Accompaniment Count-Down: 3 Days

Accompaniment, the second book in my Guardian of the Opera trilogy, will be out this Friday, September 4th!  I’m counting down this week with a new quote each day.

Much of this book focuses around the growing relationship between Meg Giry and Erik, the Phantom of the Opera.  Meg finds him intriguing…but not always easy to talk to!

Catch up on the story by reading Book One, Nocturne, and the special prequel short story collection, OvertureAnd get your copy of Accompaniment on September 4th!

Accompaniment Count-Down: 4 Days

Accompaniment, the second book in my Guardian of the Opera trilogy, will be out this Friday, September 4th!  I’m counting down this week with a new quote each day.

As the sequel opens, Meg and Erik, the Phantom of the Opera, are making tentative movements towards friendship.  Madame Giry, while not exactly forbidding the idea, wants Erik to be very, very clear that he should not do anything to hurt her daughter.  Leading to today’s quote.

Catch up on the story by reading Book One, Nocturne, and the special prequel short story collection, OvertureAnd get your copy of Accompaniment on September 4th!

Coming Soon: Accompaniment (One Week Away!)

I’m counting down to the release of my next book, and Accompaniment (The Guardian of the Opera 2) will be out in one week!  The pandemic is still limiting the in-person celebrations I can do, but I’ll be posting fun quotes from the book throughout the next week, with special content on Launch Day, September 4th.

Since I can’t do an in-person launch party, I plan to create a video about the book, and do some Q&A.  So this is your chance to ask any questions about the Phantom, my sequel book, how it was written…whatever you’d like to know!  Add a question in a comment below, then come back next week for the video – and, of course, the new book.  And don’t forget, you can already pre-order Accompaniment on Kindle.

For today, here’s an excerpt from Accompaniment, Chapter Two.  Enjoy!

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I was desperately nervous by the time the performance curtain closed Saturday evening.  I wished I could change out of my ballet outfit before going to Box Five, only I didn’t dare take the time.  I’d have to go to the ballet’s shared changing room, which would be a madhouse right after a performance, and I’d probably get caught by someone in conversation, and then I’d have to come all the way back to the auditorium, and by then he might have vanished.  Plus I only had forty-five minutes before Mother would contact the army and the navy and who knew what else.

So I just threw my blue cloak on over my white ballet skirt and tried to look at it logically.  If he had been paying any attention at all, he’d already seen me in this outfit countless times.  We girls ran around the Opera in our dance costumes all the time.

I separated from the other girls as we streamed out of the auditorium, and made my way to the hall outside the first-level boxes.  It was busy with guests, departing or making their way to the Foyers.  I glanced at one woman’s long silk dress with a twinge of envy.  Even if I’d had time to change into my nicest dress, it wasn’t that nice.

Never mind—he knew I was a dancer, so why shouldn’t I be dressed like one?

No one seemed to be watching me, but I still had to force myself not to be furtive as I opened the door to Box Five.  Guests would find no significance in Box Five, and all the Company knew my mother was boxkeeper here; as long as I didn’t act suspicious, no one else would be.  Inside, the box was dimly lit by one low gaslight, curtains drawn, and I leaned against the closed wooden door as my eyes adjusted.

I could see a silhouette in one of the front row seats, and my heart pounded harder.

“You actually came,” he remarked, nothing in his tone to indicate how he felt about it.

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Video Review: Love Never Dies

Accompaniment, the next book in my Guardian of the Opera trilogy, will be out in less than two weeks!  It’s put me in a Phantom mood, so I rewatched Webber’s sequel: Love Never Dies.

I first saw this movie (filmed play, actually) as a Fathom event in theaters eight years ago.  It wasn’t good, for many reasons.  I didn’t really expect it to be better on a rewatch, but I was curious what my impressions would be all this time later.

It still wasn’t good.  But I did have a lot of feelings about it.  So naturally I made a video review!

This video is about fifteen minutes, but if you really want a full, scene-by-scene analysis (with more ranting!) I also made a 35-minute video.  As I said, I had a lot of feelings.

Anyone else seen Love Never Dies?  Or have a movie you love to hate? 🙂

Blog Hop: So Many Books – Where Was the Time?

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Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is:   Do you look at your shelves and stacks of books and wonder how you have ever read so many books?

I don’t wonder precisely that, but I guess I do wonder similar things.  I get most of my books from the library, so I know that the books on my own personal shelves (700 or so) are only a fraction of the total books I’ve read.  I’ve read daily for as long as I can remember, so the total number doesn’t feel shockingly high to me.  Or maybe it’s just that I’ve done enough math to get used to the idea.

Since I feel like I rarely buy books, I do sometimes wonder how I amassed as many as I own!  Some I’ve had for twenty years, though, and there have been some notable trips to library book sales that brought home a dozen books, so I guess it’s added up over time.

I also sometimes wonder how I would ever have time to reread all the books I own, if I wanted to, because there are so many other new books in the world.  I feel vaguely as though I reread most beloved books every several years, but mathematically, it would probably take me five years of nothing but rereading to get through my collection…so, yeah, there are some books I’ve owned and not reread for a long time!  But perhaps someday – that’s why I bought them, after all.

Does it sometimes surprise you how many books you’ve read, or how many you own?