Once Upon October

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Gina Gates (pen name of Jeanne Dukes)

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A woman crushed by a midlife divorce divinely envisions finding love again, only to face unexpected challenges to her faith when she writes a romantic book to find the man of her dreams. Based on a true story.


Drama, Family, Memoir, Religious, Romance,,Family,Memoir,Religious,Romance

Short Summary

After her painful midlife divorce, Gina writes in her journal through her process of starting over with a new life and eventually chronicles her way to a second chance at love.


Texas, Arizona, California

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Quest,,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Twist, Happy Ending, Meaningful Message,,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Gina Gates

Age: 55

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Gracious, Honorable, Obedient, Complex, Educated, Funny, Insecure, Modest, Perseverance, Visionary, Charming, Decisive, Empathetic, Engaging, Faithful, Flexible, Religious, Selfless, Strong Moral Code, Beautiful, Confident, Outspoken, Romantic,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Romantic,Visionary,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Jack Drew

Age: 57

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Complex, Faithful, Funny, Heroic, Confident, Decisive, Honorable, Gracious, Heartthrob, Leader, Aspiring, Charming, Engaging, Flexible, Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Empathetic, Masculine, Patriotic,Funny,Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Gracious,Heartthrob,Leader,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Joe

Age: 56

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Charming, Confident, Educated, Perseverance, Romantic, Adventurous, Blunt, Complex, Decisive, Masculine, Aggressive,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Sarcastic,Outspoken,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Paul

Age: 57

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Masculine, Unapologetic, Adventurous, Charming, Confident, Funny, Sarcastic, Aggressive, Blunt, Complex, Outspoken,Outspoken,Sarcastic,Insecure

About The Author

Jeanne Dukes (aka Gina Gates) is a full-time screenwriter of faith and family screenplays, and is producer of two movies currently working towards production. She has received more than 80 accolades, including over 35 winning awards for her scripts at film festivals and competitions. Jeanne is the author of the books, "Falling in October"​ and "Once Upon October"​ (available on Amazon), which share her true story about starting over and finding love again. Over the years, she has been involved in ministry, along with book editing, marketing, and writing for websites, businesses, and political campaigns. Her book website is www.onceuponoctober.com

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing (through Amazon; I own all rights)

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available



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