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On a lonely strip of Death Valley a failing musician awakens to an intriguing new life. One filled with ancient languages, a hidden identity, and the woman who holds the key to his destiny...his connection to the lost pages of the Dead Sea Scrolls. But there are those who want to keep the secrets buried...and will stop at nothing to keep the prophecy from unfolding.
She’s feeding me again. I like how her long fingers break off a piece of bread and dip it into the bland broth. The way she looks at me makes me feel naked and vulnerable yet infinitely safe.
Clean and pure.
I’m not sure how long I’ve slept but it seems like a long time. My body aches in ways and places I couldn’t have imagined possible and my head feels like it’s trapped in a vice. It hurts to open my eyes too long; especially when the sun shines thru the big windows this place has lining every wall. I think we’re in the woods because all I can see are trees and she doesn’t have a single curtain or blind to block out the world.
The bed I’ve been sleeping on is in the middle of the room and covered in the softest white sheets, a pile of blankets and white Christmas lights strung across the headboard. This place looks like a cross between a fairy’s cottage and a hunting lodge; with its wood walls and beams.
She has candles everywhere, most of them half burned, and crystals in all shapes and sizes hang from hooks and nails. It suits her, this place. Everywhere I look there’s a clue to who she is and what she loves.
Sometimes I see a flash of light and the ache in my head is blinding. The pain leaves me breathless.
Why is she helping me?
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Mattison started her career in Chicago appearing on television and radio. She founded Cheshire Smile Productions, bringing to life and penning her first feature film FISH WITHOUT A BICYCLE, a festival winning coming of age comedy which was directed by Brian Austin Green. “Fish” is now available on Netflix. Mattison also wrote Cheshire’s second release THE THIRD WISH now available at Blockbuster and distributed by the Hallmark Channel.
Lionsgate’s FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY, based on a true story of Jewish gangsters set in the 1970’s starring James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Edward Furlong, and Jeffrey Tambor was also produced and written by Mattison.
Most recently Jenna has written a TV movie called COMMITTED, which wrapped production this spring to premiere on television this fall. Her novel The Tree of Jesse is a romantic religious thriller and will be released this spring, available worldwide. Mattison wrote the book while recovering from a traumatic injury and says that the novel, “wrote itself,” with historical facts just begging to be included. “I didn’t write this…it came from somewhere else. Somewhere good. Somewhere pure.”
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