Saturday, June 17, 2017

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Keep in a Cold, Dark Place by Michael F. Stewart @MichaelFStewart @XpressoTours

Keep in a Cold, Dark Place
Michael F. Stewart
Publication date: May 18th 2017
Genres: Horror, Middle-Grade

Reaching for her dream, Limpy unleashes a cute, fluffy, NIGHTMARE …

Keep in a cold, dark place. That’s what’s written like some ancient law on every bag of potatoes the family farms. And it’s where Limpy fears she will always remain.

It’s also carved on a box of spheres she discovers in the cellar. Spheres that hatch.

Cute at first, the creatures begin to grow. Then the chickens disappear. The cat is hunted. And something sets the barn ablaze. To survive, Limpy will need to face her greatest fear. The whole family will. Or they may end up in a cold, dark place indeed.

My Review:

Limpy is a young girl who lives on a potato farm with her father and brothers. Her dream is to go to art school and one day leave the farm. Limpy’s mother died when she was born and for as long as Limpy can probably remember she has worked on the farm with her father and brothers. Limpy’s father has never gotten over her mother’s death and keeps a potato sack in the music room so they can remember her and never forget.

Limpy is working in the cellar one day sorting out bags of potatoes when she finds a box with four eggs in it. One of the eggs hatches and she has herself a new little friend, a little ball of fluff which she called Chup. Chup put me in the mind of a gremlin. When Limpy gets up the next morning she finds that more has hatched. When their chickens are attached and their cat is being stalked Limpy decides it is time to find out who her new little friends are so she does some research online.

Once her new little friends start eating they start growing and becoming more and more aggressive and mean. Limpy and her family must find a way to stop her little friends who are not so little anymore. Limpy and her family must all face their fears and what is holding them all back or they may never get rid of her little buddies.

I really enjoyed reading Keep in a Cold, Dark Place and following along with Limpy as she faced her little buddies. I liked watching Limpy figure out what was causing her little buddies to grow. Keep in a Cold, Dark Place tells more than the eye kind of thing as they say. I loved and enjoyed the concept of Keep in a Cold, Dark Place.

If you have not read Keep in a Cold, Dark Place then I would like to recommend it. It may be a middle-grade book but it is still a very intriguing read for any adult and filled with lots of twist and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more.

Author Bio:
Michael F. Stewart is winner of both the 2015 Claymore Award and the 2014 inaugural Creation of Stories Award for best YA novel at the Toronto International Book Fair.

He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia, and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. In addition to his award winning Assured Destruction series, he has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada’s Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights are published by Scholastic and early readers are out with Pearson Education.

For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS–a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next. 
Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he was the Ottawa Public Library’s first Writer in Residence. To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart.

Michael is represented by Talcott Notch.



Bea LaRocca said...

Great review! Thanks so much for sharing! This sounds like a good read.

dismise said...

awesome giveaway

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