Posted: 07 Jul 2016 12:00 AM PDT
GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY
A Forgotten Little Place
by Vanta M. Black
Oubliette: A Forgotten Little Place by Vanta M. Black is currently on tour with Bewitching Book Tours. The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.
Veronica knows the monsters aren't "just in her head", but no one listens to the headstrong ten-year-old as they tie her to a hospital bed every night.
Years later, after being dumped by her business-partner/boyfriend, Veronica finds herself on the verge of bankruptcy. Then a late-night call promises the perfect solution - a job opportunity decorating a castle in France.
Will Veronica risk what little she has left to chase a fairytale?
When the shadowy things that once terrorized her come back, Veronica must decide how much she'll sacrifice for them, for her sanity, and for her life.
This epic book consists of interwoven stories with paranormal twists. A horror-filled historical fiction adventure, it spans nearly two millennia.
You'll be transported to an ancient Pagan ritual, Roman-ruled Gaul, the bloody Inquisition of the Knights Templar, France as it's ravaged by the Black Death, the duplicitous Reformation, the Paris Catacombs, and the gory French Revolution, while you unravel Oubliette's cryptic layers.
Los Angeles – Early 1990s
Veronica didn't understand why they looked for the monsters in her head, that's obviously not where they were. Instead of listening, the doctors stuck pads with wires to her temples and increased the dosage of an IV that dripped into her veins.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]
Praise for the Book
"Oubliette is a cleverly told tale and trek through history where the past and present collide. If you come out the other end of this book with all of your fingernails intact, you are a better woman than I." ~ Lisa Goich, Author, 14 Days: A Mother, A Daughter, A Two-Week Goodbye
"Strong characters. Real relationships. Deep terror. A journey through time where the fears are not only of monsters, but of shadows inside ourselves." ~ Justina Walford, horror film writer and producer, Wildworks Productions
"Great, now I'm afraid of bunnies." ~ Sheena Metal, Host, Haunted Playground, LA Talk Radio
"Oubliette is a mosaic of interwoven tales that are unexpected, fresh, and deliciously twisted. There are plenty of thrills and chills to be found here." ~ John Stuart Wildman, Director, The Ladies of the House
Guest Post by the Author
Oh The Places You Will Go!
Researching Oubliette: A Forgotten Little Place
When you write a book set in the Loire Valley of France, you have to go to France. When a scene of the book is set in the Paris Catacombs, you have to go to the Paris Catacombs. When one of your characters drinks copious amounts of absinth, you go try the stuff for yourself (In France, of course, as American absinth is absolute swill). And when you base a book on the alleged "most haunted castle in Ireland", you visit Leap Castle in Ireland.
Vanta M. Black drinks absinth with friends in Paris
These are just a few of the places Vanta M. Black explored while researching Oubliette: A Forgotten Little Place.
Then of course, there's Google. But that's not very exciting to talk about.
Vanta M. Black explains, "Sure I did a ton of research online to start. But I wanted the experiences described in my book to be as authentic as possible. They always say, 'write what you know'. That's why I made the travels. I had to see Leap Castle for myself. I had to breathe in the Loire Valley. And I had to creep under the beautiful City of Lights to see the Paris Catacombs for myself."
Leap Castle, Ireland
The research that goes into writing a genre novel, one that is both historical fiction and a thriller, is a process many writers and aspiring novelists struggle with. Vanta M. Black covered the topic during An Evening with Vanta M. Black hosted by Phil Giangrande from Seated at the Writer's Table, and presented by Prophecy Girl Films.
During the event, Black said, "I believe that even a book with a paranormal theme like Oubliette has to be based in reality. I challenge any history buff to find something in my book that isn't based on actual events and/or legends. I hate it when you read a book, get excited about a historical reference, then look it up and discover it's bogus. I have to give my readers a better experience than that!"
To see a video recording from "A Conversation with Vanta M. Black", visit her YouTube page.
The main characters in Oubliette also travels to the Loire Valley via Paris. Sisters, named Veronica and Nikki, are invited there to decorate an old chateau, which is where the oubliette is located.
Chateau de Chaumont, Loire Valley, France
Black says, "When I traveled to France I felt like I was my own main character, Veronica, experiencing it. I met a dear friend there, Kim, who jaunted around with me and showed me the magnificent sites. She spoke French, and was very much like Nikki in the book, only a lot nicer and not nearly as slutty."
Black Chateau Publishing, the publisher of Vanta's book, in the spirit of supporting creatives and those who like to write fan fiction, is presenting the Ohh LaLa Oubliette Fan Fiction Contest. Just by writing a minimum of 500 words of a fan fiction story based off one of the storylines in Oubliette, and/or one of the characters, someone could win a trip to France to explore just like Vanta and her fictional character, Veronica, did.
"I'm incredibly excited about this contest. We're about to issue the official announcement, so this is like a sneak preview for your readers. I believe that art, whether it be the written word, a painting, a poem, a song, whatever, is a gift given to others. That is what true art is. That's why giving my readers the chance to create an Oubliette sub-plot, and possibly go to France and have the trip of a lifetime, is so fulfilling. I'm one of the judges in the contest and I can't wait to start reading the entries soon! "
For more details about prizes and how to enter, visit Vanta M. Black's website page dedicated to the Ohh La La Oubliette Fan Fiction Contest.
About the Author
Vanta M. Black, author of Oubliette: A Forgotten Little Place, enjoys uncovering the dark mysteries of our Universe.
In addition to writing, she enjoys traveling to provocative places and studying all things esoteric.
Black has degrees in English, communication and art. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two pug-mix dogs, and spends her time in support of causes that empower women and advance science and technology.
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards.
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