Something Wicked Returns Day 5~ brings the lovely and talented indie author Misty Provencher back to Rainy Day Ramblings. Misty is a regular here because I love her work. You need to read a book by Misty Provencher to see what I am talking about. Today, I am featuring a unique and strange little book called Mercy: A Gargoyle Story. This was unlike anything I have read before, very creative and different. I hope you give it a try! Before we get to all the fun stuff, I want to introduce you to Misty:
Once a high school drop out and runaway, Misty Provencher became a college grad, and is now a full-time novelist with a close knit family. She doesn't do labels well. While she can ride a motorcycle, knows how to Karate chop, and has learned enough French, Spanish, and Sign Language to get herself slapped, Misty's life is the ruse she uses to connect with people. She is totally enchanted with them and spends her days trying to translate the soul bouquet of her muses into words. Misty Provencher lives in Michigan. Knock on her internet blog door at: Misty Provencher's Books, FB, Twitter, Goodreads andPinterest.
It had to twist Misty's arm to write a guest post today, she claims she absolutely detests writing guest posts, but I begged and she relented. I don't know why she hates guest posts because the posts she writes are always so damn funny (I had to curse just for Misty). Okay without further delay here is the hilarious MIsty Provencher posting on what she fears:
Misty Provencher's Top Five Fears
Heidi wants me to tell you the top 5 things that scare me most.
Like I’m going to tell complete strangers that.
Wait. This is me.
Of course I’m gonna tell you.
But I’m not going to give them to you in order, so, if you’re trying to make me shriek, you might not get the wild amplification that you would get from another choice. SO, HA!!
Alright, here we go-
1. Old women wearing Lily of the Valley perfume.
Oh mah Lord. The Old know how to wear it thick and while it is usually a plus in my book, to wear cologne and perfumes to the strength that will make my eyes water (because I’m a scent HOUND)…Lily of the Valley is a deal breaker. That and Tea Rose. It scares the gagging right out of me. And gagging is a very scary thing, especially in church or at funerals.
2. Phone calls while I’m in the shower.
This scares me for myriad reasons. One, even though it’s just the phone RINGING, it’s like someone’s actually creeping around in my living room, shouting for me. Or listening in on my Shower Karaoke. Yikes.
Two, my dogs howl at the sound of the phone ringing and I mean AHHHHWOOOOOOO—as if the house is burning down or they’re auditioning to be wolves or they’re caught in a bear trap by the ears. It’s a desperate OH MY BOB, SOMEONE’S CALLING YOU, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT’S HOLY, ANSWER IT ANSWER IT ANSWER IT!! This kind of howling could bring neighbors peering into my windows, and emerging from the bathroom like a Steam Beast tends to get me uninvited to barbecues.
Three, I LOVE my phone. If I miss one opportunity to talk on it, I feel like I just traded places with some poor slob that’s been sent to The Hole in the county hooscow.
3. Melty taffy, still in the wrapper.
I love salt water taffy. But if you’ve ever forgotten and left your bag of it on your dashboard in the summertime, you know what happens. IT’S FRIGHTENING. All that taffy goodness melds to the wax paper wrapper OR shriek burbles out on the dash…and next thing you know, you’re sitting in your car sucking taffy wrappers and trying to wedge your face between the slant of the windshield and the dash—panicking, either way, that a wrapper is going to slip down your throat at any second and get lodged in the pound of taffy you’ve already swallowed. Then, someone will find you in a few days (because you moved your car to the back alley so people wouldn’t stare as you tried to remedy your taffy situation like an ameateur), already bloating and baking in the sun with taffy all in your hair and jammed in your yak box and shiver. What’d I tell you?? IT’S SCARY.
4. Flat tires.
This is terrifying, because I never know if I’ll be properly prepared for one. You see, as a woman, I don’t give a damn about tire pressure. And I will run over nails and broken wine bottles to get to a 5-cent-off-nail-polish sale. Therefore, it is perfectly logical to assume that I will have flatness in my tireage and the need of a handsome dude (preferably) to change said tireage.
Now, here’s the terrifying part. What if it happens on a day when I’m looking like one of those dolls that a little girl has carried around and loved-the-hair-off-of for the past three years? You know the dolls I mean. Some days, she looks like friggin’ Marilyn Monroe next to me. On those frightening days, all I can hope for is that I’ve brought along my Ipod, a sandwich, and a portable DVD player because it could be a looooooooooong wait on the curb before that tire’s changed.
5. People who don’t swear.
I’m scared to death of them because I assume there is something wrong with their tongues. I mean, who doesn’t love to swear? The F Word is the working man of our language. The bread-and-butter of expression. I once heard that there are thousands of Hebrew translations for the simple word ‘light’, used through out the Bible. But do you know how many ways I can express myself with the simple F Word? It’s flexible. It’s life changing. It’s feminism and altruism in its purest form. And folks that primly turn up their noses to such exhilaration…well, I find those folk to be a little terrifying.
There you have it. If you’re a Quaker that shuns the f word, one of The Old on my phone while I’m showering, or if you catch me having an ugly-flat-tire day, while sucking my taffy wrappers down my throat…well, you could make me scream like a little girl. Easy peasy.
Thanks for having me over on the blog, Heidi. You got a dreaded guest post out of me after all, you scary girl. Have a happy October!!
Thanks, Misty! Sorry to torture you so much, but I loved the post! Now the best part, the giveaway! Misty and I both want you all to sample her work so she is giving away and ebook pack! One lucky winner will win a copy of Mercy: A Gargoyle Story, Cornerstone and Hale Maree..
You want to win this giveaway! To enter read the Contest Policies and fill out the Rafflecopter! Good Luck!
Here is my review:
Mercy: A Gargoyle Story by Misty Provencher
CATEGORY: NEW ADULT, may not be suitable for young adult readers GENRE: DARK FANTASYMy will to survive is the first thing to drown.I know, because I hold it under myself.After facing severe tragedy in life, Madeline assumes her death will be easy.But the angels do not come to take her to Heaven.Instead, what retrieves her is something she never expected: a gargoyle.Delivered to Truce, the King of the Gargoyles, Madeline now has choices she never wanted. She has the ability to take over the entire Gargoyle Kingdom, if she is willing to kill the king. However, looking to prevent takeover, Truce transforms Madeline, thereby granting her the ability to achieve the thing she wants most—death—if she can just find the human recipient for the Gargoyle Gift that she now has to give. It should be easy.But lives, whether they are lived or not, are seldom simple, and Madeline’s past still stands in her way. Now, only a voyeur in the life of The Boy with the Golden Rod Voice, Madeline’s must reconcile her own life and death, if she ever hopes to have free reign of her soul
Three and half stars: A unique and different story featuring gargoyles.
Madeline plunges into the cold, dark water. Her heart is shattered. She wants nothing more than to sink into the murky depths and let go of her broken life. Unfortunately, fate has other plans for her. Madeline doesn't exactly die. She is rescued by Moag a large, hideous gargoyle and taken to the gargoyle kingdom. Here she meets Truce the king of the gargoyles. Madeline is transformed into a monstrous gargoyle and perched up on a roof. She must find courage and strength and make a difficult decision. Will she find a worthy recipient for her gargoyle gift?
What I Liked:
- It is no secret that I am a fan of Misty Provencher's work. Misty has proven time and time again to me that she is not only incredibly talented but creative as well. I have read all of Misty's published books, and I am always amazed at her originality. Mercy: A Gargoyle Story wins the prize for her most creative story to date. Misty brings an interesting tale featuring gargoyles. It is a dark, sad tale that involves redemption and forgiveness. I haven't read anything like it, and I loved that this was fresh and original.
- I was blown away by the writing. Misty takes her writing to a whole another level. The descriptions are detailed, there are stunning metaphors and it was beyond anything I have read by her before. I loved the complexity and the emotion that was packed into this one. One of my favorite aspects is that Misty describes events without spelling everything out. You gather what happened through the emotions and feelings. I know I am not doing it justice by trying to explain, just read it and see for yourself. If you are someone, like me, who enjoys complex and beautiful writing, you must check this out.
- I was intrigued by the gargoyles. The gargoyles are so much more than weird, ugly statues adorning buildings. In this book, the gargoyles embody the souls of the lost, the souls that slipped into death when they weren't supposed to die. In Madeline's case, she is a suicide who wasn't meant to die. Souls that aren't destined for death are scooped up by the gargoyle Moag, and they are called Slips. The souls are transformed into gargoyles, and they must bide their time waiting until they find the right recipient to receive their gargoyle gift. A gargoyle's gift is their heart bestowed upon someone who needs a second chance. Once the gargoyle has given their heart, they move on. So in a sense, a gargoyle is a dark form of an angel. A savior who gives hope to the lost. As you can see, this is a very interesting concept. Besides, how often do you get to read about gargoyles?
- Even though the overall storyline is a bit dark because it takes on tough topics like depression, abortion and suicide, there is a bit of hope at the end. I liked that I never knew what was coming and that this story was completely unpredictable. I appreciated Madeline's growth and transformation as well. This is certainly a NA book that strays far, far from the NA books that are flooding the market.
And The Not So Much:
- I was left wondering about the fates of Selene and Moag. Was there any hope for Selene or was she destined to her sad fate? What about Moag? Did he earn his freedom? I was fascinated by Moag and I wished I had a better understanding of his role and purpose.
- This book is dark, gritty and a little depressing and disturbing. There is nothing over the top gross in this nor is it scary, but it tackles the dark side of mankind as we see the characters grappling with the things in life we don't like to talk about. There is guilt, sadness, despair and bad decisions.
- At times, things get a bit confusing, and I often didn't have a clear picture of what was going on. For instance, the whole thing with Trickle was puzzling. I never understood what he was supposed to see, and I didn't have a firm grasp on the whole trial thing.
Mercy: A Gargoyle Story is a brisk, interesting read that shows us the dark side of humanity. The writing is absolutely stunning and the storyline is completely original. I recommend you give this little novel a try if you are desperate for something fresh and unique. Misty has proven to me once again that she is a writer that I want to be reading.
"I remember the boy's voice like a Swiss Army Knife, useful, quick and serrated. It was used for hunting, for trapping for feeding me. He could slide his whisper right along my skin and separate me from my clothing with three clean words. His voice enchanted the other girls too."
"It's funny how an ugly person can become the most handsome just by how he looked at me and listened and smiled when I spoke."
"What I see are the stars little aluminum shavings drifting in the deep blue of the midnight sky, sparkling like all they want in the world is for me to see them. And I do."
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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