Renowned New Jersey mystery writer and children's book author, Valerie Wilson Wesley, writing under the pen name Savanna Welles, has unleashed her latest offering, When the Night Whispers (St. Martin's Press: Feb. 5, 2013), - a stunner she calls a "paranormal love story." "I love to write mysteries but found this genre an enjoyable challenge as well," Ms. Wesley states regarding her venture into the paranormal. "All good stories are dependent upon strong characters and intriguing plots, but in this one, I had to make the unbelievable appear believableand that was no small thing."
Jocelyn Markham's life has come undone. Her mother's recent death filled her with grief, and even her daughter Mikela senses her vulnerability. She's also flat broke.To save money, she moves back to the Markham family home. Shortly after arriving, she discovers a journal written in the 1920's by her great-grandmother Capricea "doomed, foolish" woman despised by both her mother and grandmother. Jocelyn has been told that she possesses Caprice's spirit and looks, "not a good thing," her grandmother always warned.
"Thus I, a wanton woman, will suffer till the end of days and he has been worth it," Caprice had written.
Those words, along with her vivid descriptions of the Harlem Renaissance and of the stranger who seduced her, leave Jocelyn spellbound. Yet she puts the journal aside when she meets Asa, her handsome neighbor. From her first secretive glimpse, Jocelyn is fascinated by him and quickly drawn into his world. Despite warnings from her friend Luna, she falls deeply in love. But the closer they become, the more power he gains until she willingly gives him whatever he demands. Until Jocelyn realizes his demands carry a terrible and devastating price.
VALERIE WILSON WESLEY (writing as Savanna Welles) brings forth a riveting love story in When the Night Whispers - her first venture into the paranormal. Ms. Wesley is the author of eight Tamara Hayle mysteries and author of three novels: Playing My Mother's Blues, Always True to You in My Fashion and Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do. Wesley, a former executive editor at Essence magazine, lives in New Jersey.
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