Far Out <— HOLY MOLY WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE WHAT INSPIRED THIS BOOK!! It’s up for preorder (going live January 2024) but the author is today’s newsletter sponsor!!
So what’s it about?
Screenwriter Blake Deco’ s life is upended when his Hollywood movie-star wife, Goldie Saint Helen, comes out of a coma after a car accident with a makeshift identity. Her lawyers see her condition as an opportunity to swindle her.
FAR OUT is a standalone thriller but the key characters were recast from another novel, GUN KISS.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT FAR OUT:
1.) The Britney Spears conservatorship case inspired the author to write this fiction.
2.) The character of the female co-protagonist was inspired by a real Hollywood movie star.
3.) In writing this novel, the author had consulted a Californian lawyer on a subject of conservatorship.
4.) The author had to tread carefully in legal terms for using a real movie star’s name as a character in the novel.
5.) FAR OUT received praise from two former Hollywood screenwriters.
“Hey, guess who’s awake?” Blake leaned towards her and placed a soft kiss on her forehead.
Goldie muttered a few unintelligible words.
Blake brought his ear closer to her mouth.
“If you ever kiss me again, I’ll make cod soup out of your cock and balls,” she said, sotto voce.
Blake straightened up, gazing at Dr. Rawlins, who gestured him towards the door. Blake stepped outside, standing in the hallway. The doctor joined him momentarily.
“From the look on your face, I gathered she must’ve said something that caught you off guard,” Dr. Rawlins said.
“She did,” Blake said. “Seems like she hasn’t forgiven me for acting indifferent when she complained to me about my cat ruining her freshly baked muffins.”
“I don’t think that’s the reason for her reaction towards you,” Dr. Rawlins said. “We’ve done a CT scan and sequences of MRI. There are abnormalities in her brain.”
A salty tang coated the back of Blake’s throat. “What do you mean by ‘abnormalities?’”
“Your wife has what we refer to as dissociative amnesia,” Dr Rawlins explained. “The force of the whiplash knocked her brain slightly out of place. The concussion has caused her memory to conflict and collide with her reality. She is trying to cope with the trauma, a survival mechanism to subdue the memory of the accident.”
“What are you saying, Doc?” Blake asked, his voice faltering.
“Until her memory returns, she’s not going to recognize you,” Dr. Rawlins said.
“Is it permanent?”
“Generally, it’s not, but for now she’s going to cling on to what she thinks is real,” Dr Rawlins said. “Her brain is trying to reconnect the lost history before and after the accident. So, it’s vicariously relying on fragments of memories from elsewhere to fill in the void. In plain English, her reality and fantasy have overlapped, and she thinks she’s someone else.”
“My wife suffers from PTSD after being kidnapped by a Mexican drug lord, twice. She’s been seeing a psychiatrist. Would this impair her situation in any way?”
“Honestly, we don’t know at this stage, but it’s best to keep an eye on her and stay out of trouble’s way. There’s not much her psychiatrist can do at this stage until she recovers. Be patient with her, and play along,” Dr. Rawlins said. “Everyone needs to understand her condition. We’re planning a press briefing. Can’t hide these things. For now, we’ll continue to monitor her. Hopefully, her memory will come back to her after a day or two.”
Blake locked his fingers behind his neck. “How’s this even real?”
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