Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Cinderella’s Inferno by F.M. Boughan @FaithBoughan @chapterxchapter @Month9Books

Purity cannot abide the darkness.
It’s been two years since Ellison defeated her stepsisters and sent her evil stepmother back into the Abyss.
Though she’s learning to control her dark magic and has spent time traveling with Prince William and bringing peace to the kingdom, one fact remains. She is a necromancer and he is a paladin of light. And so, the king refuses to give his blessing for them to marry.
To appease his father, William has begun to avoid her. But when even her younger brother Edward grows distant, Ellison learns her mother’s spirit has been visiting Edward in secret, threatening to overwhelm him with her own loneliness and longing. When Ellison accidentally touches her mother’s spirit, her tainted touch condemns her mother’s spirit to eternal damnation.
Ellison resolves to descend into hell to save her mother’s soul and bring her physical body back to the world of the living. William hopes this good deed will bring Ellison into favor and finally allow them to be wed.
But the journey through hell is fraught with peril. Temptations abound and the demons Ellison sent back to the Abyss are thirsty for revenge.
Evil cannot be defeated without sacrifice—but when that sacrifice means choosing between the ones Ellison loves and her very own life, how far is she willing to go to make her family whole again?
Cinderella's Inferno (Cinderella Necromancer #2) by F.M. Boughan 
Release Date: May 29, 2018 
Publisher: Month9Books

Interview with F.M. Boughan

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in CINDERELLA’S INFERNO?

If you’ve read the first book, CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER, then you’ll already be familiar with the majority of the characters in this next instalment. The events of CINDERELLA’S INFERNO happen two years after those in the first book, so the characters are a little more mature, have more life experience, and have had to deal with the fallout from the events in book one. Ellison is definitely stronger and more confident in her powers… but that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

I’m currently in the drafting phase of my next book. But like most authors, this is kind of the phase where the book is figuring itself out, so I can’t say much about it. Right now, I’m more focused on just getting words down on paper while promoting this new release!

How long would you say it takes you to write a book? 

I really depends on the story I’m telling, how much preliminary research goes into it, and how many drafts I have to write. If we’re talking just basic drafting, getting the first round of words on the page, it can take anywhere from a month to nine months. Usually I hover around the two to three month mark, but that’s only if I have a strong outline ready to go. It’s the prep work that takes up more time, as it requires most of the thought and planning. After that, it’s just a matter of putting the pieces together.

What is your favorite childhood book?

My favorite childhood book is Shadow Castle by Marian Cockrell, which was first published in 1946.The story features an enchanted valley, a castle inhabited by the shadows of kings and queens who are waiting for someone to break the spell that turned them into shades, and a little girl named Lucy who stumbles into the shadow world and its strange magic.

I was only eight or nine years old when I found a copy at my Grammie’s house—and discovered the copy belonged to my mother when she was a child—and instantly fell in love with the story. My cousin and I traded the book back and forth for years until it became too tattered to travel, but since then the book has been re-released by the author’s daughter, ready for new generations to enjoy.

If you could spend the day with one of the characters from CINDERELLA’S INFERNO who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do.

The dog.

We would go to the park and I’d give him treats and we’d run around and cuddle and take a nap and then get up and play ball and have more cuddles and more treats and basically it’d be awesome because I’d be spending the day with a smart, cool dog instead of being around humans. (Hi, major introvert here!) :P 

What was the hardest scene from CINDERELLA’S INFERNO to write?

There is a moment where Ellison reaches her lowest depths in terms of her inner journey, and I found entering that headspace to be very challenging. It’s not “low” in the sense that you might immediately think, but I feel like if I explain it any more, it will be a major spoiler since it happens around the climax of the story. You’ll know when you get there!

What made you want to become a writer?

I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer! I don’t think it was really any one thing, it’s something I always wanted to do. I won a poetry contest in grade two (that’s “second grade” for you American types), which probably solidified that dream a little more!

Just for fun

(a Favorite song: “Autumn Leaves” by BTS

(b Favorite book: This is a trick question! I can’t choose this!

(c Favorite movie: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

(d Favorite tv show: Stargate SG-1

(e Favorite Food: Rainbow sprinkles (put them on anything, I will eat it)

(f Favorite drink: Coffee, black

(g Favorite website: People have favorite websites?! That’s a thing? Hmm. I guess maybe YouTube, if I have to choose. 

Thanks so much for visiting with us today!

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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