The Persistence of Memory: Deja Vu by Karen Janowsky – Spotlight and Giveaway

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When superheroes fall in love, anything can happen.

Daniel Hecht doesn’t belong in this century. Catapulted into the present from 1943, he’s out of place and out of touch. Still, he was the American war hero called “Lionheart” and his heroism has followed him into the modern world. He now leads an underground group of superpowered misfits, but the misfit he keeps turning to is Nina Asher.

Nina has a vast knowledge of history, yet no idea who she is or where she’s from. She has become the target of dangerous creatures that have appeared all over the world. As she and Daniel work to decipher an ancient, cryptic myth, they experience flashbacks to things that never could have happened. They are falling in love, but there’s something they’re sure they need to remember, and it’s keeping them apart.

The key to saving the world may begin with the act of remembering.

Enjoy an Excerpt

From the Prologue

Time moves in one direction, memory in another.
—William S. Gibson

November 9, 1938, Germany

Daniel began to shake as he heard the terror in the screams and shouts that came from outside. His German wasn’t perfect, but he had enough German and Yiddish from his family to get the gist; everyone was out for the Jews.

The only light was the [ner tamid, the eternal flame that swung above the altar. As a kid in his home temple in the North Bronx, Daniel always wondered how it stayed lit and no one ever worried about the building going up in flames. His father, the cantor, used to laugh at him and tell him the light was God, and so it was always safe and could never extinguish. This synagogue, like the one in New York, was on the poor side of modest; one single-level room where the women were only separated from the men by an aisle rather than having to sit farther away from the rabbi in a balcony. The pews, dais, and podium, along with the beams on the low walls, were dark and somber-looking.

The temple doors crashed into the room, and the glass lamp containing the flame shattered. The curtains in front of the ark ignited as fire plummeted from the ceiling. The ornately embroidered Torah mantles ignited. Women and men scattered and shouted. Daniel could barely see his mother across the aisle in the women’s section of worshippers. He thrust his hands in front of him, meaning to dive through the panicking throngs and find her. A hand yanked him by the collar from behind. “Sam’s got her,” a voice shouted. Daniel turned to see Paul. Paul’s blonde hair was plastered to the sides of his face from sweat. He’d taken off his jacket and tie and had rolled his shirtsleeves up to his elbows. He scooped Daniel up and over his shoulder and wove his way around to a far corner of the room. Daniel didn’t worry even a little bit about the indignity: they were both twenty-one years old, but while he was barely five foot eight, bony, and not much over a hundred-fifteen pounds, Paul was over six feet tall and all muscle.

About the Author:

Karen Janowsky has been fascinated by ancient mythology since childhood. She has loved superheroes since the first time she saw the Super Friends on television in 1970’s. Because flying an invisible jet was never a viable career option, and because running around in a cape, swimsuit, and bright red boots is not socially acceptable for adults, she teaches yoga and writing at the College of Southern Maryland. Her stories and poems have been featured in several anthologies and literary magazines since 1991. She received her master’s degree in English from Florida State University.

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