Honored that night was the amazing Judith Jamison, who was inducted into the Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame. Jamison was the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for 20 years, along with numerous other outstanding achievements in dance, and has earned great fame and recognition.
S.A Williams was particularly pleased as she was the agency of record for the advertising for Alvin Ailey at The Annenberg Center in Philadelphia with Randy Swartz many years ago. “This was a great honor to meet such a brilliant and talented woman” says Williams, who is a big fan. “Also this Copacabana Gala was a spectacular event -Michelle Riggi and her team did an outstanding job! One of the best Galas’s ever!”.
What would you do if, in the course of your work, you discovered something unlike anything you’d experienced theretofore? You’re dedicated to your research, and you put together something so unexpected that at first you need to take stock, to realize the implications from all angles. Before that moment of discovery, you’d never realized the weight of making decisions that affected others—but now, suddenly you have the weight of the world on your slim, youthful shoulders.
And what if this secret discovery was so powerful that it held the potential both for great good, or for ultimate evil? In the right hands—those of benevolent hearts with philanthropic leanings, Anna’s discovery could do tremendous good—it could revolutionize medicine, and save countless numbers of people.
But in the wrong hands and in the wrong circumstances, it could usher in the end of all life on Earth, for Anna’s discovery could lead to the termination of all beings on our planet, from single-celled organisms to the most complex of beings.
This is precisely the conundrum with which Anna is faced in Anna’s Secret Legacy. The responsibility of harboring her enormous discovery, and wanting to do the right thing is a burden she’d never anticipated. What if this great thing can live up to its true potential, and revolutionize medicine? How many lives could be saved by this new-found information? On the other hand, it would take only one malevolent heart, one evil soul—one evil empire—to take the secret, twist it and destroy all humanity. A single drop of the magic elixir could lead a domino-effect toward universal death for all life forms on Earth.
This is not a decision that should be thrown in the lap of anyone, never mind a young woman with a complicated past. The past may not determine the future, but certainly it can shape our decisions. Anna carried her past with her, as we all do—but in her case, the dysfunction of her family life could fog up her ability to think through the full implications of her gigantic secret.
What do you think? Those of you who’ve read the book—I’d love your feedback, about how you’d handle Anna’s conundrum, were the problem yours. Those of you who’ve not-yet read the book—there’s always time to catch up. Let’s start a discussion group—your thoughts on Anna’s troubling discovery are important to me. Thank you for reading, and for sharing.
Anna’s Secret Legacy- A Secret Look- Who is Anna and Why Do We Care?
Anna is more than just the proverbial star of the show in Anna’s Secret Legacy. As the protagonist, she serves as the mother framework for this project. Struggling with her choices ethically, she succeeds in making the right ones. We see her as beautiful and intelligent, but the co dependency, caretaker issues, become more evident, as we are drawn into her character. Her love for her younger sister, Britta, is a perfect example of a dysfunctional family relationship.
Anna is the eldest child of middle class parents. Her Mother’s early influence on Anna as an herbalist has a strong influence on Anna’s career choice in research medicine. Her mother’s early death, throws her into primary caretaker of the household. She was sent to Cambridge at age 16 and graduates at 20, get her PhD in biology, at age 23.
She has been working as a research scientist at the prestigious Neils Bohr Institute for a few years. A dysfunctional and chaotic family, thrusts a lot of responsibility on her at a young age, which is overwhelming. She is attractive and sensitive whose early years had given her a far greater than ordinary need for genuine unstinted love. In Doug she seems to find at last what she had sought above all else.
By being strong and helpful to others, she protects herself from the panic, surrounds herself with people she can help, in order to feel safe and in control.
When she meets Doug, a fast acting cocktail of neuro chemicals is set off. A rush of laser focused attraction opens the door to a whirlwind courtship. Anna may not have wanted to meet anyone that night, but her brain had other plans that are deep and primitive. Both Doug and Anna will come up against anxiety, threats and mind numbing joys, over which they have little control, as they try to build a future together.
Anna’s spontaneous dreams are relatively easy to interpret. Fostering and interpreting diagnostic and curative dreams was essential to the methods of ancient Greek and Egyptian healing temples and was practiced by Hippocrates and Galen. Anna well understands that the mind and body communicate with each other constantly and that most of this communication is on an unconscious level.
Doug’s mother died when he was a young boy. Nothing in Doug’s life prepared him to be emotionally involved with another person in a loving, committed relationship. For most of his life he had actively been seeking a feeling of strength and safety by engaging in dangerous escapades. He used involvement in danger to avoid feeling pain and helplessness at being emotionally abandoned by his mother (albeit no fault of hers because she died)- when he meets Anna he is enchanted by her appealing looks and tender attitude toward him. She responds with sincere interest and deep compassion. When he sees Anna, a signal went off for mating and long term attachment- his heartstrings finally got the attention of his very self sufficient and independent male brain.
Where would their journey take them…? Read the book, if you’ve not already..it appears that they have leapt from solitary inner lives to one of genuine connection-a place we all crave, whether we admit it or not. http://www.annassecretlegacynovel.com
You’ve heard of The French Connection, yes? Well, Anna’s Secret Legacy has a very strong Saratoga Connection. I have a special fondness for Saratoga Springs, New York and the beautiful Saratoga Race Course there. Thoroughbred race horses play a role in the book, and quite a bit of action takes place at the historic race track there. The vibe of the place—the track and the town—is unlike anywhere else in the world. Once you’ve been, you’re entranced. Like the song of the Sirens, Saratoga wants to become your lover. She calls you back, time and again.
The track, town and horses are all characters in the book–but I can’t tell you any more than that! Those of you who’ve read the book know what happens there—those of you who haven’t, well, you’ll just have to get a copy and find out for yourselves.
I have very fond memories of Saratoga from my time in upstate NY—my Dad loved Thoroughbreds, passionately. He shared his affection for the horses and for Saratoga. I loved going to the track with him—seeing these spectacular horses— my Dad was pretty knowledgeable about this enchanting sport, ‘The Sport of Kings’. These memories are a key reason why I look forward to going back every chance I get. Reliving sweet old times, and creating new memories for the future—that’s what Life’s all about, isn’t it?
In Anna’s Secret Legacy novel, O’Grady, The Irish trainer is also part of the underground résistance and plays an important role in smuggling military secrets out of Germany as he had access to selling and buying thoroughbreds, throughout Europe in 1940-This is the one year The l’Arc De Triomphe, The famous Paris race was cancelled.
(hint, hint his adopted son. O’Grady’s son will play a major role in the sequel! )
(And—hint-hint—it’s no mere coincidence that Saratoga is renowned for the waters- ‘Taking the Bathes’ (as President Roosevelt did) that bubble up from underground, and a major role of the miraculous water in the story.)
I hope to make more Saratoga Memories this summer, during my book tour. We’re working to set up a couple of book signings in town during the racing season. It would be wonderful to meet some fans of Anna’s Secret Legacy in person, and to make new friends. As we discussed in my last blog posting, I wrote the book with the intention of providing a compelling, single story—but also give readers some nuggets that speak of The Big Picture.
I’m fascinated by the fact that every Life on this Earth is made up of a series of small stories—indeed, many people perceive it as being nothing more than small stories—but those little pieces are all part of the bigger whole, The Big Picture. Saratoga, racing and the horses all contribute to the greater picture—they are the fabric of the large story, itself. We could not take them out of the book any more than we could remove the sulfur springs, or World War II—the period of time during which our story unfolds. Like a rich tapestry—which on the front appears as one beautiful, seamless picture—Anna’s Secret Legacy from the back is a mixture of many threads of countless colors. And every thread, every color, is absolutely necessary. Without any one particular color or thread, the story itself would fall apart, be a cacophony of words with no rhyme or reason.
So I’m very excited about revisiting a place of such special importance. Saratoga is a wild, mystical, exotic place—a place that has secrets all her own. Serving as the backdrop for such a meaningful thread in my book, this magical environment will draw you into her heart, under the spell that she weaves in every page dedicated to this part of the story line. I hope to share discussions with each of you when I visit Saratoga this summer: I’m sure we’ll have a lot to discuss! Even first conversations with new friends who’ve read the same book feels like dinner with old allies, and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you when I visit the Spa City in August. J www.annassecretlegacynovel.com Ck out the secret room for historical facts relevant to the book–click on the coins and you will be taken to another historical fact relevant to the novel.
Anna’s Secret LegacyHello! It’s been a while since we checked in—things here have been hectic, in the good way. I’m happy to report that enthusiasm for the book hasn’t waned one iota since original publication—if anything, it’s growing, and morphing. We’re seeing new fans and other interested parties (read that, Hollywood Types) popping up in places we hadn’t anticipated. I guess that’s one of the signs that “Anna’s Secret Legacy” tells a story that is universal at its core. Yes, the setting, the characters, the particulars all come together to tell a story that’s set in a certain time in history. But my aim when writing the book was to create a story that would be just as valid 100 years from now as it is today—or during World War II. The tale, itself, is about one man, one woman, one especially suspenseful period of time.
But love—like other intangibles such as loyalty, patriotism, freedom—is an eternal value. And everyone, it seems, can embrace these values. So I find it to be particularly gratifying to receive emails from readers who tell me their own stories of love and intrigue, and how “Anna’s Secret Legacy” moved them, or made them think. Just as interesting are the notes I receive in which new-found friends tell me their own tales of love, loss, discovery and espionage. Writing responses to these communications is almost as satisfying as was writing the book. Sharing a story with so many good, thoughtful people unites me with people I might not have met before I wrote the book.
I’m in a new place now, one of reflection on the past—both World War II, and the time that I wrote the book—and of the present, and the future. The present is filled with swirling thoughts of offers, potential offers and decisions to be made. The future will be chock-full of writing: the final polish screenplay for the film, and the sequel to the original tome. And who knows what else will come with each passing minute, day, month? I can’t tell you what the future holds, but I do promise to keep you updated as we grow with this journey. The historic novel has its roots in one period of time, but—like the future that lies before me, before “Anna’s Secret Legacy”—the story contained within the covers will grow fearlessly as we walk bravely forth. I promise to take you all with me as we move into that fascinating new place—who knows? You may be inspired to create your own book and allow that book to take you to a wonderful, unforeseen future.
Its hard to believe but summer is over! I am excited to do a book singing for Angels in Flight for the Wings N Wheels community day this Sat, Sept 8th @t Wings Airfield in Blue Bell, PA from 10am-noon! Please join us and get your personally signed copy of WWII suspense story ‘Anna’s Secret Legacy’!
We have been working very hard- talking to producers and talent for the screenplay as well as working on the sequel. Please ‘like’ us on Facebook and check out our website http://www.annassecretlegacynovel.com. Many Thanks to all our wonderful fans and friends for the fantastic support and following. Now in 110 countries and almost 71,000 fb fans- I am grateful! Please help us get to 100,000. Available on Amazon, Kindle, B&N.com