Descent into Dust

Descent into Dust

by Jacqueline Lepore


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Descent into Dust is an atmospheric, gothic tale that immediately grabs readers with the startling sincerity of being trusted with a very, very dark secret….An unforgettable read.”
—Kathryn Smith, USA Today bestselling author


A young widow with an uncertain inheritance; a mysterious guest with unclear motives; a child in peril; and the dark, rain-lashed moors—Descent into Dust begins the Extraordinary Adventures of Emma Andrews, Victorian Lady and Vampire Hunter. The first in a spellbinding historical gothic series, Descent into Dust is ideal for readers of The Historian and Jane Austen fans alike.

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ISBN-13: 9780061878121
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/23/2010
Pages: 359
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

I am a native Philadelphian, born in South Philly and raised first there, then later in the suburbs. I attended the University of Pennsylvania for both undergraduate and graduate studies, earning a Ph.D. in psychology. I moved with my husband to Maryland immediately after that and have practiced here for more than twenty years as a licensed psychologist. I have three children and a houseful of pets.

Every writer begins as a reader. I cut my teeth on Gothic novels and Nancy Drew mysteries, which I consumed with a voracious appetite, loving every heart-pounding moment of suspense. I began writing when I was in the seventh grade, filling notebooks with unfinished stories of horror, science fiction, and romance. By senior year in high school, I was doing short story collections, but these were never shared-writing was my "dirty little secret."

It was always my dream to write a full-length novel, and I began attempting this in college. I eventually succeeded many years later, and years after that got the courage to "come out" about my peculiar hobby of making up stories. I found a terrific second career as a writer of romantic fiction, but after a while I wanted to challenge myself again to create a new, completely different sort of story. With the Emma Andrews series, I have found my way back to all those Gothic traditions I had treasured growing up. So, I've come full circle and just as Emma found her true self, so have I.

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Kathryn Smith

“An atmospheric, gothic tale that immediately grabs readers . . . unforgettable.”

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