RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2022
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The legend of the Mistletoe Bride was already doing a number in my head for a good while, like this nagging little voice that wouldn't shut up but wasn't making itself heard often enough for me to pay full attention to it. I love the story, though, ever since I learned about it. It completely pushed all the right macabre buttons, but for a long time, nothing of any substance formed.
The Rusted Lily really focuses on the bond between Joscelin and Rosanna, with the gay romance really a distant third plot detail (probably even fourth). Secondarily, it also shines a light on the closeness of Joscelin and his protective older sister, Eulalie and, lastly, the fraught relationship he has with his harsh uncle. And it's this sympathetic bond between a little boy and his aunt (through marriage) that also dictates the nature of future hauntings, when Joscelin's much older.
I wanted to write the book as a classic ghost story, using the traditional setting and other tropes of the genre. And I had a lot of fun really diving deeply into it, seeing as how Victorian ghost fiction is my favorite literary genre and is up there with mysteries for my go-to read.
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The Rusted Lily is available in e-book for 99 cents and in print for $9.00. You can get a copy from different online retailers listed on the book page. Content warnings include murder, child endangerment, suicide of a side character, and a predatory man of God.