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The Fascination by Essie Fox #Review #Giveaway

   Today be prepared for a dark, Victorian gothic novel! The Fascination by Essie Fox is published on June 22nd by Orenda . For the chance to win a print copy of The Fascination see the foot of this post for details. Victorian England. A world of rural fairgrounds and glamorous London theatres. A world of dark secrets and deadly obsessions… Twin sisters Keziah and Tilly Lovell are identical in every way, except that Tilly hasn't grown a single inch since she was five. Coerced into promoting their father's quack elixir as they tour the country fairgrounds, at the age of fifteen the girls are sold to a mysterious Italian known as ‘Captain’. Theo is an orphan, raised by his grandfather, Lord Seabrook, a man who has a dark interest in anatomical freaks and other curiosities … particularly the human kind. Resenting his grandson for his mother’s death in childbirth, when Seabrook remarries and a new heir is produced, Theo is forced to leave home without a penny to his

Meet the Author: Shawn Brink

Today I am delighted to welcome author Shawn Brink to Books, Life and Everything, to talk about his writing life and his latest novel, Pets for Legion which he describes as belonging to the Horror / Christian Horror genre. 

Welcome to Books, Life and Everything, Shawn. When did you realise that you were going to become a writer?

On some level, I’ve wanted to be a writer since old enough to hold a pencil. For years, I wrote just for my own amusement. Then, in 1994, I was working overnights at a Kmart store. The problem was, there was very little to do on my nights off. My friends were all asleep. I didn’t have online access in those days and TV only ran infomercials. So, I decided to write a novel. All I had was an old Smith Corona typewriter and a ream of paper. That manuscript never got published, but it did do one thing. It got me hooked on writing longer pieces with an eye on getting published. I began writing then in earnest and have never stopped since.

What is your favorite childhood book?

The Chronicles of Narnia, By C.S. Lewis

Tell us about your latest book without giving the plot away.

Book Title: Pets for Legion

 Genre: Horror/Christian Horror

Book Blurb:

When local school paraprofessional Sasha James rescues a child from a mysterious assailant, she unknowingly marks herself as the next target. To survive this supernatural foe, she will need to search deeper than the physical, pray for power beyond the natural, and fight like there’s no tomorrow.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

For an introvert like me, writing is energizing. I can sit for hours at my laptop and visit with my book’s characters. It’s exhilarating to watch an entire world morph out of my mind and onto my computer’s monitor screen.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’ll get better at your craft the more you do it.

Can you give any hints about any upcoming books you have planned?

The publisher that released Pets for Legion (Tell-Tale Publishing Group) is currently considering my next novel for publication. It’s an adult supernatural thriller with the working title: Bound by Blood.

Do you have any unfinished or unpublished books hidden away?

Much of my early work remains unpublished. They say practice makes perfect and that certainly applies to the craft of writing. I won’t likely ever attempt to publish those early pieces (at least not without extensive revisions) because I’ve evolved beyond them as a writer.


Thanks so much, Shawn and good luck with your writing!
About the Author

Shawn is building a following with five published novels to his name. He also has numerous shorter works in various publications and anthologies. For a list of publishing credits, and/or to learn more about Shawn’s writing, please go to his website: Shawn is represented by Liverman Literary Agency and resides in eastern Nebraska, U.S.A.

You can follow Shawn here: Website |  Twitter  |  Facebook
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Book link: Amazon US  |  Amazon UK 


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