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Product Details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Bella Books (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594933030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594933035
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,334,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you're looking for the unusual--something FRESH, COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, AND MARVELOUSLY ENTERTAINING--then read this book. Marcoux's writing is superb. . . . You won't be able to put the book down. . . . An entertaining novel with a lot of twists and turns."
--Lambda Book Report

"Back to Salem is the perfect combination of metaphysics, mystery, love and adventure. Alex Marcoux has captured a relationship that transcends time ... it makes us hope to find something like it for ourselves ... Believable and compelling! I can't wait to read the next book in the series."
--Murder on the Woo Woo Express

"A POTENT witches' brew of romantic mystery. A NAIL-BITING tale of how love can last through the ages--and we CAN'T WAIT for the next installment."
--InsightOut Book Club

"Fast-paced, can't-put-it-down novel ... an exciting and provocative metaphysical mystery. Back to Salem is one of the most engrossing, imaginative, suspenseful and revealing novels written in the last fifty years!"
--In Light Times

From the Author

"Back to Salem" is a very personal story to me. Like my protagonist, Jessie Mercer, while I was writing my first novel, "Facades," I started seeing echoes of my story in my own life. It was this experience that gave me the idea of having a precognitive novelist as the protagonist, only Jessie's precognition is revealed as her life starts to mimic one of her bestselling mysteries, including a murder.

When I began writing, I tapped a fresh and innovative way to access my creativity. At some point I learned to embrace it, and used it to help develop the plots of my stories. I do believe there is no coincidence that after I wrote the first draft of this novel, I learned that one of my characters had the same name, lived in the same town and was brought to trial in the same month and year as one of the actual accused in the Salem Witch Trials.

This book was originally published in 2001. There was one thing that bothered me over the years about the book, which is why there is a change to the ending. It's a very slight change, yet very powerful. It has to do with redemption.

I hope you enjoy the tale.

More About the Author

When Alex Marcoux began writing suspense novels, she tapped into a fresh and innovative way to access her creativity. In her new book, "Lifesigns," she brings to light a unique approach to recognize and find meaning in metaphysical or spiritual signs by unleashing a power within. Alex is an intuitive, an inspirational speaker and student of various philosophies and teachings, including the Science of Mind and Spirit. Her novels are: "A Matter of Degrees," "Back to Salem" and "Façades." She conducts workshops to enhance creativity, on inspirational writing and the "Lifesign" Process. Alex resides outside of Denver and is currently writing a conspiracy novel, among other things. http://www.AlexMarcoux.com

Customer Reviews

This is certainly one book I will recommend to my friends.
K. Johnson
Her debut novel, Facades, was an absolute jewel and I quickly crowned it an all-time favorite.
S. Stinson
Very intimate, romantic, tastefully done, and of course a great whodunit!
Samantha Harris

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
I couldn't put "Back To Salem" down until I finished reading it! It's a romantic mystery with lots of plot twists and turns. Past lives in Salem, during the witch trials, hold the key to breaking the cycle of evil for Taylor and Jessie. A cliff hanger of a story until the very end! ...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Harris on May 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was expecting the typical lesbian mystery when I bought Back to Salem. Instead, I found a rare treat - a very creative and original story! Although complex in character and plot, the author pulls it off and keeps the pages turning. This one re-established my faith in lesbian fiction. I would recommend this one to anyone (straight or gay), unless you're looking for sex every chapter. Very intimate, romantic, tastefully done, and of course a great whodunit!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Aunt Charlie on March 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
After reading Alex Marcoux's Facades, I was really looking forward to her new book. But Back to Salem doesn't live up to the promise of Facades. Marcoux's plot is exciting with lots of twists and most of her characters are realistic. But I just didn't buy some of the elements of Back to Salem. I don't have to like all the characters in any book (disliking a villain, is part of the fun); but, as reviewer MJ Lowe mentioned, I was bothered by Taylor's "I'm not gay, I just love Jessie" thing. In Facades, Marcoux was willing to deal with tough issues about being a closeted lesbian as well as abuse issues. I can't understand why nobody confronts Taylor about it.
Generally, I think Salem does work better as a mystery than as a fantasy. The mystical elements aren't very well done. The "Salem connection" was okay, but I think the Isis connection doesn't fit historically in Salem. If Marcoux meant to imply a third reincarnation cycle, it didn't come across.
Frankly, the reincarnation theme has been done much better, with lesbian characters, by the likes of Laura Adams with the first of her Tunnel of Light novels, Sleight of Hand (the second of this series, Seeds of Fire is due out summer 2002). Or for that matter by Sarah Dreher with her Stoner McTavish mystery series which manages to be much more charming with Stoner as the "closet" psychic wondering through time, incarnations, and realities. None of these are "formula" novels with predetermined sex scenes either.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
When I bought `Back to Salem,' I was expecting the same great romance that Marcoux wrote in her first novel, `Facades.' I wasn't disappointed. `Back to Salem' is original, creative and the best whodunit I've read in a long time, with a lovely romance that shows how love can last through the ages. Tastefully done! Marcoux knows how to move a book along. CANNOT WAIT for the next Jessie Mercer Mystery. This is one book that has changed the way I look at the world.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
This one has it all, a clever MYSTERY, a heart-filled ROMANCE, some HISTORY, an exciting ACTION ADVENTURE, and some interesting metaphysical lessons. GREAT MOVIE material! An exceptional story that keeps the reader interested.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you don't mind if loose ends are left untied and that multiple timelines end up not quite matching up and that one of the main characters "isn't really a lesbian" then the plot of this book will work for you. I read it about a year ago and was really lukewarm toward it. Parts were exciting but it didn't work as a whole. I can't believe it ended up getting some award nominations; there are some holes you can drive a truck through. Plus I didn't see how the Egyptian timeline meshed at all with the Salem one. I felt like this was a nice try, but as someone else says, others have done this plot better. I would recommend Laura Adams' Christabel (a romance not a mystery), which does the timeline thing really well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnson VINE VOICE on June 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read Alex Marcoux's first book, 'Facades,' and was less than impressed. I had already purchased 'Back to Salem,' but because of my experience with 'Facades' it stayed on my bookshelf until a few days ago. I can't believe I let myself go without the pleasure of reading this book for so long! Marcoux makes incredible strides toward becoming a remarkable writer in this second book.

Jessie Mercer is a successful writer who begins to have very real dreams of a past life as a man. In her waking hours, she finds herself drawn to straight singer Taylor Andrews, a woman she hasn't even met. Was Taylor her wife in this previous life? Jessie's publisher sells the movie rights to one of her books and Taylor is cast in the leading role. The women become friends as a wild series of events, mirroring those in the movie/book, begins to occur.

The author does a wonderful job transitioning between present day and the past, and cleverly reveals Taylor's awareness of her link to Jessie's past. Other characters in the present and past also come to light. This is certainly one book I will recommend to my friends.
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