Poison Tongue by Nash Summers

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poison-tonguePoison Tongue by Nash Summers
Series: Afflicted Souls, Book One
Release Date: August 10, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Levi Bell can see a person’s soul just by looking into their eyes. In Monroe Poirier’s eyes, he sees the devil himself.

When Monroe moves back to the small Southern town of Malcome, Levi is repelled by the darkness of the stranger’s soul. But Levi is cursed to love things dark and wicked, and he’s seduced each time he looks into Monroe’s eyes—and drawn to the swamp behind the old Poirier house.

As strange occurrences begin to happen when shadows and visions visit him in the night, Levi sees a flicker of something good in Monroe’s soul. But the need to submerge himself in the swamp’s murky waters grows stronger as Levi’s desire for Monroe becomes unbearable.

In his struggles to help Monroe save his soul, Levi will have to decide if it’s worth losing his own.

four-stars

Wow. That’s the first thing out of my mouth when I finished reading it. This book was super confusing at first, and then wildly descriptive when I paid attention to it. Gothic Romance isn’t my thing, and I only wanted to read it based off the cover of the book. I love the cover. Then once I started reading it, was super hard to put down. Summers has a way with the words and characters of this story that left me awe in a way. Small cast of characters that were so well written and developed. I’m dying to know what book two can be about. I don’t want Monroe & Levi to have to suffer. And can I say, Ward hands down is my favorite character!!! I loved him.

Whatever darkness Monroe brought with him into the sunflower field, Ward brushed it all away. He was sunshine and glee, an ease in my bones, lightness in my mind. He would always be able to take away my darkness, turn my nightmares into daydreams.

It’s a slow burn featuring supernatural aspects dealing with good vs evil. Light and darkness and the ability to withstand any hardship. It’s a small town where everyone knows everyone and of course everyone knows Monroe Poirier. He’s the cursed devil who killed his father. I love that Levi is warned almost instantly to stay away from Monroe, not because he can see his tar stained soul, but because Monroe lives in the Poirier house who is backed against the swamp. The same swamp that calls to Levi nightly. It wants to take Levi and give him all the badness it can. In this story, the swamp is definitely a character. The way Levi describes it; it’s painstakingly beautiful at times. I love all the imagery that the authors, super vivid descriptions, colors, and feelings.

I hoped my soul would forgive me for giving my heart to the devil.

The romance between Levi & Monroe is a slowly building. They are pushing and pulling against wanting each other and staying away. I love the protection that both guys feel toward one another. I like how determined Levi is to protect Monroe, he wants to show Monroe that just because his life has been horrible, up until this point that Levi will do everything in his power to help him. Including hurting himself indeed. I’m shocked at how much I enjoyed it. I don’t want to give much of the plot away but I think people will love it. I’m so looking forward to book two.

“Levi,” he said softly.
I stared up into his eyes.
His smile was beautiful. “Tell me
what it looks like. Tell me you can see my soul.”

About Nash Summers

Nash Summers rarely has any idea what she’s doing. But when she likes to pretend, she pretends by writing stories at the pace of drying paint. As if that wasn’t exhilarating enough, Nash also enjoys absolute silence, general politeness, and waiting her turn in line.
Needless to say, she’s a bona fide hell raiser.

Guest Post: Nash Summers

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Oh My Shelves welcomes author Nash Summers to the blog with the release of her latest book, Poison Tongue – Available from Dreamspinner Press, August 10, 2016 – and shares with us her love of Gothic novels, how it bled into writing Levi and Monroe’s story as well as sharing bits of info on just how her latest work came to life.   She is also doing a giveaway, so be sure to check that out at the end of the post! 

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The first Gothic book I read was Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I think I first read it about four years ago without really knowing anything about the book. Luckily enough, I also hadn’t heard or read any spoilers. While the book wasn’t scary, it definitely did unsettle me. It was the type of book that continuously left me wanting more, wanting to understand the characters, their motives, and their secrets.

While Poison Tongue isn’t exactly a thriller like Rebecca, I’d like to think that I was influenced by it. Since reading Rebecca, I’ve had a lot for Gothic romance. It’s such a unique mixture of elements and themes that I can’t help but be drawn in by it.PoisonTongue-Promo-1

In some ways, of all the characters I’ve written, I think I can relate to Levi the most, and maybe that’s one of the reasons why this story is special to me. I wanted Levi’s character to be quiet–not shy–but solemn, perhaps. The fly on the wall. The reserved one. I don’t think anyone in my life could accuse me of being a shy person, but I can be reserved and tend to keep to myself.

Levi’s character is emotionally reserved, which I think plays a huge role in his internal battle with his feelings towards Monroe. To Levi, letting someone get close to him, or getting to know him, is one of his most terrifying experiences. And while things otherworldly are commonplace for a person like Levi, it’s the barest of human emotions which he fears the most.

There is a quote by Dorothy Dix I’ve always liked, and while writing Levi’s character, it was constantly in mind.

 

“Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets, and takes its own punishment in silence.”

~Dorothy Dix

 

PoisonTongue-Promo-2A few fun tidbits about Poison Tongue:

  • Levi’s last name, Bell, was chosen as a small nod to the Bell Witch from Southern folklore.
  • I chose the title Poison Tongue to represent one of the major themes throughout the story, which is the horrendous stigma that Monroe has carried his entire life. Rumors, naysay, and gossip spread through word of mouth, becoming poisonous. They affect everyone around him, even the main character, Levi. The serpentine reference in the title was a pleasant afterthought.
  • When first outlining the story, Monroe’s curse was actually a maze of serpent tattoos that covered his body. When Levi would look at the tattoos, they would move under Monroe’s skin. It wasn’t until later I decided to make the serpents more tangible in the story, and to eliminate the tattoos.
  • My first outline for Poison Tongue dates back about 2 ½ years, and it was vastly different than it is now.
  • I hadn’t actually given the town of Malcome its name until I was almost finished writing the manuscript.
  • If I could only pick one word for describe Monroe’s character, it would be lonely.
  • Not exactly a tidbit about Poison Tongue specifically, but the Afflicted Souls series in general. Before finishing Poison Tongue, I’d already picked the titles for three books in the series, and outlined each story as well. While each novel will feature a different couple, I plan to have a few guest appearances.

 


Poison Tpoison-tongueongue by Nash Summers
Series: Afflicted Souls, Book One
Release Date: August 10, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
Purchase Links:
DreamspinnerAmazonARe

Levi Bell can see a person’s soul just by looking into their eyes. In Monroe Poirier’s eyes, he sees the devil himself.

When Monroe moves back to the small Southern town of Malcome, Levi is repelled by the darkness of the stranger’s soul. But Levi is cursed to love things dark and wicked, and he’s seduced each time he looks into Monroe’s eyes—and drawn to the swamp behind the old Poirier house.

As strange occurrences begin to happen when shadows and visions visit him in the night, Levi sees a flicker of something good in Monroe’s soul. But the need to submerge himself in the swamp’s murky waters grows stronger as Levi’s desire for Monroe becomes unbearable.

In his struggles to help Monroe save his soul, Levi will have to decide if it’s worth losing his own.


 ~GIVEAWAY~

Giveaway for $15 Amazon Giftcard. 

Starts August 2nd and ends August 9th.

Click on the picture to enter!

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About Nash Summers

Nash Summers rarely has any idea what she’s doing. But when she likes to pretend, she pretends by writing stories at the pace of drying paint. As if that wasn’t exhilarating enough, Nash also enjoys absolute silence, general politeness, and waiting her turn in line.
Needless to say, she’s a bona fide hell raiser.