Hi everyone! I’m participating in the SerendipiTea Tour (cute name huh?) and today I have the fantastic F.M. Boughan talking to us about her debut CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER and her tea to go with it! Also check out the amazing giveaway at the bottom!!!
CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER is a dark YA fairy-tale retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy-tale…or should I say, a blend of a few versions…that was inspired by a real, 15th-century grimoire of necromancy. I’ve included a detailed historical note in the back of the book (for history nerds like me, woo-hoo!), and I guess you could say that along with the grimoire, I was also inspired by asking the question: What if there was no fairy godmother and Cinderella had to save herself?
So, that’s the short version!
Here’s the longer version! It’s quite a bit more detailed, so skip it if you like a bit of surprise:
Ellison wants to teach her stepsisters a lesson by learning how to use the necromantic tome she discovers in the secret passages of her father’s mansion. Despite her new and terrible secret power, her world begins to crumble as her younger brother falls incurably ill, the house staff begin to disappear, and her stepmother tears away all of Ellison’s material connections to her father and late mother.
Ellison is forced her to spend her days as a servant for her stepmother and stepsisters, who threaten her brother’s life if she refuses. Even making the acquaintance of kind, attractive Prince William when she sneaks out to visit her mother’s grave does nothing to lessen the blow when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend an unexpectedly announced palace festival—but what she can do is fight back by secretly conjuring spirits to take revenge. As her stepmother’s cruelty grows, Ellison’s control over the spirits weakens and soon Ellison must face the question: Is her stepmother is the true monster…or is she?
(There’s also a suuuuper detailed & kind of spoilery description up on GoodReads, so fair warning when you click through to that page!)
CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER releases September 5th, 2017 from Month9Books!
The type of tea I included for CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER is black tea with chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla. I wanted to start with a black tea for its dark, bold flavor—representative of the dark powers that Ellison finds herself drawn to, and the boldness it brings out within her—and added the hazelnut to represent the hazel tree that sits in the graveyard where her mother is buried. This hazel tree is a callback to the original Cinderella story, and I wanted to include that in mine as well! The chocolate adds richness, a nod to the three royal balls that Ellison attends, and the vanilla is there to represent the sweet innocence of Ellison and her family before her stepmother arrives…and everything falls to pieces.
As for myself, I’m a bit of a tea junkie…I’ll drink anything from plain Earl Grey to flavored fruit infusions to yerba mate, and I love it all. At last count, I had over 100 flavors of tea in my cupboard. And I also subscribe to a monthly tea envelope that sends 10 new tea samples each month. Uh…yeah, I have a problem. A delightfully delicious problem.
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.
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