Monday, January 18, 2016

Axel Blackwell's Sisters of Sorrow Interview & Giveaway

The walls hum with secrets ~ But all Annie wants is out
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Enter to win one of three eCopies 
Sisters of Sorrow
by Axel Blackwell

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: April 24, 2015
Publisher: Axel Blackwell
Genre: YA Historical Fiction | Supernatural
Print Length: 306 pages
Available From: Amazon
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Anna Dufresne lives in a factory that eats children. If the brutal machines don't kill Anna, her guardians' neglect and abuse probably will. The only thing this abandoned teen wants is out. But the factory is inside a stone fortress, on an island, where people are sent to be forgotten. It serves as a dumping ground -- both for orphans who are not welcome at finer institutions, and for nuns who have disgraced the Church. The walls of Saint Frances du Chantal's Orphan Asylum hum with secrets and buried scandal.

In the catacombs below the factory, something long dead, something almost forgotten, stirs. It offers Anna a key, and promises freedom, if she will seek it out when she escapes. She knows her plan will endanger the other children, but Anna cannot resist the call of freedom.

Her escape attempt triggers a chain reaction of chaos, shaking the orphanage to its foundation and laying bare its deadly secrets. As Anna flees into the night, she discovers that the evil nuns were the least of her worries. The swirling mist of the island hides terrors more dangerous than she could ever imagine.
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Sisters of Sorrow by Axel Blackwell

Sisters of SorrowWhere do the people we don’t want to think about go, the orphans without a home, or a pedigree worthy of being adopted for? In the early twentieth century, they went to the “blessed” Saint Frances du Chantal’s Orphan Asylum, a last resort, where children are lost to the horrors of events within the stone walls and nobody has to know or care. Under the less than loving care of the sinister nuns, starved, beaten and forced to earn the smallest of human kindnesses by risking life and limb in a shoe factory, these children know only that one false step, one human error can mean the difference between survival and death by exposure, starvation or disease. Only the tentative bonds they form among themselves give them any sense of value or comfort. All Anna wanted was to be free and she was determined to gain her freedom any way possible. Little did she know she was making a deal with an unnatural evil entity when she is offered her freedom from a strange voice of another. Desperate times call for desperate measures and the events that unfold are something for campfire stories, something dark, something deadly that will make one jump at things that go bump in the night.

Anna has already learned that the nuns were evil, what could possibly be worse? Anna was about to find out…

Welcome to Axel Blackwell’s Sisters of Sorrow and the not quite living nightmare that lurks in the catacombs beneath the orphanage from hell. Prepare to be chilled, to be uneasy, to be horrified and to meet Anna, a young girl with a keen sense of survival and the heart to risk it all to save as many a she can. Truly a victim of more than bad luck, Anna gets caught up in a piece of magic gone wrong and the madness and mayhem it has created. What is unveiled will unleash chaos in a world already far too brutal to its young victims. How it ends is up to Anna, the girl who only wanted a better life.

Axel Blackwell has shredded each page with a consuming blackness, sense of foreboding and disgust that will rivet the reader to every word. His use of descriptive scenes will bring out all of the gore, the brutality and the fear faced by these orphans as he weaves a very bleak tale into a canvas of horrific proportions! Prepare to be led through a dark and dramatic tale, but enter at your own risk because evil lurks all around.
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Tell us about Axel Blackwell, the person, not the author.
 I live with my wife and three children in a ninety-year-old home on a peninsula between two bays. In this part of the world, The Pacific Northwest, pretty much everything you see is beautiful. There are snowcapped mountains to the north and east. There are islands and inlets to the west. We enjoy hiking and kayaking in the summer. Much of the imagery and detail I used in Sisters of Sorrow was drawn directly from my surroundings.
If I am not at work or writing, I am usually maintaining/repairing/updating my house. I'm not much of a handyman, but you can learn almost anything you need to know from youtube. The house came with about 12 apple trees and a massive jungle of blackberry vines. From these I've made several gallons of cider and blackberry wine (another thing I learned from youtube). Next year we'll be putting in a garden, and possibly a duck pond.

I like good TV shows – all three of them. I like simple home-cooked meals and greasy cheeseburgers. I listen to pulpy, gritty crime ballads like Tweeter and the Monkey Man (Travelling Willburys version), Long Way to Neverland (Headstones), Don't Take Me Alive (Steely Dan). My favorite novel in recent memory was Mr. Mercedes. Mainly I just hang out with my kids and listen to their tales of mighty conquest in League of Legends.

 Axel Blackwell has even shared some pictures that inspired him while writing Sisters of Sorrow!
How wonderful to live with these surroundings every day!
 
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–i AM the THING in the WOODS–Writer, Thinker, Weirder

Axel Blackwell grew up in one of those small Indiana towns where the only fun is the kind you make yourself. Many ghost sightings and UFO sightings in the central Indiana area between 1985 and 1990, as well as several small fires, can be attributed to Axel and his brothers attempting to escape boredom. Axel now lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. He still enjoys summoning ghosts and fires, but has learned to bind these creations within the pages of a book...most of the time.


Connect with Axel Blackwell
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Sisters of Sorrow
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Ends February 1, 2016

30 comments:

  1. I think everyone has had that moment, when you fear the dark. there is something primal in that fear. There have been many a time when I've avoided going into a dark area because the feel was off.

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  2. I gotta tell ya the cover really attracted me but the book too sounds really good. I get creeped out when its dark if the window curtains are open. That comes from my Uncle peeking in the windows when we were teens are parents were away. Just spying on us to make sure we were behaving but still creepy. LOL

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  3. Hey, thanks for checking in Rhl and Sandra! Nothing like a little darkness to tingle the spine, eh? Good luck with the giveaway.

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  4. I'm not good with dark, small spaces. Anything could be lurking there.

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    1. Sisters of Sorrow is full of lurking things in small dark spaces. You're gonna love it :)

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  5. I hated our basement as a kid , always spooked me.

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    1. yeah, there are a few basement scenes in this book, just for you

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  6. Hey, you're from Indiana--me too!! I definitely need to read your book! :)

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  7. Hey, you're from Indiana--me too!! I definitely need to read your book! :)

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    1. Grew up in Terre Haute, or rather in the woods just outside of Terre Haute. Sang about "the candle light still shining bright through the sycamores for me," all through grade school :)

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  8. I am claustrophobic, I would not like to be underground or in a cellar, a finished basement is fine.

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  9. This is a very sinister story. The synopsis had me on the edge of my seat!

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    2. You're going to love it! I will look into the link issue, thanks for the heads up.

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  10. Just a head's up, the 'Add Sisters of Sorrow to your Goodreads Shelves' link is taking me to Amazon.

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    1. Whoa! Thanks Fee, this post has been haunted by several mysteries! I'll get it fixed! Ghosts, must be ghosts...

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    2. Just plain creepy....all fixed!

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    3. Thanks for fixing, sorry about the spooks :)

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  11. Having been involved with paranormal investigations I'm not one to be scared by things that go bump in the night kind of thing. I will say though that sometimes an atmosphere in an old building for example can be less than pleasant

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    1. I lived in a haunted house when I was 5, in Indiana. A man killed his wife by dropping a radio in her bath tub. After that, in that bathroom, a radio would not play. All other electronics worked fine, but not a radio.

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  12. I'm not usually afraid of things that go bump in the night, but I'll never forget when I was a teen, my family moved into this creepy old house. We only lived there for one year because it was so creepy. The one bedroom would get ice on the walls mid-summer with no a/c. The attic used to have scratching , scuttling, and sometimes footsteps, and the basement seriously gave off this evil vibe. Even my parents didn't go down there. That whole year, every time I went upstairs, I ended up racing to the top feeling like if I stopped in the middle, something was going to "get me"

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    1. That sounds really creepy, good thing you moved out. We only stayed in the haunted house (previous comment) for a couple months. About a year later the place got hit by lightning. Glad we left.

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  13. I'm afraid of what I know lurks in our basement. Spiders. Lots and lots of spiders.

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    1. There is a spider in Sisters of Sorrow, but not in the basement. It crawls across Anna's cheek while she is hiding from the evil nuns in the forest.
      The thing lurking in this basement is even worse!

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  14. I avoid dark places when I'm alone to avoid paranormal encounters or criminals.

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  15. Dark places always take my mind on wild adventures that are not always pleasant!!!

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  16. Yes, the dark can be very creepy...you never know what may be out there. :)

    For the author: Where would you write from if you could write from anywhere in the world?

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    1. Wow, Brooke, right now I usually write in my truck in the woods(long story) so anywhere with a desk would be an improvement. The sequel to Sisters starts in Australia, which would be a great place to write. But really, once I am really writing and IN the story, the surroundings don't matter much.

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