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Review and Giveaway: Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

I guess book review Sundays are a thing now.

I’ve had Delilah’s YA debut, Servants of the Storm, waiting on my bookshelf since its release in August. I have this weird quirk where I can’t read something until I’m ready. I think I’m half afraid I’ll ruin the magic too soon and I hate waiting to sink my teeth in more of Delilah’s gorgeous worldbuiling.

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Servants of the Storm takes place in Savannah, GA, which I have been to exactly once, in the fifth grade. I had little memory of what Savannah looked like, but Delilah does such a masterful job describing the city, you feel like you’re there. Which, given the sudden cold spell and the snow this week, I was more than grateful for the suggested heatwave.

I love the tilty girl on the cover. Just… yes. Dead and tilty.

You guys also know I love an unreliable narrator, and Dovey is everything I’ve wanted in a kickass heroine. She’s pretty fearless for a crazy girl, and her determination to save her best friend Carly propels her through a world twisted and manipulated by demons. Delilah infuses the whole narrative with creepy things in the dark, from people with fox ears and sharp teeth to devil dogs to haunted amusement parks. The questions is always “Is Dovey seeing reality?” or “Is this Dovey’s delusion?”

As a fan of her Blud series, I was pleased to find the same strong voice in a different tone. The relationships in this book felt real, and under duress, I may admit to crushing a bit on Isaac. I caught a definite Sleep No More vibe from Charnel House and I adored the little injections of humor. There’s a lot of mythology soaked into the origin of this story and I found it compelling. Once I started reading, it was difficult to stop. I wouldn’t call it fast-paced, but it was I had to take bites out of, always hungry for more

The ending left the story open-ended, with room for futher developement, but it provided a solid conclusion if Servants acts as a stand-alone. It reminded me of the “Normal Again” episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I didn’t mind the love triangle, and I thought everyone seem pretty realistically teenaged. Maybe it’s because I have a demonically-possessed fifteen-year-old sister.

The paperback releases in April, stuffed with goodies like a “Which demon are you?” quiz, playlists, and a portrait of our main antagonist, Kitty. I really enjoy this cover, too.

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Want to take a trip to demon-infested Savannah? Well, tis the season of giving, and I’m giving away a hardcover copy of Servants of the Storm:

 

Well, there WAS a rafflecopter thing here but it seems to be having issues, so, just comment below with what sort of demon you’d be!

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I’ll pick a winner next week (Dec. 7). I’m a Coyote Earthquake. Sounds like a mixed drink. 🙂

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Adventures in Editing

I am crap at editing my own work. Part of it is a lack of distance; I don’t give myself (or have) a lot of time to let drafts rest between completion and the revision phase. Distance is important. The story is so wound up in your head, it’s almost impossible to look at it objectively. I’m terrified of the editing phase because without fail, I will miss something. Human error, right?

Cat had some great suggestions last time we talked shop:

  • Change the font.
  • Change the color.

Both suggestions disrupt the visual of Times New Roman dragging down 500+ pages of document. Spelling errors or missing words stand out more.

Of course, there’s always the standard Read it Out Loud. Nothing quite nails those awkward phrases like a full-blown one-woman (or man) show. My problem is a lack of alone time in which is enact this rendition of THE KILLING TYPE–LIVE! and the fact that my brain tends to override any missing words or errors by filling in the correct words.

Not exactly helpful, brain.

Then I remembered one of Scrivener’s weird features: IT TALKS.

I stumbled across this feature one day by mashing who knows what command code, and I could not figure out how to turn it off. Under EDIT, way at the bottom, there’s a tab reading SPEECH. It drops out into two options: Start and Stop.

Scrivener will read back in monotone whatever text you select. It’s boring as hell, but listening to my book was far easier than trying to read it aloud to myself. I caught numerous missing words and spelling errors, places where I’d changed an event and forgot to alter it elsewhere, found awkward sentences. It’s probably one of the best accidental discoveries I’ve ever made.

I finished listening almost 94k  in two days. She might have been monotone, but there is nothing more hilarious than Scrivener attempting to read French (I guess foreign languages are not her strong suit.) Equally hilarious and deeply mortifying is Scrivener reading the NSFW bits. I’m a little horrified with myself at the moment, but I survived.

I’m definitely going to remember this tool for future use. Maybe revisions won’t be so terrible after all.

Speaking of, I’m getting back to work on The Other Book, and I have a New Project I’m still chipping away at in addition to a Super Secret Project. You know I mean business when ordinary words get capital letters.

In the meantime, THE DARK CARNIVAL anthology is out and FREE for download on Smashwords. Here’s the link! My story “Sleight of Hand” appears in this collection, and I think it’s pretty nifty. It’s also free. There are bunch of stories by some of my favorite fellow writers, as well as illustrations. Did I mention it’s free? Because it is. Totally free.

It’s also available on Amazon.com, but is listed as $.99. If you wish to purchase it, the money will be donated to charity. Hopefully soon it will be free on Amazon as well.

I’m going to go drown in a book that isn’t my own. Come back Sunday for a review and giveaway of Delilah S. Dawson’s SERVANTS OF THE STORM.

Tis the season. Give the gift of demons.

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Hurricane Josephine Threatens Coastal Savannah: Servants of the Storm

July 16, 2014- National Weather Center

Meteorologists are continuing to see northern movement in Tropical Storm Josephine just off the coast of Florida. Wind speeds have picked up considerably overnight and we are now issuing a hurricane warning. Residents of Savannah, Georgia are urged to begin preparation for severe storms. Coastal residents should have an evacuation plan before any warning is officially issued.

  • Gather emergency supplies, including food, water, protective clothing, important documents, maps and batteries.
  • Listen to local authorities via radio or television. Keep a battery operated or hand-crank radio in case of power outages.
  • If forced to weather the storm, please seek shelter in secure buildings and stay as far away from windows as possible.
  • Lulls often signal the eye of the storm, not the end. Wait for authorities to pronounce the area safe before attempting to leave.

While hurricane tracking has improved, there is no accurately way of knowing when the hurrican may hit. The projected date is August 5th. We urge you to form evacuation plans as soon as possible. Hurricanes cause 10% of all weather-related fatalities, and Josephine looks like she’s ready for a fight. For further information on Hurricane Josephine, consult Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson.

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Delilah S. Dawson’s YA debut, Servants of the Storm, hits shelves August 5th. Dovey lost her best friend Carly in the aftermath of Hurricane Josephine, and since spent her days in a medicated numbness. Until she sees Carly at their favorite cafe. She drops the meds, and the world that opens before is like nothing she’d ever imagined.

As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.

While you’re working on evacuation plans, you can pre-order a copy of Servants of the Storm from any of your favorite indie book sellers, Barnes and Noble.com, or Amazon.com.

In addition to having a hurricane arrive at your doorstep, you can email Delilah your information at whismydark@gmail.com, and she’ll send you a signed book-plate.

For those of you who are Georgia residents, Delilah is throwing a launch party August 8th at FoxTale Book Shoppe in Roswell. BBQ, delicious cake and fox-eared demons will be provided.

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Delilah S. Dawson is a writer, a geek, an artist, an adventure junky, and a coffee and cupcake connoisseur. She writes books for young adults and mostly-adults that range from whimsical to dark to sexy to horrific to adventuresome. She can occasionally be NSFW, but when she is, it’s usually because she’s ranting about writing or sexism or talking honestly about her experiences with rape, depression, and suicide.

Delilah loves having adventures, playing on the trapeze, horseback riding, seeing superhero movies, going to cons, traveling, reading, tacos, the ocean, pretty boots, eating weird animals, tattoos, vests, cosplay, The Cure, painting, narwhals, octopodes, crows, cheese, drinks made with elderflower, dark chocolate, cold sheets, Boyd Crowder, and shows like Justified, Firefly, Venture Bros., Community, Adventure Time, Arrested Development, TWD, and Frisky Dingo. Please geek out with her on Twitter for full SQUEE.

She is also an Associate Editor at Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech and can teach you to wear a baby on your back so you can pretend to be Luke Skywalker toting Yoda.

You can find her website at WhimsyDark.com, like her on Facebook,  and follow her on Twitter @DelilahSDawson.

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