Vanity in Dust

Vanity in Dust (Crowns & Ash Book 1) by [Low, Cheryl]THE BOOK: Vanity in Dust


THE AUTHOR: Cheryl Low

THE EDITOR: Laura Harvey

THE PUBLISHER: World Weaver Press

SUMMARY: In the Realm there are whispers. Whispers that the city used to be a different place. That before the Queen ruled there was a sky beyond the clouds and a world beyond their streets.

Vaun Dray Fen never knew that world. Born a prince without a purpose in a Realm ruled by lavish indulgence, unrelenting greed, and vicious hierarchy, he never knew a time before the Queen’s dust drugged the city. Everything is poisoned to distract and dull the senses, even the tea and pastries. And yet, after more than a century, his own magic is beginning to wake. The beautiful veneer of the Realm is cracking. Those who would defy the Queen turn their eyes to Vaun, and the dust saturating the Realm.

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From the carnivorous pixies in the shadows to the wolves in the streets, Vaun thought he knew all the dangers of his city. But when whispers of treason bring down the fury of the Queen, he’ll have to race to save the lives and souls of those he loves.

THE BACK STORY: I had the idea for this world brewing in me for a long time. I write what I want to read and that’s the only real explanation I have for it. I obsessed over the world and the characters in my head before I put them into words.

WHY THIS TITLE: Vanity in Dust, the title, is a description of the world and the people in it. They’ve turned their magic into poison to give themselves comfort and beauty but lost all meaning. And dust here ends up having a double meaning because the drug of choice in the Realm is pixie dust, sprinkled in every cup of tea.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: It’s a dark fantasy about a city ruled by a terrifying Queen and governed by strict hierarchy and absurd social order. They drink tea to get high, eat cake for every meal, and sit in a library pretending to read books with no words. Dueling is a pastime, whispering is a sport, and there will be bloodshed and broken hearts.


“A deliciously decadent debut that will make you reconsider the world within which we live–because how different are we than Low’s drugged-up citizens of the upper crust?” — -Sara Dobie Bauer author of the Bite Somebody books

AUTHOR PROFILE: Cheryl Low might be an Evil Queen, sipping tea and peeping on everyone from high up in her posh tower—a job she got only after being fired from her gig as Wicked Witch for eating half the gingerbread house.

…Or she might be a relatively mundane human with a love for all things sugary and soap opera slaps.

Find out by following her on social media @cherylwlow or check her webpage, The answer might surprise you! But it probably won’t.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: (Provide link).

WHERE TO BUY IT: Amazon, World Weaver Press, Barnes&Noble website, Kobo

PRICE:   Paperback $13.95  Ebook $4.99



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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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