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The Medium

The Medium

Noëlle Sickels

St. Martin's Press

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In 1940's New Jersey, Helen Schneider struggles not only with the uncertainties of life and love during war time, but also with the unique challenge of how to heed the insistent voices of the dead.

Helen's childhood is marked with vivid premonitions, and as a young woman, her gift expands to include automatic writing and the rare ability to make spirits materialize. Her German grandmother, a sometimes fraudulent medium, urges her to learn the techniques that keep clients happy. The U. S. Army wants to employ Helen as a psychic spy, and they're willing to use threats to recruit her. Her boyfriend Billy disapproves of her freakish talent, and Helen fears the day may come when he asks her to choose between it and him. Helen, assailed by these battling demands, resolves to determine why the dead come to her and what to do about it.

This historical tale of suspense and romance is rich with details that animate both the home front during World War II and the mysterious, eerily appealing realm of ghosts and spirit guides.

The Medium

CHAPTER 1
AUGUST 1937
Rich man, poor man Beggar man, thief, Doctor, lawyer Indian chief Rich man, poor man Beggar man--
"Thief!" a voice shouted.
Helen lost her rhythm and stepped on her jump rope....

Praise for The Medium

"[A] compelling paranormal love story...Paranormal fans seeking a realistic change from the vampires and werewolves that dominate this popular subgenre will be well rewarded."—Publishers Weekly

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Noëlle Sickels

Noëlle Sickels writes historical fiction, including Walking West, The Shopkeeper's Wife, and The Medium. Sickels has published award-winning short stories in magazines and anthologies. A native of New Jersey, she is a retired teacher living in Los Angeles and Ojai, California with her husband and cat. Much of her non-writing time is happily taken up by her granddaughter, who also likes good stories.

Noëlle Sickels

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