We're excited to be hosting author Marion Croslydon on her tour for the new adult novel, "Oxford Whispers".
Marion is giving away a $20 New Adult Reading pack -- selected NA titles on Amazon to one commenter on the tour, so comment here and then follow her tour to increase your chances of winning. Her tour stops are listed here.
I asked Marion about her favorite books she had when growing up and how they compare with books from today. Here's what she had to say:
Hi, Thanks for having me on your blog. I really like your question.
So, my favorite books when I grew up:
- North and South (the trilogy) by John Jakes
- Anything by K E Woodiwiss (the Queen of romance)
- Gone With The Wind by M Mitchell
I’d say there’s definitely a Southern flavor. I liked epic books with a strong historical background.
My favorite books now… I’m a big fan of the New Adult genre. It could be also be named Mature YA or “College-Lit”. More than books, I “function” by authors: Simone Elkeles, Tammara Webber, Abbi Glines, SC Stephens, among others.
The books I tend to fall in love nowadays are much more angsty. They deal with more personal and intimate experiences. The scale might be smaller, but it kind of goes deeper in terms of characterization.
A painting with haunting powers
A murderous ghost back for revenge
Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead. She has vowed to ignore her Voodoo-stamped heritage and the psychic gift passed down through her Louisiana family. The world of the living is where she wants to belong.
But her resolution shatters when the ill-fated lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class at Oxford—begin to haunt her. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War.
In misty present-day Oxford, Madison embarks on a quest to unravel the secrets of the past and understand her personal bond with the painting. To protect herself, she must learn to accept her gift before life imitates art, in all its tragedy.
College becomes more complicated when she falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting.
With the spirit of a murderer in hot pursuit, Madison comes to realize that her own first love may be doomed…
Based on a real Pre-Raphaelite painting, Oxford Whispers is full of romance, drama and suspense.
Fall in love for the first time… Again
In addition to being an author, I work as an entrepreneur, wife and mother-of-one but spend a good deal of time with books, DVDs and listening to my mp3 player; all for the sake of inspiration, of course. My debut series, The Oxford Trilogy, has been a blast to write because I can indulge in my favorite types of music: Country and English rock.
My main goal as a writer is to make readers dream bigger and cause their hearts to beat a little faster. Since my writing is all about sharing dreams and stories, I love connecting with fellow readers and authors.