Monday, September 18, 2017

Blackbird of the Gallows with Guest Post by Author Meg Kassel

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Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
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A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.
Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What's more, she knows something most don't. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.
Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Publication Date:  September 5, 2017

His soft voice clashes with the intensity of his gaze. “You’re adorable when you’re trying to be mad at me. You needn’t work so hard at it, though. We aren’t meant to be adversaries.”
“I, um…” My thoughts disband, leaving nothing for communication purposes. I’m adorable? Adorable has many definitions. I think my dog is adorable, for example. “That…wasn’t what I was going to ask you.”
He inclines his head. “Okay, then. Ask.”
But that “adorable” echoes through me, clinking around like a penny down a well. “What are we meant to be, then?”
His lips curls up at the corners. “That wasn’t your question, either.”

Meg Kassel is an author of paranormal and speculative books for young adults. A New Jersey native, Meg graduated from Parson's School of Design and worked as a graphic designer before becoming a writer. She now lives in Maine with her husband and daughter and is busy at work on her next novel. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart© winner in YA.
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Guest Post

Guest topic: cultivating your creativity for storytelling

When I was in the forth grade, our class went on a field trip to the Young Author’s Conference, where students from area schools attended workshops about writing, creativity, art. I remember recall one workshop with painful clarity. The storyteller’s name is lost to me, but he had a guitar and wore his silver hair long. He was to play us a tune, give us prompts, and we were to make up a story as we went.

A few other children in there were from my class. They were ones who commanded power, and who used that power as powerful children sometimes do—cruelly, carelessly. I, with my big, plastic glasses and homemade clothes cut from decades-old patterns, and anxiety that kept my stomach in a perpetual knot, strived only to blend in with whatever wall was at my back. I would never challenge them, so when the storyteller paused his song and asked for a prompt, and those children stared blankly at him, so did I. When they slumped and smirked, so did I. Even though every part of me wanted to shout out a response and play the storyteller’s game.

The storyteller shook his shaggy head, then, and gazed out on us with pity in his eyes. “Not much imagination in this group,” he muttered to himself. That muttered line burned in my chest, my gut. I DID have imagination! I spent more time in my imagination than I did in real life! I was just too scared to release it in this group, afraid to draw the attention of kids who might remember my existence and snarl about the shortness of my jeans or the glory of my overbite or the doll-like fashions my grandmother made for me with the efficiency of a small factory. I was afraid.

My chest still burns when I think about it, but I learned that day that creativity isn’t just about having it, but letting it out, making it become something bigger than an idea. Expressing creativity, whether in song, or writing, or art, always runs the risk of ridicule, shame, dismissal, or the dreaded blank stare. It’s an unavoidable risk, if you’re ever going to do anything with it. I promise you, every author knows this risk, knows what it’s like for their creation to be rejected, but they also know the elation that comes with having their work be embraced. There will always people who are cruel, careless, just as there will always be people who are open, kind. You get to decide who to listen to. 


*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

The characters in this story make this story awesome! They are all strongly developed and make you feel like you could be sitting at the lunch table right with them. Angie is a great character to follow and have this whirlwind of an adventure with. I also enjoyed the mystery surrounding this story. I love paranormal stories so this was a perfect fit for me! The story builds in such a way that before you know it you're halfway through and eager for more! If you are a fan of paranormal fiction and well-written characters than you need to add this book to your shelf!! 
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