The day is here. Gemini: The Sign Behind the Crime, Book 1 is being released on June 6th. My dream for the past four years has come to fruition. Since Oct. 2011, I have been working on Gemini. The summer of 2013, it made it’s first round of submissions. After a relatively few, a contract was secured from Black Opal Books June 2, 2014 and exactly one year later my baby is ready to fly into the universe. For those of you that know me, you know that I’m a very emotional person. When I received the contract offer, I ran screaming around the house so that all of my neighbors in my development heard me. When I got the first edits, I had the same jitters that every debut author has. What will be changed? What will be cut? Well, nothing was changed. Nothing was cut. My errors were in punctuation. Well, I didn’t teach abstract clauses and em dashes in Kindergarten or even up to 5th grade.
Then came the second edits and then galleys. I’ll tell you, reading the galleys–seeing your ms in book form, single spaced–is a awesome experience. Without edits, I was able to sit back and evaluate the ms as a reader. That was invaluable. I was allowed by BOB to make changes, and I did. I tweaked, re-read and re-tweaked, about six times. All the while I was thinking about how I could make Gemini a better read for my reader.
For those of you who haven’t read the back cover blurb yet, I’m posting it here and I’m also posting a new excerpt.
Here is the back cover blurb:
His life is exactly the way he wants it to be—until he meets her…
Both psychic and clairvoyant, Dr. John Trenton is a forensic psychiatrist who has a wife he worships and a position as a department head at a hospital for the criminally insane in Manhattan. His patients—young adult men, who are some of the most psychotic and psychopathic criminals in NYC—enable him to live his life on the edge, just the way he likes it. Then he meets a woman who changes everything.
She is two days from accomplishing the revenge she lives for—until she meets him…
Stripper by night, school psychologist by day, Gemini obsessed Barbara Montgomery, makes a critical mistake and is committed for seventy-two hours of observation, where she risks it all in an unnerving escape. Furious with Dr. Trenton for interfering in her life, she is now determined to kill his wife and unborn child, along with everyone else who has ever caused her pain—real or imagined.
As the killing spree continues, John is forced to use all his ESP, as well as his knowledge and expertise, to interpret this psychopath’s Gemini obsession and unravel her dark and murderous past. But can he track her down and bring her to justice—before she destroys his world completely?
Since last week, I interviewed Dr. Trenton, you’ve learned quite a bit about him. So this excerpt will be one with the antagonist.
She pulled off the wig, shook her head, revealing long, highlighted blonde hair. She popped out the emerald contact lenses and then pulled off the boots, emptying the contents onto the hand-woven, sky-blue shag carpet that mimicked the color of her eyes. Out flew bills in twenties, fifties, and a few hundreds.
Last to hit the carpet with a bounce was a Charter Arms Pink Lady .38 caliber.
My closest and dearest friend. My only friend.
She embraced the mother-of-pearl, pink-marbleized handle in the palm of her hands, bringing it up to her lips. She adorned it with a long sensual kiss, running her mouth from the short handle to the end of the metallic pink barrel. She then moaned an exaggerated, long, and relaxed sigh. Coming back to the present, she removed its five bullets and put them into a heart-shaped jeweled treasure box coated in its entirety with emeralds and rubies with a diamond tiara serving as the handle. She then placed it back on the far right corner of the table—its permanent place.
She had decorated the apartment in yellows, blues, and accents in hot pink, which were very calming to her anything-but-calm life. She loved her cartoon paintings, many of them of princesses from contemporary artists. She received peace in the sense of magic, charm, and whimsy, but no child had set foot in this home.
This was her private haven, where she escaped from all of the death around her. All of the death she’d caused. All of the deaths she planned to cause.
Oh, and tomorrow, I’m going to randomly select newsletter subscribers who’ll receive a piece of sterling silver or pewter gemstone jewelry or healing stones. I’ll notify the winners by email, who’ll send me their addresses.
I hope you like it. Please feel free to leave questions and comments. And below are the buy links for Gemini!
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