OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE
Madness is living inside of me.
And the only way to vanquish it is by finding those responsible for Maman’s death and dropping them to their knees. The executioner? Guilty. But he’s nothing more than a piss ant who should eat horse feces all the rest of his days. No one actually believes Maman was capable of killing. So I will find whoever sent her to the gallows and rearrange their limbs the way the gravediggers do when they drop dead men’s bones into the catacombs.
You think I’m bluffing.
Tempeste has survived much choosing to live on Paris’ streets–scavenging for food, learning survival skills from a deserter whom she paid to attack her in her sleep, and living a life her mother would approve of, one devoid of luxury. But denying oneself of food and proper bedding can stir a madness in the brain. So, when Tempeste witnesses the quick and painless death of the guillotine–the death her mother should have received–she vows to find her mother’s accuser and vivisect his spleen.
Quite by accident, Gabriel, the young executioner responsible for Tempeste’s mother’s botched hanging, falls for Tempeste. So, instead of strolling arm-in-arm with a respectable mademoiselle through the gardens of the Palais de l’Égalité, Gabriel finds himself traipsing after an axe-carrying siren through the catacombs and facing off a hostile sans culottes army.
With little choice but to fight, Gabriel determines to win the hearts of the sans culottes, while Tempeste proves she’s quite adept at swinging the blade. When the pair finally make their way to Tempeste’s sworn enemy, though, a secret is revealed which promises to sever far more than they ever hoped to gain.
PRAISE FOR OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE
Mary Gray is a master at writing authentically broken characters, people who are so haunted by their pasts that their present decisions are infected. Readers of dark, gritty, gothic tales with a romantic spin will enjoy this twisted story. This book will appeal to people of all ages who enjoy exploring the dark side of humanity through the comfortable safety of a book, but who also crave redemption and forgiveness. -Vanessa K. Eccles, Executive Editor of The Faithful Creative Magazine and Amazon Bestselling Author
Our Sweet Guillotine is delightfully dark. Gray describes revolution-era France so brilliantly it’s like a nightmare you don’t want to wake from. -Lindsay Roberts, Goodreads Reviewer
I think Mary Gray has great style. I was engaged with the flow of the language until the end. – Kelly, Goodreads Reviewer
Mary Gray has done it again! This book was so very good and had me hooked until the last page. You will not regret picking this one up! Side note: My teen book club read her previous book, The Dollhouse Asylum, a while back and when they heard that I was reading her new one they begged me for it. Of course, I couldn’t give it to them since I was an advance reader, but they are SO looking forward to getting their hands on a copy. Amazing book! Great author! -Brittany Chavez, YA librarian
Fraught with twisted love and bleeding hearts, this fascinating historical fiction grabbed me behind the eyes and made me want to don a petty coat and wooden shoes so I could follow Tempeste and Gabriel through the pages of the book. Fantastic read. – Tamara Hart Heiner, Author and Freelance Editor
A novel about escaping psychological abuse.
A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when seventeen-year-old Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields–a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus–she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.
At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne’s heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.
The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now “Persephone,” and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.
If they play it right, then they’ll be safe.
But if they play it wrong, they’ll die.
PRAISE FOR THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM
The Dollhouse Asylum is many things, but at the end of the day it is a tale of obsessive love gone wrong. It is, in fact, a twisted episode of Criminal Minds with some dystopian undertones.
– Teen Librarian Toolbox, http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com
This book totally has the WOW factor that bowled me off my feet. It swept me up and kept me engrossed from the very first word until the last. Even now, I cannot forget the chills that ran down my spine, the feeling of insects crawling all over me.
– Keren Hughes, https://www.authorkerentshughes.wordpress.com
The Dollhouse Asylum was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I genuinelly couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Right from the moment I saw that creepy-ass cover I was dying to read it. The Dollhouse Asylum was so much more than I could have ever imagines. It was so much more creepy and it is possibly the most unique book I have ever read.
– Kaleigh Books, http://k-booksxo.blogspot.com/
I love the books that take full control of my mind and when I’m doing anything other than reading, all I can do is think about going to back to my book and finishing right where I left off. This was one of those books!
– Cynthia Austin, http://www.limitlesspublishing.net
I’m not really into the creepy books. But it was DEFINITELY a creepy book. Gaaaaaah. Like, probably it’s not a good idea to read it alone in the dark by yourself. The writing itself was excellent, and the writing and the plot line kept me turning pages and “Oh no she didn’t”ing all the way ’til the end. If creepy dystopian fiction is your thing, and a seriously twisted yet somehow kind of sympathetic villain makes you all happy, run to your nearest bookstore and get yourself a copy.
– K.K. Hendin, http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7231267.K_K_Hendin
The Dollhouse Asylum. I can’t even see those three words without shuddering. I don’t know what kind of spell Mary Gray casts over this book but MOTHEROFPEARL it is one of the creepiest books I have ever read in my life. From the first page I wanted to put it in the freezer but I staunchly refused because if I didn’t know how it played out then I could kiss goodbye to any hopes of a decent night’s sleep ever again. Even now while trying to compile this review, I keep having to stop and blink a few times in shock.
– Rebekah Campbell, http://reflectivebookworm.blogspot.com
The character that stole the show however is our villain, Teo. There is so much I want to say about him, but so much I can’t to avoid spoilers. He is the kind of villain you just love to hate. You can never anticipate his actions and he keeps you guessing. He has moments where he shows humanity and then the next second he turns it all off. He is sick and twisted and an awesome villain.
– Teresa Mary Rose, http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6054096-teresa-mary-rose
This was such a strange and unique story. I absolutely loved it. I really appreciated it that one of the characters wore an insulin pump. The entire story was just really different from anything I’ve read before.
– Valerie Sparkle, http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/14275100-valerie-sparkle
Totally unique. Creepy, saucy, and just violent enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. Not one for a lazy reader, this is art and meant to be understood in its own unique way. The protagonist is a welcome departure from the snarky punk girl that prevails in most YA lately. I’m so glad I got to read this and learn more about literature and mental illness. Fascinating!
– Amazon Customer www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A1KVYX2IGCK2TQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_pdp?ie=UTF8
Don’t let the word “Dollhouse” fool you into thinking this a fluffy girly book. It is a raw, mysterious, thriller and I loved every minute of it.
– Tyler Jolley, http://jolleychronicles.blogspot.com/2014_01_01_archive.html
HOW TO WRITE FAITH-BASED MESSAGES FOR A SECULAR MARKET
I’m one of those writers, and I’ve fought for years to learn how to balance both aspects successfully. In this short nonfiction book, I’ll share the method I’ve learned to subtly incorporate faith-based messages in secular stories. I’ll discuss:
• How to fill your spiritual well & know what to add without getting preachy
• Know where and how to add these precious gems of knowledge via the sneaky art of subplotting
• How to stay resilient against the adversary while considering marketability