Shepley Grant has money, property, and youth. There are only two things he does t have - his freedom, and her heart. Shepley spends his days trapped in a cage, hidden deep in the woods of his remote, regency era England, estate. Tragedy led his servant Bryce to imprison him there four years ago, take on his identity, and give him in return an unusual and complicated sort of friendship. Shepley's actions may have brought him to this place, but his thoughts turn to revenge. Everything may change when their childhood friend Lena begs to visit again after losing her home. She is a free spirit with a loving heart and the one person Shepley is still allowed to write to in his lonely life. He has fallen in love with her through her letters. Shepley jumps at the chance to bring her closer and, in a code within their correspondence that only she will understand, he encourages her to come at once. But is bringing Lena near and giving her sanctuary all he desires, or is her visit a last, desperate bid to be found - and released? It is a freedom he both desires and fears for, if Shepley were to take his revenge upon Bryce, he kws he would lose Lena's heart (and damn his soul) forever. Upon her arrival Lena is led to believe that Bryce is the man she has written to, and begins to fall in love with him, but it is a love based on Shepley's words. As Lena and Bryce grow close, Shepley feels his heart split in two. Will the man he once called a friend really rob him of the last, and best, of his dreams? Shepley wonders if he is truly the monster Bryce sees - a dangerous man, destined to die alone. Will Lena's discovery of the cage in the woods lead to Shepley's salvation . . . or unleash tragedy for them all?
Katherine Cerulean grew up in the countryside near Athens, GA, home schooled on a farm with plenty of animals and time for daydreaming. She has been writing seriously for sixteen years, starting with screenwriting and then moving into novels. Her completed novels are Other Gods (a fantasy) and A Caged Heart Still Beats (a love story). Katherine is the creator of People Who Have Come Alive, a group devoted to helping people achieve their wildest dreams, and the Athens Writers Association. Katherine still lives in the house she was literally born in(she sleeps 30 feet from where she was born -- how many people can say that?), with her sister Sarah Cerulean, who is an amazing artistic genius, and their dog Biscuit. They also share the house with many lizards, an occasional snake, and a curious possum. The first book in her self help series, How To Come Alive: A Guidebook for Living the Life of Your Dreams' and her first novel 'Caged Heart' are available now. Come join the fun at KatherineCerulean.com