Review: Bloody Valentine is a very interesting story. The concept is quite unique. We usually associate chocolate and Valentine’s Day as two things that just simply go together. In Bloody Valentine, chocolate has a bloody flavor. Chocolate is the perfect way to attract the prey. Bailey is a teenager who despite her insecurities has an amazing ability and a nature that has been kept hidden from her. We are introduced to the story while Bailey is having a dream/nightmare.
“Not again,” I mumbled under my breath and shook my head. As so many times before, I was surrounded by a damp darkness that made it almost impossible to breathe. I searched around me. Pure blackness. I tugged at the lace nightgown, and it pulled on my skin uncomfortably. Unable to see a thing or to distinguish any shapes, I stretched out my arms and took a couple of tentative steps forward. I felt nothing.
“Hello?” Although my voice was low and careful, unsure of who may be lurking in the darkness, it echoed fiercely. I stood still, scared of the effect my disturbance could cause. There was nothing but silence, and the stillness all around me was unsettling. With my arms outstretched, I began to make my way around, knowing from the strength of the echo I was in an enclosed space. There were cold and soft walls about ten feet apart from each other. Keeping one hand on a wall, I walked endlessly, never once stumbling upon anything.
I must say the introduction was what sparked my curiosity and once I started reading I just couldn’t stop. Right away you wonder, what is going to happen next? The story catches your interest as it develops nicely. The characters are fun, witty and cute – the twists and turns make the end even creepier. Bailey’s perfect boyfriend has a dark side, a side she felt compelled to discover. The spookiness behind the story was well thought; the idea of chocolate transforming people into creatures of the night is totally creepy. This is a very nice read with a good combination of dark magic, bloody sacrifices, horror, love and best of all chocolates. I call that the perfect combination. A perfect Bloody Valentine if you ask me, I just wish it was longer.
Thank you Lucy for the opportunity, I really appreciate it. I am looking forward to reading more of your work and getting my hands on “Feathermore.”
4 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (hearts)
Let’s welcome Lucy Swing. Thank you Lucy, I am very excited and honored that you accepted this interview. Let’s get to know Lucy a little better. I hope everyone enjoy this interview as much as I did. Let’s start by…
RD – Can we first start by learning a little bit about you? What would you like people to know about you that we probably don’t know?
Lucy – My name is Lucy Swing and I am a YA Paranormal/ Romance writer. I just finished my first book, “Feathermore” (first of many!) I am also a part of “Death by Chocolate” an anthology consisting of 6 fantastic YA short stories with a chocolatey twist. Death by Chocolate was released on February 14th, 2012!
I am an absolute book hoarder and must always have a book at arms distance. Music is my muse, and there is always a soundtrack that plays along my life.
I am a Mother of two beautiful but wild kids and a Wife to a Firefighter/Paramedic/RN/SWAT Medic- guy can do it all!
A fact about me: I CANNOT write until my house is clean… I’m weird, I know!
RD – Do you work another job when you are not writing?
Lucy – Yes, a very important one, too. I am a stay at home mom! J And let me stand up for all stay at home moms all over the world… No, it’s not easy and pretty all the time.
RD – What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing?
Lucy – To be honest, I don’t get to do much! But spending time with my family is the best. My husband works way too much and sometimes we get to see him just one day out of the week. So, just having him home is nice.
About your writing:
RD – How long have your been writing? Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby?
Lucy – I started writing June 2010 when I discussed a dream I had with a friend of mine, Michael. He loved my idea and we delved into it and I began writing. I had finished the book by late August, but when I went back to the beginning and read it… it was all telling, no showing. Way too much unneeded information. I then went on to work on my Death by Chocolate short story and I have just finished with the new, and very much improved, “Feathermore.”
RD – How many hours a day do you devote to writing? Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?
Lucy – I would LOVE to be able to write whenever my muse talks to me, but sometimes it proves itself to be impossible! I usually try to do all my housework as soon as I get back home from dropping the kids off at school and then write until I have to pick them up. Some other times, I choose sleep over writing.
RD – Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?
Lucy – Music is inspiration in my case, but it always changes. Sometimes, when I really need to be in the story, mind and soul, I need it to be quiet. Whereas, when I write a fight scene I definitely need the music.
About your book:
RD – Please tell us about your book. Where did you get the inspiration or idea for this book? What’s it about?
Lucy – My short story is called “Bloody Valentine.” As you know the theme of Death by Chocolate was that it had to be YA, Paranormal with romance and Chocolate had to be involved.
In my story girls at Hollow High begin to disappear mysteriously. Near Valentine’s Day, Bailey, receives an antique looking heart shaped chocolate filled box. Before she can devour the sweet smelling chocolates, she notices another girl with the same chocolate box. Next thing she knows, that girl has gone missing. Now, it is up to Bailey to find who has been kidnapping, and if her dreams are right, killing these girls.
RD – How did the title of your book come about?
Lucy – No science behind it, really. It’s set on Valentine’s day and, well, it’s bloody. “Bloody Valentine”
Lucy thank you again for taking the time and answering my questions. I appreciate it, I am sure you have been quite busy promoting your book and the tour. I hope everyone enjoy the book as much as I did.
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