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September 28, 2017

Blog Tour: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel – Interview, Review, and Giveaway

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

presented by Entangled Teen!

We have Meg on the blog today for a quick Q&A!

Check out our review, and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

 

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Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel was a book that I enjoyed more than I thought I would! It has a sweet romance, action packed scenes, and characters that you grow to love (yes, even the bad guys!).

You’ve got a family of harbingers that move into a little town because of an upcoming catastrophic event. Girl meets boy (Angie and Reece) and the attraction runs high. These crows are not the only magic beings that have come… A beekeeper has also arrived and his main mission is to break his own curse, and his eyes are set on our two lovebirds. Will he succeed in his mission and tear apart something that runs deeper than a chance encounter?

Author Meg Kassel’s writing was superb and every word had me completely glued to the pages. It didn’t take me long to get totally and completely absorbed in this story and I was on the edge of my seat for most of it. I had to know what would happen!

Angie and Reece are a couple that I so desperately wanted to see together, and the need to see what would happen with them was another reason that the pages in this book flew. Not only were the main characters the stars of the show, but the others in the book were such integral parts in this story, making it difficult to really choose just one favorite character!

I will admit that the story was really predictable but that didn’t matter. I needed to see how it all played out, and was curious to see how the author would do it.

Harbingers, beekeepers, magic, action and throw in a love that is tender and sweet, Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel is easily one of my Top Favorite reads of 2017.

 

 

Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Hi! thank you for having me and my debut YA novel, Black Bird of the Gallows on Chapter by Chapter! It’s exciting to be here, and see this weird little story idea I had evolve into a real, live book. Publication was a long, twisted path with lots of stops and starts, dead ends and surprise detours, but I made it through. And so did this book.

 

 

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

When harbingers of death descend in your town, the morgues will soon be full.

 

 

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

It was a lot of little things! A night in an internet black hole reading about the mothman (a frightening winged creature that reportedly appears ahead of a tragedy) played a part. I find that whole urban myth fascinating. Apparently, this unexplained phenomena really did occur in Point Pleasant, West Virginia in the 1960s. That story was a little brain worm that wove into the characters and concept and helped form the bones of the harbingers of death and the Beekeepers, in this book.

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

The main character is seventeen-year-old Angie Dovage, who is living with her single dad after a rough childhood with her nomadic mother. She figures out early on that Reece (who is a cutie pie) and his “family” who just moved in next door, are not quite what they appear. She becomes intent to learn his secrets. And she does. At a price.

 

 

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

My favorite line actually made it on the back cover! I adore this exchange and happily, my editor did too.

“That was really nice, but I don’t kiss guys who won’t tell me what planet they’re from.”

He braces his forearm on the door above my head, a cocky grin on his lips. “I told you before. I’m not an alien.”

“Well, you sure as hell aren’t human.”

 

 

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

I struggled with scenes which depicted a certain geological/weather event. It was something I’ve never gone through and it was pretty exhausting to envision what that experience might be like. And then there’s the extra challenge to filter it through the character’s point of view, so Angie made decisions that were right for her, and not what I think I‘d do. Whenever there’s something going on in a story that lies far outside the scope of the writer’s experience, to use as reference, it’s much harder. You can do all the research in the world (I did a ton for this one), but you may still get it wrong.

 

 

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

Although Black Bird of the Gallows is a stand alone novel, I wrote another book set in this world. It’s called Keeper of the Bees and features an unusual hero who I, personally, am besotted with. What happened was, I kind of fell for my villain in Black Bird of the Gallows (this happens to me often) and even though this villain couldn’t be redeemed and his story is resolved in this book, I wasn’t done in the Beekeeper’s world. So Keeper of the Bees will release next fall, also from the wonderful folks at EntangledTEEN.

 

 

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

Thank you for having me! It was a pleasure to be here.

 

About Meg Kassel

Meg Kassel is an author of paranormal and speculative books for young adults. A New Jersey native, Meg graduated from Parson’s School of Design and worked as a graphic designer before becoming a writer. She now lives in Maine with her husband and daughter and is busy at work on her next novel. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart© winner in YA.

 

 

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  1. Kim M
    9/28/2017

    Love the interview.

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