Genre: YA paranormal romance
Publisher: Cogent NY
Date of Publication: April 2013
Number of pages: 263
Word Count: 80K
Cover Artist: Jessica OGorek
Angry at the human race and its methodical destruction of her resources, Mother Earth recruits souls who have just left their bodies to serve Her, and turns them against humanity. Gemini, a clan of paranormal beings, picked from these possessed humans, emerges. A powerful, rising force proceeds to carry out Mother Nature’s plan to systematically destroy towns, cities, states… and eventually, the world. Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between a human girl, Violette, and Onyx, a lead Gemini, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.
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“Eleanor…” he whispered her name and she stopped. She turned towards the sound that she couldn’t locate.
“Over here.” He guided her with his hand from behind the craggy trunk, allowing it to be just visible enough to make her curious as to who its owner might be. An adult might run, scream, or faint at the sight of a translucent hand gesturing mysteriously, but Eleanor was an insightful little girl and wanted to know more. The redhead on the seesaw looked dismayed and repeated her plea. This annoyed Onyx considerably; he was tempted to go shut her up, but her attention was now steady on the phantom arm that beckoned her. He controlled his visibility simply with his mind. If he thought it, it became a reality for him.
Eleanor's little blonde curls shook a little as she seemed to be attempting to clear her head. He could start to feel the gravitational pull from within her. It started to tug on his energy, almost gripping him and pulling him piece by piece, atom by atom, ever closer to her.
"Come a little closer, Sweetheart. How many fingers am I holding up?" If he distracted her with the game or a challenge, it would be that much easier. Anticipation started to build within him, like the sweet pressure of an inevitable release. Trance-like now, unable to resist the lure of his sugary voice, she walked right into his arm and it was over.
"Hey," he said. She jerked her head to the left and saw only his spiraling eyes. Before she could utter a scream he was in through her surprised mouth, busily working into her muscles, connecting with her spinal cord to coordinate her movements. Her sensory organs were pliable, and the tendrils that were extensions of his personality easily wrapped around every bone, every nerve ending. She was stunned into silence by the complete and sudden takeover. He felt strong and empowered. It had been weeks since he had felt a young, healthy host take him to dizzying heights of euphoria.
This was where Gemini were meant to be, where they felt most in control and in touch with their true ability. To connive and manipulate, ruin and plunder the society around them was only justice. They were so weak and puny, murderers and thieves, liars, and rapists. They all took what they wanted from each other, and the earth, then sucked any generosity right out of the atmosphere. He always thought he was helping them shorten the time frame of their journey. They would all eventually die anyway; he just hurried along the process. He felt the need to justify himself after entering someone. He knew there was some deep hidden morsel of doubt that what he was doing was right, that every human should be annihilated from existence. He would never divulge these doubts to himself or anyone else. It was a hidden monster within him and he would never lend it credit.
“Eleanor! Please come play!" He turned around in the direction of the voice. He needed to adjust his vision just a little and did so by fitting his hollow sockets a little more snugly around the orbs of her eyes. The optical nerve was delicate and it was sometimes tricky to get the sight perfect. He shook his head at the girl now and smiled. He was not ready to play right now.
It always took him a few minutes to get acclimated in a new body. Sometimes, he would look in the mirror and his first instinct was to ask. "Who are you?" He would become so wrapped up in his missions that he might forget who he was, sometimes even the name of the person he inhabited.
He rested against the craggy bark of the tree and observed his surroundings; three nuns and seventeen children. He had to formulate a plan for how he would take over the main influencers of the church. He would need to study the innards and plot this out, as he told Lilly he would. Nothing rash or stupid would be beneficial; only smooth, calculative moves would render success.
Author Bio: I was born in Chesapeake, Virginia on April 19th, 1979. I was raised within the American Indian religion and was taught great respect for the earth and all its living beings. Powwows, sweat lodges, vision quests, you name it, I’ve done it. I was the weird kid who would confront kids on the playground in elementary school when they squished a bug. I would very sincerely tell them what they were doing was morally wrong and then I would pray for the bug to come back as a butterfly in its next life.
Character Name: Onyx
Character Bio: Onyx, a lead Gemini, is dark and full of angst over his emotions for the enemy- a human girl. He must please Mother Earth by killing mankind but his moral system is turned upside down when he begins to care for Violette. As one of my reviewers said- “DRAWING IN HER AUDIENCE, O'Gorek creates a SEDUCTIVELY DANGEROUS yet magnetic villain that the reader CANNOT HELP but find alluring.”
Describe yourself. What is your worst and best quality?
My worst quality is my temper. My best quality is my devastating and mysterious brooding looks.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
I wish I could tell my family that I love a human girl and not have them banish me from the clan.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
I’m in love with a human girl that I saved when she was eight and I met again at 17.
What are you most afraid of?
Losing Violette and my family both. Making Mother Earth angry at me.
What do you want more than anything?
To live peacefully with humans and convince them they need to respect the earth.
What is your relationship status?
Single and lonely.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
I don’t wear clothes or accessories so I don’t have fashion. Fashion is for humans.
How much of a rebel are you?
I am an absolute rebel.
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
What is your idea of happiness?
I’ve never known happiness so I have no ideas of it.
What is your current state of mind?
I am dark and full of worry. How can I keep Violette safe? I want to kill Slate but I need him. I hate the bishop and I hate myself for having a conscience.
What is your most treasured possession?
I have no possessions. Gemini do not need things…
What is your most marked characteristic?
My swirling blue eyes.
What is it that you, most dislike?
Feeling guilty for killing humans.
Which living person do you, most despise?
What is your greatest regret?
Not killing Bishop Phillips before he assaulted Violette.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
I hate men.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Since I’m only attracted to one actual human being I would find it hard to name one. She has so many!
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Fiction? I don’t read…
Which living person do you most admire?
Violette. Her strength and optimism amaze me.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I would erase the years of blood from my hands.
What is your motto?
Hmmm. An angel I am not but a guardian I can be.
I grew up admiring my father, Barry Weinstock, as an author. He took me around the country to different places so he could research and write his Wilderness Survival books. One of his greatest works, “The Path of Power,” was written with a great medicine man, Sunbear.
When I was twelve I started hand writing novels. My first one was two thousand pages. My dad always encouraged me and would rave about my writing. He gave me the confidence I needed to keep writing and follow my dream. My daughter, who is twelve, is currently working on her first novel. I hope to continue the legacy.