Published by Zumaya Thresholds
Published May 28th, 2013
Jordan Lake discovers an ancient bracelet in her grandmother’s house and uncovers a family mystery that links her favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn, a romantic movie, and an aunt she never knew. Jordan hopes the bracelet will bring her love. Instead, it brings one nightmare after another, unleashing Hathor, the Egyptian love goddess, who decides it’s fun to mess with the McKnight High School social scene. Jordan holds the key to vanquish Hathor, but will she figure out what it is in time to save her school, one of her best friends, and get a date to the Valentine’s Day dance?
Genre: YA Fantasy
Jordan Lake, a fifteen-year-old Audrey Hepburn-olic who’s a magnet for goddesses, has a chance to go to Paris with her grandmother and BFF Selena Garza. Even though she senses something is off, she decides to make the trip.
But when she kisses a cute Parisian boy a la Roman Holiday, she switches bodies with Aphrodite and is sent to the Greek netherworld. She must enlist the help of the Greek god (in more ways than one) Ares then complete seven trials set by his sister Artemis in order to return home.
Except time is running out, and if she can’t get Aphrodite back to the Eiffel Tower by midnight, she’ll be stuck in Greek mythology forever.
What story ideas would you like to tackle in the future? Why?
Right now I have a couple projects on the back burner. One of these projects is the third book in the Magic & Mayhem series. Jordan’s been to Paris and in the last book she’ll go to Rome. While there she’ll be approached by yet another goddess of love. Expect more Audrey Hepburn quotes and fashion with a paranormal/fantasy twist!
I’ve been mapping out the third book in my Crossed Out series. My protagonist Stephanie helps murdered girls cross to the Other Side. In the third book I want to show this paranormal world with a Latino twist. **Fun fact-Crossed Out originally did have more of a diverse world. There will also be a new love interest for one of the other characters in the ‘Scooby Gang’.
Another more serious project I want to tackle addresses gun violence. After the recent string of gun shootings in our country, I felt a need to write a story on this. I lost my own sister to gun violence back in 1993. In my story I have a teen who struggles with the painful aftermath of her beloved older brother’s death. I also will bring in her love of poet Sylvia Plath. My heroine writes poetry on her own path to healing.
I’m currently writing a romance that takes place in a small town in Tuscany, Italy. My younger sister is a genealogist and found that there are still Baccellia’s there. Only it’s spelled Baccelli. I’m so excited about this find! In this story I have my character uncover a secret from her great-grandmother’s past during World War II in which she had a part in the underground Resistance. I love the idea of women who helped during this time. When I worked at Weinstocks department store (now Macys) I worked with a woman who actually did this! She was a former model and shared stories of how she and her companion fought against Hitler.
And finally, I’d love to write more stories with diverse characters that mirror my own. I feel it’s so important to show this in stories as readers connect with characters they can relate with. I’ve had numerous people ask me to do this!
About the Author:
When writing Goddesses Can Wait, Kim Baccellia watched almost all of Audrey Hepburn’s movies and learned to love this famous icon after watching and reading all she could about her. Two of her all-time favorite movies, Roman Holiday and Funny Face, are the inspiration for Jordan’s trip to Paris. What teen girl wouldn’t love to have a romantic moment on the Eiffel Tower?
A member of RWA, Kim is currently putting the finishing touches on a YA multicultural thriller. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.
My website: http://www.kim-baccellia.com
Read below for an excerpt from Goddesses Can Wait:
My fingers brushed against the wooden box. I pulled it out. A slight tingle vibrated through my fingers. Not unpleasant, still it felt as if I’d shocked myself. I gasped, dropping the box.
I winced, fearing I’d broken it. What would my grandmother do once she found out that I not only brought it overseas but now had damaged it? For all I knew it was invaluable.
I scanned the area, freaking out big time. Then to the corner I recognized the familiar woman on the mosaic top. Relieved, I bent over to pick it up and almost dropped it again. The blond woman blinked at me.
a signed copy of both books in the Myths & Mayhem series plus a cute Paris tote and some swag; open US only