NELSON M. BAKER, A FAMILY ALBUM
FINALIST, LITERARY FICTION 2019 IPNE BOOK AWARDS (Independent Book Publishers of New England)
A “BEST BOOK LAUNCHED THIS WEEK” BY REEDSY DISCOVERY (JUNE 21, 2019)
“OUTSTANDING PLOT AND STORY APPEAL” — Judge, 27th Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards 2019
SELECTED BY PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY ‘BOOKLIFE’ FOR “BEST FIRST LINES,” FEBRUARY 2019
SILVER LINE is a tale inspired by folklore, that picks up with Sarah’s son seven years later. Jared is 18 and starting college. Like his mother, he has extra-sensory skills, but he has repressed them until meeting Alexa St. Clair on campus. By accident, they discover they can revert to their former, older selves — a rugged miner and spirited dance hall girl living in an 1860s Colorado town. Lured by frontier adventure and the heat of romance, they continue to return. But in present time, Jared is focused on a journalism assignment: finding the missing art from the unsolved Gardner Museum heist. Through their evolving relationship, he draws Alexa into his orbit where they tangle with a stalker, shady art dealers, and a homeless man who knows a lot. When Jared’s leads eventually fizzle, he realizes that clues to the present lie in the past.
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For men in mid-life crisis, women in dull jobs, or anyone seeking adventure, Absent takes you on a wild ride.
Carter Sutherland, a former high school science teacher, is now a think tank executive living near D.C. His world is precise and analytical; his demeanor, reserved. Because he is partially color-blind, his black-and-white perspective is both literal and physical — until he meets client Tracee Green –a synesthete who sees words as colors. When she offers to take him on four sensory-rich, cerebral journeys to improve his perception and emotional intelligence, he readily agrees. With the power of suggestion and aid of questionable beverages, Tracee Green guides him to pivotal eras in time where he assumes the personas of his alter-egos: Arturo, Arthur, Kar, and RT. With each journey (both sensual and gut-wrenching), he learns about himself and his surroundings — insights he applies to a camouflage project at work. There’s no denying that Carter is attracted to his vision guide, who delights in teasing him with innuendos and blurred reality. And there’s no uncertainly that his wife, Sarah, isn’t thrilled with him visiting Tracee at the Green Light Foundation. The plot turns when Carter starts to suspect Green Light is a front for something else. With the help of his son, an investigative reporter, a subplot is revealed.