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Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman / Blog Tour: Guest Post / Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the next stop in The Requiem Red blog tour! Today author Brynn Chapman is on the blog sharing her list of 5 things we need to know in order to survive in the world of the Requiem Red. First, here's a little bit about her upcoming release:


By: Brynn Chapman
Published by: Month9Books
To Be Released on: April 5th, 2016
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Patient Twenty-nine.

A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse…or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is the only constant in her life.

Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see the outside world.

But the monster has other plans. The missing girls share one common thread...each was twenty-nine's cell mate.

Will she be next?

5 Things We'd Need To Know in Order to Survive in the world of The Requiem Red

Number One-keep your mind intact—at all costs. One of the primary reasons Jane has survived thus far—was her ability to shield herself from all the atrocity around her. To the casual observer—she would've at times, appeared quite mad—as she rocked, blank-eyes-staring in her room. She did not speak for a full year. But crawling into her mind was what actually kept her sane. And alive.

Number Two-Friends, if you can find any. From the horrible Nurse Spare to the cruel Alexander, a beefy orderly—it would be easy to slip into anhedonia. (the inability to feel pleasure. Mental anesthesia, as it were) But Jane found Kate, a woman twice her age, as a motherly confidant, and saved a feral cat—who became her closest, albeit hidden, companion for many years. She also found her way down to the German Shepherd's, kept for security.

Anyone who has studied psychology is familiar with Harlow's monkey experiment; if not, rhesus baby monkeys were separated from their mothers, and provided with only wooden mother's covered in cloth. The monkeys loved their inanimate mothers-and could recognize them despite their lack of life.

Jane...found comfort in animals, and praise Providence, one kind soul to talk to and comfort her. Lest she may have turned out like the isolative monkeys...who could not be rehabilitated—when separated from maternal contact for an extended period. (I know. It's awful. I would've been arrested for freeing them and taking home wild animals LOL)

Number Three- Belief in something more than oneself. Despite her desolate surroundings—Jane is able to find joy where others would see only despair.

She channels her grief and joy through her fingers into her musical compositions. She has learned not to cry—as it makes her appear weak—but when she plays, her emotions betray her.

Number Four- Find your Courage.
Jane succumbs to her despair for a year—Dr. Frost prescribing her large doses of laudanum that leave her basically catatonic. But a new physick arrives, and gives her light, music and hope. And helps to wean her from the addiction. Her courage returns, a fierce ball of determination in her chest.

Number Five-Find a handsome Scot who not only believes in you, but who risks life and limb to make you whole.
An orderly arrives at Soothing Hills. An orderly who does his best not to notice her—he has his own villans to defeat. Not to notice... Her striking hair, her haunting melodies...those defiant eyes.

Mason falls hard for Jane, and will stop at nothing to see her released. He doesn’t believe that she is mad. But...someone wants Jane to stay in Soothing Hills. Indefinitely.

So let us hope these five important factors will be strong enough to defeat the one tyrannical force impelling her to stay.   


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. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

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

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5 winners will receive a digital copy of The Requiem Red! This is giveaway is open internationally and ends on April 15th! To enter, please fill out the form below.