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Echoes of a Song by @libraryoferana is a Trick or Treat Bonanza pick #darkfantasy #gothic #halloween



Title: Echoes of a Song


Author: A.L. Butcher


Genre: Dark Fantasy/Historical Fantasy/Gothic


Book Blurb:


A dozen tumultuous years after the dramatic events at the Paris Opera House Raoul, Comte de Chagny is still haunted by the mysterious Opera Ghost – the creature of legend who held staff at the Opera House under his thrall, kidnapped Raoul’s lover and murdered his brother. In Raoul’s troubled imagination the ghosts of the past are everywhere, and strange and powerful music still calls in his dreams.


Madness, obsession and the legacy of the past weave their spell in this short, tragic tale based on the Phantom of the Opera.


Excerpt:


The Angel of Death stalked the De Chagnys, so the whispers said. Maybe it was true. For once the Angel of Death had been a man. A masked man of magic, of music and of murder. The Angel had many names, and many guises; Raoul had once laughed scornfully at Christine’s infatuation with the Angel of Music. But now he understood the terrible bewitchment, for it was his now to bear. This man, this ‘Phantom’, who at once was angel, ghost, maestro, architect, and magician had held them all in his not insubstantial power. Erik – so he called himself - had almost brought the mighty Paris opera house to its knees. Erik’s opera house, so Christine had told him. And in those desperate nights, at least, it had been true.


Raoul pulled out the hidden drawer beneath one of the shelves and read the newspaper – now yellow and faded – as he had every night for three years like a consuming obsession. First the accounts of the ‘accidents’ at the opera: the terrible night the chandelier had fallen killing an employee, the apparent suicide of a stage hand and the murder of one of the foremost tenors. Wild stories abounded about an ‘Opera Ghost’ who’d managed to fool the managers into parting with a fortune, terrified the corps de ballet and whose face was so terrible to behold that any who saw it would die, but who sang with an angel’s voice. The truth was not something that bothered the Paris Tribune too much, but the truth could be strange beyond reason. And the Surete could hardly believe the wild stories of masked men and angry ghosts. They’d searched and asked questions, and considered a cuckolded husband or an angry father, but no perpetrator had been found. The case dwindled into obscurity. Months and years went by and other cases took prominence and now few remembered one death in a city where murder was common and adultery more so. Peering at the faded print in the bad light Raoul found the part he sought in the letters of the city’s more reputable rag.


“Erik is dead,” Raoul said it aloud. Three words. Three words which had haunted him these twelve years.


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If you could dress up as anything or anyone this Halloween, what or who would it be and why?


The Phantom of the Opera – I love this story – it has everything – mystery, love, revenge, a troubled but brilliant antihero and a tragic storyline. I’ve loved the story since I was 11.


Explain why your featured book is a treat to read:


Almost all the stories written since the original have been from the point of view of Erik, or Christine. But what about Raoul? He was the lover who risked everything to try and rescue the woman he loved. What did he think of the Phantom? How did life go after the events at the Opera house. This is his tragic story.


Giveaway –


One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon (US or Canada) gift card.



Open internationally. You must have an active Amazon US or Amazon Canada account to be eligible.


Runs October 1 – 31


Drawing will be held on November 1.


Author Biography:


British-born A. L. Butcher is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet, and a dreamer, a lover of science, natural history, history, and monkeys. Her prose has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as ‘evocative’. She writes with a sure and sometimes erotic sensibility of things that might have been, never were, but could be.


Alex is the author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles and the Tales of Erana lyrical fantasy series. She also has several short stories in the fantasy, fantasy romance genres with occasional forays into gothic style horror, including the Legacy of the Mask series. With a background in politics, classical studies, ancient history and myth, her affinities bring an eclectic and unique flavour in her work, mixing reality and dream in alchemical proportions that bring her characters and worlds to life.


She also curates speculative fiction themed book bundles on Pubshare - for the most part - the Here Be Series


Alex is also proud to be a writer for Perseid Press where her work features in Heroika: Dragon Eaters, Heroika Skirmishers – where she was editor and cover designer as well as writer and Lovers in Hell and Mystics in Hel l– part of the acclaimed Heroes in Hell series. http://www.theperseidpress.com/


Awards:

Outside the Walls, co-written with Diana L. Wicker received a Chill with a Book Reader’s Award in 2017.

NN Light Book Heaven awards:

The Kitchen Imps and Other Dark Tales won the best fantasy for 2018

Echoes of a Song - one of her Phantom tales – won the best fantasy in 2019

Tears and Crimson Velvet won the best Short Story category in 2020

Dark Tales and Twisted Verses – won the best Short Story Category in 2021


Social Media Links:


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Amazon Author Page http://amzn.to/2hK33OM

Google Play author page https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=A.+L.+Butcher&hl=en

Apple Audiopage https://books.apple.com/us/author/a-l-butcher/id895849667#see-all/audio-books




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