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My WATER VAMPS (2nd ed.) Is a FREE DOWNLOAD Today!

Published May 1, 2014 by glgiles

My WATER VAMPS (2nd ed.) is a #FREE #DOWNLOAD today (May 1st) through May 5th at the Amazon site:

***Please download a free copy of #splashygoodness, if you haven’t already, and please let your friends (and maybe a few ‘Vampy Fiends’ :-) ) know, too. ^V^

Yours in dark delight,

G.L. Giles


Water Wrap


Many Thanks to Those Who’ve Taken the Time to Review My WATER VAMPS (2nd. ed.) on Amazon, Et cetera!

Published March 30, 2014 by glgiles

Greatly appreciated! 

Yours in dark delight,

G.L. Giles



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 Knowledgeable and Humorous R.B. Harkess!

Published October 14, 2013 by glgiles


Truly my pleasure to catch up with author (and delightful humorist) R.B. Harkess. On his page at, he describes himself as an “Author in Waiting,” but I have to contend he’s anything but, as he’s already written in multiple genres (fantasy, crime and speculative fiction/science fiction novels). Not to mention his short stories which have been featured in a number of anthologies, etcetera. 




GL:  Great to welcome you to The GL Giles Files, R.B.!  Please give readers a synopsis of your book, “Aphrodite’s Dawn,” and why you were inspired to write it.

RB:  Aphrodite’s Dawn is a SF adventure. It’s very definitely ‘crossover’, and would appeal to any reader, but the marketing tag for it is very definitely ‘Young Adult’. Think ‘Rendezvous with Rama’ meets ‘Hunger Games’.

Garret’s world is six floors tall by five hundred people wide, and he despairs of ever being happy. When a voice in his head offers the 14-year old an escape from his boring life, he has no idea how apparently being offered everything he could want or need might change him. With his best friend Pitr in tow Garret seizes the opportunity, and their universe is thrown into confusion when they are told they are on an asteroid-sized sleeper-ship. The asteroid’s computer has been damaged, and cannot control the engines to deliver them to their new home. Garret is asked to take a message to the other end of the world.

GL:  What made you decide to go with Salt Publishing?

RB:   Why did I go with Salt? Because they asked me. Seriously, Aprodite’s Dawn was my first published novel. Steve Haynes is lucky he still has his arm I snatched the contract out of his hand so fast. But, on a more serious note, it all comes down to conventions.

GL:  Have you attended any writing conventions in 2013? If so, then which ones? Do you think that conventions are a good way for both new and established writers to market their books? Can most marketing be done online now, or does meeting someone in person still carry more weight?

RB:  This is a bit of a ‘yes and no’ answer. In 2013 I attended, or will attend, ‘Edge Lit’ in Derby, ‘Get Writing’ in Hertfordshire, and (my current favourite), BristolCon (I have to say that, being a Bristolian-in-exile).

I think that genre conventions are essential, and in so many ways it’s going to be difficult to explain why without writing three blogs worth of words.

Example 1:  Aphrodite’s Dawn was published by Salt because I went to NewCon5 and met Steve Haynes (the editor of Proxima) which was a fledgling imprint at the time and he was trawling for writers. We got talking and, some months later, Steve asked me if the novel was still free because Proxima had decided to dip their toe into YA.

Example 2:  It was at the same con that I met Geoff Nelder, author of the ARIA trilogy, editor of many things including Escape Velocity Magazine, and also in one of my writing groups. When he was putting together his Escape Velocity anthology, he rejected the story I submitted, but remembered ‘Jack in the Box’ from a review and criticize exercise, and asked if it was still available (there was a point to that).  Thinking about it, I met at least half of my best friends and acquaintances at that con, so thank you again Ian Whates.

So, from my perspective, much of my publishing success has been down to conventions. Having said that they can be lonely and intimidating places. Everybody seems to know everybody else except you, and unless you’re the sort of person who can barge their way into a random conversation, it can be insular.

Most cons run ‘newbie groups’ though, where experienced staff are used as icebreakers to get people involved. On the other hand, if you can jump in and interact, you get to meet some fascinating people (and occasionally the odd ‘oh my goodness, that’s _____________ (fill in the name of your literary deity here)’. I mean, at Bristol Con last year I had Jaine Fenn on my Triva Team (and this year she is a panelist on a panel I am moderating). How cool is that?

I’m rambling. For making contacts, cons can be unbeatable. For marketing? Well, everybody wants a book launch at a con. I’m still waiting for mine. I might even get one next year. You get the option to stuff flyers into goodie bags, and do readings, and it’s all good exposure. I doubt it translates too much in direct sales, but it’s great for increasing your exposure, especially if you can get on some good panels.

But I do find conventions change as the organizers and committees change. There’s one con I used to think was the best in the world, and now I doubt I shall go to another because the people running it changed. On the flip side, new cons, and not just pure-writing ones, come up in your awareness and you migrate.  I am going to Asylum next year, the great Steampunk extravaganza, which I’ve not been to before, and I may try Andromeda, or even SFX.

GL:  Many thanks for your honest, humorous and thoroughly illuminating answer! In a different vein, you run a critique group, correct? What are some of the benefits of belonging to a group like this?

RB:  I am a member of the British Science Fiction Association, and members are entitled to join our crit group, Orbiters. A multi-talented woman by the name of Terry Jackman sits above us all as general manager, and passes jobs and members down to us lowly Co-ordinators. I have the honour to run Orbit-4 (novels)—and Terry is actually a member in my group, which is a bit mobius.

The benefits are incalculable. It’s because of my association with fellow Orbiters (and, briefly, the inhabitants of Café Doom) that my work is of a publishable standard now. No amount of loved ones telling you how good your latest poem is will make you better. Friends and family, no matter how hard you beg them, will rarely be honest with you because they have to live with you afterwards. In a crit group, people can be more honest. Sometimes they aren’t. Groups can be frustrating places, where members don’t comment helpfully, or never seem to learn from what they have had pointed out to them. It can get nasty, too. We frequently run with scissors and people get cut. One of my jobs as co-ordinator is to arbitrate in disputes, or quietly calm things down if they trend towards getting personal. It’s not always easy. But it’s when you get that crit back, and after you’ve got over the ‘how DARE she…?’, and you reread the comments, and the little light blinks on over your head and you realize that just by changing *that* paragraph like she said, the whole scene suddenly works just like it did in your head. It’s great.

I recommend review groups to everybody. You sometimes have to try out a few to find one that fits. Try Orbits. We don’t insist on everything being SF, so long as it’s pretty much genre, we’ll eat anything. Eventually, any writer can find one that suits them, and they will almost certainly improve as a result.

GL:  Great advice! Switching gears again, how did your story come to be a part of the “Full Fathom Forty” anthology? Please tell readers a bit about both (your story & the antho.).

RB: Ah, Full Fathom Forty. You must mean ‘Jack in the Box’. As I mentioned, that actually wasn’t the first place it was published. It first saw the light of day in ‘Escape Velocity:  The Anthology’ about six months before. And you’ll never guess where I first bumped into David J. Howe, who edited FFF? Aw, you got it. Newcon5. Anyhow, I was a member of the British Fantasy Society at the time, heard that David was putting together this anthology, which was going to be given free to members on the society’s anniversary, and I submitted through normal channels. I doubt whether me being known to him made much difference:  David knows, or knows of, just about everybody in the UK genre scene, particularly SF.

The story itself is about a new keepsake to remember the departed—a copy of parts of their memory. Which is fine, until they start talking about stuff that was never meant to be recorded. I call them Embedded intelligence, and use the idea in a couple of my later SF stories. The idea, the whole concept of silicon self-awareness fascinates me. Raises all sorts of interesting problems.

GL:  So, what is on the horizon for 2014?

RB:  Well, I’ve already discussed convention plans. Writing-wise, I am hoping my second YA novel will be published early in the year. It’s all subject to contract at the moment, so I can’t name names, but let’s just say I’m so happy about the people who are going to publish it I am already working on book two (and putting the plot together for book three). I seem to have a thing going on with steampunk/alternate reality, mashed in with some urban fantasy. I have two other novels out there looking for homes, so who knows what else might see the light of day.

The rest of the time I shall be trying to fit in being as close to a full-time writer as I can get in with the boring business of actually putting food on the table and the roof over our head. And loving every minute of it.