Wednesday 19 March 2014

Blog Tour/Guest Post/Giveaway: Twas the Darkest Night by Sophie Avett

Guest Post:
Sophie Avett’s Tea with the Raven: Introducing New Gotham’s Fairy Godmother

Greetings ingrates,

Welcome to New Gotham. Mind the pixies. And no, they’re not for sale. Goodness, have you people no principles? Yes, I know New Gotham is filled with monsters aplenty. But honestly, they’re pixies. Not people. Can’t go about kidnapping them as you please and what not. Besides, New Gotham’s policy on pixie theft is very clear—they cannibalize thieves as is proper. Likewise, I don’t recommend tipping the witches less than 20%. They frown on that.

As always, I’m a busy women, so we’ll make this quick—I’m Annabelle Potts. Yes, dear, Mrs. Potts is appropriate. As you’ve no doubt heard, I’m the wand, the dust, and the wings running the fairy tales in these cursed parts. I have a steel trap with barbed wire for a mind, two fantastic sister-witches with excellent knitting skills as my companions, and a very long list of things to do. Busy, busy, busy.

Why, you ask?

New Gotham is filled with thankless heathens and it’s my job to make sure they don’t drivel into my kettle and ruin all my brilliant schemes with all their inane twittery about not wanting to fall in love. Ha. Oh, how the little people amuse.

Monsters, I swear…

Vampires, witches, werewolves, and the fey. Goodness, they seem to be the only beings who don’t fully understand their purpose. And do you know what their purpose is?

That’s right, to do exactly as I say. Or else.


There will be happy endings. I don’t care if I have to murder you and bring you back as a ghost to make that happen. We’ll find you a crisp linen to wear and call it a plot twist, am I clear, dearie?

Yes, yes, I thought so.

Now then, recently I was the source of the wonderful idea to pair Elsa Karr, a troll and struggling shop-owner, with…well, a shameless devil. He’s not a true demon, of course. But a mixture of the damned and the devilish. In the grand tradition of monsters everywhere, he’s delicious, but difficult to manage without the proper set of skills and a good paddle.

There’s a mess of magic, a ship that sets itself on fire, and, of course, I was forced to get involved once or twice because sometimes vampires, and some children, feel the need to test the gravity of their circumstances. A few screams later and everything was right as rain.

What? Why are you gaping at me like that? Just exactly who did you think you were speaking with, child? If you’re looking for Cinderella’s twit—well, she’s buried in the daffodils. Alive.

I am a fairy godmother.

There is no where you can run. There is no where you can hide. The love will happen. There will be cookies to help the spanks go down, but alas, fairytales are my business and I haven’t the time, the patience, or the spare cake for nonsense. Am I clear? Crystal, eh? Wonderful. Fetch your tea cup and your good silver stake, the girls will get the chocolate—I’ve got a tale to tell.

With kind regards,

Mrs. Potts


Twas the Darkest Night
A New Gotham Novel 
A Sinister Stiches Spin-off
Sophie Avett
Genre: Erotic Gothic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing
 Date of Publication:  March 15, 2014
Number of pages: est. 355 pages
Word Count:  est. 160, 000 
Cover Artist: Elaina, For the Muse Designs

Book Description:

Remember the story about the troll who lived under the bridge—yes, well, that twit didn't have to pay rent.
Owner and operator of Bits and Pieces, and resident expert on charms and glamours, Elsa Karr is a witch with a sour frown and a list of things to do as long as Thor’s hammer. Top of the list is saving her father's shop from ruin. If she isn't trying to claw her way out of debt, she's arguing with her cat, Fenris, or shoveling carts of cake into her gob. She's not interested in romance or the vampire who rents the flat above her shop. All she wants is a little peace and chocolate--fine, all right! All right! The vampire is kind of screw all cute. (Curse him.)

The disgraced son and heir of the Wingates House vampire clan and a mad-man to boot, Marshall Ansley spends most of his time working and dodging his mother's phone calls. Marshall is beyond family. He's beyond everyone, actually. Don’t be daft, he especially doesn't do…Christmas. But behold, the plague brings an original flavor of annoyance this year when his boss tasks him with acquiring the account of a recluse fey and her upcoming Gothic clothing boutique, Sinister Stitches. That is the ONLY reason he's bothering with his shrewish landlord. No, that's it. No…really. Fine, if you insist, the witch might be a tad bit...all right, she's adorable. (Damn her.)

Scrooge meets Scrooge. Dominant meets Dominant. Tempers…spark. In each other, they may unfold a tale that only comes to pass on the darkest of nights.


About the Author:

Sophie Avett is kind of a nerd. Like not even one of the cute, hip ones everyone brags about nowadays. More like the socially awkward hippie who eats way too much bread and dreams about being a dragon from behind towers of mythology books. Um...yeah. Picture old, tattered paperbacks and comic books--mostly Batman and Wonder Woman--dwarfing a tiny desk, with just barely enough room for the troll who writes there and the 70 pound hell-hound that insists on laying it's wet nose on top of her bare foot. 

Granted not the most exciting existence, but she tries to make up for it by writing romances populated with her own peculiar ilk of paranormal beasties.  Trolls, wyverns, the obscure Nordic brownie--she likes to keep things interesting. And bloody. (And mostly naked--but, we'll keep that bit between us.)

Sophie Avett loves to hear from her readers. (Hi, mom.) So if there's something on your mind, feel free to leave a message after the scream. 

(Mom, seriously…you can just call me.)

Brimstone Pub, the Blog:



Free e-Book Copy of  ‘Twas the Darkest Night

The first five people to comment on one of Sophie Avett’s Bewitching Book Tour Stops will automatically win a free e-book copy of ‘Twas the Darkest Night. Available formats include: mobi, pdf, epub, and prc.

Interested parties should leave their email address and which format they would prefer at the end of their comment. The ravens will keep tally and submit prizes! (If your e-reader format is not listed, contact the ravens directly via the contact form and the ravens will fashion a book especially for you!) Likewise, any winner of Sophie Avett’s contests will also receive a free e-book copy of ‘Twas the Darkest Night.

1 Carriage Charm

1 set of Raven earrings

1 Sinister Stitches Dress

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  1. Greetings! Book Tales! The post looks absolutely beautiful. Here, have cookie for all your efforts! And thank you so much for hosting me! So excited!