Sophie Avett’s Sinister Stitches Dress Fitting Interview, guest-starring Angela Louise McGurk’s Eve Blakethorn-Sullivan (Vampire Alliance)

 

My characters
are either naked or dressed to kill. Given they’re all monsters stalking the
city of 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 a 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 onto 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
Angela Louise McGurk’s Eve
Blakethorn-Sullivan from the Vampire Alliance series
was
asked to fill out after she wandered into Sinister Stitches. 
 
THE WITCHES WHO STITCH
QUESTIONNARE
 
Please
provide the witches with your name:  
Eve
Blakethorn-Sullivan
 
Please
provide the witches with the following:
 
Hair
Color:
Dark Brown
 
Hair
Length:
[X] Short and Sassy, [ ] Medium and
Modern, [] Lush and Long
Eye
Color:
Dark/chocolate brown
 
Skin
Tone:
[ ] Ghoulish, [X] Snow White, [ ]
Cina-baby, [ ] Mochalicious, [ ] Dark Chocolate,
 
[ ] Other:__________
 
Please
provide the witches with your measurements and body-type.
 
a.) Height:
5’6”
 
b.) Body
Type:
[ ] Skeletal, [ ] Lean and Tender, [x] Lean and Tough, [ ] Ripe and
Edible
 
Do
you have any extra extremities? Place an “X” to all that apply.
 
[ ] Horns or
[ ] Halo
[ ] 20 ft. of
Hair or More
[ ] Gills and
Fins or [ ] Hooves
[ ] Wings
(Span:   )
[ ] Tail (How
many:   )
 
How
many heads do you have?
 
Just the one, a standard human looking
head. Well, standard until my eyes silver and my fangs descend.
 
Do
you have arms and legs? If so, how many?
 
Two arms and two legs, again, very human
looking.
 
How
dead are you?
[x] Living, [x] Undead, [ ]
Astral Form
 
What
are you?
(Species/Breed
 
Strix, a very rare breed of vampire.
 
What
is the occasion? (
Ideas include: Wedding,
Funeral, Sabbath, etc. Oh, and seduction is a valid occasion. The more details,
the better.)
 
Life’s been so difficult in recent years
that I’d just like to own a pretty dress. Both my wedding dresses, all of my
clothes and all of my memorabilia were lost in enemy attacks on my past homes,
so I’d just like to own something nice. If I’m ever again given an opportunity
to party I’ll need something to wear!
 
What’s
the occasion setting?
(Beach, haunted castle, grand ball, etc.)
 
I have high hopes for my husband’s
Georgian country estate, it’s in Yorkshire in England. Having a party there
would be quite nice, wouldn’t it? We could make that into a ball, he has a
ballroom.
 
Will
you be running for your life at some point in the evening?

(Helps with shoe selection.)
 
I hope not but let’s face it, my last
wedding was attacked and many of my guests were killed and the church was
burned down. It’s entirely possible I’ll end up running for my life, it always
seems possible!
 
Will
you be set on fire? 
Better yet, will you be setting other people on fire?
Again, I hope not. I’ve been on fire
before and my enemies burned down the church where my wedding was being held.
I’d rather not go through that again. The reason my hair’s short is because my
lovely long locks were burned off…
 
Will
you be grave-robbing?
(Dirt is a dressmaker’s tedium.)
 
Certainly not, I have quite enough…
misdemeanors… to my names as it is.
 
Is
your neck a dinner plate?
 
Only for my husbands. Yes, there are two
of them. It’s complicated ok? One died and I moved on then he wasn’t dead
anymore and things got complicated!
 
Do
you hope to be naked at some point in the evenin
g?
(All right, dirty birds. Such questions
are actually intended toward the weres and shifters in regards to their
transformations.)
 
I’m not a were or shifter so public nudity
is not to be expected. I was a ‘courtesan’ not a stripper…
 
Describe
your last brush with Death in two sentences.
(Helps us plan for the unexpected.)
 
The vampire government attacked the
facility where my husbands were living. I had to pull one of them from the
flames and got quite crispy myself.
 
Do
you need a secret compartment for weapons, wands, tampons, etc.?
I routinely carry a katana, a hand gun and
several knives strapped to as many limbs as possible. Can you work with that?
 
What
are your three favorite colors?
 
Slate blue, blood red and silver.
 
What
two colors rattle your kettle?
 
Lime green and orange.
 
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.
 
[ ]
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.
 
[X]
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?
 
Maleficent, classic evil.
 
If
you could be any fairy tale princess, who would it be?
 
Elsa from Frozen, because she’s slightly
naughty with a seductive streak but ultimately loyal.
Now,
tell us the twit you hate most.
 
Hardy Charleston, wouldn’t you hate the
ass who ordered your husband’s execution and then violated you every way he
could dream up? Yeah, I really hate that man. My tale isn’t a pretty one thanks
to him, although he has taught me to kick-ass!
 
Anything
else you’d like to add…
 
The boys (my husbands) were born in the
1890s and made vampire during the First World War. Rob was landed gentry, Tul
was his valet (see, it’s complicated – they were friends a century before
meeting me!). If a bit of 1912 style could be incorporated into my dress that
would be fabulous but I don’t know how easily that will mesh with a dress I can
fight in. Is it even plausible? Just tell me if it’s not. I’m not going to bite
or anything.
After
many barrels of chocolate, a dash of magic, and furious sewing…
Sinister
Stitches’ Leather Queen,
Brenda
Dweyer presents Eve’s Completed Dress
“Snow
Queen”

 

 
Seated on the counter top
with her legs crossed, Brenda the She-wolf is painted in a scarlet leather
cat-suit and matching snake-skin f#ck-me-pumps. She flashes a brilliant white
crescent of even white teeth and sharp dainty canines:
 
 
I know. The dress is the shit. The Eve is
the shit. And I’m the motherf#cking majesty. Brenda Dweyer is the name my momma
gave me. It’s MISTRESS Dweyer if you’ve got something hard and heavy hanging
between your thighs. 
 
Ain’t that right, sugar baby?
 
The Russian werewolf
posted in the corner of the Sinister Stitches’ tea room snorts at his wife and
flips her the Bird:
Is
true.
 
Brenda lifts an eyebrow
and her cherry-stained lips crook with a sinister promise:
Later.
 
For
now, cry me a river…because that’s what this “pretty” dress is made out of—tears.
Dragonling
tears to be exact. It’s flame retardant, and yes, doll, I sure did skin the beast
myself, but hopefully, this dress can withstand anything life throws at you.
Hopefully you’ll take it to your grave. Again and again.
 
The
skirt overplayed with a shimmering black dahlia tulle petticoat. It’s buttoned
to the corset and can be ripped off and abandoned in favor of the sleek, black
patent leather pants we recommend wearing under the skirt, but hey—I’m on the
kind of bitch that does it loud and naked, so whatever’s cool with me.
 
Russian werewolf chuckles: Is true.
 
Despite her “majesty,” Brenda’s
ears flush pink and she hurries nails through her raven curls and snorts:
You’ll note the two red wings on each
side of the skirt—wave and say “hello” to the enchanted pockets for all the
heat you’re packing. The katana should fit nicely in the left one—it’s
fashioned with special Void fabric imported from the Veil that should allow the
steel to fold and bend with the skirt.
I
know, right?
 
Someone
give me a cookie, I’m killing this sh#t.
 
For
the final piece, would everyone please break their necks this direction…

 

Yes,
that’s right—hands were made for fighting and these gloves were made for those
who like to do it dirty. Crafted from what I had left over from the Void
fabric—not only should these gloves can store: two more pistols, a locking
picking set, a tube of lipstick,  and
three sleeves of ammunition.
 
So, work it
girl.
 
Stalk to the
ball and have yourself a little bang, bang.
 —
 
IMPORTANT
BULLETINS from THE PIXIES:
 
Fancy
a tour of New Gotham?
Check out New Gotham’s
Survival Guide! It might save your life! (Link: http://sophieavett.weebly.com/new-gotham-bonus-content.html)
 
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: http://www.sophieavett.weebly.com.
 
For
more information about Angela Louise McGurk and Eve Blakethorn-Sullivan’s adventures
in The Vampire Alliance series
, please
check out her website: http://www.angelamcgurk.com
 
Image
credit(s): photoslash / serezniy
 
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: http://thebrimstonepub.com/
 
 

 

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.
 
Well?
 
What
are you waiting for?
 
Every
girl needs a dress for a wicked fairy tale.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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6 comments to “Sophie Avett’s Sinister Stitches Dress Fitting Interview, guest-starring Angela Louise McGurk’s Eve Blakethorn-Sullivan (Vampire Alliance)”

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  1. Sophie Avett - 20 Mar 2014 at 12:21 pm Reply

    Hi WWL! Thank you so much for hosting me! Here, have a piece of strawberry shortcake for all your hard work. Everything looks great! 🙂

  2. Tawnya Bentley - 20 Mar 2014 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Beautiful cover on the book, and the book sounds like a winner!!!

    • Sophie Avett - 23 Mar 2014 at 12:40 pm Reply

      Oh my! I have no idea there were comments here until just this morning! (I am not super tech savvy with WP and I didn’t receive the notifications until just this morning!) Thank you so much for dropping by Tawnya! The witches surely appreciate it and they’re thrilled to offer you a prize! Email me at sophieavett AT gmail DOT com with your preferred e-book format and I’ll have the ravens get with it immediately!

  3. Sherrill Craig - 20 Mar 2014 at 2:44 pm Reply

    it all sounds deliciously yummy 🙂

    • Sophie Avett - 23 Mar 2014 at 12:41 pm Reply

      Oh my! I have no idea there were comments here until just this morning! (I am not super tech savvy with WP and I didn’t receive the notifications until just this morning!) Thank you so much for dropping by Sherill! The witches surely appreciate it and they’re thrilled to offer you a prize! Email me at sophieavett AT gmail DOT com with your preferred e-book format and I’ll have the ravens get with it immediately!

      PS. EVERYTHING is delicious, I promise. 🙂

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