About your Book:
Sailing aboard a storm-thrashed vessel from America to Cuba, a young woman (Audrianna) and her mysterious son (Devon) are shipwrecked and left for dead. They survive thanks to the mystical efforts of a small community located on the coast of 1920s Georgia. While in the care of this unique group and its beautiful and loving leader, Kendis, Audrianna comes to discover the secrets of her son’s cognitive powers, his (and Kendis’s) otherworldly origins, and an enthralling, Earth-changing “game” that threatens the existences of both the alien descendants of Gavrilek and the unsuspecting inhabitants of Earth. The key to the universe’s survival lies in the unraveling of Audrianna’s conflicted past and desires, as well as in the seemingly motley collection of castoffs that Kendis has nurtured and trained.
Invigorated by mesmerizing prose and fervid imagination, The Children of Gavrilek weaves together world history, science fiction, and romance to unleash a powerful story of wrenching emotion and unexpected relevancy for today’s age. Its author is at the height of her narrative powers and her creation will keep you captivated from the opening pages until the last sentence.
Targeted Age Group: 18+
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, LBGT, Romance
The Book Excerpt:
The Children of Gavrilek By Julie Kirtón Chandler
Kendis swallowed half of her whiskey and then sat her glass on the table. “Okay,” she said, narrowing her eyes. “The Cosmos is laid out in triplicate mirrors, right? The Universe, the Biverse, and the Antiverse.” She made an etcetera gesticulation with her hand. “Earth, Gavrilek, and Tawn … you, your Biverse mirror, and your Antiverse mirror.”
“What?” Audrianna asked. She had no idea what Kendis meant.
“Oh, I’m sorry, honey,” Kendis cupped her mouth and then released it. “I thought you understood about your mirrors. Everything in triplicate, remember, even human beings.”
“But I—” Audrianna began.
“Hang on,” Kendis said, interrupting Audrianna. She pointed to Audrianna’s glass and adjusted her seat. “Drink your drink, honey. I’m gonna explain it to ya the best that I can. Okay?”
“Okay,” Audrianna said, and then she gulped her whiskey.
Kendis then continued, “There are two deities in the cosmos: God, who rules over the Universe, and Antigod, who rules over the Antiverse. The Biverse is their trashcan. They jointly created it so they could throw their rejected creations into it, so everything in there, includin’ me, includin’ Devon, includin’ Gavrilek, and everyone from Gavrilek, is a compilation of unwanted things.”
Audrianna winced and said, “Kendis, please don’t say things like that.” She took another drink and then looked down. “Devon is not unwanted and neither are you.”
“That’s very nice of you, honey. But to God and to Antigod, that’s exactly what we are. They created you all—their children—with the characteristics they wanted ya to have, and then they threw the characteristics they didn’t want ya to have into the Biverse. That’s how we were formed. Your Biverse mirror is a duplicate of your consciousness, just with a different set of personality traits. Do you understand?”
“Oh God,” Audrianna said as she pressed her fingers against her temples. “Yes, I guess so. I’m just not sure how I feel about it.” Kendis pulled her fist up to her lips to hide a smile, but the upturned corners of her mouth gave it away. “Is this funny to you, Kendis?” Audrianna asked sharply.
Kendis laughed, shot the rest of her whiskey, and said, “Yeah, Audri. I think you’re funny. I’m sure someone with more human experience than I have would respond to you in a more stoic manner, so forgive me.” She shrugged with one shoulder. “I enjoy your personality, and I just don’t have skill enough to hide it very well.”
Julie Kirtón Chandler is a registered nurse, specializing in emergency and critical care. She was formally trained in the military, first as an active duty combat medic and later as an Army Nurse Corps Officer. During her officer training, she served two stateside deployments with the Georgia Army National Guard. Today, Julie and her domestic partner of 11 years, Charity, have a home near Atlanta, but spend the majority of their time in the San Francisco Bay area where Julie works as a civilian nurse.
Learn more at www.juliekirtonchandler.com