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Blake Merriman

As Henry Harry

Alyssa May Gold

As Rosannah DeLuce


The Story:

As a blizzard rages outside his remote Alaskan cabin, Henry lies deep in slumber under a heap of blankets. Suddenly, he is awakened by the desperate knocks of an unexpected visitor — a distraught young woman who bursts into his cabin dressed in full bridal regalia. Strung-out and exhausted, Rosannah throws herself on the man’s mercy. After sleeping for two days straight, her vigor and combativeness return. 

Both characters, it turns out, have been wounded and embittered by life, and both are refugees from civilization. Thrown together in this snowbound cabin, they alternately repel and attract each other as they explore the pain of the past and confront the old griefs and bitter feelings that haunt their lives.

I just became very interested in how people rise, what is the phoenix - how do you come out of those traumas.
— Cindy Lou Johnson on her inspiration for writing BRILLIANT TRACES