Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog - Guest Post

 
About the Book
 

Title: Unnatural Deeds
Author: Cyn Balog
Pub. Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 288
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Secrets. Obsession. Murder. Victoria is about to discover just how dangerous it can be to lose yourself.

Victoria Zell doesn’t fit in, but she’s okay with that. All she needs is the company of her equally oddball boyfriend, Andrew. She doesn’t care what anyone else thinks…until magnetic, charming, mysterious Z comes into her life, and she starts lying to everyone she knows in an effort to unravel his secrets.

And then something terrible happens. Someone is dead and it’s time for Victoria to come clean. Interspersed with news clippings and police interviews, Victoria tells her story to Andrew, revealing her dark, horrible secrets…secrets that have finally come back to haunt her.

About Cyn Balog
 

Cyn Balog is the author of the young adult paranormal novels Fairy Tale, Sleepless, Starstruck, Touched, Dead River, and Unnatural Deeds. She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters. Visit her online at www.cynbalog.com.

 
Guest post
 
About the Title
By Cyn Balog

When I started writing UNNATURAL DEEDS, I only had one idea in my head: An awkward girl meets the popular new guy at school and falls into a deep obsession with him. That was it. I think the first scene I wrote was the when the first meet—she’s expecting another year of being a wallflower, and then he walks in and turns her life upside down. After that, I wrote more and more scenes, where gradually, she’s getting to the point where her life is not her own—she’s starting to do things because HE would like it, or say things because that’s what he would say. Total train wreck! You know that it’s going to probably end in heartbreak for her. Right?

But I knew that if I wrote that ending, no one would care. It was expected, after all, and as much as we’d love to gawk at that train wreck in real life, in fiction, that would be boring! At that point I realized I needed to have more. I thought of how all the popular kids gravitated to certain activities at school, and the wallflowers gravitated to others, and I realized that it would be interesting to have our awkward main character be so possessive of the popular main character that she insists on crossing that line and doing things she wouldn’t ordinarily do. Like, trying out for the school play. And what better play than the ultimate tale of madness, desire, and murder…. Macbeth.

So that’s where the title, Unnatural Deeds comes from:

Foul whisperings are abroad. Unnatural deeds

Do breed unnatural troubles: infected minds

To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets

Our awkward main character tries out for Lady Macbeth in the play, just so she can be close to the object of her obsession. And the title fits the book because you know something horrible and unnatural has happened, and it has landed the main character in a terrible situation that she might not survive.
 
US only giveaway

One winner will receive a finished copy of Unnatural Deeds.
 

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