Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Cinderella’s Inferno by F.M. Boughan hosted by Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours. Today I will have a guest post for you, plus a giveaway.
Cinderella’s Inferno (Cinderella Necromancer #2)
by F.M. Boughan
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Purity cannot abide the darkness.
It’s been two years since Ellison defeated her stepsisters and sent her evil stepmother back into the Abyss.
Though she’s learning to control her dark magic and has spent time traveling with Prince William and bringing peace to the kingdom, one fact remains. She is a necromancer and he is a paladin of light. And so, the king refuses to give his blessing for them to marry.
To appease his father, William has begun to avoid her. But when even her younger brother Edward grows distant, Ellison learns her mother’s spirit has been visiting Edward in secret, threatening to overwhelm him with her own loneliness and longing. When Ellison accidentally touches her mother’s spirit, her tainted touch condemns her mother’s spirit to eternal damnation.
Ellison resolves to descend into hell to save her mother’s soul and bring her physical body back to the world of the living. William hopes this good deed will bring Ellison into favor and finally allow them to be wed.
But the journey through hell is fraught with peril. Temptations abound and the demons Ellison sent back to the Abyss are thirsty for revenge.
Evil cannot be defeated without sacrifice—but when that sacrifice means choosing between the ones Ellison loves and her very own life, how far is she willing to go to make her family whole again?
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Five Favorite Dogs of Fiction
I’m an animal person. I love animals of all kinds, from the cute, fluffy ones to the hairless, wrinkled ones. I love geese and squid and scorpions and platypus and if I had my way, my entire living abode would be a habitat for any and all creatures who needed love. Right now, however, I live in the city, which means I can’t have a cuddlepile of creatures, let alone a duck or a well-behaved pig. Nope, I’m limited to certain types of animals, which means I’m currently home to a cat, a parrot, and a bunny.
But no dog.
I could have a dog if I wanted, sure. But I’ve got enough on my plate with these three critters, and I don’t particularly fancy the notion of getting up at 6am to take the dog out for a walk. I like sleeping in. I like that my creatures can use their designated “washroom spaces” on their own (they’re all very well trained, it’s marvelous). So, for now, I live vicariously through others when it comes to dogs—or, I write them into books, like I’ve done with CINDERELLA’S INFERNO.
Hund is probably my favorite character of CINDERELLA’S INFERNO, and while I wrote him I spent a long time thinking about fictional dogs and my deep appreciation for authors who allow the dogs to “make it” through their stories. (You know what I mean!) So, here’s a list of some of my favorite fictional dogs!
This list is in no way comprehensive—there are a lot of dogs in fiction—but I wanted to mention a few better-known and a few lesser-known canines, just for fun.
5) Clifford the Big Red Dog
Okay, you can stop laughing now! But seriously, Clifford’s stories were such a big part of my childhood. Who doesn’t want a giant red dog living in their house and getting into trouble? Clifford was always such a gentle creature who didn’t know his own strength and size… hard to get upset at a dog who just wants love and acceptance despite his differences, right? Good lessons here!
Did anyone else read Tintin comics? My brother had nearly the entire set, and I read them cover to cover multiple times. Snowy was such a loyal, smart pup—often seeing things before anyone else did. Snowy was definitely smarter than the humans on many occasions, but in a believable way. He sure put up with a lot.
3) The Disreputable Dog
Some might argue that this character doesn’t count as a “real” dog, but to say why would be spoilers if you haven’t read Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series (which I realize is a bit older, but since there have been a few recent instalments in the series, I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who wants to go back and read them). The Disreputable Dog is Lirael’s constant companion for several novels, has magical abilities, and acts with extreme heroism in a critical moment.
This Newfoundland dog doesn’t speak, or have powers, or even get much page time in J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, but she cares deeply for the Darling children and seems to have an inherent understanding of her role as a caretaker for the family. Why Mr. and Mrs. Darling think a dog makes a good nanny for their children is another question entirely, but hey, it works for the story.
You didn’t think I’d make it through this list without mentioning Hagrid’s dog, did you? He may be a “bloody coward,” but this giant, slobbery beast is kind, loving, and loyal—exactly the kind of companion Hagrid needs. And let’s face it, Fang tries hard… he does accompany Hagrid to the Battle of Hogwarts, even if he is scared off when a vase shatters. Regardless, this boisterous goober seems like the perfect friend, and I can only hope that Hund in CINDERELLA’S INFERNO is half as marvelous to Ellison and William as Fang was to Hagrid, Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
Who are your favorite fictional canines? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
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About the Author:
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.
- One (1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a digital copy of Cinderella’s Inferno (INT)
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