Ashes on the Waves Blog Tour: ‘Annabel Lee’s Influence’ Guest Post + Giveaway


I am so unbelievably excited to be today’s stop on the ASHES ON THE WAVES Blog Tour. Not only because of the amazing post I have to share by one of my most favorite YA authors. And not only because I love, love, loved this amazing book based on Poe’s “Annabel Lee.”

But because TODAY is the RELEASE DATE for ASHES ON THE WAVES! Which means that EVERYONE will have the chance to read this dark and gorgeous and haunting and amazing and completely captivating story.

Everyone will get to meet Liam and Anna. Everyone will know just how tragic and beautiful this story is. Everyone will get to see just how closely tied it is to Poe’s poem. Of course reading Mary Lindsey’s guest post below may help with that last part. But reading the book is an even better way to make those comparisons.

In addition to this very awesome guest post, in which the author reveals – with a visual aid – just how her story was influenced by Poe’s, there is also a GIVEAWAY and there will be five winners.

And for those who haven’t yet had a chance to take a peek at ASHES ON THE WAVES, I’ve included the description immediately below, along with places where it can be found online. There is also an exciting trailer for the book, so be sure to take a peek at that too!

If you haven’t had the chance to “meet” author Mary Lindsey, click on a few of the links beneath her bio to find out where she hangs out online. She’s super nice and easy to chat with, even for someone as shy as I am.

The tour ends tomorrow, but it’s not over yet, and I’ve included the full tour schedule with direct links to all the stops before mine in case you want to check out the vlog, guest posts, interviews and reviews that make up this tour.

And while completely unrelated, I just had to include a little bit about the second book in the author’s Souls series which is coming out in January and which I’m DYING to read.

While I know I may have gone on just a bit longer than normal in my intro, and I should really turn my blog over to Mary, I just have to sneak in my own giveaway for a couple finished copies of ASHES ON THE WAVES that I’ll order from Amazon or The Book Depository.

All my normal giveaway rules apply.

To enter just leave a comment saying you want to enter my giveaway and what appeals to you about this story.

I’ll announce the winners in the comments and on Facebook on Monday July 1st. Please don’t leave your contact details in the comment.

ASHES ON THE WAVES was one of my most favorite reads of 2012 – yes I read it super early – and a book I’ve been in love with ever since I got a tiny peek at it back in September 2011. I just re-read it this past week and it is every bit as amazing as I remembered it to be. And I cannot wait to talk about it with everyone else now that it has released!


About the Book

Ashes on the Waves

About Ashes on the Waves

Release Date: June 27, 2013
Publisher: Philomel
Pages: 384
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

A sexy gothic romance based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee”

Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied, but the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem Annabel Lee, with references to many of his other works including The Raven, Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

Perfect for fans of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, Kendra Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood, and Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore.



Praise for Ashes on the Waves

“Achingly beautiful and darkly sensuous … an extraordinary read that left me breathless at every turn!” –Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight

“Mary Lindsey, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, has created a haunting, mystical world. I loved this tragic, romantic story.” –Cate Tiernan, author of Sweep and  Immortal Beloved

“A romantic potpourri of doomed amour, Celtic lore and mystery-laden suspense.” –Kirkus Reviews


The Trailer


About the Author

Mary Lindsey

About Mary Lindsey

Mary Lindsey lives in Houston with her husband, three kids, two dogs, her daughter’s pet rats, an Australian bearded dragon, and dozens of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches (The roaches are along story. Don’t ask).

She is the author of Shattered Souls (2011), Ashes on the Waves (2013), and Fragile Sprits (2014), all YA from Philomel/Penguin. Mary also writes paranormal romance under the name Marissa Clarke for Entangled Publishing. The first book in the Underveil Series, Love Me To Death is scheduled for release in 2014.



Guest Post

How did “Annabel Lee” influence Ashes on the Waves?

I am thrilled you picked this as the guest post topic today, Rachel, because the poem is the essence of the entire book.

The voice, tone, mood, characters, and the story itself were all derived from that one short poem.

The narrator of “Annabel Lee” is male. That’s why I wrote Ashes on the Waves in a male voice, rather than that of Anna. I wanted him to tell the whole story to us, to expand on that poem (which happens to be one of my favorite poems ever).

First, I studied the voice. It is dramatic and romantic. Distinctly male. He is suffering almost to, if not past, the point of madness from his grief.

Often, in deep mourning, someone will blame an outside source for the death–God, or a higher power. In “Annabel Lee,” the narrator blames the “winged seraphs of Heaven” for killing his lover out of jealousy. That was a fantastic starting point for me. Then, he mentions the “demons down under the sea.” Perfect. Two entities conspiring against love. Bingo.

In the poem, the narrator believes these beings conspired against his and Annabel’s love. Poe’s narrators are often unreliable, which is what I love so much about his stories. Did the angels really covet their love to the point they killed his Annabel, or is it an expression of deep grief in which he is trying to justify in his mind and heart why bad things happen to good people.

I chose to make the supernatural in the novel the real deal, but didn’t want to use angels and demons like those mentioned in the poem because they are prevalent in young adult books. Instead, I turned to Poe’s Scottish lineage. I met with a friend of mine who is from Ireland and knowledgeable on Celtic mythology, and asked him to help me sort it out. When I asked him what could be construed as an angel in Celtic lore, immediately, he suggested fairies. Nope. Been done often and well. I wanted something different. He suggested the washer woman, a Bean Sidhe/banshee. She can appear as a creepy woman washing blood from clothes, or as a brilliant, beautiful, etherial being, sometimes with a silver comb. Yeah. That would work as an angel in appearance.

What about the “demons of the sea”? After more research, I turned up the Na Fir Ghorm, which are super creepy blue merman-type things that lure sailors to their death and will spare a ship if the captain can win a contest of wit by completing rhymed couplets. I’m not even kidding. These guys were perfect.

As for the narrator, Liam, I tried to give him the voice of the poem and biographical ties to Poe himself–from his inability to fit in to his society, to his family structure.

Anna was a bit more of a challenge for me. She needed to be Liam’s opposite and an outsider to his anachronistic world. When I read about “her high-born kinsman,” in the poem, I knew she had to be of a higher social strata–elite even, so I made her a New York socialite.

I also got a feel for the character of Anna based on the narrator’s description of her in the poem. My daughter recorded descriptors, key words, and the number of times they were used and wrote them in the right margin of my book (see the photo below). I tried to work these in to Anna’s character in proportion to the importance to the narrator of the poem.


The setting naturally fell into place from the sea references. The chilling wind mention convinced me to put it in a colder climate.

But the main takeaway for me from the poem, was the unwavering love of the narrator for his dead bride. From his point of view, even death can’t sever his soul from that of his lost love. That in itself was intriguing enough for me to run with it. Add images of a grief-stricken lover at a tomb by the sea, and I was lost. I had to write this book.

I referenced many of Edgar Allan Poe’s works in the book–several dozen, in fact. But in the end, it all boiled down to “Annabel Lee”– especially the ending of the novel.

I am so grateful to Penguin USA for enabling me to write and share a book based on the works one of my all-time literary heroes. Hopefully, readers unfamiliar with Poe, or even those who have read selections by him, but who are unfamiliar with his less-popular pieces, will be inspired to pick up a collection of his work. I would love to be an ambassador for this amazing man’s literary legacy.

Thank you, Rachel, for having me on your blog today. And thank you to the readers who have been so supportive of me on this crazy journey. I’m the luckiest person I know.


The Giveaway

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The ASHES ON THE WAVES Blog Tour has some amazing prizes for giveaway to FIVE winners.

***This tour-wide giveaway is open to US only.***

Check out the prize details…

++ 2 winners will receive their choice of an ARC of ASHES ON THE WAVES or a paperback of SHATTERED SOULS, a necklace tile, magnet, and a signed bookmark.

++ 1 winner will receive their choice of an ARC of ASHES ON THE WAVES or a paperback of SHATTERED SOULS (out of whatever is left from the first 2 winners), a necklace tile, and a signed bookmark.

++ 2 winners will receive their choice of an ARC of ASHES ON THE WAVES or a paperback of SHATTERED SOULS (out of whatever is left from the first 3 winners),  and a signed bookmark.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

June 17th – IB Book Blogging –  Vlog

June 18th – Electrifying Reviews – Guest Post

June 19th – Jenna Does Books – Interview

June 20th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

June 21st – Auntie Spinelli Reads – Interview

Week Two

June 24th – Parajunkee – Guest Post

June 25th – About to Read – Review

June 26th – In Which Ems Reviews Books – Review

June 27th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

June 28th – Books Complete Me – Review


Coming January 23, 2014

Fragile Spirits Cover


Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Publisher: Philomel
Pages: 320

Paul has always known he was a Protector, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death and help those souls find peace.

Vivienne ignores the voices of the dead.

Paul has always followed the Protector’s rule book, preparing diligently for the day when he’d be matched with his Speaker and fulfill his destiny.

Vivienne never does what she’s told.

So when Paul is matched with Vivienne, they both find the pairing less than satisfactory. But a kidnapping, a malevolent spirit and power stronger than both of them may just prove that they are two halves of the same whole.

In a stunning story about the beauty of fate and the power of secrets, Mary Lindsey returns to the world of Shattered Souls with a breathtaking thrill-ride of a novel.


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