Emerald Eyes

In 1987, good and evil immortal souls were drawn to San Francisco, seeking their predestined companion. They must fall in love with them again to remain immortal. Some know their fate. Others do not.

It was the end of an era and San Francisco’s veneer courted menace. Samantha, an eccentric model with an emerald marquise ring the color of her eyes, says she’s evil and tells Andrew they could be together forever. Samantha is also jealous of Victoria, a smart, hard-working stockbroker with the same ring and eyes. Victoria personifies integrity because she doesn’t know she too could be immortal.


Evil manipulates. Good is corrupted.

Death awaits at the end of every era.


Samantha gets pregnant with Andrew’s child and then dumps him. William, a smug ghost, loves and haunts Victoria. Andrew and Victoria become friends who fall in love, enraging William. He torments Andrew. Samantha apologizes to Andrew and wants him back. He says he loves Victoria.


    Who earns immortality?

Vanish into the Gothic romance of 1980s San Francisco with Emerald Eyes.

San Francisco Scenes

1947 Rooftop View (1:57)  Dark Passage

Fort Point (2:41)  Vertigo

Car Chase (2:59)  Bullitt

Speed Of The Fog (3:20)  The Conversation

Outside At Night (2:20)  48 Hours

Marina District (1:25) The Love Bug

Downtown (1:26)  Dirty Harry

Marina Green (0:58)  Star Trek 4

Immortal View (2:42)  Just Like Heaven

Runaway Car (1:20)  The House On Telegraph Hill


Mike is an RWA PRO, Rose City Romance writing, pole-vaulting hockey goalie. He lived in San Francisco in the 1980s; the perfect setting for a Gothic romance. In junior high, he read Gothic romance paperbacks as secretly as his friends stashed copies of Playboy. He’s been writing since then and reads Gothic romances in public, so you can see the cover, more than anyone he knows.  Emerald Eyes is his first novel.







Gothic Fiction

Gothic fiction’s 250-year-old history began with The Castle of Otranto (1764). Fifty years later, Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (1847), lead a Gothic fiction renaissance.

Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) continued Gothic fiction’s immortality.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Gothic fiction was personified by its paperback book covers — a retro image of a beautiful, startled woman looking over her shoulder, her hair and dress flowing behind her as she runs away from a dark castle on the hill.

Gothic romances, like their characters, remain immortal because of horror and romance, a moody setting, evil characters, beautiful women, mysterious men, and a battle between good and evil that good doesn’t always win. 

Emerald Eyes is a 1980s San Francisco Gothic romance.