A girl and a house.

My friend Sharon laid that one on me at lunch a week or so ago. It’s perfect. It’s so true. We reminisced over Amaya’s Taco Village enchiladas verdes about Victoria Holt and all the wonderful gothic novels of yore. The cover design always had a girl…and a house. The girl is running from the house, waves are crashing on the cliffs, and the house looms in the background.

A girl and a house.

I loved those books.

I have such exciting news about Lady of Temia and I can’t tell you yet. Well except this — Lady of Temia has been renamed The Crow God’s Girl. And the cover is luscious and gorgeous. I can’t wait to show it off to everyone. And The Crow God’s Girl is going to be available for purchase in a few short months.

Did I mention that the cover is gorgeous? Just wait til you see it.


Em Frothingham · April 8, 2012 at 1:00 am


I’m one of your new readers–saw “The Unexpected Miss Bennet” at the library yesterday while giving my 4-year old son his “5-minutes-until-we-leaving-really-this-time” warning. I LOVE IT!!!! THANK YOU FOR WRITING IT!! I’m buying 3 copies for friends and one for my dad (huge P&P fan).

But when I saw this post, I just had to comment. You made my day again! YES! I remember those books! My mum read them & they were all over the house when I was growing up. Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart (the girl on the cliffs wears a “frock” with a wide belt), and Helen McInnes (and now she’s in a trenchcoat). Can’t wait to see & read The Crow God’s Girl. Mustn’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s so satisfying when they’re both beautiful! Thank you thank you!

Best wishes,

Patrice Sarath · April 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

Hi Em,
Thanks so much! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed The Unexpected Miss Bennet.

And another gothic fan! I loved those books so much. I wish they hadn’t gone out of fashion — I guess I will just have to revive the genre.

Em Frothingham · April 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Oh please do! It sounds like your other books are already starting that endeavor– can’t wait to read them too!

btw, just finished “Unexpected..” — wonderful ending! With a wish to avoid “spoilers”, I’ll just say that I love the balance you achieved with respect to the secondary characters: dwelling on them enough to satisfy without drowning out the main story. Particularly enjoyed the last (unexpected!) reference to Mrs. Bennet (finally in her element) & to Anne 🙂 And Lady Catherine (with the help of some punch) expanding her verbal horizons to “the French” made me laugh out loud (literally) and then look around for someone to read it to. I do hope you consider making time in your gothic revival to take on Kitty (I can’t imagine how, but perhaps you can) Thanks again!!!

Now off to the bookstore to find Gordath!

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