Friday, October 31, 2014

A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in the MURDER OF MAGPIES Blog Tour hosted by Month9Books. Today on my stop we have a Guest Post by author Sarah Bromley + an awesome Tour-Wide Giveaway!

A Murder of Magpies

A-Murder-of-Magpies-CoverA Murder of Magpies
Sarah Bromley
Published: October 28th, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it's not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That's all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can't explain the hold she has on him--inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn't know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn't so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.


Mind Games, as they are called by Vayda and Jonah’s family in my YA novel YA MURDER OF MAGPIES. To Vayda’s family, the powers go far back in the bloodline to Bapo Bengalo, her grandfather, and his mother and beyond. The Mind Games are a trick, which her grandpa called “hokano,” except these aren’t smoke and mirror illusions. These aren’t a con. These games are dangerous.

As empaths, Vayda and Jonah—and their family lineage before them—are highly tuned into other peoples’ emotions. They sense them more deeply, feel their anger or joy with more intensity. There is energy attached to those emotions. The expression that people seem to radiate “a certain energy,” to the Silvers, it’s true, and like magnets, they absorb that energy attached to the emotion. That energy acts as a battery to charge their Mind Games. The more fury Jonah takes in from others, the more he uses to feed his telekinesis, and Jonah believes he has great control to push out his energy and bend others to his will.

Vayda isn’t like her brother. She is reluctant in her Mind Games. All she has ever seen is a destructive side of the powers, when people have too much power for their own good. What happens when people lose their humility and believe they are undefeatable. Bravado and ego can’t save you when people think you’re a freak and want to run you out of town. While she is telepathic and can put up barriers to stop herself from hearing other peoples’ thoughts or feeling their emotional energy, she is hesitant to use her other abilities of clairsentience. To tap into the emotional residue on objects and harness their energy. Lack of practice, self-loathing, whatever the reason, Vayda simply doesn’t have the control over her Mind Games that Jonah does. So while Jonah is dangerous in being a show-off, Vayda is dangerous because she is chaos. When she can’t control what she feels, the energy pours from her in search of the closest outlet—breaking light bulbs, exploding icicles, and worse. If she doesn’t learn to accept her Mind Games soon, she risks someone finding out by mistake.

Somehow, Vayda and Jonah must make their Mind Games work together—to conceal their secrets and, maybe, even to save their lives.

I hope you’ve learned a bit about the powers in A MURDER OF MAGPIES! Thank you for having me.

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley (INT)

Sarah BromleySarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she's not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.

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  1. WOW - I was just browsing through & stumbled upon your lovely blog - It looks gorgeous and it has interesting posts that I can relate to! - Def. checking out these new reads! I'm now following you via gfc, Hope you check out my blog? keep in touch love x

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  2. I really would love to read this book, so winning it would be brilliant.


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