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Turning Seasons
Stand Alone Novels: Heart of Gold, Jenna Starborn, Summers at Castle Auburn, Wrapt in Crystal, The Shape-Changer's Wife, Quatrain, Shattered Warrior

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“It doesn’t get much better than Wrapt in Crystal—interesting characters, an intriguing mystery, a believable love story, an exotic setting and a satisfying ending…spellbinding.”—Starlog

Wrapt in Crystal
Women from two very different religious sects are being murdered on the planet of Semay, and no one knows why. Sent to investigate is Cowen Drake, a special assignment officer with an intergalactic peacekeeping force—also known as a Moonchild. He finds himself drawn to the vibrant and sophisticated Jovieve, head of the joyous Triumphante sect. But at the compound of the ascetic Fideles, he finds himself falling in love with a quiet, intense woman named Laura—who risks her life so carelessly that she could easily be the killer’s next victim.

Publishing history:
Published as a trade paperback in 1999 and a mass market paperback in 2000.

Interesting tidbit:
I actually wrote this book long before I sold my first novel, and then I revised it extensively for publication. I have a handful of unsold manuscripts in the Moonchild universe featuring some of my favorite characters, but the books would need a lot of work if they were ever to be in the “publishable” category.

My favorite scene: 
The one where Jovieve and Drake make love in the desert.

 
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