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{Blog Tour} Review + Interview: Black Satin by Rae Hachton

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Black Satin

by Rae Hachton
Publication Date: May 28 2012
Publisher: Teen Pulse


Marcus Marble has disappeared from Ellie’s life, and she needs answers to questions and he’s the only one who can answer them. How is her sister back from the dead, and why is Ellie still alive? When Ellie realizes Marcus isn’t coming back, she is forced to move on with her life the best way she can, in hopes of finding the answers herself, but when people at school begin to be viciously murdered, and Giles reveals to her a life changing secret, she decides to investigate the possible truth of it. What she discovers is more than she thought she would.

The only time Ellie feels normal is when she’s around Walter, the new guy at school. And normal is how she wants to feel, now that Marcus is gone from her life. But Walter may not be all that he seems, either, and she just might spiral in to an even more dark world, she never thought possible. And when it occurs to her that Marcus has made the decision to pass on through to the afterlife, during the Risorgimento, she races against time to stop him, while knowing she has feelings for Walter, too.


Will she make it in time to stop Marcus from passing through, and if she does, what will she tell Walter? Her heart will have to make the final decision. But will the choice be worth dying for?
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Review

Black Satin follows the Pretty in Black installment of this series. The ending of Pretty in Black was surprising and unexpected; Ellie's sister Darcy is now alive and readers get a look into Marcus' world. Black Satin begins in Marcus' voice, but I could not decide what point in time I was entering his world. It was from his point of view that we see Marcus and Ellie first meet, but didn't we already read something similar at the end of Pretty in Black? Don't we already know how the other Evermores tried to keep Ellie and Marcus away from each other? In short, I just thought the whole prelude was unnecessary.

Black Satin introduces readers to more dark creatures that keep in line with the series' gothic theme. There are the Goyls, or Gargoyles, and the evil Rippers. The history between the Golys and the Evermores is a little confusing as it seemed to be told different ways in the story, but it was quite extensive and complicated. The significance of that information laid the foundation for the story, though, and much of what happened wouldn't have made sense without it.

I'm not sure I can say that I'm a big fan of Ellie's. She was so wishy-washy, but I admired her determination to stay in love with Marcus even though she had not known where he went. She also wasn't so wrapped up in her own head to disregard the danger that surrounded her. She learned of her heritage, which put her in the thick of Nevermorean society, and faced the dangers head on.

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Interview


How do you decide which creatures to use in your stories?

I’m not sure there is really a process—it’s haphazard and random. For example, Marcus began as a regular dead guy & just evolved into an evermore as the story progressed, and then I realized that what an evermore was, was really a “neolistic” vampire, which I just totally invented!

These “vampires” have nothing in common with any vampire, not even the drinking blood part—they do drink it, but not because they have to. The bad ones do, plus they rip people apart; the good evermores save people with the specialized venom.

Drinking blood leisurely might awaken a bloodlust, but no one is for sure. However, it DOES awaken something within Marcus, but it’s not quite what you think. [We will find out what happens in Raven in the Grave.]
As for the Gargoyles: I have always loved them and I didn’t see them being used often, so I brought them into the Pretty in Black world.

I have two other creature stories planned, of which I do not believe will be in a series. One is about Xombies and the other has Zombies. Yep, 2013 [which is when I plan to release them] will be my year for the Zombies; However, I am reinventing what people know now to be a zombie. So I’m excited about that.

Frankie’s Monster = XOMBIE
Eternally = ZOMBIES 

 
Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

Yes. I do.

I relate the most to Marcus Marble for several different reasons. He would basically be my male equivalent. I understand his character more than anyone else.

Ellie, however, was a little more difficult to write as a character, but understanding her pain helped me identify with her.

The real reason she attempted suicide, besides the fact her sister was dead and her mom was with a loser, was because of Declan & his sexual abuse to her. Yes, it may not be obviously evident that he was that way towards her, but if one were to read in between the lines, it’d be easy to see what Ellie is leaving out —what she’s not saying. She references how he choked her, and she has flashbacks, and other things are mentioned, but aren’t given that much attention. But it’s most definitely there. She wants to be with Marcus because he’s the only guy who doesn’t make her want to hate herself. And knowing that made it easier to understand her. Often times she was confusing; she had visions, flashbacks, daydreams, quite frequently, and from the very beginning, which made it difficult to know what was actually happening. Without Marcus's input [off stage] I would've had no idea.

It was almost as if she was losing touch with reality? Skipping class, reading poetry, gazing out windows, walking alone in the woods at odd times, her inner monologues, going-with-the-flow by just listening to Giles and hanging around Marcus whenever he appeared.

She was dazed. I think this girl basically lives in some kind of fantasy world already. But knowing that she suffered trauma, [sister's death, Declan's sexual/physical abuse, her mother's and father's neglect, and her step-father's abuse—and I'm sure there was more going on there than she would allow me to tell, because when she told Marcus that her step-father thought he was her boss, and then when he looked at her the way he did when she got home one evening, plus the fact he tried to rape her and kill her the way he had her sister? Yeah...] I could understand her losing touch with reality. She just wanted it all to go away. That is often how a person who has experienced a series of traumatic events will deal with them. By forcing them away, forgetting they're there.

And I pretty much have her attitude, haha, so that was easy to relate to.

 
Why is the Pretty in Black Series written with a gothic theme?

It wasn’t by choice, I didn’t plan it that way. It’s just what came naturally. It kind of even surprised me, to be honest. It has a lot of everything really, and is layered with a gothic overtone. There’s a ton of influences for Pretty in Black that are nowhere near gothic in nature. And I feel like Pretty in Black isn’t overly goth. But it does have a lot of dark aspects. I didn’t want to put my focus on a few of those, such as her sister’s murder, her broken home, and Declan’s abuse. It would’ve taken the book somewhere else, a place I didn’t want it to go, and would’ve made it too dark and depressing. While things happen in the background of the story that are unfortunate, there is still tons of hope, tons of light & that’s exactly what I wanted it to have. It’s not about the darkness, it’s about finding the way out of the darkness. Illumination.
 
Do you think you’ll ever write a story that doesn’t focus on death?

Yes. Most definitely. Although I don’t exactly view Pretty in Black as a book focused on death; I see it as more of a rebirth, an awakening. No one’s really dead per se, not even Marcus, who “died.”

But to answer the question: Of course. I have several stories planned that fall in the contemporary range; however, I’m not sure I can drop the “darkness” theme as easy as “death.”

And when I say “dark” I don’t mean “goth.” The books I have planned are just raw, deep, real & emotional.

 
Any parting words for your fans, new and old?

Yes, of course. I have tons of stories planned—they already have pre-set release dates for the future & I have a writing schedule. As of current, there are six post-it notes on my wall with titles of novels I have planned to write. This is going to be a fun journey. You guys are awesome & I’ll try my best to deliver exciting, semi-original content for you to enjoy : ).
I never thought this possible, you know, having actual ideas for books, but now that I have readers, I’m getting tons of ideas.
Next up: [WIPs I’m writing right now :) ]

  • Raven in the Grave
  • Frankie’s Monster

Looks like a promising future for all your fans! Thank you for stopping by again Rae!

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3 comments:

  1. awesome giveaway...thanks for making this international..

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  2. Great giveaway, and this interview was so interesting! Thanks for hosting such a fantastic sounding novel!

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