Present Day England -- Gothic Romantic/Psychological Suspense
Readers are comparing Encore to SHUTTER ISLAND, INLAND EMPIRE, AND MULHOLLAND DRIVE.
A brilliant hypnotist named Dune works with the Bennu performance troupe (named after the Egyptian flamingo deity. Bennu is the equivalent of the Greek phoenix. Bennu/pheonix is associated with the renewal from the ashes with initiation into occult secret societies.)
Dune is married to the star of the troupe, Susan. Because of the hypnotic training he puts the performers and their standbys through, the troupe has become the most famous in England. The standbys actually believe they're the actors they're pretending to be until the curtain goes down and they snap back into remembering who they are. To be convincing as the core actors on a subconscious level, they also breathe in their actor's extra auric energy.
Susan's standby is Miriam. Though Miriam's friend, Colin, doesn't know it, Miriam and Dune have intense chemistry that has kept her from being open to more appropriate romances. Colin and Miriam kiss for the first time, and begin to consider there may be more to their friendship.
Susan is dying of cancer, so she's struggling to manage performing the last of the season. However, if Susan's able to perform, Miriam can't prove she can lead the next season. What to do?
Located in present day England, rich with occult history, this 110,000 word stand-alone novel for men and women embraces the Gothic Fiction tradition, complete with all the tropes, sure to satisfy the most discerning scholars in the field as well as sweep you off your feet with romance.
Immerse yourself in the passionate world of performance artist Miriam as she loses and discovers her identity, from the avant-garde theater in the city to the moors and tors of windswept countryside in an alchemist's castle, with mysterious footsteps, and paintings constantly re-arranged. Learn the history of how international legends have been rearranged for military purposes. And surrender yourself to a grandly cinematic windswept love story.
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