A New York Times Notable novelist, Peggy Payne delivers her newest, Cobalt Blue. The Times called her Sister India, a "spooky excursion into the lost territory of the soul." Cobalt Blue goes farther and deeper.
Cobalt Blue is entrancing and unsettling, a novel that gets at the marrow of sexual and spiritual experience. Peggy Payne is one of our most gifted writers.
—Angela Davis-Gardner author, Butterfly's Child, Plum Wine
…An engrossing story of the spiritual awakening of a painter who becomes so obsessed with sex that she nearly loses her sanity. Payne strips away the barriers to female passion....
—Barbara Hand Clow author, The Liquid Light of Sex
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Prepare to be shocked. Prepare to be moved. A novel for courageous readers and seekers, Cobalt Blue is a turbulent, gorgeous ride into sacred sex, compulsion, obsession, unmentionable attractions, and ultimate empowering redemption. Burned out from work and a break-up, Andie Branson, a 38-year-old commercial artist in a small Southern town, hungers for whatever will force her out of her familiar limits and has a sudden, shocking religious encounter, kundalinirising, the physical experience of tantric enlightenment.
When this mysterious, seductive yet terrifying brush with the divine catapults Andie into compulsive sexual behavior she must search out what has seized her to try and stop these new and disturbing cravings.
Andie's struggle to regain control of her mind and body is complicated by a too-close connection with her glamorous parents, especially her magnetically attractive father, and by working closely with a bigoted U.S. Senator, the man who for her personifies evil.
Her story ranges from the elegant golf town of Pinehurst, North Carolina, to the raucous and shadowy byways of pre-Katrina New Orleans, with pauses in India, Ecuador, and other exotic locations.
Zesty ... entertaining and rich in detail.
—Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Fiction winner, Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
Gorgeously lyrical, Cobalt Blue ventures into dark psychological territory before the light finally rises. This bold story deals with frightening hypersexuality, unwanted religious experience, and hard-won transcendence. With its Jungian underpinnings ... this beautifully written novel will appeal to anyone fascinated by boundaries, taboos, obsession, and mystery.
—Anna Jean Mayhew author, The Dry Grass of August
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Peggy Payne is author of critically acclaimed novels, Sister India and Revelation. These, as well as her nonfiction books, focus on some aspect of people living in their own vivid, characteristic ways. Each of her stories, is powered by strong currents of spirituality and ventures onto unsettled territory. Her work has appeared in magazines including, Family Circle, Cosmo, and More, as well as most major American newspapers. She is married to psychologist, Bob Dick(www.drbobdick.com), and lives near Raleigh, North Carolina.
Peggy is touring this spring and summer with novelist Carrie Knowles, author of newly released Lillian's Garden, on what the two are calling The Crazy Ladies Book Tour.(https://www.facebook.com/crazyladiesbooktour
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