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In This Life: Book 1 of the Past Life Series [Kindle Edition]

Terri Herman-Poncé
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Book Description

When psychologist Lottie Morgan meets Galen, their encounter is as intense as it is eye-opening. Something about him is familiar. His looks. His words. His touch…

Lottie can’t resist the urge to know more about him, or the smoldering memories that surface every time he’s near. Only Galen’s keeping a dangerous secret, one linked to a life shared thousands of years ago. One that could destroy the relationship Lottie has with her current lover David.

One that is about to cost Lottie her life—again.

Take a trip to mysterious ancient Egypt, where powerful passions ignite and deadly deceptions begin. The Past Life Series starts here.

Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity-winning author, calls this paranormal suspense "inventive, original and thought-provoking; this mystically romantic mystery will instantly intrigue."

WiLoveBooks on this psychic mystery and getting a second chance: “Riveting…had trouble putting the book down.”

The Reading Café calls this historical, vengeful suspense: “Fast paced, well-written…amazing.”

Hesperia Loves Books about this metaphysical romance: “evocative, sensual, engaging…thoroughly addictive.”

Book Chick City: “A great read…a fabulous balance between paranormal and mystery.”

Editorial Reviews


If you had the chance to do it over--what would you do? Inventive, original and thought-provoking, this mystically romantic mystery will instantly intrigue fans of MJ Rose and Michelle Moran.
 Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity winning author

An excellent story...hard to put down once you get going. The Bookie Monster

A fast paced, well-written and an amazing read. The Reading Cafe

An emotional story about relationships, choices, and second chances. WiLoveBooks

Brings together evocative mysteries and fascinating lovers who should never have met...nor parted. Laurie Schnebly Campbell, author of Believable Characters: Creating with Enneagrams

About the Author

Terri Herman-Ponce is a communications manager by day and a storyteller by night. Born on Long Island, New York, she absolutely adores red wine, the beach, Ancient Egypt, sunrises, and the New York Yankees-though not necessarily in that order! Terri is a member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and Mystery Writers of America. You can read about Terri and her stories at

Product Details

  • File Size: 4949 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440555966
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Samsara Street Publishing, Inc.; 2nd edition (April 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JS5AZ4Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,412 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut October 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
'In this Life' is Terri Ponce's debut book. I for one certainly hope that this will not be her only novel.

I devoured this book, I could NOT put it down. I was recently doing some exams and I had put off reading this book until I had the exam done, and boy was I glad I did. I started this book on a Monday evening and finished it Tuesday morning. Thank goodness I didn't have to work, I think I would have 'accidentally' missed my stop just to finish this book.

The book falls into the category of Paranormal Romance, although I must warn you for those of you who are looking for Vampires, Werewolves or Witches you will not find them here. But do not let that turn you off this fabulous book.

The writing is evocative, sensual, engaging and thoroughly addictive. The story is full of twists and turns and leaves you guessing until the very last minute. Lottie is going through a regression to a previous life that she lived before and was caught between two men, one who she has known from childhood and one she has only just met a few days ago, but why does she feel torn between the two men? As the story starts to unfold and you realize that Lottie is getting a second chance to correct the mistakes that she made in a previous life. But who will she choose and will she find out in time who is threatening her?

To find out you will just have to read it for yourself! But be warned it will consume you until you get to the last page!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good debut novel October 8, 2012
By shals
Format:Kindle Edition
3.5 stars....This is a fast-paced, intense read. The plot is different to the other paranormal romance books that I have read because it isn't about your typical witches, weres, vamps or any other other worldly creatures. The major theme is about past lives and second chances and the author did a great job of telling the story because she had me wondering what the heck was going on. I felt Lottie's frustration and confusion as the story unfolded. I thought this book fell more in the mystery/suspense genre than it did romance(I was looking for more chemistry between the main characters). Overall this is a well written first novel. The concept is interesting and the characters are mature and well developed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Star June 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In more recent years I've taken to not giving 5 stars lightly. And it's true with In This Life by Terri Herman-Ponce, I don't give this 5 star lightly, the book deserves every one of those stars.

Told from Lottie Morgan's point, In This Life delves into the 'what if' you were given a second chance? Would you make the same mistakes, or would you change it all? Taking the reader on a fast past trek through the mystery of who's after Lottie in present day to the past of trying to figure out who Lottie was.

Herman-Ponce does a wonderful job of pulling the reader in with vivid descriptions past and present, drawing on our own frustrations right along with Lottie as she tries to convey her confusion and thoughts to David and finding herself getting nowhere. There were times I wanted to reach inside the book and shake David for being such a mule, but that's the kind of man I want to read, strong and confused, but trying oh so freaking hard to understand.

I'm already starting in on book 2, Covet, and I can't wait to see what secrets are revealed from David's life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT October 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not a huge reader, but this book captured my attention from the first page and I read it through in two days. I firmly believe in second chances and this story is about how David and Lottie struggle for their own second chance as lovers and as best friends. Lottie's determination to find happiness shows throughout her story, from the first chapter all the way to the end, and especially as she tries to understand the unexplainable events happening to her. Memories of another man, and another life, have her questioning her true love along with what she wants and what she needs. In This Life is a story within a story that takes place over two different periods of time, merged together seamlessly and with vivid descriptions that make you feel as if you're right there with the characters. The story is complex but written in a way that's easy to read and difficult to put down. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story of love and trust October 24, 2012
By Gwen
Format:Kindle Edition
Fabulous. An incredible debut novel. I did not want to put this book down. I couldn't wait to find out where the twists led, while at the same time, I didn't want it to end! The character development was amazing. The relationships were timeless and heartwarming. I felt like I KNEW these characters while wondering about past lives and seamlessly weaving from present to past, and back again during their beautiful journey of love and trust. This book is a must read!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Past lives mixing with present October 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an emotional story about relationships, choices, and second chances. Lottie's past-life memories start to intertwine with events and decisions in her current life. I was riveted and had trouble putting the book down. There is some mystery and suspense as well as the love story. It was a satisfying, emotional read.
*I received a copy for review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This author does not disappoint June 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I read Covet, book two of this series, before working backwards and picking up, In This Life. Now I'm even more crazy about David Belotti. Too bad this story was from Lottie's POV.

In truth, she was a compelling heroine, though Lottie did get on my nerves sometimes because, as a psychologist, she didn't always display the best judgment. What was best for her, and her patients, didn't really enter into her thoughts when she was mentally and psychologically impaired with visions no one, not even her, could understand or anticipate. Not only did she continue to drive, never knowing when one of these blackout episodes would hit, but she fought tooth and nail to carry on normally whether she was fit to help anyone else or not. She wasn't fit to help herself. But Lottie's regressions were so cool I simply had to keep reading.

Beautifully written, the story itself is fascinating and the two men who've shared her heart and her bed make Lottie's frustrating shortcomings worth the trouble. Don't be surprised if you get a crush, too. I fell for David in Covet. My crush intensified with this book.

You better believe I'll be reading the next.

I purchased this book in e-pub form.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great love story!
Great love story! I just couldn't put it down. Read this book and enjoy it as I did. Love this book.
Published 2 months ago by Yvette Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and well written
In This Life is a fast paced, well written romance with an original theme. I've read past life books before but nothing quite like this one. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rowena May O'Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars IN THIS LIFE is Out of This World!
I absolutely adored this book! IN THIS LIFE was unlike any other book I've read before making it fresh and interesting. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Author, M.J. Schiller
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Star Review
Have you ever had a moment of déjà vu? Most people just shake it off and come up with a thousand reasons why they felt that way; but has it ever made you wonder if... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Des Putaski
3.0 out of 5 stars Make this three and a half stars
Make this three and a half stars. Very readable. Lottie thought she had the flu, but it was a bad case of seeing herself in a past life - in way back Egypt. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Norma Huss
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Romance
How ironic that I read In This Life while in Athens, where I am sure I have lived a past life. Terri Herman-Ponce creates a suspenseful world full of tension between this life and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth Ford Meyette
5.0 out of 5 stars Nonstop thrills
I finally got a chance to read In This Life after adding it to my Kindle months ago. Wow! What a rollercoaster ride! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer DeCuir
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done
Mesmerizing. This is a tour de force by Terri Herman-Ponce. At times bewildering, alarming, and thrilling, In This Life never disappoints. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cary Morgan Frates
5.0 out of 5 stars Egyptian lovers read this
I finished Terri-Herman Ponce's In This Life. It was a great book. I really enjoyed reading it. It did get a little boring in the middle, the action was just too slow. Read more
Published 19 months ago by P. Blevins
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced read!
I read IN THIS LIFE and its sequel, titled COVET, in one fell swoop, and I was captivated by Terri Herman-Poncé's ability to create page-turning mysteries. Read more
Published 20 months ago by DOC
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I look for any opportunity to make stuff up. I think anything that can't so easily be explained is worth an extra look and often makes a great story. I love red wine, scotch, sunrises, Ancient Egypt, the beach--and a host of other stuff that would take too much real estate to talk about. The youngest of five children, I live with my husband and son on Long Island. And, in my next life, if I haven't moved on to somewhere else, I want to be an astronomer. I'm fascinated with the night skies almost as much as I'm fascinated with ancient Egypt.

I'm a member of member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and you can read about me at You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter. Come visit. I'd love to hear from you!

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