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A gothic tale about Victor Hugo’s long-buried secrets and the power of a love that never dies . . . In 1843,
novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, still grieving, Hugo
initiated hundreds of séances from his home on the Isle of Jersey in order to reestablish contact with her.
In the process, he claimed to have communed with Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even
the devil himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been published.
Or so it has been believed . . .
Recovering from a great loss, mythologist Jac L’Etoile thinks that throwing herself into work will distract her
from her grief. In the hopes of uncovering a secret about the island’s mysterious Celtic roots, she arrives on Jersey and is
greeted by ghostly Neolithic monuments, medieval castles and hidden caves. But the man who has invited her there,
a troubled soul named Theo Gaspard, hopes she’ll help him discover something quite different— transcripts of Hugo’s
lost conversations with someone he called the Shadow of the Sepulcher. Central to his heritage, these are the papers
his grandfather died trying to find. Neither Jac nor Theo anticipate that the mystery surrounding Victor Hugo
will threaten their sanity and put their very lives at stake.
Seduction is a historically evocative and atmospheric tale of suspense with a spellbinding ghost story at its heart,
written by one of America’s most gifted and imaginative novelists. Awakening a mystery that spans centuries,
this multilayered gothic tale brings a time, a place and a cast of desperate characters brilliantly to life.
An Interview with the Author
I’m delighted to welcome M.J. Rose today to share a few thoughts…
cncbooks: Seduction has already received some very nice reviews. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
M.J.: I could but I love how this bookseller tells it—
“Seduction transcends time, recounting the story of Victor Hugo’s tragic loss of his daughter and his desperate attempts to contact her via séances. Fast forward to the present, when Jacinthe ‘Jac’ L’Etoile, a mythologist specializing in Celtic lore, probes the secrets of the Isle of Jersey, where Hugo communed with spirits and composed his journal. With alacrity, Rose interweaves mythology, the supernatural, psychoanalysis and Evil Incarnate, creating an amazing amalgam of narrative wonder. And, yes, M.J. Rose fans, there are reincarnationists in Seduction, and they will haunt you.” —Mystery Lovers Bookshop
cncbooks: How much of you is in your character, Jac?
M.J.: Nothing at all. I’m way too bored with myself to write about me. The whole fun of writing is to create people I want to meet and spend a year with – or longer.
cncbooks: Is there one author (mystery or otherwise) who has really influenced your writing career?
M.J.: Daphne DuMaurier who wrote Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel among other wonderful books.
cncbooks: You’re heading for a week-long solitary retreat. Other than writing tools, what are the five items you simply must take with you?
M.J.: I’m really bad at solitary retreats… writing is such a solitary job – do I have to go?
cncbooks: If you had it to do over again, what would you do differently in your writing career?
M.J.: You know I really never look back, it just makes for dissatisfaction. I’ve had a really exciting career full of firsts – I was one of the first authors to be discovered online via an ebook in 1999, did the first online book tour in 2000, did the first book trailer in 2000, had one of the first group blogs, opened the first marketing company for authors, helped create the first writers group for Thriller Writers and more.
cncbooks: What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?
M.J.: Every time someone criticizes my writing it’s tough. I don’t have a thick skin at all and have had to really stop reading reviews.
cncbooks: What has been the best compliment?
M.J.: Oh that’s easy. Every time a reader tells me they stayed up later than they wanted to or missed their train stop or didn’t mind being stuck in an airport because they were reading my book – I’m over the moon.
cncbooks: Name one place you’d like to visit, anywhere in the world, and tell us why.
M.J.: I’d love to time travel and see Egypt in the 1920s during the time of Howard Carter.
cncbooks: If you could spend a weekend with one fictional character not your own, who would it be and why?
M.J.: Nancy Drew – I adored her for years and years and it would be so much fun.
cncbooks: What is the last book you read purely for pleasure? Why did you want to read it?
M.J.: Mr. Penubra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – the concept was fascinating.
cncbooks: Can you tell us a little about your work to promote other authors and why you believe it’s important to do this?
M.J.: When I started out no one helped me at all and I vowed that if I ever was in a position to help other authors I would – and so now I am and do what I can. I believe in Karma.
Thank you, M.J.—it’s been a pleasure to have you here today 😉
About the Author
M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of eleven novels and two non-fiction books on marketing. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many magazines and reviews including Oprah Magazine. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the ’80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors – Authorbuzz.com. The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose’s novels in the Renincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and runs the blog- Buzz, Balls & Hype. She is also the co-founder of Peroozal.com and BookTrib.com.
Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.