Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Today I want to introduce my client Dan Rix’s new book, Entanglement. I have both a professional and a personal connection to this book as Dan is not only a writer I worked with, he is also my significant other. And no, dating me will not give you a discount on editing—nice try!

This labor of love has been a four-year journey for Dan and filled—like many of you know—with great highs and lows. Professionally I cannot play favorites, but personally, I am incredibly proud of all his hard work.

A Brief Description of the Book
Humans are born in pairs.
This is the story of the exception.


An investigation into the eerie new field of quantum mechanics reveals the existence of soul mates. For the next sixty years, all births confirm the discovery. Humans come in pairs.


When a newborn boy takes his first breath in the coastal town of Tularosa, the exact time is noted, recorded in the Registry, and later compared to the birth times of other newborns around the globe. As always, there will be one identical match—his half. They will meet on their eighteenth birthday and they will spend their lives together. Except this time, there is no match.


Hotheaded heartthrob Aaron Harper is scheduled to meet his half in twenty-nine days, and he doesn’t buy a word of that entanglement crap. So what if he and his half were born the same day and share a spooky psychic connection? Big deal.

That is, until the day a new girl arrives at school and threatens everything he takes for granted.

Cold and unapproachable, Amber Lilian hates the growing list of similarities between her and the one boy she can’t read, Aaron: born the same day, both stubborn, both terrified of meeting their halves. . . . All the more reason not to trust him. That she would rather die than surrender herself as her half’s property is none of his damn business. But once lost in Aaron’s dangerous, jet black eyes, she’s already surrendered more than she cares to admit.

Tangled in each other’s self-destructive lives, Aaron and Amber learn the secret behind their linked births and why they feel like halves—but unless they can prove it before they turn eighteen, Aaron faces a lifetime alone in a world where everyone else has a soul mate . . . and he’ll have to watch Amber give herself to a boy who intends to possess not only her body but also a chunk of her soul.

A Review
What if we all had a soul mate? A single individual who best complimented us. What would that world be like? Enter the present day town of Tularosa. The city, as well as the rest of the world, has known about halves since Erwin Schrödinger discovered the concept of quantum entanglement in the 1930s.

In contrast to the global peace this new world offers, the life of each character in this book is touched by darkness. This twisted story has all the ingredients of a good read: a mad scientist, a nefarious cult, and a set of complex individuals who are in constant conflict until the story’s final crescendo. Ultimately, the book will leave you wondering whether this idea of quantum entanglement has a kernel of truth to it, and whether a predetermined soul mate would remove what we love best about ourselves: choice.

Excerpt: Half Death

“Picture this: The moment you’re born, halfway around the world someone else is born at the exact same time. You and this person share a subtle telepathic connection that appears to travel faster than light. If one of you dies, the other feels it instantly…and follows shortly. The two of you are soul mates. An entangled pair.”

Emma’s condition had gotten a lot worse when Aaron and Buff visited her on Sunday, five days later.

Sunlight spotted the peach wallpaper in Emma’s bedroom, and Aaron felt a strange twinge in his stomach when he saw her. She was buried under comforters and fluffy pillows. Her pale skin gleamed with sweat, and her eyes made endless circles as she watched the blades of a ceiling fan.

Her mother managed a weak smile from her rocking chair and leaned over her daughter. “Baby,” she said, her voice cracking, “look who came to see you!”

Buff squeezed Emma’s hand. “It’s us, Emma. It’s me and Buddy from school.”

She opened her mouth but only managed to drool.
Emma’s father cupped her head in his palm and edged the pillow out from underneath her. Right where the back of her head had been, Aaron saw a red stain in the indentation on the pillow—blood. Her father laid her down again and glanced at his half.
“It’s getting worse,” he said.
There was no cure for what Emma had, for half death. The scientific explanation was quantum entanglement, the spooky phenomenon whereby two entangled halves could be separated by light-years yet react instantaneously to changes in each other’s states.
Up close, Emma’s eyes were vacant, unfocused, cloudy. There was only a glimmer of the girl Aaron once knew, and he felt a lump form in his throat.
Emma was innocent. She was normal. There were only six weeks left before her birthday—six weeks until she met her half. And that was stolen from her. Her half was dead.
She would soon follow.

About the Author
Dan Rix majored in Architecture at UC Berkeley and considers himself lucky to have graduated during one of the worst housing market crashes of the century. "It made writing an easy choice," he says.

His favorite novels include Michael Grant's Gone, Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. High stakes, high concept page-turners. That's what he likes to read, and that's what he likes to write.

Dan lives in Santa Barbara, California with his girlfriend. His debut thriller, Entanglement, just came out on Kindle.

Where You Can Find the Author and the Book

Dan has recently launched his author blog, and it is an excellent resource for book extras, writing tips, motivational posts—and you can also read his first three chapters there for FREE! You can also find Dan on Facebook and Twitter, and you can purchase a Kindle edition of his novel. The book will shortly be up on Barnes and Noble and the iTunes store.

In honor of Thanksgiving, my next post will be next Monday. Stick around for Part II, an author interview. Dan will discuss how he came up with the concept, why he dropped his high profile agent, and what he’s up to next. If anyone has any questions they’d like answered, please feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll incorporate it into the interview.

Happy writing,

Laura Carlson, Editor
American Editing Services


  1. WOW!

    I must say the question I'm looking forward the most is: why did he drop his agent ?

    Hehe, it was Dan's mention of working with an editor in an interview that brought me to your website :D


  2. Yes, good question. Why drop the agent? Is this some kind of cultural shift? I'm looking forward to that part of the interview as well.

  3. Great concept on the book. I'm intrigued!