This is one book I’m excited about! I’ve heard some good things about it and I can’t wait to read it.
Check out the trailer, book summary and links, and don’t forget to enter the Pre-Order contest on the author’s website. I’ve added a link below.
Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.
Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.
When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperature as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestle with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.
The Author is holding an awesome Pre-Order contest on her site with the following prizes:
- A chance to win one of three audio books of The Summer that Melted Everything. Audio book is published by Blackstone and narrated by award-winning narrator Mark Bramhall.
- One of seven of Tiffany’s favorite books: DANDELION WINE by Ray Bradbury, WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson, DEATH ON THE NILE by Agatha Christie, THE REMAINS OF THE DAY by Kazuo Ishiguro, THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt, THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak, ABOVE THE RIVER: The Complete Poems by James Wright.
- One of 100 LIMITED-EDITION prints of Tiffany’s original watercolor painting titled, “SLIPPING AWAY.”
- All prizes come accompanied with a handwritten note from Tiffany.
Participation is open only to residents of the US. Must include proof of pre-order and your US mailing address in your entry. Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: TSTME Pre-order
Contest is open now and ending on 7/25/16 at midnight EST.
An Ohio native, Tiffany McDaniel’s writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows. She is also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, and artist. The Summer that Melted Everything is her debut novel.
Reviews from authors:
“Tiffany McDaniel’s The Summer That Melted Everything is a wonderfully original, profoundly unsettling, deeply moving novel that delivers both the shock of a fully realized reality and the deep resonance of parable. This is a remarkable debut by a splendid young writer.”—Robert Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
“Sometimes a book comes along that is so good that it defies all descriptions, but I’ll give it a shot anyway: Tiffany McDaniel’s astounding and heartbreaking The Summer That Melted Everything reads as if Carson McCullers and Shirley Jackson got together with Nathaniel Hawthorne in some celestial backwater and decided to write the first truly great gothic coming-of-age novel of the twenty-first century. There, I said it. Now read it.” —Donald Ray Pollock, PEN/Robert Bingham award winning author of Knockemstiff and The Devil All the Time
“Sometimes there is a novel so strange and beguiling it makes you give up your world for another world. Such a story is Tiffany McDaniel’s tale of an enchanted boy—who might be the devil—welcomed into a family with no right to their name, Bliss. It will frighten you, and charm you, and break your heart if you allow it . . . and you will allow it, because once this world has hold of you, it won’t let you go.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author The Deep End of the Ocean (the first Oprah Book Club selection)