Thursday, June 19, 2014

BoneSeeker by Brynn Chapman Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop in the BONESEEKER by Blog Tour hosted by Month9Books! Today on my stop we have a Guest Post + an awesome Tour-Wide Giveaway!


Published: June 17th, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.

Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she wouldn’t fit the role of a proper 1900′s lady, her father, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The museum was Arabella’s dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her father called a BoneSeeker.

Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter Museum with a double assignment–to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and to watch over and keep Arabella Holmes. An easy task, if he could only get her to speak to him instead of throwing knives in his general direction.

But this is no time for child’s play. The two teens are assigned to a most secret exploration, when the hand of a Nephilim is unearthed in upstate New York. Soon, Arabella and Henry are caught in a fight for their lives as scientific debate swirls around them. Are the bones from a Neanderthal … or are they living proof of fallen angels, who supposedly mated with humans according to ancient scrolls?

Sent to recover the skeleton, they discover they are the second team to have been deployed and the entire first team is dead. And now they must trust their instincts and rely on one another in order to survive and uncover the truth.

The ups and downs of writing a historical novel.

Writing a historical novel. Well, to be fair—I do not write straight historicals—my books have far too much romance and or mystery or fantasy to be categorized as such.

That is not to say I do not do research. I tend to go overboard.

Whenever possible-I try to visit the place that will host the setting: For instance, here are some of my books and the places I toured.

Where Bluebirds Fly: Salem, Ma.

BONESEEKER: Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, Pa.

The Violet Hour: Charleston, Sc

Bride of Blackbeard: Outer Banks, NC

Heart Murmurs, Gettysburg, Pa.

You get the idea. I love historical tours, and in each of the above mentioned cities attended several. I feel its imperative to get the atmosphere. Taking photos, using them throughout the writing to assure you capture the vegetation, the weather, the feel of the place.

After the tours unearth tidbits I would like to use—I then turn to books, journals, internet, EOM, whatever I need to help develop the story.

I use internet databases—like the census to determine most popular names of the period, food blogs for proper meal discussions. Whatever the focus—I find out all I can on the subject.

Bluebirds-Salem Witch Trials

Blackbeard…erm, Blackbeard and pirates

Violet Hour-the first amusement park in the United States

Heart Murmurs-The civil war

BONESEEKER-Sherlock Holmes and the College of Physician and surgeons in 1900.

My readers are not as rabid with regard to details—but we do our best to get all the references correct.

I love to read historicals, and although I write across genres, it is my home.

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

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