month of October there will be several stops. Each blogger will be featuring a favorite paranormal book and offering it for a giveaway. Think of it as a month long Blog Trick or Treating Event…
Rainy Day Ramblings and Babbling About Books are hosting this event, so be sure and check the full schedule so you can follow along!
Today, I am featuring Blackbrooke by Emma Silver. I read this book for a blog tour and absolutely loved it. I hope you enjoy it too.
The most important Rule? Don’t be a ‘walk out’!
Straight-A student, Liberty Connor, hates the Crits and the endless Rules she and her tight knit group of friends have to live by. Planning her new life on the Outside with her boyfriend, Gabriel, Liberty whiles away her days waiting to turn 18, so they can leave and be free. That is, until the world she thinks she knows begins to unravel. Her friends start to walk out. So she’s told. However, something’s not right. Things don’t add up. Liberty faces a race against time to discover what’s going on with the Creatures of Blackbrooke.
Is it them she has to fear, or something much closer to home?
You can read my review and an interview with the author here. I have Author Emma Silver with a Guest post and an absolutely awesome giveaway!
Blackbrooke, I wrote a women’s fiction novel that I was perpetually unhappy
with and abandoned (after getting twenty full manuscripts printed, I hasten to
add…). At the time, my life was loud and manic so I explained to my then
boyfriend that I’d be taking myself away from it all to concentrate on my
with limited funds, I booked a hotel at a popular English seaside resort and
set off for a few days of uninterrupted scribbling. What happened when I got
there was interesting…
inadvertently created my own prison. Because the nightlife in this particular
town was rather…crazy to say the least, I’d venture out during the day but as
soon as the sun went down, I dashed back to the safety of the cramped room,
complete with stained bedspread and peeling floral wallpaper.
was an old man staying in the room opposite who had lived in the hotel for
years and whenever I returned, he’d open the door a little bit and stare at me
through the crack while I fumbled with the key. He never said a word, just
stared while blowing out rings of smoke from his stinking cigar.
in the room, that was it. I didn’t dare to venture out and could hear the
shouts and screams of drunk revellers throughout the night. Plus, I didn’t want
to come face to face with the old man again…
around one in the morning (I’m a night writer), I started to pace the room. By
two, I was blasting music through my headphones and come three AM, I’d
abandoned the writing and decided to watch a film. And
a strange sensation to feel trapped. I could of course have left whenever I
wanted but my brain started to play silly tricks on me and I became truly
convinced I would be harmed if I left the room. It made me think about prison
and how some inmates must lose their minds and feel like the walls are closing
in on them.
an extreme reaction to what was effectively just little old me staying in a
cosy B&B, but it stayed with me and that’s when ideas started to form for
Blackbrooke. Imagine a town where you had to stay locked indoors every night?
What would you do to entertain yourself?
purposely made a lot of movie references in the book as I imagine they would be
good tools to help the residents pass the time on those long dark winter
nights. One of the first scenes that popped into my head was my little pocket
rocket, Gemma Jones holding up the DVD cases and referring to Twilight as a
comedy, given the horrible reality of the Crits in Blackbrooke.
little trip to the seaside to write a book that will never see the light of day
resulted in Blackbrooke. Made all the more amusing because that particular
place was the charming town of Blackpool.
So, does that mean inspiration for the Crits came from the party people of
Blackpool? Not really, although Blackpool at night is a scary place. Definitely lock your doors and close the blinds…
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Now it’s time for the Giveaway. Don’t forget thank Emma for her generous donation. The Giveaway is International and will end on 19th October with the release of the paperback copy of the book.