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The Mystery Of Nevermore
It’s Christmas, and all antique dealer Sebastian Snow wants is for his business to make money and to save his floundering relationship with closeted CSU detective Neil Millett. When Snow’s Antique Emporium is broken into and a heart is found under the floorboards, Sebastian can’t let the mystery rest.
He soon finds himself caught up in murder investigations that echo the macabre stories of Edgar Allan Poe. To make matters worse, Sebastian’s sleuthing is causing his relationship with Neil to crumble, while at the same time he’s falling hard for the lead detective on the case, Calvin Winter. Sebastian and Calvin must work together to unravel the mystery behind the killings, despite the mounting danger and sexual tension, before Sebastian becomes the next victim.
In the end, Sebastian only wants to get out of this mess alive and live happily ever after with Calvin.
Hello, everyone! I’m C.S. Poe and I’m thrilled to be a guest at My Fiction Nook, where I’m kicking off the blog tour for the audio of The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter Book One.) Nevermore was narrated by the extremely talented Derrick McClain, and I was so happy and humbled to have him on the project. I am so not a narrator, and deeply respect the guys who bring books to life, so I decided that at each stop I would highlight something I thought Derrick did exceptionally well for some of the main characters.
(Be sure to stick around for the giveaway at the end too! I’ll be offering one of my short stories at each stop, with Love Has No Expiration up today. A sweet, May/December romance between a personal chef and vet tech during Valentine’s Day.)
My first discussion is Derrick’s take on our reluctant hero, antique dealer, and amateur sleuth, Sebastian Snow. The Snow & Winter books are told in first person by Sebastian, so Derrick had to juggle not only telling a story, but keeping a character’s voice the entire time. Sebastian is a smart, sort of crochety, sarcastic man, and Derrick approached him by combining the character’s dry wit with a hint of noir-ish vibes to give the book that murder mystery feel. I worried that Sebastian’s deadpan deliveries would have difficulty translating into audio, because when you read you can imagine with all of your senses, but strictly audio takes a particular skill to properly produce the same effect. But Derrick definitely nailed Sebastian’s humor.
I wanted to share two of my favorite "Sebastian is such a weirdo" moments, that I thought Derrick did really well. The first you can actually listen to on Audible’s sample here, and it’s within the final fifteen seconds. This is the moment Sebastian and his loyal assistant, Max, find a heart under the floorboards of his antique shop.
“What else am I supposed to say?” I asked, pointing at the rotting flesh. “It’s a heart.”“Who did you kill?”“I’ll call the cops.”
The second is much later in the book, while Sebastian is in the midst of sleuthing about and meets a man he definitely doesn’t trust.
“Be careful, Sebastian,” he said as we stepped into the freezing cold.I glanced up at Greg. “Of? Stepping on cracks, lest I break my mother’s back?”Greg laughed. “You’re a bit of an asshole.”“Ah, well, much obliged.”
And before we go, I’ll share an audio blooper reel me and Derrick put together, because who doesn’t love bloopers?
5/29/17 – My Fiction Nook … Sebastian Snow
5/30/17 – Sinfully Gay Romance … Max Ridley
6/01/17 – The Novel Approach … Neil Millett
6/02/17 – Alpha Book Club … Calvin Winter
About the author:
C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.
She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.
She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful, and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work. C.S. is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization.
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