Friday, January 19, 2018

Author Interview/Giveaway!! Boneseeker, by Brynn Chapman

Welcome to the Boneseeker Blog Tour,
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For my stop, I'm featuring an interview with the author, Brynn Chapman!
There's also a tour-wide giveaway!!

(The Boneseeker Chronicles, Book 1)
Brynn Chapman
Digital Edition, 213 pages
The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
January 10, 2018
Trade Paperback, 286 pages
January 10, 2018
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, 
Suspense, Young Adult Fiction

Aspiring scientist Arabella Holmes doesn't fit the role of a 1900s lady. Her father, Sherlock, landed her a position at the Mütter Museum to pursue her dream of becoming a purveyor of abnormal science, or what her father calls a "Boneseeker."

Henry Watson’s two-fold mission at the Mütter Museum is to join their team of forensic anthropologists in unearthing unusual antiquities and to watch over Arabella. If only he could get her to speak to him, instead of hurling knives in his general direction. Assigned to a most secret expedition to investigate a mysterious skeletal hand discovered in upstate New York, Arabella and Henry are soon caught in a scientific debate, and the search for the truth may have deadly consequences for those involved.

Are the bones from a Neanderthal? Or are they living proof of fallen angels known as Nephilim?

Watson and Holmes must put aside their differences, trust their instincts, and rely on one another to survive to uncover the truth.

*This is a new version of a previously published edition.

An Interview with Brynn Chapman

Welcome to A Night's Dream of Books, Brynn!

Maria: If you have a favorite Sherlock Holmes story, which one is it? 

Brynn: "The Adventure of the Creeping Man".

Maria: What type of research did you have to do for this novel?

I do a copious amount of research for every novel. For BONESEEKER, I expanded my library and study of Forensic Anthropology books ( I do have an anthropology minor), and also made a study of historical non-fiction resources on murders and relevant science beliefs, and societies of the time period. The science of phrenology, for instance, was very much alive and en vogue in 1910.
Here is the definition:




The study of the shape and protuberances of the skull, based on the now discredited belief that they reveal characterand mental capacity.

While on holiday last week, I visited one of my favorite vintage shops. The owners travel to Europe and obtain many of their artifacts. Here is a picture of a bust with Phrenology’s beliefs cast over the skull. The words are difficult to read, but each ridge and protuberance along a person’s skull was said to represent personality traits. The one along the longest ridge in the second picture reads, "destructiveness".

Maria: If you could meet Sherlock Holmes in person, what question(s) would you ask him?

Brynn: What was your greatest regret?

Maria: Do you think an AI computer could ever match Holmes's brilliant deductive and observational skills? 

Brynn: Um, yes. I have just begun studying the science of AI and am fascinated and terrified. Holmes was compared to “Babbage's adding machine” of course. LOL.

Maria: In your opinion, what's the difference between plotting a mystery novel, as opposed to other genres? 

Brynn: Well, BONESEEKER is not a mystery per se, because it doesn’t follow the mystery formula. I would say it falls closer to historical thriller with a large dollop of romance.

Maria: How did Holmes prepare Arabella for her future scientific work, and did he also train her in sleuthing skills?

Brynn: I want you to picture Sherlock Holmes, any Holmes from historical canon to Cumberbatch—and picture him with a child.

Fortunately, Arabella inherited the Holmesian propensity for science. So from the time she was small—Holmes made science part of her daily life and routine. It was Watson who constantly intervened, trying to provide Arabella with a more normal childhood.

When Holmes insisted she learn the periodic table of the elements, it was Watson who suggested she be permitted to skip rope, to the reciting of the elements. As she grew, so did the difficulty of the lessons. The bone obsession developed on its own, with no help from Sherlock Holmes.

Maria: Thanks for visiting, Brynn! I can't wait to read your book!

Brynn: My pleasure ! Thanks for having me, and I'm glad you want to read my book! 

Praise for Boneseeker

Winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest

"Creative, meticulously researched, and terrific fun!"  
Grace Burrowes, NY Times  
Best Selling Author

"The characters, the setting, the descriptions and 
the mysteries and relationships all work together seamlessly to create a truly wonderful 
story that I completely adored." 
Best Books Ever Blog

"The settings are intriguing and the way they are described make you feel as if you are immersed in the story. I could feel the gloom and damp. That is rare in so many books! Boneseeker is a book I highly recommend, and I give it 5 stars!" 
Christy's Cozy Corners Blog

Purchase Links

Print/Digital Editions
Amazon US/Amazon UK/Amazon CA
The Wild Rose Press

Digital Edition
Barnes & Noble

GIVEAWAY #1: To enter to win a Boneseeker audiobook and the pictured charm necklace ("And though she be but little, she is fierce." - Shakespeare), send a copy of your Kindle purchase of Boneseeker to US only.

GIVEAWAY #2: To enter to win a Boneseeker ebook and a $10 Amazon Gift Card, enter via the Rafflecopter below. Open internationally. Ends January 24th.

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. If her ancestry tree is true, she is a descendant of the House of Stuart.

She also writes under the pseudonym
R.R. Smythe.


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  1. This is a fascinating interview for a lot of reasons. Forensic Anthropology seems like such an interesting area of interest. The history of the study of phrenology is something that I would like to know more about. It is striking that it was popular as recent as the 1910s.

    I love the idea of combining the periodic table with skip rope.

    1. Hi, Brian!

      I LOVE Brynn's answers, too!! Yes, Forensic Anthropology must be fascinating, although a bit too creepy for me, lol. As for phrenology, that seems like such an "off the wall" type of "science"! Lol. It is indeed amazing, as well as incredible", that such a "science" was once considered credible! Lol. I wonder how it fits in this plot. I'm sure that this author will use it in surprising ways!

      Yeah, the idea of reciting the Periodic Table of Elements while skipping rope is a cute and whimsical one! LOVE it!! :) :)

      Thanks for the great comment, Brian!! <3 :)

  2. What a great interview! It definitely made me even more intrigued by this book. It sounds so good and fascinating!

    1. Hi, Steph!

      THANK YOU!! I like to ask thought-provoking questions when I interview authors! :)

      This book DEFINITELY sounds good, as well as fascinating! It's the unusual combination of plot elements! I can't wait to get into it!!

      Thanks for commenting!! HUGS!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)


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