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Today, Lily's Reviews welcomes Traci L Slatton, author of The Love of My (Other) Life.  Welcome!

(At the end of the post, be sure to check out the contest.)
In The Love of My (Other) Life, physics professor Brian Tennyson builds a device that allows him to travel to parallel worlds. He calls it a 'decoherence device.' He comes to our universe and meets down-on-her-luck artist Tessa Barnum--which is when the fun starts.
The many worlds theory states (loosely speaking) that for every choice, a new universe is born. So every time you faced a fork in the road and took the right hand path, there is a universe where you took the left hand road. There's also a universe in which you turned around and went back the way you came. Which leads me to wonder: if I could hijack Professor Tennyson's device, where would I go, and what would I find?
If I had prevented myself from leaping into some of the gazillion mistakes that I made, would my life still have led me to the victories I've enjoyed since making those original mistakes? Because my life has followed a meandering route to get me from there to here. Some of it was unfortunate, but some of it has been precious, exquisite.
For example, marrying my first husband was a mistake. Big, huge, brain-fart mistake. What was I thinking? Unfortunately, I wasn't thinking. I was young and I was in love and I was going to make it work, despite the significant challenges in our relationship from the outset.
But if I had spared myself the agony of that freakishly awful and oppressive marriage, would I have met my second husband and started writing novels? This second marriage of mine is in no way a perfect union of constant and unending bliss. There have been many times I wanted to leave. In the end, I stay because it's workable. On most matters, this second husband of mine is willing to undertake growth and change and to become the man I need and want.
Best of all, because he's an artist--a classical figurative sculptor (like Michelangelo)--he appreciates the artistic spirit. He gets it about the burning of the creative impulse, how that drives me relentlessly. He accepted me from the beginning as an author. He wasn't surprised when I became one, because, in his mind, I already was a novelist. His vision of me reinforced the vision I had for myself. That vision of myself as a novelist was, and is, my mission in this life. I believe that to be true for every universe.
So if I borrowed Professor Tennyson's decoherence device and travelled to an alternate universe where I hadn't married my regrettable first husband, would I find that I had become something else, and not a novelist? Would my life have brought me around somehow to meet my sculptor, and would I have found the same meaningfulness in it?
I wonder....
Traci L. Slatton

Thank you for stopping by and for the thoughtful post.

Contest: To celebrate the release of The Love of My (Other) Life, there is an E-book giveaway for one lucky commenter on this post.  Please leave your first name and the letter of your last initial and an e-mail you can be reached at.  A Xanga account is not necessary (alternate ways to leave comments are above the comment box).  Contest closes tomorrow, February 19, at Midnight.

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Blurb: What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate?

Painter Tessa Barnum is struggling. Her husband left, she's broke, about to be evicted and has made some serious missteps in her career.

When scruffy Brian Tennyson explodes into her life, claiming to be from an alternate universe, Tessa thinks he's a crazy vagabond - albeit one with mysterious and undeniable appeal.

Then he informs her that in his world, they're married.

Tessa's universe is turned upside down as the truth of love and loss, victory and humiliation, and second chances comes back to her. She has to choose love over logic to reach that state of anticipation where miracles unfold.

The secret to her own life was always in her heart.

Review: I wasn't sure what to think of it at first, but it certainly grabs your attention. It has ebbs and flows, highs and lows, intrigue and, of course, romance. There are parallels, convergences, unravelings and even meltdowns. The Love of My (Other) Life has it all and makes it work because it is as quirky as its characters.

While quirky would, under certain circumstances, be, well, a death knell, in this case, quirky is what makes the book work - at least for me. Why? Because "quirk" runs throughout the book as each character has his or her own quirks that makes them who they are. It is those quirks and how they manifest themselves that make the characters come alive instead of falling flat. It is also those quirks that makes certain characters annoying - and it could be different characters to different readers. It is also those quirks that make the characters multi-dimensional.

The book is also romance in that it explores how far a person would go to say "I Love You" one more time and have a chance to say goodbye. There are hints of the paranormal and science fiction too.

What I really enjoyed about the book is that Ms. Slatton, like the artist that her character is, blends all of these elements like an artist's paints to create in words a painting that explodes across the senses.

Very enjoyable read.

(Cover image courtesy of publicist.)


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