May 2013

Cover Reveal: Leilani by LM DeWalt

9781771680004medAnother great YA paranormal book that is coming this summer is Leilani by LM DeWalt, the third in the Quest for Reason series. Check it out when it launches this summer!

For Lily, forever does not seem to be as long as it implies. Having finally found the love she longed for and settling in Lima, Peru, she again finds herself suddenly alone. Everyone she cares about is disappearing one by one and she can do nothing to stop it. Even her new son, who is on the brink of death, is taken from the hospital.

Someone or thing is behind the disappearances and Lily vows to stop at nothing to get everyone back safely, though in this world of vampires and witches, not everyone seems to be what they appear.

Prayer to Persephone

The Rape of Proserpina by Bernini

Close up of The Rape of Proserpina by Bernini

Every once in a while I find a passage that deeply affects me. In working on our new book, Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle, I happened upon this dark poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Be to her, Persephone,
All the things I might not be;
Take her head upon your knee.
She that was so proud and wild,
Flippant, arrogant and free,
She that had no need of me,
Is a little lonely child
Lost in Hell,—Persephone,
Take her head upon your knee;
Say to her, “My dear, my dear,
It is not so dreadful here.

I was recently asked if poetry written by women was regarded as being whiny or irritating. Anyone reading this poem would agree that it is neither and the depth and beauty rivals any poem written – by woman or man.