Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sinister Stitches Interview with Jennifer Blackstream’s Etienne from Before Midnight (Blood Prince Series)

There is a boutique hiding out between the fractured, narrow storefronts lining New Gotham’s foggy docks. The shingles are ribbed and black. Washed, peeling paint and displays offering views into wicked leather and lace studded glam. The mannequins are ghoulish beauties stitched together from whatever was left from the last fool to cross one of the sinister witches.

Welcome to Sinister Stitches

“…apparel for a wicked fairy tale.”

A spicy trinity of black magic sisters breathe star-dusted dreams to life with their gothic apparel boutique. They are schooled in the old ways of “fabric-bending” by the Needlewitches of old. With this knowledge, they’ve created an entire line of clothing that all share the same basic design element: one-size fits all. Each garment will magically tailor itself to its wearer once worn. Last time the Witches-Who-Stitch, hosted a literary catwalk, heroines were called from all walks of life and genres to challenge their seamstress skills. This time, their men have joined the fun—apparently, they’ve been sent to the boutique. (Whether they like it, or not.)

The witches were NOT expecting men. Their expertise is usually limited to DEMANDING their husbands NOT wear that in public, and, of course, the fashioning of fantastic clothing for all of literature’s heroines. (New Gotham’s men usually get their goods from Rumpel’s Twisted Threads, BUT that’s beyond the point, the girls put a quill to their interview, changed some bits, and rose to the occasion.)

To enjoy the hilarity, please check out some of the questionnaire Jennifer Blackstream’s Etienne from Before Midnight (Blood Prince Series) lifted from Brenda’s hand with a smile after he swaggered into Sinister Stitches. 


Please provide the witches with your name: Etienne

Please provide the witches with the following:
Hair Color: Brown
Hair Length: [ ] Short and Sharp, [x] Shaggy and Sexy, [ ] Lush and Long
Eye Color: Grey

Skin Tone: [ ] Ghoulish, [ ] Snow White, [x] Cina-baby, [ ] Mochalicious, [ ] Dark Chocolate, [ ] Other:__________

Please provide the witches with your measurements and body-type.

a.) Height: 5’10”

b.) Body Type: [ ] Skeletal, [ ] Lean and Tender, [ ] Lean and Tough, [x] Ripe and Edible

Do you have any extra extremities? Place an “X” to all that apply.

[ ] Horns or [ ] Halo
[ ] 20 ft. of Hair or More
[ ] Gills and Fins or [ ] Hooves
[ ] Wings (Span:   )
[ ] Tail (How many:   )

How many heads do you have?


Do you have arms and legs? If so, how many?

Two of each, thank Fenris.

How dead are you? [x] Living, [ ] Undead, [ ] Astral Form

What are you? (Species/Breed)


What is the occasion? (Ideas include: Wedding, Funeral, Sabbath, etc. Oh, and seduction is a valid occasion. The more details, the better.)

A ball. I want to recreate the ball my family held the night I met my wife. Her evening was ruined the first time. I want to see that she gets the experience she should have had.

What’s the occasion setting? (Beach, haunted castle, grand ball, etc.)

Royal ballroom

Will you be fighting for your life at some point in the evening? 

Not if I give in and let her bring the wolves inside. She can call them puppies if she wants to, but they’re the size of small ponies and we are past the point where we can successfully hide them under the tables.

Will you be set on fire? Better yet, will you be setting other people on fire?

No. My in-laws are dead, so I anticipate a peaceful evening.

Will you be grave-robbing? (Dirt is a dressmaker’s tedium.)

Is that a joke? Because I’m a werewolf, you think I’ll be out digging up old bones?

What are you wearing right now? Who picked that outfit out? (Basically, who let you leave the crypt in those?)

Nothing, and I apologize for that. For some reason the horses wouldn’t come near this place. The pixie swore nudity wouldn’t be an issue, and carrying clothing in my teeth when I shift to wolf form is an inconvenience I don’t bother with if I don’t have to.

Do you hope to be naked at some point in the evening? (All right, dirty birds. Such questions are actually intended toward the weres and shifters in regards to their transformations.)

Yes. If one of my wife’s “puppies” gets loose, I’ll be rounding them up. Regardless, my wife and I will likely shift for a run before we retire tonight.

Describe your last brush with Death in two sentences. (Helps us plan for the unexpected.)

In-laws from Midguard. Is a second sentence necessary?

Do you need a secret compartment for gigantic swords and guns, condoms…eyeliner, maybe?

No. My weapons don’t require pockets.

What are your three favorite colors?

Green, blue, silver (no comments from the peanut gallery)

What two colors ninja your brain, sweetie?

Orange, pink

Please pick a style that you feel embodies you the best. If none apply, feel free to surprise us by providing your own brilliant description in the “other” slot.

[ ] Dark AngelThis is for the spoonfuls of charming. The good-natured and naughty boys next door types. Thoughtful and sensual. Loyal and intelligent. More often than not, his head is in the clouds, but those dreams and that smile holds hope for all of us. Our philosophers.

[x] Beast King: This is for the warlords and alphas. The type of men who walk into a room and their presence hushes out the sun. They live in their bodies, but their minds are searching for the next challenge. Hands for fighting and these boots for ass-kickings. Our protectors.

[ ] Smooth Criminal: This is for the bad boys. You know, the types---mother’s worse nightmares. The kind of man that makes your skin itch every time he devours you with that hundred yard stare. Chances are his senses of humor is as wicked as his tongue. To hold him, isn’t to catch him. Our scheming rogues.

[ ] Black Knight: This for the mysteries. The ones no one can quite make heads or tails out off. He’s a mixture, a melting pot of strong, sinister, and sweet. He might be Dark Angel one day, and a Smooth Criminal other days. Our brothers.

[ ] Other: _____________________

Who is your favorite fairy tale villain?

I don’t like villains.

If you could be any comic book hero, who would it be?


Now, tell us who you love the most.    

My wife, Loupe

Anything else you’d like to add…

After many barrels of chocolate, a dash of magic, and furious sewing…
Sinister Stitches’ Leather Queen
Brenda Dweyer presents Etienne’s
Completed Threads
“Black Night”

Next to a gleaming, gold antique resister, Brenda the She-Wolf is posted on the counter in a snake-skin cat-suit and a pair of vicious fuck-me red pumps. Eyes shielded behind a pair of Black Pearl Aviator shades, and waves of curls pulled up and tight on top of her head in a slick and shiny ponytail. Shiny, wet and skin-tight. To look at her hurts. To touch her hurts even more. When the gentleman standing in the middle of her mother’s gothic boutique brushes his eyes up and down Wonder Woman’s body, she answers with a sharp crescent of teeth bowing in sultry smile:
Wow, you have got to be shitting me. Why on earth are you here, babycakes? This is Sinister Stitches. I mean, I know we fashioned a dress for your wife—but, seriously, she’s girl. She came to the right place. Your ass is straight up lost. I ain’t got a problem making you something this time, but next time, you best carry that fine tail to Twisted Threads, where all they do is outfit the fools. Actually, you should know right now that the only reason I’m not naked with my ass in the wind is because I’m here. Mostly, for Loupe. When she dropped by, she did mention to Gillian what a terrible time she had at that ball, so I agree—you better get shit right this time. Or else.
Now, let’s start with the top—you’re a hard ass. I can see that. The best thing for hard asses is simplicity. I’ve spun you a double collared, long-sleeve out of Neverland moths and spider web. Gillian, my sister, took the time to embroider the fabric with arboreal hamadryad designs. No one gives a shit about the pants until they come off, but we did do something different, and go denim for you. Yes, dear, I know you have no idea—
A fat orange tabby cat with a white-striped tail and razor sharp, draconic green eyes fades into existence above the mantle place: My god, look what the cat dragged in. Still ugly as ever, aren’t you…Brenda?
The cat fades into nothing, and Brenda’s butcher axe eats a wicked wedge into the wood: Anyways, like I was saying, we decided to go Oblivion denim for your trousers. You play kind of hard, and rough, so we wanted to make sure the outfit would stand up to being used more than once. Oblivion denim is pressed with incubus tears, the illusion effect will make the trousers look like regular cotton, and cashmere blends while indoors. Otherwise, it will revert to “denim” phase. 
Now, we did want to give you the option to shift whenever you want, so I took the tip to capture a few white, and black will ‘o wisps, grinding them into dust and ironing their remains into the fabric. Call your outfit by its name “Black Night” and it should hurry on along to wherever you’re currently located. Given you won’t be shifting at the occasion; we’ve also thrown the patent leather dress shoes from Sinful Soles.
Now, put on your new dancing shoes, and show the—what are you doing? Why are you getting naked? Listen, asshole, if I can’t be naked, you can’t be--Goddamn it, he’s gone. We didn’t even get to take a second picture.
With a heavy sigh, Brenda stalks to the front door and holds it open just long enough to hear a wolf howl in the distance. The clothes left crumbled on the floor glide from Sinister Stitches by an unseen hand, and Brenda slams the door shut after him: Men.  


For more information about Jennifer Blackstream and Etienne’s adventures in the Blood Prince series, please check out her author website.

Care to check out the last round of Sinister Stitches interviews? Check out Sophie Avett and Jennifer Blackstream’s paranormal den, the Brimstone Pub. All SS interviews are retired there after their tour until the release of the SS e-book.
Fancy a tour of New Gotham? Check out New Gotham’sSurvival Guide! It might save your life!
For more information about Sophie Avett’s New Gotham Fairy Tales, the Sinister Stitches series, and recent releases, please check out her website.
Image Credit(s): Curaphotography

Image Editing Credit(s): Elaina, For the Muse Design

Cry Wolf
A New Gotham Fairy Tale
Sophie Avett

Genre: Dark Fantasy Romance (MM/New Adult)

Publisher: Skeleton Key Publishing
Date of Publication:  May 1, 2014

Number of pages: est. 22 pages
Word Count:  est. 10, 000

Cover Artist: Elaina, For the Muse Design

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Book Description:

There’s a wild animal on the loose in the black forests surrounding New Gotham...

Not that anyone cares.

Well, Peter doesn't care.

Peter Ume is more interested in finding a way to alleviate the skull-numbing boredom of a city wide shut down. So far his ideas for excitement hover between stealing an unwary idiot’s underwear (soul works, too), setting someone’s eyebrows on fire, or stabbing the next person he meets in the eye with a hot French fry.

It turns out, he’ll be able to save assault and theft for a rainy day. As luck would have it, this naughty kitsune is about to meet the big bad wolf.

And man, is the wolf in for a surprise...

Warning: This story can be read as a standalone, but you will want to smack Sophie for it. (Or so the ravens have said.) So, do keep in mind that there is a part two. (And it will be a freebie. Sophie’s Pixies will carrier pigeon everyone more information soon.)

About the Author:

Sophie Avett is kind of a nerd. Like not even one of the cute, hip ones everyone brags about nowadays. More like the socially awkward hippie who eats way too much bread and dreams about being a dragon from behind towers of mythology books. Um...yeah. Picture old, tattered paperbacks and comic books--mostly Batman and Wonder Woman--dwarfing a tiny desk, with just barely enough room for the troll who writes there and the 70 pound hell-hound that insists on laying it's wet nose on top of her bare foot.

Granted not the most exciting existence, but she tries to make up for it by writing romances populated with her own peculiar ilk of paranormal beasties.  Trolls, wyverns, the obscure Nordic brownie--she likes to keep things interesting. And bloody. (And mostly naked--but, we'll keep that bit between us.)

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1 comment:

Sophie Avett said...

Hi Creatively Green! Thank you so much for hosting me! Everything looks absolutely fabulous! I hope you enjoyed Etienne's interview! Jennifer and I had a blast writing it! :)