When people fear 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.
Meet the Author:
10 random things you didn’t know about
10) I am not a natural red-head. (EEP! Please don’t kick me out of the club!) Worse than that- in high-school, My sis colored her hair red all the time and I completely made fun of her—you know—like jerk-big-sisters do…Now I am the ginger-wanna-be! These freckles are all mine, though, lol. (Side note- me and sis are great friends now).
9) I moved a lot growing up. Like- a LOT lot. I changed schools ten times between 5th grade and my senior year. I have lived all over the southern United States—from North Carolina down to coastal Alabama. I got really good at observing people- which I think has benefitted my ability to craft believable characters.
8) I am a complete geek. I love Doctor Who, Star Wars, Firefly, and all things Marvel. I get it honest though- I grew up on Planet of the Apes, Star Trek, and Star Wars. I think everyone should like what they like and embrace who they are. J
7) I had cancer as a teenager. Yep. My 17th year was pretty much fodder for an over-the-top angst ridden teenage romance novel. Except it really happened. I met my (now) husband a week before my diagnosis and we have been together ever since. He shaved his head, I wore a quirky pink wig. He stopped being a college party boy to hang with me in the pediatric cancer ward. It’s what “insta-love” doesn’t bother me in books. I lived it.
(Just FYI-In real life, it is not sexy to have your boy-friend hold your hair while you puke. You are puking. You want to be left alone).
I made friends and lost friends in the cancer ward and it forever changed how I view everyday experiences.
6) I am a huge foster care advocate! If you can, you should volunteer. If you don’t have time, but want to help then you should consider donating. If you wanna do something huge for a foster child—consider becoming a Casa volunteer.
5) In high school I worked on the newspaper (at one of the many schools I attended). I also wrote some truly terrible plays. I still have one of them. It’s bad. Really, really bad.
4) I come from a family of story-tellers. When I was little, my uncle had me (and all of my many, many cousins) convinced that the jabberwocky lived in the woods behind his house. My Dad and Mom wrote stories and I was convinced by my Mamaw that the boogey-man was named Sam Pokey and hid around her house.
3) Blackbird Summer is my first novel- but the book you are reading now has been through many renditions. I re-wrote that sucker (with major plot changes) So. Many. Times. I love the resulting story so much, though, and I hope you will too!
2) I am originally a Mississippi girl- but I now claim Louisiana as home. I have a love affair with Cajun and Creole food. I live near the heart of tiger country (LSU, Baton Rouge) and a piece of my heart belongs to the city of New Orleans.
1) It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. Writing was always a dream—but like so many people—I was scared to chase that dream. Now I am so glad that I did (and you can too! Follow your passion—even if you have to do it in small steps).
While I was figuring out who I was, I worked as a vet tech, I sold outdoor fountains, I was a hairstylist, I sold cowboy boots, I taught pre-school, I taught exercise classes, I was a bridal consultant…these are just a few of the jobs I held. Through them all, I was always writing.
Em Shotwell is the author of Blackbird Summer with City Owl Press. She believes the most interesting characters are the ones who live on the sidelines, and that the smallest towns often hide the biggest secrets.
Em’s characters will bless your heart between sips of sweet tea- but be warned! There is often more to them than meets the eye. She loves to craft stories around outcasts and weirdos with a spark of magic and a penchant for finding trouble.
She lives in South Louisiana with a husband who spoils her and two mini-superheroes who call her mom. When she isn’t writing about misfits and oddballs, she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, and debating Doctor Who facts with her obsessed ten year old.
I love this quote, Diana
“I’m wondering what to read next.” — Matilda, Roald Dahl