So yesterday the web page for Depraved Heart went live. You can read a synopsis and there is a link to the Prologue and first chapter. I think the three main characters, Syd Jupiter, a former NFL lineman, his fifteen year old daughter Anjelica, and Tempest Hobbs, the art curator who is also an empath, are all fascinating characters. This is the first time I've written a teenage girl as a main character and it was both exciting and challenging creating her. She is a sweet girl who has everything in a material sense and yet longs for a family. This is the book description:
In the latter part of the 19th century Boston banking tycoon W.Q. Ravenscroft built a mansion on the island of Hephzibah Regrets off the coast of Massachusetts between Salem and Gloucester. Hathor, as it was called, rivaled the estates of Marblehead and Gloucester's Eastern Point in opulence and luxury. Ravenscroft filled it with art and sculpture as a gift for his wife Lisette. For decades Hathor was fascinating both for its remarkable art collections and for the rumors of wild parties. W.Q.'s son Wyatt continued the tradition of collecting art and lavish entertaining. Hathor was a playground for the wealthy – until Wyatt's daughter Rosalind eloped with an island fisherman who had a bad reputation.Now, in the twenty-first century, things have changed at Hathor. Sixteen years earlier, during a party in the formal garden, Wyatt's grandson, the distinguished dancer Raven Silver, was shot and killed. Raven's twin sister Rachel, who was his dance partner through a decade of performances with Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theater, married the great NFL running back Syd Jupiter. But when Jupiter is convicted of the depraved heart murder of his brother-in-law, Hathor began its slow decline.
Tempest Hobbs is a Salem art curator with a troubled past of her own. Tempest is an empath who senses the feelings and thoughts of others, sometimes with punishing results to her own well-being. Following a traumatic situation during which she was confined to a psychiatric hospital, Tempest is home recovering when she receives a letter from Hathor. Syd Jupiter has been paroled from prison and is taking up residence there for the summer. Wyatt is dead and he has left his entire estate to his great-grandaughter, Anjelica, Syd and Rachel's fifteen year old child. Wyatt has also appointed Syd executor of the estate and in this capacity Syd invites Tempest to spend the summer at Hathor helping to sort out, identify, and evaluate the vast art collection.
Tempest welcomes the opportunity for isolation. She will live at Hathor where the only other residents will be Syd, Anjelica, and Syd's mother Marie-Isobel, the beautiful but enigmatic owner of a Santeria shop in New Orleans where Syd grew up.
In the fishing village on Hephzibah Regrets the locals gather every night in the Riptide where men drink and talk fishing, women spin and knit, and everyone relishes the rumors and tales about Hathor. Among the villagers is Miles Wainwright, a fisherman who was the only witness to the murder of Raven Silver, Audrey Nettleton, Hathor's housekeeper who was also Raven's lover, and three generations of islanders whose lives have been impacted by the residents of Hathor with all their secrets, deceptions, love affairs, madness, and mysterious deaths.
I am very excited about releasing this book and look forward to your comments!
Thanks for reading.