by Sandi Beth Jones
Publication date: June 24th 2014
by Omnific Publishing
Starting over in the South Carolina Lowcountry is just what sixteen-year-old Chelsea needs. Unfortunately, moving also means living with her mom’s snobbish British novelist employer and his moody son Geoffrey. Knowing that her new home likely used to be a slave holding plantation doesn’t make her feel any more at home.
Troubled and reckless after his brother’s mysterious death, Geoff often mimics his father’s literary favorite, Lord Byron, acting “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” She’s determined to keep her distance and buries herself in her art, though the darkness of her drawings troubles her and others who see them. When people in the Gullah and Geechee community point out that she has been drawing Boo Hags and haints -powerful and terrifying creatures of local legend and superstition- she starts to wonder about her own heritage and her connection to the Sea Islands. She begins to question her own grasp on reality when it seems those creatures start making their way out of her drawings and into real life.
It’s clear that Geoff has some secrets of his own, but he might be the only person she can confide in. Chelsea must decide who she can trust, when nothing in the Lowcountry is what it seems.
The Byronic Playlist!
Music, film, and fine art are featured in Byronic. Chelsea, the main character, is an art student, so she’s always thinking in terms of how things would look on canvas, while Geoff is a film buff. He makes short movies and documentaries, and he’s a big fan of classic horror flicks. But both characters share a love of progressive metal music, so you could say that music helps bring them together.
I made a playlist as I wrote the story, and now I’m sharing it with you! Some of these songs have more meaning to the story than the others, so I’ll explain them.
Parade of Ashes/Periphery
Poison & Wine/The Civil Wars
Jetpacks Was Yes/Periphery
Periphery is Geoff’s favorite band, and he wears one of their t-shirts. Periphery has several hardcore songs, as well as a few ballads like this one. This is the song that Geoff is listening to in the “fireworks” scene when Chelsea finds him. This song makes me sigh every time I hear it. 😉
Chelsea compares Geoff to Robert Smith (lead singer of The Cure) in one scene. Geoff has that rebellious Brit rocker look, for sure! I chose this song because it’s a tribute to Percy Shelley, the poet friend of Lord Byron and husband of Mary Shelley (Frankenstein). Adonais was Shelley’s favorite poem he’d written.
Drops of Jupiter/Train
This song was an earworm for Chelsea when she was taking a shower. It inspired some pretty freaky things to happen. We don’t want any spoilers here so I’ll not say anything else about that scene!
Here’s the Spotify link to the entire playlist. Enjoy!
~About the Author~
Born and raised in Arkansas, Sandi is the author of bestselling and award-winning romance. She’s worked with books for the past twenty years, first as a bookseller, then as a library media specialist and teacher. She lives on a river, hoards antique books, and travels to places off the beaten path.
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