Another Five Minutes

I like to write an introductory poem for my books. I did it for my first published novel. A few readers said it was cool… Their praise made me feel pretty awesome. So, now I do it for every book, you know, because feeling awesome is cool. Here’s the new one for my current work-in-progress. What do you think?


I feel time slipping away.

Will you please, please stay?



Give me five more minutes, please.

I am begging on my knees.



I fear losing you so much.

Promise me at least one last touch.



You belong to me, of course, you know.

And yet, there you go.



The emptiness instantly imprisons me.

Please, my love, return and set me free.



The silence and anxiety echo inside these walls.

With you gone, I am nothing, nothing at all.



My ache churns, my passion fueling hate into flames.

It is torture and death to endure such pain.



Come home so I may breathe again, my love!

Let me show you what we are made of.



One more chance for you is all I give.

Return to me if you want to live.



No other may have you, it's true.

When I die, my darling, so will you.



Five more minutes I delay for your sake.

An eternity it shall be before we wake.



You and I are one soul bound together.

Our love is forever.



Destiny Booze
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“…emotional upsets that made me gasp…” Read the review!

Author Tamela Quijas read The Curse of a Mind. Here’s a tidbit of what she had to say…

“A Curse of the Mind was a spine tingling rollercoaster ride through my favorite subjects, murder and the unknown.  Ms. Booze provides an exceptional story filled with second-guessing, twists and turns, and emotional upsets that made me gasp.  This is the best novel yet to come from Destiny’s hand, and I recommend A Curse of the Mind to anyone looking for that novel that will make you wonder just who has insight into your thoughts….”

Read the full review at http://tamelaquijas.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/my-review-of-a-curse-of-the-mind-by-destiny-booze/

Here are the winners!

Thanks to all the participants in my contest for the Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop! That was a lot of fun! One lucky winner gets a signed copy of The Curse of a Mind! Yay!

If you were not chosen to receive the signed copy, fear not. Check your Inbox. There just might be a little something there for entering my contest! I appreciate you guys so much!

Now, here are the answers to the book trivia quiz:

1. D Autism
The heroine in The Curse of a Mind, Chris has an older brother that is autistic.

2. B Christopher Chambers
Chris’s dad really wanted a boy. Can’t you tell?

3. C Ricky
Ricky’s dad owns Deniro Investigations. Ricky really wants to take over the team.

4. D five
In Altered Beginnings, Jason has five siblings. Big family, huh?

5. D Slick
Freddie’s hit-man is Slick. He has a reputation for killing with his bare hands.

6. B where to live
In the beginning of Predetermined Endings, Shawn and Emma are planning a wedding, but already bickering over many of the details about sharing a life together. One of the most important disagreements is where to live.

7. A Angel
William’s pet name for Angelica is Angel.

So, how many did you get right? Only four people got all of them right and out of those four, only one name was drawn. And, the winner is Crystal! Congratulations! Your book will be off to you shortly!

Again, thanks so much for so many great participants!

Could it be this character is too tough?

Chris Chambers, my heroine in The Curse of a Mind is tough and damaged and she has lots of spunk. Some of the things that happen in her past are not for the faint of heart. I love how she overcomes and prevails throughout the story despite such a rough beginning in life.

That’s one of the messages I love to pass on to readers. No matter what happens to someone in life, they can find a way to overcome it!

But…I realize writers can go overboard. Did I make Chris too tough in this story? Here’s one reviewer that seems to think so. Read the review and share your thoughts with me! I love the feedback!

http://www.loveromancepassion.com/review-the-curse-of-a-mind-by-destiny-booze/

They can’t win. The perpetrator is using a marvel in the medical field known as techlepathy, a combination of technology and telepathy to produce a telepathic result. He’s reading their minds. How can they possibly get away when he knows their every move?

Chris Chambers is a private investigator with great instincts and a shady past. She works with a skilled team on cases that most P.I.’s won’t touch. She’s hardened to life, hardened to people and as tough as the military trained her to be.

Her team’s newest case is a construction worker by the name of Aidan Wolfe. Aidan is hardheaded and successful, a man with no friends and a long list of enemies. Someone is trying to kill him, someone with extraordinary gifts.

The investigative team and Aidan will be confronted with their worst enemies—themselves. They are cursed to face their own thoughts, inner fears, prejudices, and every private feeling or emotion they have as this man toys with their minds and hearts.

Can they survive? By the end, will they want to?

“It is her best book so far!”

New Review emailed to me Monday, March 7, 2011

“I have read about 3/4 of the book. It is so good! I started it Saturday and have read all my spare time. You know how some books you can figure out what is going to happen and who the culprit is, well, I don’t have a clue! So that makes for good reading. It is her best book so far!!” ~ Sandra, Reader

They can’t win. The perpetrator is using a marvel in the medical field known as techlepathy, a combination of technology and telepathy to produce a telepathic result. He’s reading their minds. How can they possibly get away when he knows their every move?

Chris Chambers is a private investigator with great instincts and a shady past. She works with a skilled team on cases that most P.I.’s won’t touch. She’s hardened to life, hardened to people and as tough as the military trained her to be.

Her team’s newest case is a construction worker by the name of Aidan Wolfe. Aidan is hardheaded and successful, a man with no friends and a long list of enemies. Someone is trying to kill him, someone with extraordinary gifts.

The investigative team and Aidan will be confronted with their worst enemies—themselves. They are cursed to face their own thoughts, inner fears, prejudices, and every private feeling or emotion they have as this man toys with their minds and hearts.

Can they survive? By the end, will they want to?

5 Stars from Linda on Goodreads! :)

Linda reviewed The Curse of a Mind on Goodreads and rated it 5 stars! Whoohoo!

Here’s a highlight from her:

“WOW, Does Ms. Booze Grab You By The Throat At The First Page And By The End You Just Want More!”

New Excerpt: THE CURSE OF A MIND

Garrett put the phone on the table and slid it towards Gloria. He kept his eyes on his hands, quietly reciting the colors around him.

 

Hand tan. Phone black. Table brown.

 

Gloria took the phone, smiling at him. “Thank you, Garrett. See? Chris will be back in a couple days. No reason to be upset. I miss her, too, you know.”

 

Gloria—so nice, always nice to Garrett. Bright smile. Pink lips.

 

Garrett never looked straight at her, sideways yes, but never straight. Couldn’t concentrate that way. Too uncomfortable. That didn’t mean Garrett didn’t see what was right in front of him.

 

“Well, now that you feel better, I think we should get the grocery shopping done,” she said cheerfully.

 

Garrett moaned. No. Hate store. Hate store. Hate store.


“Come on, sweetheart, it will be a quick trip. We’ll buy lasagna to cook for dinner. It’s your favorite.”

 

Lasagna good. Sauce red. Pasta white. Cheese white.

 

“Let me grab my keys and the grocery list.”

 

Keys gray. List white.

 

Garrett knew he wasn’t “normal.” Autism was his official diagnosis. He understood most things, knew more than he was given credit for. He could do a puzzle faster than anyone else, Sissy said. His brain worked differently.

Information wasn’t the problem. The doctors said he most likely had more info than most people in his brain. It was communication that was the hard part.

 

People called him stupid. They thought he didn’t hear just because he didn’t respond. Sissy said it was them that was stupid and people just didn’t understand.

 

Love Sissy. Miss Sissy.


Gloria came back into the room. “Come on, Garrett. Let’s go.”

 

He stood and followed her, right behind her, never touching. His eyes were on the ground as he walked. Sidewalk white, shoes black. They reached the car. Car silver.

 

He got in the passenger seat, put his seatbelt on, locked the door. It was a step-by-step sequence to follow when in the car. He looked at his hands as they rode.

 

Dashboard gray, belt black, floor mat black.

 

Sissy asked him once if he realized he never smiled. The answer was yes and no. He felt emotion. Sometimes he felt happy, sometimes he felt like smiling. But, he couldn’t show it. The communication thing. It was a prison cell inside his own brain, a thing that he understood at times, and other times not.

 

Sissy stayed gone a lot. He missed Sissy. Sissy was his only family.

 

Garrett knew he was a burden to his sister. She never said that she minded, but he did. He hated his inner prison. He wanted to be a man that worked and took care of himself. He wished he was normal, even if that meant less information in his brain, even if he couldn’t do all his puzzles anymore.

 

“What should we have with the lasagna?” Gloria asked.

 

“Lasagna red. Red. Red.”

 

“Right. What goes good with red?”

 

“Asparagus green. Rolls white.”

 

“Perfect suggestions, Garrett. I knew you would have a good idea.”

 

Gloria so nice. Nice. Nice.

 

At the store, Garrett followed Gloria around, keeping his eyes downcast. Floor white. Buggy gray.

 

He counted products on the shelves and recited their colors as they walked from aisle to aisle. Though he kept his eyes down, though he was counting, he could still see the looks of customers that went by him. Some wouldn’t look, some stared with wide eyes, some frowned, some tried a fake smile, but all looked uncomfortable.

 

Before they went to the checkout line, Gloria announced she needed to use the restroom before they left. Gloria always needed the restroom. No matter where they went, she couldn’t get from A to Z without stopping to potty at A, B, C, D, E, F … and so on to Z, whether it was a two-hour or two-minute trip.

 

“Stay right with the buggy. I’ll be just a minute.”

 

He waited. He was used to it.

 

A store employee walked over to him, and Garrett cringed inwardly. It was the mean boy.

 

So mean, mean, mean.

 

The mean boy was always here, always. Every time, the mean boy tried to get Garrett alone. They were alone now.

 

“Hey retard!”

 

The mean boy pushed at Garrett’s arm as he called him names. Garrett wished Sissy was there. Sissy would get rid of the mean boy. Like a hero, a real hero.

 

Sissy was Garrett’s hero. He wished he was like her—normal, better than normal. He wished he could get rid of the mean boy.

 

Garrett tried to tell the boy to go away, but the words wouldn’t come out. Instead, he wrapped his arms around himself, rocking and moaning as the mean boy bullied him, waiting for Gloria to finish in the bathroom so they could leave.

Questions about THE CURSE OF A MIND

The Curse of a Mind was reviewed by Nancy over at Cheryl’s Book Nook! After reading the book, she had a few tough questions for me. Want to see my answers? Read the review and the interview here: http://cherylsbooknook.blogspot.com/2010/12/curse-of-mind.html

THE CURSE OF A MIND gets 4 marks by Mind Fog Reviews

Here’s a highlight from the review:

“…Destiny is an author you should be ready to follow into the big leagues…Destiny’s mind is a frightfully delightful one that continues to bring out one great novel after another. You won’t put this down until you see “whodunit”.”

4 bookmarks

Anastasia Cassella-Young

Mind Fog Reviews

Memorable Quotes – THE CURSE OF A MIND

Do you like any of these quotes? Which one(s) are your favorite? 🙂

 

  1. “I don’t look at my victims at the moment of his or her death. The reason for that is that everyone, probably Adolf Hitler in his time, looks innocent in that moment.” ~ The killer, The Curse of a Mind
  2. “That is the definition of a true murderer. One that considers his actions, has the mental capacity to understand the consequences, and chooses to kill.” ~ The killer, The Curse of a Mind
  3. “‘Oh, I’m sorry. My mama died when I was seventeen. She must have forgotten to teach me some manners.'” ~ Chris Chambers, The Curse of a Mind
  4. “Garrett never looked straight at her, sideways yes, but never straight. Couldn’t concentrate that way. Too uncomfortable. That didn’t mean Garrett didn’t see what was right in front of him.” ~ The Curse of a Mind
  5. “She preferred her men less intense and less—well, just less. What she was looking for was control. This man wasn’t tame enough for her liking.” ~ The Curse of a Mind
  6. “‘I hope you know Cash is in the kitchen making a to-do list for me and Elliot. You let him play boss for ten minutes and he suddenly thinks he’s Hillary Clinton.'” ~ Leon Montgomery, The Curse of a Mind
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