Bits & Pieces

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Dawn Hosmer

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Tessa picks up pieces of others through touch. A chance encounter with a killer traps her within the mind of a madman. She fights to free herself from his grip before she kills her first victim.



Short Summary

Tessa was born with a gift. She picks up pieces of others through touch. The only way she knows she's gained a new trait is by a flash of color. Red equals pain; purple, a skill or talent. Yellow equals a glimpse of the future and blue, a pleasant memory. She lives in a small college town.

During a search for a local college student, Tessa has a flash like never before - like lightning slicing straight through her soul. With the flash come images of murdered women & she's now a prisoner in a madman's mind. She must find the killer before he, or she, kills again.


North Carolina

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Tessa Cantnor

Age: 31

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex,Desperate,Insecure,Visionary,Sarcastic,Lone Wolf,Aspiring,Empathetic,Engaging,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Jonas McCafferty

Age: 32

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Faithful,Heartthrob,Educated,Leader,Masculine,Sexy,Selfless,Outspoken,Romantic,Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: Chaundra Raines

Age: 31

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Aspiring,Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Selfless,Outspoken,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Matthew James

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Crazy,Criminal,Desperate,Masculine,Villainous,Narcisstic,Secretive,Manipulative,Lone Wolf

Development Pitch

A chance encounter with a stranger traps Tessa within the mind of a madman. Tessa was born with a gift. Through a simple touch she picks up pieces of others. A “flash” of color devours her, the only indication that she’s gained something new from another person. Red equals pain; purple, a talent; yellow, a premonition; orange, a painful memory; and blue, a pleasant one. Each flash blurs the lines between her inherent traits and those she’s acquired from others. Whenever she gains bits of something new, she loses more pieces of herself. While assisting in search efforts for a local missing college student, Tessa is paralyzed by a flash that rips through her like a lightning bolt, slicing apart her soul. A blinding light takes away her vision. A buzzing louder than any noise she’s ever heard overwhelms her, penetrates her mind. As the bolt works its way through her body, images and feelings take over. Women’s dead eyes stare at her as her hands encircle their throats. Their screams consume her mind. Memories invade her of the brutal murders of five women. Will she be able to find the killer and help save the next victim? Can she do so without completely losing herself? Bits & Pieces is a fast-paced, riveting Psychological Thriller, full of wicked twists and turns, coupled with supernatural elements. The main character, Tessa, is a painter and this book has strong visual imagery that would translate well to the screen. Readers from age 12 - 94 have enjoyed the book.

About The Author

Dawn Hosmer is the author of psychological thrillers and suspense. She is a lifelong Ohioan. She received her degree in Sociology and spent her career in Social Work; however, writing has always been her passion. She is a wife and the mother of four amazing children. Dawn is busy working on her next novel. For more information, visit or follow her on Twitter @dawnhosmer7, Instagram @dawnh71 or Facebook. Dawn can also be found on Goodreads and Bookbub.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Gestalt Media, LLC

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available