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Friday, November 23, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway with Rebecca Reid, author of The Coop

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to participate in Rebecca Reid's The Coop Virtual Blog Tour hosted by Pump Up Your Book.

About Rebecca:

Rebecca Reid was withdrawn from school due to illness at fourteen. Being limited in the things she was able to do, she wrote all the time − poetry, stories, feelings, thoughts. At 16 she had her own page in the local weekly newspaper, the Bangor Spectator, in which she covered anything and everything: fashion, beauty, film, teen issues etc. At 17 she became a model, doing catwalk, photographic work, and TV. In 2008 she graduated in English from Queens University, Belfast, and she was awarded an Arts Council writing grant in 2009. Married in 2007, she lives in N. Ireland with her husband and their three daughters. The Coop is her first novel, and part of the Thickets Wood Trilogy.


Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Rebecca!

Rebecca has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to her.

The girl in the room – who is she??
By Rebecca Reid

So you upload ‘The Coop’, settle down to read and hold on a minute, you’re five pages in and you’ve jumped from first person to third. You might pause for a moment to figure out what’s happening. Even flick a head a little to see if it happens again – which, I can tell you now, it inevitably will. That chapter opener, that first person, is whom I like to refer to as ‘the girl in the room’. The big question is; who is she? She has no past, no future; she is only present. But you know her. You know her better than you think.

How? You might ask. A good question, which I am not going to answer. But think about it like this; everyone daydreams, right?

It’s not just a thing of our youth, we always do it. Young. Old. Age is irrelevant. It is the place of dreams, our imaginings. And anyone who claims they don’t daydream, well it’s simple, they’re lying.

But what if……….what if there was more?

Your head is an amazing place. You can go there and get lost in it. It’s a skill we have; some of us tend to utilize it more than others. Remember Mr Daydream? That’s me. None-the-less, daydreaming is a tool. As a child it helped you develop and understand the world, as a youth it mainly kept you sane in class but it is so much more. It can be the stage on which you enact your fantasies. Where everything is okay and nothing is frowned upon. It affects no-one and nothing, just yourself and even then you can choose to ignore the route it takes you. We have total and utter control – or so you think.

It can be crucial to our sanity. An unhindered escapism.

The next time you read ‘The Coop’, when you encounter ‘the girl in the room’ – be her. For that moment, immerse yourself and remember this, what if there was more?

Thanks so much for joining us today, Rebecca! 

About the book:

The Coop, a dark and mysteriously misleading psychological thriller.

A girl, apparently imprisoned in a room, is the thread of mystery running parallel to the tale of Thatchbury village.

Meet Howard and Lilly. They take you on a journey through Thatchbury where Mathew, the child from the coop, shoots Jodie Tiding, and so unravels the history of his loveless raising, her innocence and the dramatic events leading them to disaster.

The Coop is a darkly compelling vision of the layers of consciousness. Although conceived as the first novel in a trilogy, The Coop stands alone as a brilliant individual work of fiction.
Buy Link:
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This giveaway is open to Canada/US mailing addresses only and will close at 12:01 AM on December 1, 2012.
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Tour Participants

Monday, October 1
Interview at Literarily Speaking

Tuesday, October 2
Interview at Beyond the Covers

Wednesday, October 3
Interview at Examiner

Thursday, October 4
Interview at Blogcritics

Friday, October 5
Guest Blogging at Coffee and a Keyboard

Monday, October 8
Interview at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, October 9
Character Interview at Beyond the Books

Wednesday, October 10
Guest Blogging at Hollywood Daze

Thursday, October 11
Guest Blogging  at Bunny’s Review

Friday, October 12
Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Monday, October 15
Interview at Review From Here

Tuesday, October 16
Guest Blogging at The Book Faery Reviews

Wednesday, October 17
Guest Blogging at Bibliophilia, Please

Thursday, October 18
Guest Blogging at Precious Monsters

Friday, October 19
Book Feature at Celtic Lady’s Reviews

Monday, October 22
Guest Blogging at Baking Beauty

Friday, October 26

Monday, November 5
Guest Blogging at Literarily Speaking

Tuesday, November 6
First Chapter Review at The Book Connection

Wednesday, November 7
Book Feature at Reader Girls Blog

Friday, November 9
Book Feature & Book Giveaway at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem
Interview at As the Pages Turn

Monday, November 12
Book Review at Faerotic Prose

Wednesday, November 14
Book Feature at My Devotional Thoughts

Thursday, November 15
Guest Blogging at Taking It One Page at a Time

Friday, November 16
Guest Blogging at Just Another Rabid Reader

Monday, November 19
Character Interview at Beyond the Books

Tuesday, November 20

Wednesday, November 21
Guest Blogging at Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest

Thursday, November 22

Friday, November 23
Guest Blogging at Darlene’s Book Nook

Monday, November 26
Interview at The Book Connection

Friday, November 30
Character Dear Santa Letter at Literarily Speaking


  1. Rafflecopter wouldn't finish loading- but this book sounds fascinating. I enjoyed hearing from the author! What a cover. :)

  2. Psychological thrillers make you really think about your own psyche. How normal is normal? Is anyone really normal?


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