Saturday, December 20, 2014

First draft of Leaving Paris is complete

There is now a complete first draft of Leaving Paris, which means it's time to print this baby up and sit down with a red pen to begin edits. Then it's on to Kathy Dean, who has edited all of my manuscripts before they go to the press for another edit. My self-imposed deadline for getting Leaving Paris to Sibling Rivalry Press has been May 2015, but I think it will happen before the end of winter. Just after the holidays, I'm meeting with a book publicist to discuss marketing for Leaving Paris and the trilogy as a whole. The next couple of years are going to be very exciting, and I'm ready to visit new cities, share my fiction and meet readers. 

Also in the new year, a trip to London and Paris, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the visit that inspired The Venus Trilogy of novels. I'm saving my pennies to afford a night or two in the Bel-Air Hotel (now called Le General) on rue Rampon. While Leaving Paris will be complete by then, I hope to write something there for the novel – maybe the acknowledgements. 

If you haven't read the first two books – Conquering Venus and Remain In Light – you can pick up the paperbacks or eBooks directly from Sibling Rivalry Press, an indie bookstore near you, Amazon, B&N and Smashwords

You can also listen to a playlist of music at Spotify that has inspired me while working on Leaving Paris at the link below. Happy Holidays, everyone, and watch for another update soon! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

An update on Leaving Paris

I'm 31 chapters and nearly 300 pages in on the first draft of the manuscript. I've allowed myself to let the novel take a strange course to its conclusion to see just how far I could push the storyline. By doing so, it's shown me exactly what I need to do to for the rewrite. Veering off the outline and original plot also opened up some scenarios that will make the final edit.

I should have a completed first draft by mid-September and will then begin the rewriting and editing process. I've realized while writing this book how hard it will be to say goodbye to these characters  that I've lived with for almost 20 years. Perhaps that's why writing this book has been so much more difficult than Conquering Venus and Remain In Light.

I wrote the first scenes of Leaving Paris sitting at the kitchen table in my friend/fellow Agnes Meadows' flat with its magnificent view of the London skyline occasionally distracting me. That was in the summer of 2012. In a perfectly synchronistic, wibbly wobbly, timey wimey twist, I will write the final scenes at that same table in just a few weeks. Next spring, I'll head to Paris as I'm finishing the rewrite and editing.

If you haven't read the first two books in The Venus Trilogy, now is the perfect time to pick up the paperbacks or eBooks.

More soon!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Leaving Paris update

I've been immersed in Leaving Paris. There have been numerous rewrites and revisions, false starts on new chapters and finding a balance between the literary/magical realism of Conquering Venus and the more mystery/suspense tone of Remain In Light. Finding that balance has been tricky. But I knocked out two new chapters this weekend and feel like I'm on the right track again.

While Leaving Paris was supposed to be out in fall 2015, it's more than likely going to be early 2016 at this point. That takes some of the pressure off me and will allow Sibling Rivalry Press to properly market the book. I know those of you who have read the other two novels are eager to find out what happens in this final story, but I promise you it will be worth the wait. There's some great stuff with Diane (whose story takes place entirely in Memphis) and the shifting dynamic between Irène and Martin a decade after their first meeting. If you haven't read the first two books in The Venus Trilogy, you can buy the eBooks or paperbacks at this link.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The wood between the worlds...

“There you are, Irène. You’ve stumbled through the looking glass,” Frederick said, a weary smile darting across his bloodied face. “We meet again. No, that’s not right. We meet in the middle. The wood between the worlds.”

This is from one of my favorite chapters in Leaving Paris so far. Irène goes to the building where Jean-Louis died and phases out of the present to 1968 and meets a young Frederick, who has slipped the boundaries of time and space to deliver a message. 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Books now available everywhere

The new paperback and eBook editions of Conquering Venus and Remain In Light from Sibling Rivalry Press are now available everywhere books are sold.

You can buy directly from Sibling Rivalry Press, AmazonB&N &Smashwords or find it at an independent bookstore near you.  If the paperbacks aren't available at your local bookstore, ask the bookseller to order them for you and stock on their shelves.

Work on Book Three of the trilogy, Leaving Paris, continues.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Paperback pre-sales begin, eBooks available now!

Get a jump on your Black Friday and holiday shopping and pre-order the first two books in The Venus Trilogy – Conquering Venus and Remain In Light – today from Sibling Rivalry Press. The books are on sale for a special pre-order price of just $11.96 each! If you want the eBook versions, they are available right now for just $6.99 each.

The Venus Trilogy Book 1: Conquering Venus
In the summer of 1995, young American writer Martin Paige agrees to chaperone a group of high school seniors on their graduation trip to Paris as a favor to his best friend, teacher Diane Jacobs. Diane hopes Europe will act as a catalyst to lift Martin from his grief following the suicide of his lover, Peter. But the trip proves to be more than either of them bargained for. Martin finds himself falling in love with one of her students, David McLaren, who is unprepared to cope with his burgeoning sexuality. He also meets a mysterious Parisian woman, Irène Laureux, who is debilitated by agoraphobia and spends her days spying on the hotel guests across from her apartment. All the characters lives are irrevocably changed in a horrifying terrorist attack on a Paris metro station. Liberated by the blast, forced from her own self-imprisonment, Irène learns her husband’s death was not an accident, and dares Martin to acknowledge the role he played in Peter’s suicide. Diane, harboring her own secrets and a hidden agenda, takes a drastic step to force David out of the closet and admit his feelings for Martin. From America to England to France, the globe-hopping story places fictional characters amidst historical events such as the Nazi occupation of Paris, the student/worker riots of 1968 and the terrorist bombings of Paris in 1995.

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The Venus Trilogy Book 2: Remain In Light
 In 1968, Irène Laureux's husband was murdered during the Paris student and worker riots. Thirty years later, she is still on the hunt for the man who knows how and why Jean-Louis died – his secret lover, Frederick Dubois. Aiding in her search is American expat Martin Paige, a writer still reeling from a love affair gone wrong with a student, David McLaren. Martin meets a young poet, Christian, and the two fall in love, but their happiness is shaken when Martin's friend, Diane Jacobs, arrives in Paris with news that David has gone missing. Diane discovers that David's disappearance is more than just a missing person case with connections to drugs, stolen identities, long-hidden government secrets and a shocking connection to Irène's past. This literary mystery takes readers from America to London and into the dark underworld of the fabled City of Light. A 2012 Townsend Prize for Fiction Finalist & 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award Fiction Finalist

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