18 July 2012


Today I am really pleased to be part of the exclusive cover reveal for Strange Chemistry's January 2013 title BROKEN by A.E. Rought:

Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry’s boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetary and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she’s intrigued despite herself. He’s an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely…familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel’s. The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there’s something very wrong with Alex Franks.

And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks’ estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

What do you think of the cover? I love the colours and the gothic feel to it! It perfectly fits the synopsis for the book.

Broken will be simultaneously released in paper and ebook versions in January 2013, which seems like a long way away! To make the wait even more tantalising here is my favourite snippet from Broken picked out by Ann the author.

       A heavy breath escapes me, and if he wasn’t holding me so close, I might melt and pour from this dress. 
     Alex clings to me like I may honestly be a fairytale princess and when he lets go, I’m going to disappear. He pulls off one glove, tingles following his bare hand as it glides over the curve of my back, up my neck to tangle in my curls. He guides my head to his chest. Thunder rumbles in his heartbeat, and his electric surge slicks over my skin like warm oil. 
     Neither of us speak. Words have less meaning than time in his arms. 
    “There’s so much I want to say,” he whispers in my ear. I press my fingers to his lips. My heart jolts when Alex kisses them. Then he curls them in his gloved hand and holds my hand pressed above his heart. “Feel that? It doesn’t beat for me, Emma.”

Gah, I can't wait to read it! If like me you can't wait to get your hands on a copy, enter below to win an ARC of Broken - UK entrants only sorry. (Please note: the giveaway deadline is 1st August 2012, and the winning ARC will be available a few weeks after this.)

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Bookworm1858 said...

I don't know about the cover but I like the synopsis and that's more important any way!

AE Rought said...

Hiya! Thank you so much for being involved in BROKEN's cover reveal. It's been a great dy thanks to you bloggers spreading the word!

Hannah Mariska said...

The synopsis does sound fab doesn't it!!

Jamie Gibbs said...

It's quite haunting, and I like that the title is woven into the patten on the wrought iron of the gate. Nice :)

Bookish Outsider said...

This is a book that I've been dying to get my hands on since I first heard the synopsis!