VENOM: Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s privileged elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cass has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape. When she stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin, and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cass find the murderer before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?
Publication: October 30, 2012 by Penguin/Philomel. Foreign rights to Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Croatia, Russia, Israel, Australia, the Czech Republic (and hopefully more to come!) by Foundry Literary + Media.
BELLADONNA: In the second in the stunning Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, Cassandra Caravello is trying to forget Falco, the wild artist who ran off with her heart, as she grows closer to her strong, steady fiancé, Luca. But Luca seems to have his own secrets. When he’s arrested by soldiers in the middle of the night, Cass’s life is once again thrown into chaos. She must save Luca, and that means finding the Book of the Eternal Rose—the only evidence that will prove he’s innocent.
Nothing is as it seems in this seductive thriller, where the truth may be the deadliest poison of all. (Penguin/Philomel, July 2013)
UNTITLED: Cassandra faces down the Order of the Eternal Rose in the thrilling final installment of the Secrets of the Eternal Rose Trilogy. (Penguin/Philomel, 2014)
***I also have a couple of books coming out under a different name, starting in 2014. I'm pretty excited about those :) I'll update this page when there's more to tell.