Full disclosure: I’m jealous. But so excited and proud for my friend Monica McGurk who has completed two-thirds of a novel trilogy and is selling her book under the pen name C.B. Day.
Dunwoody’s McGurk, who is a mother of three and the better half of the dynamic Tom and Monica McGurk duo who has coordinated Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days for the Dunwoody Preservation Trust for the last four years, has penned, “Locked.”
It’s the story of 15-year-old Hope Carmichael, and you’ll recognize the setting: Dunwoody, Ga., where Hope as moved from Alabama to attend Dunwoody High School.
What’s not-so familiar is the fact that Hope has a past: she had been kidnapped at age 4. She was found seemingly unharmed, but under circumstances that were never solved. What’s more, she had been marked with a mysterious symbol on the back of her neck that no one has been able to understand or remove.
Written for young audiences, “Locked” intertwines a delectable mix of forbidden love and everyday teenage angst with a gripping dose of the paranormal —but this series takes it in an upward direction with a wonderful mix of sidekick and antagonist roles coming from a guardian angel and the prophecy surrounding fallen angels and their quests to reclaim Heaven.
To add to its depth, a subplot involving human trafficking and its ugly hold on cities—Atlanta in particular— is weaved throughout the story when you meet Maria, a young girl from Mexico, who along with her 10-year-old sister were tricked into leaving their home for what their family thought would be a better life.
The C.B. Day alias comes from McGurk’s “Consultant By Day” pseudonym used when cutting her teeth on novel writing via fan fiction with two stories that expanded upon Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” series and were published via fanfiction.com. A graduate of Harvard University, McGurk recently left a high-level consultant position with McKinsey & Company to become the CEO of The Alumni Factor, a start-up business that tracks and ranks the success graduates from colleges and universities.
“Locked, ” the first book in “The Heaven’s Gate Trilogy” is a fun read and available via Amazon currently only in downloadable “Kindle” form. The second book, “Locked, The Key” is complete and will be available soon. Search Heavens Gate Trilogy for a copy, now just $2.99, to support our newest Dunwoody author.
You’ll be hooked for book No. 2 just in time for its release, I promise.