Title: Mirror Images: The Darkness of Man
Author: C. Michael Powers
Genre: Psychotic Thriller/Horror
Length: 260 pages
Release Date: May 2013
Imprint: Grimoire A love story mixed with maniacs and monsters.
Available: Amazon, for Kindle or Paperback, at: http://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Images-Book-Darkness-ebook/dp/B00CB3717O/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1366159025&sr=8-2&keywords=Mirror+Images+Darkness+of+Man
Barnes and Noble, for Nook, at: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mirror-images-c-michael-powers/1116009479?ean=2940148122722
Gabe Cutter, an average paper pusher, has his life ripped out from under him when his reflection in the mirror switches places with him, hell bent on destroying the life Gabe knows, and killing his cheating fiance’. Now, stuck on the other side of the mirror, Gabe must join together with a band of stranded survivors and find a way to get back to his world before his reflection destroys it. Along the way he battles his way through maniacs, monsters, and ultimately his own heart, as he realizes that the woman he’s been trying to save...wasn’t worth the price of admission.
What people are saying...
"A delightfully intriguing story, "Mirror Image" captured my attention at the very beginning with its superb reader's hook, and maintained my interest and intrigue throughout. Author C. Michael Powers deftly explores the inner personality and integrity (or lack of same) in his multitude of characters. He also cleverly illustrates how a chance encounter, or a wish slipping from the tongue without thought, can lead to danger, trouble, even fatality. Very fast-paced action and plotting keep this paranormal urban fantasy rolling on. Think of a boulder rolling downhill in an avalanche and you will get some idea of the pacing and implacability of this story."
- Mallory Anne (Amazon)
About the Author:
C. Michael Powers (Christopher Powers) started writing at the age of 16 when his dad and younger brother were out fishing, and he was left alone, with only his thoughts, his sleeping grandfather, and an old typewriter. Since then he hasn't been able to stop. Recently, he has focused his attention on contemporary fantasy; dark, action packed stories, the kind he’d like to read himself. Now, living in his wife's beautiful country of Panama, with she and their four kids, he's finally finding time to write. Living in Panama has given him the opportunity to write freelance about retirement locations all over the isthmus, and has even given him some time to work on his true passion...fiction.
My author website is: www.cmichaelpowers.com
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Twitter is: http://twitter.com/CMichaelPowers
My profile at GMTA, where you can also find other great writers, and maybe even submit your book to GMTA is at: http://www.gmtapublishing.com/authors4.html
My name's C. Michael Powers, and I'm the author of Mirror Images Book 1: The Darkness of Man. Today, I'm going to be spending some time with two of the characters from my book, Lisa and Ivy. So that you understand the role these two play, it's probably a good idea that I fill you in on what this story is about.
When an average Joe's reflection in the mirror switches places with him, he finds himself trapped in a strange mirror world, battling his way back to the other side so that he can stop his reflection from destroying the life he knows.
“Have you ever wondered why so many people in prison claim to be innocent? It’s ‘cause most of ‘em are,” Dozier whispered.
On the other side of the mirror, lies a horrific world where each of us has an image, our violent replica, capable of fulfilling our darkest desires, and only released into our world when we’re unable to follow through with an evil deed. Gabe Cutter, an average paper pusher, has his life ripped out from under him when his image switches places with him, hell bent on destroying the life Gabe knows, and killing his cheating fiance’. Now, stuck on the other side of the mirror, Gabe must join together with a band of stranded survivors and find a way to get back to his world before his image destroys it. Along the way he battles his way through maniacs, monsters, and ultimately his own heart, as he realizes that the woman he’s been trying to save...wasn’t worth the price of admission.
So, I've got Lisa sitting here on the couch in front of me, and I have Ivy, her image (or reflection) live via satellite from the dark side of the mirror. Let's get this interview started.
Me: Ladies, you both look lovely. Lisa, thanks for being here. Ivy, thanks so much for joining us. I know things are a bit crazy in your world.
Ivy: Yeah, never a dull moment over here.
Lisa just smiles and scrunches up her face in her cute trademark nervous gesture.
Me: You've both been on a whirlwind adventure. Maybe adventure isn't the best world.
Lisa: Definitely not.
Me: Lisa, let me take you back to that day in the bathroom at your work. Can you tell us a little bit about what happened?
Lisa: Sure. God, this is embarrassing. I had a little crush on a coworker named Gabe.
Ivy: A little crush?
Lisa: Okay, a big crush. I'd known him for years, but he didn't seem the slightest bit interested in me. We were just friends. He had a girlfriend, a fiancé named Alley. She's a real...you know.
Ivy: Bitch. Sweetheart, you gotta stop bein' so fuckin' weak. Shit, just say it. Alley was a lyin', cheatin', whore. Plain and simple.
Lisa laughs and tucks a strand of hair behind her ear.
Lisa: Yeah, she was all that. Gabe deserved better. And she knew I had a thing for Gabe, so one day she stopped me in the hallway and basically told me how I had no chance with him and, well, she made me feel this big (holding her fingers an inch apart). Like Ivy said, I was weak. I ran into the bathroom and started crying.
She shrugs her shoulders and scrunches up her face again.
Lisa: You know, it was just an emotional time for me. I liked him. He liked her.
Me: But then something happened. You went somewhere.
Ivy: Just fuckin' say it. I happened. She was weak, she wanted Gabe, and I was just the one to make it happen.
Lisa: Right, you, she pulled me into the mirror and switched places with me.
Me: Wow, and what was that like?
Lisa: Scary. I was so confused and so scared. You can't imagine the feeling of suddenly falling through a mirror and into a strange world full of violence and mayhem and murder and sex in the streets. It was just...awful.
Ivy rolls her eyes and laughs.
Ivy: It's not that bad.
Me: And Ivy, what did you think when you crossed through the mirror.
Ivy: It was strange. I'd heard of it happening to other people, so I knew what was going on, but I wasn't prepared. Look, I'm as sexual as they come. I admit it. Images, your reflections, our very nature is your darkest desire. If you have the overwhelming urge to kill, your image is a murder. If you have the urge to rob and steal, your image is a robber. Well, Lisa's urge was to hook up with Gabe. She wanted to be a little loose, promiscuous maybe, so when I crossed through the mirror, my only thought was to find him, and fuck the shit out of him.
Lisa blushes. She covers her reddening face with her hands.
Lisa: Oh my God.
Ivy: So that's what I set out to do.
Me: And how did that turn out?
Ivy passes me a very sexy wink.
Ivy: How do you think?
I laugh. Ivy laughs. Lisa doesn't.
Me: But then Gabe and his image switched places too, and all hell broke loose.
Ivy: Yeah, that was bad.
Ivy: I was the one who got dragged all over the place by that sick bastard. Cutter, Gabe's image, and I had a thing a long time ago, on my side of the mirror. He was sick then and if anything, he's gotten worse. He just wants to have sex and kill. And sometimes not even in that order.
Me: I know it was a bad experience, and I won't ask you to go into detail. We'll let the readers discover that themselves when they read the book, but just tell me, what's the best thing about the other side, for both of you? Lisa, is there anything good about the dark side?
She laughs under her breath and thinks on it for a long time.
Me: Okay, you take too long, I'll come back to you. Ivy, what's the best thing about our side of the mirror?
Ivy: Sex. You know me, C. Michael, sex is always the answer. What's best? Sex. What's worst? Sex. How's the weather? Sex.
Me: So sex is your answer.
Ivy: Well, I guess it's more than that. Men on your side aren't just throw-you-down-and-take-it kind of lovers. They're actually loving. I mean, most of the time, I just want it, however I can get it. You know what I mean girls?
She laughs and passes another wink.
Lisa: Nobody knows what you mean. You're crazy.
Ivy: So yeah, I kinda dig the loving nature of fucking that happens sometimes there. I mean most of the time I like my coffee black, but sometimes I like a little cream in it, you know, the softer version.
Me: Lisa, think of anything yet?
Lisa: No, there's not much good about the dark side. Gabe being there was the only great thing. And I met some really cool people, made some friends.
Me: So, without giving too much away, was there a love connection at all? I mean every story has to have a love story.
Ivy: No comment. Let my fucked up twin over there answer that one.
She's looking down at her lap, then looks up at me and blushes. She does the face scrunching thing again, looking adorable.
Lisa: Maybe. Read the book and find out.
To find out more about Lisa, Ivy, Gabe, and his image, Cutter, check out Mirror Images Book 1: The Darkness of Man, now available at Amazon, for Kindle and paperback at:
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