Welcome to the Banish Blog Tour!
I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour to promote Banish by Nicola Marsh today. Not only do I have an exclusive guest post to share with you I also have two copies of Banish to giveaway!
Based in Melbourne Australia, USA today best selling author Nicola Marsh has published 40 books and sold more than 4 million copies world wide. Banish a paranormal thriller is her young adult debut with HarlequinTeen Australia.
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“Alyssa has one week to destroy her enemy, save her spirit… and save her soul.
After her ex-boyfriend commits suicide and her mum’s alcoholism sparks yet another psychotic episode, seventeen-year-old Alyssa Wood flees her small hometown of Broadwater and heads to New York City to stay with her bohemian aunt — a Wicca High Priestess.
Alyssa revels in the anonymity of a big city and her new life. Her grades climb, she has a new best friend, and a new guy: the sexy geek Ronan — a saxophone player who prefers jazz to pop.
But her newfound peace is soon shattered when she sees a dead body in one of Ronan’s music clips — and she’s the only one who can see it. Worse still, Alyssa recognises the body that has been murdered a week forward!
Alyssa doesn’t believe in the supernatural…despite her family’s Wicca background. So how will she overcome evil when it’s closer than she thinks?”
Read on to learn how Nicola Marsh decided on the title of this novel, and your chance to win Banish!
EVOLUTION OF THE TITLE BANISH
I’m a writer who must have the perfect title before I can start writing a book. If the title doesn’t fit, my ideas don’t flow. My creativity is stifled.
With BANISH, the main idea for the book stemmed from a girl seeing something she shouldn’t on a YouTube clip.
When I fleshed out the idea, I upped the stakes for Alyssa, the heroine. What if Alyssa saw something freaky on a clip from someone she trusted? Wouldn’t that make it scarier and make her doubt her new boyfriend? But what if she was the only one who could see it? Considering her past, maybe she’d even doubt her own sanity?
And that’s the moment the perfect title came to me: Virtual Insanity. What Alyssa sees, a murder, takes place in a virtual world. And is she going insane?
However, when the fab team at Harlequin Teen Australia bought the book, they requested a title change. So I put my thinking cap on and came up with a few options:
THE SOUL RETRIEVER
SAVE MY SOUL
LIE TO ME
CONFIDE IN ME
Out of all of these, I particularly loved BANISH because there is so much in the book Alyssa needs to banish: her past, her doubts, her fears.
It encapsulates the book perfectly!
So I was rapt when the team at HQ Teen went with it!
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Banish by Nicola Marsh
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Closes August 11th 2013. Drawn via random.org