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September 29, 2015
Intimate Witnesses

You can only write what you know? Nonsense. Let me translate this statement. There is a certain type of writer (and reviewer) who believes the only legitimate form of fiction is the kind so directly fueled by a writer’s personal experience it’s almost impossible to distinguish it from memoir. Why these individuals don’t just commit themselves […]


A Desire Exchange Novella

In a standalone novella that combines the worlds of THE FLAME and his novel, THE SURRENDER GATE, New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice returns you to a mysterious candle shop in the New Orleans French Quarter where the scents of passion provide the courage to embrace your heart’s desire. 

Are some risks worth taking? 

Laney Foley is the first woman from her hard working family to attend college. That’s why she can’t act on her powerful attraction to one of the gorgeous teaching assistants in her Introduction to Art History course. Getting involved with a man who has control over her final grade is just too risky. But ever since he first laid eyes on her, Michael Brouchard seems to think about little else but the two of them together. And it’s become harder for Laney to ignore his intelligence and his charm. 

During a walk through the French Quarter, an intoxicating scent that reminds Laney of her not-so-secret admirer draws her into an elegant scented candle shop. The shop’s charming and mysterious owner seems to have stepped out of another time, and he offers Laney a gift that could break down the walls of her fear in a way that can only be described as magic. But will she accept it? 

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  The Surrender Gate:
A Desire Exchange Novel

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice's first foray into erotic romance, THE FLAME, earned accolades from some of the genre's most beloved authors. "Sensual, passionate and intelligent," wrote Lexi Blake, "it's everything an erotic romance should be." J. Kenner called it "absolutely delicious," Cherise Sinclair hailed it as "beautifully lyrical" and Loreli James announced, "I look forward to reading more!" Now, Christopher returns you to the world first introduced in THE FLAME with an all new novel of The Desire Exchange…


Emily Blaine's life is about to change. Arthur Benoit, the kindly multi-millionaire who has acted as her surrogate father for years, has just told her he's leaving her his entire estate, and he only has a few months to live. Soon Emily will go from being a restaurant manager with a useless English degree to the one of the richest and most powerful women in New Orleans. There's just one price. Arthur has written a letter to his estranged son Ryan he hopes will mend the rift between them, and he wants Emily to deliver the letter before it's too late. But finding Ryan won't be easy. He's been missing for years. He was recently linked to a mysterious organization called The Desire Exchange. But is The Desire Exchange just an urban legend? Or are the rumors true? Is it truly a secret club where the wealthy can live out their most private sexual fantasies?

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The Vines


The dark history of Spring House, a beautifully restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans, has long been forgotten. But something sinister lurks beneath the soil of the old estate.

After heiress and current owner Caitlin Chaisson is witness to her husband’s stunning betrayal at her birthday party, she tries to take her own life in the mansion’s cherished gazebo. Instead, the blood she spills awakens dark forces in the ground below. Chaos ensues and by morning her husband has vanished without a trace and his mistress has gone mad.

Nova, daughter to Spring House’s groundskeeper, has always suspected that something malevolent haunts the old place, and in the aftermath of the birthday party she enlists Caitlin’s estranged best friend, Blake, to help her get to the bottom of it. The pair soon realizes that the vengeance enacted by this sinister and otherworldly force comes at a terrible price.

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The Flame:
(1001 Dark Nights)

A Desire Exchange Novella

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice presents his first work of erotic romance.



Cassidy Burke has the best of both worlds, a driven and successful husband and a wild, impulsive best friend. But after a decadent Mardi Gras party, Cassidy finds both men pulling away from her. Did the three of them awaken secret desires during a split-second of alcohol-fueled passion? Or is Mardi Gras a time when rules are meant to be broken without consequence?

Only one thing is for certain—the chill that’s descended over her marriage, and her most important friendship, will soon turn into a deep freeze if she doesn’t do something. And soon.


The invitation stares out at her from the window of a French Quarter boutique. The store’s owner claims to have no knowledge of the strange candle. But Cassidy can’t resist its intoxicating scent or the challenge written across its label in elegant cursive. With the strike of a match and one tiny flame, she will call forth a supernatural being with the ultimate power—the power to unchain the heart, the power to remove the fear that stands between a person and their truest desires.

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E-Book Edition Now Available

Christopher Rice's second New York Times best-selling thriller is a spellbinding story of murder and sexual menace. This exclusive e-book edition is loaded with new material, including a deeply personal afterword by the author and the novel's original ending.

At prestigious Atherton University, Kathryn Parker and Randall Stone form an immediate, unbreakable bond. Having escaped a relationship that almost destroyed her, Kathryn finds solace and comfort in the constant companionship of her attractive gay best friend Randall, a New York bon vivant whose own past is steeped in glamour and intrigue. When a respected professor's wife drives to her death in an icy river, Randall's illicit relationship with the woman's husband threatens to come to light. Randall is desperate to discover the truth behind the woman's death, before Kathryn's lofty image of him is tarnished by scandal and deceit.

Enter Jesse Lowry, Randall's gorgeous, seductive roommate, a man who suspects both Kathryn and Randall of harboring dark secrets about their pasts, secrets he is determined to uncover using any means necessary. But soon, Kathryn, Randall and Jesse will realize they are all unwilling pawns in the machinations of a malevolent force that has taken hold of Atherton itself, turning the snowbound campus into a place where all of their oldest fears, veiled passions and secret nightmares are about to come to life.

Hailed as "an enthralling narrative" (Booklist) THE SNOW GARDEN was an instant bestseller that swept aside suspicions its much talked about young author was a one-hit wonder. It went on to receive a Lambda Literary Award, and Rice's many fans consider Randall Stone to be one of his most intriguing and controversial characters.

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  The Heavens Rise

"A masterful coming-of-age novel...Rice's characters are complex and real, his dialogue pitch-perfect, and his writing intelligent and strong. He builds suspense beautifully...amid enduring philosophical questions about what it means to be human." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))



It’s been a decade since the Delongpre family vanished near Bayou Rabineaux, and still no one can explain the events of that dark and sweltering night. No one except Niquette Delongpre, the sole survivor who ran away from the mangled stretch of guardrail on Highway 22 where the impossible occurred . . . and kept on running. Who left behind her best friends, Ben and Anthem, to save them from her newfound capacity for destruction . . . and who alone knows the source of her very bizarre—and very deadly—abilities: an isolated strip of swampland called Elysium.

An accomplished surgeon, Niquette’s father dreamed of transforming the dense acreage surrounded by murky waters into a palatial compound befitting the name his beloved wife gave to it, Elysium: “the final resting place for the heroic and virtuous.” Then, ten years ago, construction workers dug into a long-hidden well, one that snaked down into the deep, black waters of the Louisiana swamp and stirred something that had been there for centuries—a microscopic parasite that perverts the mind and corrupts the body.

Niquette is living proof that things done can’t be undone. Nothing can bring her parents back. And nothing can save her. But as Niquette, Ben, and Anthem uncover the truth of a devastating parasite that has the potential to alter the future of humankind, Niquette grasps the most chilling truths of all: someone else has been infected too. And unlike her, this man is not content to live in the shadows. He is intent to use his newfound powers for one reason only: revenge. read more...

E-Book Edition Now Available

Christopher Rice’s new afterword includes a discussion of deleted characters and scenes and the shocking twist ending that almost didn’t make it to print. It also provides an intimate glimpse into a publishing process that forever changed the life of this much talked about young author. New editions of Christopher Rice's other early novels will soon be available as e-books for the first time. Each new edition will feature an original afterword by the author.

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