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Read an Excerpt of The Fortune Teller!

I’m thrilled to share an excerpt of The Fortune Teller.

Click here to read the opening 2 chapters, which follow the first 2 tarot cards of the Major Arcana in a tarot deck: The Fool & The Magician

The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack

The Fortune Teller will be published on June 6, 2017 and is now available for pre-order. I look forward to you reading the story!

 

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: The Fortune Teller ARC Giveaway!

Saturday 4/22 I’ll be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books doing a signing for The Memory Painter and a giveaway of advance reader copies for The Fortune Teller

I’ll be at the RWA Los Angeles Chapter Booth #937 from 12-2pm and then the SoCal Mystery Writers of America Booth from 4-5pm. Stop by and say hi and grab an advance reader copy. 

If you aren’t in the LA area but would still like a peek at an early copy of The Fortune Teller, there are a few Goodreads Giveaways that will be happening between now and June 6. Picador is holding one this week for 10 advance reader copies. The giveaway ends 4/15. Click here to enter.

Behind the book: Writing Tools – Using Pinterest

Inspiration Boards for The Memory Painter and The Fortune Teller

I wanted to share my experiences using Pinterest, because I love it so much. There are a million ways to use Pinterest. I use it as a visual inspiration board as well as for research while I’m writing a novel. I started doing it with The Memory Painter several years ago to find images that inspired me and it became a valuable writing tool.

When I began working on The Fortune Teller, I used Pinterest even more because I started a board right away at the beginning stages of creating the story. I would plug in search words like “tarot,” “divination,” and “ancient oracles,” for example and get a ton of images to sort through. Anything that struck me in a powerful way I would save to the board. I also found some great websites and resources on ancient maps and libraries, as well as historical pictures for some of the lifetimes I was writing, particularly with the Romani. The wonderful thing too is when you’re all done you can look back at your board and see your writing journey. It’s like a personal visual scrapbook you can share.

Here’s my journey on Pinterest while writing The Fortune Teller.

One other neat feature that I accidentally stumbled on is you can create secret boards! So I’ve got one for the next book I’m writing that already has 104 pins. Now whenever I start researching a story I’ll create a Pinterest board right away. It’s like my official greenlight to get going. I look forward to sharing that board too in the future.

So if you’re a writer and you’ve stumbled on this post and are looking for some added inspiration I do recommend trying Pinterest out.

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

 

Hello 2017! And so the journey begins…

January 1 – The First Day in the new year, and so the journey begins.

In June my next novel, The Fortune Teller, is coming and before then I’m going to try and paint my own tarot deck in watercolor as a fun project. Sharing the first card here, The Fool, which marks the beginning of a journey in tarot. The Fool sets out without a path, with no expectations and an open heart.

Wishing you all full hearts in 2017 every step of the way.