By day, Robin is a mild-mannered writer of fantasy and paranormal fiction for young adults. By night, she is a pediatric nurse. Robin lives on the
with her husband, one soon-to-be teenager, and two slobbery mastiffs. She likes playing video games and watching Jane Austen movies. (Alas, if only there were a Jane Austen video game…) THE GATHERING STORM is her first novel. Gulf Coast
(Delacorte, January 10, 2012)
As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.
An evil presence is growing within
Europe’s royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the Tsar. Suddenly Katerina’s strength as a necromancer attracts unwanted attention . . . including from two young men—George Alexandrovich, the Tsar’s standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina’s help to safeguard Russia, even if he’s repelled by her secret; and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn to.
The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?
5 medical supplies for the Apocalypse:
- Bandages. (You’ll probably need a LOT.)
- Surgical glue. (Because there’s never an operating room handy when you need one.)
- Hydrogen peroxide. (It cleans wounds and prevents dark roots too!)
- Hibiclens. (Also cleans wounds and smells so good!)
- Bee Gees or Queen CD. (The latest American Heart Association guidelines recommend 100 chest compressions per minute when performing CPR. By some strange coincidence, the song “Stayin’ Alive” has the perfect beat for keeping time as you’re pushing down on an unresponsive person’s chest. “Another One Bites the Dust” also has the perfect beat, but it’s usually not recommended to sing this song out loud while trying to resuscitate someone.)