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Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

they seek to unravel an ancient mystery - The Violet Hour by Brynn Chapman

Allegra Teagarden, a musical prodigy, flees her father’s dominance and abuse while touring in pre-civil war Charleston, South Carolina. Plagued by depression over her mother’s suicide during their previous visit, she escapes in an effort to piece together the details behind her mother’s mysterious demise. 

Description:

Secrets.
Allegra Teagarden, a musical prodigy, flees her father’s dominance and abuse while touring in pre-civil war Charleston, South Carolina. Plagued by depression over her mother’s suicide during their previous visit, she escapes in an effort to piece together the details behind her mother’s mysterious demise.

Secrets.
Down to her final coin, Allegra happens on Charleston’s Fancy, the first southern amusement park, which is searching for musicians for its orchestra. At first, the park seems her salvation; but she quickly realizes she has traded the dominance of her father, for the even more terrifying madness of the owner, Silas.

And more secrets.
Allegra meets the dashing Brighton LeFroy, Fancy’s engineer and pyrotechnics master. His shabby clothing cannot conceal the brilliant mind beneath. The musician’s whisper he is a witch, is obsessed with storms, and is rumored...to fly. And despite the danger, despite her own misgivings, Allegra is inexplicable drawn to him.

She ventures to his reclusive home on Fire Isle during a thunderstorm and together they seek to unravel an ancient mystery.

GUEST POST
Capturing Feelings vs. Lost in Translation

Every writer is different, just like the genre’s they write in. Of course there is grammar, and structure and a million other rules in the Chicago Manual of Style and every good writer knows about ‘Save the Cat’ and ‘STORY’. 

But how do some, capture our feelings, our attention, time after time—so that we forego our family, our favorite television show, SLEEP—to spend time with the characters they create. To see if they will survive, and to help up make sense of our own lives. 

I am a character writer. The setting usually comes first; typically an eerie place that grabs hold and refuses to let go—but the characters show up quickly. Typically fully formed.

I missed my calling. I call myself a profiler. I don’t need the Myers and Briggs personality test to create characters. (although it is cool to apply to ourselves) I meet someone and can usually predict how they will react and I am seldom surprised. 

The same with characters—they storm the cortex, fully formed, ready for action. 

So I know my people—but I often have to use actors for faces. After you read the VIOLET HOUR—feel free to post your choice for actor that most fits my characters—Allegra and Brighton.

If you get it right (and they don’t change for me once I begin) I will send you an additional free book from my backlist.

About the author:
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. 

Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

She also writes under the pseudonym R.R. Smythe .

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7 comments:

Danielle Merkle said...

Beautiful cover, thank you for this giveaway!

R R SMythe said...

thank you for visiting!!

Jan Lee said...

This sounds like an interesting read. I'd like to know if Silas can fly or...? :)

Juana said...

I would love to read this story. Such a lovely book cover.

Simon said...

Looks like an interesting book ;)

karin said...

this book looks intriguing! thanks for sharing~

Jessica Schank Snow said...

I enjoyed the excerpt and I love the cover.
Thanks for the giveaway! =)