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Only by looking into the past can Audrey save her future.

Audrey Eames is happy living the wanderer’s life. After a near-death experience in her teens, Audrey can see people’s past lives whenever her skin touches theirs, and afraid of being labeled delusional, she’s never stayed in one place too long or made any deep connections.

So, when Audrey’s estranged aunt dies and leaves her the historic Soberly Inn and Public House on the scenic Oregon coast, Audrey wants nothing to do with it. She is determined to sell the inn and leave town before someone discovers the power she’s been hiding from the world, but clauses in her aunt’s will seem to block her at every turn.

Yet once ensconced in Soberly’s small town life, the people—particularly the bartender, Kellen Greene—start to grow on her, and she begins to feel that maybe she’s finally found a place of her own. As accepting as the townspeople seem, Audrey fears their reactions—and Kellen’s rejection—and decides to keep her visions a secret. But all is not well in Soberly. Soon after Audrey arrives, people in town start dying in the same manner as in their past lives—but in this lifetime it’s murder. When suspicion starts to fall on Audrey and her new beau Kellen, Audrey vows to use her gift to find the murderer and protect the people she loves—before it’s too late.



Nicole Bross

Nicole Bross is an author from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she lives with her husband, two children and one very large orange cat. When she’s not writing or working as the editor of a magazine, she can be found curled up with a book, messing around with her ever-expanding collection of manual typewriters or in the departures lounge of the airport at the beginning of another adventure. Past Presence is her debut novel.

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1 review for Past Presence

  1. The Colorado Book Review

    5 Stars
    Surely the lawyer’s death is just a coincidence. People trip and fall down the stairs all the time. The pharmacist drowning in the storm pond is more suspect, but it’s only after the third death when Audrey knows for sure—someone else in Soberly, Oregon can see people’s past lives too.

    Ever since the age of fourteen, skin-to-skin contact with another person gives Audrey Eames visions of that person’s past lives. Whether just a glimpse or an entire scene, the images Audrey receives can be benign and commonplace, or they can tell her of significant events, such as how that person died. And now Audrey knows that someone in the tiny town of Soberly is murdering its residents by recreating how they’ve died before. What she doesn’t know is who is behind the murders, what their motive is, or how to stop them.

    Past Presence is Nicole Bross’s debut novel, and what a debut it is. She delivers an imaginative and clever story, positing that if we indeed come back again and again, we individually retain a common thread of personality and temperament that we would recognize, even if our earthly candy coating has changed. That premise allows Bross to concoct a creative paranormal mystery, seamlessly cross-pollinating behaviors and personality traits of characters from past to present with the same people playing out similar fates in different times.

    Bross’s writing is smooth and open; her characters, contemporary. Audrey’s aunt having a wife, Audrey’s steamy biracial relationship with Kellen, and even her extrasensory abilities can be still be edgy topics but here are expressed naturally, without feeling forced or awkward. One gets the feeling there may be a little something in the author that likes to color outside the lines of social conformity, which makes her a great match for readers of modern fiction. Nicole Bross’s Past Presence is a thoroughly satisfying curl-up-in-your-pajamas-and-read-it-straight-through supernatural delight. You’re sure to enjoy it whether this is your first lifetime or your fifty-first. — Colorado Book Review

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