Even some Gypsy fortunetellers in South Florida say the book is nonsense. "I thought it was the stupidest thing I've ever read in my life," says Gina Johnson, who asked that her location not be revealed. "I feel sorry for the woman who she wrote the book with. That could really hurt her reputation, couldn't it?"
Johnson is speaking of Carey, Marks's co-author, who has freelanced for the Herald for the past several years. The book sprang from an article Carey wrote in the Herald that was published in 2004. Here's the beginning of that story: "Curiosity doesn't necessarily kill cats or people," according to Regina Milbourne.
In fact a near-fatal accident at age eleven turned into a psychic gift, she said. A curious girl, she went swimming without telling her family and nearly drowned. She figures she was dead, without a heartbeat, for five minutes. "I saw a white light but was told not to enter. I heard angels talking. I had a duty to fulfill on Earth," Milbourne is quoted as saying.
In the book, Marks brags about how much money she has, mentions early and often that she drives a Bentley, constantly drops brand names (Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier), and writes about her own beauty at times as if she were Helen of Troy.
She repeatedly indicates to the reader that she despises her clients and loves only their money.