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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758213700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758213709
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,136,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tyne Jensen is a young black woman, a budding journalist who is about to find herself between jobs and a long time between relationships. At her sister's wedding, she meets David Carvelli, a handsome young architect whose dissolving partnership threatens his career. David feels an attraction, while Tyne feels repelled; both are powered by strange dreams they have been having of a forbidden love and passionate pursuit that leads to murder. David's mother, Carmen, is a psychic who senses a danger that connects her son to a man from the distant past with unresolved anger and violent proclivities. Carmen teams with a college student studying the genealogy of her family and is intrigued by the mysterious murder of a black schoolteacher in the late 1800s in New York. Cullars' debut novel skillfully weaves a passionate affair between a black woman and a wealthy white scion at the turn of the century in New York with a contemporary interracial affair in modern--day Chicago through a supernatural tale of love and redemption. Vanessa Bush
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More About the Author

I'm a Chicagoan born and bred (temporarily transplanted to a suburb), a woman in a midlife flux who has always loved reading. Now a new writer, I'm still learning the ins and outs of the business. Before writing AGAIN (Kensington/Brava, May 2006), I self-published a paranormal mystery in 2002 entitled CELIA. Although a dismal marketing failure, CELIA was a jumping off point and a learning experience for me.

Since then, I have published a few ebooks and also have had a story included in MASQUES V, an anthology of horror fiction that includes works by Ray Bradbury, Gary Braunbeck, Poppy Z. Brite and Richard Christian Matheson among others.

In addition to AGAIN, I've published two other works with Brava and consider myself fortunate for the opportunity. Currently, I am writing novellas and hope to expand into other genres, including mystery and horror. I am presently working on a YA dystopian tale.

My reading life includes all genres which have influenced my writing style. Hopefully my readers will enjoy.

I welcome comments so feel free to e-mail me at scullars@netzero.net.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to her next book.
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Mixing contemporary, historical, and paranormal elements, Again is an engrossing read.
MNix
By the end of the book the suspense and fall out was like a movie unfolding.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MNix on May 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Plagued by confusing sensual dreams, Chicago journalist Tyne Jensen desperately needs sleep. Waking night after night upset and unsatisfied is taking its toll. These hazy, erotic visions mix the past and present, but always involve the same mysterious man. When undercurrents of violence permeate her dreams, Tyne becomes truly frightened. Upon meeting architect David Carvelli, she is reminded of someone, but who? David's green eyes and deep voice can't be the ones vexing her dreams, can they?

Haunted by strange carnal dreams of his own, David is likewise drawn to Tyne. While she is interesting and beautiful, that doesn't completely explain his immediate and powerful infatuation with her. As with his dream woman, David is driven to possess and protect Tyne, and the pair are quickly embroiled in a torrid affair. The strength of their feelings are almost too much to endure. They seem destined to flame out. As past tragedies are slowly revealed, the two seem to be reliving them. Are Tyne and David doomed to repeat the past? Can a love that refuses to die get a second chance?

Mixing contemporary, historical, and paranormal elements, Again is an engrossing read. I enjoyed both the modern and historical tales. The realistic, yet dramatic look at interracial relationships in 1897 New York was powerful. Although it played havoc on Tyne and David's lives, I was glad love finally got a second chance. David and Tyne were strong, well developed characters who fit seamlessly into a contemporary urban setting. Together, they positively sizzle! David's decent was riveting. It was clear where he was going, but I was hoping and praying that he would find a way out. At times I was overwhelmed by all the characters, but they add to the depth of the story. Smart, sexy, and suspenseful, Again deftly weaves several interconnected subplots into one spellbinding erotic tale.

Cheryl

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Yasmin Coleman on May 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Again by Sharon Cullars is a satisfying debut novel about romance, loss, love and the past that ties it all together. Alternating between present day and the late 1800s, set against the skyline of New York and the windy city of Chicago, Again tells the story of Tyne Jensen and David Carvelli. After a chance meeting at a wedding, Tyne and David feel as though they have met before but they cannot recall when or where. It is a d?j? vu moment that soon passes but does not alter the strong attraction they feel for each other. The mysterious aura that surrounds them quickly leads them into an intimate situation but once they come up for air, Tyne realizes that her life might be in danger as she recognizes David is the man who has been stalking her in her dreams for the past few months.

Again is an erotic and tantalizing story about a man and woman who relive the past, but are haunted by the present as they struggle to change the outcome of their future...and hope that time will not run out and allow the past to repeat itself...Again. From the intriguing prologue to the strong first few chapters, Again starts off with a bang and was an action-packed, page turner. Unfortunately, it stalled slightly in the middle and lost some of its steam. At other times, there was too much telling rather than showing and the romance theme overshadowed the suspense and paranormal rhythm. Aside from the steamy, tantalizing cover-which attracted my attention and made me pick up the book to read the description-my primary reason for reading Again was because it was touted as a paranormal, suspenseful read. Fortunately, the derailment was not enough to distract from an otherwise entertaining and exciting read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By beebee0120 on June 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
Again was a surprisingly enjoyable read. Cullars has proven herself as a writer of paranormal fiction. I, in fact, can easily see her becoming the next Octavia Butler.

Again is sort of a time travel piece that jumps back and forth from the late 1800's to present day. In the story, a woman and man meet at a party for the first time, however, there appears to be a sense of familiarity between them. You see, they share a past life, or not. They both have these visions of past episodes (some of them haunting, some of them pleasant). It's basically a supernatural story of love and obsession. In fact, the emphasis is placed more on obsession, I feel, than love.

That's where I had a few problems with it. I would like to have seen the relationships developed more on the parts of both couples, mostly because we needed to know how they got to that point of obsessiveness. There should have been a buid up there, but there wasn't.

However, despite the fact that the story lacked development of the relationship, Again was a great read, and I do plan to read it again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Howell on January 14, 2007
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I just finished this book and I have to say that I was breathless during and after reading it. I had a friend tell me just a couple days before reading or even hearing about this book that he thought that we had been married in a former life. Two days later I find and begin to read this wonderful book. Coincidence? Serendipitous? Could be.... I was captivated by this book. This is the first book that I have ever read cover to cover in 24 hrs. I was so caught up in the story and the build up to the climax that I almost ignored my life for a bit! Great Book!
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