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The Goblins of Bellwater: coming this year

Hi everyone,

A very belated happy new year! I'm glad to have this news to share with you today: my new novel The Goblins of Bellwater, though it won't be out until fall, is at least up for pre-order now on Amazon and other sites, and you can admire the cover art in the meantime:

If you're a Goodreads user, I also encourage you to add the book to your shelves over there. It's no commitment or cost, and it will help your friends learn about it, and lead to more readers being interested in it, or such is the theory.

You can read the back-cover blurb on those sites, but I'll put it here too to save you from clicking through:


A new novel inspired by Christina Rossetti's spooky, sensual poem "Goblin Market"...

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out. Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit's end trying to understand what's wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn't talk of such things: he's the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Then Kit starts dating Livy, and Skye draws Kit's cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods. Skye and Grady are doomed to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever, unless Livy, the only one untainted by enchantment, can unravel the spell by walking a dangerous magical path of her own.


By the way, you can read Rossetti's "Goblin Market" for free online. It's one strange Victorian paranormal ride, I'll tell you right now. Great fodder for a modern paranormal romance.

In related news, you can read a new interview with me here about my writing. I tackle, among other topics, that infamous "Which books would you take with you to a desert island?" question. Actually, I evade it, more like.

Hope you are reading lots of good books lately! Touch base and say hi.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:50 pm (UTC)
The book sounds wonderful--I've always liked that poem!
Jan. 24th, 2017 01:02 am (UTC)
Oh cool, I wasn't sure how many people would know of it! It's definitely got a lot of potential interpretations and unclear but strong symbolism. But then, so do fairy tales and myths in general, so it suggested a good story to me just as those do.
Jan. 28th, 2017 12:38 am (UTC)
Well, I do have a B.A. in English Literature. :) But I've always liked poetry.
Jan. 28th, 2017 11:21 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, you English majors will know about it! I suspect the poem does show up in a lot of poetry anthologies, too.
Jan. 28th, 2017 11:48 pm (UTC)
Some of C. Rossetti's poems were in my British Lit textbook in high school, of course, but I think "Goblin Market" was not known to me until I took a course in Victorian Poetry/Lit at uni. The people who wrote high school textbooks back then probably thought it was too sexy! I do wish more people read poetry.

Edited at 2017-01-28 11:57 pm (UTC)
Jan. 29th, 2017 07:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, the guy who first told me about that poem had an amusing story from high school wherein he was going to recite it to the class (because they got to choose any poem in a certain anthology), but his teacher stopped him when she realized where it was going. :D

Edited at 2017-01-29 07:31 pm (UTC)
Jan. 30th, 2017 09:31 pm (UTC)
I chuckled at that story! And chuckles are rare on the ground.
Jan. 24th, 2017 09:32 am (UTC)
That looks awesome. I can't wait to read it.
Jan. 24th, 2017 06:32 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you!
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