OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway

Today I have the honor of being on the Blog Tour (Excerpt and Giveaway) for OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS by Jessica Verday.  When I began blogging years ago Jessica's Hollow series was one of the first books that I read and I have been a fan ever since. I am very pleased to be a part of this tour and I have been given the privilege of sharing an excerpt with my readers and offer a signed copy of OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS to one lucky winner. So, please enjoy the excerpt and please follow along with the other blog stops on this tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

by Jessica Verday
September 9th 2014 by EgmontUSA
Hardcover, 288 pages

A romantic, historical retelling of classic Gothic horror featuring Edgar Allan Poe and his character Annabel Lee, from a New York Times best-selling author.

Summoned to her father's home in 1820's Philadelphia, a girl finds herself in the midst of a rash of gruesome murders in which he might be implicated. She is torn romantically between her father's assistants-one kind and proper, one mysterious and brooding-who share a dark secret and may have more to do with the violent events than they're letting on.


My breath is quick. It abandons me, then rushes back so fiercely I fear I’m going to faint. The horrors—such horrors!—lie before me. Blood is everywhere. Splashed on the walls and spilled across the floor.  The scent, heavy upon the air, is like a fog that rises up early in the morning. Loops of glistening flesh are strung out upon a table, and in the middle of it all is a single lock of hair. Dark. Curled. Obscene in its loveliness amongst such carnage. I cannot comprehend that such a horrible act has been committed upon someone, and I close my eyes to say a silent prayer for their soul. I’ve been witness to grim scenes as Mother’s assistant, but nothing could prepare me for this. Only moments ago, this poor person was alive. And now . . .

A sound comes from behind me. I whirl around, and Edgar steps out of the shadows. “Do you like it?” he purrs. “The small intestine stretches quite far. It is remarkable.”

“You did this?”

At his nod, I put one hand up to cover my mouth. Bile rises in the back of my throat and nausea threatens to overcome me. “Why . . . ?”

“To show you that I keep my word. If you deny my request, this will be Cook next. Carved upon my table like a Christmas ham. Or perhaps Johanna.”

I take a step back and stumble. “I tried to find Father . . . to speak with him. . . . But he’s gone out of town and has not yet returned.”

Voices come from outside the room, and Edgar springs into action, pushing the door shut behind me, and shoving me backward. Curling his fingers into the collar of my cloak, he holds me up against the wall. My feet barely brush the floor.

“It’s my best work yet,” Edgar says. “Although rather messy.” His voice, low in my ear, is taunting. “Don’t you think?”

Jessica Verday is the New York Times best-selling author of The Hollow trilogy. She wrote the first draft of The Hollow by hand, using thirteen spiral-bound notebooks and fifteen black pens. The first draft of The Haunted took fifteen spiral-bound notebooks and twenty black pens. The Hidden took too many notebooks and too many pens to count. She lives in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, with her husband.  You can visit her online at www.jessicaverday.com.
Please follow along with the other stops in this great BLOG TOUR and don't forget to enter the giveaway for OF GODS AND MADNESS

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 Cecilia Bedelia
Review and giveaway

Review and giveaway

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 The Book Monsters
Guest post and giveaway

Addicted 2 Novels
Review and giveaway

Thursday, September 04, 2014 Actin up with Books
Q&A and giveaway

Friday, September 05, 2014 IceyBooks
Guest post and giveaway

Saturday, September 06, 2014 Tales of a Ravenous Reader
Excerpt and giveaway

A Dream within a Dream
Review and giveaway

Sunday, September 07, 2014 The Best Books Ever
Review and giveaway

Monday, September 08, 2014 Book Briefs
Guest post and giveaway

Bookaholics Ananymous Online
Review and giveaway

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 Mundie Moms
Review and giveaway

The Mod Podge Bookshelf
Guest post and giveaway

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Live to Read
Giveaway only

Jump Into Books
Review and Giveaway

Thursday, September 11, 2014 Miss O’s Library Land
Q&A and giveaway

Write All the Words
Guest post for Banned Books Month

Friday, September 12, 2014 Pamela Thompson’s Blog
Guest post and giveaways

The Book Beacon
Review and giveaway

Saturday, September 13, 2014 Curling Up with a Good Book
Q&A and giveaway

The Children’s Book Review
Guest post and giveaway

Sunday, September 14, 2014 A Backwards Story
Review and giveaway

Monday, September 15, 2014 Pinky’s Favorite Reads
Q&A and giveaway

GIVEAWAY: One signed copy Of Monsters and Madness 
Rules: Must leave a comment and a valid email address for a lucky winner in either US or Canada



  1. OMG...I love stuff like this. Esp when it has one of my fave writers of all time, EAP. The man was a genius! I have got to read this book!

  2. This could be either really good or really bad, lol. Annabel Lee is my favorite poem ever, so hopefully this is great too!

  3. VERY interested in this one!! Thanks for the giveaway.

    themgowl at gmail dot com

  4. That sounds awesome, I must keep an eye out for more of Jessica's work

  5. I love gothic novels especially Edgar Allan Poe retellings! Thanks for the giveaway! Excerpt sounds creepy and exciting!

    mpg12345 AT aol DOT com

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  7. That excerpt. . . I c a n n o t wait!
    That was creepy and amazing!

  8. would love a signed copy of this book I adore the cover.

  9. When I was in middle school, I discovered Poe and was in awe at how modern his stories seem. It was a great introduction to Gothic novels.

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

  10. Yay! Thank you! I love Poe! rainjeys@yahoo.com

  11. <3 Nancy, just like you said - I have LOVED Jessica's writing ever since I read Hollow!! Not only does the plot of Monsters & Madness sound creepalicious, but that cover rocks big time :O
    Thank you bunches for the giveaway,
    Mary DeBorde zenrei57 at hotmail dot com


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