Welcome to the Mary Hands Book Blitz. I don’t know about you guys but I think this book sounds pretty awesome. So dark and mysterious. And the cover is to die for. Enjoy the guest post below where Sarah talks about how the Mary Hades series is different from your average YA. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below.
Mary Hades by Sarah Dalton
(Mary Hades #1)
Publication date: June 2014
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Not many seventeen year old girls have a best friend who’s a ghost, but then Mary Hades isn’t your average teenager.
Scarred physically and mentally from a fire, her parents decide a holiday to an idyllic village in North Yorkshire will help her recover. Nestled in the middle of five moors, Mary expects to have a boring week stuck in a caravan with her parents. Little does she know, evil lurks in the campsite…
Seth Lockwood—a local fairground worker with a dark secret—might be the key to uncovering the murky history that has blighted Nettleby. But Mary is drawn to him in a way that has her questioning her judgement.
Helped by her dead best friend and a quirky gay Goth couple, Mary must stop the unusual deaths occurring in Nettleby. But can she prevent her heart from being broken?
The first in a series of dark YA novels, Mary Hades follows on from the bestselling Kindle Single My Daylight Monsters. A spine-tingling tale with romance, readers will be shocked and entertained in equal measure.
Five ways Mary Hades is different to your average YA series
I’m pretty excited about this project. I find Mary the easiest character to write because she is such a free spirit. However, there’s a part of me that’s nervous about this series. I’ve mixed things up. Mary Hades doesn’t follow a formula.
Here are five things you can expect, and five examples that are a little different to most YA books.
1. It’s not a trilogy:
At the moment, the series is open ended, which means I’m planning to keep it going for as long as I enjoy writing it. To me, this is almost like a long-running television series, where each book will focus on a specific challenge. I will be bringing in long-arc storylines at some point, but the first few books are almost standalones.
2. Each novel is a snapshot:
Like the novella that started it all—My Daylight Monsters—each novel, and each story, is a snapshot into Mary’s life. That means that not all the books will link on from each other. The first book has a resolution and no cliff-hanger, but it sets up the rest of the series, because it shows Mary what she wants to achieve with her life. This is going to continue throughout the series. Think of them as brief instalments into her very interesting life. Characters will come and go. Not all of the novels will be set in the same place. There is a lot of scope for the series. It could go on as Mary goes to University, or a spin off with different characters could occur. There are no set rules here. Think of it as an urban fantasy series, but more contemporary.
3. The novels are short:
The main reason I write Mary Hades at a shorter length is because the tone is very deep first person POV present tense. The books are meant to be all-encompassing. I want the reader to be drawn into Mary’s world, and that is an intense ride. These sorts of novels are almost always short. Think of the wonderful How I live Now, or the engrossing Never Let Me Go—they are both short novels and that suits them very well. The first instalment of Mary Hades will be about 280 pages. On the plus side, shorter novels means I can write the instalments quicker, so you won’t have to wait long for the next book. And, as the books are shorter, I’ve decided to charge less for them, so you won’t be paying more for a shorter novel. However, quality almost always beats quantity. 😉
4. This is dark fiction:
When I started writing My Daylight Monsters, I was very influenced by Gothic literature. That’s a very broad brush. I always loved Victorian Gothics, like Dracula and The Picture of Dorian Grey. These novels always have a supernatural element and always have some sort of dark, looming presence. In My Daylight Monsters, that presence is the hospital, and the deepest fears we harbour there. In Mary Hades, that looming presence is the Yorkshire moors—of course, inspired by Wuthering Heights. Other influences could include Daphne Du Maurier. I had a few scenes from Jamaica Inn playing in my mind as I wrote this book. Mary Hades is much more grown up than my other novels. In the past, my books like The Blemished and White Hart have been more suited to younger YA. Mary Hades is best for older teens and adults.
5.Horror AND Romance?
Yup, you better believe it. In the midst of fighting a really scary ghost, Mary manages a holiday romance. Hey, call me a romantic, but I think a girl needs to take some time off from her ghost hunting once in a while.
In all seriousness, I want the books to be scary AND uplifting. There’s a definite contemporary feel to the writing, and hopefully that ties in with the romance.
Sarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.
Sarah mainly writes speculative fiction for a Young Adult audience and has had pieces of short fiction published in the Medulla Literary Review, PANK magazine and the British Fantasy Society publication Dark Horizons. Her short story ‘Vampires Wear Chanel’ is featured in the Wyvern Publication Fangtales available here:
Sarah’s debut novel The Blemished is a fast paced young adult dystopia set in a fractured Britain. It follows the events of Mina Hart, a young Blemished girl who has a dangerous secret, as she tries to escape the dreaded Operation and get out of Area 14.
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This one sounds great!!! Competition entered = Check!!
Thanks for the introduction Jennifer 🙂
Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.
Ooh! I grew up on ghost stories, and to mix in some romance? This sounds right up my alley.
Ghost stories are up and down for me but this one sounds great to me.
Livia @ Butterfly-o-Meter Books
Dark fiction and non-trilogy are definitely awesome points! And I love the cover, it’s gorgeous!
If I ever feel brave enough to step into the horror side, this is definitely going on my priorities list.
I love dark fiction and I feel like I don’t see it very much.
Now this is my kind of book! Thanks for sharing:)
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Interesting to find romance in a book about ghosts. Ghosts really freak me out. Probably one of the few things that give me shivers. Thanks so much for sharing! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.
Ghosts freak me out because I have had some weird experiences
Miss. Lucinda Fountain
Sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for an amazing giveaway x
It’s cool when an author can not only delve into the creepy, but can bring about a romance at the same time. I’m crossing my fingers on this one. Thanks for the giveaway!
I love the cover too, Jennifer. The book sounds different from the normal ghost story and I like that. The guest post is fantastic Sarah. I do get frustrated with all the trilogies. They get lost in the shuffle and I rarely read them all, especially if I have to wait for the next book. Awesome post and giveaway.
Hey Jennifer, I don’t know why, but I am no longer getting your emails. I switched to Feedburner, because I was having problems and my emails are still not going out. I love that you do the shout out through Goodreads, so I remember to stop by. ^_^
My emails for my blog are working fine when I checked on them just now. Check your spam or maybe unsubscribe then re-subscribe.
I like how this isn’t the common book, but more so an open series at the moment so we have no clue how long it will be yet. All I can do is hope that it is as good as promised. I want to read it although it does seem like a very, let’s say different story?
I agree, it does see different, which excites me.