Jun 21, 2014

Blog Tour: Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman

Hello, book seekers! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Brynn Chapman's Boneseeker! If you're a fan of Sherlock Holmes (or Watson), historical fiction, and magnifying-glass required shenanigans, then you maaay want to check this out. And to make all this even cooler, I have an interview with Brynn and a giveaway. (But no bones, sorry!)

In the form of a tweet, how would you describe Boneseeker
Holmes, the daughter. Watson, the son. Skeleton-progeny-of-fallen-angels. Love, Danger. Death and redemption. #Boneseeker #sherlock 

Now I could be wrong, but Boneseeker sounds like it might be a retelling/based off of Sherlock Holmes--am I right?
It isn’t a retelling but a derivative. It is Holmes’s daughter and Watson’s son.

Speaking of Sherlock Holmes, what's your favorite adaptation of the classic?
That is a tough question. I really love the Guy Ritchie movies, and love BBC’s Sherlock as well.

The synopsis mentions "Mutter Museum," and that your protagonist Arabella Holmes is supposed to be "a purveyor of abnormal science." Both of those sound pretty awesome. Would you mind telling us a bit about the two?
The Mutter Museum is located in Philadelphia, here is the Wikipedia description:

The Mütter Museum is a medical museum located in the Center City area of PhiladelphiaPennsylvania. It contains a collection of medical odditiesanatomical and pathological specimenswax models, and antique medical equipment. The museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The original purpose of the collection, donated by Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter in 1858, was medical research and education.

Arabella and Henry’s role are antiquarians—scientists who seek out and secure abnormal scientific specimens. 

Do I smell a romance between Arabella Holmes and Henry Watson (and what would Sherlock think)?
You most definitely smell romance of the most complicated variety—and both Sherlock and Watson senior are not pleased.

Your novel appears to have a lot elements. From history and mystery to Nephilim, there are a lot of compelling components. What inspired you to write such a story?
All of my novels contain science, history and love—though not necessarily in that order, so for me, multiple elements are natural as breathing.

Using the letters of SLEUTH, how would you describe yourself?
Shuddersome (my writing anyway)
Eclectic in my tastes
Henry-lover (LOL)

Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes?
Ug, both. They should marry and produce me another character to read.

Holmes or Watson?
Oh dear. I truly cannot choose—to me they are almost symbiotic creatures. With such diverse, yet intriguing personalities and traits.

Can I have both?

Did you ever go on a detective adventure yourself, and if so, what was it?
Well, when I’m not creating impossible scenes for Henry and Arabella,  I feel like a medical detective each day. I am constantly trying to deduct sensory abnormalities and ease families through the maze of improperly processed nervous systems.

Just google, ‘sensory processing’. That’s the kind of sleuth I am. 

Title: Boneseeker
Author: Brynn Chapman
Publisher: Month 9 Books, LLC
Publishing Date: June 17, 2014
Pages: 300
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Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she wouldn't fit the role of a proper 1900's lady, her father, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The museum was Arabella's dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her father called a BoneSeeker.

Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter Museum with a double assignment--to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and to watch over and keep Arabella Holmes. An easy task, if he could only get her to speak to him instead of throwing knives in his general direction.

But this is no time for child's play. The two teens are assigned to a most secret exploration, when the hand of a Nephilim is unearthed in upstate New York. Soon, Arabella and Henry are caught in a fight for their lives as scientific debate swirls around them. Are the bones from a Neanderthal ... or are they living proof of fallen angels, who supposedly mated with humans according to ancient scrolls?

Sent to recover the skeleton, they discover they are the second team to have been deployed and the entire first team is dead. And now they must trust their instincts and rely on one another in order to survive and uncover the truth.

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

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