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Sacrificed by his father, a disfigured infant plunges down a snowy mountain. A trapper rescues the boy who grows to young manhood, accompanied by the wolf that nurtured him and a dark anomaly--a fragment of that bond born to twins--the SHADOW OF THE SOUL.
Facing ridicule and humiliation from the town folks, Matthew strives to reunite his family. Then disaster strikes. Will Matthew risk his life to save the man who abandoned him?
Once out the door, Matthew paused beside the corral. Sabbie paced back and forth, greeting him with a robust snort and toss of her head. The mare trotted to him and butted the fence with her broad chest. When he reached over the top rail, Sabbie nibbled up his arm, her way of giving kisses. “I love you, too, girl,” he said, running his hand down her neck and over her shinny red coat, “but Jesse’s on his own today. I’ve got things to work through.”
Since childhood, he discovered he had a special way with animals. Somehow, he sensed their needs, understood their fears. His ability to tame even the wildest creature baffled Jesse. Naomi and White Feather said it was a gift from the spirits. He drew his hand to his forehead and touched the fur-like mass above his brow. Maybe what he saw as a curse was his talisman.
The mare hiked her long black tail and raced to the shed and back, kicking up a cloud of dust and snorting her disapproval. The animal’s reaction sparked a twinge of guilt, and Matthew gave serious consideration to changing his mind and going to help Jesse. Skinning animals and re-setting the traps alone would not be easy. Like Wolf, age had weakened Jesse’s muscles and slowed his pace. More and more he depended on Matthew for help. He shook his head and held his resolve, thinking it best not to rush things between them. Given time, they would work through their problems.
He cut across the clearing and headed on foot into the mountains. The long climb to the pond energized him. With each step, he drew in the cool scent of pine, expelling the air with a whoosh, like bellows fueling a fire. His muscles stretched and tightened as he met the challenge of the steep incline. Not until he caught a glimpse of the pond shimmering in the bright sun did he slow his pace.
He expected to see Wolf before now. This morning she was nowhere in sight. Nor did he see his other illusive companion. Pausing to catch his breath, he continued his search. Following a familiar path, he spotted his furry friend. She moved toward him, ears laid back and lips twitching. Matthew took stock of his surroundings. What he didn’t see or hear put him on edge--no chatter of birds, no sing-song chirping of crickets, no croaking of frogs. The uncanny silence ignited a surge of adrenalin, causing his heart to race.
“Wolf, come here, girl,” Matthew called, a ring of urgency in his voice. He moved forward with trepidation, anticipating the unknown. The crack of a branch startled him, and Wolf bolted into the brush. Several yards ahead a silhouetted figure stepped from behind an enormous fir tree. Recalling his near-fatal encounter with the trapper, Matthew stepped back, wary of the stranger. Like an icy finger, fear snaked its way down his spine. “Who are you?”
The mysterious stranger answered. “I heard you were weird looking. Didn’t know you were also touched in the head. Who you talking to? Ain’t nobody here ’cept you and me.”
Something about the voice sounded familiar. When the intruder drew near, recognition seeped in.
“I see you remember me. Yeah, I’m the one you ran into at Doc Clayton’s place? Name’s Daniel.”
Matthew nodded. “My name’s--”
“I know who you are. Doc called you Matthew.”
“Sorry about bumping--”
“I didn’t come here for no apology.” Daniel edged closer, scrutinizing Matthew’s face. “What you trying to hide?”
Before Matthew could react, Daniel reached out and grabbed the eye patch. “What the hell?” he said, reeling back on his heels. “You are part wolf! I ain’t never seen hair like that on anyone. Bet you got a wolf’s eye behind that flap of skin, too.” Daniel threw the patch to the ground and wiped his hand down the front of his shirt, as if Matthew’s affliction might somehow rub off on him.
Sylvia lives in the heart of Cajun country on beautiful Bayou Corne. Surrounded by a cypress swamp, she has only to step out her back door to enter a world of mystery and majesty.
A native of Louisiana and graduate of L.S.U., she lives life with gusto. From camp counselor, to working with NASA, to a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, she has explored the world, drinking in the sights and sounds of diverse cultures.
Sylvia is a member of Romance Writers of America and Heart of Louisiana, the Baton Rouge Chapter. In addition to writing, she is also a full-time artist. Landscapes in oil are her specialty.
She hopes you will visit often. Feel free to contact her.
The Sweet Smell Of Death: Everyone is suspect. Lives change forever. Laney becomes a target. Ms. Rochester weaves this work with extraordinary skill. She takes you on a ride through the Louisiana bayous, meeting characters and seeing places you won't soon forget on a quest to save Laney's life. Will Laney forgive Trent when she discovers the truth about him? Or will she blame him for her father's death? The Sweet Smell Of Death is a must read. I look forward to Sylvia Rochester's next Novel. -- Jacqueline McGuyer, Blood Secrets
Sylvia Rochester's The Sweet Smell Of Death is a page turner. She keeps the reader guessing who done it and every time that you think you've figured it out, she adds another twist. If you enjoy a good mystery this is the book for you. She makes her characters come to life within the pages of her books and you fall in love with them just like you would if they were real people. -- Four Beacons, Kathryn, www.lighthouseliteraryreviews.com
When Evil Loves: This page turner keeps you on the edge of your seat worrying about Lindsey and wondering what's going to happen next. Rochester is a masterful writer of suspense and When Evil Loves is proof of that. I'm already looking forward to her next book -- Elaine Grant ~ Make-Believe Mom RITA FINALIST Harlequin Superromance Sept 2007
When Evil Loves: With the release of thriller WHEN EVIL LOVES, Sylvia Rochester proves what a wonderful Southern writer she is. Fast paced and descriptive, the story takes the reader on journey around the Baton Rouge area and the costal marshes of Louisiana. -- A great read! Eleanor Cocreham, WingsPress Best Sellers ---CHOICE MAKERS---RISK TAKERS
Shadow Of The Soul: Another touching story from Sylvia Rochester--this time a paranormal set in 1870 in the Cascades. When the boy in a set of twins is born terribly disfigured, and near death, the frantic father makes a drastic decision which will forever affect his family. As the boy, Matthew, grows up in the isolated wilderness world of a trapper and his wife, watched over by the protective she-wolf who rescued him from death as an infant, his sister Rachel grows up with their parents in nearby Lizard Creek. Yet there is the invisible bond of twins between them, sometimes glimpsed as an eerie shadow that weaves through both their lives. Even as the two siblings are drawn together, there are those who want the dark secrets of the past hidden and the twins permanently separated. Only the shadow of their souls can overcome the evil that threatens them and reunite a haunted family. You won’t be able to put this book down! --Elaine Grant, Rita Finalist, Harlequin Superromance Sept 2007
Shadow Of The Soul: Few writers dare to make their heroes less than perfect but Sylvia Rochester reveals a new dimension to her writing skills when she breaks the rules in Shadow of the Soul. Sylvia offers the reader a poignant story of a young man’s trials in dealing with a severe disfigurement. Reared by a mountain man, befriended by a she-wolf, and guided by a phantom spirit, Matthew Calder’s search for acceptance tweaks the heart strings when he discovers a twin sibling, a mother’s love, and a father’s deception. A truly wonderful story--one well deserving of five stars. --Eleanor Cocreham, WingsPress Best Sellers, Choice Makers, Risk Takers
Courage To Care is a heartwarming book that takes the heroine, a brave young doctor who longs to practice in a time when women are not welcome in the field, on a journey of discovery from the her birthplace in the Old West to the treacherous streets of 1800's New Orleans and back home again. Courage to Care follows this young woman from first love to maturity in a wonderful book that will keep you reading far into the night. -- Elaine Grant - AN IDEAL FATHER Harlequin Superromance --October 2008
MAKE-BELIEVE MOM RITA FINALIST Harlequin Superromance
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
No. of Pages: 292
Paper Weight (lb): 12.6