Local writer releases first novel

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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“Duel of the Heart, the story of Theodosia Burr Alston” by Rose Moore Tomlin, will be released June 1 by Evening Post Books.

In this historical fiction novel, Tomlin explores the controversy Theodosia experienced throughout her life. Torn by her love for her father and her husband, two powerful political figures during the infancy of the United States, Theodosia is forced to make life-altering decisions. An agonizing stretch of her loyalties plays out against a backdrop of intriguing early-1800 events.

Tomlin says, “In telling her story, I have held hard to historical facts, though I confess to flights of imagination in the yawning gaps where research material is non-existent. Theodosia’s scrupulously-kept journal has never been found, so I composed her entries, relying on a number of actual resources and taking some license in improvising what she might have penned.”

Tomlin’s tale repeatedly juxtaposes the hopes of a woman determined to make her mark and the reality of immutable circumstances. The story moves like quicksilver to an unbelievably heart-rending conclusion.

“A beautifully written tale of a remarkable woman’s struggle for identity. Tomlin deftly captures the times as well as the mystery of Theodosia’s conflicted life. This is the best kind of historical fiction — one that combines biography with art.” — Linda Lear, prize-winning author of “Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature” and “Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature.”

“ ... intimate insight into the life of a woman driven by her father to fulfill a destiny heretofore unimaginable: intellectual equality with a man ... .” — Richard N. Côté, author of “Strength and Honor: The Life of Dolley Madison” and “Theodosia Burr Alston: Portrait of a Prodigy.”

Duel of the Heart will be available June 1 for $22.95 online at www.eveningpostbooks.com and www.amazon.com, inside the Post-Courier Building at 134 Columbus St. in Charleston and in local bookstores.

The book will be available for pre-order through the release date. Pre-orders will receive free shipping. To pre-order, call Evening Post Books directly at 843-958-7367 or order from the EPB website. Bulk sales are available upon request by contacting Evening Post Books.

Rose Tomlin’s published work includes “Two Seasons, Poetry by a Mother and Daughter.”  Her personal essays have appeared in the Dallas Morning News, the Wilmington (N.C.) Star and The Post and Courier. She is a Post and Courier Golden Pen winner.

Her screenplay won the Grand Jury Award at the Worldfest International Film Festival in 1995 and first place in the annual Southeastern Creative Media Competition. She enjoyed a career in writing advertising copy for both radio and television in New York and South Carolina. “Duel of the Heart” is her first novel. Tomlin lives with her husband in Charleston.

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