You may remember LG McCann as one of RBtL's guest bloggers, but today, one of my favorite BFFs is officially a published author. Her debut novel, The Other Side of Gemini, hit the virtual shelves this morning from Soul Mate Publishing!
And I couldn't be prouder of her. I remember working with her at the very start as she brainstormed and created these characters and let them grow before our eyes, evolving from characters into people with real meat to them. I remember reading the first draft once LG got their stories on the page and giving edits and advice, then watching as she revised and continued to fight for Sylvia and Lindsay, to make them and their stories the best that they could be.
This is truly a wonderful accomplishment, and I'm so excited that she's able to share The Other Side of Gemini with the world. This women's fiction novel is a lesson in dichotomy--not only is it fun yet powerful, but it shows how fear can spring hope, how two opposites can become stronger when combined, and of course, how life can change in the blink of an eye.
Sylvia Miloche is a successful book editor by day, D-list party girl by night, and has been dating New York City’s favorite playboy James Ryan for five years. But things are far from perfect. When the New York Post catches James with an intern, Sylvia’s already precarious life comes crashing down.
Lindsay Sekulich is a high school science teacher, wife, and mother of three in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. Her high school reunion is quickly approaching and that means the secrets of her bad-girl past, all of which she’s kept hidden from her husband, could come spilling out, revealing who she once was and the horrible things she’s done.
When Sylvia emerges in Scottsdale, seeking refuge in her hometown from the relentless gossip blogs, Lindsay finds herself alternately elated and terrified. The two were inseparable as teens, but a tragedy just before their senior year tore them apart. Sylvia, once a carefree, joyful girl always up for adventure, is a beaten down and broken adult. Now Lindsay must make a choice: rescue the friend who saved her in high school, or keep it all hidden to save her marriage from almost certain destruction.
Anything goes–and everything does–in this story of New York gossip and suburban oppression, a tale of sex, secrets, rebellion, and how your true soul mate isn’t necessarily the love of your life.
Make sure to get a hold of a copy now from Amazon.com for only $2.99! And if you don't believe me that this book is a must-read, just look: Gemini has already received amazing praise from a number of established authors!
"The Other Side of Gemini is a surprise in all the best ways. I loved both main characters, even through their mistakes and hitting rock bottom, and the realism with which McCann portrays them is striking and honest. Most of all I love the clear idea that, no matter who we have been, what we have lost, or where we think we're headed, the only truth in life is that there is no end to any story."
–USA Today bestselling author Lyla Payne
"With humor, heart, and some unexpected twists, The Other Side of Gemini is great for anyone who ever mourned an old friendship or wished they could bury the past. Weaving easily between different time periods and points of view, McCann tells the story of two estranged friends who reunite just when they need each other the most. While they start off weak and disillusioned, these women grow and strengthen as the story evolves–which is a pleasure to watch. A wonderful debut! I'm eager to see what McCann does next!"
–Laura Kenyon, author of Desperately Ever After
"The Other Side of Gemini ensnares you from page one, and with provocative wit and perceptive insights into human nature, a sympathetic portrait emerges of two friends who reconnect by virtue of each one’s personal demons – and take you on a wild ride that crosses the country. Bravo LG McCann."
–Karen Kelly, karenkellywriter.com
"LG McCann’s debut novel, The Other Side of Gemini, is a road trip to places everybody fears and all too many go. Its ... sharp dialogue and characters’ revelations carry the reader through a journey that rises from the bashes of female insecurity and confusion to vistas of empowerment."
–Dawn Shamp, author of On Account of Conspicuous Women
"Past and present have a head-on collision in this bright and breezy debut by LG McCann. Dumped by her Wall Street baron boyfriend and pilloried by every tabloid in town, Sylvia Miloche is forced to return home to Scottsdale, Arizona where she must confront Lindsay Richardson, the friend she left behind. McCann deftly explores the relationship between the two women and demonstrates how the bonds of true friendship may be stretched and strained—but are never fully broken."
–Yona Zeldis McDonough, author of Two of a Kind