Crime & Action in Intelligent, Gripping New Novel with Supernatural Twist

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Nadine Lalonde’s "Ascension" surprisingly has its feet planted firmly on narrative ground with its focus on realism in a family of immortals involved in crime-fighting.

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Ivy, a modest and compassionate young woman, finds herself thrust into a world of violence, a life she can’t fathom. Torn between her strong connection to mortality and her need to kill, she must learn to embrace her immortal family and their crime-fighting pursuits in order to survive. Nadine Lalonde’s Ascension is a thrilling crime drama that ventures into the supernatural, a novel which in an engaging turn of fictional events, has its feet firmly planted on the ground.

Little by little, Ivy learns to accept her new life with all its turmoil. Amidst the chase for violent criminals, especially the notorious College Rapist, Ivy finds love with Jay, an enigmatic night club owner. Jay, using his club as a breeding ground for the underground drug trade, is on the brink of penetrating the Los Zetas cartel, the most dangerous criminal syndicate in the Americas. What will Ivy find in her deepening relationship with the club owner? Is there a link to her other life of crime-fighting as an immortal?

Ivy and her family collaborate with a chosen few from the NYPD accepting of their vigilante ways, as these chosen few also operate in the grey area of vigilantism. She builds a strong friendship with Officer Melanie Dunn, a staid, sexual assault specialist, as they work together tracking down the College Rapist. As his spree escalates to murder, one of the immortals’ own is a target of his nefarious deeds. Will Ivy find this victim in time and deliver her brand of justice to the serial killer? At times macabre, at times introspective and dramatic, Ivy’s tale will definitely entertain fans of the genre.

This book will be featured at the 2013 New York State Reading Association Book Exhibit in Albany, N.Y., on October 27-30, 2013.

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About the Author

Nadine Lalonde lives in London, Ontario, Canada with her two teenage children, Alexandra and Adrian. A college instructor and employment counselor by profession, she has written many technical documents and a play. The author has been intrigued with the macabre since childhood and has been a fan of crime drama since the days of Quincy and Columbo. After being diagnosed with a chronic illness, requiring a drastic decrease in social activity, she determined she could either spend her free time watching TV, reading a book that someone else wrote, or use her imagination to write a book of her own. Her imagination took over…

Ascension * by Nadine Lalonde
Publication Date: September 13, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 282 pages; 978-1-4836-5387-7
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 282 pages; 978-1-4836-5388-4
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-5389-1

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