Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Is it All in Your Head?

Congratulations to "LibraryPat", the winner in Margarita's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Sometimes it's hard to know what to believe. We have our version of the truth, based on what we see and experience and understand. We put faith in our sense of reality. But what if your truth was elusive and your reality in doubt? What if one missing day of your life made you question everything? These are some of the questions explored in my debut novel.

Asleep from Day follows 24-year-old Astrid O’Malley through three narrarives: her present day recovery from getting hit by a car, the day before the accident she can't recall, and her strange, haunting dreams that offer clues about her confusion and amnesia. The missing day unfolds with Astrid meeting Theo and exploring Boston with him. In the present, Oliver helps her try to recover her memories as she looks for Theo. She’s attracted to both men, but unsure whether she can trust either, if her romantic connection to either one is real. An issue that grows more complicated as she wonders if Theo himself is real or a mere figment of her imagination. 

In writing this novel, what initially began as a romantic story took a darker turn as I realized my favorite love stories had an edge to them, a bit of strangeness. I also love psychological suspense featuring unreliable narrators, so I wanted to incorporate those elements into the book as well. The notion that we’re at the mercy of our memories and minds when it comes to determining what’s real unsettles me... but also fascinates me. So I created a story in which the reader, along with Astrid, sets out to untangle the puzzle of her own reality. I hope you’ll join her on this journey.  

Asleep from Day

Astrid can’t remember the best day of her life: yesterday.

A traumatic car accident erases Astrid’s memories of September 9th, the day she spent with an oddly charming stranger named Theo. Ever since, she’s haunted by surreal dreams and an urgent sense that she’s forgotten something important.

One night, she gets a mysterious call from Oliver, who knows more about her than he should and claims he can help her remember. She accepts his help, even as she questions his motives and fights a strange attraction to him.

In order to find Theo and piece together that lost day in September, Astrid must navigate a maze of eccentric Boston nightlife, from the seedy corners of Chinatown to a drug-fueled Alice-in-Wonderland-themed party to a club where everyone dresses like the dead.

In between headaches and nightmares, she struggles to differentiate between memory, fantasy, and reality, and starts to wonder if Theo really exists. Eventually, she’ll need to choose between continuing her search for him or following her growing feelings for Oliver.

Astrid might go to extreme lengths to find what she’s lost... or might lose even more in her pursuit to remember (like her sanity).

Available at: Amazon | Google Play Books | iBooks | B&N | Kobo | Indigo  
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Author Bio:
Margarita Montimore received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She worked for over a decade in publishing and social media before deciding to focus on the writing dream full-time. She has blogged for Marvel, Google, Quirk Books, and When not writing, she freelances as a book coach and editor. She grew up in Brooklyn but currently lives in a different part of the Northeast with her husband and dog.

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  1. looks interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  2. An intriguing premise for a story. Not being able to sort reality from fantasy or unreliable memory would be rather frightening. Who can you trust if you can't trust yourself?
    Pat Barraclough library pat AT com cast DOT net

  3. Thank you. I look forward to reading it.


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