Giveaway & Book Spotlight Scarlet Woods by Brooke Passmore

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Title: Scarlet Woods
Author: Brooke Passmore
Series: Scarlet Woods (#1)
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 2012

Past, future, and love all exist in the door through time.

Modern and independent seventeen year old Morgan Westbrook thought she had seen all there was to her home town of Scarlet, Georgia, but one day while walking in the woods behind her house she discovers a mysterious door masked behind the trees. After admiring the door’s timeless beauty she walks through its entrance to venture into more woods, but what she doesn’t know is that the door is a gateway through time that takes her back to the year 1863 during the days of the Civil War in Scarlet.

Without knowing that she had traveled back in time, she stumbles upon Danny Carson, an attractive young man who is appalled to see that Morgan is wearing skimpy modern clothes instead of a nineteenth century dress. Although they find each other completely different than anyone they’ve ever known, they cannot help but feel drawn to one another. After spending time in another century, she discovers that she's time traveled back to the year 1863 and that the door took her there. For months she and Danny journey back and forth through the door to experience the joys of traveling to both of their centuries. When dilemmas of unwanted marriage, slavery, and war are thrown at them, they must face the perils that time travel has delivered them in both the future and the past.

Where did the inspiration for this story come from?  What is the story behind the story so to speak?

I came up with the idea for the book partly because I had woods behind my backyard. I always walked about the woods thinking of cool things that I wished would happen in the trees and so that was what got me into writing this book. I'm also a big fan of history and fantasy so putting both of those together into one story was extremely fun to write.

Tell us about the book cover.

I bought the pictures from online and tweaked lots and lots of things about the pictures to get it to look exactly how I wanted it to look. Since a door in my book is the key to having Morgan and Danny time travel, I tried to add a book to the cover. But the more I tried to do that the more cheesy and fake the cover looked. I had to stick with using the girl and the woods and I really like how I put the cover together.

How does it represent your book?  How did you choose the artwork?

My main characters are in the woods throughout the majority of the book so I had to have some beautiful trees in the cover. I love the colors of the whole woods and I love her dress that pops out to the person observing the cover. I hope it makes people interested in reading the book’s description. Choosing the pictures I wanted to have the woods not look too much like a typical shot of the woods so I tweaked many things about the picture to make it blend with the girl and I also tweaked her a lot to make her blend with the woods. And I also changed her dress color to red, it used to be purple!

Now for the giveaway Brooke is graciously giving away 5 e~copies to 5 lucky winners. All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter below.

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I live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and am a 22 year old young woman who probably will never fully grow up. As a kid I played with Polly Pockets, swam in my swimming pool practically every day during the summer, and went on vacations to Disney World with my family (favorite days of my life). I loved telling stories as a kid by playing with my Polly’s and dressing up like princesses with my friends. Eventually everything that went on in my busy imagination I wrote down on paper in the late hours of the night.When I was in sixth grade I moved into a new house with woods directly behind my backyard. I’d walk about the woods and loved trampling through the creek or getting lost in the trees. These trips through the woods gave me my inspiration for my book trilogy Scarlet Woods. My main character in my book is Morgan who lives in a house where the woods are right behind her backyard. My love for trees and anything woodsy definitely shows in my book and I hope I painted a pretty picture in readers’ heads about what Scarlet Woods looks like.
My favorite candies are Skittles and M&M’s. I put ketchup on practically anything with meat (even with chicken quesadillas). I’m a great fan of Florence and the Machine, The Beatles, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Birdie, and recently The Civil Wars. My favorite books are The Hunger Games, Shiver, and Wither. My favorite movies are Titanic and Gone with the Wind. The Vampire Diaries is the wonderful TV show I’m obsessed with (I’m a Delena lover!!). I hate ads on youtube that I repeatedly have to skip every single time I want to listen to the newest song from Glee. I love to smile, laugh, and purposefully sing loud and off key whenever my brother is around just to pester him. I have a cat named Phoebe who we named after Phoebe from Friends, a yorkie named Coco who we named because he likes to eat Cocoa Puffs, and a shih tzu maltese we named Indy after Indiana Jones. My favorite princess is Cinderella but I think my personality is a tie between Ariel and Belle so they’re all my ultimate faves. If I could choose a century to time travel to I’d probably choose the Victorian age, the roaring 20’s, the 1950’s, or the 1940’s. I think the Victorian age and the 1940’s were probably the most romantic eras in history and the 20’s and 50’s would probably the most fun!


Erin F said...

Congrats to Brooke on the new release! Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

annethought said...

I would love to read Brooke's book! Thank you and happy holidays!

laurie g said...

Congrats to Brooke on the new release! Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

Schadoh Dase said...

Love this cover very pretty and sounds good

Denise Z said...

Thank you for sharing with us. Scarlet Woods looks like a fun read, I really enjoy a good time travel and with both characters going back and forth this should be a treat. I think you definitely made the right choice in the girl's dress being red for the cover, definitely pops.

Autum Bredmose said...

I also love this cover!

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