Julie Chandler is a registered nurse, specializing in emergency and critical care. She was formally trained in the military, first as an active duty combat medic and later as an Army Nurse Corps Officer. During her officer training, she served two stateside deployments with the Georgia Army National Guard. Today, Julie and her domestic partner of 11 years, Charity, have a home near Atlanta, but spend the majority of their time in the San Francisco Bay area where Julie works as a civilian nurse.
"I have worked both as a combat medic and an emergency room nurse for the past eighteen years, and that makes me ripe for storytelling. From my job, I have gleaned the following wisdom, which I impart through my characters: dysfunction can be charming, improvisation is a fundamental skill, and any situation can be funny—except hopelessness.
From a lonely bunk in Fort Gordon, Georgia, I decided to work out my fantasies about women on paper. Since that time, I have written three novels out of a series of four, the last of which, I am beginning now."
Set during the early days of World War I, Lyovitalis follows the journey of the young and spirited doctor, Audrianna Foster, as she travels to Switzerland to continue the research of her recently-deceased father. Her object is to find a cure to the mysteriously fatal disease called lyovitalis, which not only killed her mother, but also a slew of young women in the idyllic town of snowy Zurich—where Audrianna comes to reside. In Zurich, Audrianna falls into the treacherously seductive company of Lorna and her regal family, the von Traugotts. Racked by incipient sexual desire for the salacious Lorna and a near-obsessive drive to uncover the seeming conspiracy around lyovitalis, Audrianna’s quest unfolds within the riveting pages of a medical mystery of the highest order. As Audrianna delves deeper into the science of lyovitalis, she is forced to dive deeper into herself—her desires, emotions, and insecurities—and what she discovers on the other side will change her life (and her universe) forever. Lyovitalis is the thrilling and captivating prequel to the genre-bending, smash success The Children of Gavrilek. Every page sings with energy, intrigue, and emotion as talented author, Julie Chandler, expands the Gavrilekian Biverse through exquisite prose and masterful storytelling. Each page is a challenge to the reader, daring you to put the book down. Succumbing to Lyovitalis’ narrative force is your only hope.
Sailing aboard a storm-thrashed vessel from America to Cuba, a young woman (Audrianna) and her mysterious son (Devon) are shipwrecked and left for dead. They survive thanks to the mystical efforts of a small community located on the coast of 1920s Georgia. While in the care of this unique group and its beautiful and loving leader, Kendis, Audrianna comes to discover the secrets of her son's cognitive powers, his (and Kendis's) otherworldly origins, and an enthralling, Earth-changing "game" that threatens the existences of both the alien descendants of Gavrilek and the unsuspecting inhabitants of Earth. The key to the universe's survival lies in the unraveling of Audrianna's conflicted past and desires, as well as in the seemingly motley collection of castoffs that Kendis has nurtured and trained.
Invigorated by mesmerizing prose and fervid imagination, The Children of Gavrilek weaves together world history, science fiction, and romance to unleash a powerful story of wrenching emotion and unexpected relevancy for today's age. Its author is at the height of her narrative powers and her creation will keep you captivated from the opening pages until the last sentence.