Meet the Characters: Raoul de Chagny

The Guardian of the Opera: Nocturne is out this Friday!  That’s four days away, and I’m counting down this week by introducing some of the principal characters, one each day.  Today I’m featuring Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny, usually the hero of the story but…well, I shift the focus a bit!

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Meet the Characters: Madame Giry

The Guardian of the Opera: Nocturne is out this Friday!  That’s five days away, and I’m counting down this week by introducing some of the principal characters, one each day.  We’re starting off with Madame Giry – a little more important in my version than most, because she is, after all, my heroine’s mother.

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Quotable: Embracing One’s Story

As the release of my book Nocturne approaches, I’m offering a few glimpses of the story by sharing some quotes.  Today’s quote reflects one aspect of Meg’s journey as a character – the Phantom represents exciting, impossible things to her, and she’s always wanted to know more about him.  Her journey over the course of the trilogy, though, is to take ownership of her own story.

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Quotable: Social Isolation, Phantom-style

As the release of my book Nocturne approaches, I’m offering a few glimpses of the story by sharing some quotes.  Today’s quote is from one of the more famous moments, when the Phantom leads Christine through the mirror.  It’s the first time they touch, and one of the few times in the book that the Phantom touches anyone.  The Phantom’s isolation, particularly from any direct human contact, is a theme throughout the trilogy.  I wrote all this before social isolation in response to a pandemic became a present reality, and I wonder if some of it may read a bit differently now…

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Quotable: Self-Aware Tragic Heroes

As the release of my book Nocturne approaches, I’m offering a few glimpses of the story by sharing some quotes.  One of the Phantom’s tragedies is that he believes in his own tragic arc – and doesn’t believe life can go differently for him.

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Quotable: Some things, you just don’t do

As the release of my book Nocturne approaches, I thought it would be fun to offer a few glimpses of the story by sharing some quotes.  One of the most iconic scenes in the Phantom mythos is when Christine unmasks the Phantom.  In my version, we see that happen from the Phantom’s perspective, and hear about it again in Meg Giry’s point of view.  Meg is appalled by the whole business, and I have to agree with her!

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Nocturne Virtual Launch Party

As you MAY have heard once or twice, my next book, Nocturne, will be out June 5th.  I would normally throw a book launch and signing party, but seeing as we’re in a pandemic, gathering lots of people together to share pizza and pass books back and forth is not going to be happening in the near future.  So the good news is that I’m throwing a virtual launch party instead – so you can attend whether you live down the street or on the other side of the world!

I’ve set up an online event on Facebook and will be posting there throughout Launch Weekend with fun Phantom trivia, chances to share your best mask photo, details about the book, and more.  I will also be streaming a live video presentation on YouTube talking about the book, reading an excerpt, and answering questions.  It’s all strange and different, but I think it will be fun!

If you want to get this on your calendar, head over to join the Facebook event, and vote in the poll for the best time for the video presentation.  And if you’re not on Facebook, don’t worry – I’ll be posting the link to the YouTube presentation here too, as soon as I schedule the livestream (which sounds contradictory, but is in fact a thing).

And as always, you can find out more about Nocturne here, and don’t forget that pre-orders are already available!