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Kallie Andreas is a mystery, even to herself.Seven years ago Kallie woke up in a New York City museum, injured and traumatized. Alone and unclaimed.
Despite her shattered memories, she’s worked her way into a position as assistant curator in that very museum, and now she wants nothing more than to pursue funding for her project–assembling pieces from the ancient Minoans.
But then the blackouts start. Lost time, stranded in terrifying danger, frantic visions that can’t be real. A threatening phone call may be nothing more than paranoia and madness. Or perhaps not.
It’s time to start seeing her psychiatrist more often.
Kallie’s doctor challenges her to keep a journal, but her writing morphs into something else… What begins as a romantic fairy tale becomes an allegory of a woman plunged into crisis in the ancient past, in the misty islands of Minoan Greece, home to myth and legend.
When a mysterious billionaire invites Kallie to scour the black market with him for the most valuable of all Minoan treasures, the key to their lost language, Kallie can’t resist. Dimitri is wealthy, charming and good-looking, but she’s not interested–not in someone who’s clearly hiding secrets of his own.
Together, the two embark on a global quest to find the Key, through some of the most exotic and beautiful locations in the world–unraveling the mystery and pursuing leads, all the while resisting romance in Italy, under the Santorini sun, and among the pyramids of Egypt.
Meanwhile, Kallie’s memories are bleeding through and her journal has turned violent. She’s teetering on the verge of a breakthrough, but what devastating truth has she been suppressing?
When a strange woman who clearly knows Kallie’s real identity tries to murder her, it’s clear that Kallie’s past and present worlds are colliding, in a deadly crisis that will finally reveal the shocking mystery of her past.
But will the truth leave room for love?
Kallie is fairly tall, with long dark hair in waves. She has a European look about her, but since her past is a mystery, she’s not sure where her looks came from!
I had pics of actress Maria Menounos in mind when writing Kallie’s character.
And for Dimitri – actor Victor Webster.
Strengths and weaknesses
Kallie is fiercely passionate about finding lost artefacts and protecting them, perhaps because she’s a bit lost herself. She’s uncertain about her ability to be a leader, and hangs back from public appearances, but deep inside she has what it takes.
Quirk (if any)
It’s a bit more than a quirk, but Kallie keeps experiencing “episodes” – are they hallucinations? Flashbacks related to PTSD? She’s not sure where the lost time is going, and is seriously afraid to find out.
Your inspiration for the character
I love to write strong female characters doing incredible things and living amazing adventures. I wanted Kallie to be vulnerable and wounded, yet still courageous enough to take on back-alley thugs, a global quest, and her own faltering sanity. Throughout Awakening she’s finding herself – which is something we all need to do!
Background to the story
This story started with a fun brainstorming session with another writer friend. I loved the idea of a woman with a lost past, who seeks out lost treasures. And because I love Greece, the idea of incorporating a Greek island again (after my previous book, Isle of Shadows) really appealed to me. Santorini was an irresistible draw, because the island is just so fantastically beautiful and mysterious.
Relz Reviewz Extras
Reviews of Pompeii, Petra, Guardian of the Flame and City of the Dead
Character spotlights for Pompeii, Petra, Guardian of the Flame, Shadow of Colossus (now Isle of Shadows) and City of the Dead
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