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Gabriel's City: BOOK SMELLS

We are SUPER EXCITED to be doing this! We were asked to create scents for book characters-- a first for us, and a real pleasure. The book comes out Nov. 17th, and the blog tour starts then too. We suggest following it, because there will be a book-scents giveaway! You can order the book in handsomely physical form or ebook here.

Gabriel's City. by Laylah Hunter, is a wonderful YA fantasy novel about a wastrel aristocrat playboy and the legendary street-rat murderer for hire that makes him a better person.* No, really. It's about the power of telling stories, the power of belief, the power of faith in other people, and best friends falling in love. There's definitely violence and bloody stuff and gritty street life and bad people doin' bad things. The fantasy is low, the degree of magic is left up to you the reader to decide, the worldbuilding is lush, and the language is beautiful. This is a writer who is truly an artist with words, and we're not just saying that because we are RL friends. You'll see.

 

* Your mileage of how much better a person may vary, but Ariel likes Colin a lot better after Gabriel gets to him.

  • A young lady with a sweet smile, a pretty blue dress and lace choker, a fox-fur, and dark brown hair over toasty-warm brown skin.
    $16.50 Anna
    Honeycakes, fine rose-petal tea steeped just long enough and no more, and a dab of neroli, vanilla, and the most expensive sandalwood; there is no scarcity here of anything but the freedom to adventure. Colin's sister Anna...

  • A saturnine man with the golden eyes of a fox, a sallow complexion, and thick dark hair pulled back into a ponytail both lush and ruthless. He is wearing a gold-edged velvet tunic, small gold earrings, and a wide, thin-lipped smirk.
    $16.50 Captain Westfall
    Bitter vetiver, cypress essential oil, a worn leather scabbard, the scent of woodsmoke mingled with the docks he came from, the sweet amber of the wealthy he now mingles with, and the Lady's oakmoss and gravedust. Captain...

  • A handsome rake with brown eyes, dark hair oiled down to perfection, and dusky brown skin. His mouth curves up in a knowing little smirk.
    $16.50 Colin
    Colin's scent is that of a wastrel playboy with his parents' money and no cares in the world: he's used to fine things, easy pleasure and the high life. Refined French lavender, sharp amber, ambergris, Atlas and Virginia...

  • Deirdre: a lean,sharp-faced, hawk-nosed ash blonde with pale skin and blue and red scarves. There are green-grey hills and sheep in the background.
    $16.50 Deirdre
    Deirdre is a former slave, Gabriel's friend, and an herbwoman,. She's had a hard life after being stolen from her Northern home, and though many would find nothing sweet or welcoming about her, she has a softer side beneath...

  • The scruffier, more real version of Colin: a wider smile, mussed hair, ragged scarves wrapped against the chill, and a happier life.
    $16.50 Drake
    Drake is the scruffier, more real version of Colin. The refined blend of imported lavender oil has been replaced by fresh crushed buds, he's down to just the sharper of the two cedarwoods, the memory of nutmeg, and a less...

  • Gabriel cocks his tousled head at the viewer from atop Casmile's rooftops.
    $16.50 Gabriel
    Gabriel is a street rat and a murderer for hire. The Green Lady found him in a graveyard, he says, and gave him a gift of her favor-- so it's small wonder that he grew up to kill for a living, The background of his scent is...

  • The Green Lady is a goddess of the dead; she wears a shroud, her hair is tangled with dead leaves and oakmoss, ivy clings to her, her skin is deathly pale and she has no eyes... eyes are one of the first things to go.
    $16.50 The Green Lady
    The Green Lady is a goddess of dead things; she wears a tattered shroud, her hair is tangled with dead leaves and oakmoss, ivy clings to her, her skin is deathly pale and she has no eyes... eyes are one of the first things...

  • Gabriel's City: Dramatis Personae
    $108.00 Choose Options Gabriel's City: Dramatis Personae
    What it says on the tin! A full set of Gabriel's City character scents. Choose bottles or squees (1 ml glass vials)!  ANNA: Honeycakes, fine rose-petal tea steeped just long enough and no more, and a dab of neroli,...