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 Romancing the Dark in the City of Light 

Available now from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press/Macmillan 

 ISBN-13: 978-1250064431

Cover design by Erin Fitzsimmons 

Depressed, hard-drinking, eighteen-year-old, American Summer Barnes is flunking out of school in Paris where she's torn between a charismatic guy who encourages her to embrace life, and another – hot, dark, and dangerous – who wants to convince her to choose death.

“In her debut novel, Jacobus explores difficult topics including depression, alcoholism, death, and the reckless behavior that can accompany them.  As Summer struggles with alcohol dependency and contemplates suicide, readers will grit their teeth in the hope that Moony will win the romantic tug-of-war with Kurt in time to help Summer see the light at the end of the tunnel.” Publishers Weekly

“Jacobus creates a full picture of wild and wonderful Paris in her debut novel, tinted with an exotic magic realism that adds an extra layer of atmosphere. Recommend to teens who are interested in exploring serious issues, such as suicide and teen alcoholism, or those who prefer their fiction moody and thought-provoking.” —Booklist

“Summer and Moony are believable, flawed, and well-crafted teen protagonists. They each have their own complications and struggles. Many young adults will be able to relate to one or both of these characters. The short chapters will appeal to reluctant readers, and the seamless pacing makes this book hard to put down.” —School Library Journal


Please contact me if you are interested in SKYPE or in-person author visits. I am enthusiastically available for presentations about writing, literacy, and especially about suicide, its prevention, depression and other mental health issues, (almost) anytime! 

Represented by Erzsi Deàk at Hen & Ink Literary