Wednesday, January 9, 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
New York City - More than just a "Sense of Place"
In fiction writing, a sense of place can anchor a story. But setting is also a tool for exploring character. Often a character's reaction and response to a place can reveal a lot about him or her.
I set my novel IN TRANSIT in New York City, as the NYPD Transit Police Division and the subway system figure prominently into the story. The idea of "transit" represents the transient nature of life - how things ebb and flow and are constantly changing, especially for the protagonist of the novel, Rita Del Vecchio, whose life is "in transit" - literally and figuratively. For Rita, life changes fast. She's a 20-something young woman who leaves her family and the life she knows and sets out for NYC to become a member of the NYPD. She's also a woman who is falling in love for the very first time . . .
As IN TRANSIT progresses, NYC, the place Rita once deemed as a "promised land," suddenly transforms into a place of danger. She learns (the hard way) that people and places aren't always whom or what they appear to be. Rita is ultimately forced to confront the choices she has made for her life, and she is forced to rise up against some in the mighty city and the powers therein.
I've lived in a suburb of New York City my whole life, and I've always been intrigued and enamored by The Big Apple. In my novel, IN TRANSIT, NYC and the whole idea and flavor of New York gives texture, depth and resonance to the backstory of each character . . . The dark shadows and dank passageways of the labyrinth-like subway system mirror the hidden, dark places and the secret motivations driving some of us - consciously and unconsciously.
What city in the world do you live closest to? What do you think is the greatest city in the world - and which ones would like to visit and explore? Share your thoughts/experiences and be entered to win a complimentary copy of the novel, IN TRANSIT.
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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