Blog Tour: #International #Giveaway RoseBlood by A.G. Howard ~ Guest Post

Tour Schedule:

10/24/2016- Mundie MomsSpotlight
10/24/2016- Stories & SweetiesGuest Post
10/24/2016- Adventures of a Book JunkieReview

10/25/2016- Once Upon a TwilightSpotlight
10/25/2016- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

10/26/2016- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderSpotlight
10/26/2016- Seeing Double In NeverlandGuest Post

10/27/2016- BookHounds YAReview
10/27/2016- Dark Faerie TalesGuest Post

10/28/2016- FiktshunReview
10/28/2016- BookemojiGuest Post

Author: A.G. Howard
Pub. Date: January 10, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 432
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In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

Welcome to stop #3 on the RoseBlood virtual tour! 

Today, we're exploring the maniacal history of the Phantom...

I first read The Phantom of the Opera in high school for an English project. But as I reread the book again more recently along with researching the author and the Broadway/Hollywood versions to lend authenticity and atmosphere to RoseBlood, I found some details that I'd long since forgotten, and a few that I never knew.

I'd like to share those gems with you today. 

Original book facts: 

1. Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera was originally published as a poorly received serialized novel in 1909, which actually plays a huge role in my story line:

2. In early drafts, the character of Christine was called “Kristin.”

3. The young soprano, Christine, had blonde hair and  was from Sweden, lending credence to the rumor that Leroux's character was based on the real-life soprano of the same time period, Christina Nilsson. This is another detail that plays a role in RoseBlood.

4. Although in the Broadway version, the Phantom has no name, in Gaston Leroux’s novel he's known simply as Erik.

5. During the story, when he's in public, Erik wears a papier-mache nose along with his mask. 

6. Erik steals a horse named Caesar and uses him to transport Christine into his underground lair. Caesar was white, which seems fitting transport for a ghost.

7. The command from the book, “Keep your hand at the level of your eyes,” isn't to protect characters from seeing the Phantom's monstrous face.  Erik was adept at disposing of victims with the “Punjab lasso,” a wire noose employed like a garotte to strangle victims. Keeping a hand at the level of one’s eyes prevented the weapon from tightening around the victim’s neck. It was the only defense against strangulation and a gruesome death.

8. In the way of other retellings, there is both a well-known prequel and sequel to the original Phantom tale, written fairly recently and by two different authors: Phantom by Susan Kay & The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth. 

9. The sequel, The Phantom of Manhattanpartly inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber's 2010 stage sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, known as Love Never Dies

And this leads us to the entertainment portion of the post.

Broadway and film facts: 

1. In 1984, Lloyd Webber conceived of the idea to produce a romantic musical/theatrical version based on the book. He screened both Phantom movies available for viewing at the time: the 1925 Lon Chaney and 1943 Claude Rains versions. Neither one held the ingredients necessary to make the leap from film to stage. Later, in New York, while at a second-hand bookstore, he stumbled upon a copy of Leroux's original, long-out-of-print novel. Inside, Webber found the inspiration to develop the now-famous and beloved musical. 

2. The Phantom of the Opera 1925 movie, starring Lon Chaney, Sr. and Mary Philbin, features a scene in which Erik plays the organ and Christine creeps up behind to peel off his mask. It's cited by film critics as one of the most memorable moments in film history. I'll leave the video clip below, so you can decide for yourself. 

3. Robert Englund, best known for his portrayal of Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, played the role of the Phantom in a 1989 horror version. 

4. The Broadway “Masquerade” scene uses life-sized mannequins to make the party seem larger. So it's no surprise there are mannequins in my retelling, right? But I assure you, they serve an entirely different and much creepier purpose in mine.

5. For early London Phantom rehearsals, animatronic rats, a white horse, and real doves flying through the theater were incorporated—though these ideas were discarded before previews began.

Hope you enjoyed the Phantom trivia!

About A.G. Howard

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would've happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she's not writing, A.G.'s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

Don't forget to enter the rafflecopters below before you go. 

Today's INTL giveaway prize: a modern-gothic Angel of Music print, in honor of the dark and romantic story that inspired my contemporary retelling. 

Good luck to everyone, and be sure to join us again tomorrow for stop #4!

Exclusive Tour Stop Giveaways!

Make sure to stop by each blog below for a chance to win awesome prizes and the giveaways are International!
Stories & SweetiesINTL Rafflecopter Stop #1: Masquerade Pendant, Eiffel Tower Key Chain, Emoticon Key Chains

Two Chicks on BooksINTL Rafflecopter Stop #2: Metallic "Dream" Bookmark, Phantom of the Opera Tote

Seeing Double In NeverlandINTL Rafflecopter Stop #3: Modern-gothic Angel of Music Print

Dark Faerie TalesINTL Rafflecopter Stop #4: Signed Panoramic RoseBlood Poster

BookemojiINTL Rafflecopter Stop #5: 1 - Signed & Personalized Arc + Mask Set & a Super Secret Phantom-themed Prize. Please Note:  On this rafflecopter, participants have to answer a question after reading the last ½ of the chap on Pique to open the other entries.

Also, be sure to visit PiqueBeyond.Com/Roseblood this week for more RoseBlood fun!

Giveaway Details: 

5 winners will receive a finished copy of ROSEBLOOD and a Mask, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  2. these facts were so fun to read!! thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Thanks for thr giveaway! I'm so excited!

  4. Thanks for the chance! Love A.G's books!

  5. Wow! We are fans of The Phantom of the Opera here. I love playing the music on my flute too. Thanks for hosting a giveaway today and for this history post. I found the facts very interesting.

  6. Everyday is a new day to be excited about this blog tour and giveaway! Thank you for this chance!

  7. I can't wait to read Roseblood! Thank you for the chance!

  8. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Can't wait for this book <3

  9. Thank you so much for the chance! (: Love AG and that print is beautiful

  10. OMG that print is so beautiful! Can't stop staring at it! *-*
    I love The Phantom of the Opera, this was really interesting. Can't wait to read RoseBlood!

  11. I am so excited to read this book. Anita has always been a favorite of mine!

  12. I love these fan facts! I've read the original book too! Thank you for the giveaway!

  13. thank you so much for the giveaway and that print is so gorgeous

  14. I never knew about the doves and rats and the horse. That would have been really interesting to see.

  15. I loev #4! And I'm sad #5 didn't happen, would've loved to see it! And thanks for the opportunity

  16. Awesome giveaway! Thanks so much and congrats to A.G.!!! :)

  17. The Phantom of the Opera is one of my favorite books. Great book facts!
    This poster is amazing!

    Raffle name: Artemis Giote

  18. Can't wait to read a new book by an amazing author. <3

  19. Awesome giveaway! I can't wait to read this book.


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