The Silent Violent Few: Noir
The Silent Violent Few # 3
By- Grayer Vaughan
Genre- Romance, Fiction, 16+
"How will he still want me once he finds out what I've done?"
Alabama Crowne thought she had finally secured her freedom when the life she was destined to live came to a halt. Despite everything she left behind, there was one constant she would never be rid of as death claimed who she was in order to become who she was meant to be all along: Cash Zachary Calloway.
Leaving one life to create another didn't seem so bad until Finn Haines, the man she thought she knew, begins to become unhinged when secrets, lies and betrayal tempt them both into an epic end game of "name that Submissive".
Thinking she chose the right Calloway, Alabama takes a chance to build a life worth living as she is set to give birth to the next Calloway heir until facts about Finn's past lead her down a dangerous path filled with devious deviants of epic proportions.
Unsure of who the father of her unborn child is, Alabama begins to struggle with her sanity, keeping her pregnancy hidden while she soon realizes that the only way out of the mess she created might be to return to the life she left behind as visions of her dead best friend Frankie lead her down a dangerous path of becoming the one thing she never thought she would: Mrs. Calloway.
Will the darkness she created claim the life she must live to be free or will her static inspiration become the dominant Noir she will need to save her from the violent death Goddess has planned?
Author Spotlight on Grayer Vaughan-
Please tell us about yourself using 3 adjectives, 1 quirk and a pop culture addiction
Grateful, Determined, Adventurous. (In that order).
1 quirk: I have to have the area I write in extremely noisy or I can’t write. Silence is very deafening to my creativity.
Pop Culture Addiction: Everything 80s. I’m an 80’s baby. Goonies, Brat Pack, Music, the whole bit. Beaches, Steel Magnolias, The Color Purple, Spaceballs. Everything Whoopi Goldberg has ever done. I love her. I’m also fluent in character references, movie quotes and bumper sticker lingo. In the now- I live for Indies, Mean Girls, Sons of Anarchy, and then I stumbled onto Game of Thrones. I watched all seasons in one sitting and read the books over a weekend. It’s an addiction. I swear. I even named my kittens after Kal Drogo and Khalessi.
Sickness of the dopest kind.
Who do you consider the most swoon-worthy man/woman in the literary world?
Everyone would probably go for the obvious answer of Twilight or The Hunger Games couplings or even Kal Drogo and Khalessi’s type of swoon-inducing coma but, there isn’t really a man who makes me swoon (other than my own character- Cash Calloway in The Silent Violent Few ;) ). The swoon I am usually after lasts months after reading the story to which you begin to measure your guy against them. That engulfing type of swoon is what I go towards. My Swoon couple is
Mr. Rochester and Jane in Jane Eyre.
They are so wonderfully disastrous in that epic tale of woe that they just move me. It’s heartbreaking and a breath of fresh air in one sitting. He is so awesomely flawed, mysterious and intriguing in a way that can’t really be pinpointed. You aren’t sure which way is up with this character, which kind of makes him more addicting as you just have to know what makes this dude tick. It’s like a puzzle that swallows you whole as you try to figure out why he is all that you are. He is a fire based illusion, and no man controls fire. You just wanna live long enough to stomach the burn to convalesce in all that he is. Jane is the perfect opposite to his unruly allure. She is morally affected by this flawed individual, and there is something pure to her outlook of his situation as he begins to pull her in. By the end of the story, you need her to get the love of this man. The passion that exists there. It’s addicting. As you can tell, that is one of my favorite novels.
How about on tv/in the movies?
Swoon worthy in TV- Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller is pretty epic. I lost years off my life when Tara died. He had me ugly crying. Sutter is amazing at capturing the tortured Prince, and just enough sick vicious to keep you coming back for more. Jesse Williams on Grey’s Anatomy has my faithful attention. Love me some Jackson Avery. Tony Goldwyn on Scandal. Norman Reedus as Dylan Dixon. It is going to be a sad day when he gets eaten on The Walking Dead. I also tend to be somewhat of a Sapiosexual so I really dig Simon Baker in The Mentalist, Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory and James Spader’s crazy character “Red” in The Blacklist. I like big brains and I cannot lie.
What are your thoughts on book covers- in your opinion do they make or break a book?
Both. The cover of a book has to be somewhat relatable to the story. In my opinion, it should capture the attention of anyone walking by. If it is a sick cover, 9 times out of 10, the reader will buy it simply because the cover grabbed their attention. It piqued their interest enough to say, “If the cover is legit, the story has to be awesome.”
If it is a plain cover, usually the way they get popular is by word of mouth or good reviews, at least from what I’ve noticed. If the cover is poor, there is a very good chance the reader won’t make an attempt to even read the synopsis on the back of the dust jacket unless it is recommended straight away. The small 1% will read the story and sit confused like, “what does this cover have to do with the story?” then be glad they decided to take a chance on the novel and most likely, refer it to a friend or leave a good review.
Do you have any advice for anyone that would like to be an author?
Do it. Don’t hesitate to inspire the world. If you’ve got a story to tell, don’t wait for the best opportunity to sit down and get it done. It will never happen. I’ve talked to so many would-be Authors who claim they have the best story, but they haven’t written it because they don’t have the time. My response to them is, “make the time.” You writing is only as important as you make it. Write often and write well. Do the research and learn your craft.
It won’t be easy, but then again- anything worth having is worth the work.
No one is going to be able to be inspired by your words if they are still in your head. We aren’t mind readers. Only you stand in your way of being an Author. Writing is about setting the world you imagine free by expressing yourself through words. Words are very powerful. They can make someone’s opinion of you change in the drop of a hat. They are strong enough to ruin all that someone is with enough feeling put behind them. Words can illuminate a world you never knew existed and be that saving grace for someone who needs to escape for a while as they climb into your book.
Believe in yourself. Believe in your dream and walk in faith knowing that you can and you will be successful. Just as a long journey begins with one step, one amazing novel begins with an idea. Enhance that Idea and step into your meant to be. Find like minded individuals who might write the genre you are after. Most Authors will give you some pointers. There are some that won’t, but the really good ones will help show you the light. I’d be honored to help. All you need to do is ask. Best of luck to you all. I can’t wait to read your work.
This or That-
*Morning or Night? Morning
*Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate
*Summer or Winter? Winter
*Ebook or Paperback? Paperback
*Fantasy or Paranormal? Paranormal
About the Author-
Grayer Vaughan is the author of “The Vaughan Chronicles” series: Magnolia Like the Flower, Burning Blossom, Starshine; The Cathedral Saga: The Receiver, and The Silent Violent Few series: The Silent Violent Few, Risen, Noir.
Beginning at 11 years old, Vaughan began training in sport Karate as her parents wanted her to be able to defend herself against bullying in school. She began studying under the late 10th Dan Master Richard Dixon, learning Japanese Goju, which is Taekwondo, Kempo, and Kungfu combined. Over the next 7 years, she earned her blackbelt degree and fought all over the United States defending her regional, and divisional titles as well her right to fight for the State of Texas for her division. She received her first state title at 11 and her first world title at 14, fighting her way up to earn her titles. She is still undefeated and is now a retired World Champion. After making the decision to retire, she continued the family tradition in joining the Armed forces once they became of age. Upon discussing an opportunity to fight in the All-Army karate team, Vaughan decided to join the Army to follow in her father’s footsteps. serving 6 years in service, Vaughan returned home to Texas where she entered college to study as an artist. In an effort to keep a promise she made to her grandfather, Daniel, to write about her extraordinary life, she penned "The Vaughan Chronicles", basing the story off her life experiences.
“There is always an opportunity to continue to grow mentally, spiritually, and physically. They may have tried to push me back, but they will never succeed. I can always get better. Never give up.” ~Grayer Vaughan.
According to Grayer, she never intended to become an author. “It happened by answering a “what if” question, and a promise. I was blessed enough to be with my grandfather, Daniel in his last hour here on Earth. He asked what I would do in the next ten years as he wouldn’t be around to experience it with me. I said, “I have no idea, Grampy…I guess I will sell my art- have a show or write a book? I have no idea!” He replied, “you should do it. I believe in you. Promise me you will do whatever it takes to get it out there.”
With the promise made, he passed away a few seconds later. It took 6 months for Grayer to honor that promise, and with each book produced, she continues to keep her accord intact.
Social Media Links-
Author Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/vaughanlandseven
Series Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/thesilentviolentfewInstagram- @Vaughanland