Sunday, July 12, 2020

WeWriWa: Brainless to Braveheart . . . PRINCE OF FOOLS

When things are at their darkest, those who could comfortably remain behind the scenes step up to become heroes, both in fiction as well as in our real world, today. In PRINCE OF FOOLS, Rico Terriot pushes himself from his idle, complaisant life to protect those he loves by becoming the hero he needs to be in true Braveheart style as he trains and rallies his clan to face a greater enemy than their fear. 

“Here in your sheltered little community, you don’t know what fear is, that cold that seizes up in your belly worse than any hunger. You don’t know what loyalty is, that unquestioning drive pushing you to leap in front of another to take a bullet without hesitation. You don’t have the kind of pride that makes death preferable to disgrace. You’ve never known a threat to your families or your clan that could tear all you love away in an instant . . . but you will. It will come to your city, to your comfortable homes, to crush and conquer everything you know. It’ll come from the North, and there is no place you can hide, no mercy you can beg for, and no future you’ll want for your children. That’s what’s coming, not from Memphis, not from Tahoe, but from the cold and the unforgiving who are not like us.

“I can teach you how to become a force they’ll be afraid to confront, if you’ll listen, if you’ll trust me and yourselves. I don’t plan to die here, but I don’t know how to surrender. Will you follow me?”


A dark prince to her Cinderella barmaid . . .

Rico . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot

Reckless, hotheaded Rico Terriot seeks purpose and a sense of pride training the resentful guardians of New Orleans to defend a city besieged by a deadly outside force. Torn between his desire for his brother’s mate and the woman tied to the child of another, protecting their future happiness means denying his own on a dangerous path to redemption.

One night of stolen pleasure he didn’t remember and she couldn’t forget…

Amber . . . a single mother hiding a terrible past

Rico Terriot was the stuff of dreams . . . lately all of hers. But there’s no happily-ever-after for someone living in the shadows, protecting dangerous secrets that threaten her and her daughter. Dare she believe in a fairytale prince when he comes to her rescue, not knowing the price he’ll pay for making her troubles his own? From world’s so far apart, is love strong enough to hold them together . . . and keep them alive?


PRINCE OF FOOLS is the third book of my House of Terriot mini spin off within the By Moonlight world, and is now also available in the HOUSE OF TERRIOT 4-book boxed set for only $4.99 (four princes for the price one!). HoT plotlines bring readers up to date with the dangers, politics and romance leading to RISE BY MOONLIGHT, the 15th and final book of the series. 

Just back from line editing that final book, and with an amazing cover I’ll soon be revealing, I needed a break from my desktop! After going on five months of quarantine hibernation, I finally managed an escape, braving torrential rains for an hour drive to my hairdresser’s chair (all properly masked and sanitized!), lost a small dog-sized pile of hair along with its shades of grey for this refreshing clip and fun highlights of blonde and copper. 

Add to that, a delivery of awesome cupcakes from my niece’s new bakery (The Mad Batter! Don’t you love it!) right to chairside, followed by a trip down the street to share some with my D-i-L and grandguy! Man, oh man, did I need that reminder of what it was like to be normal (in a safe way!). 

Now, back to desk and keyboard and the homestretch to this month’s release of RISE BY MOONLIGHT!

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  1. I wonder what sort of following his version of a St. Crispin's Day speech will get.

  2. He seems to know how to persuade a crowd.

  3. Charmaine Gordon July 12 2020 at nine a.m.
    Facination and I wonder what's happening and will happen soon.

  4. I'm on board. I'll follow him! :-) Great persuasive speech-writing.

    Your hairdresser did a fabulous job with the highlights! And those cupcakes? My mouth is watering. I hope she has great success with her new bakery. Love its name.

  5. Your new pic is fabulous! I need to go to your stylist! No haircut since March 2! I'm just starting the first Terriot book, so I can't wait to get to this one! You make it hard for me not to skip right to this one!

  6. Great, inspiring speech. But what is the looming threat?

  7. That's some pretty convincing stuff, right there. I'l follow you anywhere, Rico..oh, wait, cupcakes...

  8. Great rousing speech - I hope they'll listen! Terrific snippet!

  9. What a speech! Getting those clans to put aside their differences and join together to defeat the major threat is powerful.

    Your haircut/color looks great. Where is your niece's bakery? Kalamazoo? That is so cool. Might be worth the trip. :)

  10. What a stirring greeting. I'd follow him.

  11. That's a powerful speech, nicely done! Great snippet!

  12. Not sure which is better... the cupcakes or the speech. I will go with the speech. We can eat the cupcakes after joining the cause!! Great snippet!!

  13. This is a great way to weed out those who will fight from those who will flee. Enjoyed this!

  14. Loved the speech! Now who is going to follow?

  15. Your hair looks great.

    "A dark prince to her Cinderella barmaid" <--- I like that!