Title: Dead Perfect
Author: P. G. Shriver
Publisher: Self Published
My lifelong dreams never included falling in love. Graduating top of the class, going to college somewhere far away and starting a life in a place where my alcoholic mother could never find me were the first three goals on my list. Then the unexpected auto accident with Mother, after her regular doses of vodka, altered all of that. With her gone, my life and my perspective changed forever.
Desperate to find Joanie so I could break free, I returned to my old school. The search led me to her, my Aphrodite, a familiar lost look in her soulful eyes. Fantasies of her forced reasoning from my mind. I had to meet her! Once fallen, would her love for me survive the ghostly secrets haunting us?
Here is a little excerpt from the book just give you a little taste.
We strolled around the block, talking, laughing, getting to know one another.
I had waited a lifetime, and then some, for the girl to come around, and she
squeezed my hand at that very moment. Her soft chocolate hair doused in
strawberry scents drove me insane. When her eyes crinkled up at me in question,
or smile, the urge to embrace her overwhelmed my senses. I had never felt this
way before. Even feelings of Joanie, as I dreamt she was mine, were never this
I had waited and waited for this since the race, and now she was here. I
couldn't wait to tell Franky…
And I would have to let her go. How could I let her go? I just knew that when
she discovered the truth, she would leave me.
The thought ripped at my heart, creating a pain so intense, my eyes glistened
and I winced.
Guest Post. Try not to cry because I certainly had A LOT of trouble trying not to.
Born of Death
Dead Perfect spewed forth from the caverns of my cranium by way of death. In 2003, my
family had its first extremely sad loss of life, my first niece. She had just turned twenty,
been married two months, and died one night due to low blood sugar. She was diabetic.
Her mother, my only sister, followed her daughter in death eleven months later, from
cancer, and from that time to present, death claimed member after member of our family.
My Grandmother, my aunt, my uncles, my mother, but the ones that really bothered me
were those too young to know love, too young to have lived and fulfilled their dreams.
My niece and my cousin's daughter of twelve were among them. My cousin's daughter
and my daughter had gotten close over one Christmas when they came to stay with us.
Within that same year, that sweet young girl whom I had come to adore was in a car
accident with her older brother and pronounced brain dead at the hospital.
I began to think about life, death, and love. I've always been curious about afterlife,
Heaven, God, and all of the wonderful future ideals we are taught as Christians. I
wondered about those who die and are too young to experience love, or those who put
love aside for careers and then die before love gets around to them. I wondered about the
idea of loved ones waiting, especially in the case of my grandparents. I wondered about
eternal love; what happens if we do not get that chance to meet our love while we are
here? That is where Dead Perfect came from. I started and finished writing it for National
Novel Writing Month in November. I had it edited and proofread numerous times in
December and January in order to release it by Valentine's Day. It is a tale of life, love
and death with a twist.
About P. G. Shriver
Born in California, and raised in Minnesota and Texas, P.G. spent her early years writing poetry and winning poetry contests, while escaping the drama in her own childhood by reading great books for children. Ever since her earliest days, she loved storytelling She wrote numerous short stories in High School and her early college years, continually trying to relive that first experience at the age of seven of seeing her name in print in the local newspaper.
P.G. sought her education at the University of Texas, where she studied English, literature, and Education. During the entire process of earning her BA and M.Ed, she never stopped writing and trying to be published. It was during this time that her first children's book No More Stinkbugs! was accepted for publication by Castle Keep Press. Many of her stories develop from nature.
P.G. graduated college and began her career in education, another great world that offered real experiences to humor and delight through children's books. She watched children interact, bringing to surface her own experiences as a child and yet more events to write about. While teaching, she discovered many great books for young people, such as The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, Maniac Magee, So. B. It and many more. She is a fan of Dean Koontz novels, too, and loves reading fantasy and paranormal books.
P.G. was married 20 years in March 2012 and has a bright, young daughter who has begun her own college career. She lives on a small farm in Texas with her family and animals. P.G. has experienced great love and loss throughout her life. Those her family has lost have dedications in her books.
P.G. has two young adult books published, Dead Perfect and The Gifted Ones: The Fairytale the first book in The Gifted Ones Trilogy. She also has several children's books written under Gean Penny, her pseudonym. P. G. has since dissolved her contract for her first book with Castle Keep Press and moved the title to her own imprint, Gean Penny Books.
So what did you think? Will you be adding this book to your TBR pile? What about the Guest Post? Did you resist the water works or did you let them flow?