Saturday, October 6, 2012

#GuestPost by Keith Rommel ~ #Giveaway for The Lurking Man

Today, I'm happy to have Keith Rommel, author of New Release The Lurking Man here for a guest post.  Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win a digital copy of The Lurking Man.  Keith wrote this up to fit with the romantic theme of my blog! How cool is that? So now, I'll give Keith the floor. 

The Romantic Dance of Death
I hear voices like a whisper. But from across a great distance, I heard Cailean's and it sounded like a chorus of angel's singing a sweeping song about love and adulation. It was that beautiful.
Although we have never spoken before and that was the first time we met, often times that memory would bring me joy in my time of need. And now that she is here with me, standing beneath a bright spotlight with a gentle fall of snow that caresses her delicate skin, I can only wish that were a touch from my fingertips. But I have to remain concealed within the impenetrable wall of darkness that surrounds her. I am better off here because time has ravaged my body and I couldn’t imagine what I must look like. Undoubtedly, I would disgust her.
The nervous beat of my heart is hard to ignore and I take a step towards the light. I want to get close to her, but I'm frightened beyond words. I want to say something, but I know the sound of my voice will only startle her. So, I decide to wait for her to give in to her confusion and start asking questions. She will want to know how she got here, who I am, and what I want with her. Those questions, like the inevitable demise of all the people that are living, will come and I will be forced to face them. Until then, I will enjoy this moment and will savor being in her presence. Because this is the closest to someone I'd ever gotten.
But I must face the facts that she will never accept me for who I am and what I must do. And in the end, although she may not realize it, I am doing this because I care about her. The proof of that is in my gift of mercy to her.
“Who is there?” she says and I can easily see her confusion.
“Someone who is lonely,” I say, but in a voice too low for her to hear. What difference would anything I have to say make? Her fate has already been decided before she was born and it pains me to know that this is the way things must be. I wish things could be different between us, but I am no fool and I know what I am to her and everyone else: something to fear and loathe. After all, I bring death to the people…..

Chilling and sad... thanks so much, Keith! Now, to learn more about his new release, The Lurking Man, read on below.

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.

To learn more about Rommel and his books, please visit

Want to know where to buy Keith's books?
Amazon ~ Available as a Kindle book or paperback

Barnes & Noble ~ Available as a Nook book or paperback 

BIO, Author Keith Rommel

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).

Rommel is the author of two books in his Thanatology series entitled The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man. The Cursed Man is currently being considered as a feature film. He enjoys offering his experiences to other authors, writing several articles about writing and publishing, and is currently fast at work on the third novel in the Thanatology series which is scheduled for a summer 2013 release. 

He also has several other novels in the works. Besides writing, he also enjoys watching the New York Giants, scary stories, and spending time with family.

Amazon ~ Available as a Kindle book or paperback

Barnes & Noble ~ Available as a Nook book or paperback

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Happy reading everyone! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thanks for a great post, Chantel! :)

    1. :-) Your welcome. It was nice of Keith to write that piece.

  2. I read the first book in this "series" and really enjoyed it. Would love to read the 2nd as well :-)

    1. It does sound fascinating! Did you enter the giveaway? Good luck on winning it!

  3. Love Keith Rommel's writing. Beautiful prose. If admiration can make you win a book, I'm the winner (:

    1. I agree - this one looks great! Good luck in the giveaway!

  4. Congratulations to Stephanie Z. for winning the giveaway! I hope you enjoy the book! Thanks to everyone who entered.


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