The frantic daily pace of release week has eased into a manageable frenzy with more stops planned and still to be made in November. The best part of doing promo is getting to revisit your work and fall in love with it all over again – something you lose when proofing pages over and over and over again, making the words into something you view with a clinical eye instead of for their beauty. You forget the little nuances of plot and emotion while seeking out those rogue commas, skip over those small segments that become a pivot point of action and intention. Scenes like this one between heroine Amber and her long absent, troublemaking brother who could be trying to save her . . . or more likely use her by preying on her fears and exposing her vulnerability. Enjoy this 8-10 line clip and fittingly creepy video (because I just hate letting Halloween go!).
"And when he finishes here, is he going to take you home and make you his honest to God princess in front of all his family?” Auguste’s sarcasm wounded. “Would they welcome you with open arms, or direct you to the glassware in the kitchen?"
"We haven't discussed it," she bit out, saying nothing more because he wasn't saying anything she hadn't wondered herself.
"And would this good man, this prince of a fellow, stick around knowing who and what you are, knowing where Evie comes from?"
She stood pale and trembling with rage, with devastation . . . the prince and his Cinderella barmaid . . . no, it wouldn't end well for her and Evie, but she’d always known that deep down.
He’d saved the best for last, that killing blow of, "Do you think I'm the only one watching where he goes, who he sees? Does that trail keep leading here to your door? Can you afford to have these people asking questions about his wrong-side-of-the-Quarter squeeze? And if they find out who you are, you think he'd risk his royal ass to save you from what they have in mind?"
It takes someone close, who knows just how to twist that knife of paranoia and long-buried pain to cast hope into darkness. Will Amber be able to see through him and find her way out of it?
Reviews for PRINCE OF FOOLS are starting to come in (always that teetering balance of excitement and sheer terror!). If you get a chance to read my latest, please consider leaving your opinion (truthful but kind, one hopes) where it can be read.
I’ll be making use of today’s extra hour to plot out the rest of my next book, PRINCE OF DREAMS. I’ve been madly scribbling down scenes but need to whip them into some sort of manageable order before I go full bionic with a second knee replacement on December 18th – just in time to get out of all the holiday shopping and cooking, take a couple of weeks off work to binge watch shows and slip my medical in under the deductible and out-of-pocket wire. Ho Ho Ho!
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