Monday, October 27, 2014

BLOG TOUR: A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley - Top Ten + GIVEAWAY!

Today, we're really excited to have Sarah Bromley stopping by to give us her Top Ten Horror Books & Movies as part of the blog tour for A Murder of Magpies! It's Halloween week, so we'll definitely be checking out some of her favorite scary stories.

There's also a giveaway for 5 copies of A Murder of Magpies in ebook form and it's open internationally, so make sure to enter via the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post. And don't forget to visit all of the other wonderful stops on the tour! You can find the tour schedule by clicking on the banner above.

About the Book

Title: A Murder of Magpies 
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Sarah Bromley

Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.

About the Author

Sarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she’s not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Sarah Bromley’s Top Ten Horror Books/Movies

I am a horror fanatic, especially if it’s moody, spooky horror. Gore-or really doesn’t do much for me, but anything with a lot of mysterious atmosphere where the thing lurking in the shadows could jump out at any moment is what truly gives me chills. So without further adieu, here are my top ten horror books and movies.

10. BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke. This book came out in 2013, and its sequel (BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN) arrived this year. April has this gift of writing treacherous characters and making you fall in love with them. It’s terrifying and romantic, and I whipped through the pages because I couldn’t get enough of the lush writing and the story that sucked me. If you want to read a great YA Gothic novel, April’s book is the one to reach for.

9. IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters. It’s a historical YA novel set during the Spanish flu epidemic and World War I, during the spiritualism craze of the early 20th Century. Ghostly images and terrifying scenarios play out for Winters’ heroine, and Winters’ writing is simply gorgeous and draws you in.

8. MARY: THE SUMMONING by Hillary Monahan. Hillary’s book just recently came out, but I was lucky enough to read multiple drafts of it—and each one scared me more than the previous one. Bloody Mary Worth is summoned in the mirror and wreaks havoc on a group of teenage girls. Yes, please. Hillary’s details are gruesome and downright scary, and I still hate walking past mirrors at night because of this book.

7. THE BIRDS directed by Alfred Hitchcock. My mother, God rest her soul, was a Hitchcock fiend, and while there are so many wonderful Hitchcock films to choose from, I distinctly remember watching this one with her about a town where the birds mysteriously attack the residents. I was terrified of birds for a while after and would duck and run for cover anytime I saw one swooping. It’s also worth noting that it’s based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier.

6. GRAVEMINDER by Melissa Marr. This was Melissa Marr’s first adult novel, and it’s so beautifully written. Again, it has a Gothic vibe to it, and the story is one of the dread of coming back home and Southern Gothic  folklore. I couldn’t put it down once I began reading it, and I had to finish it with the lights on.

5. THE WOMAN IN BLACK by Susan Hill. What a creepy little book. The film with Daniel Radcliffe is also fantastic. Atmospheric. Dark. A malevolent ghost. All the good makings of a creepy time.

4. THE CONJURING. No matter what you think about Ed and Lorrain Warren, the demonologist husband and clairvoyant wife team who were the subjects of the film, they had experiences that will make your hair stand on end. I grew up reading books about haunted places by Ed Warren, so to see his story make it to film was a spooky delight for me.

3. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson. Folks, this is what a ghost story should be. This is where the bar is set.

2. PET SEMETARY by Stephen King. Where do I even begin? There is so much about both the book and film of this story that sent me scurrying for the bed to pull my blanket over my head. A cat named Church of all things. The creepy sister Zelda who haunted my nightmares for years. Ghosts and dead things returning from the grave. It’s all there with a hideous, scary light on it.

1. THE EXORCIST by William Peter Blatty. I really don’t know which is more terrifying—the movie or the book. The story centers on a child possessed by a demon and the priest who seeks to help her. What makes it extra creepy for me is that it’s based on a true occurrence in St. Louis, and where do I live? St. Louis. I know people who had family members and their priest involved in the original exorcism, and they all claim it happened. Which is frightening beyond measure. I was far too young the first time I ever saw this movie and reading the book traumatized me more than a little, but it’s so good. Just make sure you keep some holy water close at hand.

There are so many more that I love. My list changes all the time, but I have to give special honorable mentions to John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, and Bram Stoker’s DRACULA because these three things together explain a lot about why I write what I write.

Thanks for having me!

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Thanks to Sarah for taking the time to give us her Top Ten Horror Books/Movies, and thanks to you for stopping by!

--Ashley & Paul

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