Publisher: Terra Nova Books
Date of publication: March 2016
When Kelsey Dupuis takes a job working in a genetic engineering lab in the high desert of New Mexico, she begins to suffer from oceanic nightmares that soon escalate into waking visions, warnings, pleas for help, and finally visitations from a dark-braided, green-eyed girl named Iriel. Kelsey wrestles with the notion that Iriel could be a past life self who once lived in an ancient watery place no longer on this earth. At the same time, she confronts ethical issues at work, and a lover who becomes more and more abusive. As Kelsey seeks the truth, she learns that Iriel escaped an arranged marriage in her own time, and lived to witness the destruction of her ancient homeland, helpless, despite her formidable powers, to stop it.
Incarnation is the story of one woman’s confrontation with history as she learns the meaning of a soul-twin’s life and its karmic implications. Forced to relive her deepest fears, Kelsey is able to face her entwined past and present with courage, innovation, and forgiveness in order to break the chain, free her soul-twin, and become more truly herself.
“Laura Davis Hays’ beautifully written and deeply imaginative novel, Incarnation, is at once a thrilling adventure, a fantastical journey in time and a complex love story. Skillfully weaving ancient and modern, science and spirit, Davis Hays makes a powerful case for the limitation of purely rational solutions in the face of the fragility of this beautiful and chaotic world. This original and visionary novel allows us to experience fantasy as real and reality as magic.”–Susana Guillaume, Author, playwright, actress, Girl Facing West
“In smart and elegant language, Hays deftly weaves equal parts of science, romance, adventure and fantasy into a captivating novel that invites the reader to consider the interconnectedness of the past, present, and future.”–Linda Durham, Founder/Director, The Wonder Institute
“What if it’s virulent?” asked Jersey. “How can we find that out? Quickly, I mean.”
“Short of dissecting a human subject …” Wickstrom peered over his glasses at Franklin.
“What about the open water,” Jersey asked, “where it was released today?”
“My best guess is that it will have nothing to feed on in the relative desert of the Caribbean. This is my hope anyway.”
“Explain yourself,” Rodman said.
“Warmer water is less oxygen saturated than cold,” Albert said, “so it supports very little life other than in the specifically adapted environments like the reef. There’s very little plankton, for example, compared to the Pacific. You have big lifeless expanses of water. In poetic terms, it’s like a desert.”
“The water is the sand?” George asked.
“I have a theory,” said Wickstrom, “that the specimen seems to propagate best in high concentrations. That means tight spaces. Containers. Not the open ocean. Maybe they have some way of communicating at close range,” he added.
There was a light laugh from one of the scientists, but Kelsey was thinking some form of mass consciousness, like a school of fish.
About Laura Davis Hays
Laura Davis Hays is the award winning author of Incarnation, a metaphysical thriller set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a remote Island off the coast of Belize, and the lost continent of Atlantis. She is also the author of the forthcoming fantasy series, The Atlantis Material, and a collection of linked stories set in Denmark, her ancestral homeland, in the early part of the 20th century.
Laura writes with a mind balanced between right and left-brain capabilities that leads to a combination of flights of fancy and complexity of structure in her work.
A graduate of Rice University, Laura lives in Santa Fe with her husband, Jim, and two cats, Rufus and Dexter.
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Laura Davis Hays’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, May 16th: Worth Getting in Bed For
Wednesday, May 18th: The Magic All Around Us
Friday, May 20th: Bibliotica
Wednesday, May 25th: Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, May 26th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, May 31st: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Wednesday, June 1st: From the TBR Pile – excerpt
Monday, June 6th: The Warlock’s Gray Book
Thursday, June 9th: The Sassy Bookster – excerpt
Friday, June 10th: Write Read Life
Monday, June 13th: A Bookaholic Swede – excerpt
Wednesday, June 15th: Palmer’s Page Turners