Sample Saturday: “In The Eye of The Storm”

Hello, everyone. Today’s sample comes from my award-winning dual timeline historical fiction, In The Eye of The Storm. Enjoy!


iteotsOne day, some six months after he came up the walk that first time, Gilbert took Veronique out to the garden for a private discussion. She was just coming up on six years of age. He later explained that, when he decided to propose marriage to me, he sought her thoughts on the matter. He emphasized once again that he was not trying to replace her papa, but that he wanted to make a life with both of us. Veronique’s main concern turned out to be what she should call him, since he was not her papa. The two of them settled on the nickname by which she called him for the rest of his life: Beau-Père.

After shaking hands upon their agreement, the two conspirators came back into the house. Veronique announced that she was going to her room to play, and then had the temerity to wink at Gilbert.

Using his walking stick to steady himself, Gilbert lowered himself to one knee before me. I gasped aloud, for I knew then what he was about.

“Claire, I have nothing to offer you but my faithful heart. I will give you the labor of my hands, and all of the love I have held for you these many years. Please, will you do me the tremendous honor of becoming my wife?”

“Oh, my love,” I whispered. “Yes, yes. I will marry you.”

When I accepted the proposal, Gilbert pressed his cheek to my skirts and wept. I entwined my fingers into his dark gold curls and cried as well.


Want your own copy of In The Eye of The Storm? Here are the back cover copy and purchase links.

San Francisco, 1948

When a mysterious stranger approaches Clarice Kaye in her favorite restaurant, his words trigger a voyage of discovery: “You look just like your grandmother, but you have your mother’s eyes.”

There was only one question in Clarice’s mind: how could he know?

Armed with family diaries that tell of the scandalous grandmother for whom she was named, Clarice embarks on a journey through Paris’ modern art movement, 1906 San Francisco, and the depths of the Opéra Garnier in this long-awaited sequel to In The Eye of The Beholder.

In The Eye of The Storm is the 2015 Silver Medal Winner for Best Fan Fiction in the Global eBook Awards.

AbeBooks; AlibrisAmazon (geo-targeted link takes you to the site for your country); Angus & Robertson (Australia); Apple BooksBarnes & Noble; Better World Books; Blackwells (Great Britain); Bokus (Sweden); Bol (Belgium & Netherlands); Book DepositoryBookshopBooktopia (Australia); Chapters Indigo (Canada); Dymocks (Australia); Exclusive Books (South Africa); FNAC (France); Gandhi (Mexico); Kobobooks (available for 2400 Superpoints if you are part of the program); La Feltrinelli (Italy); Livraria Cultura (Brazil); Mondadori (Italy); Overdrive (via your local library); Porrúa (Mexico); Rakuten Japan; RiffleScribdSmashwords

Major Discount on “Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes” Paperback

omnibusHi, everyone. Amazon US has marked the paperback edition of the Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes omnibus down to $6.96. If you don’t have your copy yet, now is definitely the time to buy! This edition has all three books in the series, as well as historical photos. Click here to get your copy today!

Sample Saturday, a Day Late (Again): “In The Eye of The Storm”

iteotsHi, everyone. I’m a day late with this week’s snippet, which comes from my award-winning, dual timeline Phantom of the Opera novel, In The Eye of The Storm. The narrator here is Gilbert Rochambeau, whom we first meet in In The Eye of The Beholder. Enjoy!


As it turned out, it was some months before I summoned the courage to go back to France for good. I had friends and family in London, and the leave-taking was more difficult than I’d anticipated. Jeremy drove me to the train station. From the train, I took the ferry and yet another train, reversing the journey that had brought me to England years before.

I went first to Paris; I wanted to have the latest suit and so on, so that I would make a good impression. I had grown a full beard, but the barber convinced me that the Van Dyck was the latest style and I was shaved accordingly. I carried the blue-knobbed walking stick Claire had given me some years back, and had a bespoke suit of brown Bath superfine that I knew suited my coloring. I was terrified at what I was about to do, and hoped that the suit, haircut and the like would serve as armor to bolster my nerves.

I caught the earliest train I could get for Avignon. I had a valise with my belongings and a sketchbook in my pocket. I had no firm plans, but knew I must take the risk I was about to assume. I couldn’t concentrate enough to read or draw, and my stomach was too knotted to eat anything. What if she had forgotten me? What if she had someone else already? Was this trip folly after all?


Want your own copy of In The Eye of The Storm? Here are the back cover copy and purchase links.

San Francisco, 1948

When a mysterious stranger approaches Clarice Kaye in her favorite restaurant, his words trigger a voyage of discovery: “You look just like your grandmother, but you have your mother’s eyes.”

There was only one question in Clarice’s mind: how could he know?

Armed with family diaries that tell of the scandalous grandmother for whom she was named, Clarice embarks on a journey through Paris’ modern art movement, 1906 San Francisco, and the depths of the Opéra Garnier in this long-awaited sequel to In The Eye of The Beholder.

In The Eye of The Storm is the 2015 Silver Medal Winner for Best Fan Fiction in the Global eBook Awards.

AbeBooks; AlibrisAmazon (geo-targeted link takes you to the site for your country); Angus & Robertson (Australia); Apple BooksBarnes & Noble; Better World Books; Blackwells (Great Britain); Bokus (Sweden); Bol (Belgium & Netherlands); Book DepositoryBookshopBooktopia (Australia); Chapters Indigo (Canada); Dymocks (Australia); Exclusive Books (South Africa); FNAC (France); Gandhi (Mexico); Kobobooks (available for 2400 Superpoints if you are part of the program); La Feltrinelli (Italy); Livraria Cultura (Brazil); Mondadori (Italy); Overdrive (via your local library); Porrúa (Mexico); Rakuten Japan; RiffleScribdSmashwords

Launch: Linda Lappin’s Loving Modigliani – Historical Novel Society

PARIS 1920. Dying just 48 hours after her husband, Jeanne Hébuterne—wife and muse of the celebrated painter Amedeo Modigliani and an artist in her own right — haunts their shared studio, watching as her legacy is erased. Decades later, a young art history student travels across Europe to rescue Jeanne’s artwork from obscurity. A ghost story, love story, and a search for a missing masterpiece.

Launch: Linda Lappin’s Loving Modigliani – Historical Novel Society

Modigliani is one of the characters in In The Eye of The Storm. I can’t wait to read this.

Day 5 Recap, #HNS2021

Gang, I feel a little braindead just now. Not gonna lie. These 4 AM wake-ups are *hard.* One more to go, as the conference ends tomorrow.

So, yesterday I thoroughly enjoyed another session with Lisa See. We talked about The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. The book is about the Akha people … and about pu’er tea. A former boss had brought me a brick of it some time ago, and I finally broke the seal yesterday to enjoy some during the talk.

I was also able to take part in a great discussion about book covers first thing in the morning. We all learned a lot from each other.

There were some technical difficulties during two sessions, including one by K. Orme on using invisible illness in historical fiction. I’ve done that in In the Eye of The Beholder, In The Eye of The Storm, Clytie’s Caller, Bayou Fire, and more. I am looking forward to watching the recording once it’s available because I know I missed important information.