Blood Rose

Glasswing Press LLC
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She wanted to run away. She didn’t know how far she’d have to go.

With all the adventure of Dorothy’s journey through Oz and Alice’s tumble through the looking glass, author Rachael Vaughn brings you an entirely new, dazzling story of love, redemption and the battle against evil forces in her new urban fantasy novel, Blood Rose.

Rose wants to escape. On the heels of a tragedy that threatens to consume her, she abandons the life she knew for the daily drudgery of retail work and a life lived in quiet solitude. Her one solace—the forest that sprawls behind her apartment complex—gives her a small reprieve from her grief…until the day she walks the same path through the same trees to the same meadow…where something wholly different awaits.

The house wasn’t supposed to be there. The door wasn’t supposed to open. And Rose is certain she was never supposed to discover what was just beyond the threshold.

A new world. A mysterious, unconscious stranger. And a terrifying force known only as Rot that seems hell-bent on destruction.

Rose finds herself pulled into this topsy-turvy land of talking mice and technicolor trees, and for a time, she is able to flee her painful memories. Dazzled and disoriented, she knows only that she must steer clear of the Rot and save the sleeping stranger…but there are forces even darker, even deadlier than the Rot, and they’ve got their sights set on Rose.

Can Rose complete her quest while dodging a sinister yet charismatic leader? Can she navigate a world that is spectacularly strange, yet strangely familiar? Will she be able to stop the spreading Rot, or will it swallow her and everything she holds dear?

And most importantly, in running so far, will Rose finally find what she’s been looking for all along?


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About the author

Rachael Vaughn is the creative brainchild of husband-and-wife writing duo, Laura Rachael Black and Trenton Vaughn Hockersmith. 

Laura is the wordsmith of the pair, and a bona fide dabbler. With interests in everything from mosaics to wood carving and playing the hammered dulcimer, there isn’t much that doesn’t appeal to her insatiable need to create. When she isn’t writing, Laura stays busy as the co-owner of Firefly Tattoo—one of Indianapolis’s premier tattoo studios—where she is also a full-time artist. You can check out her professional tattoo gallery at https://www.fireflytattoo.com/f88479627.

Trent acts as the bookends of the writing process. He serves as the team's world-builder and plot developer on the front end, and acts as an editor and proofreader (plus the ultimate voice of reason) on the backside. His educational background in English and psychology help him craft vibrant worldscapes and compelling, authentic characters. When not mired in the trenches of world-building, Trent enjoys reading, playing video games, and practicing jiu-jitsu and tai-chi.

The team shares more than a pen name. Their home outside Indianapolis is also inhabited by their daughter, Seva, and Helena, the world's fluffiest cat.

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Publisher
Glasswing Press LLC
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Published on
Nov 22, 2019
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Pages
398
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ISBN
9781733782722
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
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Speak again the ancient oaths:

Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.

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The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Collection
Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels
Elantris
Warbreaker

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners
Steelheart
Firefight
Calamity

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson

The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer

The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning

Collection
Arcanum Unbounded

Other Cosmere novels
Elantris
Warbreaker

The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent

The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist

Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners
Steelheart
Firefight
Calamity

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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