Pat Bertram is a native of Colorado. When the traditional publishers stopped publishing her favorite type of book -- character and story driven novels that can't easily be slotted into a genre -- she decided to write her own. Second Wind Publishing liked her style and published four of Bertram's novels: Light Bringer, Daughter Am I, More Deaths Than One, and A Spark of Heavenly Fire. Second Wind also published Grief: The Great Yearning, a compilation of letters, blog posts, and journal entries Pat Bertram wrote while struggling to survive her first year of grief after the death of her soul mate. Bertram blogs about writing and the writing life at http://ptbertram.wordpress.com
Light Bringerby Pat Bertram
Becka Johnson had been abandoned on the doorstep of a remote cabin in Chalcedony, Colorado when she was a baby. Now, thirty-seven years later, she has returned to Chalcedony to discover her identity, but she only finds more questions. Who has been looking for her all those years? Why are those same people interested in fellow newcomer Philip Hansen? Who is Philip, and… See more details below
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Becka Johnson had been abandoned on the doorstep of a remote cabin in Chalcedony, Colorado when she was a baby. Now, thirty-seven years later, she has returned to Chalcedony to discover her identity, but she only finds more questions. Who has been looking for her all those years? Why are those same people interested in fellow newcomer Philip Hansen? Who is Philip, and why does her body sing in harmony with his? And what do either of them have to do with a shadow corporation that once operated a secret underground installation in the area?
<p>"Brilliant!" —Suzanne Francis, author of the <i> Song of the Arkafina</i> series
<p>"Pat Bertram has a marvelous ability to write the longest parables in all of literature. She unglues the world as it is perceived and rebuilds it in a wiser and more beautiful way." —Lazarus Barnhill, author of <i> The Medicine People</i> and <i> Lacey Took a Holiday</i>
<p>"<i> Light Bringer</i> is TYPICAL BERTRAM: plots within plots, multiple characters with multiple agendas, fast moving, more than enough mystery and intrigue for everyone, satisfying conclusion. Great book!" —Malcolm Campbell, author of <i> Sun Singer</i> and <i> Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire</i>
<p>"<i> Light Bringer</i> is one of the most unique novels I have had the pleasure to read in a long time. Ms. Bertram’s fascinating characters and original subplots make this a page-turner I simply could not put down." —Deborah J Ledford, author of <i> Staccato</i> and <i> Snare</i>
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When strange things happen people go to Chalcedony. But what is so special about the little town? Helen Jenks’ life changed with a drive home on a snowy night. That change came in the form of an infant girl, who she calls Rena, which she finds abandoned on her doorstep. It becomes immediately apparent that Rena is not your usual kind of abandoned-on-the-doorstep baby. There is something special about the child. Helen soon finds herself living on the run with the child, but on the run from who or what? And that is where her story ends and the real story begins. Philip Hansen opens his door to unexpected guests, Agent’s Derrick and Hugh from the National Security Agency. Philip immediately suspects they are there to discuss the books he’s been checking out at the library. He sounds borderline crazy-guy conspiracy theorist, but Philip quickly shows himself to be no crazier than anyone else who thinks aliens are visiting Earth. With a little help from an unlikely source, Philip escapes the two agents, who aren’t who they claim to be, and finds himself drawn involuntarily on a path not of his choosing. Becka Johnson, baby Rena grown up and with a new name, returns to Chalcedony thirty-seven years after her adoptive mother found her. Becka has decided it’s time to find the answers to her lifelong questions that center around “who am I?” And she believes those answers can be found in Chalcedony, Colorado where her life started on a snowy night on a stranger’s doorstep. In a financial bind, Jane Keeler finds herself in Chalcedony searching for her sister George Keeler. Instead of finding her sister, she discovers an empty house, ransacked office, and abandoned car. Georgy’s apparent wild ways make things difficult for Jane as she finds herself drawn by the need to investigate this mystery and learn her sister’s whereabouts. Only no one seems to believe her or to even care. When the trio converges on Chalcedony with no knowledge of each other, things immediately take a turn for the strange. Philip Hansen arrives to find himself thrust into the arms of Becka Johnson, literally, when he’s dropped off at her doorstep. Things soon heat up for Philip and Becka when the strange things happening to each of them grow in intensity with their proximity, leading them forward on an adventure of discovery. Jane is pulled into the strange events surrounding Philip and Becka, finding herself drawn into the midst of a bigger mystery than she’d anticipated. In Light Bringer, Pat Bertram weaves a fascinating tale of a group of people connected by events in the past, beginning before they were even born, who are inexorably drawn together for the culmination of what was started so many decades before. In drawing out the strange events linking these three, I also had the impression that the small town of Chalcedony, Colorado hides other secrets that could very well find themselves revealed in another tale entirely unrelated to this story. Light Bringer is published by Second Wind Publishing, LLC.
Reviewed BY!Robin Review Copy Provided By~Author I was confused right from the beginning and stayed that way to the very end. Some things did come to light, but for the most part this was out of my comfort zone. I gave it a chance as I kept reading and did finish, but I was left with many questions and maybe that was the whole reasoning behind Ms. Bertram’s story. This story had me puzzled from the beginning when a baby shows up on the doorstep of a nurse. No footprints leading away from the house and only a few small ones that leads up to the house. This is not a normal baby as it sings and walks and talks rather fast. The nurse questions things at first but after a few days she just accepts this. After this young baby reaches adulthood and loses the mother that raised her in hiding, she goes on a quest that brings her to a small town that seems to also be gathering others that are brought here for some reason or other. Becka Johnson and Philip Hansen are both drawn to Chalcedony, Colorado. Not sure what their connection is to each other either. You also have a UFO hunter and her sister. While the hunter goes missing her sister is questioned by some agency to find out what she knows. Weird things have been going on around this town since the 70’s and UFO sightings. Are they connected? I can’t divulge that information. Outside of town there is a field of brightly colored flowers that sing and house some wonderful displays of light. They make you feel good. Colors play a big part in the story. The universe, hidden secrets, extra planets, invisible beings, theories, physics, astronomy, mythology; a town lost in time where people still sit around playing games such as Chinese checkers. A town that seems to be lost in darkness, yet it is drawn to the light. I found that this book makes you take a long look at the things that you were taught in school and question what you were told to be facts. Are there other beings out there or for that matter actually living among us? Ms. Bertram makes you rethink and rethink again still leaving so many unanswered questions that we just may never be able to explain. A multi layered story with an underlying hint of romance. A story within a story. Do you see the colors and lights? Do you hear the music? Maybe we have to go to another realm to find the answers.