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A day in the life of astrologer Julia Bonatti by Connie di Marco

My profession isn’t an easy one. Oh, I know, people assume being an astrologer is a snap. They think I just flip on the computer, open my astro program and pull amazing predictions out of the air. Uh uh. Doesn’t work like that.

I have to spend time, sometimes hours, with a natal chart. I have to figure out where a new client is at in their lives, what planetary cycles have occurred, which transits are coming up, and most importantly why they’re coming to see me at this particular time. I can usually figure it out, that’s why I prefer they not tell me why they want an appointment. I’d rather approach the chart without any preconceived notions, look at it with a clear mind.

It’s not psychic power. If they want a psychic, I’d send them to The Mystic Eye to see my colleague Zora. She’s actually a very good psychic, but trust me, I can deal in more detail and not to sound egotistical, but I can also give my clients a plan for the future.

I have some terrific clients. I really do. And most of them are lovely people that I like very much. But then there are the others . . .

The Stone Face Client – this guy won’t move a facial muscle or respond at all. He’ll sit like a statute and not even give a nod of acknowledgement, as if he expects a performance. No no no . . . doesn’t work like that. This is a give and take situation. Even when you say, “Let’s talk about what happened when you were ten.” Still no response. Because I can see it in their chart that something traumatic happened at that point in their life. So then of course, I pretty much have to tell them what happened when they were ten. It’s like chipping away at a mountain of rock. Exhausting!

The Redundant Client – she’ll come back in six months or a year with the very same problem, as if it’s just happened and I know then she didn’t listen to a thing I said at our last appointment. She has not moved on and has not taken my advice, even when I try to change her perspective and point the same thing out in a different way.

The Freebie Client – these are the ones who call on the phone and launch into their latest drama. Because they showed up once for an appointment, they expect free advice for the next ten years.

Now, I’m perfectly happy to repeat what I’ve told them at their last session, but I’m not about to get into anything else unless they want to make an appointment. I mean I’m kind and understanding, but I’m not running a charity.

The Misdirection Client – they arrive with loads of business and career questions, but I know they’re really struggling with a romantic dilemma. When I introduce that subject they bounce back to chatting about their careers, and continue talking as if I hadn’t asked a question. It’s like pulling hen’s teeth.

The No-Show Client – they’ve made an appointment but they’re terrified. They’ll call half an hour before they’re due to arrive (after I’ve done all the work I might add) and cancel with some excuse. What I really love is when they call again, make an appointment and still get cold feet and cancel. I mean, why? I’m not going to bite. There’s nothing to be afraid of.

And that doesn’t take into account my clients who inveigle me into investigations and crime solving. Believe me, I’ve gotten into a lot of trouble trying to help people.

I don’t mean to complain. I really don’t. I love what I do and my clients are, for the most part, terrific people. But you’ll get a taste of some of the things I have to deal with in the Zodiac Mysteries. And just wait till you find out what happens in my next adventure ~ All Signs Point to Murder. I hope I make it through alive. If I do, I’ll never complain about a client again. I swear!

Still, I wouldn’t change my profession for the world!


You can read more about Julia in All Signs Point to Murder, the second book in the “Zodiac” mystery series.

The stars predict a wedding-day disaster, but San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti never expected murder.

Julia Bonatti is alarmed by the astrological signs looming over Geneva Leary’s wedding day, but nobody asked Julia’s opinion and being a bridesmaid means supporting the bride no matter what. Even with the foreboding Moon-Mars-Pluto lineup in the heavens, no one’s prepared for the catastrophes that strike: a no-show sister, a passed-out wedding planner, and a lethal shooting in the dead of night.

With anger and grief threatening to tear the Leary family apart, Julia is determined to understand how such a terrible tragedy could have occurred. As she digs deeper into the family’s secrets, her astrological insights lead her to some rather unexpected conclusions.

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About the author
Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti, who never thought murder would be part of her practice. All Signs Point to Murder is the second in the series, released August 8, 2017.

Writing as Connie Archer, she’s the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. You can find her excerpts and recipes in both The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Connect with Connie at conniedimarco.com, or on Facebook, Twitter and Amazon.

All comments are welcomed.

A Day in the Life with Julia Bonatti by Connie di Marco

The Madness of MercuryHi, I’m Julia . . . Julia Bonatti and I’m delighted to be here today.

This is, I guess, my first official appearance in the blogosphere, and I’m thrilled that my first time in public is with Dru Ann’s “A Day in the Life.” Well, other than the release of my first adventure in The Madness of Mercury, this is my first dip in the pool of the reading public’s consciousness.

I’ve always lived a pretty quiet life. I was working hard getting a graduate degree in anthropology and planning on a teaching career when my world collapsed. My fiancé Michael was killed in a hit and run accident and after that, nothing seemed to work right for me. I admit I was in pretty bad shape for a long time, but good friends helped me get through. Even so, the thought of picking up the pieces of my former life just didn’t make sense any more.

Viennese_zodiacThat’s when I discovered the Mystic Eye, an occult bookshop in North Beach, the neighborhood where I grew up. I found my first astrology book and I was fascinated. Not only that, I met my dear friend Gale, who owns the shop. As time went by I began to find my footing in life, slowly, each day I was a little stronger. It was studying astrology that helped me. To my mind it’s a form of psychology and character analysis. I hoped it would provide some answers. Answers to why my life had taken such a turn.

Then I discovered I was good with other people’s problems and (I think at least) I’m pretty good at what I do. It took a long time, but I’ve built up my business. I have a private clientele, and sometimes I work the psychic fairs at the Mystic Eye if they need help. What’s even more exciting was that I was offered a newspaper column at the Chronicle. It’s called AskZodia and I answer questions from all kinds of people.

It’s been very rewarding, but I have to tell you, that’s what started all the trouble in The Madness of Mercury. A woman wrote to me, well actually she wrote to AskZodia. She was worried because her mother had become involved in a religious cult that required her to sign over her house and all her savings.

As much as I hate to admit it, I do have a big mouth and I can be very opinionated. I told this woman exactly what I thought of this nonsense and before I knew it, I was targeted by the Army of the Prophet.

You can read all about my adventures in The Madness of Mercury. I certainly hope you enjoy the story, because it wasn’t a whole lot of fun for me at the time! I’m just glad I came out of it alive!


The Madness of Mercury is the first book in the NEW Zodiac mystery series, published by Midnight Ink, June 2016.

San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti’s life is turned upside down when she becomes the target of the city’s newest cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle. Driven out of her apartment in the midst of a disastrous Mercury retrograde period, she takes shelter with a client who’s caring for two elderly aunts. One aunt appears stricken with dementia and the other has fallen under the spell of the Reverend Roy. To add to the confusion, a young man claiming to be a long lost nephew arrives. The longer he stays, the more dangerous things become. Is the young man truly a member of the family? Can astrology confirm that? Julia’s not sure, but one thing she does know is that Mercury wasn’t merely the messenger of the gods―he was a trickster and a liar as well.

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About the author
Connie di Marco1Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti. The Madness of Mercury is the first in the series. Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the author of the Soup Lover’s Mysteries set in Vermont from Berkley Prime Crime. You can find her excerpts and recipes in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.

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My Musing ~ The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco

The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco is the first book in the NEW “Zodiac” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, June 2016

The Madness of MercuryMercury retrograde wreaks havoc on astrologer Julia Bonatti

San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti’s life is turned upside down when she becomes the target of the city’s newest cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle. Driven out of her apartment in the midst of a disastrous Mercury retrograde period, she takes shelter with a client who’s caring for two elderly aunts. One aunt appears stricken with dementia and the other has fallen under the spell of the Reverend Roy. To add to the confusion, a young man claiming to be a long lost nephew arrives. The longer he stays, the more dangerous things become. Is the young man truly a member of the family? Can astrology confirm that? Julia’s not sure, but one thing she does know is that Mercury wasn’t merely the messenger of the gods—he was a trickster and a liar as well.

I love stories that grabs my attention and this one did that where astrology takes center stage in this exciting new series. We are introduced to Julia Bonatti, an astrologer who does readings and have her own column. When the two collide, Julia must take things into her own hands to save the life of her client and herself and thus begin this fast-paced and action-filled drama. The author did a great job in setting this up so that I was engrossed in all aspects of this story. It was quite intriguing the way astrology was woven in the various scenes that were pivotal in how the drama played out. The suspects were aplenty and the clues were scattered throughout with each one discovered, leading us to the killer. The dialogue was engaging and I like the tone and flow in the telling of this tale that also boasted a wonderful cast of likable characters. I look forward to the next adventures with Julia and her friends.