The Face of the Seal


When Gerel Garnier, Paris’ up-and-coming jewelry designer, is commissioned by Britain’s famous art patron William Blackwell IV to create a replica of the 19th Century Qing Dynasty Empress Seal, she believes that her artist’s dream is finally coming true. Blackwell’s name and fortune could catapult her to the status of crème de la crème in the world of couture art design. Little does she know that the dream job will lure her into a web of treachery, deceit and murder.

While attending the unveiling of the original Empress Seal at the Forbidden City, Gerel stumbles on a startling secret about her family roots, and she is a woman on a mission ever since. From the Forbidden City back to Paris, she careens from dark secrets to illuminating revelation as the truth of her lineage emerges. An enlightening epiphany hits her: She Gerel Garnier, is the heir of the face of the Empress Seal–a rare gemstone that has witnessed centuries of love, hatred, faith and bloodshed.

Now the face of the seal has fallen unexpectedly into her hands. What is she going to do with the gemstone that seems to be a curse to whoever possesses it yet still hunted by the dark forces of the world?

Circle by Jennifer Cumiskey
Coming Summer/Fall 2020

Ember Po has just retired. She lives peacefully in a quiet small town outside Washington, DC. For decades Ember has juggled her career and the responsibility of raising her daughter alone. She's succeeded at both. But nobody knows the successful business woman and loving mother has been keeping a secret, a secret Ember thought she'd one day take to her grave.


When the father of her daughter suddenly reappeared in Ember's life, the man she once loved, the man who betrayed her and left twenty-five years ago, Ember's life of contentment is thrown into turmoil. The harrowing memories she thought she'd finally put behind come rushing back while she agonizes over the decision to dig up the secret she's long ago buried deep inside her. 


A touching story of love, betrayal, forgiveness and redemption in an ever-changing, globalized world.


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