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Character Interview & Giveaway: Being Emerald’s Rock Rodgers on lost freedoms, BDSM, and revolutionary war

 

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Posted March 31, 2015 by

Please help me welcome Rock Rodgers, the hero of Sylvia Ryan’s Being Emerald!

Being Emerald is the third book in the New Atlanta series, where a city of post-apocalyptic survivors are finally fighting back against an oppressive Government regime.

GraveTells (GT): Hey Rock! It’s great to meet you. Thanks for being here with us at GraveTells today.
Rock Rodgers (RR): Thanks for having me.

GT: You’ve been living in Emerald for a while now. How different is it from Amber?
RR: It’s hard to talk about life in Amber, it’s easier to live here in Emerald if I block out the memories of my life back then. Let’s just say I don’t live in Emerald….I exist here, nothing more…. In Amber, I lived, worked, fucked -no holds barred. With my friends…my women, I experienced everything life had to offer. Now, life has nothing to offer.

GT: You were born an Amber, and touch and interpersonal connection area big part of that culture. How hard has it been to adapt to being on your own?
RR: I haven’t adapted. Every minute of everyday holds the possibility that I’ll finally crack, just lose it because I have no outlet, no touch, no sex, no unconditional acceptance. A man doesn’t know how much those things mean until he doesn’t have them anymore. I just hold it together, one day at a time.

GT: In Amber, you became a practitioner of C.A.L.M. and shared a unique bond with two special women in your life through its practice. Would you explain to our readers what C.A.L.M. is and what you love most about it?
RR: C.A.L.M. is an acronym for Chemical and Limits Manipulation. Emily didn’t need C.A.L.M., not like Journey did. Journey re-lives the trauma of her youth, experiences nightmares, anxieties and has fears that will probably never completely go away. C.A.L.M. helped her release them safely. In a way, Calm helped me create her world. I re-parented her by giving her limits and rules and she thrived. Consequently,in my efforts to help Journey, I found C.A.L.M. fed my need to control. In the end, I think I needed it just as much as Journey did for– different reasons, of course.

GT: Emily’s death and the events immediately following ripped you away from the only home you’ve ever known, all the people you should have been able to go to for comfort in such a time of loss. If you could send the Gov a message about this and all the other injustices visited on the people of New Atlanta, what would you say?
RR: I’m a man of few words. I prefer actions when expressing my feelings. I think General Morgan’s cold, dead corpse lying at my feet would say it all, don’t you?

GT: Do you believe you’ll ever be able to reconnect with your friends and family, all the ones left behind in Amber, once all this is over?
RR: I’ll always have my dad. There’s no way to separate us. The Gov has tried, but it’ll never happen until one of us is dead. As for everybody else, if they survive this revolution, my greatest hope is to reconnect with my people. Doubt it’ll happen though. I’ve pretty much lost hope for this city. I’m ready to give up on it, maybe start a new chapter in my life.

GT: Thanks so much for your honesty today. We’re looking forward to following your story as you and the others in the Amber Resistance fight back against the oppressive Gov in New Atlanta.
RR: Yeah, that makes one of us. The story end well in New Atlanta.

 

Being Emerald (New Atlanta #3) by Sylvia RyanThey’ll escape New Atlanta or die trying.

Brave, beautiful, and not easily controlled—even within a dictatorship—Laila Lewis has finally attained the prestige of an Emerald designation. Now only one thing is keeping her from her life’s goal of retrieving the Declaration of Independence and other priceless artifacts from the wild unknown of the Onyx Zone: the six weeks of training necessary to ensure her survival outside the city walls. But she won’t be going it alone…

After a year as a designated Emerald, rugged, sensual ex-cop Rock Rodgers is finally prepared to leave New Atlanta for good. Six weeks of training is the only thing standing between him and his next mission: to disappear into the freedom of the Onyx Zone where the long-armed rule of the Gov can’t reach him. But when the chemistry between him and Laila reaches a boiling point, with captivity just one false move away, will he have to escape on his own—or risk everything for a woman more tempting than freedom…

Find Being Emerald online at: GoodReads | Amazon

New to the series? Check out our reviews of Being Emerald (New Atlanta #3), Being Sapphire (New Atlanta #2), and Being Amber (New Atlanta #1)!

Author Sylvia RyanSylvia Ryan lives the life of an ordinary wife, mother and professional existing in Midwest Suburbia. She reads voraciously and loves to lose herself and fall head-over-heels for the alpha males in the novels she reads. When she gets the chance to shed the prim and proper persona of average wife and mother, her secret identity, Sylvia Ryan, emerges. This alter ego strives to write original ideas in extraordinary settings for her readers to remember long after the book has been read. Her dream is to transform her racy thoughts and naughty nature into tangible works of erotic fantasy for others’ secret identities to enjoy.

Ryan is the author of five novels, including Being Amber, Being Sapphire, and the soon-to-be-released Being Emerald of the New Atlanta series.

Find Sylvia online at her: website | GoodReads | Twitter | FaceBook author page | Amazon author page

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


7 Comments


  1.  

    Interesting! I didn’t know about this series, sounds like something I could really enjoy. Thank you for putting on my radar.




  2.  

    I love character interviews. And this sounds like an interesting series!




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    Great interview! There really should be more character interviews on blogs. I think as a reader I get more out of a character about his/her book than anything else. Plus they’re fun!




  4.  

    I live in Old Atlanta – and well – are the two all that different? LOL.Here it just seems to be more covert. Great interview –




  5.  

    Love character interviews, it is one of my favorite types. A post-apocalyptic reads combined with steam sounds delicious.




  6.  

    I love post apoc books. I just checked out your review too- sounds good!




  7.  

    Thanks, Sue for the great reviews and for all your help. I’m just finishing up he last book of the series, Being Free. It will be epic!





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