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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Virtual Book Tour- The Darkness by Crystal Connor - January 28th

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Some fabulous blogs that are participating in this tour are:

Friday, January 28        Book Faery
                                      Book Mark Your Thoughts        
Friday, February 4         Notorious Spinks Talks
Friday, February 11       Books and Things
Friday, February 18       Sol Searching
Friday, February 25       The Honeyed Knot  

Washington state native and author Crystal Y. Connor, now living in Seattle, has been writing
short stories specializing in the urban fantasy/science fiction/horror genres and poetry since
before junior high school. Connor’s short story The Ruins earned a runner-up placement in
Seattle’s Crypticon 2010 writing contest. Her short story The Monster will be featured in the
anthology Strange Tales Of Horror published by NorGus Press.

Connor belongs to both the Black Science Fiction Society and The Seattle Women’s Writing
Groups and is an active member of The Critters Workshop. Connor’s current projects, Artificial
Light, the sequel to The Darkness, and … And They All Lived Happily Ever After, is an anthology
that will be released in 2011.

For more information about Connor and updates on current projects, please visit: http://

Yolonda Spinks
Books And...
Virtual Book Coordinator

The Darkness Synopsis:

An urban fantasy/science fiction book, The Darkness is told in an urban setting. Artemisia, a scientist who also practices alchemy, is wealthy beyond imagination. As an alchemist Artemisia has created and controls an empire of jewelry firms and factories that monopolizes the industry globally. As a scientist Artemisia is one of the founding members of The Skyward Group, a privately funded, secret science research facility in which experiments erase the boundaries of where man ends and God begins. Artemisia has everything: money, fame, knowledge and power. That is, she has everything except a child.

Inanna, a powerful and dangerous witch, is wealthy beyond imagination. At a very young age Inanna frightened the others in her village and, in the middle of the night, they tried to kill her and her mother. Inanna’s life was spared, but her mother perished. In her grief and rage Inanna killed the people of her village and resolved herself to studying all things occult, vowing never to be hurt again. As a witch, Inanna has everything: money, fame, knowledge and power. That is, everything except a child.

The child, at three months old, saw the world only through the bars of his locked cage. He has nothing; he doesn’t have a mommy, he doesn’t have a daddy and he doesn’t have a name. The scientists working for The Alpha Omega Foundation do not talk to the child; they only study him because the child is dangerous. The child could make things happen just by thinking them into existence—even if it meant making them dead.

When Artemisia is made aware of the experiment being conducted by her archenemy, she sets into motion a chain of events that will change her life and that of the child, forever. The Skyward Group sends a team to retrieve the child. Under The Skywards Group’s guardianship, the child is finally given a name, Adam, and Artemisia finally has a child. For the next three and a half years, Adam flourishes under the experiments of The Skyward Group—until he mysteriously vanishes from the secure facility, causing Artemisia to be plunged into an abyss of turmoil and grief.

One night while Inanna was driving through a wooded area, four-year-old Adam stumbles onto the road and she almost runs him over. Surprised to see a child in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere, Inanna leaps from her car to see if Adam is okay.  Because Adam is scared and confused, he tries to kill her. This is his third murder attempt, but unlike his first two victims, Inanna does not die. From that night forward, Adam lives with Inanna as her son, and Inanna finally has a child.

Artemisia believes that Adam had been kidnapped and killed. Fourteen years later, when Artemisia finds out otherwise, it might be too late to salvage the relationship with the child she considered her son. Adam is furious with Artemisia and struggles with feelings of abandonment and rejection, feeling like she just didn’t want him anymore.

Adam begins to stalk Artemisia, killing people she closely interacts with because he doesn’t know that Inanna cast spells of protection and cloaking to ensure he would not be found. Inanna tries to comfort Adam, but he refuses to be pacified because he wants to make Artemisia pay.

Book Review for The Darkness:
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Buyer Beware! ..Your in for a fantastic, refreshing read! 
A rare dark tale filled with action, fantasy, science, mystery and magic. 

The characters are unique and promising. 
Artemisia is a fantastic character. She's a new favorite for me, but Adam stole the show with his personality and "gift". Artemisia and Adam have such a fascinating chemistry, you'll feel compelled to know their story.  
This is a book you won't be able to put down. I had a hard time dragging my eyes away for the few times I needed to eat and have a bathroom break. I suspect you'll feel the same way. 

Even the cover art is unique. It's not a cover I'd normally like, but the artist did a wonderful job, and although it's a bit misleading(being a fantasy type novel, you wouldn't think of a cover like that.. well not IMO anyway.)

Cover aside, this was a wonderful, enchanting read. It's full of emotion and twists, I suggest you get your copy today! 

Thank you Crystal for an amazing read and thank you Yolonda for requesting A Great Book Is The Cheapest Vacation!


From the pen of Crystal Connor said...

Natasha, 1st off I have to say that your blog is drop dead gorgeous! I'm totally jealous =D Thank you so very much for taking the time to host a stop for me, read The Darkness and giving it such a kick butt review!

Your only the 2nd person who really likes Artemisia, so I'm super stoked about that =D Thank you again for hosting a stop and for the awesome review. I have to tip my hat to Yolonda for finding you because this really is an amazing blog!

I hope you have a really good weekend.

Oh, I really love your quote that "A Great Book is The Cheapest Vacation" I'm going to add it to my favorite quotes on facebook =D

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