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I finally did it.

Some Enchanted Season  finally has the kind of cover contemporary romance readers love, and I’ll admit it, it’s the cover that sexy and surly Rusty Rivers deserves.

And now I’m sorry I waited so long!

With no further ado, meet Rusty.



“As I read the last page of this book, I was very moved by the message within.
Overcome. Never give up. Don’t let others stand in your way.
It was something I’ve been needing to be reminded of.”
~ Tara Chevrestt, Author and Reviewer

Are you ready for some football?

Then you’re ready for
Some Enchanted Season.

Kevyn Llewellyn needs a god.

She must have exactly the right model to illustrate the cover of Darius: Warrior-God of the Gray Planet, or she’ll lose the contract for 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?

Some Enchanted Season: A Football Romance is waiting for your reading pleasure at Amazon, and available for KU subscribers.



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!

Amazon Kindle      Amazon Paperback     Amazon Hardcover

BN-Nook      BN Paperback      BN Hardcover

Kobo    iBooks

Book Depository-Free Shipping Worldwide!

 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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“Modern and sassy!” Debris & Detritus are available now!

Posted by on February 15, 2017 in amazon, Book Pooks Wrote, Books, Fiction & Literary, Goodreads, Short Stories | 1 comment

They’re heeeeere! The lesser Greek gods are wreaking havoc and you’re invited! I wish I could describe Debris & Detritus for you, but it depends on which story they’re in. They are sisters. They are twin brothers. They are British. They are ancient Greeks. They are lumps of stone, as in… well, the actual definition of debris and detritus. They are funny. They are sweet and romantic. They are terrifying. They are everything I ever dreamed they would be, and as of today, they are available for purchase just about...

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Posted by on February 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today’s the day! The box set has landed. Coming just in time for the biggest game of the year: one box set that includes SEVEN full-length football romances! I am so psyched about this, and am very happy that I was invited to be part of this box set. You want these books, all these wonderful seven books for only 99¢, don’t you? I knew you did! Whether or not your team is playing on Sunday, you need some romance to go with those hot wings. We’ve got it right here: seven SUPER football romances, love stories that go the...

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Posted by on December 29, 2016 in amazon, Book Covers, Book Pooks Wrote, Fantasy, Fiction & Literary, Short Stories, Sisyphean Efforts, Story Spring Publishing | 1 comment

Debris & Detritus – Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok

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Are You a Writer?

Posted by on November 29, 2016 in Book Pooks Wrote, Patreon, Writing, Writing Process, Writing with Passion | 1 comment

Are You a Writer?

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Scandalous has a new cover and is only .99!

Posted by on November 27, 2016 in Audible, Audiobooks, Book Pooks Wrote, Christmas, ebooks, Scandalous | 1 comment

Scandalous has a new cover and is only .99!

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Score! Football Romance Has Never Been Hotter!

Posted by on November 14, 2016 in Book Pooks Wrote, Box set, Football, Romance, Some Enchanted Season | 1 comment

Score! Football Romance Has Never Been Hotter!

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Christmas in October & the Pitfalls of Designing a Genre Book Cover

Posted by on October 20, 2016 in Book Covers, Book Pooks Wrote, Christmas, Scandalous, Some Enchanted Season | 1 comment

Christmas in October & the Pitfalls of Designing a Genre Book Cover

This is not the entry you may think it is. Oh I could certainly rant about Christmas decorations for sale before Halloween, but hey– Blah, blah, blah. We’ve all heard it and said it before, and of course I hate it. But yeah, who doesn’t? This entry is about replacing an old cover with a new cover. First, let me tell you, and this hurts. Seriously hurts. I said a very painful farewell to Paisley’s cover. I love this cover. I couldn’t believe I found a Paisley–a real Paisely right down to the cigarette...

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Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Book Pooks Wrote, Short Stories, The Dead Shall Live, The Fury Triad, Writing Process | 1 comment

I know you’re wondering, and so let’s look at them one at a time, because The Dead Shall Live is being edited and time is getting tight and I don’t have time to do a longer post. Today? I am putting the final touches on a short story set in the universe of the Fury Triad. This is a fun prequel where we get to see Cosmo and Greylund in their Oxford days, along with their friend Prince Al Tair, unintentionally wreaking havoc in Ordinary London. Let the chaos begin! If you want to close your eyes and imagine three charming...

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The #BookQW of the week is VOICE

Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

#BookQW is a twitter meme Writers post quotes from their work–published or not–that use the word of the week. Anyone is welcome to join in. Each week, Mindy Klasky will choose a word for people to use on Twitter, in quotes from their books, using the hashtag #bookqw. If you’d like a weekly email reminder of the #bookqw, you can sign up at: #bookqw word of the week Some people just post a short quote as a tweet. Others make graphics. Whatever you want to do. Just use #bookqw as part of the tweet, and then anybody who follows the...

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Score Big with Eight Great Football Romances

Posted by on September 9, 2016 in Book Pooks Wrote, Books, Football, Reading, Romance | 0 comments

Hey, even if you don’t read sports romances, maybe your friends do, so share, why don’t ya? Thanks! I’ve got the best news: this week is the official kick-off of football season in the US–and with college football back, too, we’ve all got lots of chances to catch our favorite teams playing our favorite game. So what makes this even better? We have EIGHT football romances for you to huddle with right here, each of which is a touchdown (and the extra point, too!). Check out each one–and as a bonus, each...

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