Introducing The Spark, a prequel novella to Leanna Renee Hieber's Eterna Files trilogy, hailed as "smart, boundlessly creative Gaslamp Fantasy." (RT Book Reviews) Theorist, Spiritualist and New Orleans native Louis Dupris leaves his former life behind to join the secret, unorthodox Eterna Commission in New York City as their strange cabal attempts to find the cure for death. Led by Spiritualists and mediums, Senator Rupert Bishop and his enigmatic ward, Clara Templeton, the covert Eterna Commission was created from torturous grief surrounding the assassination of President Lincoln. Over a decade later, with no progress made, Dupris and his unique ideas might give the Commission new life, but his own is endangered in the process. Not only must he and Clara hide a newfound passion for one another, one that has been expressly forbid, but he must contend with the sudden appearance of his long-lost and unreliable twin brother who arrives bringing significant trouble of his own. When Dupris discovers what he believes is an unprecedented breakthrough in localized magic, an incredible, life-saving and protective measure, he awakens a terrible, violent force. He races to alert his forbidden love before his spirit gives out and he's no use to anyone dead or alive.Praise for Hieber and The Eterna Files:"An incredibly gripping Holmesian gothic story with supernatural undertones that will send a cold shiver down our spine on the hottest of days... An engaging, fast-paced, mystery-laden story." - The Found Girl"Hieber carves out a chillingly reimagined Gilded Age in careful detail." - Kirkus Reviews"The alternating plotlines seem equally urgent, riddled by murders and bearing the taint of madness. Both settings take the time to introduce a fascinating array of offbeat characters." - Locus"Hieber expertly blends intriguing supernatural elements and interesting, quirky characters in an authentic historical setting. Readers who enjoy a skillful mixture of history and paranormal elements will be well pleased." - Bitten by BooksThe Eterna Files trilogy with Tor Books:The Eterna FilesEterna and OmegaThe Eterna Solution
About the Author
Author, actress and playwright Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in rural Ohio inventing ghost stories. She graduated with a BFA in Theatre and a focus in the Victorian Era from Miami University. She began her theatrical career with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and began adapting works of 19th Century literature for the stage. Her novella Dark Nest won the 2009 Prism Award.