Welcome to my stop for the Cinderella, Necromancer blog tour hosted by Chapter By Chapter Blog Tours.
Cinderella, Necromancer is Chime meets Anna Dressed in Blood and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany.
Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters. When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom. Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.
Stumbling into a chance meeting of Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival. But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince once more? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother?
As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, she will have to decide whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.
Cinderella, Necromancer by F.M. Boughan
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
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Guest Post by author F.M Boughan
Road to Publication
My road to publication was… well, it was like one of those unpaved gravel roads. Where the gravel stones are really chunky and keep hitting the undercarriage of your car and you cringe with every bang because you’re sure that your vehicle is getting scratched, but then you arrive at your destination, step out of the car, and marvel that you’ve actually made it in one piece… but you’re not really sure how.
I have a feeling, though, that this is fairly common for many, many authors.
I wrote CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER in 2012… yes, that long ago. And I handwrote the entire first draft. It was a conscious choice that I made for storytelling purposes, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is that I wrote it five years ago and you’re only getting to read it now. (Also not unusual for a debut, I think.)
The path from completing the first draft to the finished copy that readers can buy and enjoy today went through various twists and turns, several agents, and plenty of rejections along the way. It needed to kiss several frogs before it found its prince (so to speak), and yes, I know that’s not the same fairy tale, just bear with me!
There were rejections for market reasons, for publisher list reasons, for “not enough romance” reasons, for language reasons, for whatever type of reason you can imagine a book gets rejected or passed over or told “not now.”
I ended up submitting to my current publisher after one of the #MSWL Twitter events (“manuscript wishlist”), when I saw a post from my editor asking for dark fantasy and unique retellings—or at least something to that effect!—and so, shortly thereafter, I sent off my book.
From the point of getting “the Call” (or in this case, “the Email”) to the point of finished novel was a shorter process than what had come before, but there was still plenty of waiting, working, waiting, working, and waiting. This is normal! Revisions take time, edits take more time, and there’s everything from the cover to your release date to social media to manage in the meantime.
Not all paths are smooth sailing, it’s true—but it’s the bumps in the road that teach you how to navigate!
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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