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|Pollen Press Publishing
CONEY ISLAND SIREN
By Theresa Varela
SUMMARY: Call it coincidence or call it fate when Maggie Fuentes, rummaging through a Coney Island flea market, stumbles upon a a handwritten diary whose author, a young girl of the nineteenth century names Ellen, reveals dreadful secrets that parallel Maggie's own. Maggie sinks deep into the sinister maelstrom of her lover, Police Officer Frank Ramirez, until the stark urgency of lines written by a kindred spirit compel her to confront the reality of her- and their- lives. Far removed from each other in time but bonded by the white-capped ocean, amusement park locale, and converging torments, it seems particularly apt that the sleight-of-hand landscape of luck and chance provides the setting for Maggie's harrowing and hypnotic encounter with turmoil, then kismet, and ultimately, clarity and reawakening.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Award winning Puerto Rican author, Theresa Varela, was born and raised in Brooklyn, NYC. She is the recipient of International Latino Book Awards for Covering the Sun with My Hand in 2015 and Nights of Indigo Blue: A Daisy Muñiz Mystery in 2016. Dr. Varela holds a PhD in Nursing Research and Theory Development and currently works with the mentally ill homeless population in NYC. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses; a member of Las Comadres para las Americas and is on the Advisory Board of the Latina 50 Plus program. She is Co-Founder of La Pluma y La Tinta- a Writer's Workshop. Her blog LatinaLibations on Writing and All Things of the Spirit can be found at theresavarela.com.