Monday, July 23, 2012

Book of James Blog Tour Stop

 


By Ellen J Green

Book Blurb:

A terrible car crash sets things in motion for 31 year old Mackenzie when her critically injured husband, Nick, whispers warnings that someone from his past may attempt to harm or kill her after his passing. He urges her to travel to Philadelphia to his childhood home. Find James, he insists. It's the only way out.


His last words are pushed to the side in the aftermath of his death, as Mackenzie is consumed with grief. Until the things he had spoken of start to come true. Mackenzie's search brings her to the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, to the 19th century mansion where her husband was raised, and face to face with a mother-in-law she didn't know existed. The two women each have an agenda. Cora, a recluse, worries that her son revealed devastating childhood secrets to his wife. Mackenzie is concerned that unless she uncovers those secrets and finds the elusive James, she may not survive. The two women circle around one another, hunter and prey. But which is which?


As the plot unfolds Mackenzie becomes more driven and takes increasingly dangerous risks while Cora’s precarious mental state rapidly deteriorates forcing her to relive a past she has worked so hard to keep buried.A gallery of photographs in the bowels of the house holds clues to generations of abuse, treachery and possibly murder. Messages hidden in Nick’s childhood Bible within the Epistle of James have Mackenzie racing against time to put the pieces together, unearth the reasons her husband chose to vanish when he was sixteen years old, and locate the person mentioned in Nick’s dying breath.


When James is finally found, the results are more horrifying than Mackenzie could have ever imagined.


So for those of you who don't know, I live pretty close to Philadelphia, PA. So when I found of Book of James was placed near there I wondered why. This was the author's response.


I was born and raised on a farm in upstate NY and moved to Philadelphia region when I was 17 years old.
I lived in south Philadelphia but worked out in the northwest section of the city. Everyday I traveled through Chestnut Hill. I loved the streets paved with Belgian block, the quaint stores built from stone, and the old mansions set back from the road. When I started writing The Book of James, it was set in a location that wasn’t named. I had this historic town in my head, with stone pathways and a trolley. I was writing and writing and then somewhere along the line it hit me. I had been describing the Chestnut Hill area without knowing it.
The village of Chestnut Hill is considered part of the city of Philadelphia proper but has a whole different feel to it. The house used in the story does not really exist. The Wissahickon creek park surrounds the edges of the area so I used those woods as a backdrop for the story. I took some artistic license, but I think most of it is fairly accurate.

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