Monday, January 7, 2013
Kathleen Gerard - In Transit: A Novel - Guest Post & Giveaway
About the Book
Best Romantic Fiction
New York Book Festival 2011
Can a rookie cop survive the men who cross her path in the NYPD?
When a psychic in a shopping mall tells Rita Del Vecchio that she is "destined for greatness," and she will "marry a man in uniform," the restless, wet-behind-the-ears, 22 year-old decides to finally take control of her life. Rita sets out on a quest to become a New York City Police Officer. But can a spry, feisty, single woman thrive in the gritty world of New York's Finest?
Leaving behind the suburbs of New Jersey and a job as an under-tipped waitress, Rita Del Vecchio hangs up her apron and ballet slippers for a bullet-proof vest. But will she wear it? And if she does, will it protect her on the mean streets of Manhattan? Can it also protect her from Cupid’s arrows if they should land amiss?
Rita is assigned to the New York City Transit Police Squad and gets more than she bargained for. Riding the Lexington Avenue Subway Line, Rita winds up meeting not one man in uniform, but many. Whom will she love?
In Transit is a woman-in-jeopardy story, a post 9-11 novel, that delves into the ordinary lives of NYPD career cops and how their fates are often determined by people who hold secrets as dark and as labyrinth-like as the New York City Subway System.
"Rita Del Vecchio is a great, fresh character; vulnerable yet tough . . . In Transit is suspenseful and rings with authenticity. Ordinary citizens are usually unaware of the role of the transit police and seeing Rita work against the very real backdrop of New York City is a real treat."
–Barbara D'Amato, Agatha, Anthony and Mystery Writers of America award-winning author of Authorized Personnel Only and Death of a Thousand Cuts
"The characters are as big as real life and the story realistic and dramatic...IN TRANSIT is a winner!"
-Romance Reviews Today
"You get involved with (these characters) and want to know what happens...The development of Rita and Billy was believable, well-constructed and covered their complex relationship very well."
"A dark and dangerous story . . .The police work and interactions are well done . . . If you enjoy suspense and danger with romance and great characters, you will enjoy this book. It is quick paced and full of action, with an eye to realism and human emotions."
-Seattle Post Intelligencer
Strong Women: Defining Character - Warts and All
What makes a strong hero or heroine in fiction? Is it looks or personality - maybe a combination of both? Is it blatant courage or quiet resolve? Is it whom the protagonist loves - and who loves him/her? Or maybe it's simply the situations the protagonist finds him/herself embroiled and how he/she responds to those situations?
When you think of strong women protagonists in storytelling/literature, who comes to mind? Do you have a favorite?
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
Mrs. Dalloway (To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf)
Jo March (Little Women - Louisa May Alcott)
Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen)
Scarlett O'Hara (Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell)
Bridget Jones (Helen Fielding)
Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich)
Lucky Santangelo (Jackie Collins)
I love a flawed character, because we're all, as human beings, greatly flawed. That's what makes each of us unique and resonate distinctly from one another. The more flawed, the more unique - and all the better when it comes to writing a story with multi-faceted characters. After all, how can you not root for someone with insecurities and weaknesses, someone who, over the course of a story, will need to tap into their strengths and work around those flaws in order to change and to grow?
In my novel, IN TRANSIT, I introduce the character of Rita Del Vecchio as a naive and wet-behind-ears 20-something. I wanted to skirt the story away from being a traditional police procedural novel, the stereotypical portrayal of hard-boiled crime fighters with hard-edges and super-tough exteriors. Yes, Rita is tough - how else could she survive training in the police academy or in her work with the NYPD? But I didn't want her to be a lone wolf - a workaholic or a love-him-and-leave-him-type. I wanted her to be strong, yet sensitive - to be able to retain some innocence and remain uniquely feminine. Therefore, I rooted her characterization in the fact that she loves romance novels (and the implied idea of her belief in happy endings), and she has an affinity for ballet and dance...I felt the redemptive-nature of love and the gracefulness of ballet might temper the gritty realities she faced while walking her beat In NYC. And while Rita thinks that meeting and marrying a man in uniform is what she needs in order to feel fulfilled, it is that very quest--and the nature of her personal strengths and weaknesses in the face of adversity--which ultimately teaches her hard lessons about the meaning of life and love.
In Transit: A Novel buy links:
Barnes and Noble
Price: $4.99 ebook, $25.95 hardcover
Pages: 246 ebook, 284 hardcover
Hardcover Publisher: Five Star (Gale-Cengage-Thorndike Press)
eBook Publisher: Untreed Reads
Hardcover Release: May 2011
eBook Release: October 2012
About the Author
Kathleen Gerard writes across genres. Her fiction has been awarded The Perillo Prize, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award and was nominated for Best New American Voices, all national prizes in literature. Her prose and poetry have been widely published in magazines, literary journals, anthologies and broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). Several of her plays have been staged and performed regionally and off-Broadway.
Links to connect with Kathleen:
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