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Soul and Shadow (A Lily Evans Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Susan Jane McLeod has been writing since she was seven years old. At age eleven she won a county-wide essay contest and her professional career was launched. By the time she was nineteen, her poetry had appeared in several magazines, including American Girl and Seventeen. She also won an honorable mention in The Writer. She grew up in Rochester, New York, with her three sisters and one brother. In her early thirties she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and given a 50-50 chance to live. She survived only to have the cancer recur, necessitating more surgery and an aggressive course of chemotherapy. Today she is cancer free. The best job she ever had was managing a bookstore, surrounded by her passion: literature. Susan has published several short stories and two novels. The first, Soul and Shadow, is an award-winning paranormal historical romance. The second, Fire and Shadow, is classified as paranormal suspense. Both have garnered impressive reviews. Susan believes strongly in several causes and has raised money for the American Cancer Society, Foodlink, and the House of Mercy homeless shelter. She still resides in Rochester and will always call it home. She can be contacted at and

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  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1926997506
  • Publisher: Imajin Books; 2 edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Susan J McLeod was born in Rochester, New York, on October 22, 1957. She began writing at a very early age, when she discovered that she could invent worlds that were much more fun than the one she lived in. Worlds where candy grew on trees and rivers of chocolate milk flowed. Where adventures were always waiting to happen and no one had to go to school.
Over the years, Susan visited ancient Rome, medieval England, and resided for a long spell on a starship orbiting Orion. A recent stay in Pharaonic Egypt resulted in her romantic suspense novel Soul and Shadow, which won a silver medal in the 2011 Reader's Favorites contest. It has been published by Imajin Books. Fire and Shadow, the second story in the Lily Evans series, was released in October 2012. Shell and Shadow is a novella that Susan wrote to raise money for Zara's Center. It was published in February of 2014.
Susan also writes short stories and poetry, and has won awards in both mediums.
She works for a non-profit family foundation that supports Zara's Center, a haven for AIDS impacted orphans.
U2 sums up her philosophy in life when Bono sings "We're one, but we're not the same/we get to carry each other, carry each other."

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Debra Gaynor on March 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
Soul and Shadow
Susan McLeod
LuLu, 2008
ISBN: 9780615178448
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor, 02/09
5 Stars
Mystery, paranormal, and romance...
A strange woman approached Lily and insisted on telling her a story. They were looking at the exhibit of the mummy of Amisihathor. The woman was Dame Ursula, a famous archaeologist, the one that found the tomb of Amisihathor (Ami). She wanted Lily to assist her in finding away for Ami to be reunited with her lover in the spirit world. She felt that Ami could not rest; her spirit could not move on.
Susan McLeod is a creative author. Her book Soul and Shadow has twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I read this book in one sitting. I was so engrossed I read late into the night. McLeod mixes romance, mystery, and paranormal to create dynamic read. I've always been fascinated by Egyptian history, and this book did not disappoint me.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 23, 2008
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Egyptologist and illustrator Lily Evans finds her visions and dreams of ancient Egypt inspirational for her paintings. A wealthy and famous English archaeologist happens upon Lily's work and believes that they are the result of a connection Lily has with the unsettled soul of an Egyptian priestess - Amisihathor. While Lily does not believe in such things, her visions and dreams become more and more intense as does her romance with Kent - the grandson of the very archaeologist who discovered the Amisihathor's tomb. Lily begins to learn of the priestess' long buried secrets and soon finds her own life at risk as she gets closer to the truth.

Susan McLeod's Soul and Shadow provides an interesting look a the social parallels of ancient Egypt and today; greed, desire, politics, love, betrayal, and romance are timeless. I especially enjoyed the sections of the novel which recounted the life and times of Amisihathor. McLeod's writing, cadence, and style is spot on in these sections and her considerable research and expertise in this area shines. I did however find the early romantic interactions between Lily and Kent a little forced early on in the novel though this improves as the story evolves.

Soul and Shadow is a brief novel at 124 pages and I longed for more of the ancient Egyptian parts of the story. McLeod's writing style is very refined and enjoyable to read; I look forward to her next offering.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gary V. Tenuta on December 3, 2008
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Soul And Shadow, by Susan J. McLeod, is a gem of a book, a treasure trove of enjoyment packed into a mere 124 pages. The story is compelling, mysterious and beautiful, yes, but the writing is also impressive. McLeod's brevity of style makes for a quick-paced read and yet nothing seems to be missing. The primary characters as well as the environments in which they interact are clearly defined and the story is well-constructed. As a writer myself, I was struck (in a good way) by the simplicity of the writing and how - in spite of the simplicity - nothing is lost in the complexity of the story as it unfolds. When you get to the last page you feel as if you must have just finished reading a novel that surely must have been at least double it's size. To put it another way, it's sort of like thinking you picked up a quick meal at McDonalds only to find out you were mistaken. Somehow you were served a gourmet dinner at an upscale restaurant. Personally, I found it worthy of a sizable tip. Whatever Ms. McLeod cooks up next, I'll be reserving a table. Check please.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Catherine E. Johnson on February 10, 2010
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An eccentric stranger with an historical archeological past is convinced by Ms. Lily Evan's paintings that Lily is a clairvoyant to events unknown to her in the physical realm. She arranges a meeting that Lily thinks is by chance, to engage her as a medium to right a wrong in Egyptian history. In this fantastical tale Lily finds herself in a romantic tryst as she unknowingly becomes the catalyst in bringing down her mentor who has kept its secret under wraps for his own lustful benefit. Although short in structure, the author creatively impacts each written page with an ancient accounting of then and now to make reading this tale an engagingly thrilling adventure.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lila L. Pinord on December 29, 2008
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Have you ever wished to find a tall, dark, handsome stranger to fall in love with? And rich to boot? Just one of the perks Lily Evans encounters in this enchanting story. Enchanting because it is actually two stories on one - Lily finding clues to an ancient puzzle; and Anisihathor torn between two loves and good versus evil in ancient Egypt. If you wish to know the outcome of this fascinating tale, it is highly recommended to buy and read this book! You won't regret it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Glenn G. Thater on October 14, 2008
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Soul and Shadow by Susan McLeod is a finely crafted story that combines the mysteries of ancient Egypt, a modern romance, and certain mystical occurrences that tie them together. The writing is excellent and the characters are interesting and memorable. Reaching the last third of the book, I couldn't put it down as several key plot twists played out - some in unexpected ways. I look forward to Ms. McLeod's next book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Batchelder on October 13, 2008
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Susan McLeod's "Soul and Shadow" blends together Egyptian history and a modern day romance to make an engaging story. She tells it mostly in the present from the point of view of Lily Evans, a university researcher who studies and draws ancient Egypt artifacts.

At a museum exhibit Lily is approached by Dame Ursula Allingham, a retired archeologist. Dame Ursula wants to help set right an ancient problem: she's been haunted by Amisihathor, temple songstress. The lady believes that Lily can help right an old wrong and unite Amisihathor with her true love and husband.

Lily doesn't buy it, but she's getting romantically involved with Dame Ursula's grandson, and even though she denies it, she finds herself able to channel Amisihathor's memories. The reader is drawn in to Lily's unraveling of the ancient conflict.

Lily Evans and Amisihanthor are both sympathetic characters. Her mom, best friend, and ex-boyfriend, are all easy to picture. Her descriptions of ancient Egypt are colorful, and the conflicts they go through feel real and relevant.

McLeod draws quite a few parallels between the present and the past. I enjoyed how McLeod gave her readers room to piece the story together themselves, yet still leaving herself room to surprise us at the end.
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