Ten years ago, I began an incredible journey. No longer satisfied with scribbles and abandoned projects, I sat down with a very good friend to write a full-fledged novel. A decade later, the project has seen many ups and downs, halts and restarts, but at last I get to share it with you.
When a mysterious island appears off the coast of San Francisco, two intrepid academics risk everything to discover its secrets. Literature professor Catilen Taylor has struggled all her life with the ability to sense others’ emotions. The only person comfortable with her eccentricities is Damian Cooke. Not just a professor of philosophy, Damian studies an ancient art he calls ‘magic.’
Beyond the military barricade they discover paradise unspoiled by modern advances. A sanctuary the travelers believe uninhabited, until they meet the island’s enigmatic ruler, who invites them to share the wonders of his bathhouse. Just as Catilen believes she’s put her difficulties behind her, trouble stirs on the island forcing her to reveal and test her empathic abilities.
Is the island the paradise it promises? Or does a nightmare lurk beneath the surface?
I’m beyond thrilled to share this, my first novel, with you. It was co-written by Megan Cutler.