Wednesday, 19 March 2014

BEWITCHING TOURS **REVIEW**: "Twas the Darkest Night" By Sophie Avett

My characters are either naked or dressed to kill. Given they’re all monsters stalking the city of New Gotham’s twisted, cracked, and cobbled streets, the criminal wardrobe is part of the job description. Rockabilly princesses, corpse brides, leather queens…my city is full of them. Where do they get their menacing threads?

There is boutique hiding out between the fractured, narrow store-fronts lining the foggy docks. The shingles are ribbed and black. Washed, peeling paint and displays offering views into wicked leather and lace studded glam. The mannequins are ghoulish beauties stitched together from whatever was left from the last fool to cross one of the sinister witches.

Push open its shabby, frosted front door. Tiny white flakes of paint will pepper the wind like spectral dust. The minute you set heel onto waxy polished oak floors and step into the candelabra fire-light you know…

This is where the magic happens.

Sophie Avett’s Sinister Stitches Character Dress Fitting Interview, guest-starring Jennifer Blackstream’s Loupe (Before Midnight)

Welcome to Sinister Stitches
“…apparel for a wicked fairy tale.”

A spicy trinity of black magic sisters breathe star-dusted dreams to life with their gothic apparel boutique. They are schooled in the old ways of “fabric-bending” by the Needlewitches of old. With this knowledge, they’ve created an entire line of clothing that all share the same basic design element: one-size fits all. Each garment will magically tailor itself to its wearer once worn. There may might be some “twirling” required, but a vampire’s steady hand should turn every wardrobe change into a stolen moment.

Care to take a peek at what the Sinister Stitches has to offer?

Check out some of the questionnaire Jennifer Blackstream’s Loupe from Before Midnight was asked to fill out after she wandered into Sinister Stitches. 


Please provide the witches with your name: Loupe

Please provide the witches with the following:

Hair Color: Golden blonde

Hair Length: [ ] Short and Sassy, [ ] Medium and Modern, [x] Lush and Long

Eye Color: Green

Skin Tone: [ ] Ghoulish, [x] Snow White, [ ] Cina-baby, [ ] Mochalicious, [ ] Dark Chocolate, [ ] 


Please provide the witches with your measurements and body-type.
a.) Height: 5’5”
b.) Body Type: [ ] Skeletal, [X] Lean and Tender, [ ] Lean and Tough, [ ] Ripe and Edible

Do you have any extra extremities? Place an “X” to all that apply.

[ ] Horns or [ ] Halo
[ ] 20 ft. of Hair or More
[ ] Gills and Fins or [ ] Hooves
[ ] Wings (Span:   )
[ ] Tail (How many: 1*)

*Only in wolf form

How many heads do you have?


Do you have arms and legs? If so, how many?
In human form, two arms and two legs. In wolf form, four legs.

How dead are you? [x] Living, [ ] Undead, [ ] Astral Form

What are you? (Species/Breed)

Loup garou (werewolf)

What is the occasion? (Ideas include: Wedding, Funeral, Sabbath, etc. Oh, and seduction is a valid occasion. The more details, the better.)

Family gathering. I’ll be meeting the werewolf cousins, aunts, and uncles. It’s important to look regal enough to command the respect of being a member of the royal family, but strong enough that the beasts recognize their alpha.

What’s the occasion setting? (Beach, haunted castle, grand ball, etc.)

The main dining hall. Possibly the forest on the palace grounds if all goes well…or horribly, horribly wrong.

Will you be running for your life at some point in the evening? (Helps with shoe selection.)

No. If there’s any running to do, it will be in the direction of my prey.

Will you be set on fire? Better yet, will you be setting other people on fire?

Will you be grave-robbing? (Dirt is a dressmaker’s tedium.)

No. Grave-digging, perhaps.

Is your neck a dinner plate?

No. Just an appetizer.

Do you hope to be naked at some point in the evening? (All right, dirty birds. Such questions are actually intended toward the weres and shifters in regards to their transformations.)

Yes. If all goes well, we will be running in wolf form. I want my in-laws to meet my adopted pups.

Describe your last brush with Death in two sentences. (Helps us plan for the unexpected.)

Attacked while in wolf form by stepfamily with spears. I ate her.

Do you need a secret compartment for weapons, wands, tampons, etc.?

No. My weapons are body parts and they’ll be front and center should they become necessary.

What are your three favorite colors?

Silver, blue, green.

What two colors rattle your kettle?

Red and orange.

Please pick a style that you feel embodies you the best. If none apply, feel free to surprise us by providing your own brilliant description in the “other” slot.

[ ] Rockabilly Starlet: This is for the spoonfuls of sugar. The good-natured and naughty girl next door types. Candy is the business and fairy tales are ultimate. More often than not, her head is in the clouds and her nose in the book. Our dreamers.

[ ] Leather Queen: This is for the warrior princesses. The type of girls who give boys a run for their money and wear tight jeans just watch the little vampires come undone. Hands for fighting and these heels for ass-kickings. Our protectors.

[ ] Medieval Mistress: This is for the no-nonsense girls. The ones who know better because they’re ten steps ahead. They’re schemers—they might be shy, or they might not be. More importantly, they’re selective. Our wisdom.

[X] Gothic Dame: This for the mysteries. The ones no one can quite make heads or tails out off. She’s a mixture, a melting pot of sugar and sinister. She might be Rockabilly Starlet one day, or a Medieval Mistress other days. Our sisters.

[ ] Other: _____________________

Who is your favorite fairy tale villain?

I don’t like villains.

If you could be any fairy tale princess, who would it be?


Now, tell us the twit you hate most.


Anything else you’d like to add…

After many barrels of chocolate, a dash of magic and furious sewing…
Sinister Stitches’ Gothic Dame,
Madame Mari presents Loupe’s Completed Dress
“New Moon”

Spanish Jasmine, spectral and Bayou willow leaves circle the slender figure shrouded in the midst. Twin viceroy swallowtail wings stretch high over her back and sweeping evergreen evening frock spun from clover and cannabis pales in comparison to the sheer utter majesty of true court

Evenin’ suga, I’m Madame Mari and I’m the damn fine pair of wings that owns this establishment. I also happen to be Sinister Stitches reigning Gothic Dame.

My girls couldn’t figure out what to do with your color request, so damn it all, I put them all into this gorgeous archaic evening gown. It’s lined with several soft aqua sheer petticoats and the over-dress is made out of the bottom layer of hydra scales. (You can thank my girl, Brenda, for that.) The scales refract the moonlight and are dirt resistant.

You can toss off your clothes and run it in nutty pants. And it’ll be waiting for you like a pristine beacon. Speaking of beacon, a will o’ wisp was capture, killed and grinded into shimmer---each granule was painstakingly sewn onto the garment by our pixies. Call your dress by name (“New Moon”) and it should find its way to you in a matter of seconds. 

Lastly, my daughter, Gillian, (with Astrid’s guidance and firm “no gumdrops” hand”) helped an old fey with the creation of your head dress. The gold Roman corona is fit for a Pack Princess. It’s high over the ears and will shrink to match a canine skull upon transformation—and the make-up should settle over your eyes upon donning. It stays upon transformation too, so NO scratching. (I’m serious. I’ll whack that sweet apple bottom with a newspaper if need be—but there will be NO scratching!)

Now, put on your best plum stardusted cloak and don’t bother with shoes or knickers--they’ll just get in way of running naked through the moonlight.


Fancy a tour of New Gotham? Check out New Gotham’s Survival Guide! It might save your life!

For more information about Sophie Avett’s New Gotham novels and Sinister Stitches series and recent release, ‘Twas the Darkest Night, please check out her website:

For more information about Jennifer Blackstream and Loupe's adventure in Before Midnight, please check out her website:

Image credit: rodjulian / adresr 
Image edit credits: Elaina @ For the Muse Designs

Twas the Darkest Night
A New Gotham Novel
A Sinister Stiches Spin-off
Sophie Avett

Genre: Erotic Gothic Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing

Date of Publication:  March 15, 2014

Number of pages: est. 355 pages
Word Count:  est. 160, 000

Cover Artist: Elaina, For the Muse Designs

Book Description:

Remember the story about the troll who lived under the bridge—yes, well, that twit didn't have to pay rent.

Owner and operator of Bits and Pieces, and resident expert on charms and glamours, Elsa Karr is a witch with a sour frown and a list of things to do as long as Thor’s hammer. Top of the list is saving her father's shop from ruin. If she isn't trying to claw her way out of debt, she's arguing with her cat, Fenris, or shoveling carts of cake into her gob. She's not interested in romance or the vampire who rents the flat above her shop. All she wants is a little peace and chocolate--fine, all right! All right! The vampire is kind of screw all cute. (Curse him.)

The disgraced son and heir of the Wingates House vampire clan and a mad-man to boot, Marshall Ansley spends most of his time working and dodging his mother's phone calls. Marshall is beyond family. He's beyond everyone, actually. Don’t be daft, he especially doesn't do…Christmas. But behold, the plague brings an original flavor of annoyance this year when his boss tasks him with acquiring the account of a recluse fey and her upcoming Gothic clothing boutique, Sinister Stitches. That is the ONLY reason he's bothering with his shrewish landlord. No, that's it. No…really. Fine, if you insist, the witch might be a tad bit...all right, she's adorable. (Damn her.)

Scrooge meets Scrooge. Dominant meets Dominant. Tempers…spark. In each other, they may unfold a tale that only comes to pass on the darkest of nights.

About the Author:

Sophie Avett is kind of a nerd. Like not even one of the cute, hip ones everyone brags about nowadays. More like the socially awkward hippie who eats way too much bread and dreams about being a dragon from behind towers of mythology books. Um...yeah. Picture old, tattered paperbacks and comic books--mostly Batman and Wonder Woman--dwarfing a tiny desk, with just barely enough room for the troll who writes there and the 70 pound hell-hound that insists of laying it's wet nose on top of her bare foot.

Granted not the most exciting existence, but she tries to make up for it by writing romances populated with her own peculiar ilk of paranormal beasties.  Trolls, wyverns, the obscure Nordic brownie--she likes to keep things interesting. And bloody. (And mostly naked--but, we'll keep that bit between us.)

Sophie Avett loves to hear from her readers. (Hi, mom.) So if there's something on your mind, feel free to leave a message after the scream.

(Mom, seriously…you can just call me.)

Brimstone Pub, the Blog:

Take a trip to New Gotham!

A paid vacation to New Gotham is an expensive affair. So, the ravens have decided to cover the cost of travel and fashion this delightful "Carriage Charm."

"Naked wizards and scheming vampires? Where do I sign?!" all the witches scream and random sparks of black magic crackle across the ceiling.

We're getting to that, dearies...

An Appointment for Tea with Mrs. Potts the Storymaven (aka Fairy Godmother) will require the use of the earrings the pixies have fashioned out of raven skulls, AKA, "Raven Ear-wings."

The baubles should land the winners in New Gotham's clock-tower square.  It could be that they do nothing at all. Or you might end up in oblivion. Good luck with that. The crickets will read about it in the papers, no doubt.

“What do I have to do?” everyone screams and waves their good silver stakes in the air. (Good girls.)

How to Win the Vacation of a Lifetime...

You have to fill out information in the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of the tour stops

Win a Dress from Sinister Stitches!

Sophie Avett's ravens have partnered with the Witches-Who-Stitch to offer a special prize. It’s a dress featured in Sophie’s upcoming release, ‘Twas the Darkest Night. The sinister witches made it special for Elsa but after many carts of cake offered to the trinity in sacrifice, they have agreed to stitch an exact replica for one lucky witch.

“What do I have to do?!” everyone screams and fails theirs arms like deranged daisies. (Just go with it.)

How to Win a Dress...

You have to sign up via the Rafflecopter form that will be posted at the bottom of each and every Sinister Stitches Tour Stop

At the end of Sophie Avett’s Bewitching Book Tours campaign (March 17 to March 31 2014) the ravens will announce a winner and gather that witch's measurements via email.


What are you waiting for?

Every girl needs a dress for a wicked fairy tale.

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  1. The cover looks tongue in cheek spooky and the excerpt was a fun read!

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com
    mobi reader

    1. Hi Elise! Ah, thanks! You've MADE my day. I take blame for the craptastic literature. I had nothing to do with cover. (I'm good for nothing, but writing and chocolate. Speaking of which, here! You can have one of Granny's chocolate chip cookies. Anywho, Elaina at For the Muse Designs is responsible for that brilliance.) Thank you so much for stopping by! And the ravens will dispense with your prize shortly!

  2. Thank you so much for hosting me, Penny for Them! I appreciate it! :)

  3. Hi Sophie! It's a total pleasure to host your book and cannot wait to read it!
    I wanted to apologise for some parts missing on the post - i misread the email and accidentally left it out. I would gave been more on the ball but I in my clumsiness fell down the stairs and have a broken ankle so for the last few days I haven't been on the computer as much so did not realise I had missed it I'm on my kindle so can't do the changes yet, but will be the first thing I do in the morning when I get to the computer.
    Apologies again, I hope this explains my unusual lack of attention to detail!!
    Thank you so much for stopping by, always love when the authors visit, so thank you :)

    1. Hi Claire! Thank you so much for hosting me! No need for apologies. I'm so sorry to hear about your injuries! Please have some chocolate and get some rest! I will drop by tomorrow morning for a spot of tea.

    2. hiya Sophie - my kinda doctor!! Chocolate and tea have been administered!!!
      Ive altered the post now, i hope its ok? Have entered the giveaway, cos id love to win!
      Thanks for letting me host your book!
      Claire :)

    3. Hi Claire! As promised, I've made sure to stop by for a spot of tea. And damn right! Chocolate is ALWAYS what the doctor ordered. (Always.) Loupe's dress interview post looks absolutely wonderful! I've sent Jennifer Blackstream a little carrier pigeon and let her know. I will post this to my Facebook, so readers can see it. Thank you so much! You've been a gem, and I think it's fantastic that you've entered the giveaway! The more, the merrier! (The dress is friggin' cute, isn't it?) - Sophie


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