GUEST POST AND GIVEAWAY!
THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM by Mary Gray
October 22nd 2013 from Spencer Hill Press
A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields--a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus--she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.
At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne's heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.
The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now "Persephone," and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.
If they play it right, then they'll be safe.
But if they play it wrong, they'll die
MARY SPILLS THE IDENTITY OF ONE OF THE COUPLES—EEP!
A lot of people have wanted to know which tragic literary couples appear in THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM. I’ve refused to answer, because readers should learn this when they read the book! But…well… you only have a blog tour for your debut once, so, shh! I’m going to spill a little bit.
A long time ago in Punjab (present day Pakistan) a slave girl fell in love with a handsome prince. Her name was Anarkali, and he, Salim, actually loved her back. Only problem was, when the prince’s father found out about their affair, he ordered for the princess to be buried alive behind a wall of brick. So, when I was researching which tragic couples to share in my tale, I knew I had to choose this because 1) it wasn’t overly done story in Western literature and 2) it had the exact feeling of tragedy I was looking for. Plus, the tomb of Anarkali still exists today (from the 1600s!) and bears this poetic description: Could I behold the face of my beloved once more, I would thank God until the day of resurrection. Salim really loved her. Tragic, yes?
THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM was written in large part because I’d read THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH and I wanted to write a story with the same kind of horror and desperation I drank up in that book. I then turned to my own personal experiences and the abusive relationships I’d witnessed spilled out. Suddenly I had this urgent, emotional story with seven couples, and I needed to find the right ones to fit. Salim and Anarkali’s story was perfect.
I then knew one or more of my characters would need to be buried alive, and the moment had to be poetic. My villain would take great pleasure in committing this atrocity—mostly. He would also feel betrayed. I knew this.
So, who was buried alive, you might ask? Well, that I’m not telling; time for you to read my book!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
October 8 - Interview (Fantasy Book Addict - Stacey) http://www.fantasybookaddict.com
October 9 - Book Review (Books Live Forever - Jenea) www.booksliveforever.com
October 10 - Interview (Kiki's Bookshelf - Savanna) kikisdreambookshelf.blogspot.com
October 11 - Guest Post (The Bookshelf Sophisticate - Katelyn) http://bookshelfsophisticate.blogspot.com/
October 12 - Interview (Falling for YA - Emily) www.FallingForYA.blogspot.com
October 13 - Book Review (YA Sisterhood - Jennifer) Http://ya-sisterhood.blogspot.com/
October 14 - Interview (Fragments of life - Precious) Shusky20.blogspot.com
October 15 - Guest Post (Two Chicks On Books - Jaime) http://www.twochicksonbooks.com
October 16 - Book Review (Harley Bear Book Blog - Melissa) http://harleybearbookblog.blogspot.com
October 17 - Book Review (Lost in Believing - Alison) http://lostinbelieving.wordpress.com/
October 18 - Guest Post (Jessabella Reads - Jessica) http://www.jessabellareads.com
October 19 - Book Review (Stuck In YA Books - Amanda) lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.com
October 20 - Guest Post (The Book Goddess - Jana) http://jana-thebookgoddess.blogspot.co.uk/
October 21 - Interview (Swoony Boys Podcast - Meg) http://www.swoonyboyspodcast.com/
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