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Blog Tour Promo: Hell's Hollow: Summer Stone


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When Seraphina was younger, she healed her best friend's injured hand. Terrified by the inexplicable cure, the girl shunned her. From that day on, Seraphina found herself without friends, a freak and an oddity. And so she obeyed her mother’s rule to refrain from using her innate ability, heeded her mother's warning that its use could land her in the local mental health facility alongside her aunt and grandmother.

But when sixteen-year-old Seraphina finds a mysterious, wounded boy hiding in the hollow in the woods behind her house, she can't hold out against the overpowering urge to help him. She is drawn to him each night, and as they come to know one another, their irresistible attraction blooms.

She longs to uncover his secrets — where he comes from and why he's hiding and how he came to be so wounded — and to share her own, though she knows it's forbidden. And while her healing touch seems to be helping him, it's hurting her. When the symptoms of psychosis — experienced by the women in her bloodline who used their powers — begin to plague Seraphina, she is faced with the unbearable choice of saving her sanity or the boy she’s come to love.

Guest Blog Post -- Music in Hell's Hollow -- by Summer Stone



Music plays a key role in Seraphina's life. In her town of Hell's Hollow, only she and her mother, aunt, and grandmother have special sensitivities. Sera feels the tug of illness and injury in others. Her mother taught her at a young age how to block the sensation, but it doesn't always work, and even when it does it doesn't stop it fully. And while Sera wishes she'd been taught to use the innate healing power that comes with her sensitivity, her mother has forbidden her to use it, because all the women in their line who have used their special abilities have gone insane. So Sera struggles to block out the sensations of pain that come to her from others.

One of the main tools she uses is music. She always has her iPod with her and likes to be plugged into her tunes whenever she's going to be around others. Like most of us, she has a variety of playlists, and which one she listens to depends on her mood. Sometimes her taste in music is common and sometimes it's a little off the beaten path. Like when she's mad or worked up, she craves the sounds of Linkin Park, Paramore, Riot, or the Goo Goo Dolls. But when she's sad or quiet she likes a more folk-rock feel, choosing Joshua Radin, Missy Higgins, or Peter Bradley Adams. She also has pump-up playlists and hip hop playlists. And sometimes, when she's restless or agitated, her music ADD kicks in and she can't seem to settle on anything for more than a few seconds.

Music protects Sera from the overwhelm she experiences in the world, numbing her when that's what she needs, pumping her up when she needs that instead. It keeps her company when she's lonely and soothes her heart when it's aching. I guess I figure that's true for most of us. Music sharpens some of our edges and smoothes out others. For Seraphina, a lot of times, it's music that saves her.

About The Author:


Summer Stone loves immersing herself in the worlds that live inside her mind. When she’s in the real world, she likes kicking back on the beach, exploring new places, reading (of course) and eating rich, gooey chocolate. She loves spending time with her husband and kids, which she does as much as she can. Summer writes young adult and women’s fiction, both supernatural and contemporary, realistic and looks forward to sharing her novels with you!



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