Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway - The Mourner's Cradle: A Widow's Journey by Tommy B. Smith

The Mourner's Cradle: A Widow's Journey
Tommy B. Smith

The tale of a widow's harrowing journey through grief and peril into the cold remnants of a dead world.

Damon Sharpe had in part found victory, he believed, in his battle to unearth a truth obscured by time. By autumn, he was dead, leaving to his wife Anne a house of unfulfilled wishes, remnants, and the key to the enigma of his obsession, the Mourner’s Cradle.

A journey through grief and peril delivers Anne Sharpe from her home in St. Charles to the faraway skeletons of a long-dead civilization where she will find the desperate answers she seeks…or die trying.

Tommy B. Smith is a writer of dark fiction, author of The Mourner's Cradle, Poisonous, and the short story collection Pieces of Chaos, as well as works appearing in numerous magazines and anthologies throughout the years. His presence currently infests Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he resides with his wife and cats.

Who designed your book covers?
People say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, yet almost everyone does.

Ben Baldwin designed the cover of my new book, The Mourner’s Cradle, from Crystal Lake Publishing.

When the design of this artwork came into question, I communicated some idea of what I envisioned and he quickly found his unique spin on that concept. If you haven’t seen it already, take a close look.

It’s a gripping cover just in passing, but those who dwell on it will find a lot happening here. I’ll not spoil it for you by saying exactly what.

Undeniable kudos to Ben Baldwin, the artist, for capturing the spirit of The Mourner’s Cradle.

As for other titles, Eloise J. Knapp designed the cover art for my debut horror novella, Poisonous, a cover that conveyed the city of St. Charles under the lethal hold of the central antagonist, Lilac Chambers. Monique Snyman concocted the cover artwork for my dark fiction collection, Pieces of Chaos, more of an abstract piece which reflected the myriad of tales within. Those were the titles’ first editions.

Both of these have since resurfaced in second editions with artwork designed by Drop Dead Cover Designs.

How did you come up with name of this book?
My new book, The Mourner’s Cradle, derived its title from a term linking birth with death, and as of the latest book, has also become linked with the phrase, “cradle of civilization.”

Mesopotamia is considered to be the cradle of civilization, but other cultures existed in other parts of the ancient world and we have little information aside from vague remnants.

The South American Norte Chico, for example.

The skeletons hold their silence. It’s a prevalent theme in this story.

As for the subtitle of A Widow’s Journey, this refers to the character of Anne Sharpe, who has lost her husband. The ending of his story is the beginning of her story, a journey which begins in the city of St. Charles and carries her to the distant peaks of the Peruvian Andes and long-buried secrets of the ancient world.

The Mourner’s Cradle is a tale of rain, ice, and dead legends.
Win a $25 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of Poisonous by Tommy B. Smith, or a signed copy of Pieces of Chaos by Tommy B. Smith!

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!


  1. Sounds like a good book love the cover .

  2. The book really sounds interesting. I’d love to read it.

  3. this looks great, cant wait to read it!

  4. The cover is amazing with the use of shadows.

  5. I do love a good horror story and I'm always drawn to books with snow on the cover.This has a gorgeous and chilling cover. Going on my list!

  6. Intriguing cover! Sounds like a chilling read :-)

  7. No questions - the cover is interesting

  8. Ben, you did a fabulous job on the cover. It has a horror-ible feel. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  9. I like the cover-thanks for the giveaway

    tiramisu392 (at)

  10. Nice book cover, and the book sounds interesting.

  11. From the books cover, you can tell there's going to be a cemetery having a prominent role along with death and all its ramifications.

  12. This was a great review. I also like the cover.I consider this a must read. (Audrey Stewart)

  13. the cover is very deep and spooky looking ! I love it!