Happy October! Wherever we met—at a book event or simply through the pages of a novel—I am delighted to connect with you again. I hope you have weathered the storms of this year with minimal discomfort, and find yourself in a place of health, peace, and hope.
On that note, on Sunday, October 25th, at 11 a.m. eastern time, I will have the honor of interviewing the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, to discuss his new book: Love is the Way: Holding onto Hope in Troubled Times. It is a powerfully uplifting book and one that I think we all need right now. If you remember him from the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. you know he is a very uplifting speaker! Please ZOOM in and join us through the link at: https://christchurchgreenwich.org/sunday-forum/.
In the book news department: my first psychological thriller, Finding Mrs. Ford, came out in a fantastic paperback edition this April (with a readers’ guide and a sneak peek at Ruby Falls in the back) and Ruby Falls is available for preorder on Amazon now. It will be in your favorite bookstores on May 4, 2021, but with many independents, you can pre-order from them, too. Bookstores need all the support they can get in this challenging year!
Ruby Falls is an homage to one of my favorite books and movies: Daphne du Maurier’s (and Alfred Hitchcock’s) Rebecca (and I can’t wait to see the new Netflix version starring Lily James, Kristen Scott Thomas, and Armie Hammer!). Ruby Falls is a wild and twisty ride through the Hollywood Hills with a young woman whose life is falling apart just as it should be coming together. It is getting some great early reviews:
Sandra Brown (New York Times bestselling author of more than seventy books) says the following:
Imaginative, unique, spine-tingling, and just the right amount of eerie, Ruby Falls is what a reader wants a psychological thriller to be.
And an early reader review on Netgalley says:
Sweet dreams are made of this…
Ruby Falls is a novel like no other. Ruby is a little girl who has to grapple with her past to try and protect her future. When she grows up, she reinvents herself into Ellie, an actress with a wonderful new life and the perfect English cottage in Los Angeles. So what could go wrong?
Everything! There are so many secrets and twists in this novel. It is a true horror book that is on the same level of Shirley Jackson’s, The House on Haunted Hill (in my opinion). It’s a great read that leaves you wanting to find out what is going on and what’s the next truth bomb you’re going to find out. All I can say, without spoiling the book, is to just enjoy the ride!
I am also in awe of the cover of Ruby Falls! This fantastic photograph by Melanie Willhide conveys so much about Ruby, the tender heroine of the story. I think it is just the right mix of achingly beautiful and a little bit creepy! Just like the book.
With affection, I wish you wonderful reading adventures throughout the months to come. I hope we can meet in person again next year when Ruby Falls makes its debut! And I hope you join me on October 25th to find some hope in these troubled times.
Deborah Goodrich Royce
Author of Finding Mrs Ford and Ruby Falls
(917) 757-0790 | Deborah@roycemail.com