The Other Gloria by L.A. Villafane

Do you have “another side?”

A “Sasha Fierce” or alternate personality that comes out in certain situations?

My husband would say yes.

Her name is Cranky Kate and you probably don’t ever want to meet her.

When Gloria realizes she is covered in blood, speeding down a dark road, and no idea why – she starts to wonder if it’s her dissociative disorder, or something entirely more sinister.

You wonder the whole time – is Gloria dreaming or just having one of her black outs that happens when she tries to cope with trauma?


“A gripping tale about the reverberations of spousal abuse.” – Kirkus Review


But the next morning after all that craziness, things really get weird.

She wakes up next to the abusive ex husband she thought she left years ago.

Even more strange? She’s woken up 15 years in the past.

Imagine spending years, being mentally and verbally abused by the most dangerous of husbands – finally leaving him – only to wake up one day, to find you have to do it all over again.

Will she do things differently? Will she make it out alive this time?


“You’ve managed to write that type of story that keeps the readers on their toes the whole time and just when they think they have figured out what’s going on, bam! An amazing twist shocks them out of their comfort zone. Just brilliant!” – Brunella Costagliola, Best Selling Ghost Writer, editor and translator


Start me off with someone covered in blood with no memory, and throw in that Groundhog Day aspect – and it’s pretty safe to say I read it in one sitting.

The ending had me questioning everything I read and I am still not sure what happened. 

But I’m totally OK with it, because it was just so unique and twisty and riveting, that my confusion is totally satisfying!

You can get it here!

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Empire Publishing (July 15, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0998949671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0998949673


About the Book:

GloriaThe truth lies in what she can’t remember.

There is another who harbors her unspeakable secrets.

Meeting her is where the danger lies.

On a dark January night in 2019, Gloria finds herself behind the wheel of a car, beaten and covered in blood. She has no idea where she’s coming from, or where she might be headed. After pulling to the side of the road, she begins to fade out of consciousness.

The next thing she experiences is waking in bed next to a man who should be her beloved fiancé, Rick. However, she soon discovers it is her dangerous ex-husband, Charles, whom she thought she had escaped two years earlier, in 2017. She eventually finds that the year she was woken to is 2003, and she is living her life with this abusive man all over again.

Due to the abuse she endured, Gloria suffers from dissociative disorder, which has stolen the memories of her two young daughters growing up. There is another who holds these memories; the Other Gloria. She thinks maybe God has given her a do-over, and she might be able to do better, stay present, and recover the lost memories of their childhood. She knows, to do this, she must escape Charles once again.

Gloria’s plan for escaping this time around includes finding Rick, who doesn’t know she exists in 2003, but she soon comes to the realization that meeting Rick will not be enough. She knows she must do the one thing she never wanted to do – meet the Other Gloria and finally discover the unspeakable secrets she holds.

About the Author:

LAVLori Villafane lives in Granbury, Texas, with her husband Larry, her standard poodle, Doodle, and a sassy tabby rescue named Diva. When She’s not writing, she enjoys helping Larry build and refurbish houses. She loves anything DIY, which includes writing. Although her debut novel, The Other Gloria, is a work of fiction, she has drawn from her own experience living with dissociative disorder to create Gloria.



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