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by Barbara M. Hodges

Isabelle Allen burned by love has no interest in playing again. All she desires is peace and time to work on her weaving. She escapes to Baja Mexico with her basset hound and cat.

In Baja a hunky Latino, fifteen years her junior and a lonely ghost scramble her head and her heart.

Watching attraction grow between Cristiano and Isabelle, the ghost's loneliness becomes anger and grows stronger with each usage.

There is only one way for Isabelle to find the peace she craves, walk the spiral to free the ghost and listen to her heart where Cristiano is concerned.

A Spiral of Echoes, by Barbara M. Hodges and Maggie Pucillo, is a 83,000 word paranormal romance.
After her controlling husband's death in bed with his latest fling, forty-five year old Isabelle Allen escapes her well meaning friends and flees to Baja, Mexico with her basset hound Sammi-Sue and her cat Longfellow.
There an ill-fated decision lands her literally in the arms of Cristiano Casamiro, a fifteen- years younger, local man full of contempt for the rich Americanos he feels are destroying his Baja. There is instant sexual tension between them, feelings they both are determined to ignore.
An unplanned overnight stay on Isla Santa Maria, brings Isabelle into contact with Patricia Mullin's ghost. Patricia was killed in a boat accident, three years ago. At that time her fiancée Brad Collins, had pleaded with her to wait for him, he would come back for her, and so she has. Patricia, a pottery designer in her former life is drawn to Isabelle's creativity.
Patricia's restlessness and frustration grow as she watches the passion between Isabelle and Cristiano wax and wane. Why hasn't her own love come back for her?
Isabelle refuses at first to believe the girl is a ghost, but Patricia appears to her on Isla Santa Maria and she can no longer deny the truth.
Isabelle confides in her friend Andres Fuentes about the girl and he introduces her to his grandmother Magdalena. Magdalena Fuentes is a retired anthropologist and mystic. Early training with a shaman has given her insight and tools in the form of dolphin spirit guides and ritual powers.
When Magdalena and Isabelle confront the ghost on Isla Santa Maria, Patricia denies her death and begins a campaign of rage. The backlash of Patricia's anger brings danger to any who try to release her from this world, but is aimed at Isabelle who she sees as a catalyst.
Isabelle Allen must navigate not only Patricia's emotional barrages, but also the growing love she feels for Cristiano. Her mind screams no, that love equals pain, but her heart refuses to listen.
Stubborn spirits abound in A Spiral of Echoes; Isabelle, Cristiano and Patricia, but by the end all discover what it is they truly desire.

A Spiral of Echoes is a story of change, of letting go of the past and moving forward.
Barbara M. Hodges

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