Announcing: Madeline Claire Franklin’s second novel, THE HIEROPHANT, Book I of the Arcana Series

It’s been almost 2 years since the publication of my debut novel, The Poppet and the Lune, and nearly just as long since I’ve published anything at all. Oh, I’ve written things. Lots of things. A couple of really big things, and a couple of really great things. But it’s been a difficult two years for me, and the thought of putting my work out there when I was feeling do disempowered just did not jive with me at all.

But then, a few months ago, I went on a magical vision quest in the dead of winter, in the wilds of E(e)rie, Pennsylvania. I holed up in a monastery and conversed with the gods. I lived on rice and tea, and meditated for hours in two feet of snow. I battled demons, and slayed dragons, and emerged from my quest with my own truth glowing, clutched before me, pulsing like a heartbeat, like a drumbeat, like a beacon. I made a choice, and it changed everything.*

And in a moment of beautiful serendipity, the universe allied itself with my truth, and made the path to my dreams become manifest. (I got fired, and I liked it.)

Shortly after that, I began to work in earnest on a new novel. And as I progressed in the composition of that rough draft, a previous novel waited for its fate to be decided, while all around me I gathered information from agents, and authors, and publishers–the better to strategize my plan of attack. And shortly, a second choice was made, in secret. This clandestine task has been before me for several weeks now, and everything has fallen into place, as if by magic.

But I can contain my excitement no longer! (No longer, I say!) So today I am making the announcement! And I am freaking PUMPED about it.

Coming June 18, 2013: THE HIEROPHANT – Book I of the Arcana Series, a young adult contemporary fantasy trilogy.

And here’s a little taste of the cover page:

title page

Demons are watching you. They move invisible through our world, hunting for rare prey–most humans don’t see the monsters that lurk in the dark, and as long as you can’t see them, they can’t hurt you.

But Ana sees the demons. Creatures once found only in the bedtime stories told by her late mother have crept from the shadows, whispering her name and stirring ancient magic in her veins.

On the day her tarot deck foretells a disturbing change, Ana encounters an uncanny young man who literally stops her heart. Trebor has strange powers, and an even stranger quest, and for some reason wants to help her. But the closer Trebor gets to unlocking Ana’s power, the more important–and dangerous–his own quest becomes. And in a world haunted by demons determined to find the key to their empire, there is much more at stake than one girl’s soul.

The Hierophant is the first extraordinary adventure in the Arcana series, a young adult contemporary fantasy, coming June, 2013.


Mark your calendars ladies and gents, devils and dames! And be sure to sign up for my mailing list to be the first to know when The Hierophant becomes available!

Cover reveal, pre-order information, and a fancy schmancy book trailer COMING SOON!


*only two of the things mentioned here are metaphors

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