Akira has secrets. But so does the town of Tassamara.
Akira Malone believes in the scientific method, evolution, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. And ghosts.
All the logic and reason in the world can’t protect her from the truth—she can see and communicate with spirits. But Akira is sure that her ability is just a genetic quirk and the ghosts she encounters simply leftover electromagnetic energy. Dangerous electromagnetic energy.
Zane Latimer believes in telepathy, precognition, auras, and that playing Halo with your employees is an excellent management technique. He also thinks that maybe, just maybe, Akira Malone can help his family get in touch with their lost loved ones.
But will Akira ever be able to face her fears and accept her gift? Or will Zane’s relatives be trapped between life and death forever?
A Gift of Ghosts has been available on Amazon since December 2011. With no promotion or attempts at advertising, it sold over 3000 copies in 2012 and 2013. In the fall of 2013, I set it to be permanently free, adding distribution to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords. It has since appeared regularly on Amazon's metaphysical fiction free best-sellers list. After placing a Bookbubs ad in their paranormal romance list, it rose to #6 on the Top 100 free list. Reviews have been consistently strong: it has an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon with 189 reviews.
It has two sequels, A Gift of Thought and A Gift of Time, both of which are currently on Amazon's magical realism best-seller list. I expect sales of all three books to grow as reviews on the later books have been equally positive and industry wisdom is that series sales increase after a third book is published. Additionally, a fourth book being released this summer will be the first to have strong marketing efforts at launch, with inclusion in NetGalley, advance review copies sent to book reviewers and bloggers, etc.
Akira checked her reflection in the sun visor mirror. She’d bitten off all her lipstick during the drive from the airport. Hands shaking, just a little, she pulled out a pink gloss from her bag and carefully reapplied the color.
“You’re awfully pretty, you know.” The teenage boy leaning over the back of the seat made the words sound disparaging. “It’s not like you need that. It’s probably going to give you cancer or something. Why do girls think it’s a good idea to spread chemicals all over their faces?”
Ignoring him, she took a deep breath, and tucked the gloss back into the pocket of her bag, trying to summon up the courage to step out of the car. She’d walk into the building and breeze her way through her first job interview in years. She could do it. Of course she could. She’d be bright and smart and professional, and they’d love her and offer her a job, a good job, one that would let her actually work on her research.
“And then I’ll win the lottery,” she said aloud, chewing on her lip, already forgetting about the gloss.
“No one ever does,” the boy said cynically.
Already translated. Translated by Ilaria Grandi
Ilaria does fantastic work. I've had work translated into multiple languages (Portuguese, German, Spanish, Italian) and I've discovered that a good translation is as much of an art as writing a book is. A translator for fiction has to understand idiomatic English well enough to express the meaning of an idiom in their own language, not simply a word-for-word translation. Plus they need to capture the feel of the language, and be a perfectionist about punctuation and grammar and copy-editing. And, of course, it's also nice if they meet their deadlines! Ilaria succeeds in all of the above with grace and cheerful enthusiasm. I will happily work with her in the future and recommend her to anyone looking for an Italian translator.