Why Frankenstein and what do you think you add to the tale as
originally told by Mary Shelley?
An April 1818 review of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein:
Or the Modern Prometheus in The British Critic:‘The writer of it
is, we understand, a female; this is an aggravation of that which is the
prevailing fault of the novel; but if our authoress can forget the gentleness
of her sex, it is no reason why we should; and we shall therefore dismiss the
novel without further comment.’
Mary Shelley shocked, disconcerted and excited the booklovers and
literati of the period when she breathed life into her wretch. Not only because
she was a women—a girl of eighteen years—but because she advocated and opened discussions
about deep-rooted beliefs and uncertainties in theology, science, the plight of
mankind, and the social acceptance of those that are different.
By comparison, the readership of the 21st Century is well
acquainted with the properties of electricity, anatomy, organ removal and
replacement, resurrecting life in those whose hearts have stopped, artificially
keeping bodies alive, banking or freezing body parts for later use. To some
degree it is also more open to those that are different, either by origin,
belief, gender, or physical attributes. And yet there are still prejudices and
thought processes that warrant further dissection and discussion based on Mary’s original thesis.
The wonder and sheer bravura of Mary’s iconic work is
magnified to 21st Century heights by Fire on the Water: A
Companion to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as it reveals the
terror that truly occurred—peeling back history and knowledge to firmly
position the reader as one of Mary’s contemporaries,
so that they may sense the full scope of abhorrence, fear and astonishment
incited by her words.
Mary’s own thoughts careened almost out of control.
“Why would you harvest such body parts?”she whispered to her muse, staring at her reflection in the blackened
glass of the window. “Arms from one body, legs from another.
Heart, spleen, and lungs from several others.”She studied her diary and peered for several minutes toward her pen.
Ideas formulated within her mind. The horrors of surgical removal, the
unthinkable aspects of placing them together, much as a jigsaw puzzle, before
shocking them with animal electricity to once more bring life to something God
had made inanimate.
But would it be possible? Does the electricity of Galvani bring life
to dead flesh, or reverse the death of only those whose spirits have not yet
departed fully from this plain? Is the electricity itself life, or is the
spirit something different and unique that is somehow intimately connected with
the properties of that strange energy?
Mary thought of the sciences she knew intimately and started writing.
She thought of the apparent manias and subsisting horrors of recent
acquaintances that she knew merely by vicarious conversation.
She sipped at her
sherry, breathed deeply of the cigar-smoke-laden air of the parlor, and wrote.
She wrote as the card games came to an end. She wrote as the men finished off
the last of their cigars and retired to their private suites. She wrote
throughout the night, not daring to stop until her mind was exhausted of the
thoughts that filled it.
But this new companion-work, Fire on the Water: A Companion to Mary
Shelley’s Frankenstein, does not stop at revealing the sciences,
thoughts and horrific events surrounding Mary and her fellow tourists during
their infamous 1816 European tour and ghost-story competition. It also
catapults the disbelief, fear and unanswered questions into our own time,
asking whether Frankenstein could create his monster with modern-day
And finally, perhaps the companion piece dares to resolve something
that could not be attained by either Frankenstein or his wretch in the original
masterpiece: unconditional love.
Despite two-hundred years having passed since first publication, is
society now ready to confront the horror of true love?
Today we are celebrating the release of the DARE TO RUN cover! DARE TO RUN is a gritty, super sexy, adult title coming out on February 2, 2016 from Jen McLaughlin and published by Penguin (NAL Signet). To celebrate, we are having a scavenger hunt! There are 8 clues scattered around groups of bloggers hosting this feature. All you have to do is find all 8 clues and figure out the scrambled word.
To make it easy for you, we will tell you where you can find Clue #1.
The New York times bestselling author of the Out of Line Novels takes readers to Boston where one gang of criminals knows how being bad can be so good…
She knows what he’s like on Boston’s mean streets. Now she’s going to find out if he’s got some heart.
Lucas Donahue is not ashamed of his criminal past, but after a brief stint in prison, he’s ready to go legit and live a normal life. The problem is, no one leaves the gang without permission—even if he is one of the boss’s top men. Plus someone’s placed a hit on him. And then there’s that feisty little bartender who’s going to cause him even more trouble.
Heidi Greene knows to keep her distance from a ladies’ man like Lucas—even if she can’t keep her eyes off him. When he rescues her from an attack in the alley outside her bar, she’s forced to stay by his side for safety. But the longer she spends time with him, the greater her chances are for getting hurt in more ways than one.
Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy New Adult books. Under her pen name Diane Alberts, she is a multi-published, bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, released September 6 2013, and hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.
Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided...by your
It's Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she's eagerly
awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the
person they're meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie's case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she
can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for
those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a
boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.
But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in
motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must
figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie,
About the Author When my first-grade teacher asked me what
I wanted to be when I grew up, I replied, “An author.” Although
I have pursued other interests over the years, this dream has never
I graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude,
with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. I received my J.D.
at Yale Law School, where I was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL.
I published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges
Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received
the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.
We are so excited for this Cover Reveal (and the book!) for Alyssa Rose Ivy's LUST!! LUST is a New Adult Paranormal Romance releasing July 16, 2015 and the second novel in her The Allure Chronicles Series!
After years of searching Daisy and Owen have finally found each other, only to face the threat of being forced apart. If they are unable to stop Daisy from becoming an Allure, she will forever lose the ability to love.
Desperate to stop the change before time runs out, they must decide what price they are willing to pay to save their love.
And don't miss LURE, the first book in The Allure Chronicles and SEDUCTION'S KISS, a prequel novella:
About LURE:There's danger in the beauty...
Two years, six months, and twenty-five days. That's how long it had been since I'd seen my winged hero— not that I'd been counting. I'd suffered through years of counseling just to convince my friends and family that I wasn't crazy and knew he didn't exist.
But he did. And I was done waiting.
Days after college graduation I headed back down to New Orleans to retrace my steps and find Owen again only to find my life was about to get even crazier... thanks to the most beautiful and dangerous of all paranormal creatures, the Allures.
About SEDUCTION’S KISS:
*Prequel novella to Lure (The Allure Chronicles #1)*
Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex-boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:
1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire's nest mates
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero
Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.
Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio:
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.
We’re having a cover reveal for Right Next Door by A.J. Pryor!! I absolutely love this cover and book, and I can’t wait to share with you!! So without further ado.
Title: Right Next Door
Author: AJ Pryor
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: June 30th
About Right Next Door:
My fiancé is officially a married man. The only problem is that he isn’t married to me. . .
Addison Peacock has been stuck in the same seaside town her entire life. When her college boyfriend proposes the night before graduation, she can finally see the future she’d always dreamt about. But the sudden illness of her father causes her to put that future on hold, and her soon-to-be husband leaves, with nothing but a promise that one day he’ll return.
Now, five years later, he’s kept that promise. There’s only one problem . . . he’s already married. Crushed twice by the same man, Addison needs a distraction, someone to get her back on her feet and mend her broken heart. As luck would have it, Damian Walker has just moved in next door.
Having rebuilt his own life after a drunk driver stole his career, his heart . . . everything, Damian knows what it’s going to take to get Addison’s life back on track. But he’s not going to be anyone’s rebound. His life is complicated . . . there’s no room for one-night stands. Until Addison knows what she’s looking for, neighbors are all they’ll ever be.
One shared wall, two sun-kissed balconies, and a chance at love...a twist of fate. Could the possibility of a future be right next door?
The door flies open, slamming against the inside wall, and momentarily startling me. “What now!”
At first, I’m caught off guard by her irate greeting, but as she stands frozen in the doorway, her eyes grow wide in surprise, and a blush shadows her ivory face.
Damn. She’s beautiful.
I have to bite my lip to stifle a grin.
“I’m sorry. I thought you were somebody else.” Her tongue darts out and licks nervously at her lips. An intense desire to capture it between my teeth and slide it between my own lips spikes through me.
Leaning casually against her doorframe, I cross my arms over my chest. “I heard something crash. Is everything okay?”
Her shoulders drop slightly, and her hard eyes soften, meeting mine. “Yeah, everything’s fine. A friend made me angry, and I threw a vase at the wall.”
This time I can’t hide my amusement. “You either have a very short fuse or an asshole for a friend.”
The tension slips further from her shoulders, and she smiles at my remark. “It’s the latter.”
Shit, so maybe model dude is her boyfriend. What am I doing here? I don’t have time in my life for shit like this, but I also can’t seem to make my feet walk away.
“Well, I can promise I’m not an asshole, and I’m not doing anything tonight. Do you want to grab a drink?” She looks down at her watch and bites her bottom lip in contemplation, her hesitancy making me uneasy.
“Come on, Green Eyes, it’s only nine o’clock.” Pathetic, I’m begging a girl I should be running from to have a drink with me.
Those eyes instantly meet mine and are filled with a sudden shine that wasn’t there a minute ago.
“Do you want to come in and watch American Ninja Warrior with me?” The request comes so quickly I almost miss it. In fact, the only part I understood was that she wants me to come inside her place. Hell yeah, I’m coming inside. But first, I need to know what we’re doing because at this moment, what my dick hears is ‘coming inside’ and it has its own idea as to what that means.
Suddenly she’s laughing, and it’s awesome. Her entire face brightens, and her eyes twinkle like I’ve never seen. Her happiness is settling in my chest and making me grin at her like a damn schoolboy.
“You have no idea what I’m talking about do you?” Her laughter subsides and leaves her with a smile that is . . . stunning.
“No clue. Only that you asked me in, and yet, I’m still standing in your doorway.”
About the Author:
A.J. Pryor lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. If not home writing, you can find her at the beach, the yoga studio or the soccer field with her girls. An avid reader of contemporary romance, new adult and young adult novels, her Kindle is always within reach. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.