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Thursday, February 20, 2014

So, here are the Fall of the House of Usher Trivia questions. Will email winners tomorrow!

What sort of body of water (lake, stream, inlet- none of these are the answer, just examples!) stands before the house, creating an illusion that there are two unsettlingly horrible houses as the House of Usher is reflected.

The answer is- A tarn. 

The tarn plays a fairly significant part in The Fall, as well…

As the narrator of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, enters the house, he meets an unsavory seeming character on the stairs. What is the profession of this cunning fellow?

The answer is- A physician (or doctor) 

The doctor(s) are also a large part of The Fall, and a big part of Madeline's life. 

What season of year did Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher take place?
The answer is- autumn (or fall :)) 
To what body part does the narrator of Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher compare the windows at the front of the house?

The answer is - eyes 

In Poe's story, what fact does the narrator only learn upon the burial of Madeline Usher? 

The answer is- that they were twins. 

At the end of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, the narrator is reading a story to calm Roderick. What is the name of that story?

The answer is- The Mad Tryst 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Show what you know about The Fall of the House of Usher and win awesome Poe prizes! Each of the following blogs has the cover, in all its glory, and an individual trivia question. That's 6 chances to win! Email the answers to me at before next Thursday (2/20) for a chance to win a leather-bound Poe anthology and other prizes!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Gearing up for a Cover Reveal

So, in just a few weeks, I'll be able to reveal the cover for the Fall. I hate to say it's my favorite cover of all, I mean, I wouldn't have a baby and say I like him or her better than my previous children, but OMG I am so excited for this book! And the cover is so cool and creepy! I can't wait to present it to the world.

What I would like to do is ask some bloggers to present the cover, along with a Fall of the House of Usher trivia question. (Each blogger will get a different question). Bloggers who are interested should email me at   I'd like to do the reveal the first week of February, with winners chosen by February 10. ETA I'm not thinking like a zillion bloggers, at this point I only have 5 trivia questions… :)

There will be two prizes- one for the blogger whose question is answered most, and one for a reader who answers correctly and whose name is drawn.

Each prize will include a leather-bound complete works of Poe, and an Edgar Allan Poe travel candle from the Paddywick Library collection- scented with cardamom, absinthe, and sandalwood.

Since this is the US cover, I'm going to go with US and Canadian entries for this round, but when the UK cover is released, I'll definitely consider an international contest!

Leather-bound Poe compilation including The Fall of the House of Usher 

Poe travel candle! 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Book club ideas!

Bargain Hunters, fans of Edgar Allan Poe, Post-Apocalyptic fiction lovers, book clubs, plague aficionados, people who just generally like me as a person or as a writer...if you haven't read Masque of the Red Death, October is your time to do so!


Masque is an October Big Deal- which means you can get it for 1.99

And should be available from other e-retailers at that price as well!

If you prefer an actual book in your hand- the paperback is out, and beautiful, and the hardcover can be bought at bargain price, as well

I've heard from several book clubs who are reading Masque in October- if you are one, be sure to let me know and I'll send you bookmarks! I was thinking of putting together a prize package for a book club, searching for raven cookies, poe cupcakes, then I decided, instead, why not let the book club show me their creativity? so, from now until the end of November, send me a picture that shows me your book club is the most awesome book club reading Masque, and I'll send the winning book club up to 10 copies (depending on the amount of readers pictured) of Dance of the Red Death!

To help you out, I've started a Poe themed party ideas board on pinterest with things like this, though Masque related items would also be cool!

To enter the contest- a group of 3 or more should read Masque together. Take pictures, record discussions, and send to me by the end of November! My email is if you'd put Masque contest in the subject line that would be marvelous! 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A new book! A new book! A new book!

So, I'm officially announcing my next book with Greenwillow. Before I say anything else, let me say that of all the books I've written, I think I love this the most. Disclaimer- I didn't set out to write two books inspired by Poe. The Fall of the House of Usher has always been my favorite Poe story, and when I was researching it, I found the inspiration to write Masque of the Red Death, and I'm so glad I did! Creating Araby and Will and Elliott and their dark world was one of the best experiences of my life. I didn't create Madeline Usher. But after you read my story (if you do, and I hope you do!) you may not see her the same way....

Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.

Look for it- Fall 2014! 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Dance is almost here...Masque giveaway in progress...

I cannot believe it. It's just weeks until Dance of the Red Death is released, and the Masque Saga will be complete. Deep breath. 

To celebrate my upcoming book release, I'm going to give away a copy of Masque every week for the next 5 sundays! 

Everyone who enters will get a Dance of the Red Death bookmark, and I can send signed bookplates with the bookmarks, as well, if you want them.

Here's what you need to do-- in the comments section of this blog post, tell me why you or someone close to you needs a copy of Masque of the Red Death.

I've even given you a list of suggestions.

1. a friend or loved one who has not read Masque yet--convince me that  they need this copy to make their life complete.
2. A library, classroom, or student who needs a copy of Masque 
3. The reason YOU don't yet own Masque, if entering for yourself. 

Please put your email in the comments, that way I can contact you for your address!

If you just want bookmarks, you can contact me through the blog, or you can email me at with your address, bookmarks needed, and whether you need any signed bookplates. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Glitter & Doom

On Tuesday, the 50 page e-novella, Glitter & Doom will be available to the public. It's a glimpse into some behind the scenes events that happened during Masque of the Red Death,'s more than that, but I'll avoid spoilers.

What I will tell the reader is that this story is dark. Not necessarily darker than Masque, but it certainly doesn't go light on the Doom part of the title.

Here's the opening line.

“Be pretty,” her mother said, rearranging April’s frilly skirts. “keep your eyes wide and innocent. it’s the only thing that might protect you.”