proclaimed brain dead by a neurologist. But fifteen-year-old Gates doesn’t
believe it’s true, because she hears her mother’s voice in her head. The
command is simple: Find my heart. It’s the last thing Gates hears from her
mother before the neurologist pulls the plug.After contacting the Organ Procurement Agency, Gates learns there is no record
of her mother’s organ donation. She meets Dr. Ascuitto, her mother’s
neurologist. A menacing figure, he threatens to institutionalize Gates if she
continues her inquiries.
Determined to find the truth, Gates gets help from John Ed, a street-smart,
sixteen-year-old recovering addict. Together, they navigate an underworld of
body theft, interstellar drug trafficking and doctors who double as dealers.
She finds herself attracted to John Ed’s musical talents and emotional strength
even as she is drawn ever-deeper into an alien world accessible only by use of
a hallucinogenic spore. Hostile and governed by a sinister waif named Penny,
the world holds secrets about Gates’ mother’s death…and the key to Gates’
After the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Kittie appears. With her shining eyes and radiant expression, she doesn’t seem to think I sound hokey at all. “I thought I saw a newcomer out there,” she says. “Welcome! Can I give you a hug?”
Kittie’s embrace is fierce and tight—none of that awkward air-hug thing where you don’t touch the other person. I feel her pregnant belly, as round and hard as a little cannon ball.
“I could really relate to your talk,” John Ed says. “The destroying angel got me, too. For a while.”
I feel so flattered that Kittie has come up to me when the whole meeting is buzzing about her. I want her to know that her talk mattered to me, that it moved me. I’ve never heard anyone be so…what’s the word I’m looking for? Compelling? Eloquent?
“But for the grace of God…” Kittie walks her fingers across a tabletop, then mimics falling off in a dramatic arc.
“You were so honest,” I blurt. “I’ve never heard anyone be so honest before.”
I’ve heard that the truth will set you free. I never knew the truth would also compel people to listen.
The book release party is Tuesday, July 28 in New
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About the Author
all! I’m a book fiend turned professional wordsmith who tells stories both
fictional and factual. My debut novel, DESTROYING ANGEL, was published this
year by Torquere Press. I freelance for publications including xoJane.com,
HelloGiggles.com, BRIDES and Country Living, and I have served as a local
editor for Zagat and Fodor guides.
I work as a full-time journalist at Gambit Weekly, THE BEST source
for news in New Orleans (I’m biased, obviously).