August 1, 2003 - PR Web: Togo RPCV Valerie Connelly writes "Sacred Night" - a Mystery/Fantasy Novel for the Baby Boom Generation

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Togo RPCV Valerie Connelly writes "Sacred Night" - a Mystery/Fantasy Novel for the Baby Boom Generation

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SACRED NIGHT: A Mystery/Fantasy Novel for the Baby Boom Generation

In the Amazon River basin, the Tokablaki chief, Ahi, risked his tribe’s future by allowing outsiders to buy the secret tribal potion, algala, only to suffer dire consequences because of it. In Chicago, Emily Sanders and Dan Barton survived a bombing because they drank it, but are trapped in another dimension trying to escape it. Landon Pauer made his fortune because he found it and built a black market network to exploit it. Terrorists are killing to get it, and Dr. Blume, Rita Dumas and Detective Cameron must find a way to stop them.

SACRED NIGHT: A Mystery/Fantasy Novel for the Baby Boom Generation

August, 2003 -- SACRED NIGHT speaks to the fears, hopes and dreams of the Baby Boom Generation in their own language. In her debut novel, Valerie Connelly takes the reader from Chicago to the Amazon and back, while redesigning the universal quest for the fountain of youth into a fantasy-rich yet hope-filled tale for the 21st Century. Via 220 tension-packed pages, SACRED NIGHT gives new definition to the possibility that an abundant natural micronutrient could be developed to ensure life free from all the diseases of aging.

SACRED NIGHT infuses the real time issues of aging and survival with fantasy her readers describe as reminiscent of Stephen King’s style. Danger, risk and action permeate the mystery Ms. Connelly creates for her characters. Boomers will find a feel-good kind of escape from the intense realities of their own complex lives as they soak up the intrigue of the tangle of problems the characters struggle to overcome.

“Conflicts and liaisons between an intriguing cast of human and otherworldly characters, all working their own, competing agendas, keep the pace swift,” says Brandi Reissenweber, editor of SACRED NIGHT.

Even as the Baby Boom enters the realm of senior citizens, they are demanding goods, services and entertainment in all forms directed at their needs and desires. Recent articles in the press point out how nutraceuticals (or foods infused with nutrients) and micronutrients (or supplements with healing properties) will spur development of enterprise addressing the Boomer demand for such products. There will be more seniors than ever demanding answers to the issues and problems of aging, and spending billions to achieve the best in health care. (Barbara Varro/Edie Kasten, Chicago Tribune, July 23, 2003).

While motivating the imagination and curiosity of the reader, Ms. Connelly’s membership in the Baby Boom Generation, her first-hand experience in the Third World as a Peace Corps Volunteer, a 30 year career teaching French Literature in the United States and English as a Second Language in France, Iran and the United States, and her own father’s battle with Alzheimer’s from 1983 to 1990 validate her ability to recount her tale with veracity. Valerie Connelly's second novel, SIDETRACKS will be released in 2004.

by Valerie Connelly
July 2003 – Paper back and eBook; 220 pages – Published by Nightengale Press
US $13.95 Paperback ISBN: 0-9743348-0-4
US $13.95 eBook ISBN: 0-9743348-1-2

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Valerie Connelly

Valerie Connelly
Lindenhurst, Illinois, United States


Ms Connelly brings a first hand world view and passion for people to her novels. As a teacher of French and English as a Second Language since 1969, Ms Connelly has travelled and taught in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Over the years she has taught more than 5,000 students to value communication, learning and diversity. Her experience ranges from Togo, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, to directing summer study/travel seminars in Europe, to setting up a language school in Iran before the fall of the Shah, and teaching in high schools in the Chicago area where she was born.

During the 1990's, her talents in music (she is a published ASCAP singer-songwriter with over 100 songs and a full musical to her credit)and visual arts (she is a landscape artist, painting the wilder vistas of the Upper Midwest and France, and a block printer with hundreds of images on cards, prints and decorative pieces) brought her entrepreneurial urges to the surface in two businesses, VALPRO Studios, and Blockart Prints. She holds a patent on an illuminated box called a GLOWBOX.

Her first novel, SACRED NIGHT is ready for publishing. Her second novel, SIDETRACKS is in re-write, and her third novel, THE CALLING is in draft form.

Interests: writing, painting, reading, music, gardening, cuisine, crafting, home decor, family and teaching.

Published writer: No

Freelance: No

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