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It's out! My second novel: DOMINIC GRAVES

Updated on September 29, 2012

El Dorado County, California, 1969

Nineteen steps below their darkened room a battle raged.

So begins the story of Dominic and Theodore Graves - twin brothers who share a disturbing past. Nick, thoughtful and studious; Ted, playful and reckless. Before the night was over, their lives were forever changed.

Thirty years later, each has formed a life affected by that night in profoundly different ways. Ted, recovering from years of substance abuse and legal woes, is a commercial fisherman living in an isolated village outside of Veracruz, Mexico. Dominic, managing partner in an established San Francisco law firm, is being courted for a congressional bid.

Until one late moonless night on a beach. A moment of rage. And the two are brought together again, to confront their past.

The follow-up

In the late 90's, I wrote a mystery/suspense novel, titled Fatal Indemnity, which I recently published. It was such a pleasure to pull that book out of the electronic closet and breathe new life into that story.

So, this hub continues the story of the evolution of my writing. After I wrote Fatal Indemnity, I sent it off to several agents, one of whom took it and marketed it to publishing companies. There wasn't much for me to do at this point, and I had a million ideas for a second story in my head, so I went ahead and started.

I honestly don't know why this particular idea germinated in my brain, but I recall it was not long after I watched the movie, Sommersby . What intrigued me about that storyline, was the notion of one person completely sacrificing himself for the betterment of a community, through a devious act that served a higher purpose. It had a powerful message. A dozen other variables influenced my storyline, which involves two twin brothers, raised the same into their teen years, but then pulled apart after a profound tragedy that affects each of them in transformative ways.

Of course, I love to challenge a reader - to create plot twists that acknowledge their intelligence and creativity: the same kind of relationship I love to have with an author. My second novel, Dominic Graves , does exactly that.

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CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/3878094

Motives and characters

I have an insatiable curiosity about human nature - why people do what they do. How they shape themselves from their circumstances, and whether they succumb to their demons or tackle them head on with courage and active volition.

I've lived with these characters since I first conceptualized the novel in 1999. I feel I know them both so well, it feels unusual to finally be revealing them to the world; to people beyond the very few who helped me with edits, gave their honest feedback and perspective, like Jim Keddy, Steve Cooper, and Lynn Vannucci, along with many others, including Jaye Denman.(aka Jayewisdom on Hubpages), who used her incredible talents to edit the entire manuscript again and made terrific edits. Thank you all so much for helping me with this project - I feel very blessed by your contributions.

Dominic Graves is a richly character-driven suspense novel about tragedy, survival, about the resilience of the human spirit. I feel good about giving it its birth, and am happy to say, "It's out!"

Happy reading - and thank you for your support.

~ Gerg

The back cover blurb for DOMINIC GRAVES

El Dorado County, California, 1969

Nineteen steps below their darkened room a battle raged. Before the night was over, the lives of twobrothers would be changed forever.

* * *

Thirty years later, prominent San Francisco attorney Dominic Graves sits in his office overlooking the Bay and scowls at a greeting card with primitive Mayan art on its cover. He flips it open. Below the printed words “Feliz cumpleaños” is a familiar scrawl:

“Happy birthday, brother. Love, Ted.”

He tosses it into the trash can and stares out the window at the bustling city. His hand trembles as he lifts a glassof scotch and takes another sip.

Two thousand miles away, Ted Graves strolls through the bountiful Veracruz marketplace. Around him, people crowd the roadside displays while festive guitar music fills the tropical air. He spots a man in a Pontiac watching him and, still clutching his bag of produce, darts through the marketplace to escape.

At the end of a street, he meets a dead end. Cornered and out of breath, Ted turns and faces his pursuer.

The past has returned.

Clip from Sommersby

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      Gerg 5 years ago from California

      Thank you, Miss Mimi! I very much appreciate the support.

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      Miss Mimi 5 years ago from On the road again

      This sounds really great, congratulations on getting published. I have a friend who's second book came out recently as well, so I know first hand how awesome you must feel right now. Everyone who helped with your edits must be so proud. Voted up and awesome, I look forward to reading the book!

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      Gerg 5 years ago from California

      Thank you, shiningirisheyes - I appreciate the support! I think it is. ;-)

      G

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Bravo to you Gerg! The excerpts are fantastic as I am quite sure the entire story is.

      Good for you.

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      Gerg 5 years ago from California

      Thank you, Klara! Glad to get it out there. Unfortunately too tired to market it - I suppose I should try to find time to do so, but it's definitely not my forte (or interest!) ;-)

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      klarawieck 5 years ago

      This is so exciting! I can't believe it's already out! This has been such a productive year for you, Greg! I'm so very happy for your successes! You deserve it, my friend.

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      Gerg 5 years ago from California

      Thank you, Gypsy Rose! I honestly feel you'll love the book - it's compelling and authentic and a great read. Would live to hear your feedback on it.

      G

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Congratulations. Your book sounds absolutely fascinating. I love reading these kinds of books they are always so intriguing. Passing this on.

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      Gerg 5 years ago from California

      Thanks BW - I'm happy to have launched it, absolutely! But now that it has been delivered to the world, like a child, it is on its own. Great book, but I feel lighter because it has finally been unleashed and can become whatever it is meant to become ... I appreciate your enthusiasm!

      G

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      Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Congratulations on your second novel, Greg! Outstanding! You're living my dream. You must just be beside yourself with glee! Whoo hoo!!!

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      Gerg 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Joyce - are you referring to CreateSpace, or someone else? What did you publish and how did it do?

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Congratulations on getting printed I know it's usually hard work but you hit the right agent like I did two years ago.

      Vote up and awesome, Joyce.

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      Gerg 5 years ago from California

      Thanks CyclingFitness. Who knows? It would actually adapt well to a screenplay - it's a pretty engrossing story, methinks (and so do a number of other people who've talked with me...)

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      Liam Hallam 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Congratulations on your achievement. They'll be adapting to to a screenplay before you know it

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Thank you, Greg. I'm so excited for you--to have your second book published, and a terrific follow-up to the first. I look forward to receiving a copy. It deserves a huge readership. You're a very talented writer, and the story of Dominic Graves is a great read.

      Jaye

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      Gerg 5 years ago from California

      Outstanding Dad (aka Jackwms)!

      Lastheart - thank you so much.

      Jaye - thank you, and I can't believe I forgot to mention your incredible contribution above. I will change that immediately. Your talent, humanity and keen attention to detail added so much to the book. I sincerely appreciate you, and will get a copy out to you as soon as I get them!

      G

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Congratulations, Greg. The cover art looks great. I look forward to seeing DOMINIC GRAVES in print.

      Jaye

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Gerg I am proud for you. Very good work!

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      Jackwms 5 years ago

      Did you notice that I am now a level 4 commenter?

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      Gerg 5 years ago from California

      :-) I'll call you in a couple of minutes.

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      Jackwms 5 years ago

      That's great! I'll order it right away.

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