Faery Hearts – A Limited Edition Boxed Set

I’m SO excited!

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When Phoenix Sullivan asked if I’d like Bride of Fae to be included in this collection of novels about the fae, I was thrilled – and what perfect timing, with A Glimmering Girl coming out later this month!

This group of six complete novels is on sale for the insane 99¢ price. Now  that’s  a shiny object! Grab, grab, grab yours here:

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The fae. Find them here in all their forms–dark and mysterious, light and winged, shifters and schemers. From the faery lands of the ancient Isles to the uncertain streets of the modern world, six strong heroines risk everything to face magic, binding and the impossibility of forbidden love that will forever change their lives.

6 full-length novels in a LIMITED EDITION box set!
Nearly 500 reviews across the individual books, with a 4.4 star average.

INFLUENTIAL MAGIC – Deanna Chase
A HEART IN SUN AND SHADOW – Annie Bellet
QUEEN MAB – Kate Danley
BLOOD FAERIE – India Drummond
BRIDE OF FAE – L.K. Rigel
HEARTSONG – Phoenix Sullivan  (a box set exclusive!)
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INFLUENTIAL MAGIC (Crescent City Fae – Book 1) – Deanna Chase
It’s tough being a faery in New Orleans, especially for a part-time vampire hunter for the Void. When Willow Rhoswen’s life is threatened, the director saddles her with a new partner: ex-boyfriend, David, now turned vamp. Not trusting David, Willow turns to childhood crush, Talisen to help. Caught between two gorgeous men and a director who’ll stop at nothing to control her gifts, Willow finds it’s more than just her life in jeopardy.
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A HEART IN SUN AND SHADOW (Cymru That Was – Book 1) – Annie Bellet
In ancient Wales, Áine, a changeling woman with Fey blood and Selkie gifts, struggles to fit into the human world. Twin brothers Emyr and Idrys, cursed to live as hounds–Emyr by night and Idrys by day–rescue Áine when tragedy strikes, and the three soon confess their love. The only way to break the brothers’ curse means Áine risking everything and confronting her own gifts and heritage. Love will set her free…or bind her forever…
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QUEEN MAB – Kate Danley (with help from William Shakespeare)
When Faunus, god of daydreams, breaks the heart of Queen Mab, she seeks revenge. Using the most powerful families in Verona, they wage war against one another, and place their final bets upon the heads of two youths: Romeo and Juliet. But when Mab falls in love with Mercutio, everything changes and she will do anything, even destroy the world, to save him. But will it be enough to stop tragedy? Or only spur it forward to its terrible end?
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BLOOD FAERIE (Caledonia Fae – Book 1) – India Drummond
Unjustly sentenced to death, Eilidh ran–away from faerie lands, to the streets of Perth, Scotland. Just as she has grown accustomed to exile, local police discover a mutilated body outside the abandoned church where she lives. Recognising the murder as the work of one of her own kind, Eilidh must choose: flee, or learn to tap into the forbidden magic that cost her everything.
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BRIDE OF FAE (A Tale of Wyrd and Fae) – L.K. Rigel
Beverly Bratton has a safe, mundane life–until a fairy’s charm sends her 100 years into the past. To save the Dumnos fae from turning dark, Prince Dandelion must retrieve the mystical coronation cup that has fallen into Beverly’s hands. For a fairy, love is rare. To love a human, impossible. But when Beverly and Dandelion come together to fight both wyrd and fae, they learn that in Dumnos the impossible happens every day.
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HEARTSONG (An Arthurian Paranormal Romance) – Phoenix Sullivan
By night, in her Gabriel Hound form, Brinn runs with The Wild Hunt. When she’s unwittingly thralled by brother princes Alain and Pellinore, only one thing can free her: the blood of her captors. But freedom is not so easily won as the three of them form a grudging bond that soon turns intimate. Love should be easy, but The Wild Hunt wants Brinn back, the Questing Beast wants Pel, and Alain wants the impossible–to keep them both at his side.

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A Glimmering Girl – Update

ggirl450 June is gone … and no Glimmering Girl yet! ::sob::

I’m so bad at hitting my target dates. My dream is to someday make enough at this writing thing that I can leave the day job work and just write, write, write. Sigh…

However, I’m going to have a fun, EXCITING announcement in the next couple of days, here and in the newsletter.

If you’re interested in receiving an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of A Glimmering Girl , make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter  ~ which will include a neato giveaway.

Meanwhile, don’t miss this sneak peek at A Glimmering Girl !

 

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Why the Jaime/Cersei Sept Scene Was Storytelling Perfection

It seems everyone in the thrall of HBO’s Game of Thrones is having a whacked-out breakdown over “the scene” in the sept between Jaime and Cersei.

GoTBoCFEATURED You know the one.

1. Spoiler alert: Read no further if you don’t want to know….

2. Yes-buts and disclaimers:  a . This is about the series, not the books. b. Yes, I know rape is wrong.

I completely identified with Jaime’s point of view. After his Big Reveal in the bath with Brienne, Jaime has morphed from Despicable  He  to Tragically Misunderstood Anti-Hero. My altered eye alters all:

Yes, he’s an oath-breaker – but for the noblest of causes. He sacrificed his oath, his very self-definition, to save the world (so to speak) from a monster. And then he was condemned and judged for doing so by none other than the holier-than-thou, beloved-by-all, Stupid Ned Stark.

The world was not grateful for Jaime’s sacrifice. The world went on as it had before, stupid, cowardly, self-absorbed, cruel. Jaime adapted. I don’t know if he was a murderer before then. I know he was afterward. He pushed Bram out the window, intending to kill him. He murdered that guy in the stockade. His contempt for the world is genuine, heart-felt, and the world deserves it.

But I think in his heart of hearts Jaime wishes the world were an honorable and just place, and it tears him apart in his soul that it isn’t.

So he keeps his own code of honor. He wouldn’t finish Stark off in the square “because it wouldn’t have been clean.” He saved Brienne because it would have been dishonorable not to.

For years, he’s been estranged from the world. Recently, he’s been captured, ridiculed, lost his right hand (his sword-fighting hand), and finally returned home to Cersei, the one friend, the one love, the one safe place and source of comfort in his life. And she rejects him.

Watch the scene again. I think Jaime cracks when she looks at his stump with revulsion and pulls away from him. It’s too much. The final rejection from the one place he hoped to find acceptance. He breaks, loses control, and demands what he’d hoped she would give freely. Not sex. Comfort, solace, love.

And that’s why the scene is so tragic. Those things can’t be taken; they can only be accepted when offered freely. Poor Jaime Lannister.

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My Mr. Rochester 1 – New Cover Reveal

So … I think the cover for My Mr. Rochester 1 might be a little too bondage-ish

It actually does depict a scene in Episode 1 – the infamous Red Room incident. However, judging by one review at Goodreads (yes, only one, but it makes a good point), some people might expect more kink with a cover like this.

There’s a  tiny bit  of kink in the Red Room scene. Tiny. You have to get to the episode with the gray mask on the cover (episode 4) for more.

 

So here’s a more appropriate cover for My Mr. Rochester 1 . It evokes the romance of Jane Eyre , but there’s still something a little off, a little futuristic and dystopian about it that I love. Someone recently told me she thinks of My Mr. Rochester as a historical romance set in the future. I like that!

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My Mr. Rochester 5 Is Live – The Jane Eyre Retold Serial is Complete

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Hurray! My Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre Retold) has been told.

The serial is complete!

If you’ve ever wanted to read Jane Eyre, but you found the 19th century language just too daunting, this serial might be just for you. This BBC-type miniseries in book form takes place in five episodes. In print, the books are 184 , 140 , 148 , 140 , and 232 pages.

Find links to the ebooks and descriptions of the episodes on this page .

My Mr. Rochester is a retelling of Jane Eyre set in an alternative reality – a future two generations after the red state/blue state divide has brought on a second civil war ~ this time, north and south go their separate ways, and the “red” states form the country of New Judah based on biblical principles and a simple, low-tech lifestyle.

In the 2080s, Jane lives in New Judah. She grows up in Idaho then moves to the state of Jefferson to take a job as a private governess where her occasional glimpses of the world outside make her question New Judean rigidity as she struggles to understand her growing love for her emotionally damaged employer, Edward Fairfax Rochester.

 

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My Mr. Rochester 5 is in production!

MMR5-400 A few more days… !

I’m so happy with this. It’s been such a pleasure to write My Mr. Rochester    ~  every time I reread   Jane Eyre , I learn more about it. Rewriting it  has made me think deeper and wider about so many more aspects of the story.

Jane Eyre is loaded with contradictions and contrasts and tales within tales which shine the light on the main actors’ characters. In episode 5 one of the obvious contrasts is between Blanche Ingram and Rosamond Oliver. Brontë’s reason for these  two ladies being in the story usually gets left out of film and tv treatments of Jane Eyre . (But Rosamond at least shows up in the 2005 BBC miniseries.) A shame – but you get it with My Mr. Rochester !

Blanche Ingram, as everyone knows, is considered a perfect match for Mr. Rochester. She’s beautiful, accomplished, well-connected. What else does a man want in a wife? But there’s only one small problem. Mr. Rochester doesn’t love Blanche. We could argue that he sees the nasty, mean girl qualities beneath her candy-coated shell – therefore she deserves not to be loved. It’s what I’ve always believed.

I love Christina Cole (she was perfection in He Knew He Was Right ) - but she nearly turns Blanche into a caricature in the 2005 BBC version.

I have a new idea about Blanche Ingram. I think Mr. Rochester’s lack of love came first, and her bitchiness is in reaction to that. Blanche is as much a victim of society’s expectations as anyone else in Jane Eyre .

In contrast to Blanche, Rosamond Oliver is a sweetie pie no matter what. She is rich, yet she pursues St. John Rivers, a poor clergyman, because she loves him. In contrast to Rochester’s rejection of Blanche, Rivers rejects Rosamond ~ because he loves her! He can’t be distracted from his Great Work by something so all-consuming, so wonderful, and so trivial as the mad passion he feels for her.

Whereas Rochester would risk all, ignore all, forfeit all for the mad passion he feels for Jane Eyre. Sigh.

Add My Mr. Rochester 5 to your Goodreads pile now!

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My Mr. Rochester Update and #5 Cover

Episode 5 – coming soon …

Utterly betrayed by the man she loves, Jane flees Thornfield and runs toward an idea: the hope of a family connection in a remote area.

Be careful what you hope for, Jane! St. John Rivers is an overpowering force: beautiful, good ~ and utterly convinced of his own righteousness.

For me, this is the section of Jane Eyre that gives meaning to everything that came before. It’s the section that makes clear why Edward Fairfax Rochester is indeed a hero ~ and not a boorish, overbearing, self-centered villain.

In Episode 5, Jane finds the independent life she’s always wanted ~ but her connection with Mr. Rochester endures  over distance and time and won’t let her go. Pursued by St. John Rivers, set truly free by a surprising turn of events, Jane must choose between society’s values and her own ~ but she may be too late.

 

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Cover Reveal: My Mr. Rochester 4 (Jane Eyre Retold)

MMR4-400 The fourth episode of My Mr. Rochester is just about here. In this episode, Jane falls deeper in love with Mr. Rochester ~ and his obsession with her drives their relationship to disaster.

Fun fact: Episode 3 ended on Midsummer’s Eve. In the tradition of Midsummer Eve/Day, in My Mr. Rochester,   Thornfield’s tenant farmers light bonfires to frighten away dragons and everyone eats wild strawberries in the morning.

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Cover Reveal – My Mr. Rochester 3

MMR3-400 I love this cover for My Mr. Rochester 3 .  Can you guess which scene it’s for?

Most movie/tv versions leave out the visit from the fortune-telling gypsy, but I love that scene because it’s all about one of Mr. Rochester’s bad-boy flaws: he’s a trickster!

And not a particularly kind one.

In My Mr. Rochester , both Jane and Rochester are flawed heroes, both damaged by their pasts. It’s fun seeing how the damage has kinked them up a bit – and how they try to iron out those wrinkles.

(Click on the <– cover to add My Mr. Rochester 3 to your Goodreads to-read list.)

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