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 Rebekah Ganiere’s Adrian from Red the Were Hunter (Fairelle Series) lifted from Brenda’s hand after he stalked into Sinister Stitches.
THE WITCHES WHO STITCH QUESTIONNAIRE
Please provide the witches with your name: Adrian
Please provide the witches with the following:
Hair Color: BrownHair Length: [ ] Short and Sharp, [X] Shaggy and Sexy, [ ] Lush and Long
Eye Color: Brown, turn golden when I shift though
Skin Tone: [ ] Ghoulish, [ ] Snow White, [X] Cina-baby, [ ] Mochalicious, [ ] Dark Chocolate, [ ] Other:__________
Please provide the witches with your measurements and body-type.
a.) Height: 6 foot 2
b.) Body Type: [ ] Skeletal, [ ] Lean and Tender, [X] Lean and Tough, [ ] 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? (Your boy bit doesn’t count!)
Do you have arms and legs? If so, how many?
2 arms 2 legs
How dead are you? [X] Living, [ ] Undead, [ ] Astral Form
What are you? (Species/Breed)
King of the Wolves. A Werewolf.
What is the occasion? (Ideas include: Wedding, Funeral, Sabbath, etc. Oh, and seduction is a valid occasion. The more details, the better.)
A royal wedding. A dear friend of mine recently got engaged and is to be wed. He is also royalty, but his parents are much more conventional than we are. It will be a grand affair to be remembered. I'm not really looking forward to going, but my mate Redlynn says we must.
What’s the occasion setting? (Beach, haunted castle, grand ball, etc.)
It will be far south in the Dragonlands. The kingdom is a trek, but I hear the lands are quite beautiful.
Will you be fighting for your life at some point in the evening?
I surely hope not, but with the kinds of friends I keep, and the upheaval in our world right now, it is entirely possible.
Will you be set on fire? Better yet, will you be setting other people on fire?
I sure hope not.
Will you be grave-robbing? (Dirt is a tailor’s tedium.)
What are you wearing right now? Who picked that outfit out? (Basically, who let you leave the crypt in those?)
Right now, I am in a pair of breeches, a deep blue tunic and a pair of leather boots.
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, I suppose if I have to fight, I will be. I lose more good pieces of clothing due to shifting than anything else.
Describe your last brush with Death in two sentences. (Helps us plan for the unexpected.)
Vampires attacked. We fought.
Do you need a secret compartment for gigantic swords? Guns and condoms? Eyeliner, maybe?
Not really. I am my own weapon, and I doubt Redlynn's sword and bow would fit anywhere comfortably on me for me to conceal and carry it for her.
What are your three favorite colors?
Golden, the color of Redlynn's eyes. Red, the color of Redlynn's hair. Blue, the color of the first dress I saw her wear.
What two colors ninja your brain, sweetie?
None really. Color is color.
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 Angel: This 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 comic/storybook villain?
I have no favorite storybook Villains. All the villains I have met are very real to me.
If you could be any comic/storybook book hero, who would it be?
Like I said, I do not read stories.
Now, tell us who you love the most.
My beautiful, strong mate Redlynn. After her my daughters and sons.
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 Adrian’s
“ The Ripper”
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:
Not a reader, huh? Well, I guess handing you a brochure is out of the question. Frankly, babycakes, you are a lost little babe in the woods. This is Sinister Stitches, son. Yeah, use your nose, sweetie. This is where all the pretty pink and lace is at. They make suits for gentlemen such as yourself that way. Twisted Threads. You can have a business card on your way out. However, since you seem to be new in town, I’ll take time out my very busy hunting schedule and skin you something to wear.
Now, the girls and I have no idea how people are prone to dress where you come from, so we did away with the tux and whatever. Frankly, we kept things as simple as possible in order to give you maximum versatility. That is why we completely ignored your color request. No color is more versatility than green. None. It says “beggar” and “prince” in the same breath. And frankly, nothing is better for camouflage, and I gather your wife is a hunter. Camouflage is her best friend. And if you’re gonna tag along, get with the program, sweetie.
First, we’re going to start simple and keep you in white double-collared shirt. No tie. The bulk of your outfit is the special coat my sisters designed especially for you. This is a Sinister Stitches’ original. We’ve blended several different design elements to fashion you something Sherlock would be proud of. Frankly, that’s where we started. The Norfolk jacket is a Victorian classic. We did away with the tweed pattern, and instead substituted it for a blend of Neverwinter wool imported straight from the Veil. The blend is sturdy, and bulletproof.
Likewise, we did away with the fitted, tailored cut. You don’t need them. You’re physique speaks on its own. You were born blessed like that, so we adapted the material into a Helsing cut. The full “skirt” is free and flowing, and offers plenty of space for several Void compartments. Void material is imported from the Oblivion (incubus) realm. There is one pocket in particular that is cut wide enough to allow a moderately sized bow to fit with ease. Arrows can be holstered in the pocket below it. Anything placed into the Void pocket will bend and fold with the material.
Now, that’s only if you hunt together. My husband and I prefer to do such things to together. If the color doesn’t suit, you are free to change it with by calling your coats name “Ripper” and issuing a simple color command. It should respond and adapt within in seconds. Don’t get flashy with the commands. Keep it basic. The wool used to fashion this outfit is a blend of several types of spider linens. It will revolt and constrict around you if you upset it. However, it is inflammable, and incredibly light and durable. The perfect hunter’s jacket.
I know, I’m the shit. Now, here, take this business card, and get out—you’re shedding all over my floor.
IMPORTANT BULLETINS from THE PIXIES:
For more information about Rebekah Ganiere and Adrian’s adventures in Redlynn the Were Hunter 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’s Survival 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): captblack76
Image Editing Credit(s): Elaina, For the Muse Design
A New Gotham Fairy Tale
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
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.)
Sinister Stitches Boutique Blog: http://sophieavettsinisterstitches.blogspot.com/
Newsletter Post-Its, the Blog: http://sophieavett.weebly.com/post-its-the-blog.html
Brimstone Pub, the Blog: http://thebrimstonepub.com/