Wednesday, October 16, 2013

{Tour Stop} DARK MIGRATION by Sandra R. Campbell—Guest Post + Giveaway

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Dark Migration
by Sandra R. Campbell

SEQUEL TO BUTTERFLY HARVEST

Seanna Raines is on a journey of self-discovery. Only her search does not include college applications or finding a cool summer job. After killing Samuel Bolvayne, the ‘man’ she fears and loves, Seanna is not looking for who she is, but rather what she will become.

Samuel spent countless lifetimes trying to forge a companion like himself, but his previous attempts were considered failures. Until Seanna. She is his first true success… and his ultimate undoing. Now, without Samuel to guide her, Seanna is lost. To survive, she needs to find out what her transformation means: super strength, the ability to smell human emotions, and an ever-increasing need to devour human souls. Seanna travels to Samuel’s earthly homeland, along the coast of South Africa, in search of answers. Here, she encounters several of his failed experiments, who claim to know the truth. These abominations lead her into a sinister world of chaos and destruction, where the birthplace of evil is revealed.

Seanna clings to the last piece of her humanity while struggling to accept her feelings for Samuel and what she has done to him. Just as Seanna embraces her fate, she is forced to choose between life as an immortal with the one she loves or sacrifice it all to save a world that does not deserve saving.

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Age Group/Genre: New Adult, Horror, Dark Fantasy
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by Sandra R. Campbell


Inspiration for Writing

The inspiration for writing came to me in many ways. Growing up with an overactive, vivid imagination, I often kept my friends cowering in their sleeping bags afraid to close their eyes with original tales of horror. But I never seriously put anything down on paper until many years later when my husband, after he’d witnessed one of my night terrors for the first time, suggested I turn my nightmares into stories. Once I got started I couldn’t stop. Now, writing and storytelling is a big part of who I am.

One of the most memorable and fantastic examples of writing inspiration happened shortly after I started working on my first novel. For the record, I’ve never been a fan of insects. My worst and most irrational fear is spiders—or anything with more than four appendages. But I also hold a deep-seated love of nature, and springtime at Patuxent Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorite places to be. So, of course the ‘mini-monsters’ and I have crossed paths on occasion. On this day, my friend and I set out on a hike and were in the middle of our weekly catch-up session when we veered off the main trail onto a narrow path and stepped into a scene right out of a fairytale. The trees pulsated with shimmering hues of orange and black. Thousands upon thousands of Monarch butterflies rested gently on the surrounding trees. We continued to move down the path and the butterflies erupted into flight. As they flew in graceful arcs around us, ghostly whispers came from their wings as they brushed against our skin. We watched in awe while the little aerialists continued to escort us the length of the trail. The phenomenon we witnessed was the beginning of the Monarchs’ 3,000-mile migration.

The experience was so surreal and moving that the butterfly became an intricate part of the Butterfly Harvest series, of which Dark Migration is book two. In staying true to my nature, the butterflies do not represent the wonder, beauty, and grace they instilled that day, but rather death, destruction and utter chaos. 

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Sandra R. Campbell lives along the tranquil waters of the Chesapeake Bay with her new husband and weight challenged cat. She can trace her passion for the macabre back to reading Edgar Allen Poe as a child, with her pet crow, Big Fellow, by her side. She has since submerged herself in a wide range of dark literature. An avid thrill seeker, Sandra is always looking for her next big adrenaline rush, and when spelunking, climbing, diving and monster hunting fails to deliver, she turns to the creation of through-the-rabbit-hole worlds and sends her characters on their own adventures. Her first NA paranormal thriller, Butterfly Harvest, was published in September 2010. Sandra also writes children’s stories, is an active member of the Maryland Writers’ Association and the head of a MWA critique group.

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