A new release? Why, yes! Yes indeed!

Here I am, almost two years since the last post, writing during a global pandemic, and patting myself on the back for managing to write a book three years after the last time I published and…then releasing it in the middle of said global pandemic.

Hey, I never said I was good at marketing. Or timing, for that matter.

But I have, indeed, written a spinoff of The Bellator Saga. For Caroline’s beloved bestie, Christine. And it releases tomorrow, April 14! Can you believe it? Maybe that means I’ll actually have posts for two consecutive days. WordPress will probably think I’ve been hacked or something.

Here’s the synopsis, for those who may be inclined to read such things. Older woman! Younger man! Tiramisu! Gnome jokes! Scene stealing doggo! And also, yanno, the fallout that comes from not properly handling your grief from a traumatic event that you never fully reckoned with and also finding the strength to love again.

Christine Sullivan isn’t an easy person to love. She knows how the world sees her – aloof, standoffish, cold…perhaps even bitchy. After a lifetime in politics, including a stint with an expat government in exile, President Sullivan has taken her share of body blows, but now she’s back in Philadelphia…a widow, a recovering Republican, a former public servant seeking a quiet, private existence.

On her to-do list – rebuild her relationship with her estranged daughter and invent the rest of her life. She has her best friend Caroline, her brand spanking new condo, and her ever frustrating Secret Service detail to keep her company. That should be enough for anyone, right?

Until Alexander Guardiola comes along… liberal, emotionally unguarded, younger. A lot younger. Everything Christine isn’t. And isn’t ready for.

But opposites attract, don’t they? And hearts and minds can always be changed…

This is a standalone spinoff in the Bellator Saga series that takes place after the events of Bellator Saga #1-6.

Content Warning: grief, psychological and physical trauma, death

With all of that said, I will of course tell you to GO OUT AND BUY CHRISSY’S BOOK BECAUSE AWESOMESAUCE, and will provide you with a wee teaser below. Don’t say I never gave you anything.

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Hiatus? Career Change? Who Knows?

Welp, it’s been a while. A long while. The reasons behind that are myriad and complicated and I won’t go into them too much here but, obviously, Election 2016 had a tremendous effect on my priorities and my decisions going forward. I finished The Bellator Saga not realizing that as the days passed, it would come closer and closer to metafiction. Such was not my intent. I meant it as a warning, not as some sort of Nostradamus prophecy.

 

Yet, here we are. My politics are (to no one’s surprise, I assume) closely aligned with that of my heroine, Caroline Gerard. Thus I have made my choices accordingly. After working briefly for a teacher’s union in San Antonio in 2017-18, I recently took a job as a union lawyer representing federal employees. It is unbelievably fulfilling but, of course, time consuming.

 

I’ve been doing more reading than writing lately. I write when the muse calls me, and she’s not really been too keen on dialing my number lately. But that doesn’t mean I’m not doing vital work, work that may well inspire me to put pen to paper again in the near future. I never rule anything out; I’ve made adjustments in my life before and I fully expect to make them again. I will say, however, that the best place to keep up with me is on Twitter (@authorclondon), where I livetweet my favorite bonkers classic romances, or with “real me” on Facebook (feel free to tweet at me or drop me an email and I’ll send you a friend request). But for now, Cecilia has been absorbed into lawyer/activist/author me, a decision I do not regret. My books remain for sale and my inbox remains open to anyone who wishes to contact me. In the meantime, raise your voices. Raise money. Raise hell. Do whatever you can to ensure that this nation becomes that beacon of hope that Caroline Gerard believes it to be. Peace out, homies. I’ll be around, but probably not around here, LOL!

 

Much love,

c

Updates!

Oh wow, it’s been forever since I updated the site! I’ve been taking a mental break since The Bellator Saga concluded but that’s no excuse to slack off on passing along info to folks. Stay tuned this week while I do a little revamping and getting this place up to date!

RHAPSODY is LIVE!

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The epic love affair between Jack McIntyre and Caroline Gerard continues…

 

Blurb:

 

“I’m never going to stop loving you, Caroline. It’s just not possible.”

Major Caroline Gerard returns from a dangerous mission battered and bruised. Terrified to confront the emotional and physical gap between her and her husband, she’s determined to do whatever it takes to avoid reality.

Commander Jack McIntyre has been tasked with saving American democracy, but he has to save his marriage first. He’s desperate to regain the passionate connection that he and his wife once shared. And a man on a mission will sacrifice anything to succeed.

In the meantime, the rebellion is in need of a catalyst to spur international action to stop President Santos’ increasingly unstable behavior. As Caroline and Jack repair their hearts, each day brings new secrets and new challenges, and a revelation that could shatter everything they thought was true.

Rhapsody is the fifth book in The Bellator Saga. It should be read after the first four books in the series.

 

Buy links:

AmazonUS: http://bit.ly/RhapsodyUS

AmazonUK: http://bit.ly/RhapsodyUK

AmazonCA: http://bit.ly/RhapsodyCA

AmazonAU: http://bit.ly/RhapsodyAU

B&N: http://bit.ly/RhapsodyNook

iBooks: http://bit.ly/RhapsodyIBooks

Kobo: http://bit.ly/RhapsodyKobo

Smashwords: http://bit.ly/RhapsodySW

 

And don’t miss the Release Day Party (kicks off at 2:45CT): https://www.facebook.com/events/1058195787621401/

 

Happy reading, my friends! Only one book left. 🙂