The Dark Unwinding & A Spark Unseen Trailer Release

How fun is this! Check out the combined trailer for The Dark Unwinding and the upcoming sequel, A Spark Unseen.

I think it was amazing!! Let me know what you guys think! Loved the ticking! A Spark Unseen Releases September 24, 2013.

Sharon also has a contest!!! Tweet or post on your own blog about the trailer release and be entered in to in win an arc of A Spark Unseen. You will need to include @CameronSharonE in the tweet in order to receive credit. Please tweet all blog links to the same twitter account. Retweets will also count.

Don’t forget about the Blog Hop! Dates are still open! Every participant receives an arc of A Spark Unseen for review!

About A SPARK UNSEEN
The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron’s blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.
When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.
But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust–if anyone–to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.
Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

About THE DARK UNWINDING
When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.
Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.
As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle’s world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it.

About SHARON CAMERON
Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages.

Praise for THE DARK UNWINDING
ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, 2013
Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of 2013
The Crystal Kite Member’s Choice Award, 2013, SCBWI
ABC Best Books for Children, 2012
Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award, SCBWI, 2009
“Haunting thrills unfurl. . . .” –ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“Utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative.” –USA TODAY
“Cameron’s eerie and suspenseful first novel offers gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape.” –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Cameron, through wry, observant Katharine, spins a deliciously gothic tale. . . . By turns funny and poignant, this period mystery is a thoroughgoing delight.” –KIRKUS REVIEWS
“Cameron has produced a ripping good read with all the drama, intrigue, and romance of a Victorian pot-boiler with mystery, suspense, and hints of the supernatural thrown in for good measure.” –VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES


A Spark Unseen Invitation (Updated!)

Hey guys! Just wanted to bring you an updated schedule for A Spark Unseen Blog Hop!

Group One: September 9, 2013
Author Interview-
Book Brats-Marla
Playlist-
The Housework Can Wait-Lauren
Character Fun Facts- Mrs. Hardcastle
Through the Looking Glass
Quotes Then and Now- Lane
Eater of Books

Group Two: September 10, 2013
Review-
The Cozy Reader
Character Interview- Uncle Tully
The I Love Books Club
Location Scouting- The Morgue
Myth-Illogical
Character Fun Facts- Lane
Karis Bookshelf

Group Three: September 11, 2013
Review-
A Reader of Fictions
Author Interview-
Sarahs YA Blog
Quotes Then and Now- Uncle Tully
Citris Reads
Location Scouting- The Catacombs 2
Stories and Sweeties

Group Four: September 12, 2013
Review-
The Reading Geek
Character Interview- Lane
Ems Reviews Books
Character Fun Facts- Katherine
A Dream Within A Dream
Location Scouting- The Catacombs
Read and Reviewed

Group Five: September 13, 2013
Author Interview-
667B Baker Street
Quotes Then and Now
A Book and a Latte
Character Fun Facts- Henri
Magnet4Books
Location Scouting- Clarendon Lunatic Asylum
My Friends Are Fiction

Group Six: September 16, 2013
Review-
Xpresso Reads
Character Fun Facts- Mary
The Book Vortex
Location Scouting- Plymouth Harbor
Esthers Ever After

Group Seven: September 17, 2013
Review
Book Loving Mom
Author Interview
Writerquirk
Quotes Then and Now- Katherine
Read. Breathe. Relax.
Character Fun Facts- Mr. Wickersham
Alluring Reads

Group Eight: September 18, 2013
Review
Book Brats-Marla
Character Interview- Lane
Faerie Tale Books
Playlist
The Book Vortex

Group Nine: September 19, 2013
Review
Morgan (Goodreads)
Character Fun Facts- Uncle Tully
Bookshelf Banter
Location Scouting- Sainte-Merri Chapel
About to Read

Group Ten: September 20, 2013
Review-
Paranormal Indulgence
Character Interview- Mary
J Reads YA
Character Fun Facts- Napoleon III
Small Review
Location Scouting- Tuilleries
Book Brats- Megan

A Little Bit More

Character Interviews:
Choose from
Katherine
Uncle Tully
Henri
Mary
Mrs. Hardcastle.
Is willing to add or substitute any of those with Napolean III.

Location Scouting: Choose from
Welbeck
Rue Trudon

Quotes Then and Now: Choose from
Katherine
Uncle Tully
Mary,
Mrs. Jefferies/Mrs. Cooper.

If you wish to participate in the A Spark Unseen tour please email me at Hannah_TBV@yahoo.com with your top three choices of date/group and your top three choices of activity along with your address for the arc. I will do my best to match everyone up to your choices. Everyone who participates in the tour will also receive an arc of A Spark Unseen from Scholastic. If you do not receive a review date we ask that you post your review in August or September and link to review in your post. We would also ask that you rerun your review for The Dark Unwinding ahead of the tour. If you do not wish to rerun the entire review please send me your link and I will promote it for you. If you could also link back to the review in your post for A Spark Unseen that would be wonderful.

IMPORTANT: You can still participate in the tour even if you have NOT read The Dark Unwinding. Let me know in your email and you will also be provided a copy of The Dark Unwinding.

We’d love to hear from you as soon as possible so that Sharon and I will have time to effectively prepare your posts.

About THE DARK UNWINDING
When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.

Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.

As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle’s world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it.

About A SPARK UNSEEN
The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron’s blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.

When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.

But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust–if anyone–to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.

Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

About Sharon Cameron
Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages.

Praise for THE DARK UNWINDING

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, 2013

Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of 2013

The Crystal Kite Member’s Choice Award, 2013, SCBWI

ABC Best Books for Children, 2012

Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award, SCBWI, 2009

“Haunting thrills unfurl. . . .” –ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative.” –USA TODAY

“Cameron’s eerie and suspenseful first novel offers gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape.” –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Cameron, through wry, observant Katharine, spins a deliciously gothic tale. . . . By turns funny and poignant, this period mystery is a thoroughgoing delight.” –KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Cameron has produced a ripping good read with all the drama, intrigue, and romance of a Victorian pot-boiler with mystery, suspense, and hints of the supernatural thrown in for good measure.” –VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES

New Site Feature

When I was 10 or 11 years old I joined a website called Harry Potter Dialogue Center. For many years prior to my entrance onto this site the only people who read the things that I wrote were family members. Joining a discussion boards with a fan fiction element allowed me to share my writing with others on a public level. There I was very lucky to meet friends from all over the world. One from Norway was a guest blogger on here for a while. This awesome group of people shepherded me in the world of writing for me and writing for other people. They provided me with great friendships and support. Some of them gave me amazing writing to strive towards. It was a great environment for me to learn and grow both as a writer and as a person.
Like many other people life got in the way the last few years and I hadn’t been on there in a really long time. When I remembered the site the way that it once was it made me sad to know that it wasn’t anymore. Then the announcement came that the boards would be closing down soon. Many of the people who were on when it was at it’s glory returned to the boards and shared stories of our great times there. Then I realized that for other people, who were like me, their place to learn and grow as writers would no longer be there. There are other websites, other fandoms, out there where people can go. I wanted to make something different though. I wanted to make a place where my friends from both worlds, fan fiction and original writing, could collide and form a fun place for all.

Some of you may have noticed a new listing in the menu. Forum. When I first started this website I had come directly from a forum environment and so the forums were what I thought The Book Vortex would be. As the website turned into something else the forums faded away until I took them out completely. When the announcement came that the HP boards would be closing I wanted to reopen them. I also wanted a place where writers could come and talk to other writers without the fear of showing off everything. This is where the security features come in. Not everyone can see the writing forums. Everyone can see the general forums and the fandom ones, but the writing ones are blocked off. Because of this in order to register you do need to answer a security question.

I hope to see some of you over there.

The Dark Unwinding Review Tour

A spine-tingling tale of steampunk and spies, intrigue and heart-racing romance!

When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.

Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.

As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle’s world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this heart-racing adventure will captivate readers with its intrigue, thrills, and romance.

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron is a stunningly chilling tale of a mad man and the niece who is following him there, at least that is what Cameron will lead you to believe at times. There are so many turns and twists in this novel with not one moment where I was left bored or felt like the story was lagging. Every part of The Dark Unwinding is crucial to the storyline and it all comes down to one of the greatest tension building books I have ever read. Imagine scary music playing for a good portion of the book as your anticipation builds and builds and just when you think you can take it anymore you are taken to a whole new level of shock and even more anticipation.
I love the relationships that all of the characters have between each other. Mrs. Jefferies comes off very strong (and I even suspected her of being bad for a bit) but it is her fierce protectiveness of Uncle Tully that made me love her. It was Lane’s quiet but “I can still kick your butt any day” attitude that made me love him….for real though, if these characters were real I may be the first to shove Katherine in the mud to get to him…unfortunately for me I’m pretty sure they would both retaliate. There is Davy, the little mute boy who may or may not be communicating the whole time) who’s story is heart wrenching. One of my favorite characters was Katherine’s maid Mary. Mary was a piece of comedic relief, especially as the novel went on and everything because very stressful for Katherine. She reminded me very strongly of Martha Sowerby from The Secret Garden and without her this book would have been lacking.
Uncle Tully, either the mad man or the mastermind depending on which character you ask, was so cute! Not sure if you should be calling an old man cute, but he was definitely someone I wanted protected. While he is difficult to interact with because of his differences (aka his childlike mind) every character (besides Katherine’s aunt) loves him and believes he is a great man. He did, after all, gather up hundreds of people from the slums and workhouses, gave them a home and work. They all now thrive in life because of Uncle Tully and that’s got to say something for his heart.
Katherine Tulman is a complex character. Cameron does such a wonderful job building the layers (like an onion Shrek would say) to her wall and then tearing them down at the end. Katherine’s journeys at Stranwyne Keep estate (Inspired by Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, England) is a wild ride where she must dig down inside herself to discover who is really is and learn to stand on her own two feet. Katherine is one of my favorite characters this year and is the perfect heroine. I love that she is strong and weak at the same time. She struggles to find her voice after years of living with her horrible aunt and it is within that struggle that she gains immeasurable strength. Girls (and guys) could learn a thing of two from Katherine.
The ending of the story left me feeling….depressed…only because I now have to live away from these characters that I grew to love. Cameron is working on a second book though; it’s now at the top of my list of things to read! I have to know what happens next! Because of the beautiful writing and amazing storyline in this novel I have to give it five stars!

We also have an awesome giveaway going on! This is open to US participants only and will go through the 20th of August.

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Also don’t forget you can sign up for A SPARK UNSEEN Blog Hop!

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