Monday, October 16, 2023

Craving Beauty by Jennifer Silverwood #HauntedHalloweenSpooktacular

Deep in the Dark Woods

I live in a cabin in the woods. Well, sort of. More like a 100-year-old farmhouse on land that's been in my family for more than four generations. 

Like any old home, this place is riddled with stories and ghosts. At the far end of our property is a Native American burial ground. The Old San Antonio Road runs right behind our house, where hundreds of pioneers and legends like Davy Crockett and Sam Houston used to enter Texas before we were a country. 

We haven't always lived on our family land. For years after my great-grandmother passed, a family of renters abused and tore up the place. When we finally kicked them out of the rental house, they had left threats and curses written on the walls. Sounds like a Southern Gothic novel, but it's all true every word.
My childhood was spent with my family rebuilding this place. In the early years, conditions were so bad we basically camped inside the torn-up farmhouse. We kept a burn pile near the old rental house. When night came we would sit around the fire, beneath a sea of stars and tell stories about the old folks and the lives they lived. 

One night, almost everyone had gone to bed, save a few of us. The conversation fell to the crackling of the fire when from the abandoned rental house we heard a slow knock, knock, knock... 

The few of us who were left outside stopped and looked at each other. We sort of laughed it off. Until the sound came again, from a different part of the house, knock, knock, knock... 

My brother and one of his friends rose to investigate with a flashlight and a rifle (because this is East Texas.) I lingered behind while they entered the rent house. Almost the moment they entered the sound came again, louder, KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK. 

The guys stuck their heads up the attic and they found nothing. 

No animals, no drifter who had wandered in from the woods, looking for a place to sleep. 


That's only one story, but I can't walk past that rental house without feeling like someone is watching me to this day. 

There are places in the world like that, places that raise the hair at the back of your neck and send chills down your spine, places where bad people did bad things once, places best left alone.

Craving Beauty
Wylder Tales 
Volume 1
Jennifer Silverwood

Genre: YA Fairy Tale Fantasy
Publisher: SilverWoodSketches
Date of Publication: July 14, 2023
ISBN: 978-1-0881-3626-3
Number of pages: 222
Word Count: 60,808
Cover Artist: Qamber Designs

Tagline: A hungry beast waits to devour her soul…

Book Description:

Nineteen-year-old Vynasha's life is no fairy tale. The fire that killed her sisters was her fault, and the magick that saved her nephew cannot heal their scars. They shouldn't have survived, and the villagers either fear or loathe them. Until a mysterious stranger saves her, giving Vynasha the key to finding the only family they have left.

With nothing to lose, Vynasha dares the journey into the forbidden Wylderland. Through dangers untold, she makes her way to the forgotten city, but more than ghosts linger in the castle. A wicked curse shadows the land, shadows whisper that the one to break their curse has come, and a beastly prince makes a bargain Vynasha cannot refuse:

Become the beast's bride or become a monster herself.

A dark tale of enchantment and woe, perfect for fans of Margaret Rogerson and Holly Black, Craving Beauty is the first installment of the epic Wylder Tales Series!

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About the Author:

Jennifer Silverwood has been involved in the publishing world since 2012 and is passionate about supporting the writing community however she can. After studying traditional art at university, she began helping Qamber Designs bring authors’ books to life. In real life, she’s a mom of two, a passionate reader, and an occasional artist. Jennifer is the author of three series—Borderlands, Wylder Tales, and the Heaven’s Edge Novellas—and the stand-alone romance titles Stay and She Walks in Moonlight.

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Jennifer Silverwood said...

Thanks for sharing my story on your lovely site, Roxanne!