Guest Author: Damian McNicholl
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Inspired by true events, The Moment of Truth by Damian McNicholl finds a Texan art student facing down life, death, love, and glory in the bullfighting rings of 1950s Mexico.
Texan art student Kathleen Boyd has been dreaming about becoming a matador since her beloved father took her to the bullfighting ring when she was just a child. Now a young woman, her disapproving fiancé and her practical-minded mother see her dream only as a foolish flight of fancy. Nevertheless, Kathleen relocates to Mexico and finds herself under the instruction of Fermin, a retired matador who is intent on asserting his dominance in their partnership. Though taking on a female apprentice is unheard of, Fermin sees Kathleen’s undeniable talent and promises that she’ll one day perform at the prestigious Plaza Mexico bullring.
While Kathleen struggles to perform alongside the unwelcoming men of Mexico’s bullfighting scene, she is befriended by Julio, better known as El Cabrito―The Kid. Much to Fermin’s displeasure, not only does Julio show Kathleen techniques that defy his strict instruction, but a forbidden romance quickly ignites between them.
As time passes, Kathleen’s confidence in her ability increases―though so too do her suspicions of Fermin’s intentions. She has become a sensation, selling out arenas as La Diosa Tejana, the Texan Goddess. But while Fermin gets rich, Kathleen’s pay remains pitiful and her instructor’s control over her life remains absolute. Will she always be a vehicle for another person’s success? Or will she finally face her own moment of truth and seize the success that she has worked toward for so long, in a world that has always belonged to men?
Damian McNicholl is an associate literary agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency and the author of the critically acclaimed novel, A Son Called Gabriel, an ABA Booksense Pick and Lambda Literary Awards debut novel finalist and Twisted Agendas published in the UK. Damian’s latest novel, The Moment of Truth, will be published by Pegasus Books in June 2017.
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