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PLAYING THE ANGLES Mixes Broadway Backstage and Protecting a Politician
The Paranormal Romantic Suspense tale launches the Coventina Circle Series
By: Fearless Ink
The novel takes place backstage on a Broadway show, in a ghost-filled theatre. Witchcraft, politics, and theatre collide as Morag D'Anneville and Secret Service agent Simon Keane fight to protect the Vice President -- or is it Morag who needs Simon's protection more than the VP?
Witch and theatre professional Morag D'Anneville is annoyed when she's assigned to dress the conservative Vice President as he makes a surprise appearance in his favorite Broadway show. Even more irritating, she has to teach Agent Simon Keane, part of the security detail, the backstage ropes in preparation. A strong attraction flares between them which they booth recognize is doomed, and Simon must also fight his superior's prejudice that Morag's beliefs make her a threat to the Vice President. When Morag is attacked, Simon's loyalties are torn between protecting the man he's sworn to protect, and protecting the woman he loves.
The story draws on Ms. Ellington's years working backstage on Broadway, and her experience working with Secret Service agents in that capacity. "Every Secret Service person with whom I dealt with terrific," she says. "Intelligent, dedicated, great sense of humor. They didn't have the chance to trail the crew ahead of time, though. Nor did I fall in love with any of them! That's part of the fiction." The story also honors the long-standing tradition of theatre ghosts, although Ellington created specific stories pertinent to her fictional theatre and to drive her plot.
The book is the first of seven planned books around the Coventina Circle, a healing circle based in New York City ("although it's not giving too much away to say that Morag winds up in Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod by the end of the first book," reminds Ellington). Each book will have a different set of protagonists from the circle, finding love as they escape peril.
Champagne Press in Canada originally released Playing the Angles as Assumption of Right, and the Cape Cod Times named it a "hot book for a cold winter night". It also received a rating of 4 out of 5 Books by Long and Short Reviews.
When the rights reverted back to Ellington, she was busy on other books, including the urban fantasy Jain Lazarus Adventures and the paranormal archaeological Gwen Finnegan mysteries, along with continuing to write for stage and radio. "But as the print run sold through, people let me know they really, really loved the book," Ellington reveals. "They wanted to buy it, or at least recommend it, to their friends. I knew the title had hurt sales; but with a new title and a new cover, and updating some of the references, the story and characters still stood up. So I decided to re-release it through Pronoun for digital, and then a small press is going to do the print run. Working with my new editor got me excited about the supporting characters, and their stories."
The second book in the series, The Spirit Repository, has a May 2018 release date.
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