Spotlight: The Persephone Star

Posted February 11, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Book Tour / 22 Comments


Spotlight: The Persephone Star

Howdy, Delighted Readers!

For our stop on The Persephone Star tour, we have a fun Valentine treat.  A Deleted Scene, no less!

Author, Jamie Sullivan is sharing a poignant moment from her exciting latest release featuring fiercesome western characters, setting, and action paired with a tender romance.

Cut scene:

This scene originally came half-way through the novel, and shows a quiet moment between Penelope and one of the crew of the Persephone Star – Vera, a former prostitute with a prickly personality. Scenes got shifted around in later drafts, and there was no time for the women to make dinner together. Still, I really like the dynamic between the two women that develops here. 

“Here.” Vera appeared at Penelope’s side, a knife in her hand. Penelope’s eyes widened. “Make yourself useful. You can peel the potatoes.”

The knife suddenly looked liked an olive branch, a sign of trust. She took it with a smile. “I can do potatoes.”

“Put on some music!” Vera called as she marched to the kitchen, Penelope at her heels. 

Behind them the gramophone scratched as a disc was dropped on to it. Music poured out of the horn, a tinny beat lighting up the room. 

Vera set Penelope to work in the corner, peeling her way through a mountain of spuds. Near the sink, Vera chopped. Her knife flew through the vegetables, her body loose and easy. After a moment Penelope realized Vera was singing along to the music, low at first, but growing louder as she lost herself in the food. 

She had a good voice, clear but smoky, pretty but rough. Like Vera herself.  Penelope tapped her foot along as her knife worked through the potatoes, the burn in her hands a pleasant reminder that she was helping.

“All right, just get those in the pot,” Vera called out, nodding towards the stove.

Penelope scooped up the first of the potatoes and headed for the bubbling water. “You have a lovely voice,” she said. Vera paused and Penelope worried that she had crossed some invisible boundary and broken their tenuous truce.

“I’ve always liked to sing,” Vera allowed after a moment, relaxing. Penelope smiled, continuing to drop the potatoes into the water. 

“Sometimes I sang at the dancehall.” 

Penelope looked over, surprised. Vera wasn’t looking at her, busy with her food.

“It paid terrible, but I still loved it. I liked having all them men look at me for something other than my body, you know?”

“You’ve got a pretty long list of skills, I’d say,” Penelope said quietly. 

Vera turned, cocking an eyebrow. “Yeah?”

“Singing, cooking, bank robbing.” Penelope shrugged. “Seems a person could do worse.”

“I’m not too bad with a gun, neither,” Vera grinned.

“Gunslinger, chef, and songstress. They’ll write ballads about you.”

“I should hope so,” Vera said, squaring her shoulders. Penelope could tell she had passed some kind of test; she had won Vera’s easy smile—not the sharp one she snapped at people, but a softer, amused smile that lit up her face.

“Now, shuck that corn.”

“Yes ma’am.”

The Persephone Star by Jamie SullivanAbout The Persephone Star

Love looks different from a thousand feet up.

Postmistress Penelope Moser has recently settled with her father in the Wild West town of Fortuna. Shocked by the violence around her and the depressing lives of the town’s women, she throws herself into her job. She’s determined to make the best of it before she has to marry the odious town sheriff.

But when the Persephone Star is spotted in the territory, danger literally hits close to home. Its captain—the famed outlaw Mirage Currier—is fresh out of prison and gunning for revenge on Penelope’s fiancé for locking her up and sentencing her sister to death. Penelope’s pleas to avoid violence are ignored, and a bloody showdown seems inevitable. That is, until Penelope is kidnapped and held hostage on the Star.

Shockingly, Penelope finds intrigue rather than danger in the air. Mirage’s reputation as a hardened criminal doesn’t fit with the Star’s vibrant young captain whose only goal is to save her sister from the gallows. With her sympathies shifting, Penelope must decide whether to remain loyal to her father and the man she promised to marry, or face an uncertain future with an enthralling outlaw.

Available now from Riptide Publishing!








About Jamie Sullivan

Jamie Sullivan has been writing for what feels like her entire life – her parents’ attic is full of notebooks brimming with early attempts at fiction. She’s found her stride, however, in romance. She’s happy experimenting with genre, and has written supernatural, science fiction, and realist stories.

She can be found on Twitter @jsullivanwrites and blogging at Come talk!



To celebrate this release, one lucky person will win a $10 gift card to Riptide! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 15, 2020. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. For more chances to enter, follow the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
2 years ago

This looks cool thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes, a fun steampunk western! 🙂

sherry fundin
2 years ago

cool cover. looks good to me. thanks for sharing
sherry @ fundinmental

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

I love that cover, too, Sherry.

2 years ago

thanks for sharing! It’s a new one to me

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I had a good time reading it, Melliane. 🙂

J. Shannon
J. Shannon
2 years ago

Thanks for the deleted scene.
jlshannon74 at

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  J. Shannon

Neat seeing a little snippet moment, right? 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Oh that little kitty is too cute! 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Adorable and curious. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

I love the colors on that cover.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes, it probably reminds you of some of your sunrises and sunsets out on the desert. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

This looks good and I love the author pic!!!!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

That curious kitten is adorable. 🙂 I had a good time with the story.

Carole Rae
2 years ago

awww kitty!
This book sounds pretty good. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I think you’d enjoy it, Carole. 🙂

2 years ago

This sounds like a lot of fun. Love that cover with the airship too. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg

It was absolutely as great as the cover, Greg. 🙂

Lover of Romance
2 years ago

ooh LOVE this deleted scene, you have me even more intrigued by this story

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Excellent! It was a fun one that you’d enjoy, Renee. 🙂

Carole's Random Life in Books

This sounds great! I love that pic of the kitty looking over the computer screen 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

It was a fun female-oriented western adventure.

Yes!!! Adorable, right?