on January 29th 2016
Genres: Romance, Women's Fiction
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Scorpio's Kiss is set in New York and Paris amid the glamorous and competitive worlds of art and real estate, Scorpio's Kiss takes the reader from the late 1940s to the 1970s through the tumultuous lives of its heroes. There is Alex Ivanov, the son of a Russian immigrant and part-time prostitute. He yearns to escape his sordid life and achieve fame and fortune. His dreams of becoming a world-class builder are met with countless obstacles, yet he perseveres in the hope of someday receiving the recognition he craves. Half a world away, Brigitte Dartois is an abused teenager who runs into the arms of a benefactor with an agenda all his own. When she finds out that her boss has an ulterior motive, she flees again, determined to earn her living through her art. This career brings her fame, but also the unwanted attention of her early abuser. M C Domovitch's debut novels are compelling tales filled with finely etched characters and a superb understanding of the power of ambition. Scorpio's Kiss promises to resonate with all who once had a dream.
(This was originally published as Scorpio Rising and The Sting of the Scorpio.)
How One Person’s Kind Words Can Change a Life
Most people have heard how daunting the road to being a published author can be. Years of writing only to get piles of rejections. Unfortunately that is the fate of most writers, and if not for the kind words of my eighth-grade teacher, I would probably have never had the courage to even try.
The year I turned thirteen, I shot up over the summer, growing about four inches. The following fall I returned to school with the figure of an ironing board and became the butt of many jokes. As my self-confidence plummeted, my grades did too.
Luckily, one of my teachers took an interest in me, and when I brought in a short composition I’d written, she called my parents and asked to see them. When I found out my mother was going to meet the teacher, I was convinced I was in serious trouble. Imagine my surprise—and relief—when my mother returned after this meeting and told me that, no, I was not in trouble, that in fact my teacher had been highly complimentary. She repeated her words to me. “Mrs. Larocque said that you were gifted and that she expected that someday you would become a writer.”
Decades later, I still remember how those words filled me with pride. More than that, they filled me withdetermination. I had to prove my teacher right. I’ve often thought of Mrs. Larocque over the years, and I wonder if she ever knew how much her kind words did for me. I have no doubt that they changed my life. I could so easily have continued in a downward spiral of hopelessness. Instead, this lady gave me hope and direction. We often forget how insults can destroy, and how with little to no effort, we can instead give a compliment and build confidence and inspire hard work and success.
I can’t say that I always remember to do this, but whenever I meet a young person, I try to make it a point of giving them my undivided attention for a few minutes. I ask questions, listen to the answers andshow interest. I tell them I have every confidence that they will be very successful in life in the hopes this does for them, what my teacher’s words did for me.
I have no doubt that if I am a published author today, it is because of this teacher’s kind words.