Rockville Centre, NY (PressExposure) July 29, 2014 -- The Fingerprint of Destiny
Murder Mystery meets Magic Realism
Hope's Point Press announces the publication of its first novel "The Fingerprint of Destiny," written by Laura Schofer available in e-reader format through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple's iBooks and Kobo.
"The Fingerprint of Destiny" is a story of arson, murder, love and obsession. In the small suburban community of Hopes Point, Long Island something has gone horribly wrong. A series of arsons in landmark homes, now run down and over run by Latino immigrants, is destroying the community. Ellie Sinclair is the troubled, almost middle-aged publisher of a small town newspaper struggling to make ends meet.
The arsons are just another story, until her estranged mother, Hortensia Borgias Sinclair, returns to town and dies in the latest arson.
Is Hortensia's violent death her destiny, as she always claimed it would be or is it something more insidious? Through a series of twists and turns, Ellie must find out who is behind the arsons and why. She must shine a light in the dark places of her town, the slums and factories, where Latino immigrants struggle to make a life in suburban America.And then there is a larger mystery to be solved. All the women in Ellie's family are born with a small red birthmark on their left arm, a signature called the Fingerprint of Destiny.
In a series of flashbacks, interspersed throughout the novel, we learn about the violent fate of the other women in Ellie's family. These stories are filled with adventure, magic, murder, retribution, love, war and an obsession that spans the centuries and take us from the jungles and plains of Venezuela to a pristine community of suburban New York. Ellie must figure out not only the present mystery but also her past and future. Can Ellie carve out a life for herself or will she succumb to the Fingerprint of Destiny?
Laura Schofer is a journalist who has worked for two Long Island community newspapers for the last 18 years. She has won journalism awards from the National Newspaper Association and the Press Club of Long Island. She has also written several plays including "Silent History" that was produced at The Spiegel Theatre at Hofstra University as part of a conference on Long Island Women and "Cleaning Lessons," a play produced in conjunction with the "Women and Work Performance Project" by NEAR Theatre in Huntington as well as at Pen & Brush, a women's arts organization in New York, New York. Hope's Point Press was founded in 2012 by Laura Schofer. This electronic publisher press is dedicated to publishing creative works that take place on Long Island. "The Fingerprint of Destiny" is the first novel to be published by this press.