This Crumbling Pageant ~ The Cover Reveal

I‘m thrilled to finally share my amazing cover for This Crumbling Pageant, available in hardcover, trade and digital on May 6!


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.

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Excuse me while I go off and quietly squeee.


Cover designed by the fabulous Kim Killion.

Book published by the fabulous Story Spring Publishing.


Earlier, on planetpooks-

Yes, I can finally go public with the news, and I am ecstatic!


500-Pomegranate_close_upStory Spring Publishing offered me a 3-book deal that I couldn’t refuse for my fantasy series.

They are bringing out my trilogy in digital and print next year! They will be at various local and national conferences [with me, when possible] to promote it, and are experimenting with some exploratory marketing techniques that convinced me they were the real deal. [As a matter of fact, they will be at LoneStarCon3 with said 'exploratory marketing techniques' in hand, so look for them if you’re there.]

“Story Spring Publishing is thrilled to have acquired the Fury Triad for our Science Fiction/Fantasy line. We have Book One – This Crumbling Pageant – in production with an April 29, 2014 release. I first encountered this book as a freelance copy editor, and it shot to the top of my list of titles to acquire for our launch year. While I won’t admit to actually stalking her for it, I did suggest rather persistently that we’d be an ideal publisher for the series, because we’re actively seeking to bring our passion for the books we publish into developing innovative marketing and promotional opportunities.” says Diane Tarbuck, co-owner of Story Spring Publishing.

I’m absolutely honored they believe in my series so much, they’re using it to develop their blueprint for author relationships and for their marketing and promotion strategies.

Rat sittingI’m a lab rat!

[Disclaimer to PETA: No pooks will be harmed in the production of this advertising campaign.]

I’m relieved to finally be able to tell you, since I’ve been sitting on this news for a while. Do you know how hard it is for me to keep my lips zipped? I know I’ve been a tease, but really, it was harder on me than on you.

But finally–the real reason I’m beside myself.

Persephone Fury took up residence in my heart a few years ago when her magical world exploded into my imagination. Combining three of my passions – magic and England and history – her tale spun off in directions beyond my initial imaginings. She climbed my walls in storyboards, maps and images, filled my bookcase with research materials, and led the Resident Storm Chaser and me on trips to Wales, Cornwall and next on the agenda–Ireland. [He puts up with so much, and supports me beyond measure, and I adore him.]

So mark your calendars for 2014 and get ready to be swept away into a dark fantasy series that combines swashbuckling adventure, heart-pounding romance and plot-twisting suspense in equal measures.

Expect to hear more about Persephone Fury

A lot more.

So when the last and dreadful hour
This crumbling pageant shall devour,
The trumpet shall be heard on high,
The dead shall live, the living die,
And music shall untune the sky.
John Dryden, 1687



Once described as ‘if Erma Bombeck wrote a romance novel…’ Beguiled Again is now available on Amazon for Kindle and from Book View Cafe in formats for all reading devices.

Originally published by Silhouette Desire, this edition is updated.

Review copies available.

“This bountifully gifted author is sure to become an instant reader favorite, combining a lively humor, sensual fire and sensitive romance into top-notch entertainment!
Melinda Helfer, RT BOOK REVIEWS

Meet Cecil. Coming to Amazon and Book View Cafe July 17, 2013!

Meet Cecilia. Coming to Amazon and Book View Cafe July 16, 2013!


Jeff shook off Cecilia and her high school crush seventeen years ago, and he’s made an orderly, boring, safe, successful life for himself as an accountant. Just the way he wants things.


Cecilia’s taste for driven, orderly men has left her divorced with three kids and two half-incomes. But nobody’s looking over her shoulder, criticizing her for being messy and disorganized. Life is never boring, is always filled with laughter and energy. Just the way she wants things.


From the moment she sucks him into her sticky, single-mom universe, Jeff can’t keep it together anymore. Her checkbook is a nightmare, her oldest kid hates him, and she’s lush and messy, mouth-watering and independent and annoyingly unforgettable. And he can’t stay away.

Cecilia is a fighter. She doesn’t need Jeff turning up again, making her feel like she’s still fourteen years, treating her like she can’t manage her life without his assistance. Why, why, why does he keep trying to help? To make matters worse, Jeff is hotter than ever, and a single mom can’t afford a sex life.

Plus, his parrot hates her.

In this battle between order and chaos, between hostile kids and cranky parrots, between romance and responsibility, is heartbreak inevitable?

Or this time, can love win?

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It’s Christmas in Manhattan…

…and Paisley Vandermeir has a scandalous scheme to set herself free from society’s expectations once and for all.

Enter Christopher Quincy Maitland, the blond and gorgeous Rock of Gibraltar who carries the weight of his family’s fortune on his shoulders–safe, dependable, scandal proof.

Or is he?

When irresistible force meets immovable object, what happens next is SCANDALOUS.

Available at Book View Cafe, Amazon, Kobo and now at BN!







Are you ready for some football?

Then you’re ready for…


SES-600x900Kevyn Llewellyn needs a god.

She must have exactly the right model for Darius: Warrior-God of the Gray Planet, or she’ll lose the contract to illustrate the rest of the series. When she sees him—none other than NFL football player Rusty Rivers—she does the absolutely logical thing: she kidnaps him. Or rescues him… it depends on whom you’re asking.

Rusty Rivers is no god.

He’s the kind of guy who’s squandered every opportunity from the Redskins to the Cardinals, while Kevyn’s had to fight for every chance to prove herself as a cover artist for fantasy novels. His struggles have been broadcast across the sports pages, while she keeps hers buried deep. They’re as different as meteor and moonbeam, with nothing apparent in common.

In this doomed, yet enchanted, football season, dare they hope something magical can happen that will last forever?

published by and available from Book View Cafe
also available at Amazon
Originally published by Bantam Books




Once there was a woman who was so desperate to escape, she held a cold-blooded killer at gunpoint and said, “Take me with you.”

That’s all I knew. I didn’t know who she was, what she was escaping from, but I knew her desperation, tasted it, felt it, lived with it until I found her world and her story and a way to tell it.

Before I wrote the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Award-winning script “Redemption,” its characters inhabited my soul and my first published novel, What Wild Ecstasy.

No matter how many stories I later told in novels and scripts, the lady and the outlaw, the deputy and the prostitute, the sheriff and the reporter never loosened their grip on me.

These were the people whose passions and pains launched my career in publishing and in screenwriting and whose story would not die.

From Book View Cafe… the book that began my writing journey returns.



Available for purchase from Amazon (Kindle) and Book View Cafe (Kindle, Nook and other ereaders).

Sample chapters here.

Reviews and endorsements here.

Blog here.



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  1. Mike Snyder
    Mar 20, 2012

    Hi Pooks,

    So you’re not the last to know, I just trashed you in my latest blog. You’re welcome.


    • pooks
      Apr 17, 2012

      You did, indeed, and quite well. Thank you! I think.

  2. jen
    Apr 25, 2012

    your book sounds really interesting. i love historical fiction. what is the setting? i’m always the last to get with new technology so i don’t have an e-reader. is it available in paperback? i did add it to my goodreads “to read” list!

    • pooks
      Apr 25, 2012

      It’s out of print and so now is only available as an ebook, alas. That may change in the future but for now… not so much. It’s set in 1882 in West Texas and New Mexico. Thanks for asking!

    • denise
      Aug 1, 2013

      you can download digital books and read them on computers, mobile smart phones, etc…

  3. Diana
    May 15, 2012

    Sounds interesting!

    • pooks
      Dec 3, 2012

      My software was blipping and I missed some comments. I’m so sorry to miss yours!

  4. tuey
    Jun 14, 2012

    Hi Pooks.
    Just stopping by to say hi and glad to see you’re still following your dream.

    Laters. :)

    • pooks
      Jul 11, 2012

      TUEY!!!!!!!! How did I miss this????????????

      • Tuey
        Nov 6, 2012

        Same way I missed seeing the response. Been a long time, Pooks. My brain died. LOL.

        • pooks
          Nov 7, 2012

          Okay, girl–email me!!! planetpooks (at) gmail.

  5. denise
    Jul 14, 2012

    posted it on your author page on FB because I don’t know how to post it here.

    • denise
      Jul 15, 2012

      Thank You!

  6. Wendie Grogan
    Nov 24, 2012

    Totally off-topic question here…Are you the Patricia Burroughs who is teaching the ‘Basics of Writing a Novel’ class at Collin County Community College starting in January? I’m thinking of signing up for the Tuesday morning session and would love to have more details about how the class is structured.

    • pooks
      Dec 3, 2012

      Yes, I am. Feel free to email me at planetpooks (at) gmail (dot) com.

  7. Kathleen Lisson
    Mar 26, 2013

    I have Paisley’s haircut!

    • pooks
      Mar 26, 2013

      You could rock anything in Paisley’s closet!

  8. Max
    Aug 13, 2013

    That is such wonderful news. Yay yay yay!

  9. kate
    Aug 13, 2013

    just saw your news on FB via Jacqueline’s congrats and wanted to add my own!! (There’s probably a way to do it on FB…but couldn’t figure it out.

    anyway, fabulous, fabulous news. couldn’t happen to a more deserving (and hardworking) gal.

    continued best wishes!


  10. denise
    Aug 13, 2013

    How wonderful! I’m so happy for you!
    You had me at Persephone!

  11. Bob Hill
    Sep 15, 2013

    How many books do I need to by to take you to lunch? I was enrolled in your class at CCCC and it didnt make . Im attempting to write a novel and I would gladly pay for your tutoring me at lunch. I

  12. tuey
    Sep 18, 2013

    Pooks! I’m so happy for you. And sorry I’m so late in saying so. Hugs & kisses, kiddo! :)

    • pooks
      Sep 26, 2013

      Thank you so much! ~hugs back at ya~

  13. Kate Tilton
    Jan 24, 2014

    Congrats Patricia! That is amazing news!

    • Shendy
      Mar 16, 2014

      Douglas College makes me feel good because poesosfrrs and staff really make an effort to show how much they care. The quote We don’t care how much you know, until we know how much you care really holds true with me and it really sines through at Douglas College. There is always someone who can help you, whether it’s preparing for an exam, filing your taxes, getting academic advise, or wanting to volunteer. There are endless opportunities! I am proud to have been a student and now an employee at Douglas College.

  14. Claire
    Apr 3, 2014

    Love that cover – so evocative and inviting! You’ve picked a great period too, and the addition of magic makes it irresistible – on my to buy list!!

    • pooks
      Apr 3, 2014

      You warm the cockles of my heart!

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