the end, even the water vamps come to be [those] we can relate to and accept in this thrilling ride into the waters of Charleston, South Carolina.”

Deanna Anderson for Target Audience Magazine

“G.L. Giles has written a YA book worthy of a closer look by young adults and adults of all ages. Her stories read like a welcome canteen of water when one has been in a desolate literary desert for too long. Let’s face it. One can’t throw a stake without hitting one of the many vampire novels out there these days. With Giles’ book however, one hits a rich vein of gold or perhaps in this case, blood and, as every vampire knows, the life is in the blood. The life blood of “Water Vamps” is in the talent of such a gifted writer as Giles. Such are the literary riches one finds in “Water Vamps.” If you love vampires, you are in for a rare treat. The most intriguing thing about her Water Vamps is that they are a fantastic and wholly unique twist on the vampire myth. Even if vampires are not your cup of tea (or goblet of blood) you will be engaged by Giles. It is her skillful writing style, engrossing narrative and some of the most interesting characters in all of literature that brings delight to the reader. I absolutely love the biracial storyline with Robyn and Marion. With this, Giles doesn’t merely tell a story. She digs deeply into the human consciousness, bringing out old modes of thinking and revealing them in the light of day, inviting the reader to expand his or her mind. This is story-telling at its best. The most important thing I can say about this book is this: Best twist on the vampire mythos ever.”

Evelyn Smith, author of “Transylvania, Louisiana” and “City of the Undead,” for Eviesite (WordPress Blog)

“G.L. Giles creates a delightfully original vampire mythology in her young adult book Water Vamps. The main characters Robyn and Marion (aptly named after the literary adventurers Robin Hood and Maid Marian) engage in their own adventure involving Water Vampires, a complex hybrid of ravens and mermaids—with teeth! Giles celebrates the unconventional in numerous ways throughout the book, which any vampire-lover will embrace whole-heartedly. Her compelling tale follows the burgeoning young romance between Robyn and Marion which leads to their dangerous encounter with the Water Vamps. Giles mixes her unique history of vampires and the background of Charleston, South Carolina, creating a fully absorbing fantasy tale. Together, Robyn and Marion discover a pair of deceitful adults and a perilous, hungry species who are more than they appear to be on the surface and with whom they have more in common than they realize.”
Bryce Warren, author of “Voodoo Mayhem”

Interview with the Inspirational Jason Deierlein!

Published November 5, 2013 by glgiles

Jason Deierlein is one of the most inspirational human beings I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over the last six years or so. He has both a popular internet talk show (based out of Charleston, South Carolina) and a new radio show on Kinetic HiFi—both are fittingly called My Positive Perspective. One of the best ways to explain what My Positive Perspective is is through his own mission statement at

“About My Positive Perspective: Our Mission

THINK POSITIVE! “You become what you think you are.” More specifically, you become what you think…about.

Stay positive. No matter the obstacle, you can persevere.

– Help people get through life changing events

– Reinforcing the power of education and how it can uplift and improve one’s life

– Interviews with inspirational individuals who help improve society and lives

Company Overview

My Positive Perspective is a video blog started by Jason Deierlein, a popular motivational speaker and author in Charleston, SC.


“In 1995 I had a life changing event. I was involved in a tragic car accident resulting in me being in a coma for 7 weeks. My long recovery couldn’t have been accomplished without the help of therapists, fellow rehab patients, friends and family.

I was lucky, but met many people who, sadly, were less fortunate than I was. Their stories and bravery inspired me to help as many people as possible. I overcame. Now I want to help others overcome.

Through My Positive Perspective, I hope to educate and empower people so they can believe in themselves and overcome any challenge, no matter how big.” –  Jason Deierlein

General Information

My Positive Perspective is dedicated to:

– Personal thoughts and beliefs acquired through my experience to help others improve themselves

– Providing support for victims, families, and friends as they cope with brain injury

If you are interested in sharing your positive perspective in an interview with me, please send me an email to or”


Though he’s well-known to many Charlestonians at this point, that’s not what makes him really stand out to me. Rather, it’s his attitude (which has never been a ‘poor me’ one despite all he’s been through). To view a bit about his personal journey from tragedy to hope to building an entirely new life for himself, check out this video: To connect with My Positive Perspective on Facebook, visit


GL:  Please tell readers about your book titled “Return from a Comatose Mind.” (synopsis and why you were inspired to write it)

JD:  I consider myself very fortunate to have written “Return from a Comatose Mind.” My life before and after June 21, 1995 has so many messages and lessons. The constant training at swim practice growing up saved my life and enabled me to live and rehabilitate myself after a car accident and lengthy coma. That event changed my life from a champion swimmer into a medical miracle. The biggest thing I took away from that tragedy was the ability to remain positive with life even though it dealt me an obstacle. 

GL:  Why were you inspired to launch the My Positive Perspective Internet Talk Show?

JD:  Life is full of obstacles and your ability to keep working through them. That is why I started an internet talk show called My Positive Perspective. I wanted to have an outlet that would afford me the opportunity to inform people about all the good, positive things in life. Society cannot be only dealing with negative content. We need to know about positive things also because these things help dictate our actions.

GL:  I know that you’ve written many press releases at this point. Why have they been integral to your success in getting the word out?

JD:  I do create press releases with each MPP episode and this is done so I can educate the media on a global scale of all the positivity in the world. I enjoy speaking at local schools also, and when I speak to students about my message, I share the true message of being positive. It is not easy to stay positive, but hard work and not giving up are crucial traits to have keeping in stride with my theme. 

GL:  You’ve also partnered with Kinetic HiFi to reach a broader audience. Please tell readers a bit about your show there.

JD:  I also host a radio station and have guests on there that have similar stories to mine. I get to meet a different person every week who has struggled through a challenge and managed to reshape their life.