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Lies and Prophecy

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and prophecy.

Kim never had to wonder what to major in at college. Her talent for divination made her future clear in more ways than one. But there are limits to what even a gifted seer can predict, and no card reading or prophetic dream can prepare Kim for what's to come during her junior year at Welton.

Something has taken an interest in her friend Julian -- an unseen force neither of them can identify. What starts as a dark omen quickly turns dangerous, as Julian finds himself under attack. To defend him, Kim will need more than her strengths; she will have to call on a form of magic she has never been able to master. If she can't learn fast enough, she may lose her friend forever.

Kim knows she isn't ready for this. But if she wants to save Julian -- and herself -- she'll have to prove her own prophecies wrong.

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Novel News

The illustrated edition of Lies and Prophecy is now available for preorder.


There will be a print on demand version available in the near future.

Acknowledgments | Music | Images | Text


The list of people who have helped this novel over the years is long enough that I'm pretty much guaranteed to forget some of them. But of the ones I can remember, in alphabetical order:

Alec Austin, Jae Brim, Jennifer Bush, Chris Dolley, Jennifer Doxtader, Alyc Helms, Rika Kaestle, Aaron Landry, Shona Lawless, David Levine, Avery Liell-Kok, Adrienne Lipoma, Kyle Niedzwiecki, Peadar Ó Guilín, Jason Pratt, Anica Rissi, June Robertson, Kevin Schmidt, Sherwood Smith, Anne Sowards, Daniel Starr, Jennifer St. Clair, Amy Sterling Casil, Chase Tingley, Rachel Vater, Matt Withers . . . and everyone at Book View Cafe who helped shepherd this book to production.

But most of all, I owe thanks to Pamela Dean, whose novel Tam Lin is the seed from which so much of this grew.


As with my other novels, I've made a soundtrack for Lies and Prophecy; you can find that listing here.

But there's one song that needs explanation.

"Schwa's Shiny Holographic Cover Remix" of the Pet Shop Boys song "Red Letter Day" is not something you'll be able to find on iTunes. It's a mix a friend of mine created as the overture for his extremely cracked-out production of Waiting for Godot, and it features the voice of the actress (yes, actress) who played Estragon reciting quotations from the Book of Revelation.

What does this have to do with the novel? Nothing whatsoever . . . except that I really like the song, and when my friend first gave it to me, I listened to it a lot. Like, I put it on repeat. For days.

And I happened, at that time, to be working on the early stages of what would eventually become Lies and Prophecy.

That song is the reason I make soundtracks at all, the reason I listen to music while writing. I discovered that I could build up a Pavlovian association: hear song, think of story. To this day, it remains one of the best ways for me to get myself in gear for writing.

. . . just don't ask how many times I've listened to "Red Latter Day." The number is frankly terrifying.


You can download a larger image of the cover.

This is one of the novels for which I have character castings. Both of them are too old in these images, but in my head, Kim looks like a younger version of Jennifer Connolly, and Julian is a younger Jonathan Rhys Meyers.


If you're interested in more, "Welcome to Welton" is a set of prequel scenes, taking place during the characters' freshman year. They were originally posted on the Book View Cafe blog, and now can be read here on my site.

I also posted at SF Novelists about the "archaeology" of the novel, digging through the changes made over the years to find some details discarded so long ago, even I barely remember them.

Those who want to know more about the soundtrack and the role that music plays in my writing can read my guest post at Darkeva's Dark Delights.