In Irina’s Cards, by Christine Hart
Today, I welcome Christine Hart to share her new book, In Irina’s Cards (Book 1 of The Variant Conspiracy), a New Adult romance from Soul Mate Publishing.
In Irina’s Cards is the story of 19-year-old Irina Proffer who discovers a world of fringe genetic science and supernatural mystery. Following visions inspired by a strange deck of tarot cards, Irina learns of an amazing variation in her genetic code. She has the ability to see the past, present and future, in her life and the lives around her.
Irina sets out from her northern home for BC’s coastal capital to get answers. She is drawn in by a powerful first love and a compelling, yet dangerous mystery. Working at Innoviro Industries and meeting other ‘variants’ brings Irina closer and closer to the dark truth about her origins. She finds herself at the heart of two overlapping love triangles as she scrambles to escape her employer’s grip. At the close of the novel, Irina realizes she has merely scratched the surface of a frightening conspiracy on a global scale.
About the Author
Located on BC’s beautiful West Coast, I write from my suburban Burnaby home staring at North Vancouver’s iconic Coast Mountains. I love writing about places and spaces with rich history and visually fascinating elements as a backdrop for the surreal and spectacular.
When not writing, I have a habit of breaking stuff and making stuff – in that order – under the guise of my Etsy alter-ego Sleepless Storyteller. I share my eclectic home and lifestyle with my husband, baby daughter and preschool son.
It’s fascinating to be writing New Adult right now because it’s a market still coming into its own. Definitions of new adult and expectations from associated stories still vary. When I developed the concept and story for The Variant Conspiracy, I considered it to be new adult because my protagonist was university age and I knew the plot would include scenes with alcohol, violence, and sexual content. That said, many YA stories contain each of the aforementioned elements, with protagonists older than high school. It can be a gray area. I’m very keen to see how this term continues to evolve!