Happy Friday y’all!
When I saw this cover, I had to know more. Don’t you just love the contrast of the grays and the red? Since she was touring with Prism Book Tour, I decided to invite Jennifer Silverwood to join us for a little interview to get to know her and her book a little more. And stay tuned to see how you can win a $20 Amazon gift card and a copy of Craving Beauty. So without further ado:
On Tour with Prism Book Tours.
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 239 pages
October 31st 2015
Vynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother’s roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.
Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.
A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.
Print copy of Craving Beauty + swag (Us Only)
Ends November 27th
Now for the interview.
Please welcome Jennifer Silverwood!
Hi Jennifer Silverwood! Please tell us a bit about you. What do you like to do when you aren’t writing? Any hobbies?
Howdy Jennette! Thanks so much for having me on your blog! It’s always a pleasure meeting a fellow dreamer and fantasy author. For starters, I live in a hundred-year-old farmhouse in the woods, so a lot of my day is spent keeping up with it. When I’m not writing I love to sketch with pastel chalk, play piano and read everything I can get my hands on.
Are you a coffee or tea person?
When I was little my grandpa always made us “coffee-milk”, which is mostly milk and a little coffee. I’ve drank it the same way most of my life. We had an exchange student from Poland live with us a while when I was kid, and she introduced hot tea to our household. So I’m happy to say I have a strong affinity for both.
Do you have any children or pets?
As a matter of fact I’m almost eight months pregnant with our first child. We are due around Christmas! We have a Great Dane who thinks he’s a lap dog, even though he weighs as much as I do (when I’m not pregnant 😉
Oh! Well, congratulations! I hope everything goes smoothly for you!
What are some of your favorite books?
A few old and new favorite books of mine include “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell, “Sunshine” by Robin McKinley, “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” by Laini Taylor, and “Into the Land of the Unicorns” by Bruce Coville.
Tell us a little about Craving Beauty. What inspired you to write this story?
Craving Beauty is a YA Dark Fantasy retelling of Beauty & the Beast. Much like in the classic tale, a beauty must journey to an enchanted castle to save a beast. However in this retelling, our heroine, Vynasha is covered in scars. The castle she is discovers is under a dark curse that preys on the souls of those who live there. And the Beast has trouble controlling his appetite.
I wrote Craving Beauty because I had always wanted to read a gothic, high fantasy version of Beauty & the Beast and also for lifelong love of the original fairy tale.
What do you hope people walk away with after they finish reading this book?
After finishing Craving Beauty, Vol 1, I hope everyone immediately wants to read the next installment. Seriously though, I hope to inspire others through Vynasha’s journey, to find their inner courage and beauty.
What are you working on now? What’s next for you?
As you might have guessed, I’m already hard at work on the sequel to Craving Beauty, as well as polishing up the companion novella, Wolfsbane’s Daughter. I’m also working on a contemporary adult romance novel called “Moonlight.” I hope to publish all three this next year, so be on the lookout for news from my website!
And just for fun, if you could visit any time and place in the world, where would you go and why?
So many possibilities! Since it would only be for a visit and I wouldn’t have to worry about long-term hygiene issues, I would visit eighteenth century Scotland. This may have quite a lot to do with the fact I’ve been reading “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. Or it may be because I’ve always been a romantic at heart. There is just something about Scotland and that time period of Highland clans and the fight against England that makes me want to dive into the history and culture and stay a while longer.
Thank you Jennifer Silverwood!
So what do you think? Do you like fairy tale retellings? I know I’ve tried my hand at a few for Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s writing contests, but I’ve not successfully finished one yet.
What is your favorite fairy tale?
And I hope all of you have a great weekend!