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The inspiration behind Minnie Darke's romantic comedy Star-Crossed came from her grandmother's love of astrology, which provided her with a field guide to the zodiac, as well as her own years spent as a journalist at a small community newspaper. One of her tasks included compiling an entertainment guide — a simple but time-consuming job that often involved last-minute changes. So that she could deal with these late alterations without bugging the subeditors, she was given a powerful login that gave her access to the entire layout of the newspaper, including the horoscopes.
While she didn't put much stock in their predictions, a friend of hers placed a huge amount of faith in their words. It occurred to her that, theoretically, she could use her login to access the astrology column and to make a few adjustments here and there. At the very least, she could made the astrologer's predictions relevant to her friend's life. Or, if she was feeling more devious, she could manipulate his life choices via astrological advice. While she kept her Machiavellian impulses at bay, the idea ultimately led to the novel.
Excerpt - Darke - Shares - Exchange - Characters
In the exclusive excerpt below, Darke shares an exchange between her two main characters, Justine (Sagittarius, serious skeptic) and Nick (Aquarius, true believer), childhood friends who seem destined to embark on a life-changing love affair after bumping into one another as adults . . . if only the stars would give them a little help.
Star-Crossed is available May 21.
Justine - Bag - Top - Star - Magazine
Justine pointed to her bag, out of the top of which poked a brand-new, rolled-up Star magazine. Nick's eyes widened in genuine, childlike delight.
"Can I?" he asked.
"Be my guest."
He opened it from the back and thumbed through the pages to land — quite expertly, Justine thought — at the horoscopes. With a smile, she remembered his teenage obsession...
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