An intro from the publisher…
Welcome to the BLYTHEWOOD blog tour! At seventeen, Ava Hall is already orphaned and working at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory when her life is turned upside down by the horrific fire that kills her best friend and leaves her questioning her sanity. After a summer locked away in a mental institution, Ava is sent to Blythewood, the boarding school where Ava’s mother spent the happiest years of her life. But Blythewood is no ordinary finishing school for young ladies: it’s a training ground for magical warriors.
I am thrilled to be a part of the BLYTHEWOOD blog tour and to be able to share an awesome guest post from the author, Carol Goodman, about the setting for the Blythewood School for Girls. The author paints an incredible picture that makes me want to head to the Hudson Valley and see if I might perhaps in my wanderings discover Blythewood for myself.
I’ve only just got the opportunity to meet Avaline Hall, but I can’t wait to discover the answers to all of the mysteries in her life. I can’t wait to get to know more about Blythewood. And I’m excited to see how this wonderful first book in the trilogy ends.
But if you haven’t yet heard about this book, met any of its characters or visited the Blythewood School for Girls, both the guest post and the book’s description will give you a hint of what can be expected.
And if you’d like the chance to win a copy, the publisher is offering one up for giveaway to those in the U.S. So be sure to check out the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
First, though, let me turn the blog over to the author….
The Guest Post
On Blythewood’s Setting
by Carol Goodman
The Blythewood School for Girls is located on the east bank of the Hudson River, north of the Rhinecliff train station, south of Bard College, just off River Road, firmly in the realm of Faerie.
The Hudson Valley is a haunted landscape full of misty pockets where Rip van Winkle might be taking his twenty-year nap and the ghost of Henry Hudson’s Half Moon might still be sailing up the river. Surely I can slip in a magical girls’ school and a woods where there’s a door to Faerie?
I’d written a number of books set in the Hudson Valley, but this was the first one I wrote actually living here! I was inspired by the Victorian houses of Rhinebeck, the vista of Catskill Mountains across the river from Poet’s Walk where I daily walk my dog, and winding, shady River Road, which I take to my favorite farm markets.
Taking the train from New York City I see the ruins of a castle on an island and picture Ava taking this same train up to Blythewood where her life will change forever. Driving home on River Road a fog comes off the river and I think of Ava’s first carriage ride with Gillie. Are those shadow wolves lurking by the side of the road? Black wings pierce the mist and I feel Ava’s thrill when she first meets Raven.
I catch glimpses of the great mansions that belonged to the Vanderbilts, Roosevelts, Montgomerys and Astors. Some are museums now, some are moldering ruins—might one once have been a school for girls? Might that patch of woods harbor a few remaining lampsprites and trows? Are those church bells ringing, or the bells of Blythewood ringing you home? Is that last one an echo, or is that the bell that drowned in the river ringing for its sisters?
Come visit for yourself and see … just be careful not to wander off the road into the woods. You might not return for a hundred years.
At seventeen, Ava Hall is already orphaned and working at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory when her life is turned upside down by the horrific fire that kills her best friend and leaves her questioning her sanity. After a summer locked away in a mental institution, Ava is sent to Blythewood, the boarding school where Ava’s mother spent the happiest years of her life. But Blythewood is no ordinary finishing school for young ladies: it’s a training ground for magical warriors who form the mortal world’s only line of defense against the evil world of Faerie.
As Ava develops her own powers, she seeks to solve the many mysteries in her life: Who was the handsome young man who helped save her from the fire– and why does she remember him having wings? Why did her mother commit suicide? Who is the sinister stranger who’s been following her from the city, and what’s his connection with the deaths and disappearances that are plaguing Blythewood? When evil broadens its scope beyond the Blythewood campus to impact world events, Ava must decide whom to align herself with, and figure out how to stop the dark forces, even if that means going against everything she’s been taught.
Set in New York’s Hudson Valley in the early 1900s, the gothic Blythewood Trilogy vividly portrays a world– both real and imagined–on the brink of change, and one girl’s quest for the truth about her world, her school, and herself.
Series: Blythewood Trilogy #1
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
Bestselling author Carol Goodman’s books have been nominated for the IMPAC award twice, the Simon & Schuster/Mary Higgins Clark award, and the Nero Wolfe Award. Her second novel, The Seduction of Water, won the Hammett Prize in 2003. Visit her at carolgoodman.com.
The Tour So Far
Nov. 4 – The Compulsive Reader
Nov. 6 – The Irish Banana
Nov. 8 – The YA Sisterhood
Nov. 11 – Wastepaper Prose
Nov. 13 – Fiktshun
As part of the tour the publisher has generously offered up a copy of BLYTHEWOOD to ONE winner – US ONLY.
The giveaway ends on November 22nd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. You must be 13 or older to enter.
Enter in the Rafflecopter below…