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IMMORTAL MUSE was a long time coming -- three years in the writing and several drafts. It's also had several titles along the way: Muse, The Muse's Green Heart, and Daemon Heart. (If you'd like to read an account of the novel's genesis, it's here.) But we now have a publication date: March of 2014!
What is IMMORTAL MUSE? Well, here's the catalog copy... "An immortal Muse whose very survival depends on the creativity she nurtures within her lovers… Another immortal who feeds not on artistry but on pain and torment... A chase through time, with two people bound together in enmity and fury… Magic and science melded together into one… An array of the famous and infamous, caught up unawares in a long battle…
"That’s IMMORTAL MUSE, a tale that takes the reader on a fascinating journey from Paris of the late 1300s with the alchemists Perenelle and Nicolas Flamel, to contemporary New York City. Along the way, there are stops with Bernini in Rome in 1635; with Vivaldi in Venice of 1737; with Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier and Robespierre in the Paris of the French Revolution; with William Blake and John Polidori in 1814; with Gustav Klimt in fin de siècle Vienna; with Charlotte Salomon in WWII France. And in New York, a complicated dance of love and violence and relationships finally brings a resolution to the centuries-old bloody feud."
Structurally, the book is a Dagwood Sandwich. Y'know how that cartoon character makes these HUGE sandwiches? Well, that's how Immortal Muse is structured as well. The present time storyline is the "bread," while in between each piece of delicious bread is nestled a yummy layering of plot set in the past.
I like the cover quite a bit. Tim O'Brien did the cover art and the lovely cameo (when you read the book, you'll understand why it's on the cover) and G-Force Design did the full jacket layout. Lovely foil lettering and embossing of all the significant features. And hey, Denise is reponsible for the author photo.
I can't wait (well, I can, since I really don't have a choice) until readers have a chance to get their hands on this one! This is definitely a book that I'm proud to have written.