By: PRLog
June 11, 2013 at 16:22 PM EDT
New Book GEM CITY GYPSY By Author Kristin Kuhns Alexandre Set In Popular Pre WWI Era
Kristin Kuhns Alexandre's new book GEM CITY GYPSY tells the riveting story of Neci Stans, a young gypsy woman in pre-WWI Ohio who survives the sinking of the Lusitania only to be thrust into a whirlpool of murder and the KKK. Book is part of the trend of renewed popularity, interest of that era as evidenced by hit TV series "Downton Abbey"

PRLog - Jun 11, 2013 - LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The period between post-adolescence and adulthood – that time known as “coming of age” – can often be painful and confusing. For Neci Stans, a 19-year-old gypsy girl in pre-World War I Dayton, Ohio, the stakes are raised as she experiences first-hand an historic tragedy at sea and deadly bigotry at home.

In Kristin Kuhns Alexandre’s new novel GEM CITY GYPSY, Neci’s harrowing journey of self-discovery includes surviving the sinking of the Lusitania, witnessing the brutal murder of her master and mentor Lord Pool and facing down the ever-menacing Ku Klux Klan.

Alexandre first published Neci’s story in a graphic novel entitled NUNCIO AND THE GYPSY GIRL, which was narrated by an African Grey Parrot named Nuncio. The story is set on the eve of World War I in Dayton, which was regarded as the Silicon Valley of its day for its liveliness and industry. Neci, a strong-willed Gypsy princess, attempts to reinvent herself and move up socially. She wants to live a full, passionate life. She is in love with her childhood sweetheart, the aviator Ezra Crawford, who is ultimately engaged to the wealthy and beautiful Marlene Schiller. Ezra is also the son of Head Klansman Harold Crawford.

In 1915, celebrity writer Elbert and Alice Hubbard decide to make the Atlantic crossing on the Lusitania and Neci accompanies them as a servant, finding herself on deck when the ship is struck by a German torpedo. The Hubbards choose to go down with the ship, but Neci makes it to a lifeboat and survives. She spends two years as a housemaid to Lord Pool who schools her to be a proper lady. But Germans break into their Kinsale, Ireland home and murder her beloved master. Before Neci evacuates Ireland she steals Lord Pool’s lockbox filled with jewels and returns home under a false identity. Her life becomes more and more complicated; as she must confront her past and face the brutal stepfather she ultimately kills.

Alexandre sees the ideal age group for GEM CITY GYPSY as “post-HUNGER GAMES. That’s the group I’m trying to reach. Neci is a high-octane, driven person. She lives in a time in America when people were maniacally driven. She represents that period.”

GEM CITY GYPSY is also being developed as a full-length motion picture and TV series.


About the Author
Kristin Kuhns Alexandre is an author, writer/journalist, and executive film producer. She was born in Dayton, Ohio and has a long family history there. She has written feature stories for numerous national magazines and newspapers; has worked as a publicist for the advertising agency Ammirati Puris, the Economic Development Administration of Puerto Rico, Rums of Puerto Rico, and Sweet Briar College; and was editor of the corporate magazine for Champion Internal U.S. Plywood and C.I.T. Financial Corporation.

Gem City Gypsy
158 pages; trade paperback, $9.99, ISBN: 148059646
E-book, $4.99, ISBN: 978-148-4059647
Publication date: June 2013
Web site: http://www.gemcitygypsy.com
Published by Sisterhood Publications
Available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and bookstores everywhere

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