Sample Saturday: “A Light Across the Lake”

Hi, everyone. This week’s sample is from a set of short stories, originally published in Twelve Hours Later, set in my Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes series universe. Enjoy!


A Light Across the Lake V2A bell chimed in the distance; the signal had not rung its alert in a long time. Erik LeMaître kissed Claire one more time – would he ever feel sated where her lips were concerned? – and got out of bed.

“What is it?” Claire murmured as she sat up, pulling the coverlet over herself. She wore nothing but the sapphire necklace.

“There’s something outside, and I don’t think it’s that sturgeon.” Her lover drew on his trousers and slipped a mask over his face.

Claire reached for Erik’s discarded shirt and pulled it over her head. She got out of bed and followed him out of his underground home and into the cavernous cellar.

“God in heaven!” she exclaimed as Erik turned an unconscious body over on the walkway. “It’s Lucien Dubois, the steward from the Grand Foyer.”

“Yes, and also one of the set shop apprentices.” Erik peered into the distance, seeing a speck of light. “The idiot swam here! I’ll take the gondola to bring back his lantern before a rat upsets it and burns the whole place to the ground.”


Want your own copy of A Light Across the Lake? Here are the back cover copy and purchase links.

Return to Paris’ glamorous Opera Garnier, and the world of the award-winning Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes series! A Light Across the Lake is the tale of apprentice set builder Lucien Dubois, who is determined to see what lies in the fifth cellar. Will his exploration raise the ire of the infamous Opera Ghost?

This edition of Pocketful of Stories contains a sample chapter from In The Eye of The Beholder, the Phantom tale that started it all.

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Weekend Reads: “The Magic in Changing Your Stars”

The Magic in Changing Your StarsThe Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ailey Lane is excited to audition for his school’s production of “The Wiz.” He wants to play the Scarecrow. However, when he gets on-stage for his try-out, he freezes. Not one step or song lyric remains in his head. So, he goes home in humiliation.

That’s when his grandfather tells him a story about how he, too, had frozen when he had a chance to audition. He was given a pair of tap shoes by Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and told to come with them at a certain time — and he chickened out. Benjamin tells Ailey where the shoes are hidden, and explains his shame.

Well, Ailey goes and puts on the shoes — and winds up back in 1930s Harlem, where he meets his grandfather as a young boy. This is where the history comes in, as we get a look at life for African Americans during the time period.

Almost all of the characters are either named after or actually are important Black figures from the arts and sciences (there is a listing at the back of the book). We get to see them as young people, for the most part, and read about their struggles, challenges, and triumphs through Ailey’s eyes.

Of course, one of Ailey’s greatest concerns is getting home — so we also see what he goes through as a kid out of place and time.

Time-slip historical fiction is, I think, a great way to help modern people relate to history. It puts contemporary concerns and mores in conflict with those of the past, and shows how we’ve grown and changed. This book adds the importance of confidence and kindness to the lessons.

Highly recommended for the 12 and up set.

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What’s so funny? Giving your characters a historical sense of humour – The History Quill

At the start of the early modern era, aristocratic individuals could be expected to openly laugh at similar things to everyone else, including practical jokes and slapstick. For example, the popular clown Dick Tarleton, famous for his hunch-back, cross-eyes, and flat nose, was also a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I’s.

Towards the end of the seventeenth century, however, the upper classes were desperately disassociating themselves from the earthy humour of the lower classes. No longer will your aspirational lady-in-waiting titter at bawdy jokes – not in public, at least.

What’s so funny? Giving your characters a historical sense of humour – The History Quill