Excerpt from Plot Twists: Ghosts on the Page

I shared on Friday about the new anthology I’m in, Plot Twists, a collection of short stories about people entering into the books they read.  I wrote two short stories for the collection, and I thought I’d share an excerpt from one of them, “Ghosts on the Page.”  A ballerina in New York wanders into Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera, without realizing that seeing the Webber play is not as much preparation as she thinks!

Enjoy the excerpt below, and read the full story by getting your copy of Plot Twists here!

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I plucked The Phantom of the Opera off the shelf and carried it over to the bookstore owner.  “How much for this one?” I asked.  “There doesn’t seem to be a price tag.”

He glanced at the book in my hand.  “An interesting choice.  And do you think this is what you need?  Are you prepared for an adventure in a French opera house?  Ballet, and ghosts in the shadows?”

Oh great, now he was trying to be dramatic.  “Sure,” I said, “that’s why I picked it up.  So the price…?”

He smiled.  “I don’t think you understand what I mean.  My books are an experience.  For the right person.  Open the book, read a line, and you will find yourself in the story.  Quite literally.  To return, open again to the page you began with.”

And this had crossed us into seriously weird territory.  “Okay,” I said, backing up a step.  “I think I’ll just go on to my date now.  Never mind about the book.”

“Surely,” the bookstore owner said, with a new glint in his eye, “you’re not afraid of an adventure?” Continue reading “Excerpt from Plot Twists: Ghosts on the Page”

Book Launch: Plot Twists

I’m so excited to share that my newest book release is here!  Plot Twists is a fantasy anthology I collaborated on with eight other incredibly talented authors.  I wrote two short stories for it that I love, and I love the other stories in here too! 

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Each story is about a character traveling into a book, mostly classics you probably know.  If you enjoy fantasy, classic literature, a little romance and a little adventure, this is a collection you definitely don’t want to miss.

As another very special offer, to celebrate this new release, the first book of my Guardian of the Opera trilogy is on sale this weekend.  You can buy a Kindle copy of Nocturne on discount if you act now!

If you’ve already read and enjoyed my Phantom series, that’s another reason to pick up Plot Twists.  I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy my story giving you a very different visit to the Opera Garnier, following a ballerina who has no idea that watching Webber’s play did not prepare her for visiting Leroux’s novel…

If you haven’t clicked away to buy something yet, here’s a little more about Plot Twists:

Down forgotten alleyways and quiet streets, mysterious bookstores only reveal themselves to people who need the special volumes on their shelves. People who are lonely, people who are lost, or people who want an unforgettable experience, find themselves inexplicably drawn to particular works. The keepers of the books, just as strange as the stores themselves, will ask: 

“Where would you venture inside the Phantom’s Opera?” 

“Have you dreamed of sitting at Arthur’s Round Table?” 

“Would you dare to meet Frankenstein?” 

Follow nine authors as they weave tales of characters finding exactly what they need, expected or not, inside the pages of a book. With stories across the ages explored: from the heroes of the Iliad, to the madness of Alice’s Wonderland, to the horror of H.P. Lovecraft, adventure awaits. 

So get your favorite French wine, or heart-shaped tart, and dive into a good book.  

Literally. 

Plot Twists: Cover Revealed!

Yesterday was the cover reveal for an upcoming anthology I’m a part of, Plot Twists.  So that means I get to show it to you! But first, a little about the book:

Down forgotten alleyways and quiet streets, mysterious bookstores only reveal themselves to people who need the special volumes on their shelves. People who are lonely, people who are lost, or people who want an unforgettable experience, find themselves inexplicably drawn to particular works. The keepers of the books, just as strange as the stores themselves, will ask: 

“Where would you venture inside the Phantom’s Opera?” 

“Have you dreamed of sitting at Arthur’s Round Table?” 

“Would you dare to meet Frankenstein?” 

Follow nine authors as they weave tales of characters finding exactly what they need, expected or not, inside the pages of a book. With stories across the ages explored: from the heroes of the Iliad, to the madness of Alice’s Wonderland, to the horror of H.P. Lovecraft, adventure awaits. 

So get your favorite French wine, or heart-shaped tart, and dive into a good book.  

Literally. 

Continue reading “Plot Twists: Cover Revealed!”

Coming Soon: Plot Twists

I’m so excited to share the news about an upcoming release: Plot Twists, a Stonehenge Circle Writers anthology.  I have two short stories in this collection!  It’s a really fun book with a very cool premise, and if you love classic literature (including The Phantom of the Opera) you definitely won’t want to miss this one.

The cover reveal is coming October 1st (and it’s SUCH a great cover!) plus a little more about the book.  Stay tuned!

Launch Day: The Confessions of Christine Daaé

Today is launch day for my newest novella!  The Confessions of Christine Daaé is a companion story to my Guardian of the Opera trilogy, that finally reveals Christine’s thoughts and motivations throughout the story – and they’re rarely what they seem to be on the surface…

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This novella is currently only available digitally, although if you’re a paper book reader I do intend to eventually put out a print collection with this story, the prequel and some extra goodies too.

For now, here’s a bit more about the story:

The Phantom’s story has always been one of intrigue and deception, of faces that don’t match the souls behind them – but it may not be the man in the mask who has the most to hide. Readers of the Guardian of the Opera series have already met this very unusual take on Christine Daaé through the eyes of Meg Giry and the Phantom himself. Here you’re invited to learn more than Meg or Erik could ever tell, as Christine finally shares her own story.

Starting with her impoverished childhood with her violinist father, through meeting the young Vicomte de Chagny, and on to the famous disaster at the Opera Garnier, Christine unfolds her true thoughts and feelings. Far from a helpless victim in events, in these pages you’ll find a Christine who knows exactly what she’s doing every step of the way. Why did she really take the Phantom’s mask off? Did she love Raoul or the Phantom? Who or what did she care about most? Read The Confessions of Christine Daaé for a look behind Christine’s carefully concealed mask.