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, and the Czech Republic 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.
So begins her journey to Florence, a city haunted by whispers of vampirism, secret soirees, and clandestine meetings of the Order of the Eternal Rose. And home to Falco, who is working for the Order’s eerily stunning leader, the Belladonna herself. Can Cass trust her heart to lead her to the truth this time?
Nothing is as it seems in this seductive thriller, where the truth may be the deadliest poison of all. (Penguin/Philomel, July 2013)
STARLING: In the final book in the trilogy, Cass and Luca are back in Venice trying to find the Book of the Eternal Rose to clear Luca's name and keep them both out of prison. But the hunters become the hunted when the Order of the Eternal Rose figures out their plan. Filled with twists and turns, danger and torrid romances, this novel brings the Secrets of the Eternal Rose novels to a thrilling, heart-pounding, sexy conclusion. (Penguin/Philomel, March 2014)
THE PAULA STOKES BOOKS: If you enjoyed my historical works (or even if you didn't, heh :D) you might enjoy my more contemporary stories written under my own name.