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!
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.
[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
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
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.
Are you ready for some football?
Then you’re ready for…
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?
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.
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.
LA DESPERADA (THE NOVEL) AND REDEMPTION (THE SCRIPT)
Sample chapters here.
Reviews and endorsements here.