One moment can change everything. For most, death is the eternal end.
Bryan Caleb has unfinished business. Even as he struggles with his own mortality Bryan must find the compassion within himself to help guide Lisa Zane, an emotionally and spiritually drained young girl, through her troubled life to find her purpose. For it is only with Lisa's help that Bryan can rescue his very own son from the life of crime he has fallen into before Kriticos Caleb's fate mirrors his father's...in death.
About Cynthia Vespia
Cynthia was drawn to writing at a young age. After high school she established a successful career as a freelance journalist writing everything from features and fillers, to reviews and human interest stories.
Her first novel, a medieval fiction entitled The Crescent, was published in August, 2005. The novel was unanimously praised as "an engaging, descriptive read" which prompted a sell-out at Borders Bookstore in less than one hour during the first official signing.
A short story (a satirical look at the afterlife) titled Death's Grand Design was published online shortly thereafter and once again met with reviews that honored her attention to detail and the flow of her prose.
In May of 2006, Theater of Pain was released. This suspense thriller unfolds within the eccentric world of professional wrestling where competitors would do anything to reach the top...even murder.
Today Cynthia writes quality, character driven novels full of suspense as well as dark fantasy. Cynthia likes to refer to her novels as "Real life situations that you could find yourself in, but hope to God you never do." In her spare time she enjoys reading, movies that involve a strong plot/characters, and keeping active through various forms of martial arts and as an active fitness competitor.
"For those who have often asked 'is there life after death', Life, Death, and Back opens our minds to ideas beyond traditional beliefs. While none of us really know what happens after our spirit leves our physical being, Vespia's novel helps us look at th afterlife from a new perspective. This book is a good story, told in a believable style, that has us wondering if there really are angels that are sent to help us through the rough times. Perhaps that's all any of us are looking for - just the possibility that we are not alone, even when things appear to be hopeless." ~Linda Thompson, host of www.AuthorsWebTV.com
"I am … enjoying the heck out of your book. It is stunning and a quintessential page-turner. The story drew me in before I even knew what was happening. I was caring about these characters and their lives and situations and there was an invisibility about the craft that I do find characteristic of exceptional fiction. The story is so well told that you are drawn in, but you don't see the seams…. In short, I am riveted. ~Dr. Niama L. William
sojourn from life to death was
very much the epitome of birth. Brilliant flashes of light were aglow
around bathing snapshots of memory, minute but hardly trivial.
When the ride
the suspension of disbelief released him, Bryan was curious to find his
corpse stretched out at his feet. It lay on the grassy lawn in front of
office building, twenty feet from where he had initially been walking.
The corpse, his
stared up at him through one wide eye. Sightless now it still echoed the
feeling of shock that he had felt the very moment the vehicle had struck
Though he wanted
away from the tragic scene utter terror and confusion gripped him still.
Pedestrians and motorists surrounded the accident and sirens wailed in
distance.He was oblivious to it
All Bryan wanted
to do was
crawl back inside his body, stand up and say, "Hey, look at me, I'm
fine. Not a
scratch." Then there were strong impulses pulling him into the belief
was just a nightmare. At any moment he was going to respond with a
a cold sweat but he would wake, frantic at first, until he found himself
next to his lovely wife, Holly.
He hadn't bothered
her that morning. She was radiantly aglow in her pregnancy as she slept.
their very first child and they were overjoyed to be experiencing this
after only one year of marriage.
Bryan had kissed
her on the
cheek and gone on his way to the law firm. His place of business was
joyful experience to be able to share with Holly. Bryan was the youngest
class to seek and sustain a substantial position within a reputable law
Of course it helped that his father had owned and maintained the firm
Bryan had been a boy. But now it was his own, inheriting it when his
passed away just two years after Bryan had graduated from law school.
It was an
day in Stanford, but nevertheless Bryan was in an upbeat mood. Whistling
crossed the street to his offices he had never even seen the drunk
driver's vehicle coming. Perhaps he had not wanted to. As the saying
goes he had been
looking upon the world with rose-colored glasses up to that point. No
could befall him, he was indestructible. Throughout life Bryan had truly
blessed, now it was all gone. In an instant his entire life had been
out. His promising future was no more. All that was left was another
in the war of drinking and driving. He was no longer Bryan Adam Caleb
outstanding lawyer, loving husband, expectant father, and genuine nice
he was just another statistic.
But Bryan didn't
what was happening. If he was dead, why was he still on this Earth? What
happened to the other side? So many unanswered questions tore through
He refused to
the accident scene Bryan turned and ran. His mind was in frenzy and he
needed to get away, get some space to determine what in the world was
His pace quickened
point where he felt as though he had wings and could lift off.Finally he came to a stop at the end of
the block and to his surprise he was not at all fatigued.His leg muscles did not ache and he was
not breathing heavy. In fact, he was not breathing at all.
Still in disbelief
to check his pulse for some sign that he was still alive. His fingers
straight through his arm. There was no solidity to his wrist at all. He
two more times with nothing but the same result.
frantically for help. With his head on a swivel, something above him
eye. Lights gleamed up in the sky like as though a great crystal was
between two clouds precariously placed for the sun to shine off it.
He stood awed
the magnificent colors waning in every direction. It brought him a smile
sense of peace. After a moment he even thought he glimpsed his loving
face high above beckoning him to come forward and join him.
Bryan began to
how nice it would be to be at his father's side again and to see his
again in perfect and simple bliss.
The lights shone
and began to descend down towards him. Bryan stood stock still as they
closer and closer. The bright glare was such that he had to close his
the pleasant images still remained. He felt his feet lift off the ground
began to rise up with the jubilation.
encompassing him now. Simple joys he new as a boy, more substantial and
of love and faith and virtue that he'd experienced as a man.Those worlds of days long since past
were uniting on a grand scale and lifting Bryan up higher and higher
ecstasy the likes of which he had never known before. But with this
of extraordinary peace came relevance and a fear.
of memories was a portal allowing him access to the other side.It was the ever after, bounty and life
everlasting would be soon to come. Bryan's time here on Earth had been
was now over. But he wasn't ready to leave yet.
"No," he stated.
was low at first as he still clung to the tranquility of the descending
and the majesty of what it was.
He tried hard to
off, feeling indifference of a strong nature. Something was wrong. He
belong here, not now. There was too much left for him to do. He did not
leave his unborn child fatherless. The Caleb Family Law Practice was on a
steady rise; Bryan needed to leave his legacy before he left this Earth.
As his will to
stronger and stronger he shouted "No!" more defiantly than before and
it broke him away from the suction of the light.
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