"Quite Original and Unique Paranormal"
Gracie McKeever writes a reincarnation tale with a twist.
Kelly Butler, a young African American male, blames his
lost potential on a tragedy which occurred on the night
before his 14th birthday. Until that fire, which robbed him
of half of his family and his home, he'd lived an idyllic
life. Now he is set on the road to easy money, selling
drugs to others like himself. The fact that he has too
much respect for his own body to be a user, and his belief
in the neo-paganism faith, are perhaps his only saving
If he could claim one good thing in his life it would have
been his relationship with Amire, the woman he loves. But
he had messed that up as well. Kelly reflected on all
these things as he hovered over his lifeless body. Yes, he
was really dead, a victim of a drive-by shooting.
Apparently though, it is not Kelly's time to die. He is
sent back, but it soon apparent that "he" is not quite
himself. Awakening in the hospital he is shocked to find
himself the subject of an argument being conducted by two
middle-aged, upper class whites. Good grief, can it be?
His new body is that of a young, petite, bond ---- woman ---
who's apparently been in a coma for several weeks. To top
it all off, a sexy Hispanic hunk by the name of Tyler Diaz
claims to be his, uh her, husband, and he's a cop. Kelly
Butler is now Mrs. Dagny Castle Diaz!
The arguing strangers are apparently her parents and it's
painfully clear they don't approve of Tyler. They had never
approved of him. The fact that Dagny had suffered a brain
aneurysm, on the day that Tyler had filed for a divorce,
hadn't endeared him to them. Tyler is experiencing his own
sense of guilt over the matter.
Kelly's memories of his former life are intact but he has
none of Dagny's. Nevertheless he's absorbed one thing. He's
been given a second chance to live his life right. Dagny
had been as messed up as he'd been. Drugs, and casual
flings, were just a part of her destructive behaviors.
Kelly quickly gets in touch with his feminine side. He also
recognizes what a good man Tyler is and realizes that he
must make things right between the two of them. Tyler is
willing to try again, but winning his trust will not be
Unfortunately Kelly had inherited Dagny's baggage along
with her body. This includes a lover who is not willing to
give her up. He has sworn that nothing will come between
the two of them, even if it means eliminating her husband
once and for all.
There is a bright side. Tyler's mother is Camilla Diaz, a
well know Wiccan high priestess, who had been one of
Kelly's idols. She sees what is not apparent to the
others, that her daughter-in-law is a changed woman. In
her, Kelly has an ally. She believes that Kelly can make
the marriage work, but warns that "Dagny" must also
resolve the problems Kelly created before his "death". The
trouble is, that to do so, he's going to have to trust his
loved ones with his incredible story.
Can they possibly believe the truth and accept
him-now-her? Will he be able to right Dagny's wrongs as
well as his own? Can she keep Tyler and Amire from the harm
that threatens them?
There are moments when the reader's mind is boggled by the
gender technicalities, but I found NEW LIFE
INCOGNITA to be quite original and unique.
*previously issued 11/98 by Dreams Unlimited
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted June 30, 2002