Saturday, April 16, 2016

Leaving Paris is out now

Leaving Paris is officially out and Sibling Rivalry Press is offering a sweetheart deal for those who haven't read the whole trilogy – all three books for just $30. You can also by them separately, but that's an incredible bargain for three trade paperbacks. Click this link to order. The offer is only good through April 30.

You can also download the song "Leaving Paris" created by Vanessa Daou and brokenkites at iTunes and other digital retailers. Watch the music video below.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Leaving Paris - the song

I am thrilled to announce that electronic music diva and poet Vanessa Daou has collaborated with brokenkites on a song based on Leaving Paris. The single (from Kid Recordings and Daou Records) will be available for download via iTunes and other outlets on April 15, the same day the novel is officially published. 

Vanessa has been one of my muses and inspirations for 20+ years now, so the fact that I've been able to collaborate with her and brokenkites on a song (and a music video, too) is surreal! 

Here's the blurb for the single:

‘Leaving Paris’ is the haunting collaboration between electronic jazz-pop chanteuse Vanessa Daou and experimental electronic/IDM composer James Willard (aka brokenkites). Inspired by author Collin Kelley’s novel ‘Leaving Paris’ (Part Three of ‘The Venus Trilogy’), the meditative torch-song conveys a sense of longing and romantic nostalgia for the eternal City of Light. Daou’s bare lithe vocals and intimate poetic lyrics hover seductively over brokenkites ambient electronic textures which coalesce into a delicate melodic epiphany that’s both hedonistic and transcendent.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Leaving Paris book tour

The galleys for Leaving Paris!
Since I last posted, I proofed the printed galley of Leaving Paris. I'm expecting my author copies in the next week or so. It was so strange to hold the book in my hand and realize that this is the end of a 20-year journey to get these books into the world. I was overwhelmed and a little verklempt. Soon, the final volume in The Venus Trilogy will be with readers.

Leaving Paris will launch at two upcoming events: the Association of Writers and Writing Conferences (AWP) in Los Angeles (March 30 - April 2) and at the Rainbow Book Fair in New York City (April 9) At AWP, books will be available at the Atlanta Review table at the book fair and I will also being giving a reading and signing. Details on that soon. At Rainbow, books will be available at the Sibling Rivalry Press table and I'll be reading from the book during the opening night event on April 8. More details on that soon.

The book will officially launch in Atlanta on April 19 in conjunction with Georgia Center for the Book and Eagle Eye Bookshop. I will be in conversation with mystery writer Erica Wright (The Red Chameleon and The Granite Moth) and we will both read short excerpts and talk about the writing of our books. This special event will be held at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St., starting at 7:15 p.m. Mark your calendars!

Be sure to check back for more dates on the Leaving Paris tour and pre-order your copy of the book today directly from Sibling Rivalry Press. There's plenty of time to read Books 1 and 2 – Conquering Venusand Remain In Light – so you can get caught up in time for April.

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!