The Dark In-Between
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 5th 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Action-packed and emotionally powerful like big- and small-screen hits such as The Sixth Sense and Supernatural, The Dark In-Between by Elizabeth Hrib is sure to stay with you long after the lights go out.
Something lurks in the shadows between life and death.
A terrible accident brings sixteen-year-old Casey Everett’s life to a halt—literally. Pulled from the water, Casey is rushed to the hospital and miraculously revived. But her sudden return to the living is shadowed by the drowning of her best friend, Liddy.
Overcome with grief, Casey returns home for the summer only to find the memories of the accident won’t let her go. Shadow-drenched nightmares. Whispers in the back of her mind. Her friend’s screams. Casey thinks she’s losing it… until she watches a boy fall from the sky.
Red—an angel fallen to earth to regain his wings—takes her to Limbo, a place that exists somewhere between the living and the dead. Now, in order to save her best friend, Casey must learn to walk these mysterious and dangerous paths or else risk losing Liddy’s trapped soul to something worse than death.
On this edition of What’s on Your Desk, we learn that my actual desk is a complete disaster, plus I never use it for writing because of said disaster (mostly bills and paperwork that I pretend I don’t need to deal with for months on end). So instead, you get a picture of my kitchen table which I rarely use for eating regular meals. The theme of this post is clearly furniture I don’t use for its intended purpose. Shall we talk about how my couch is currently functioning as my closet?
Anyway, since my table actually functions as my desk, let’s talk about what’s on it. Firstly, you’re going to notice plants because I have a plethora of them in my apartment and they’ve finally spilled onto the table. The tree looking thing in the corner is a Guiana Chestnut, also known as a money tree. It’s supposed to bring good luck, and you can always use a little of that when you’re writing. The other one currently being propped up by a wooden spoon is a Pilea Peperomioides. It’s super cool and sprouts lots of little baby plants that can be repotted and given to friends. I call it my sharing is caring plant.
Next, I have candles. I think these ones are from IKEA and they actually smell amazing. I like having a candle or two burning when writing at night. It’s atmospheric and makes me feel fancy. Best of all, when the candle has burnt all the way down, I keep the fancy container, fill it with soil, and voila, new plant home.
There are also snacks! You’ve gotta have snacks as a writer. I like dried fruit or chocolate or pretzels with hummus while I’m writing. Here I have some banana chips and apple rings. There’s always a mug of tea on the table somewhere (and usually like three or four empty ones but I cleaned up a little because I can’t be a slob on this guest post). Also water! Gotta get in that hydration when you can.
On the other back corner, I have bookmarks and stickers for The Dark In-Between that still need a good home. I also have bunches of feathers everywhere (they’re literally all over my apartment) because I’ve been using them in promo photos for the book. I usually have a collection of other books on the table that I’m currently in the midst of reading or have just finished. At the moment the pile includes The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White, as well as some of my fellow Swoon Reads authors Danielle Banas’ The Supervillain and Me and Katy Upperman’s How The Light Gets In.
On the top of the book pile is a tiny reddish rock. This is a jasper gemstone that I was given in my fourth (and last!) year of nursing school by one of my professors. It’s supposed to represent grounding and stability and strength. I like to keep it around to remind myself of these things. To remind myself to be courageous in my writing and in my life. And to help me remember to breathe and take time to recenter myself in the midst of chaos whether that be in real life or just in my book worlds.
Heading towards the front again, I have an ARC copy of The Dark In-Between that I’ve been using for reference to write blog posts. It’s also a really good visual pick-me-up during writers block or just on a down day. I can look at it and say heck yeah, I’m about to be a published author.
I obviously have my laptop, my most prized possession, front and center because I am a Google Docs writer at heart and couldn’t function without it. Other random things in this photo include: key lime pie lip balm from Lush, a burgundy hair scrunchie, Sunshine & Lemon hand sanitizer from Bed Bath and Beyond, and my spare glasses for when I inevitably lose the ones currently on my face.
Elizabeth Hrib was born and raised in London, Ontario where she studied nursing at Western University. She now calls the East Coast home, where she works as a nurse in Halifax. When she’s not working or writing, she can be found at the piano, planning her next Netflix binge, or attempting to keep her small, windowsill garden alive.
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