A Wrexham-based author is celebrating the launch of her latest book Eternal Bonds, the fourth and final novel in her popular dark fantasy series Bonds.
The book was released on 8th November to coincide with the birthday of Bram Stoker, who, since publishing Dracula in 1897, has become firmly recognised as the grandfather of gothic horror.
Eternal Bonds brings to a close a series that is set against both contemporary and historical backdrops, following the story of the complicated and unusual relationship between Becca Martin, a reluctant witch forced to face up to who she is and accept her gift of the Craft, and Antony Cardover, a man who traded his soul for the chance of vengeance and paid the ultimate price - eternity bearing a vampire curse.
The Bonds series is more than just the story of a witch and her adversaries, who come in the form of vampires and other dangerous, supernatural forces. It is also the tale of a woman’s journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance - and the sacrifices that come with accepting who you really are. The series makes the reader reflect on action and consequence, as they embark on a journey through the dangerous dilemmas that come to haunt both Becca and Antony.
Bonds was a finalist for the 2020 Golden Stake Literary Award at the International Vampire Film & Arts Festival, as well as a quarter-finalist for the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, while Darkly Sinister, a separate collection of short horror stories by Marie, came out on 31st October 2020, with the Kindle edition reaching number one positions in the Horror Short Stories, British Horror Fiction and British & Irish Short Stories categories, as well as number two in Psychological Thrillers.
Marie, who lives in Llay with her three cats, Jasmine, Texas and newest addition, Stoker, said:
“Publishing Eternal Bonds really is the end of an era, as Becca and Antony have been part of my life for over twenty years. It took me ten years to write the first Bonds novel, and I never expected that, by popular demand, it would become the series it is today. Seeing the series reach its end leaves me feeling a mix of emotions. Although I am truly excited to be publishing a new novel, I am also sad to be saying goodbye to my characters, because it feels like I am bidding farewell to good friends who I will never see again. Now, this is certainly true of some of the characters, but not all! However, with every ending comes a new beginning and, as well as allowing Ellie to take the reins in The Headhunter, I am also very excited to be venturing into uncharted territory with a new genre.”
To find out more about Marie or to to buy the book, visit her official author website at https://www.marieannecope.com/.