If you’re following along on the May tour for the Sentinels series, there’s a spotlight over at Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews today, with a spot to enter for the tour-wide giveaways!
Today, please join me in welcoming author Patricia Burroughs to Preternatura. Patricia is stopping by today to celebrate the release of her latest book, This Crumbling Pageant (The Fury Triad). This Crumbling Pageant was published on May 6th and is the first book in Patricia’s The Fury Triad series.
Award-winning screenwriter and best selling novelist Patricia Burroughs turns her pen to fantasy for the first time with This Crumbling Pageant, the first volume of the Fury Triad. Patricia loves dogs, books, movies, and football. A lifelong Anglophile, she treasures her frequent travels in the British Isles researching the epic fantasy that has taken over her life and heart. She and her high school sweetheart husband are living happily ever after in their hometown of Dallas, Texas. You can learn more about Patricia by visiting her website, on Facebook or by following her on Twitter.
ABOUT This Crumbling Pageant (The Fury Triad): Get ready to be swept away into a dark fantasy series that combines swashbuckling adventure, heart-pounding romance and plot-twisting suspense in equal measures. Expect to hear more about Persephone Fury. A lot more. England, 1811. As fashionable Society streams toward London for the start of a new social season, they are unaware of a hidden magical England existing alongside. The Magi cathedrals are temples to the old gods. Reigning on their throne is not poor mad George, but the ailing King Pellinore of the House of Pendragon. But their wars are no less deadly. The Furys are known for their extraordinary music, their powerful magic, and their historic role as kingmakers. But the Furys have their secrets as well, none so dangerous as the daughter whose Shadow magic spills from her, unchecked. Unless her powers are concealed, she’s not only ruined in Society, but marked as a target for those who would use and abuse her magic. Persephone Fury is the Dark daughter, the one they hide. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and a good marriage for this frightening daughter is desperately needed. On the night of her debut, her world comes crumbling down around her when she is abducted from the man she loves by the man she most loathes. Evil powers circle, calling her to the destiny foretold at the moment of her birth, drawing her to the source of her power, to the one place she can finally be free. By embracing the Shadows. Persephone is ruthless, devious, and clever, but when confronted with the truth, she must make horrifying choices. Can she defy destiny and seize her own fate?
And now, let’s hear from Patricia…
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
Hunger Games meets Jane Austen. [Okay, dark and edgy tale of young, magical heroine in the time of Jane Austen.]
Describe your favorite scene in the book? Why is it your favorite?
Adders. Why did it have to be adders?
As author, I get to decide what to write about, and since Indiana Jones and I have a thing about snakes, you’d think I’d simply choose not to write about them, right? Well, no, because as Indiana proves, stories are at their most dramatic, scary and entertaining when the character—and author—get pushed into being heroic despite their own fears. One of my editors asked if Persephone was being a bit too girly, to be a bit dismayed over the adders ‘dancing’ around her. My answer? Call Indy ‘girly’ for not liking snakes and get back to me on what he thinks about that. [And to make it clear, Persephone is every bit as tough as Indiana. I have this theory that you don’t have to be a tomboy to be brave when it counts. Being brave is about doing what has to be done despite your fear. Which is why there has to be fear there to begin with.]
That said, I still don’t want to encounter any adders, cottonmouths, rattlers or copperheads when I’m tramping about the underbrush of England or Texas, thank you very much!
Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
The first sex scene I wrote knowing my daddy was going to read it.
Writing sexy things hoping someone would read them someday and knowing that ‘someone’ included people I knew was itch-inducing for me, but I got over it. But being under contract the first time and knowing Daddy was going to read these very explicit sex scenes even as I typed them onto the page?
[Sidebar: My father was 6’3” and knew how to intimidate with a single look. He was loving and generous and La Desperada ended up being his favorite of all my books, but he still gave me The Look and The Talk about why I thought I had to write those sexy parts.
And never brought it up again.
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka JK Rowling. I ordered the hardcover UK edition as soon as the news broke that she’d written that book. I love the cover, think it’s much more compelling than the US edition. I have been so busy that I haven’t read it yet, but I have yet to read anything she wrote that I didn’t love.
Favorite book when you were a child:
I loved Nancy Drew and her incredible, dangerous adventures.
I loved books about teenaged girls dating, from some books written about Barbie [the doll] to any ancient book I could find at the local library. Being a teenager and dating boys seemed a thousand years away, and I couldn’t wait. [
And now I’m thinking about This Crumbling Pageant with a girl who has magic doing incredible, dangerous things and falling in love and it all begins to make sense, doesn’t it?
Your five favorite authors:
Right now, these are authors I breathlessly read and then wait for their next book. Because I’d really rather live in England, and the only way that can happen is through reading, most of my faves have the gift of putting me there, showing me things tourists never see, and letting me make-believe it’s my world, too, if only for awhile.
Ben Aaronovitch writes an amazing urban fantasy series set in London. What I love about it is that in addition to creative world-building, his rich characterizations embrace so many cultural elements beyond the typical British tropes we usually see, beginning with Peter Grant, the biracial son of a jazz musician and an African immigrant. Aaronovitch describes the series on his site: “These are the adventures of Peter Grant, Police Constable, apprentice wizard and all round nice guy, as he tries to maintain law and order amongst the more ‘special’ members of London’s population.”
Phil Rickman’s Merrily Watkins mysteries are a strange blend of religion, the occult, and twee country villages with dark histories. Merrily is a Church of England priest and exorcist, and gets called into handle problems of a supernatural nature. Her teenaged daughter is rebellious and oh, by the way, pagan. Merrily is an attractive young widow who is trying to figure out how to have a personal [aka love] life without betraying her religious vows. And Rickman has a knack for finding the most amazing real facts and dark histories to weave into the tapestry of his tales. Oh yes, I also discovered the amazing musician Nick Drake through these books, for which I’m grateful.
While we’re in England, I can’t forget the stories of Flavia De Luce, Alan Bradley’s 10-year-old heroine with a passion for poisons! She has her own Victorian laboratory [left behind by a dead great-uncle in an unused wing of the crumbling family manor], two older sisters who taunt her mercilessly, and a habit of being around when dead bodies are discovered in her post WWII English village. These are funny and dark and sometimes poignant, and the last one took twists I didn’t see coming. Now I’m on tenterhooks waiting to see what Bradley does with the next book.
Okay, this looks like a boys’ club of authors so I’m going to cheat and squeeze in some women writers I adore.
Connie Willis is an award-winning writer who can make me weep or make me laugh out loud in delight, and her time travel tales are amazing. Rhys Bowen’s “Her Royal Spyness” mystery series is a delight, set in the 1930s. I love many of Lisa Kleypas’s Victorian historical romances. Laura Kinsale has touched my heart with her special gift for compelling characters in unexpected situations, ever since we both started publishing at the same time. I’m currently loving books by Gail Carriger [Soulless series], Lorraine Heath’s English historicals, and Courtney Milan. [Did I talk fast enough to get away with having more than five?]
Book that changed your life:
I read Love Story, and wept over its insipid, tear-jerker ending. I hold that book responsible for losing my virginity that weekend. It’s okay, though. Reader, I married him.
Most horrifying moment while reading a book:
Salem’s Lot. The scene where [spoiler!] an infant that has turned vampire flies down the hall and into his mother’s arms, and bites her and nurses at her neck until she’s dead. It gave me nightmares. I had an infant in a baby bed down the hall from me. And don’t think I didn’t check his teeth each time her nursed!
Favorite book about books or writing:
Dean Koontz’s out of print classic, How to Write Best Selling Fiction.
Also [surely you aren’t surprised I didn’t stop at one?] Blake Snyder’s books, Save the Cat, and Save the Cat Goes to the Movies, without which I could have never plotted The Fury Triad.
In October my husband and I spent a couple of weeks in the British Isles, researching the second book in the Fury Triad, The Dead Shall Live. These trips [this was our third spent specifically researching this series] always turn up unexpected and wonderful plot twists and historical details, and I’m chomping at the bit, ready to dive back into this world and continue Persephone Fury’s journey. I can’t wait!
You can purchase a copy of This Crumbling Pageant by clicking on the link below:
This Crumbling Pageant (The Fury Triad)
Thanks, Patricia. If you would like to be entered for a chance to win a $5 Visa gift card, leave a comment!