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Thursday, November 21, 2019

A tale of sisterhood and the supernatural - The Invisibles by Rachel Dacus

Author Dacus does a superb job bringing the village of Lerici to life, from the smells of the sea to the pungency of the local olive oil, and showing how the Italian way of life changes both women. An enjoyable, romantic read. -- Suanne Schafer, author of HUNTING THE DEVIL


Published: November 15th, 2019

Sisters Saffron and Elinor inherit a cottage on the Italian coast from their father, along with its resident ghost and a secret manuscript. Their rivalry explodes through a struggle for control of the inheritance. 

Saffron has a genius for creative living, but ever since her judgmental older sister interfered in her love life, Saffron and Elinor haven’t spoken. When death brings them together at their father’s funeral in Rome, the battle re-ignites. It continues as they travel up the Italian coast to take possession of their cottage. Both secretly wish to mend fences, but they have opposite views about the best way to live. 

Saffron has always sensed the “Invisibles”, people lingering after their demise. When the spirit who lives in the house predicts one sister might die, she takes it seriously, but can’t convince her practical-minded sister. 

As they prepare the house for sale, Italy infuses its magic in food, festivals, and local love interests -- until a shocking night changes everything for the sisters and their friends. 

A tale of sisterhood and the supernatural, perfect for fans of Mary Ellen Taylor and Barbara O'Neal. 


Saffron glared at her black-suited sister across their father’s grave in Rome’s Protestant Cemetery. It was nearly empty for their father’s funeral, only Elinor, this small bunch of stylish Italians also wearing black, and herself in lavender. Was it worth coming all the way from Berkeley, with her domineering sister, for this ritual? Ellie had written a solemn ceremony, as if Dad would have enjoyed the pomp. Okay, maybe he was enjoying it, but Saffron knew he was hating being dead.

She could tell by the purple glimmers that swarmed over his casket that Dad was disturbed by his situation, but he’d soon grow calm.

Her superior sister, with her perfect pageboy and dark suit, looked embarrassed tossing red rose petals onto the casket. Good, she should. The cheesy petal-tossing idea had been Ellie’s. She was always planning and calculating. She could never do anything spontaneously. It was as if all the energy in Ellie’s body flowed up and gathered in her brain, where it pulsed in constant, bossy motion.

But then Saffron remembered she didn’t want to be critical, especially not with her sister, who had invited her to come. She tried to put on a hopeful expression, to please Ellie—and then she remembered Ellie wouldn’t like to see her smiling at the funeral.

The judgmental vibes were probably flowing from Ellie, who was always embarrassed by something. Often it was by Saffron and her spontaneity, which was, yes, a little messy. And what Elinor dismissively called imaginative. To Ellie, the mix-up with the plane reservations had proved yet again why Saffron wasn’t competent. After Saffron booked the wrong dates, Elinor took over with a flourish. Her sister loved to take charge. Ever since childhood, Ellie had honed her management skills by running Saffron’s life.

Yes, it was true, Saffron needed help. Of course, she wasn’t perfect. Okay, she was about to turn thirty and hadn’t yet begun adulting. But at this moment, she was proud of herself for coming along and trying to mend fences with Ellie—as proud as you could feel with drizzle plastering your hair onto your face, your boot heels sinking into the spongey ground, and your sister frowning at your smile.

About the author:
Rachel Dacus is the author of The Invisibles, a novel of sisterhood with a touch of the supernatural. “An enjoyable, romantic read.” The Renaissance Club is a time travel love story featuring the great 17th-century Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini, who meets and falls for his superfan from future time. “Enchanting, rich and romantic.” Dacus has written four poetry collections: Arabesque, Gods of Water and Air (poetry, prose, and drama), Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau. She lives in Northern California with her husband and Silky Terrier. When not writing, she raises funds for good causes. More at racheldacus.net. 

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Bernie Wallace said...

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

katieoscarlet said...

This sounds like a great read with real Italian culture.

Dale Wilken said...

Sounds like a really great read.

Rachel Dacus said...

Thanks for hosting my book today! I've wanted to write since I read my first Oz book, and wrote my first novel about age ten. Thanks for all the comments. If you love Italian culture, I hope you'll enjoy this story, set on the Ligurian coast.

Bea LaRocca said...

Did you have to spend much time researching any of the paranormal or supernatural aspects of your story?

Rachel Dacus said...

Fun question. I did spend time on that research. I'm very interested in the supernatural/paranormal, but in the end I went with my own version of the afterlife. I write magical realism because I feel that "reality" has dimensions we don't always perceive. As a poet, I'm very fluid with writing about reality!

Tashia Jennings said...

Sounds very intriguing and suspenseful. Love the blurb. Interesting cover. Thank you for sharing

Rachel Dacus said...

Thanks, Tashia!

SavingsInSeconds said...

So much to love - an Italian cottage, a ghost, and a story about sisters!

Nancy Payette said...

Terrific cover

Amy Woolard said...

I do love this cover!! What I have read about this book has me intrigued! I can't wait to read more!

Bridgett Wilbur said...

Sounds like something to would love to read.