I’m so pleased to be a part of the blog tour for CINDERELLA NECROMANCER, and to bring you a guest post from the author, F.M. Boughan! See below for information about the book and author, and of course, for the guest post!
About the Book:
Title: CINDERELLA NECROMANCER
Author: F.M. Boughan
Pub. Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Formats: Paperback, eBook
CINDERELLA,NECROMANCER is CHIME meets ANNA, DRESSED IN BLOOD and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany.
Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters.
When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom.
Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.
Stumbling into a chance meeting of Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival.
But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince once more? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother?
As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, she will have to decide whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.
About F.M. Boughan:
F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.
You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she’s been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?).
Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird… among other things.
F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman.
1 winner will receive a finished copy of CINDERELLA NECROMANCER & a signed bookplate, International. (Wherever The Book Depository Ships)
And now, here is the guest post by F.M. Boughan!
Q: What was the most difficult part of adapting this fairytale into a darker story? What was easiest?
I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Cinderella” isn’t, uh, “death magic.” Or “necromancy.” Or even “conjuring.” You probably think “Disney” or “shoes” or “pumpkin.” Maybe the iconic blue dress from the animated classic springs to mind, or maybe your memory draws forward that incredibly fun scene of the fairy godmother transforming mice into footmen. It’s a common reaction!
This meant that when I decided to retell the Cinderella fairytale as a darker story, there were already a lot of preconceived ideas about the tale to contend with. Everyone has their own perception of the story, their own favorite moments and most memorable version, meaning that I had several centuries of established groundwork to maneuver around.
So, I decided to work with it instead of against it! That might sound odd, considering how dark the story gets, but rather than fight the memorable moments and the well-known elements, I tried to incorporate them into the narrative—even if it was just an aside or an offhand detail. After all, I figured the main difficulty would be in convincing a potential reader that what they were heading into was, in fact, the Cinderella story retold!
The easiest part of adapting the fairytale was probably dealing with the stepmother and stepsisters. In the original and well-known version(s) of the story, these characters are already terrible. They force Cinderella to work as a servant, deny her even a speck of happiness, and physically abuse her—so when it came time to write them into my version, it wasn’t much of a stretch to keep them that way. I put my own spin on it, of course, but I already disliked them when I started writing, so it wasn’t hard to draw on that and make them even worse!
Ultimately, the original versions of most fairytales are already pretty dark, so I did my best to continue in that tradition. I hope readers enjoy it!
Tour Schedule Week One:
8/21/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Interview
8/21/2017- Book Briefs– Review
8/22/2017- Nadaness In Motion – Excerpt
8/22/2017- Darque Dreamer Reads– Review
8/23/2017- rabid readers book blog– Excerpt
8/23/2017- The Desert Bibliophile– Review
8/24/2017- Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog– Guest Post
8/24/2017- Books, Boys, and Blogs– Review
8/25/2017- Tara’s Book Addiction– Spotlight
8/25/2017- Bibliobibuli YA– Review
Tour Schedule Week Two:
8/28/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post
8/28/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Review
8/29/2017- Wandering Bark Books– Guest Post
8/29/2017- Portrait of a Book– Review
8/30/2017- Morbid Romantic– Excerpt
8/30/2017- A Weebish Book Blog– Review
8/31/2017- Arvenig.it– Interview
8/31/2017- Pandora’s Books- Review
9/1/2017- Rainy Day Reviews– Guest Post
9/1/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf– Review