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Okay, so the cover release was actually at the end of 2015, but I never showed it here and now I want to because it is so awesome. Share the awe!


What can we discern from this cover?

Well, yes, that stormy sea is significant. Because on the other side of that tempest is Ireland, and Persephone’s quest lures her there. Did I say lures? I did. Expect more trouble for her there. Because even though, “In England it is said, the Furys have a gift of pleasing kings…

“In Ireland ’tis said, never trust a Fury.”

Persephone Fury is about to discover why, and that the Irish have long memories.

And of course, the looming visage of Vespasian Wyllt is an even bigger and more compelling part of this book, but if you don’t know why yet, I’m not telling you. Go. Read This Crumbling Pageant and get up to speed!

And finally, and perhaps most obviously… who are the dead who shall live?

And what price will Persephone pay for her part in it?

Because still and always, she is the Dark daughter, the one they can no longer hide…


We do not have a release date. You’ll know as soon as we do, and also, when it is available for pre-order. But for now, you can add The Dead Shall Live to your Goodreads reading lists! You can sign up for the newsletter! You can check out the blog and news at The Fury Triad site. And you can know that my publisher and I are absolutely thrilled that this new book truly rocks the casbah, as only Persephone Fury can!


I’m honored and thrilled to announce that This Crumbling Pageant was awarded this year’s Golden Quill for Best Fantasy Romance.

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Please excuse the quality of the photograph. It was taken with an iPhone and inadequate lighting in my new ‘office shed.’ But nothing can take away from the beauty of green marble and gilt writing, my favorite colors!

The Golden Quill is sponsored by Desert Rose RWA in the greater Phoenix area of Arizona. They are a fabulous group of writers who sponsor a bi-annual writing conference that is worth every penny, if you’re able to attend. In alternating years, they sponsor highly-regarded competitions, one for published authors and one for unpublished.

I don’t have the details of the unpublished judging process, but according to Sandy Wright, this year’s Golden Quill chairman, “Golden Quill is judged entirely by readers and librarians. You should be proud! ”

Am I ever! Thank you to all those who worked hard to make the competition happen. I know how much work goes into these kinds of things. Thank you especially to those of you who read and enjoyed my book enough to result in it winning this award.

It now hangs on my wall!


March was an awesome, fun month.


This Crumbling Pageant hit #1!


PatriciaBurroughs_ThisCrumblingPageant_800pxIt hit #1 Young Adult Fantasy at Amazon last month, and #1 in Coming of Age.

It hit #2 in Romantic Fantasy.

It hit #3 in Historical Fantasy.

It’s got readers in Australia, New Zealand and England. In Germany, Portugal and France. In the US, Canada, and Mexico, and beyond.


And then this happened.


This Crumbling Pageant hit #1 on the Smart Bitches Trashy Books site.


The Saints of Suspense at the 2014 Party in New Orleans, left to right: Patricia Burroughs, CJ Lyons, Heather Graham, David Morrell, Alex Solokoff, Toni McGee Causey, Allison Brennan


What happens next?

Right now I’m working as Dallas Liaison for the Dallas RT Booksellers Convention. So much work goes into putting on that event, as I found out as one of the hosts of the Saints of Suspense Party last year in New Orleans. and I’m honored that Kathryn Falk included me in the fun this year!

The convention will be in Dallas from May 12-17.

Also, there will be a Giant Book Fair on May 16th! Some of the biggest names in publishing will be there to sell and autograph books, and it’s open to the public for a small fee payable that day at the event at the Hyatt Regency. I’ll be in YA Alley autographing This Crumbling Pageant and other books.

If you’re there, find me, say hello, and we can exchange phones for selfies together!


This past six months has been a wonderful time of travel and appearances and meeting fascinating new people as I promote my dark, epic fantasy,  This Crumbling Pageant.

pooks with wand

In the world of the Fury Triad, only the wicked–the very, very wicked–have wands. Interpret as you will…



You can read more on the Fury Triad website —  blog, reviews, sample chapters, special information and opportunities for readers and libraries, and much more.

Available in hardcover, trade and digital!

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 Also, if you prefer independent bookstores, it should be available at any of these stores and still as easy as a download!



This Crumbling Pageant

Persephone Fury is the Dark daughter, the one they hide.

England, 1811. Few are aware of a hidden magical England, a people not ruled by poor mad George, but the dying King Pellinore of the House of Pendragon.

The Furys are known for their music, their magic, and their historic role as kingmakers. When Fury ambitions demand a political marriage, Persephone is drugged and presented to Society–

Only to be abducted from the man she loves by the man she loathes.

But devious and ruthless, Persephone must defy ancient prophecy, embrace her Dark magic, and seize her own fate.

Be swept away into the first book of a dark fantasy series combining swashbuckling adventure, heart-pounding romance, and plot-twisting suspense.

To stay up to date on the latest, sign up for the newsletter [if you haven’t already], add the books to your Goodreads list [if you’re there], follow me on Facebook and Twitter [if you don’t already]!


Cover designed by the fabulous Kim Killion.

Book published by the fabulous Story Spring Publishing.


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Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in History, Holidays, Movies | 11 comments

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

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