Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Guest Post - A Toast To Blackbird Summer

Before I relinquish control of my blog for the day...I want to wish a heartfelt congratulations to Em Shotwell on the release of Blackbird Summer, which I really enjoyed (you can read about it here). It's a long journey to get your book out into the world and Em did it!

Take it away Em!

Thank you Elesha for letting me take over your wonderful blog to celebrate the release of my debut novel, BLACKBIRD SUMMER.

You can read the synopsis following this post- but Blackbird Summer is the story of two sisters who belong to a…err…strange family in the Deep South. They live on the edge of a town that hates them because of their special, X-Men like abilities.

Since Elesha and I connected on twitter over the hashtag #WinosWrite (Also known as THE best writing sprint hashtag around. We need to revive it soon!) I thought it would be fun to have a few author-friends who have read and reviewed Blackbird Summer play a “drinking game.”

No. Not THAT kind of drinking game.

I asked the question: 

Who is your favorite character in Blackbird Summer, and if they were a cocktail, what would they be and why?
(*Please enjoy alcohol responsibly)

C.L. McCollum, Author

Tallulah’s Grandma/ Mojito

"Tully's Grandma was unsurprisingly a fave of mine - something about strong Southern women always wins me over! And her gift of Vigor was so intriguing. She strikes me as a mojito. Sweet as sugar with a fresh feel of green growing mint and the bit of sass in the sour lime juice topped off with that slow giddiness from just the right amount of rum. It's the perfect drink for sipping on a muggy summer afternoon out on the back porch of the Caibre home."

Randi Perrin, Author

Logan/ Red Wine Sangria

“Red wine sangria... Because he's sweet, comforting, and, like sangria, is a mix of a little bit of everything in just the right proportions to leave a good taste lingering on your tongue. Logan, like the drink, is a sleeper. He seems innocent enough, but too much of a good thing leads to questionable judgment and a swirling head.”

And of course—I have to share one of my favorites!
Em Shotwell- Author of Blackbird Summer

Jack/ Pimm’s Cup

I have a couple of favorites, but I think Jack is an underrated character, and I simply adore him! Jack would be a Pimm’s Cup. The cool, light flavors of the mint and cucumber are perfect for a chill guy like Jack, and like the drink, Jack is sweet—but not too sweet.

How about you? What’s your favorite cocktail? What beloved character from a book or television show would go best with your drink of choice? Comment below, or find me on twitter or facebook and let me know.

Em Shotwell is the author of Blackbird Summer (City Owl Press, 2016). She lives in South Louisiana with a husband who spoils her and two mini-superheroes who call her mom. Em think the most interesting characters are the ones who live on the sidelines, and that small towns often hide the biggest secrets. She is inspired by tall tales and local legends.

When she’s not writing about misfits and oddballs, Em enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, or indoors where she can be found daydreaming and wishing that she could play the banjo.

About Blackbird Summer

When people hate the unknown, being Gifted is a curse.

In the cornerstone of the rural south, Brooklyn, Mississippi, no one dares make eye contact with the strange Caibre family. Until the rewards are worth the cost. The townsfolk come, cash in hand, always at night, to pay for services only a Gifted can provide.

No matter the Gifts prevalent in her family, at twenty-one, Tallulah is expected to follow the path laid out for her: marriage, babies, and helping her mama teach the family home school program. She’s resigned to live the quiet life and stay out of trouble…until she meets Logan.

An outsider and all around rebel, Logan doesn’t care about her family’s reputation. Yet after a tragic loss wreaks havoc on the crumbling relationship between the Caibres and the townsfolk, Tallulah must decide if love and freedom are worth risking everything.

Add Blackbird Summer to your list on Goodreads!

Buy Blackbird Summer on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com


  1. Thanks so much for letting me take over your blog, Elesha! This is one of my favorite guests posts. :-)

    1. Thank you for doing it! I loved it and am looking forward to trying these drinks while reading BBS!