Author Guest Post
Choosing the setting for my novel presented challenges. I would have loved to use my hometown as the backdrop for the story. However, when a town is as small as mine — you run the risk of people in the community trying to “identify” the characters. Yikes! Instead, I choose to create a fictional town and to try to infuse the feel of coastal living into the story. I set out by drawing a map of where certain streets and buildings would be located. I drove around Coastal North Carolina looking places that would be depicted in my novel. I wanted to have a visual in my mind of how my fictional town would look.
I thought I’d take you on a tour. So — Welcome to Parson’s Cove!
Parson’s Cove is situated on a riverbank about one mile from the North Carolina coast.
Joe’s Bait and Tackle is located on Riverside Drive. The town’s public pier runs behind the tackle stop. Just across the street is Parson’s Cove Historical Society.
Parson’s Cove has two stop lights — both of which are located on Waterway Drive.
Waterway Drive is home to Salty Dog’s Pizza and Forget Me Not Flower Shop.
As you can see, Parson’s Cove is a quaint little town, but don’t let its appearance fool you.
Evil can hide anywhere — even in picturesque places.
About The Author
Of Dreams And Shadow: Forget Me Not
Of Dreams And Shadow: Forget Me Not by D.S. McKnight
Book 1: Forget Me Not Series
Publisher: Stone Bay Press
Publication Date: September 23, 2013
Format: Paperback - 286 pages / Kindle - 657 KB
Genre: YA Paranormal
BUY THE BOOK: Of Dreams And Shadow: Forget Me Not
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
My Book Review:
Have you ever had the feeling like someone is watching you? In author D.S. McKnight's debut novel, Of Dreams And Shadow: Forget Me Not, the reader is drawn into an intriguing and sinister tale that will keep them sitting on the edge of their seat.
Set in the small North Carolina coastal town of Parson's Cove, the story begins with the disappearance of four year old Sarah from her backyard. Sarah's disappearance is witnessed by Chase Williams, her four year old neighbor, but no one believes his story that a sinister shadow took the little girl. Fast forward twelve years later, sixteen year old Jenna Barton's family moved from Charlotte to Parson's Cove, unknowingly into the house that Sarah disappeared from. It isn't long before Jenna begins to feel like someone is watching her from the shadows of her backyard ... is a long dormant predator ready to strike again?
In Of Dreams And Shadow: Forget Me Not, author M.S. McKnight creates a suspenseful mystery that cleverly interweaves a haunting serial killer's evil past with the present time involving a young teenage girl. You can't help but get drawn into this dark story as the characters and small town of Parson's Cove comes alive as you delve into the long dormant mystery of Sarah's disappearance, and the present day danger that surrounds Jenna and Chase that once again threatens to disrupt this peaceful coastal North Carolina town.
With richly detailed descriptions and suspenseful twists and turns, this riveting story grabs the reader's attention and holds them captive, the creepiness and scare factor will leave you holding your breath and giving you goosebumps as you turn the pages. The story unfolds in a seamless fashion as the author interweaves the past with the present. In addition to the gripping mystery with a paranormal twist, the author adds classic teenage romance and drama into the mix, but it doesn't overshadow the overall premise of the story.
Of Dreams And Shadow: Forget Me Not is a compelling and gripping YA paranormal tale that takes the reader on one heck a thrill ride.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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