New Thriller from Jessi Hersey Explores Suicide, Dirty Money

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‘Changing the Bloodline’ reaches intellectual level, offering different perspective on societal taboos.

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“It’s not something to be afraid of but something we need to start helping one another with. I want them to learn from Mike that money isn’t everything.”

Jessi Hersey introduces her new series, The Other Side of Truth, with the tantalizing new thriller, “Changing the Bloodline” (published by Lulu) and the separate, yet parallel tales of Abbey, a school psychologist, and Mike, an Italian mafia family descendent.

Mike is determined to escape his family’s past and prides himself on his honesty. Abbey is busy grappling with her emotions as she helps traumatized students handle a fellow student’s suicide. Hersey combines Abbey and Mike’s very different stories, joining the two on a blind date. Unaware that Mike is hiding a dark secret, Abbey lets her guard down and falls in love with Mike, who involves her in a deadly web of lies.

“Abbey is the hero,” Hersey explains. “She’s the one moving the story along, taking on the stereotypical male role. Mike takes on the love interest role, a role usually set aside for the secondary female character. This type of character development makes my book different from those that comply with the societal norms that usually work the other way around.”

An excerpt from “Changing the Bloodline”:

“‘I have a concern over a student’s death and how other students are still reacting. We all know about Sam Jackson. Children who knew him are still upset by his death, and some are not dealing with his murder very well. Maybe we could have been more understanding and helpful with their fears. Maybe we should have offered them more assistance with counseling and support. We need to think about that. We can still help them.’”

This fast-paced, action-packed novel will leave readers astounded. The stories of death and separate searches for honesty and justice will reach readers at an intellectual level, begging them to ponder the central themes of greed and suicide.

“I want readers to recognize from Abbey’s side of things that suicide is not such a taboo topic,” Hersey writes. “It’s not something to be afraid of but something we need to start helping one another with. I want them to learn from Mike that money isn’t everything.”

“Changing the Bloodline”
By Jessi Hersey
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 152 pages | ISBN 9781483401003
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 152 pages | ISBN 9781483400860
E-Book | 152 pages | ISBN 9781483400990

About the Author
Jessi Hersey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a published poet who lives with her family in Louisville, Colo., where she spends most days writing stories.

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