October 18, 2013

Guest Post + Giveaway: The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

Welcome to my stop on The Dollhouse Asylum blog tour! Today I have a guest post from Mary Gray in which she explains why Cheyenne had to be such a "mild mannered" protagonist.
Also, don't forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win one of two signed copies of The Dollhouse Asylum!

Title: The Dollhouse Asylum
Author: Mary Gray
Publication Date: October 22nd 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian

A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when 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.

About the Author:
Mary Gray has a fascination with all things creepy. That's why all her favorite stories usually involve panic attacks and hyperventilating. In real life, she prefers to type away on her computer, ogle over her favorite TV shows, and savor fiction. When she's not immersed in other worlds, she and her husband get their exercise by chasing after their three children. The Dollhouse Asylum is her first novel.

***Guest Post***

Cheyenne - A Mild Mannered Protagonist

Fact: THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM wouldn’t have come to be without the nature of Cheyenne. Is she a kick-butt heroine who has a strong sense of her place in the world? No. And, for that, I know reviewers are going to ding me, because let’s be honest—kick-ass heroines are the greatest! But, as my editor said, “She has a quiet power.” I hope you’ll be able to see it.
Let’s look at another fact. Are we all go-getters with a strong sense of identity? Have we always been that way? How many people do you know in abusive relationships?
Cheyenne’s story is one I’ve experienced first-hand. I’ve watched two emotionally abusive men in particular hurt the women they’re with. It’s a dark, dark place to be in, even from the periphery—almost tangible; it hurts. I’ve personally had clouded judgment while dating in high school. You know how it is. We make excuses for the boys who like us because, WELL THEY LIKE US. Obsessive behavior isn’t all that rare, you guys.
If Buffy the Vampire Slayer had been trapped in Elysian Fields and Teo told her he loved her, but she had to listen to him or incur his wrath, Buffy would have said, “Hell, no” and staked his bloody heart (he’s not a vampire, but she’d probably try anyway; Buffy’s cool like that). Cheyenne, on the other hand, isn’t supernatural, so she has no mad fighting skills. She’s never been in a real relationship, then, after moving to this new school, a handsome teacher pays attention to her and loves the same books. Given her mild mannered nature coupled with her dreamer personality and loner status, of course she couldn’t resist!
I love Teo. I hate him so much. To read more about him, read this post. Is Cheyenne crazy for loving him? Yes. And no. Where is the line for crazy, exactly? We’ve all wanted things we shouldn’t have. A lot of us go for the bad boys, remember.
THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM is about a girl who learns the difference between healthy and unhealthy love. Look at the divorce rate. Not all divorces are due to abuse like this, but I’d say there’s enough emotional abuse out there to warrant another book with this message. We are in the third wave of feminism, so many ladies already know how to stand up for themselves, but for some of us… it takes a little practice. We aren’t all Buffy the Vampire Slayers. Even the underdog deserves to tell her tale.
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***Tour-Wide Giveaway***
- One signed copy of The Dollhouse Asylum (U.S. ONLY)
- One non-signed copy of The Dollhouse Asylum (INT)

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Tour Schedule:
October 8 - Interview (Fantasy Book Addict - Stacey) 
October 9 - Book Review (Books Live Forever - Jenea)
October 10 - Interview (Kiki's Bookshelf - Savanna) 
October 11 - Guest Post (The Bookshelf Sophisticate - Katelyn) 
October 12 - Interview (Falling for YA - Emily) 
October 13 - Book Review (YA Sisterhood - Jennifer) 
October 14 - Interview (Fragments of life - Precious)
October 15 - Guest Post (Two Chicks On Books - Jaime)
October 16 - Book Review (Harley Bear Book Blog - Melissa)
October 17 - Book Review (Lost in Believing - Alison)
October 18 - Guest Post (Jessabella Reads - Jessica)
October 19 - Book Review (Stuck In YA Books - Amanda) 
October 20 - Guest Post (The Book Goddess - Jana)
October 21 - Interview (Swoony Boys Podcast - Meg)


  1. Romeo and Juliet are my favorite tragic couple, though I won't read them again because they are so very depressing.

  2. For the Guest post on Teo, visit here: http://bookshelfsophisticate.blogspot.com/ (scroll down half-way).

    Also, thanks so much for hosting me, Jessabella!!

  3. Where would Buffy be without Willow? :-)

  4. Fred y George Wesley T.T

  5. I've never really thought about a favorite tragic couple, but... can I go with Fred and George like Maka?


  6. Persephone and Hades ;). I was never a big fan of Romero and Juliet lol. I have to agree with Fred and George- that was so depressing!

  7. Romeo and Juliet Won't read again though.

  8. I don't really have a favorite tragic couple. Other than Romeo and Juliet, I can't even think of one off of the top of my head. Hmm. I enjoyed reading this post. I hope that some of the readers who have reviewed this book get the chance to read this post. I love a kick ass MC just as much as the next reader. They are my favorites. But I know that not every girl is like that. Some girls aren't kick ass. they are sweet and gentle and too trusting and loving. And dependent. That doesn't make them bad. Just not kick ass!


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