Welcome to Day #5 of the official blog tour for The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg. We’re so excited about this gorgeous new moody historical/fantasy YA – and today, Deborah stops by to give us a tour of her “shelfie.” Be sure to visit ALL stops on the tour for more exclusive content – and keep reading to win a signed copy of the book plus a custom bookmark handmade by the author. (Hint: the more blogs you visit, the more chances you’ll have to win!)
by Deborah Schaumberg
I’m standing in my favorite room in my house. I call it the “book-nook!” Because it is 15-feet-long of floor-to-ceiling books, but less than 4 feet wide, there’s only enough room for a beanbag.
On the top shelf are some old classics like David Copperfield and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Mists Of Avalon. You can’t miss The Invention Of Hugo Cabret – it’s so big and so awesome!
The second shelf has so many favorites – The Diviners by Libba Bray, Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies/Pretties/Specials, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Wuthering Heights, my Nancy Drew set from growing up, and an entire row of Anne Rice books including The Witching Hour, which I love the best.
The next shelf has the Eragon series, the Twilight series, the Series Of Unfortunate Events series, Caraval, and The Thirteenth Tale.
Next to the antique candle and cool feathers are all seven Harry Potter books, of course. Near the old clock is The Curiosities, great short stories by three authors including Maggie Stiefvater, and one of the Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks.
Last but not least, the bottom shelf holds family photo albums – treasured beyond words!
I also want to point out the empty looking mason jar. It holds a mechanical butterfly that has all my nieces and nephews fooled; they think it’s real…shhhh.
New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.
Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn’t. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.
Like her mother’s, Avery’s powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power–or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own: strange experiments are being performed on ‘patients’…and no one knows why.
Deborah Schaumberg’s gripping debut melds history and fantasy, taking readers on a breathless trip across a teeming turn-of-the-century New York, and asks the question: Where can you hide in a city that wants you buried?
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Deborah Schaumberg was born in Brooklyn, not far from where her novel The Tombs takes place. She grew up renovating dilapidated old houses with her family. She and her father would walk the rooms, floor by floor, making up stories about the inhabitants that were filled with dark secrets, monsters, and, of course, ghosts. Deborah is a writer and an artist whose work always has an element of fantasy to it, and since she also studied architecture, settings are equally important. It was on a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal that she imagined a girl with the ability to see energy, and the seed of The Tombs was planted. She collects old bottles, and her favorite holiday is, you guessed it, Halloween. Deborah lives with her family and two dogs in Maryland, just outside DC.
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I have most of mine in totes. They used to be alphabetical but I got lazy. I do have one bookshelf in our main room that is for keeper series and books. My house is just too small for any large sized bookcase and that is what I would need. I do have a smaller one for the grandkids’ books plus they have totes too.
My bookshelves are overflowing, and one is starting to cave… They hold every kind of fantasy, and there’s a lot of little collectibles on them. I’m proudest of this warped clock that looks like it’s dripping off the shelf.
I have the Curiosities too! Nobody else seems to have heard about them. I’m so excited.
Sadly the only bookshelves I have are the ones above my desk which don’t hold anywhere near half of the books I actually have. There are plenty of knickknacks thrown in between though. My dream bookshelves would have to be bookshelves built into a nook, where I could read and read and have all of my books at my choosing when I finish the one I read.
My bookshelves are semi-organized by writing resources, favorites, lots of TBRs, and books I’ve written. I wish to someday have a room dedicated to books and have a cozy reading nook with a window. My own personal library.
The two I have are full and kind of messy ;).
“Tell us in the comments what your bookshelves look like! (Or, what your dream bookshelves would look like, if you don’t have any!)” Well, I do have bookcases, but I would like to have something like a monastic library from the Baroque period, with ceilings by Tiepolo and elaborate bookcases in dark wood, with galleries all around.
stacked with books
Just have a few very packed shelves. Most of mine a packed in boxes.
I have multiple shelves through out my house. But my dream bookshelves are Beauty and the Beast. Ceiling to floor books with beautiful art on the ceiling.
I don’t think my first comment worked…? Dream bookshelves are Beauty and the Beast.
My bookshelf is full of new, unread books on the top two shelves and newer books I liked on the bottom three
I’m lucky to have a library with lots of bookshelves!
My bookshelves are not really shelves. I’m making use of something else right now, but I hope to have some actual shelves some day. And what doesn’t fit where I have them, they are in piles on the floor and in boxes. It’s a mess! I’m not exactly sure what I want but I just want real shelves!!!
It would have all James Patterson’s books.
I don’t have a book shelf. After I read a book I donate it to the local book box. This box is designed to people who loves to read but can not afford to buy books.
I try to keep my bookshelves fairly tidy. We have 4. One has what we consider “the classics”, and then another with nonfiction type books. Another has fantasy sci-fi books, and the last has mysteries/thrillers. And on one of them I also have a couple piles of “to-read” books…the next ones up on my list!
Right now I don’t have any room for my books 😦 I would love my own library where I could store them all and a nice cozy reading nook.
Right now its overflowing with books and most of them are mystery/thrillers.
My bookshelves have way to many books I need to read. My dream bookshelf would be completely full and then I would buy a new one.
My bookshelf is full of books and all my cat collection.
My bookcase looks crazy! I have more books than space on the shelves! I LOVE books!!
My bookshelf are very neat and organized. I like them to look a certain way.
I have one bookshelf and it is stacked as full as it could be with books. They’ve now overflowed to other places in the house. 🙂
Very neat and organized with books that have been read 🙂
My wife absolutely loves reading the The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, from our Mission Natural Wood bookcase, for an interesting time
A fascinating and amazing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis, in our Antique Walnut Wood bookcase,, my wife definitely likes to read for a nice time.
My lady friend really enjoys reading The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander, sitting in our Natural Maple bookcase, as just marvelous for all occasions.
I really like great novels and Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey, stored in our Ornate Solid Oak bookcase, is just wonderful to read for a neat time.
The captivating and fabulous Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson, waiting in our Winsome Black Wood bookcase, my girlfriend likes to read and enjoy all of the time.
An awesome The Gunslinger by Stephen King, kept in our Southern Oak bookcase, is just right for the day and my wife to read and enjoy everyday.