Friday 13 July 2012

Blog Tour: Shattered Dreams by Ellie James - Guest Post, Extract & Book Trailer!

I was very excited to see a copy of Shattered Dreams by Ellie James pop through my letterbox a while back. This sounds like my kind of book and I can't wait to read it soon!

For this Friday the Thirteenth blog tour stop, Elllie has written a guest post all about the day when things go wrong. It's a great post, which I really enjoyed reading, and it even spooked me a little, because, guys, there are thirteen letters in my name. Does this mean I have the touch of the devil? Eeek!

Shattered Dreams by Ellie James
Publisher: Quercus
Release date: July 5th 2012
Ages: 12+

Upon the death of her grandmother, Trinity arrives on her aunt's doorstep in New Orleans with virtually no knowledge of her mysterious heritage. Dropped into high school, she is trying her best to fit in, but there is something about her, connected to the mysterious city and her parents death, that makes her different.

When a game of truth or dare in a deserted New Orleans house gets out of control, Trinity starts to see things; twisted visions of the future that she tries to suppress. But all too quickly the dreams accelerate – terrifying images of a girl locked in a dark room. And when the head cheerleader goes missing, Trinity has to decide whether to step forward with what she's seen: a tough choice when the police are desperate for a suspect and she's falling in love with the missing girl's boyfriend.

Nothing prepares her for the dark odyssey that ensues, the surprising romance she finds along the way, or the shocking truths she learns. Not just about the girl who has gone missing, but the past that has been hidden from her, and the future that awaits.

When Friday Met Thirteen
Ellie James

“Forget it. I am so not going out tonight.”
 “Um, hello? Friday night? Awesome party? The guy you’ve been dying to meet?”
“Yeah, but have you seen the calendar? The nifty little 1 in front of the 3?”
“Don’t tell me—” But she did. My roommate absolutely refused to go to the biggest party of the semester simply because it fell on the 13th of the month and a Friday. For her, that was reason enough to stay home, alone, where she was convinced nothing bad could happen.

Here we are again today, many years later, one of three times during 2012 when the 13th lands on a Friday. That means everywhere you turn, you’ll hear people talking about bad luck, ill omens, and warning you to be careful.

The superstition has a name, two of them actually. Upon mentioning this to my husband, he narrowed his eyes in that thinking way of his, then after only a few seconds rattled them off: friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga being the Norse goddess after whom Friday is named and triskaidekaphobia for fear of the number thirteen) and paraskevidekatriaphobia (Paraskevi and dekatreis being the Greek words for Friday and thirteen, attached to good ole phobia meaning fear). Yeah, I wanted to smack him. He’s not someone you want to oppose in Trivial Pursuit.

But why all the fear? What’s the deal with Friday the 13th, anyway? As a lover of All Things Freaky, I decided to do a little research!

Bad Friday
While I tend to be a big fan of Fridays, historically speaking the day has a rather bad reputation. You could say it all started with Adam, Eve, and the fateful offer of an apple one afternoon. Yep, a Friday.

 Then there was the Great Flood, which also began on a Friday. And the tongue-tying of the builders of the Tower of Babel. And the destruction of the Temple of Solomon. And, of course, we can’t leave Good Friday off the list of significant Fridays. In early Rome, Friday was execution day. During the Middle Ages, pagans considered Friday the most holy of days, prompting the Church to deem Fridays as the Witches Sabbath. Significantly more recently, we have the Black Friday stock market crash.

Over time, the legends began:

Don’t change your linens on Friday. You’ll have bad dreams.
Don’t begin a trip on Friday. You’ll encounter ill fortune.
Don’t cut your nails on a Friday. Bad luck is sure to follow.
Don’t get married on a Friday. You’re destined to a cat-and-dog life.
Don’t start a job on Friday. It won’t last for long.
And finally: Don’t set sail on Friday. You’re journey is sure to be unfortunate.

That brings us to the number thirteen.

The Devil’s Dozen
Have you ever stepped into a high-rise elevator and noticed there’s no button for the thirteenth floor?

 That’s because the number thirteen has an even worse rap than Friday. According to numerology, the number twelve is that of completeness: twelve hours of the clock, twelve months of the year, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles, twelve successors of Muhammad, etc. Add one, however, and you throw everything out of balance. How many were seated at the Last Supper? Yep, thirteen.

It’s not surprising, then, the number thirteen has its own cache of warnings:

If thirteen people sit down for a meal together, one of them is soon to die.
If you live on the thirteenth floor of a building, bad luck will follow. Hence, many buildings try to “cheat” by not labeling a floor thirteen.
If you live on the thirteenth street, misfortune awaits you. Accordingly, cities all over the world skip from twelve to fourteen when it comes to naming streets and avenues.
If you have thirteen letters in your name, you have the touch of the devil. To save you the research, I present: Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bunch, and Albert De Salvo. 
Oh, yeah: there are thirteen witches in a coven.

So now we’ve got Bad Friday and The Devil’s Dozen. Add them together and you get the worst of the worst, a Friday that falls on the 13th. Interestingly, however, this simply seems to be a case of Bad + Bad = VERY Bad. Mentions of this superstition (or anything terrible, freaky, or cataclysmic linked to this day) are rarely found prior to the 20th century. Dan Brown made a case in The DaVinci Code that dread of Friday the 13th stems from the 14th century arrest and subsequent massacre of hundreds of Knights Templar, but historians counter that this is a recent connection. And…to muddy the waters even more, in Greece and Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, it’s Tuesday the 13th that’s considered an ill omen. For the Italians, it’s Friday the 17th.

What do you think? Is there something to Friday the 13th? Would you start a trip that day? A new job? Go on a first date?  Cut your nails? What’s YOUR biggest taboo?

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  1. Hi, Leanna! Thanks for inviting me to guest post on your blog! I had so much fun looking back through time to find the origins of Friday the 13th and learned some things I never knew! As I say in the blog, I love all things freaky--and spooky! Please let me know if you have any questions. I love talking books and all things Unexplained!

  2. Ohh!  I almost didn't recognize this book with the foreign cover but thankfully I remembered the author's name and title! :) I almost forgot that it was Friday the 13th today -- how creepy cool! I used to be crazy superstitious as a kid (you know, don't step on cracks and all that LOL), and even though I mostly don't think about it anymore, sometimes it's chilling how things can go wrong! x)

    Awesome guest post, Ellie! :) And thanks for sharing, Leanna! <3

  3. Thanks for this, it was cool to read how Friday got it's bad reputation! Great post :).


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