Saturday, January 16, 2016

Pre-order Leaving Paris today!

The final novel in The Venus Trilogy, Leaving Paris, has an official release date of April 15, but you can pre-order your copy today direct from Sibling Rivalry Press at this linkYou can find out more about the entire trilogy at this link.

Plans for a small book tour are underway and you can see the current dates at this link. I'll be at AWP in Los Angeles, the Rainbow Book Fair in NYC and there will be a special event here in Atlanta with Georgia Center for the Book where I'm in conversation with fellow novelist Erica Wright (The Granite Moth).

So go ahead and pre-order the book and get your hands on it a week before everyone else. You'll also be supporting and independent press, which is more vital today than ever.

More updates soon!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Leaving Paris cover reveal!

I'm excited to show you a mock-up of the cover for Leaving Paris, the final novel in The Venus Trilogy. This isn't the final cover, but it's close. The beautiful photo is by Colin Potts, the hand model is Karen Head (as the character Irène Laureux) and Cleo Creech gave me the Eiffel Tower paperweight as a gift some years ago. I knew it would eventually make its way to a cover. As usual, Elizabeth Holmes did the design work. She's really created a distinctive look for The Venus Trilogy. Leaving Paris will be out in April from Sibling Rivalry Press. 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Leaving Paris - a synopsis

A decade after the events chronicled in Conquering Venus and Remain In Light, Irène Laureux, Martin Paige and Christian Kigali are confronted by a journalist who has uncovered their connection to the Paris underworld. Meanwhile, a plot by the chief of police, Michel Arnaud, to stem the tide of immigrants ensnares Christian’s father and brings unrest to the City of Light. And in Memphis, Diane Jacobs finds herself on the verge of divorce, caring for her elderly father and, once again, on a collision course with former student David McLaren, whose self-destructiveness threatens Martin’s life half a world away.

Coming in April 2016 from Sibling Rivalry Press.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Je suis Paris

"Leaving Paris 2" by Colin Potts

I was heartbroken by the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, Nov. 13. The restaurants and Bataclan music hall in the 10th and 11th arrondissements are so close to rue Rampon – Martin and Irène's home in the trilogy – so it was strange to watch all of this unfold in neighborhoods I am incredibly familiar with. I stand in solidarity with the people of Paris - unafraid. 

As for Leaving Paris, proofing of the final galley is underway, the cover is being designed (the photo above is an outtake from the photo shoot) and we are still on track for a spring 2016 release. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Raising funds for Leaving Paris book tour

With Leaving Paris complete, I'm thinking ahead to 2016 and the book tour. If you would like to help me fund this tour, the Sibling Rivalry Press Foundation is accepting tax-deductible donations on my behalf. You can click this link to make your donation.

My goal is $3,000 to help offset gas, hotels, food, airfare, etc. Even $1 will help. I'm really excited for everyone to read the new novel and meet new people on the road. Feel free to pass this link on to anyone who might want to support the endeavor. Thank you in advance!

Leaving Paris will be out in early 2016 and there are some exciting connected projects leading up to publication – including a music video! –  so stay tuned.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

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!