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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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New editions of Conquering Venus and Remain In Light coming soon

Sibling Rivalry Press has the proof copies of Conquering Venus and Remain In Light in hand and we will be announcing pre-orders for the paperbacks and have links for new eBook editions later this week. The press has put so much love and care into making the first two books in The Venus Trilogy perfect. I can't wait for you to see them!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sibling Rivalry Press acquires The Venus Trilogy

I am thrilled to announce that The Venus Trilogy has a new home with Sibling Rivalry Press. Both Conquering Venus and Remain In Light will be republished very soon in brand new paperback and eBook editions. We already have gorgeous covers, courtesy of graphic designer extraordinaire Elizabeth Holmes, and Sibling Rivalry will also publish the final novel when it's complete, probably in 2015. I plan to announce the title of the third book one month from today, which also happens to be my birthday.

I cannot thank Bryan Borland and Seth Pennington at SRP enough for willing to take on this project. Finding the right home for The Venus Trilogy was crucial, and after this past year's incredible experience with SRP and Render, I know the books are in safe hands. As soon as we have a publication date for Conquering Venus and Remain In Light, I'll post it here. And everywhere.

The germ for Conquering Venus came from my very first trip to Paris back in 1995. I came home after those weeks away and started going through the poems I had written in my notebook. There was one poem (included in my first poetry collection, Better To Travel) about observing a gorgeous apartment across the street from my hotel on rue Rampon. The doors were open to a balcony full of flowers, and I could see a desk stacked with books and papers and the walls lined by bookcases. In the week that we were there, I never once saw the owner of that apartment, so I started to fantasize about who might live there. An older, Parisian woman. Maybe a book editor. Oh, she has agoraphobia. She's a widow after her husband died in some mysterious way. Then I started watching Jeanne Moreau's films, and the main character of The Venus Trilogy, Irène Laureux, sprang to life in my mind. Of course, she would need a sidekick – maybe someone sort of like me, but not – and Martin Paige was  born.

It's hard to believe I've been working on these novels for nearly 20 years, but it has been enormously satisfying – and a helluva lotta fun – creating this world. The fact that so many people have read these books and enjoyed them is gratifying. The award nominations and wins are just icing on the cake. If you've never read the first two books in the trilogy, here's a brand new opportunity.

For more about The Venus Trilogy and to watch the trailers, visit this link.