by Leyla Kader Dahm
Ancient Egypt was the perfect time period in which to set Annabeth’s first past life. It’s an era where spirituality was woven into everyday existence. And I’ve always had an unusual attachment to ancient Egypt. Now, skeptics might say I’m more connected to eras that interest me most, but I argue that they interest me most because I experienced them firsthand!
Now, if I were to get more specific, I’d have to confess that I was Cleopatra. And yes, I know that’s what everyone who claims to be reincarnated says. The difference is that I’m right.
Needless to say, I’ve spent a lot of time wondering who else I was. Here are the likeliest identities for my other past incarnations and why:
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with stories of Henry VIII and his six wives (especially The Tudors version, where Henry stays fit and hot—love that Jonathan Rhys Meyers! While I find each wife’s story enthralling, there’s a special place in my heart for Anne Boleyn. I think she captures the imagination most because her situation was particularly—tabloid? Her sister Mary had been Henry’s mistress. Anne was accused of committing incest with her brother, George. And hello, Henry’s attraction to the irresistible Anne is what kicked off the Reformation! I mean, this all sounds exactly like me (except for the incest part).
My heroine’s surname, Prescott, is one that figures prominently into my family tree. I’m lineally descended from Mary Boulter Prescott and her mother, Grace Swain Boulter. Mary and Grace were both accused of witchcraft after a child in their New Hampshire town died under mysterious circumstances. Anxious to shift the blame, the woman under suspicion, Goody Rachel Fuller, claimed that the boy passed away because her neighbors were practicing witchcraft, and my great-grandmothers many-times-over were among those named. I was fascinated with witchcraft accusations long before I realized that I was descended from accused witches (I also have some Salem witches in my tree). If this doesn’t prove a metaphysical connection, what does?
I’ve long been drawn to old movies, and since I was a child, I’ve been transfixed by silver screen vixen Jean Harlow. Her platinum hair, her beauty mark, a life filled with tragedy that culminated in an early death…I’ve watched her movies over and over again. I’ve dressed like her, I’ve drawn her, I’ve impersonated her, I’ve researched her old homes here in Los Angeles. Clearly, Jean has consumed me for a reason. The reason being that I was her. The resemblance may not be physical, but it is spiritual.
Readers, have you ever suspected that you were reincarnated? If so, who do you think you were?
Dahm went on to work as a script consultant for numerous production companies. She appeared in the acclaimed spoken word show Sit ‘N Spin and had her comedy feature spec, Due North, optioned by Michael Levy Enterprises. She sold her pitch, Survival Instinct, to Nickelodeon Original Movies. Dahm lives with her husband, sitcom writer Richard Dahm, and her children in Los Angeles.
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Leyla's Newest Release: Annabeth Neverending
The discovery coincides with another new find: Gabriel, a handsome young man who takes an interest in her. When she meets his twin brother C. J. at a Halloween party, she realizes they look exactly like two boys who figure prominently into her memories.
Does C. J. share the heroic qualities held by his past incarnation Sethe, her bodyguard when she was Princess Ana? Does Gabriel possess the same evil powers he wielded as Kha, the black sorcerer who sought her affection?
Love meets the supernatural in this gripping young adult paranormal romance. Readers with an interest in reincarnation, as well as ancient Egypt, will be drawn to its mystical mixture of history and hesitation as Annabeth sways between the two brothers.
Will her reincarnated soulmate win out? Or will Kha finally find the way to her heart?
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