New Paranormal Thriller Will Change The Salem Witch Trials Forever
by Jack Heath and John Thompson
New book, Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising hits eBook markets July 19, 2012 with a print edition coming later this fall in time for Halloween. The timing of the book’s launch is directly tied to the 320th anniversary of the hanging of Rebecca Nurse, the oldest and last woman hanged during the Salem witch trials.
New author Jack Heath, who is a direct descendant of Rebecca Nurse as well as Ann Putnam, one of Rebecca Nurse’s accusers, collaborated with author John Thompson to pen this novel that is first in a trilogy. Part historical whodunit, party paranormal thriller, the Salem VI books match historical details and facts with new perspectives on the true nature of witchcraft in the United States and how the turn of events in 1692 changed Salem forever. Ultimately, Salem VI challenges Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, as it weaves a very modern tale of intrigue, mystery, loss, and conviction.
SYNOPSIS: Former primetime television reporter John Andrews thought he’d lost everything when his wife died but as timeless bloodlines, first crafted during the Salem witch trials, are redrawn he realizes he has more at stake.
Jack is it true that you are a direct decedent of Rebecca Nurse? Do you really have “Salem Witch” in your blood?
Jack Heath. Yes, through my father’s family I am a direct descendant of Rebecca Nurse and her family. My ancestors through the Heath blood line married Putnam’s, Newhall’s, Tarbell’s- all prominent and historical early Salem, Massachusetts families that tie to Rebecca Nurse. My great-grandfather Heath married Susanna Silver Putnam, for example. The Heath-Putnam-Newhall-Tarbell blood lines go directly back to Rebecca Nurse (formerly Towne) and her family who came here from England to Salem in the 1600’s.
John, for someone who has never read any of your books, how would you describe your writing?
John Thompson: My writing flows in a very readable style. It’s full of plot elements for suspense, strong characters and action. Also, my style is very visual.
Who is your favorite Salem VI character?
Jack Heath: In writing the book initially, it was Abigail. I got a real sense of her and what made her tick. But Rebecca was really a driving force and I like how she rises and John really got a sense of this too. I like how when she gets really pissed off you can feel her rise within John Andrews to get him to do what she wants him to do.
Have you got the whole series planned out, and do you take reader feedback into consideration?
John Thompson: Salem VI is planned as the first of a three book series, and while Jack and I have some very definite ideas about where we would like to take the next two books in the series, we will definitely take reader feedback into consideration as John and Amy dig deeper into the terrible threat posed by the Coven.
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Salem VI: Rebecca's Rising
Book One in the Salem VI trilogy
By Jack Heath and John Thompson
July 19, 2012 (eBook)
September 28, 2012 (hardcover)
Number of pages: 275
Word Count: 77,084
Purchase Links: http://www.salemwitchtrilogy.com
Former primetime television reporter John Andrews thought he’d lost everything when his wife died but as timeless bloodlines, first crafted during the Salem witch trials, are redrawn he realizes he has more at stake. Salem, Mass isn’t what it used to be—or is it?
Having stepped off the fast track of primetime network television news, John Andrews has chosen a quieter life as editor of Salem News, a small paper in a quiet New England town. Life is perfect until Andrews’ wife is killed in a tragic accident. After several years of trying to numb the pain with alcohol, Andrews is visited by the spirit of a long dead ancestor who opens a door to a shocking family history. After he experiences a surreal glimpse into the past, Andrews must confront the question of whether he is losing his mind or whether for several hundred years his ancestors have been engaged in a secret battle with a coven that worships Satan. Fueled by the need to understand whether his wife's death was really an accident or something far more sinister, Andrews, along with his beautiful assistant editor, risk everything to discover a truth so horrifying it threatens to destroy everything and everyone he knows and loves.
About the Authors
Jack Heath is the host of NH Today, New Hampshire’s only live afternoon radio talk show, and cohost of Sport Legends of New England with Bob Lobel, which can be seen throughout New England on Comcast Spotlight. A direct descendant of Rebecca Nurse, the last person to be tried and hanged during the Salem Witch Trials, and Ann R. Putnam, one of her accusers, his first novel, Salem VI, is an altogether modern take on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
John Thompson spent twenty-five years as an investment banker in New York before retiring to write full time. He is the author of the Brent Lucas trilogy, The Girl from Felony Bay, and coauthor of Salem VI. He lives with his wife and daughter and divides his time between Charleston, South Carolina and Hawley, Pennsylvania.
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