You stop fearing the Devil when you're holding his hand...
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White's sleepy, seaside town...until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet's crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet's grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet's already so knee-deep in love, she can't see straight. And that's just how River likes it.
A gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and F. Scott Fitzgerald, set against a creepy summertime backdrop--a must-read for fans of Beautiful Creatures, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and Anna Dressed in Blood.
April's Guest Post:
When writing a book there are parts you love working on. And parts you…don’t. Hands down the easiest bits for me to write are the violence and the steam. Blood, gore, sex, madness. The words fly out my fingers. It almost comes too easily, and I have to watch myself so I don’t go too far. There’s nothing like a neck dripping blood or a pair of lips kissing the soft curve of a belly to get me fired up, writing-wise. I can’t help it.
What are the difficult bits? Everything else. The subtle things. Weaving in backgrounds and settings and atmosphere and motivations and history and world and voice. They take a lot more time. Especially the voice. I essentially had to write Devil once, and then write it all over again in Violet’s voice. She never uses clichés. She’s an original thinker. It’s all delicate and deep and cunning and it takes a lot of time.
About the author:
April Genevieve Tucholke digs classic movies, redheaded villains, big kitchens, and discussing murder at the dinner table. She lives in Oregon at the edge of a forest. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is her first novel.
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