Sunday, October 5, 2014



Shadows Fall Away by Kit Forbes
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books

Mark Stewart is one incident away from becoming a juvenile delinquent, and his parents have had enough. They ship Mark off to London England to stay with his eccentric aunt Agatha who is obsessed with all things Jack the Ripper. After a strange twist of luck, Mark is struck by lightning, and he wakes to find himself in 1888 Victorian London.

His interest in a string of murders Scotland Yard has yet to solve make him a likely suspect. After all, why would a young boy like Mark know so much about the murders? Could he be the ripper they’ve been searching for? Convinced the only way to get back home is to solve the murders, Mark dives headfirst into uncovering the truth.

Mark’s only distraction comes in the form of the beautiful Genie Trembly, a girl who is totally out of his league and who may have already caught the attention of the infamous ripper. To save her, he’ll endanger both their lives, and risk being trapped in the past forever.


Kit Forbes has been a lover of books, history, and all things paranormal for as long as she can remember. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her youngest daughter and an assortment of cats who give new meaning to the world bizarre.


Writers often fall into two main categories, the Plotters and the Pantsers. As the name implies the Plotters tend to know exactly how their stories unfold. I’ve always had a wee bit of envy for the plotters and their note cards and white boards and detailed character interviews. It seems so practical and methodical and productive.
Unfortunately my brain never quite worked like that.
I’m a born Pantser. We tend to have a character or a situation come into our head and nag at us until we take the big leap of faith off the edge of the creative cliff and fly by the seat of our pants from Chapter One to The End.
It can be very slow and sometimes messy, but it’s so much fun because we get to be both writer and reader wondering “what happens next”. It’s freaky/cool when those moments come that the plot or character takes a turn you never really saw coming.
When I write the story plays out like a mini movie inside my head. Since music help me zone out and fall more into the story world I’ll often play a song over and over while writing certain scenes or at times a character is feeling a certain way.
Music is a big part of my Mark’s life. Although his dad is a police detective he’s also in a band that plays mostly covers of songs from 1990s—early 2000s. that’ where most of these are from.
Here’s a sample of my playlist with some YouTube links

Good Charlotte--Misery
I see this as the “opening credits” theme song with Mark clasing with his parents, getting into fights, being arrested, all the rebellious teenager stuff.
I like this video a lot because the visuals are neat. The guy has a Mark look about him and he definitely feels like there’s a wall between him and the life he wants to have.

I so can see Mark sitting alone somewhere playing and singing this song.

Lee DeWyze--Blackbird Song

I actually heard this one after the book was done via The Walking Dead but the scene from the show really fit Mark being and feeling so alone in a whole different world (minus zombies of course ^_^)

Gregg Allman--Melissa
Melissa is Mark’s mom’s name and I think one of Mark’s earliest memories if of his dad playing guitar and singing this for her. So when he comes across a 19th century version of a guitar in 1888 the first song he plays is this.

Better Than Ezra--One More Murder
We can’t have a soundtrack to a movie featuring jack the Ripper without this.. Unfortunately playing this within earshot of a policeman was not one of Mark’s brightest moments.. 

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