Visions – Available This Saturday, June 11th from Sugar and Spice Press!

Are you looking for a story filled with passion, drama, romance and suspence?

Then pick up a copy of Visions – my new erotic, contemporary, paranormal romance novella.

Visions is available from Sugar and Spice Press this Saturday, June 11, 2011.

Stop by and pick up your copy!

http://www.sugarnspicepress.com/

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2 Responses to Visions – Available This Saturday, June 11th from Sugar and Spice Press!

  1. Once again Anna shows herself to be a consummate ‘crossover’ artist, in this work fusing the genres of detective, horror and romance, with a bit of ghost story thrown in. It sustains drama and suspense throughout, with an intricate plot and fastidious attention to detail.

    Very effective use is made of ‘flashback’ technique, which is highlighted in italics – highly reader-friendly. They combine dreams and visions with ‘real’ temporal flashbacks to Prus’s childhood.

    This is a really fast-paced narrative – really dynamic opener of a nightmare vision of someone being murdered. My curiosity was immediately aroused as to what triggered off the nightmares. The setting is Salem, Massachussetts. This could not have been more appropriate. This was the scene of some notorious witch hunting in the 18th Century, celebrated in the 20th by Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (otherwise known as The Witches of Salem) which drew analogies between those persecutions and the activities of the Un-American Activities House under Senator Joe McCarthy in the 1950s. Rightly, there are references to this context in the narrative.

    Salem turns out to be the birthplace of the heroine Pru (Prudence). Pru revisits her birthplace, and is surprised to find it in good condition, although it has been deserted for many years. Pru has very belatedly discovered that she was adopted, and that her natural parents were murdered, reputedly in the same house. Pru is met by MaryEllen who tells her the place is haunted, and that the murders took place these.

    Matt, the detective, had been resident in the vicinity since childhood. He had access to the case files relating to the murder. There had been a serial murderer, Joshua Adams; and after his death a ‘copycat murderer’ who repeated the pattern. There was one vital clue, a piece of plastic stuck to the victim’s shirt.

    Excellent fusion of detective and romance with Pru immediately fancying Matt the detective. Highly dramatic when their first tryst is cut short by a violent storm which causes a power cut and a tree to be blown down. (Passion continues to rise in between the interruptions. Lovely sensual description later on, ‘her hips meeting his’. A touch of the domestic too; Pru helps entertain Matt’s parents when they come to dinner.) In the course of the storm, a wall board is damaged, to reveal a staircase leading up to the attic, which could have offered the killer an escape route. Because this route had not been discovered at the time of the murders, it was assumed that there had been a suicide-murder, of man and wife. An escape route called all this into doubt. I was most impressed by the thoroughness of the architectural details.

    Pru is determined to go to the attic, to be confronted with a dream assailant, who accuses In her nightmare, of practising witchcraft. The ‘encounter’ in the attic, to me, fuses vision and reality, past in flashback and present. Traumatised by her realization of the true murderer, Pru has a fall, into unconsciousness, and has to be rushed to hospital.
    When she recovers, the killer is revealed. I won’t reveal the killer’s identity here: that must be discovered by reading the book in its entirety – though I’m sure some readers of this review will be making some good guesses. I’ll just drop a hint that jealousy took its part, and that a telltale pen was found in a key location.

    After the revelation, the story has a conventional ‘happy ending’ in the form of Pru and Matt deciding to get married. To me this was something of an anticlimax after the intensity of the story itself.

    David Russell

  2. Anna James says:

    Thanks David for the wonderful review!

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