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 redhead, wears an emerald marquise ring the color of her eyes. She tells Andrew they could be together forever, her ring is proof, and admits she’s evil. Victoria, a smart, hard-working stockbroker, has the same ring and eyes. She and Andrew become friends because Victoria personifies integrity. She doesn’t know she could be immortal. Samantha asks Andrew: never tell Victoria. He agrees.
Evil seduces. Good is corrupted.
Death lurks 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. Samantha expected he’d choose good over evil.
Who remains immortal?
Vanish into the Gothic romance of 1980s San Francisco with Emerald Eyes.
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. His dad was a famous local sports columnist and editor. His mom was the high school drama coach. He learned from his dad why writing is sitting in a chair every night, not pontificating in coffee shops. His mom read Gothic romances and taught him about jewelry. In junior high, Mike read Gothic romance paperbacks as secretly as his friends stashed copies of Playboy. He still reads Gothic romances in public, so you can see the cover, more than anyone he knows. Emerald Eyes is his first novel.
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.
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.