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San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought murder would be part of her practice, but now, Julia’s former boss and current client has asked for help. He has serious problems at his law firm. Three people have received death threats and the only common denominator between them is a case long settled — the infamous Bank of San Francisco fire. Julia’s convinced a woman is behind the threats, perhaps even the widow of the man who died in that same fire, but no one wants to believe that astrology could provide a clue. Before Julia can help her client, two lawyers are dead and her own life is threatened. Can she unmask the killer before he (or she) takes another life?
Read an Excerpt:
I settled into the office chair and flicked on the computer. Samantha, at the Chronicle, had sent forty-three AskZodia emails. I heaved a sigh. So many people asking for advice. I separated out the letters that asked no particular question and then separated the emails into male and female groups.
A few of the emails were quite intriguing. One woman wrote to ask about the dynamic between her brother, now deceased, and her mother. Her mother blamed herself for her son’s death and was torturing herself with guilt. I could tell by the brother’s chart, strong Uranus and Mars aspects, that there was absolutely nothing her mother could have done to control her son. The mother had done the best she could and needed to let go.
I clicked on another.
Dear Zodia ~
I’ve been happily married for twelve years. My wife is a wonderful woman and a loving wife and mother. For the past few months I’ve found myself attracted to another woman. I know I shouldn’t be, but I can’t help myself. It’s become an obsession and I don’t know what to do. I’ve never cheated on my wife but I find myself thinking about it all the time. I think this other woman is also attracted to me, but I’m not sure. I’m so confused, I don’t know what’s happening to me and I don’t know what to do.
Dear Confused ~
I’ll be very direct. It’s really not a choice between one woman or another. You are yearning. You are seeking an aspect of your own ‘anima’ or female self. Neptune is currently opposing your natal Venus and you, believe me, are most likely projecting all sorts of qualities on to this other person, most of which you would ultimately discover are not real.
We experience great yearnings with Neptune transits and tend to believe that the answer is ‘somewhere else.’ Under transits of Neptune, especially, it is not possible to see things clearly. You and your wife are quite compatible astrologically. It would be a shame to destroy your marriage for what may be no more than a passing wraith.
I recommend seeking professional help to discover what you are missing in your life and your love life. Often, the ‘other’ that you are attracted to turns out to be much like the person you are currently with. There is an excellent book on this very subject: ‘Love Triangles’ by Julia Bonatti, published by Stargazer Press. This might be a start in helping you sort out your feelings.
Samantha would get a kick out of this response. Me, anonymously, plugging my own book, but I really did think it would be a help to this man.
About the Author:
Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink featuring San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti. The Tail of the Dragon, third in the series, will be released on August 8, 2018.
Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the author of the national bestselling Soup Lover’s Mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime. You can find her excerpts and recipes in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie is a member of MWA, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.
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12 thoughts on “Excerpt from Tail of the Dragon (a Zodiac Mystery #3) by Connie diMarco w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #mystery @askzodia”
If your characters were real people and you could spend one day with one of them, who would it be?
Have you already started working on the next book in the series?
Hi Kim ~ yes, I have. I’m working on a novella that is set before the series begins. Several people messaged me, asking about Julia’s grandmother, how Julia first became involved with astrology, and how she found her cat. So the novella will answer all those questions and give readers a glimpse into Julia’s life before the first book begins. And I’m also finishing up the 4th book in the series. I’m calling it Serpent’s Doom. I really like that title too. I hope my publisher doesn’t want to change it.
Looking forward to them.
Thanks for sharingg!
Hi Victoria ~ just a little sneak peek at Julia’s astrology column. So glad you enjoyed it!
An interesting excerpt thank you.
Hi Mary ~ thanks for visiting today! Best of luck! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt!
I liked the excerpt.
Hi Rita ~ thanks for visiting today and best of luck too!
Thanks so much for hosting my stop today!
Thanks for hosting!