June 1, 2020

Nocturne by Cheryl Mahoney


 
I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the NOCTURNE by Cheryl Mahoney Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Book:
Title: NOCTURNE (The Guardian of the Opera #1)
Author: Cheryl Mahoney
Pub. Date: June 5, 2020
Publisher: Stonehenge Circle Press
Pages: 300
Formats:  Paperback, eBook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon

Set against the backdrop of 1880s Paris and the stunning Opera Garnier, The Guardian of the Opera: Nocturne brings you the familiar tale from a different direction. Meg Giry met the Phantom once when she was twelve years old, a new ballet dancer lost in the Opera’s maze. Years later, when an Angel of Music offers singing lessons to her best friend Christine DaaĆ©, Meg is sure she knows what’s actually happening. But as strange events unfold and the pieces stop adding up, Meg has to wonder if she truly understands the Phantom—or Christine.

Erik is a man of many talents and many masks, and the one covering his face may be the least concealing. The opera house is his kingdom and his refuge, where he stalks through the shadows as the Phantom of the Opera, watching over all that occurs. He never intended to fall in love; when he does, it launches him into a new symphony he’s certain can only end in heartbreak.


Top 5 Favorite Scenes and Why

I enjoyed writing this trilogy enormously, probably more than any of my previous books, so selecting just five favorite scenes is a bit of a challenge – but a fun one!

1)      Chapter One – the very first scene of the book, when twelve-year-old Meg get lost and meets the Phantom, is a particular favorite.  It’s the domino that sets everything else off, in a couple of ways.  It was the first scene I wrote (scene two was not the second!) and in some ways I wrote this trilogy because of this scene.  I wrote a version of this story about Erik and Meg years ago, but this idea that they met earlier wasn’t in it, and I wanted to explore how that beginning changes things.  Within the world of the story, it is also the trigger for much of what follows, as it becomes hugely impactful on Meg and her view of the Phantom, which affects her mother becoming the Phantom’s boxkeeper but also, crucially, affects what Meg says to Christine about the Phantom…which affects the entire Phantom/Christine romance that most versions of the Phantom story have at their center.

2)      Christine’s narrative – Christine talking to Meg after she’s been below the Opera for the first time was one of the hardest scenes to write.  I struggled with some of the interaction (Meg telling Christine the scary guy wasn’t so bad was not working – I changed it) and I was trying to do so much.  Meg learns a lot about the Phantom in this scene, including his name (Erik).  It’s also when I reveal Erik’s name to the reader.  So it’s a huge scene with a lot of pieces, but I love how it ultimately came out.  By contrast to Chapter One, it was one of the last scenes written.

3)      The rooftop scene – Most versions of the story have a scene on the roof of the Opera, with the Phantom overhearing Christine and Raoul talking about him, and becoming engaged.  My version is no exception, but I think I am slightly more unusual in that the scene is from the Phantom’s point of view.  It is a gut-wrenching, deeply painful scene for him…and I suppose because authors love to torture their characters, it’s one of my favorites.

4)      The Phantom’s face – The reader does not “see” the Phantom’s face until late in the book, the first time Meg sees him without his mask. The Phantom doesn’t look the same in every version, so I hope it’s an interesting reveal – and I think Meg’s reaction is perhaps even more interesting, because this is new to her too.

5)      Erik and Meg’s first proper meeting – My book is a little unusual in that my two lead characters (and point of view characters) don’t interact directly for most of the book.  They’re telling a tightly connected narrative and sometimes they’re in the same place at the same time, but they don’t meet until near the end.  When they finally do, that is absolutely one of my favorite scenes because I love how these two characters interact when they finally get the chance.


About Cheryl:

Cheryl Mahoney lives in California and dreams of other worlds. She is the author of the Beyond the Tales quartet, retelling familiar fairy tales, but subverting expectations with different points of view and new twists to the tales. She is also a co-author of The Servants and the Beast, and its companion piece, After the Sparkles Settled. Cheryl loves exploring new worlds in the past, the future or fairyland, and builds her stories around characters finding their way through those worlds–especially characters overlooked or underestimated by the people around them.

She has been blogging since 2010 at Tales of the Marvelous (http://marveloustales.com). Her weekly Writing Wednesday posts provide updates about her current writing, including excerpts. She also posts regularly with book and movie reviews, and reflections on reading. She has been a member of Stonehenge Writers since 2012, and has completed NaNoWriMo seven times.

Cheryl has looked for faeries in Kensington Gardens in London and for the Phantom at the Opera Garnier in Paris. She considers Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet to be life-changing and Terry Pratchett books to be the best cure for gloomy days.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of NOCTURNE, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
6/1/2020
Guest Post
6/1/2020
Guest Post
6/2/2020
Guest Post
6/2/2020
Guest Post
6/3/2020
Interview
6/3/2020
Review
6/4/2020
Excerpt
6/4/2020
Excerpt
6/5/2020
Excerpt
6/5/2020
Instagram Post

Week Two:

6/8/2020
History from a Woman’s Perspective
Review
6/8/2020
Lifestyle of Me
Review
6/9/2020
Locks, Hooks and Books
Review
6/9/2020
She Just Loves Books
Review
6/10/2020
Jaime's World
Excerpt
6/10/2020
Reese's Reviews
Review
6/11/2020
The Phantom Paragrapher
Review
6/11/2020
A Dream Within A Dream
Guest Post
6/12/2020
Popthebutterfly Reads
Review
6/12/2020
A Gingerly Review
Review