Rumor Has It welcomes the author of the amazing Transcend, Christine Fonseca, who has dropped by for a guest blog post. 

Thank you to SupaGurl Tours and Christine  for the wonderful opportunity to participate in the tour.  Now I leave you to with Christine's post. :-) 

All seventeen-year-old composer Ien Montgomery desires is an escape from his family's rigid expectations for his life; someone to inspire his music. When he meets a beautiful violin-prodigy, Kiera McDougal, his life music takes on new life. With her, he imagines a future outside of his parents’ control. That is, until a horrible accident tears them apart. 

Sent to die in a sanatorium, Ien’s obsession for Kiera grows unbearable. Tortured by thoughts he can’t escape and the truth of his monstrous disfigurement, he flees, desperate to exact revenge on the people that ruined his life – his parents. But, vengeance is empty. Betrayed by those closest to him, Ien discovers that the price for his happiness may be his sanity.

Set amidst the landscape of New York's Gilded Age, and inspired by Phantom of the Opera, TRANSCEND exposes the fine line between love and madness.

Wow! The end of my tour is here. And what a fabulous whirlwind it has been too. Thank you bloggers for all of the hosting, the reviews and the fun. Thank you readers for following me around and making me feel so welcome! For the last stop, I thought I’d share two quotes that most influenced the book, and why…

Quote #1 comes from Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera:

“You must know that I am made of death, from head to foot,
and it is a corpse who loves and adores you
and will never, never leave you!”

Quote #2 is from the incomparable Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera:

“Down once more to the dungeon
of my black despair;
Down we plunge to the prison
of my mind.
Down that path into darkness
deep as hell.”

These quotes shaped the essence of the book, inspiring the story of the truth behind Phantom.

People often ask me why Phantom – to me, he is the perfect tortured soul. He had no choice in his deformity, but he had choice regarding his behavior. He is tortured by all he has become, shaped by both love and hatred. So is it with Ien. And though his choices may have been different, and his afflictions different, the parallels between the books/stories are clear.

I think Ali Cross says it best in her review of the story: “In the end, you’ll listen to your favorite recording of Phantom of the Opera and you’ll feel as though you’re hearing it for the first time. You’ll finally understand the true tragedy of it all.”

Christine Fonseca, Author
Opening the door to new realms

ISBN: 9780985180478

SPECIAL EDITION Signed and numbered Hardback available for preorder NOW (ships in Decemeber) – for a limited time only, and only from the author. -

Additional Titles by Christine Fonseca include:
DIES IRAE (a Requiem Novella),
LACRIMOSA (Requiem Series #1)
MEA CULPA (a Requiem Novella). 

About Christine Fonseca
Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca is dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. Drawing on her expertise as an educational psychologist, her nonfiction titles address issues of emotional intensity, resiliency and giftedness. Her titles include Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students, 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids and The Girl Guide, releasing April 2013.
In fiction, she explores the darker aspects of humanity and delivers gothic thrillers that take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions not to be missed. Recent titles include Dies Irae and Lacrimosa, from the Requiem Series, and the recently released thriller, Transcend. For more information about Christine Fonseca or her books, visit her website – or her blog 


Praise for Transcend:

“So powerful, so deep, and dark. It took me on an amazing journey into places most people fear to go...leaving me breathless.”
~Heather McCorkle, Author of To Ride A Puca 

hauntingly dark and achingly beautiful. A story of love, loss and obsession set against the decadent backdrop of historic New York that sucked me in and wouldn't let go, from the first page until long after I'd finished.”
~ Michelle McLean, Author of Treasured Lies (Entangled, 2012)

“ The story is disturbing and intense and utterly unique…”
~ Ali Cross, Author of Become

thought-provoking and emotionally heart wrenching. I haven’t felt this way after reading in quite a while!”

“It is such a powerful and deep story; it will leave you completely breathless.”
~ Brooke from The Cover Contessa


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