~Delilah S. Dawson~
10 Reasons Why Blud Fans
Will Want to Read SERVANTS OF THE STORM
1. IT INCLUDES NOT ONE, BUT TWO HOT GUYS.
Sure, Tish had Criminy and Casper competing for her heart, and Demi was drawn to both Vale and the sophisticated Lenoir. But YA is also known for the delicious tension of deciding which guy to choose. Spoiler alert: Dovey kisses two different boys. One is more chaste, but still passionate, and the other knocks her off her butt. I love writing bad boys with dark secrets just as much as I love writing geek guys who got hot. (Y’all did read my Lumberfox and Superfox books in the Geekrotica series under the pen name Ava Lovelace, right? #TeamHotGeeks!)
2. WE LOVE INSANE ANIMALS.
If you liked the bludbunnies, you’ll enjoy Grendel the demon dog, a prognosticatory pirate parrot, and the world’s most dangerous albino alligator. I just can’t write a book without wacky creatures.
3. WE ALL NEED ESCAPIST WORLDBUILDING.
Sang combined all the fun parts of the Victorian world with sexy blood drinkers, steampunk technology, and magic. But Savannah after Hurricane Josephine has its own Southern Gothic lure. From a demon rave to an abandoned amusement park to the oak-lined streets of a decaying downtown, the setting is alternately picturesque and nightmarish. Just like I like it.
4. THERE’S AN EXCITING ADVENTURE.
One of the reasons I write is to escape from reality. I get sick of the constant emails from the PTA and the letters from the HOA and paying the mortgage and doing dishes. I like thrills, chills, tummy flips, and characters who don’t get a lot of time to rest and contemplate life. When you’re reading Servants of the Storm, you’ll fall right into it and probably forget to cook dinner.
5. IT HAS A HIDDEN THEME.
Wicked as They Come, for all its romance and adventure and sexytimes, can be boiled down to “Easy things are worth nothing.” Wicked as She Wants says, in essence, “Don’t fear what you are; embrace it fiercely.” And Wicked After Midnight is a reminder to “Break out of your cage.” Likewise, this YA Southern Gothic Horror is a paean to friendship (as Publishers Weekly said) and a song of defiance. They tell you you’re crazy? Maybe you’re not. They say to take your pills, even when that feels wrong? Spit ’em out. They tell you to forget, to let it go? Don’t. Keep fighting for what your heart says is right.
6. IT’S WHIMSICAL AND DARK.
I recently changed my blog to www.whimsydark.com in recognition of the thread that ties all my books and stories together. I’m a big fan of simultaneously embracing the wacky and the horrific. Of whistling through the graveyard. Of remembering that even when things are scary or bleak or tense, you’re still going to find something to smile about. Servants of the Storm is serious and heavy, but it contains the sentence, “Dude, you boinked a demon.”
7. IT INCLUDES LOTS OF YUMMY GENRES.
They’re calling it YA Southern Gothic Horror. Some bookstores have it on the YA Romance shelf, some have it on the YA Fantasy and Adventure shelf, and some are stocking it in Horror. Just as the Blud series is hard to shelve as Steampunk Fantasy Adventure Romance, so does Servants of the Storm cover lots of ground and have appeal for fans of different genres.
8. BECAUSE THE COVER.
OMG, this cover. I love it so much. And the front of the book feels like a shark merman. YES I KNOW THAT DOESN’T RELATE TO THE BLUD BOOKS BUT JUST LOOK AT IT.
9. BECAUSE GOOD ISN’T ALWAYS GOOD AND EVIL ISN’T ALWAYS EVIL.
One of the things I love about writing Criminy is how he’s a scoundrel with a heart of gold, a man who doesn’t question killing to keep his loved ones safe but can be tender and loving to women, children, and cats. There’s more ambiguity in Servants of the Storm, but it’s likewise not a world in which the bad guys are purely bad and the good guys are flawless. The characters, I hope, are very real as they struggle for freedom and redemption.
10. BECAUSE IT WILL MAKE YOU WANT MORE.
At least, that’s my hope. 🙂 Read the excerpt at Simon & Schuster (click here) and see if it grabs you!
Thanks so much for having me, and I hope everyone likes the book! For more info, check my website at www.whimsydark.com for news, events, book blurbs, and blog posts about writing, and remember that you can always ask me questions on Twitter.
A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.
But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real … including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.
As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.
Dovey’s running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can’t see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly … and everything to do with Dovey herself.
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