I have a post up about pen names at Muse Rising, which means that today, therefore, is the release day of my second novel–my first novel as Elora Bishop, Cage the Darlings. It’s an original fairy tale about a thief girl who falls in love with a blackbird shapeshifter, and is a magical, lesbian love story. ❤ I am so, so excited to bring it out into the world. I hope you love her. ❤
Only a blackbird girl can set her free…
Envy is a lucky lady with a secret vice: she’s one of the best thieves in the kingdom–something her current employer, the king himself, has no knowledge of. When one of her more audacious gambles gets her caught, Envy thinks her luck’s run out. Infuriated, the king banishes her to Bran Tower, a haunted, forgotten prison of no escape.
But, by day, a mysterious blackbird brings Envy crumbs of food–and, by night, the beautiful ghost Merle befriends her. Or so Envy thinks. When Merle, no ghost at all, reveals her terrible truth–cursed to spend daylight as a blackbird, night as the mortal woman she once was–Envy confesses, too: that she’s fallen for the blackbird girl.
But love has made them reckless in a forest of dangerous men. On the night of their planned escape, Merle is kidnapped by a band of brigands seeking the treasure of her father, the Blackbird King. Envy is brave but is now faced with an almost impossible task: to journey through the cursed forest in the hopes of saving her beloved Merle.
CAGE THE DARLINGS is a magical lesbian fantasy novel.