Nocturne (The Guardian of the Opera Book 1)

A delightful retelling of the Phantom of the Opera from a new perspective, exploring love, betrayal, and the masks we all hide behind. Paris, 1881. Ballet dancer Meg Giry befriends a newcomer to the Opera Garnier, soprano Christine Daaé. As their friendship grows, both women are hiding secrets: Christine is receiving singing lessons from a supposed Angel of Music, and Meg once met a very human Opera Ghost, forever changing her view of the Opera’s specter. Behind the Phantom’s disguise is Erik, a man of many talents and many masks. When he falls in love with Christine, he can’t resist at last allowing himself to be seen. But love without trust can only lead to heartbreak, as events escalate and the Phantom of the Opera begins to lose control. With strange events unfolding and the pieces failing to add up, Meg tries to unravel the truth about the Phantom – and about Christine. Meg will discover that not all is as it seems and the masks we can see may be the least concealing ones. Fans of the beloved Phantom of the Opera story as well as newcomers to the tale will enjoy this story of mystery and romance set at the Opera Garnier. Enjoy seeing characters you think you know, and come away with a new view of the Phantom of the Opera.

Meet Cheryl Mahoney

Cheryl Mahoney lives in California and dreams of other worlds. She is the author of the Guardian of the Opera trilogy, exploring the Phantom of the Opera story from a new perspective. She also wrote the Beyond the Tales quartet, retelling familiar fairy tales, but subverting expectations with new twists to the tales. Cheryl loves exploring new worlds in the past, the future or fairyland, and builds her stories around characters finding their way through those worlds—especially characters overlooked or underestimated by the people around them.

Paris, a novel

Miles has left his private school fractionally on the early side, after an incident involving a bottle of Green Chartreuse, or at least what was left of it, and is now determined to leave home and make his way in the world of 1980s London. But his real ambition is to play blues piano in the 1960s or earlier, in Paris, or Chicago or Berlin, and the fulfilment of this unlikely, if poetic, dream is further complicated by other factors that are currently hidden deep within him, and of which he has no idea as the story begins. “Lively, witty and always superbly engrossing. I thoroughly recommend it.” Christopher Sandford, best-selling biographer

Meet Rupert Rushbrooke

The author is an English poet. Born in 1957 in London, he has had poems published in a variety of magazines, including The Listener, The Dark Horse and the New English Review.