Scarlet Ambrosia by David Gittlin
Blood is the Nectar of Life
A Thrilling Tale of two Hearts Desires
How does a nice, Jewish accountant tell his parents he’s become a vampire? If only that was his biggest problem.
A one night stand, an error in judgment, a wrong turn—no words can describe the events that thrust Devon Furst into the arms of a beautiful vampire lover.
The violent aftermath of that fateful night threatens to burn Devon’s eternal life down to ashes and endangers the lives of everyone close to him.
Everything in Devon’s life changes in the span of a few hours. When he asks Mathilde de Roche one too many questions, the troubled vampiress has no choice but to offer Devon two terrible alternatives: Death or life as a vampire. For a twenty-eight year old man in perfect health, death is not an option. Mathilde’s alluring beauty makes the decision and her vampire blood easier to swallow.
Devon must leave behind everyone and everything he holds dear, to face a future full of uncertainty, and a five-hundred-year-old enemy endowed with super-human powers.
“A year after writing ‘Scarlet Ambrosia,’ I see the story through a different pair of eyes,” Gittlin says. “At the core of the novel is a young man’s struggle with darkness and light. The vampire archetype, I now realize, is a metaphor for my heart’s dream to realize its divine nature. The supernatural powers and ramped up energy level Devon acquires as a vampire make him half-human and half-god, something like the mythological Greek gods. He can choose to use his new powers for good or evil purposes.
“Please don’t think I have a God complex. I believe everyone has the potential to become a divinely human being. I’ve been a ‘spiritual seeker’ for most of my adult life. Awakening isn’t easy, but I’ve found it’s worth the effort. What happens for Devon is happening for me, sadly without the super-human powers, but happily, minus the need to drink human blood.”
After a career in marketing, David Gittlin wrote three screenplays before turning to novels. His first novel, a Science-Fantasy, “Three Days to Darkness,” was a recent nominee to the James Kirkwood Prize for creative writing. “Scarlet Ambrosia” is his second novel.
Mentoring is Theme of New Science Fantasy Novel
In his debut novel “Three Days to Darkness,” award-winning screenplay writer David Gittlin explores multiple themes including mentoring relationships. In addition to an engaging, fast-paced plot, the story offers helpful insights and life lessons to readers from ages thirteen and up.
Darius McPherson, the young African-American hero of the story, wakes up in heaven after dying in a drive-by shooting on an inner-city street corner while counseling a group of gang members. Due to a brewing crisis, Darius has little time to cope with his new surroundings and the loss of his loved ones. The angels on the Board of Directors refer to the situation as “The Big Emergency” simply because they don’t have time to think of a better name. The mysterious disappearance of all the senior field operative angels forces the Board of Directors to choose Darius, an inexperienced newcomer, to intervene in a potentially cataclysmic event that threatens the evolution of human consciousness.
Plezenthol, a powerful anti-depressant marketed by a giant drug corporation, promises to facilitate increased happiness, success, and personal growth. The highest ranking angels in heaven can foresee the long-term effects of the drug: a worldwide plague of complacency—hence the need for divine intervention. Despite his lack of experience, the Board of Directors and the Archangel Aaron decide Darius has the “right stuff “for the mission. After the Archangel calmly informs Darius he has three days to get the job done, he reluctantly accepts the mission with grave doubts, little confidence in his abilities, and even less enthusiasm.
Aaron assures young Darius he has deep, untapped qualities. Despite nursing his own doubts about choosing Darius for the job, Aaron infuses his protégé with self-confidence, inspiration, and words to live by. This relationship introduces the first mentoring bond in the story.
After a terrifying ride back to Earth in a hyper-space conveyor tube, Darius ejects into the mean streets of Opa-Locka, Florida. There, he literally collides with Javon Quincey, a seventeen year-old street hustler on the run from a botched robbery attempt. Darius needs a ride to the headquarters of Mamongen Pharmaceuticals, the developer of Plezenthol. Strapped for cash, Javon offers his services as a chauffeur. He dupes Darius into an expensive ride downtown in a stolen car. While his chauffeur’s reckless driving attracts the attention of a motorcycle cop, Darius realizes an awful truth: Javon is the first member of a small band of mortals destined to help him carry out his mission. Like Darius, Javon is initially unaware of another awful truth, this one buried deep in the recesses of his anti-social heart: He wants to escape the lonely confines of his criminal life and become a better person.
Although the task of rehabilitating Javon seems only slightly less difficult than saving the world, Darius warms to the job as the story progresses. More mentoring relationships develop when Darius encounters the remaining members of his team; a frustrated reporter, a guilt-ridden scientist, and a cranky Senior Operative Angel.
After a career in marketing and business communications, David Gittlin studied screenwriting and novel-writing at UCLA. His three feature-length scripts: “Love Will Find You,” “Joshua’s Decision,” and “A Prescription for Happiness” have reached the finals or placed in several major screenplay competitions. His first novel, a science fantasy thriller, “Three Days to Darkness,” was a recent nominee to the James Kirkwood Prize for creative writing. Entelligent Entertainment will publish a second novel, “Scarlet Ambrosia,” in December, 2014. David is also a prize-winning citizen journalist.
“Enjoyable writing and pace…”
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