“The Gypsy Smiled” cover of first printing
“The Gypsy Smiled” is a fictitious book I wrote back in 2017, inspired by the Lou Christie song, “The Gypsy Cried.” I simply flipped the song, and instead of writing a sad story, I made it a happy one–but not without challenges.
“The Gypsy Smiled” is the story of Lucretia Christiansen, aka Lucy, a young gothic singer in the late 1980s trying to make it on her own. She’s in an original all-girl band and juggling two jobs when a young musician, Scott, who calls himself “Dionysis” befriends her. From having fake names, being a part of the gothic subculture, and loving oldies music too, they have a lot in common.
Scott wants to take the relationship to the next level, but Lucy ignores the chemistry between them. She would rather live in her fantasy world, dreaming about her favorite musician Lou Christie; and her band making it. But Lucy’s make-believe world is very different from reality and she starts spinning into a downward spiral.
That’s when her good friend, a psychic who goes by “Gypsy” steps in. Gypsy forces Lucy to slow down by sending her on an all-expense paid new age spa in the country for some relaxation and reflection. What happens next? Only Gypsy knows!
“The Gypsy Smiled” was picked up for a second printing by traditional publisher, Higher Ground and will be published in October. (NOTE – This is my second book published in 2023!)
But the great news doesn’t stop there. I am absolutely thrilled to have found a dream cover model for the second printing. It’s a female writer, dancer, and psychic who I’ve admired for some time. We’re having a phone meeting later today. I will reveal her name in a later blog, and after we seal the deal; as I also am reconnecting with another artist who will put the finishing touches on the cover (along with Higher Ground’s people who came up with a fitting font).
I am over the moon!
(The first model in the photo above is Ashley Valentin, a very sweet young woman who came to one of my first book signings for “On the Guest List” about a decade ago. We became friends and I officiated her wedding!)
I am so grateful that Higher Ground publishing has given me creative reins to choose my own cover model and give direction to how I want the cover to look. Not all publishers do this, and as authors, we go with the flow.
The original “The Gypsy Smiled” has been out of print since 2022. There may be some copies left on Amazon, but why not wait to get the new edition? October will be here before we know it!
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