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I’m going to have an eBook!

April 29th, 2012

I’m so excited…I signed a contract with Diversion Books this week for my upcoming ebook Chasing Eternity! It’s my second novel, but it isn’t a thing like my first novel, the historical fiction novel The Outer Banks House. It’s set in the present day, on a remote island off the western coast of Ireland, and it’s about genetics, longevity and really, really old people! Here is a plot synopsis:

In his quest to increase lifespan and fight age-related diseases, longevity researcher Ryan Abernathy travels to an isolated island off the western coast of Ireland to meet with two elderly twin sisters, whose DNA holds potential for his research, but he is distracted by a beautiful storyteller and her tales of an old island clan, once comprised of the world’s oldest people.

Genetics doctoral student and longevity researcher Ryan Abernathy restricts his calories and his social life; he is terrified of death, but his life, governed by study and exercise, is hollow. The longevity study that he works for receives a tip from an Irish doctor regarding two elderly twin sisters, Cleona and Catherine Owen, who live on a remote island off the western coast ofIreland. Ryan volunteers to investigate, hoping to get DNA samples from the women.

On the island, Ryan meets Cleona’s beautiful yet child-like great-granddaughter, Aisling, who cares for the elderly women but is able to offer Ryan no official age documentation for them. Aisling, lonely for companionship and exhausted from the care-taking of the sick women, draws Ryan into her world by telling him a story that she learned when she was young: that she and her relatives are the final known descendants of an old island clan that, through thousands of years of inbreeding and isolation, managed to achieve remarkable longevity. Ryan doesn’t believe Aisling, but by asking questions of the bar man at the local pub and by stumbling across a time-worn gravestone in the old cemetery, he becomes more curious about the unusual family. As his curiosity increases, so does that of sick Irish nun Sister Ignatius, who believes that she recognizes Catherine as a nun who disappeared from her convent sixty years ago. Both scientist and nun must grapple with their own beliefs in order to determine the truth about the people, both past and present, of the Celtic island.

I hope that sounds intriguing to you! My agent Byrd Leavell loved the manuscript when I first sent it to him over 2 years ago. I edited it a bit for him, then he sent it out to around 12 big publishing houses. It got a little look from Harper Collins and some valuable constructive criticism, but in the end, it got passed on by all. Bummer! So in my computer it sat for 2 lonely years until my agent inquired if I would want to try to sell it as an ebook. Scott Waxman, who founded the Waxman Literary Agency, started up Diversion a couple of years ago as a way of producing, selling and marketing quality ebooks. Check out the website at www.diversionbooks.com. Mark Cuban is a client! So Byrd passed Chasing Eternity to Mary Cummings, the editor there, and I soon found out that my dusty little novel would be published as an ebook, hopefully in July! I will keep everyone posted on its developments as they happen…but in the meantime, fire up those ereaders!