My characters are either naked or dressed to kill. Given they’re all monsters stalking the
city of New Gotham’s twisted, cracked, and cobbled streets, the criminal
wardrobe is part of the job description. Rockabilly princesses, corpse brides,
leather queens…my city is full of them. Where do they get their menacing
There is boutique hiding out between the fractured, narrow store-fronts lining the foggy
docks. The shingles are ribbed and black. Washed, peeling paint and displays
offering views into wicked leather and lace studded glam. The mannequins are
ghoulish beauties stitched together from whatever was left from the last fool
to cross one of the sinister witches.
Push open its shabby, frosted front door. Tiny white flakes of paint will pepper the wind
like spectral dust. The minute you set heel on waxy polished oak floors
and step into the candelabra fire-light you know…
This is where the magic happens.
to Sinister Stitches
for a wicked fairy tale.”
A spicy trinity of black magic sisters breathe star-dusted dreams to life with their
gothic apparel boutique. They are schooled in the old ways of “fabric-bending”
by the Needlewitches of old. With this knowledge, they’ve created an entire
line of clothing that all share the same basic design element: one-size fits
all. Each garment will magically tailor itself to its wearer once worn. There
may might be some “twirling” required, but a vampire’s steady hand should turn
every wardrobe change into a stolen moment.
Care to take a peek at what the Sinister Stitches has to offer?
Check out some of the questionnaire Angela Dennis’ Brenna Baudouin from
Shadows of Fatewas
asked to fill out when she wandered into Sinister Stitches.
THE WITCHES WHO STITCH QUESTIONNAIRE
Please provide the witches with your name: Brenna Baudouin
Please provide the witches with the following:
Hair Color: Copper
Hair Length: [ ] Short and Sassy, [ ] Medium and
Modern, [X] Lush and Long
Eye Color: Gold
Skin Tone: [ ] Ghoulish, [X] Snow White, [ ]
Cina-baby, [ ] Mochalicious, [ ] Dark Chocolate,
[ ] Other:__________
Please provide the witches with your measurements and body-type.
a.) Height: 5’9”
b.) Body Type: [ ] Skeletal, [ ] Lean and Tender, [X] Lean and Tough, [ ] Ripe and
Do you have any extra extremities? Place an “X” to all that apply.
[ ] Horns or
[ ] Halo
[ ] 20 ft. of
Hair or More
[ ] Gills and
Fins or [ ] Hooves
[ ] Wings (Span: )
[ ] Tail (How
How many heads do you have?
I’m boring that way.
Do you have arms and legs?
If so, how many? Yes. Two of each
How dead are you?
[X] Living, [ ] Undead, [ ]Astral Form
What are you? (Species/Breed)
A Shadow Bearer
What is the occasion? (Ideas include: Wedding, Funeral, Sabbath, etc. Oh, and seduction
is a valid occasion. The more details, the better.)
The boss is forcing me to meet Gray for dinner and drinks. I think he wants us to bond. Thinks it will help us kill more demons.
What’s the occasion setting? (Beach, haunted castle, grand ball, etc.)
An old warehouse in the interspecies
section of Denver. Someone gutted it and
made it a restaurant. It’s run by a
family of gargoyles, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be picking up a pizza on the way
Will you be running for your life at some point in the evening?
(Helps with shoe selection.)
Most likely. I can’t breathe these days
without someone trying to kill me.
Will you be set on fire? Better yet, will you be setting other people on fire?
My magic is elemental, so there will
definitely be some fireballs in the mix.
Demons burn easily.
Will you be grave-robbing? (Dirt is a dressmaker’s tedium.)
Not my style.
Is your neck a dinner plate?
Did Hilda tell you? I’m going to kill that
ghost. I told her to keep her mouth shut. Everybody has moments of
weakness. Who could blame me? I mean, have you seen Gray?
Do you hope to be naked at some point in the evening?
(All right, dirty birds. Such questions are
actually intended toward the weres and shifters in regards to their
But I’ve always wanted to shape shift.
Describe your last brush with Death in two sentences. (Helps us plan for the unexpected.)
A group of demons tried to burn down the boarding house with us locked inside. We
Do you need a secret compartment for weapons, wands, tampons, etc.?
My athame never leaves my side, even when I sleep. I either strap it to my lower
back or my thigh for easy access.
What are your three favorite colors?
Orange, sage, aqua.
What two colors rattle your kettle?
Hot pink, bright red
Please pick a style that you feel embodies you the best. If none apply, feel free to
surprise us by providing your own brilliant description in the “other” slot.
Rockabilly Starlet: This
is for the spoonfuls of sugar. The good-natured and naughty girl next door
types. Candy is the business and fairy tales are ultimate. More often than not,
her head is in the clouds and her nose in the book. Our dreamers.
Leather Queen: This
is for the warrior princesses. The type of girls who give boys a run for their
money and wear tight jeans just watch the little vampires come undone. Hands
for fighting and these heels for ass-kickings. Our protectors.
Medieval Mistress: This is for the no-nonsense girls. The ones
who know better because they’re ten steps ahead. They’re schemers—they might be
shy, or they might not be. More importantly, they’re selective. Our wisdom.
Gothic Dame: This for the mysteries.
The ones no one can quite make heads or tails out off. She’s a mixture, a
melting pot of sugar and sinister. She might be Rockabilly Starlet one day, or
a Medieval Mistress other days. Our sisters.
Who is your favorite fairy tale villain?
The Queen/Witch in Snow White
If you could be any fairy tale princess, who would it be?
I’d be me.
I may not be living a fairy tale, but I’m still a princess by blood and
Now, tell us the twit you hate most.
The idiot that let all these demons
through the Veil. Their days are
Anything else you’d like to add…
many barrels of chocolate, a dash of magic, and furious sewing…
Stitches’ Leather Queen,
Dweyer presents Brenna’s Completed Dress
Seated on the counter top with her legs crossed, Brenda the
She-wolf is painted in a scarlet leather cat-suit and matching snake-skin
f#ck-me-pumps. She flashes a brilliant white crescent of even white teeth and
sharp dainty canines:
I’m Brenda. I’m the reigning Leather Queen. And I’d rather be naked. So, let’s begin.
First of all, it took me ALL morning to track down the right kind
of dragon. No, really. Orange!? Orange?! DO you know how OLD a Japanese dragon
has to be for its underbelly to be ORANGE?! Only the oldest and wisest of
Japanese dragons grow wings, shed their scaled underbellies, and become hairiyo. (Dragon birds) That’s right, girl. If you want an orange
dragon, it has to be on the verge of FOREVER old. Took me ALL morning. I missed
a very, very important appointment for waxing, so you better do more than pick
up pizza in this dress. At the very least, I demand you have a slice of Gray. (So hot.)
The flowing, bustle mermaid skirt has been fashion with long
strips of nirvana orange hairiyo underbelly
blended with Wuthering Wonderland spider lilies. The charmeuse fabric is inflammable
and lightweight, semi-lustrous and almost has a satin quality, but is far more breathable.
I wanted you to be able to move in this dress.
So, I called in my sister, Astrid, for the bodice work. It’s fashion
from a Camelot leviathan carcass. We whittled out the flesh and kept the shell.
The patterns are natural. As for the mermaid bustier, you can thank my sister,
Gillian, for that. For once, she didn’t stick a damn bow on my dress. Instead,
she stitched tiny Olympus ambrosia flowers to the bodice to give the sweet
heart neckline a little extra glitter. There bustle skirt gives you plenty of
options for athame concealment and Momma threw in these black Glitter Kill
Should things go terribly wrong, don’t worry. The black velvet pumps are from Hellish Heels. They’re enchanted, so you can run off into the night screaming without falling flat on your face. But I’ve made sure everything is breathable, flexible and sexy, so you should have no problems…
Having your man—any way you want him—and kicking a little demon ass,
BULLETINS from THE PIXES:
For more information about Sophie Avett’s New Gotham novels and Sinister Stitches
recent release, ‘Twas the Darkest Night, please check out her website: http://www.sophieavett.weebly.com.
Image Credit(s): © xalanx – Fotolia.com
A Sinister Stiches Spin-off
Genre: Erotic Gothic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing
Date of Publication: March 15, 2014
Number of pages: est. 355 pages
Word Count: est. 160, 000
Cover Artist: Elaina, For the Muse Designs
Remember the story about the troll who lived under the bridge—yes, well, that twit didn’t have to pay rent.
Owner and operator of Bits and Pieces, and resident expert on charms and glamours, Elsa Karr is a witch with a sour frown and a list of things to do as long as Thor’s hammer. Top of the list is saving her father’s shop from ruin. If she isn’t trying to claw her way out of debt, she’s arguing with her cat, Fenris, or shoveling carts of cake into her gob. She’s not interested in romance or the vampire who rents the flat above her shop. All she wants is a little peace and chocolate–fine, all right! All right! The vampire is kind of screw all cute. (Curse him.)
The disgraced son and heir of the Wingates House vampire clan and a mad-man to boot, Marshall Ansley spends most of his time working and dodging his mother’s phone calls. Marshall is beyond family. He’s beyond everyone, actually. Don’t be daft, he especially doesn’t do…Christmas. But behold, the plague brings an original flavor of annoyance this year when his boss tasks him with acquiring the account of a recluse fey and her upcoming Gothic clothing boutique, Sinister Stitches. That is the ONLY reason he’s bothering with his shrewish landlord. No, that’s it. No…really. Fine, if you insist, the witch might be a tad bit…all right, she’s adorable. (Damn her.)
Scrooge meets Scrooge. Dominant meets Dominant. Tempers…spark. In each other, they may unfold a tale that only comes to pass on the darkest of nights.
Sophie Avett is kind of a nerd. Like not even one of the cute, hip ones everyone brags about nowadays. More like the socially awkward hippie who eats way too much bread and dreams about being a dragon from behind towers of mythology books. Um…yeah. Picture old, tattered paperbacks and comic books–mostly Batman and Wonder Woman–dwarfing a tiny desk, with just barely enough room for the troll who writes there and the 70 pound hell-hound that insists of laying it’s wet nose on top of her bare foot.
Granted not the most exciting existence, but she tries to make up for it by writing romances populated with her own peculiar ilk of paranormal beasties. Trolls, wyverns, the obscure Nordic brownie–she likes to keep things interesting. And bloody. (And mostly naked–but, we’ll keep that bit between us.)
Sophie Avett loves to hear from her readers. (Hi, mom.) So if there’s something on your mind, feel free to leave a message after the scream.
(Mom, seriously…you can just call me.)
a trip to New Gotham!
A paid vacation to New Gotham is an expensive affair. So, the ravens have decided
to cover the cost of travel and fashion this delightful “Carriage
“Naked wizards and scheming vampires? Where do I sign?!” all the witches scream
and random sparks of black magic crackle across the ceiling.
We’re getting to that, dearies…
An Appointment for Tea with Mrs. Potts the Storymaven (aka Fairy Godmother) will
require the use of the earrings the pixies have fashioned out of raven skulls,
AKA, “Raven Ear-wings.”
The baubles should land the winners in New Gotham’s clock-tower square. It could be that they do nothing at all. Or
you might end up in oblivion. Good luck with that. The crickets will read about
it in the papers, no doubt.
“What do I have to do?” everyone screams and waves their good silver stakes in the
air. (Good girls.)
to Win the Vacation of a Lifetime…
You have to fill out information in the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of the tour
a Dress from Sinister Stitches!
Sophie Avett’s ravens have partnered with the Witches-Who-Stitch to offer a special
prize. It’s a dress featured in Sophie’s upcoming release, ‘Twas the Darkest
Night. The sinister witches made it special for Elsa but after many carts of
cake offered to the trinity in sacrifice, they have agreed to stitch an exact replica
for one lucky witch.
“What do I have to do?!” everyone screams and fails theirs arms like deranged
daisies. (Just go with it.)
to Win a Dress…
You have to sign up via the Rafflecopter form that will be posted at the bottom of
each and every Sinister Stitches Tour Stop
At the end of Sophie Avett’s Bewitching Book Tours campaign (March 17 to March 31
2014) the ravens will announce a winner and gather that witch’s measurements
What are you waiting for?
Every girl needs a dress for a wicked fairy tale.
>>>> a Rafflecopter giveaway <<<<
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