The Gypsy Thorn by Sherry Rentschler

Since the first time I met Sherry, I’ve known about these vampire characters who live inside her head. Over this last year that we’ve worked together, I’ve been able to work with her on bringing this series to life. This prequel sets the stage for the Evening Bower series starting later this year. It is a great overview and introduction of some of the characters. What I really like about this story is that the vampires are real vampires who love everything about being evil. Angst and guilt do not interfere with their true quest for power. Drahomira meets a Phoenix and an Angel of Death and learns her connection to both of them is deeper than just a passing encounter. Dra is saucy and powerful- and “hey that’s ok.” Sherry does a great job of sharing a story taking place over many generations. I also enjoyed learning some new things about this time period. I can’t wait until the rest of the series comes out.


When Atlantis fell into the sea, a single creature survived–a scarlet phoenix. She escaped with ancient man’s historical record, The Great Book of Forgetting. This book recorded mankind’s every legend and prophecy. Only the Archangel of Death understood man’s survival depended on the fulfillment of one particular prophecy, that of the scarlet phoenix.

Rhea is the scarlet phoenix, transmuted into human form with wings of fire. She hides The Great Book from those seeking to steal it and prevent the prophecy. The Archangel befriends and protects her as he watches her traverse time and mold history. She is the proverbial rose that blooms in a future garden.

Jean-Louis Riviere is an aristocrat who became a vampire during the American Revolution. He is haunted by an ill wind whispering strange and incredible possibilities. His family ties will lure those who wish to destroy the prophecy; however, the Archangel also knows his blood is all that will save the rose and secure the future

Drahomira is a gypsy, a bastard princess, and a vampire. The Archangel of Death chose her to protect the phoenix because she is an irreverent killer but loyal to family. She will journey across continents and be the catalyst that brings Rhea and Jean-Louis together. First, she must leave her people, her throne, and her lover, cross a continent for vengeance, die, and be reborn. Only then will she discover that she is the rose’s legendary thorn in the Evening Bower.


Sherry Rentschler’s poetry has appeared online and in print. She’s a previous Assistant Editor, Amateur Poetry Journal (online), and a newspaper photojournalist. She lived in Italy, traveling around Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Greenland.

Sherry’s latest release is a fictional memoir entitled Breaking the Glass Slipper. This is a true story about a woman’s search for a real happy ending and examines the lessons learned through sexual exploits, marital disasters and adventures around the world. This tale will surprise, inspire, and touch you with poignancy and honesty.

Rentschler’s newest fiction release is Midnight Assassin: A Tale of Lust and Revenge. This character novella promises action and a bit of sexy teasing as Rentschler introduces us to two of her favorite vampires while delivering a high-energy drama. Look for her vampires to continue in 2016.

Paper Bones, Rentschler’s first poetry collection, is a 2014 Global Ebook Awards Gold Medalist, a 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Award (NIEA) Finalist, a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Honorable Mention winner and a 2013 Best Cover Award Gold Medal Winner from AUTHORSdB.

By Light Betrayed is Rentschler’s is gothic poetry release and includes color photography as well as a delicious fiction excerpt of Midnight Assassin, a character novella. In this poetry collection she has a bit of fun poking at the dark side of the vampires, what gives them soul, and insights into their seductive ways.

The Book of Now is Rentschler’s final poetry collection. In this volume, Sherry rips events from the headlines covering current events in Terrorism, Politics, Abuse (domestic and international) and Nature (human and natural). Her hard-hitting insight into our reality offers a key to change which is discovered at the end of the book.

I Wish You Joy is Rentschler’s only photographic compellation and makes a lovely coffee table pictorial.

Among her hobbies are all things vampire, plus dragon collecting, photographing trees, and dancing with faeries. She loves old movies, reading urban and gothic fantasies, fine wine, and consuming rich, dark chocolate. Rentschler is a retired USAF veteran and currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, also a retired USAF veteran. They await the return of the dragons.




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