YA Historical Urban Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 300 Pages
April 5th 2016 by Month9Books
April 5th 2016 by Month9Books
A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse…or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is the only constant in her life.
Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see the outside world.
But the monster has other plans. The missing girl's share one common thread...each was twenty-nine's cell mate.
Will she be next?
About the Author
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.
Other Books by the Author
Guest Post: Ten Reasons for Insane Asylum Admissions in 1800
As a historical Young Adult author, and the daughter of a once-history teacher, I always do my homework…admittedly even an over-the-top amount.
When I knew the setting for my next two, and possibly three books was an 1800’s Lunatic Asylum, I toured the Trans-allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia, on two separate occasions.
Interestingly, as I spoke to my mother about the trip—she related that as a young teen, she and her brother stayed for a week at an asylum in the 1940’s in Kentucky. Relatives were working as caretakers there, and my mother had vivid memories of hay bales, and an asylum dance…and a few scary stories, that did make their way into the books.
Here are a few reasons for admission from 1864 to 1899 which are more frightening than any fiction I could ever relate: And I am not fabricating:
Parents were cousins
Feebleness of Intellect
Uterine Derangement (LOLOL…WHAT??)
Loss of Son
Gathering in the Head
Snuff eating for two years
SO…the criteria were a little different than today’s DSM 5, the manual used for psychiatric diagnoses today.
Here is the full list from Pintrest:
My protagonist, Jane, a musical prodigy, has been a resident since the age of three, and has no recollection of a life outside Soothing Hills Asylum. She hears voices, which was the primary reason for her admission.
Mason, a new orderly, falls in love with her…and together they unravel the mystery of the voices. Are they really only in her head… or is something far more dangerous the cause?
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