When Atlantis fell into the sea, a single creature survived–a scarlet phoenix. She escaped with ancient man’s historical record, The Great Book of Forgetting. This book recorded mankind’s every legend and prophecy. Only the Archangel of Death understood man’s survival depended on the fulfillment of one particular prophecy, that of the scarlet phoenix.
Rhea is the scarlet phoenix, transmuted into human form with wings of fire. She hides The Great Book from those seeking to steal it and prevent the prophecy. The Archangel befriends and protects her as he watches her traverse time and mold history. She is the proverbial rose that blooms in a future garden.
Jean-Louis Riviere is an aristocrat who became a vampire during the American Revolution. He is haunted by an ill wind whispering strange and incredible possibilities. His family ties will lure those who wish to destroy the prophecy; however, the Archangel also knows his blood is all that will save the rose and secure the future.
Drahomira is a gypsy, a bastard princess, and a vampire. The Archangel of Death chose her to protect the phoenix because she is an irreverent killer but loyal to family. She will journey across continents and be the catalyst that brings Rhea and Jean-Louis together. First, she must leave her people, her throne, and her lover, cross a continent for vengeance, die, and be reborn. Only then will she discover that she is the rose’s legendary thorn in the Evening Bower.
Sherry Rentschler is a multi-award-winning, multi-genre author, writing coach and speaker. Currently, she has authored one photography book (I Wish You Joy), three books of poetry (Paper Bones, By Light Betrayed; The Book of Now), Midnight Assassin – A Tale of Lust and Revenge, a dark urban fantasy novella and a fictional memoir Breaking the Glass Slipper. Her latest release is a paranormal fantasy, The Gypsy Thorn, a prequel novel to a new series. On the horizon, is a workbook for writers who need help building a daily writing routine, a fairy story, and a vampire series.
A retired US Air Force non-combat veteran, Sherry Rentschler completed her bachelor and graduate degrees while serving her country. Her background includes bylines in newspapers and online journals, plus previous work as an assistant poetry editor for an online poetry journal, a freelance columnist, and photojournalist. Rentschler was a featured author in Southern Writers’ Magazine and in Focus on Women Magazine, as well as a featured guest speaker on numerous radio shows (The Ron Shaw Show, La Femme de Prose, Off the Chain, and Hanging with the Web).
Her causes include the National Network to End Domestic Violence well as programs to end bullying like StopBullying.gov. Also, Rentschler is a strong advocate of SmileTrain (seeing children get corrective surgery for cleft lips and palates).
Sherry’s guilty pleasures include indulging in fine wine, dark chocolates, and old b&w movies. She’s a recognized vampire scholar plus a dragon lover. She and her husband are living in Mint Hill, NC.
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