Phoenix is a Scorpio

Authors celebrate the date of their book launch as the book’s birthday. And, never one to pass up a good birthday party, I’m excited to announce that Phoenix will be born on November 19 (cue the streamers and balloons. And funny hats).

Since we’re personifying books, I thought I’d take it one step further and take a look at what traits I should expect of Phoenix based on its astrological sign, the Scorpio.

First off, I love that Phoenix is a Scorpio, some of my best friends were born under this sign so it’s in very good company. According to, the Key Life Phrase of a Scorpio is “I Will,” which speaks to the determination of Amanda and Alex, two of the main characters in Phoenix. On the Zodiac Totem for Scorpio is – coincidentally – a phoenix. And, Mondays is one of the lucky days (Yay, November 19 is a Monday!). also says that Scorpios are demanding of themselves and others – yeah, that sums up Amanda and Alex. And, when they give their heart to someone they are very loyal – that’s Shiloh to a tee.

Scorpios are extremely determined. So much so that people think they are obsessive or single-minded … OK, that’s all three main characters.

Astrology aside, it is very exciting to be so close to achieving something I’ve dreamed of my entire life. Not only is November 19 the culmination of nearly eight years of working on Phoenix, but it’s also the realization that a little girl’s dreams can turn into a woman’s reality.

I’m excited to share the cover design with you all. I really love it – the illustration with the glow of orange and burnt edges – it’s exactly what was in my head. And, sign up with my most excellent publisher, GoodMedia Press, to be one of the first kids in the block with a copy (well, you and my Mom). Or, check it out on or Barnes & Noble bright and early on November 19.

As I’ve said before, the publication of Phoenix is simply the next leg of the journey. One in which the characters move out of my head and out in the world. I’m a little nervous about letting them go – like a parent dropping their kid off to college. I realize it’s a cruel world, but I hope I did my best to give Amanda, Shiloh and Alex everything they need to succeed.

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of womenโ€™s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isnโ€™t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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11 Responses to Phoenix is a Scorpio

  1. Adam S says:

    What a huge accomplishment. Its a goal of mine too — I can’t imagine the sense of gratification. I myself, am a proud Scorpio ๐Ÿ™‚ Great topic…

  2. So happy for and proud of you! You made it, Kim!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Congratulations, Kimberly! It is indeed a time to celebrate and look back at the whole work of art from start to finish. I, for one, am looking forward to reading it.

  4. neelthemuse says:

    Wish your book a great bday Kimberly…what a proud mom you must be:)

  5. Pat says:

    Hi, Not sure if you have seen, but I have nominated you for the Booker Award, which I hope you will accept. Do pop over to my blog to check out what to do.

  6. sneha kappor says:

    Is this book about the sun sign scorpio’s totem phoenix and the character traits of it ???

    • Kimberly Packard says:

      Thank you for your comment. It’s not, it’s a novel about three people tied together by two crimes committed 10 years and thousands of miles apart. Phoenix is the town where the main character finds refuge. This blog post was about the book’s birthday – something authors celebrate – and it’s horoscope sign.

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