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The Fortune Teller ~ Selected Bibliography & Research

 

The Fortune Teller, a tarot mystery by Gwendolyn Womack

For my upcoming novel, The Fortune Teller, I’ve compiled a list of books, documentaries, films and other materials that helped with my research.

The Fortune Teller is a mystery and a romance and it time-travels but in a much different way than my first novel, The Memory Painter, which delved into reincarnation and the secret of the Great Pyramid. The Fortune Teller explores the power of intuition, predicting the future and protecting the past. The story spans about two thousand years of history and races across Europe with our heroine, Semele Cavnow, an ancient manuscripts appraiser, as she unravels the mystery behind the world’s first tarot deck.

Here is a link to The Fortune Teller’s Selected Bibliography Page. I’ve organized everything into categories: The Tarot, The Science, Antiquities, and The Lifetimes. If you click on each image it will take you to Goodreads or IMDB or YouTube or to an official website where you can learn more about each one.

I’ll be posting more news as we approach The Fortune Teller‘s launch on June 6, 2017. And I’m excited to share that the book is now available for pre-order online and at bookstores if you’d like to reserve a copy. I look forward to you reading it!

Gwendolyn

 

Cover Reveal for My Next Novel ~ The Fortune Teller

I’m thrilled to be able to share with you the cover for my next novel!

The Fortune Teller will be coming out 6/6/17 with Picador.

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Here is the description that will be on the back of the book:

A SWEEPING AND SUSPENSEFUL TALE OF ROMANCE, FATE, AND FORTUNE…

Semele Cavnow appraises antiquities for an exclusive Manhattan auction house, specializing in deciphering ancient texts. And when she discovers a manuscript written in the time of Cleopatra, she knows it will be the find of her career. Its author tells the story of a priceless tarot deck, now lost to history, but as Semele delves further she realizes the manuscript is more than it seems. Both a memoir and a prophecy, it appears to be the work of a powerful seer, describing devastating wars and natural disasters in detail thousands of years before they occurred.

The more she reads, the more the manuscript begins to affect Semele’s life. But what happened to the cards? As the mystery of her connection to the manuscript deepens, Semele can’t shake the feeling that she’s being followed. Only one person can help her make sense of it all: her client, Theo Brossard. Yet Theo is arrogant and elusive, concealing secrets of his own, and there’s more to Semele’s desire to speak with him than she would like to admit. Can Semele even trust him?

The auction date is swiftly approaching, and someone wants to interfere—someone who knows the cards exist, and that the Brossard manuscript is tied to her.  Semele realizes it’s up to her to stop them: the manuscript holds the key to a two-thousand-year-old secret, a secret someone will do anything to possess.

 

Now Available for Pre-Order at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and IndieBound. Visit Macmillan’s book page for more retailer updates.

 

My next novel! The Fortune Teller ~ Coming in 2017

I’m thrilled to be announcing the publication of my next novel, The Fortune Teller. The book will be coming out with Picador USA next year in June.

Here is the announcement in Publishers Marketplace:

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Like The Memory Painter, the story is a romantic thriller that travels through history. A brief description:

While on assignment in Switzerland, an ancient manuscripts appraiser discovers a mysterious memoir written by a seer in the time of Cleopatra. As she begins to translate the story, she finds herself embroiled in a race to find the world’s first tarot deck.

To see more about the story, you can look at my Pinterest board I have created. I use Pinterest while I’m writing to find images that inspire me.

I’m so excited for this next book and look forward to sharing news as it comes!

 

Reading The Memory Painter at The Ripped Bodice

I haven’t done a photo album post in a while detailing an event because I have been so busy writing, but for my reading yesterday of The Memory Painter at The Ripped Bodice with Lady Jane’s Salon OC, I just had to do one.

Let me just start by saying how excited I’ve been that I was going to read at America’s First All-Romance Bookstore. I heard The Ripped Bodice had opened in the heart of Culver City and read this article that RWA had been circulating. The bookstore sounded like a romance lover’s dream. Here are the owners, sisters Bea and Leah Koch, who conjured up this lovely place.

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When I arrived there was a glare on the window so it’s hard for you to see how charming this storefront really is. Above the store’s name they hung “Love Wins.” I couldn’t agree more.

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Inside the space is just enchanting, inviting, open and airy                                                           (visit their website for a better look inside). There are velvet sofas                                              and fun displays. On the walls beside bookshelves are family pictures                                   which give the space an even more special feel.

Here is the manifesto by the door:

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The reading last night was part of Lady Jane’s Salon OC, which is headed by author Beth Yarnall. Lady Jane’s Salon has moved to The Ripped Bodice to host their monthly readings. Here is the website and calendar. Reading last night too were authors Mia Hopkins, Laura Drake and Kirsten Hallie Krum.

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Here I am with Fabio trying to decide what excerpt to read…

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We discussed my options…

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There is a little stage with a very cozy chair. I read the scene where Bryan comes to Linz’s home for the first time and they do the puzzle together. The audience was wonderful.

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Thank you Bea, Leah and Beth for a fantastic event. If you find yourself in Los Angeles, make a special trip to visit The Ripped Bodice bookstore. You will walk out with a smile on your face from all the love that is packed inside those walls. I did!