Thursday, July 7, 2011

Area author S.A. Williams to sign debut novel 'Anna's Secret Legacy' Saturday

Blue Bell-based author S.A. Williams will hold a book signing for her debut novel, "Anna's Secret Legacy" (Infinity Publishing, 2010, softcover, $15.95) at Flying Fish, 8142 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, during The Chestnut Hill Book Festival. The author will sign copies of her book from 3:15 to 4:15 on Saturday, July 9. She is also a participant on the festival’s historical panel.

According to Williams' website, "Anna's Secret Legacy" detai
ls a love affair between and American pilot and a female research scientist during World War II. Below is an excerpt from Williams website:

What would you do if you held in your hands a secret that could either destroy the world or cure it? "Anna's Secret Legacy" is described as an engaging, suspenseful and provocative historical novel about love, international espionage and life-and-death drama set in Copenhagen and Paris in April 1940, against the backdrop of a world at war.

Described as a magnificent WWII epic, the story, both historically accurate and scientifically credible, is told from a unique perspective — centered in Scandinavia and its significance in the lead-up to Hitler’s invasion of Denmark and Norway, as well as the little-known facts about the molecular discovery and potential of sulphur water to restore dysfunctional and damaged DNA cells and protect the cell membrane, making it invincible to disease.

The story begins when highly-trained USNR pilot Doug Conyers is sent on a mission to Paris and Copenhagen on confidential Presidential orders, and the last thing on his mind is falling in love. A chance meeting with a brilliant and beautiful research scientist at a Copenhagen Jazz club leads them not only to the love of a lifetime, but on the run of a lifetime. As a scientist at a prestigious Copenhagen research institute, Anna has just unraveled the molecular sequencing from sulphur water that has the potential to revolutionize medicine or, in the wrong hands, wipe out humanity—a discovery that must be kept secret at all costs. As Nazi Germany invades Denmark and Norway, Anna realizes she must flee, if she is to save her sister and keep her secret safe.

From an action-packed escape on a Swedish freighter carrying atom bomb ‘heavy water’, to hiding in a train filled with the German Army heading towards the lowlands, Doug and Anna finally make it over the Dutch border. However, she is not yet safe. Hidden by cloistered nuns at a chateau on the outskirts of Paris, Anna hides her discovery in the secret passageway, only to learn later that those closest to her are betraying her. Fate hangs in the balance, as the Gestapo requisition the chateau. Running out of provisions and becoming increasingly sick as she waits for word from Doug from the United States, Anna wonders if she will make it out alive.

About the author:
Williams (pictured at left) was educated in London, Paris, Madrid, Brussels, and Rome. Her international background has provided an unusual cultural fluency which flourishes in her novels. After a youth spent in the great capitals of Europe, Williams returned to her native New York graduating from Syracuse University. Later earning her post graduate credentials in Global Marketing and Management, Entrepreneurship and The CEO Leadership Program from Wharton - University of Pennsylvania as well as Global Marketing and Strategic Management from Harvard Business School.

Her interests and background in business led to her founding of a well-recognized media-buying company out of the Philadelphia region after working in radio and network TV. Noted for her production of radio and TV commercials, she has been recognized by Billboard Magazine for her voice-over talent. She has worked on the set of films including "Philadelphia," "The Sixth Sense," "Fallen," "Unbreakable," "The Age of Innocence," and "Rocky Balboa."

Click here to see a review of "Anna's Secret Legacy" by Nicolette Milholin that ran in our sister paper, The Times Herald of Norristown, in September. Below is the book's prologue, courtesy of Williams' website:

Spring 1940

Anna was dying. She felt as if she were watching everything from a distance with calm detachment. She knew she should be terrified and desperate. But all of that seemed beyond her. Anna sensed herself lifting, moving up and out of her body, as if she were floating in warm water. She felt herself roll and tumble, and turned to see her body sprawled amid the debris of her sitting room. Blood was everywhere.

The couch cushions had been slashed, their puffy guts yanked out. Both end tables were on their sides. One lamp had shattered. The other lay intact on the ground, its shade knocked away, the yellow light spilling out over the millions of tiny shards of glass that surrounded her body. It was as if she was floating in space, surrounded by twinkling stars, adrift forever. In the invisible current, Anna saw herself dying among the glass splinters.

Memory was fragmented. She tried to grasp the how and why of her sprawled body and the blood seeping from the gash on her head. A shadowy vision of two handsome American men clicked into place, and something vaguely disturbing from earlier that day. The ruble still hung from the fine gold chain under her sweater. Then everything went black.

It had all started seven weeks ago.

"Anna's Secret Legacy" is available through, Kindle, and Visit Williams' Facebook page here.

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