by Michael Leon & Chrissie Anthony
NOTE: The book will be on sale for $0.99.
BLURB: Phantoms is an adult fiction that tells the story of Erik Destler, a latter day Phantom of the Opera. Erik sets out to take over and rule the Palais Garnier with La Divina - Carlotta Caccini, as his queen, but at each turn, is seemingly thwarted by his nemesis - the original Phantom of the Opera, now the Opera Ghost. Phantoms is set in that same famous Paris opera house, amidst the staging of Guiseppi Verdi’s opera, Macbeth, one hundred years on from the first appearance of Le Fantôme de l'Opéra in 1910.
Rose's enchanting smile haunted him. He turned to look behind, certain he saw her standing in the shadows of the gothic pillars that surrounded his subterranean water world. Rose faded from his mind, before he studied the bouquet he fastidiously prepared. Then he remembered there would be no wedding this day. Not any day. He dropped the bouquet on to the tightly bound woman he cradled in his left arm. She was peaceful now, free from the terror that had been inflicted on her.
"This is for Rose. You will not be forgotten, my love."
Erik caressed the face of his victim before taking her rope-entwined torso in his powerful arms to stand up on the water’s edge. He peered out to the middle of the lake and watched the current of the man-made cistern suck the murky water to its centre. The current was at its most powerful as he tested its flow. The bouquet drifted quickly to the focal point before disappearing from Erik's sight. Water was his world now. Strange that the creator of life could just as easily extinguish it.
Michael Leon is a science fiction/fantasy writer with three published novels, Cubeball, Emissary and Phantoms. Besides those, Michael has written Extinction and Adaption and is currently writing Emissary and Phantoms: Act 2, both novels to be released in 2018. His work ranges from speculative fiction to fantasy romance. Michael Leon's work has been labelled by reviewers as speculative fiction with a thriller element. For more information, go to Michael's website:
Chrissie Anthony is the romantic alter ego of Melbourne writer, editor, and publisher, Christine Lister. After a successful career in education, Christine started writing and editing. Her books are The Hidden Journey – Melanoma Up Close And Personal, Tahlia You Can Do It! and In the Garden of my Delights. Chrissie’s books are Quiver – Awakening the Goddess Within, and How Do I Love Thee?
Michael Leon & Chrissie Anthony will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
REVIEW: This was a stunning take on the original Phantom of the Opera - one of my favorite stories and operas (think Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Phantom of the Opera - and there were even excerpts from the famous musical')! I was thrilled to find the cast of characters: Eric, Christine, Carlotta - and life at the Paris Opera Garnier at the turn of the century was beautifully described. The writing was excellent, drawing me into the tale, first from Eric's point of view, then Carlotta's, and Christine's. The story took twists and turns as the tale unfolds. Eric is a serial killer hiding in the tunnels beneath the opera - Carlotta is insanely jealous and is seduced by Eric, Christine is a prima donna with the voice of an angel, and as their destinies collide, the ending seems inevitable. With the backdrop the Opera "Macbeth", the story is absolutely captivating. A must read for anyone who loves "The Phantom of the Opera".