Since we began to write as Juliette Harper, we’ve gained a new appreciation for the importance of a writer’s voice. Juliette has become known for her strong female characters, occasionally snarky humor, and fascination for the paranormal.
However, as self-professed genre hoppers, we don’t want to confuse our readers when we decide to flex our creative muscles in different directions. So, today, we’d like to introduce you to our newest pen name, Annie Curtis. What’s up with her?
This is the note Annie penned for readers at the conclusion of her debut novel, Forever Memory:
Kendall and Jackson’ story is the first novel set in the fictional town of Blairsville, Texas. Subsequent books, though they may use some of the same characters, won’t have to be read in sequence. Like all my books, the Blairsville stories will explore issues of faith and belief within and outside the traditional norms of what those words have come to represent.
In Hamlet, William Shakespeare penned the lines, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” He didn’t go on to tell us what Horatio did or didn’t believe — we’re only left to understand he believed something and that his belief was confined within set boundaries.
My stories push at the boundaries while opening the door to peek at the wonder of all creation. They’re fun to conceive and write, and I hope they’re fun for you to read.
Here’s the full description of the book:
Kendall Phillips, stinging from the failure of her five-year relationship with Lane Sutton, learns she's inherited her grandfather's house in Blairsville, Texas. Determined to make a fresh start in a new location, Kendall, a freelance writer, packs up and heads to the place she will now call home.
Jackson Wheeler can't accept his mother's diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's. Burying himself in work at the family's hardware store, he resists all the doctor's suggestions, insisting that he can care for his mother at home. When he's finally forced to put his mother in a memory care unit, Jackson harbors deep suspicions about the therapy she receives there.
Neither Jackson nor Kendall feel the hand of the guardian angel watching over them when Kendall arrives at the care unit to write a magazine piece on the facility’s innovative treatment approaches. Through a chance encounter, Kendall and Jackson meet, setting the stage for the rebirth of a family from the depths of loss.
Join Jackson and Kendall as they learn that none of us ever walk alone.
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And here’s what’s coming from Annie in the near future, a book called Believe:
Chicago. 1930. Isabeau Dumont arrives in the United States in the opening year of the Great Depression fresh off her success as a glamorous Parisian fan dancer in Maurice Chevalier’s famous review. Amid the gangsters and bootleg booze of the 1930s, Isabeau raises her daughter in the world of burlesque.
Young Arella survives the rough and tumble streets of Chicago only to die in a ridiculous accident in 1952. Waking up in a celestial waiting room, Arella discovers she’s been recruited as a fledgling angel in the heavenly host.
Now, after a 65-year-apprenticeship, she’s gotten her big break — a promotion to the Department of Lost Souls. Given her affinity for strays, from cats to people, Arella seems like a natural, but then she’s handed her first assignment.
Workers in San Francisco have unearthed the body of a child, dead since the 1780s, perfectly preserved in a sealed casket, apparently left behind when a massive cemetery was relocated for land development purposes. Through the receptacle’s glass panes the child appears perfect, thick blonde curls resting peacefully on the collar of her hand-stitched white dress.
The man who found her believes he has witnessed a miracle — one with chilling significance in light of his own sins. An agency charged with burying, and if possible, identifying lost children has taken custody of the child the papers christened Grace. But one man can't stay away from the mysterious little girl, believing his fate is entwined with hers.
Arella’s job? Help the human authorities identify the child while guiding a lost soul through his personal crisis of faith. Can she show him that the most transformative experiences come from within?
Join Arella Dumont on her first assignment for the Department of Lost Souls as she quickly discovers an angel’s work is never done.
Never fear, Juliette is still hard at work on the next installment of the Jinx Hamilton series, To Haunt a Witch. In the meantime, settle in with Annie and get to know her. We think you’ll like her.