Memoirs of a Gothic Soul

Memoirs of a Gothic Soul

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by Rebekah Armusik
     
 
Nadija Fey is weeks away from graduating college and is eager to escape small-city life. She feels suffocated by her eccentric Slovak family, an abusive ex-boyfriend, and a drug-addicted childhood friend. To her, life seems empty, lonely, and stale. The only consolation she has is a dream to move to Prague and start a new life.

Despite her grandmother’

Overview

Nadija Fey is weeks away from graduating college and is eager to escape small-city life. She feels suffocated by her eccentric Slovak family, an abusive ex-boyfriend, and a drug-addicted childhood friend. To her, life seems empty, lonely, and stale. The only consolation she has is a dream to move to Prague and start a new life.

Despite her grandmother’s warnings and the pleas of friends and family to stay, she embarks on her journey to find herself, but to her dismay, Prague seems to harbor more pain and suffering than she anticipated. She is forced to accept a life she never would have chosen for herself—a life her grandmother fought desperately to shield her from.

Nadija quickly finds herself caught in a celestial world struggling to maintain its delicate balance—a balance contingent upon her acceptance of her destiny. And though she finds the love she has always desired, it comes with an awful price—her life.

In the first of her epic thirteen-book series, author Rebekah Armusik captivates the reader with rich language and colorful characters. In Memoirs of a Gothic Soul, Armusik successfully redefines the Gothic novel and resurrects the sensuality, mystique, and allure of the classic vampire with an unexpected twist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934597293
Publisher:
Sunbury Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

From a young age, Rebekah Armusik was a gifted and dramatic writer. By the tender age of ten, she was writing poetry and short stories that were inspired by her grandmother's tales of Slavic folklore. Even then, her poetry was rich and romantic, and it was soon apparent that Rebekah had a unique insight into the human condition—along with a style all her own. Surrounded by a culture rich with tradition, colorful family members, and a mother who was also a talented author, there was never a lack of inspiration or encouragement.
Following private school, she attended King's College, where she majored in literature. Shortly after graduation she began writing Memoirs of a Gothic Soul. At first, the novel was more of an autobiographical project that centered on her eccentric Slovak family and her experiences in Northeast Pennsylvania, but soon her grandmother's stories of vampirism became the focus of the book. Before long, Rebekah's love of the romantic vampire began to change the direction of the novel and the series. At the same time, Rebekah met Eric Armusik, a romantic realist painter who had just returned from studying in Italy. The courtship was fast, and after several dates, the couple announced they planned to marry. And so, for love, the series was put on hold.
After several years remodeling their Victorian home and starting a family, Rebekah went back to work on her novels. Working from the original layout of thirteen books, she began feverishly re-working the tale. In August 2010, Memoirs of a Gothic Soul was released on the independent publishing label Lady Noir to great reviews, and she quickly established a loyal fan base eager to read more. Her second novel, Mariposa, opened to rave reviews on Halloween 2011, and the pressing sold out in the first week. In 2012, Rebekah will do the unthinkable by putting out two releases in one year. You can expect Book 3: Lucifer Rising this May 2012, and Book 4: Vlkolak King on her usual Halloween release date in 2012. And the story gets even better ...
Rebekah has been featured in numerous publications including The Weekender, Victorian Homes Magazine, Old House Journal, The Reading Eagle, and the Republican Herald.

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Memoirs of a Gothic Soul 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful series! Check it out. WARNING: You will become addicted! Loss of sleep is likely until you have finished all of the books. -Jenna
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
This book really had me hooked. From the very beginning, I went nuts, wanting the name of Diji’s soul mate, that was predicted early one. We get a short section that takes place 50 or more years in the past from now. One of the Guardians (Olga) has visions of the future, and she has a vision of one of her descendent meeting and falling in love with her soul mate, a true soul mate, and what scares her at that time, is she knows this man who will be the one to capture Dijis heart. BUT it drove me nuts, as she has a conversation with this man, who she never calls by name, just refers to him as My Grace. She is determined to set him on the right path to being a good man, not down the path he was currently heading. She shared the vision with him, in his head, so he saw her. And was shocked and overjoyed that this women existed; he has been painting her for awhile. He can see no one but her, but he has no idea how to find her. Well, he then is informed he has to wait, as she was not yet born. This is all in the first few chapters of the book, so not much spoilery, as its read right away. It drove me nuts not knowing his name. We now go forward to Diji’s (Nadjia Amayla Fey, is her name, Diji is nickname, and her name means Hope in Russian, its in her POV from now on) life as she is 23, (and yes she is the girl in the paintings and Olga’s vision, glossy black hair, beautiful big, deep blue eyes, very pretty) but she has lots of heartaches, a very abusive boyfriend, or rather ex-boyfriend, and she can’t shake him. He stalks her, and ends up hurting her and almost killing her. She has one gorgeous best friend, names Crash, he sounds so yummy, but Diji is the wrong sex for his tastes, so then I know it’s not him, then she has this other guy friend, Patrick, seems super cool, good-looking, protective, but was not sure if this was the guy in HER dreams, see, she has been dreaming of her soul mate as well. So I am reading along, trying to figure who the soul mate is, until we finally find out. I will not say, as to not spoil it for you. It was a brilliant way to put the suspense in the story for us. I really love this book, it’s written so beautifully, I can really connect with Diji, she really has a strong will, and am proud of her decision to leave home to do research in Prague, the best thing she could have done. She wants to do research on stories her grand-mother always told her of, of beautiful people, who do not age, and are immortal. She believes her grand-ma is crazy, but got an idea to go back to her roots, and research the legends, for possibly writing a book, about vampires, as that is what she thinks of when she hears that description. I will tell you here, it’s not exactly what you think. The new take on vampirism in this book is unique and pretty interesting to me. I really enjoyed that. She goes to Prague to stay with a cousin Milla, and meets some interesting people. She meets up with her contact, who claims he is a vampire, Andrei, and is shocked to find out that he is more than what she thought. She also has a connection to people’s energy; she is more than a mere human herself, which is fascinating to discover more about her. When she finally sees HIM it gets really interesting (meaning her soul mate) The ending is a huge cliffhanger, and I am glad I have the next 2 books already waiting to be read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the paranormal and great love story on top of it.
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ishopalot More than 1 year ago
Rebekah Armusik’s books make her account of supernatural powers come alive through relatable characters and a gift for storytelling. I love when books and authors can make you see something in your mind that isn’t really there. Rebekah goes past that talent and leaves you haunted by the characters and tales she has woven long after you have closed the book. With a backdrop of Slovak ancestry there is richness to what Rebekah weaves from century’s old folk lore to modern day symbolism. There is a strong underlying force to maintain balance between these worlds and of good and evil that keeps the page turning. The past history of many of the gothic characters and settings are well researched and detailed so the story lines converge to the modern day world. Conversations flow easily between the main characters and are relevant and completely believable to the reader who must understand the past in order to support the protagonist’s quest to attain her future destiny. I will admit the main character Nadija was a personality I struggled to like at first. She was so headstrong and determined to lead an unknown path, at times I wanted her to just comply and mainstream. I realize this was my own form of protection for a character that I so admired and respected as she seemed to be needed more than she was needy. Brief glimpses into past vile relationships and family struggles maintained truth to a character that came into herself regardless. Nadija’s true strength came from recognizing herself as being born both blessed and damned at the same time.
MariaMS More than 1 year ago
I am honored to say I have read this book. Rebekah writes so beautifully. The story itself is tragic and deep. It's incredible how REAL the character of Nadija is. I couldn't stop reading this book. I have read it several times and I look forward to the rest of the series. I bow down to the new Queen of Vampires.. I am glad to say I have become one of her many minions.