Monday, March 31, 2014

Twas the Darkest Night Tour, bonus content & giveaway!

My characters are either naked or dressed to kill. Given they’re all monsters stalking the city New Gotham’s twisted, cracked, and cobbled streets, the criminal wardrobe is part of the job description. Rockabilly princesses, corpse brides, leather queens…my city is full of them. Where do they get their menacing threads?

There is boutique hiding out between the fractured, narrow store-fronts lining the foggy docks. The shingles are ribbed and black. Washed, peeling paint and displays offering views into wicked leather and lace studded glam. The mannequins are ghoulish beauties stitched together from whatever was left from the last fool to cross one of the sinister witches.

Push open its shabby, frosted front door. Tiny white flakes of paint will pepper the wind like spectral dust. The minute you set heel on waxy polished oak floors and step into the candelabra fire-light you know…

This is where the magic happens.

Welcome to Sinister Stitches
“…apparel for a wicked fairy tale.”

A spicy trinity of black magic sisters breathe star-dusted dreams to life with their gothic apparel boutique. They are schooled in the old ways of “fabric-bending” by the Needlewitches of old. With this knowledge, they’ve created an entire line of clothing that all share the same basic design element: one-size fits all. Each garment will magically tailor itself to its wearer once worn. There may might be some “twirling” required, but a vampire’s steady hand should turn every wardrobe change into a stolen moment.

Care to take a peek at what the Sinister Stitches has to offer?

Check out some of the questionnaire Alix Richards Tarrinaysa D’Orian from the Twin Flame Series was asked to fill out when she wandered into Sinister Stitches. 


Please provide the witches with your name: Jo Lyons-Morgan

Please provide the witches with the following:

Hair Color: sandy blonde

Hair Length: [ ] Short and Sassy, [ ] Medium and Modern, [X] Lush and Long

Eye Color: silvery-blue

Skin Tone: [ ] Ghoulish, [ ] Snow White, [ ] Cina-baby, [ ] Mochalicious, [ ] Dark Chocolate,

[ ] Other: Tan

Please provide the witches with your measurements and body-type.

a.) Height: 5’4”

b.) Body Type: [ ] Skeletal, [ ] Lean and Tender, [ ] Lean and Tough, [X] Ripe and Edible

Do you have any extra extremities? Place an “X” to all that apply.

[ ] Horns / [ ] Halo
[ ] 20 ft. of Hair or More / [ ] Gills and Fins / [ ] Hooves
[ ] Wings (Span:   ) / [  ] Tail (How many:   )

How many heads do you have?

Only one. My mate doesn’t count.

Do you have arms and legs? If so, how many?

A pair of each.

How dead are you? [X] Living, [ ] Undead, [ ] Astral Form

What are you? (Species/Breed

Shape-Shifting Hybrid

What is the occasion? (Ideas include: Wedding, Funeral, Sabbath, etc. Oh, and seduction is a valid occasion. The more details, the better.)

My wedding. To appease my mother, who is human.  

What’s the occasion setting? (Beach, haunted castle, grand ball, etc.)


Will you be running for your life at some point in the evening? (Helps with shoe selection.)

I don’t believe I’ll be running anywhere, except for into the arms of my mate.  

Will you be set on fire? Better yet, will you be setting other people on fire?

I hope not. It would ruin the evening. However, I wouldn’t mind setting my mate on fire, if you know what I mean.

Will you be grave-robbing? (Dirt is a dressmaker’s tedium.)


Is your neck a dinner plate?

For my mate.  

Do you hope to be naked at some point in the evening? (All right, dirty birds. Such questions are actually intended toward the weres and shifters in regards to their transformations.)

I’m not planning it, then again Jairo does like to surprise me.   

Describe your last brush with Death in two sentences. (Helps us plan for the unexpected.)

Does a car accident count?

Do you need a secret compartment for weapons, wands, tampons, etc.?


What are your three favorite colors?

Red, black and silver

What two colors rattle your kettle?

Orange and green. Some colors just should not be worn.  

Please pick a style that you feel embodies you the best. If none apply, feel free to surprise us by providing your own brilliant description in the “other” slot.

[X] Rockabilly Starlet: This is for the spoonfuls of sugar. The good-natured and naughty girl next door types. Candy is the business and fairy tales are ultimate. More often than not, her head is in the clouds and her nose in the book. Our dreamers.

[ ] Leather Queen: This is for the warrior princesses. The type of girls who give boys a run for their money and wear tight jeans just watch the little vampires come undone. Hands for fighting and these heels for ass-kickings. Our protectors.

[ ] Medieval Mistress: This is for the no-nonsense girls. The ones who know better because they’re ten steps ahead. They’re schemers—they might be shy, or they might not be. More importantly, they’re selective. Our wisdom.

[ ] Gothic Dame: This for the mysteries. The ones no one can quite make heads or tails out off. She’s a mixture, a melting pot of sugar and sinister. She might be Rockabilly Starlet one day, or a Medieval Mistress other days. Our sisters.

[ ] Other: _____________________

Who is your favorite fairy tale villain?

The witch from Sleeping Beauty, I can’t remember her name. 

If you could be any fairy tale princess, who would it be?


Now, tell us the twit you hate most.

I try not to hate anyone. It’s not healthy for me, but I do detest my ex severely.  

Anything else you’d like to add…

I’m excited to see what you come up with.  

After many barrels of chocolate, a dash of magic, and furious sewing…
Sinister Stitches’ Rockabilly Starlet,
Gillian Dweyer presents Joy’s Completed Dress
“Black Pearl”

Sweet-pink and violent violet specs of spectral dust waft around the witch cast in the shadow of the grand staircase. Shimmering bubblegum pink corset offers her creamy breasts in sumptuous invitation and waves of cake-like taffeta flare at her knees. She’s a hellish princess on six-inch patent leather ballerina stilettos. She starts a lunatic:

Hiya, dollface! I’m Gillian! Welcome to Sinister Stitches! We’re so happy you’ve chosen us to help celebrate your special day! Did Tarrin send you this way? Well, give her kisses for me the next time you see her.

This will be the second wedding Sinister Stitches has ever done. Now, you mention something about the wedding be set on a beach? Wonderful, we’ve taken that into consideration while crafting your gown.

The stunning overskirt was fashioned from pleated centaur sable taffeta and ironed with Neverland black pearl dust. It has given the dress an added shimmer. The underskirt is organza, trimmed with glittering black lace. It feels like chiffon, with a stiffer texture similar to tulle, but it flows like water. A hooped bone petticoat is worn below the skirt for added volume. We want everyone to admire those fantastic waves.

Brenda, my sister, was in charge of killing the orca used to fashion your whale bone corset. There is black frill trimming around the top and bottom of the bodice. And Astrid, our youngest sister, embroidered onyx sea-witch tears on the taffeta silk. There's no need for a bridal veil. Instead, we've imported fresh plum roses from the shores of Avalon.

Here’s your bridal gift box. We’ve included a pair of blue Glitter Kill garters, bridal chocolates and a sweater. 

What? Why are you looking at me like that? 

Take it from someone who lives on a ship, babycakes, it gets chilly out on the deep blue sea. So, I took special care to stitch you a matching short, lace sweater with merfolk calligraphy patterns, but there’s no need to wear it during the actual ceremony. 

All you have to do is walk down the aisle...right into your happily after.

(Save me a slice of cake!)


Fancy a tour of New Gotham? Check out New Gotham’s Survival Guide! It might save your life! (Link:

For more information about Sophie Avett’s New Gotham novels and Sinister Stitches series and recent release, ‘Twas the Darkest Night, please check out her website:

For more information about Alix Richards and Joy Lyons-Morgan’s adventures in the Twin Flames Series, please check out her publisher’s website

Image Credit(s): fotolit

Twas the Darkest Night
A New Gotham Novel
A Sinister Stiches Spin-off
Sophie Avett

Genre: Erotic Gothic Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing

Date of Publication:  March 15, 2014

Number of pages: est. 355 pages
Word Count:  est. 160, 000

Cover Artist: Elaina, For the Muse Designs

Book Description:

Remember the story about the troll who lived under the bridge—yes, well, that twit didn't have to pay rent.

Owner and operator of Bits and Pieces, and resident expert on charms and glamours, Elsa Karr is a witch with a sour frown and a list of things to do as long as Thor’s hammer. Top of the list is saving her father's shop from ruin. If she isn't trying to claw her way out of debt, she's arguing with her cat, Fenris, or shoveling carts of cake into her gob. She's not interested in romance or the vampire who rents the flat above her shop. All she wants is a little peace and chocolate--fine, all right! All right! The vampire is kind of screw all cute. (Curse him.)

The disgraced son and heir of the Wingates House vampire clan and a mad-man to boot, Marshall Ansley spends most of his time working and dodging his mother's phone calls. Marshall is beyond family. He's beyond everyone, actually. Don’t be daft, he especially doesn't do…Christmas. But behold, the plague brings an original flavor of annoyance this year when his boss tasks him with acquiring the account of a recluse fey and her upcoming Gothic clothing boutique, Sinister Stitches. That is the ONLY reason he's bothering with his shrewish landlord. No, that's it. No…really. Fine, if you insist, the witch might be a tad bit...all right, she's adorable. (Damn her.)

Scrooge meets Scrooge. Dominant meets Dominant. Tempers…spark. In each other, they may unfold a tale that only comes to pass on the darkest of nights.

About the Author:

Sophie Avett is kind of a nerd. Like not even one of the cute, hip ones everyone brags about nowadays. More like the socially awkward hippie who eats way too much bread and dreams about being a dragon from behind towers of mythology books. Um...yeah. Picture old, tattered paperbacks and comic books--mostly Batman and Wonder Woman--dwarfing a tiny desk, with just barely enough room for the troll who writes there and the 70 pound hell-hound that insists of laying it's wet nose on top of her bare foot.

Granted not the most exciting existence, but she tries to make up for it by writing romances populated with her own peculiar ilk of paranormal beasties.  Trolls, wyverns, the obscure Nordic brownie--she likes to keep things interesting. And bloody. (And mostly naked--but, we'll keep that bit between us.)

Sophie Avett loves to hear from her readers. (Hi, mom.) So if there's something on your mind, feel free to leave a message after the scream.

(Mom, seriously…you can just call me.)

Brimstone Pub, the Blog:

Take a trip to New Gotham!

A paid vacation to New Gotham is an expensive affair. So, the ravens have decided to cover the cost of travel and fashion this delightful "Carriage Charm."

"Naked wizards and scheming vampires? Where do I sign?!" all the witches scream and random sparks of black magic crackle across the ceiling.

We're getting to that, dearies...

An Appointment for Tea with Mrs. Potts the Storymaven (aka Fairy Godmother) will require the use of the earrings the pixies have fashioned out of raven skulls, AKA, "Raven Ear-wings."

The baubles should land the winners in New Gotham's clock-tower square.  It could be that they do nothing at all. Or you might end up in oblivion. Good luck with that. The crickets will read about it in the papers, no doubt.

“What do I have to do?” everyone screams and waves their good silver stakes in the air. (Good girls.)

How to Win the Vacation of a Lifetime...

You have to fill out information in the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of the tour stops

Win a Dress from Sinister Stitches!

Sophie Avett's ravens have partnered with the Witches-Who-Stitch to offer a special prize. It’s a dress featured in Sophie’s upcoming release, ‘Twas the Darkest Night. The sinister witches made it special for Elsa but after many carts of cake offered to the trinity in sacrifice, they have agreed to stitch an exact replica for one lucky witch.

“What do I have to do?!” everyone screams and fails theirs arms like deranged daisies. (Just go with it.)

How to Win a Dress...

You have to sign up via the Rafflecopter form that will be posted at the bottom of each and every Sinister Stitches Tour Stop

At the end of Sophie Avett’s Bewitching Book Tours campaign (March 17 to March 31 2014) the ravens will announce a winner and gather that witch's measurements via email.


What are you waiting for?

Every girl needs a dress for a wicked fairy tale.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. Greetings Share My Destiny! Thank you so much for hosting me! Here, have yourself some French chocolates, girls! Everything looks absolutely wonderful! :-)

  2. The book cover is amazing! I am really looking forward to reading this!

    1. Greetings Amy! I do so apologize for my tardiness. (Blast the evil day job. No, really.) Thank you so much for cover compliments! I actually had little to do with it. Elaina from For the Muse is the pixie in charge of things like that. If you're interested, I'm giving out free e-book copies of TDN to witches until the end of my tour. If you're interested, send me an email at sophieavett AT gmail DOT com and I'll strap TDN to the nearest carrier pigeon! :)

  3. Hi Sophie! Sinister Stitches did an awesome job with Joy's gown. She's dancing around all giddy and excited. She's already poking me about the day. Needless to say, Jairo is pacing the floor cause she won't let him see her in it...yet. Traditions she yells through the locked door. :-)

    I have to say I'm seriously curious about your book and looking forward to getting my hands on it. Great job!