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…

Get your copy here!

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.

Cover Reveal + Pre-Order for The Confessions of Christine Daaé

I’ve been promising for some time now to eventually share a version of my Guardian story from Christine Daaé’s point of view – and it’s almost here!  Readers of the trilogy will know that my Christine is quite from different from most – and that what she appears to be thinking is usually not what she’s really thinking!  The Confessions of Christine Daaé finally reveals everything from her point of view, and just what was going on behind her sweet smiles.  The novella will be out February 5th, and is already available for Kindle pre-order.

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.

And now on to the cover!

This was a fun cover to design, different from the three book covers with Meg as the focus.  Though the Phantom, of course, still looms above!  And that really is Box Five of the Opera Garnier behind her.

This novella is best read if you’re already familiar with the trilogy, so if you’ve enjoyed the previous books I hope you’ll check it out.  And if you haven’t read the others – no time like the present to catch up, right? 🙂

Cover Reveal + Pre-Order for Dawn Melody, Guardian of the Opera Book Three

If you’ve been following along for the last few months, you’ll know that I released Nocturne, Book 1 of my Guardian of the Opera trilogy in July, and Accompaniment, Book 2, in September.  And today I’m excited to announce that Dawn Melody, Book 3, will be out December 4th!  Keep scrolling down for the cover reveal – and you can already pre-order your Kindle copy.

Before we come to the cover, here’s a bit about the book…I’ll warn you ahead that it does give a bit away about the Book 2 cliffhanger!

With the Phantom of the Opera dead, Erik tries to discover what role still exists for him at the Opera Garnier—or if there is one. Sure that he can never belong in the outside world, he questions if he can still belong inside the Opera either. And also to wonder why it bothers him so much when Meg spends more and more time with the handsome Léon de Troyes.

Fighting feelings she’s sure she shouldn’t have for Erik, Meg tries to balance a friendship with him, a flirtation with Léon, and her dreams about a life beyond the corps de ballet. But even a ballerina can’t keep her balance forever, and events escalate as their fragile dance begins to fall apart. And neither Meg nor Erik suspect that Commissaire Mifroid—and Christine Daaé—may still have plans of their own.

The first book retold the events of the original Phantom story, while the second book continued the lives of the characters in the aftermath and months beyond.  The third book is when everything comes to a head, as tensions ramp up and some plotlines that have been teasing for hundreds of pages finally come together.  It’s my personal favorite of the series!

I wouldn’t recommend starting on Book 3, but you still have time before December to catch up on the story.

And now on to that cover I promised!

I love that I’ve been able to use the same model as Meg for all three covers.  We see her in a more triumphant pose here, which is appropriate as she’s been on an arc of coming into herself and her own confidence for the entire series.  The backdrop is the Grand Foyer of the Opera Garnier, which is absolutely covered in gold.

I hope you’ve been enjoying the series so far, and will order your copy of Dawn Melody!

Catching-Up + A Small Favor Request

So it’s been a little quiet around here recently…! I put Accompaniment out, and got promptly distracted by the rest of life. Good things going on, but I’m hoping to get back to a more regular schedule around here too. I’ve been reading a lot with a few books I hope to review soon, and I’m moving ahead with a couple new writing projects: I’m putting together a companion book of essays and bonus material to my Guardian series that I plan to put out in 2021, not to mention finishing up the final edits for Book 3, due out in December!

In another fun thing, my book cover from Nocturne is up for Cover of the Month at AllAuthor. The public gets to vote on best covers to move it up through the elimination rounds, so if you can take a moment to go cast a vote I’d love that!

Here’s the link to the voting page. It’s possible to vote at first without creating an account, though eventually that option will go away. Whatever you can do to help boost my cover will be so appreciated! And I’ll be sure to tell you if I win 😉

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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