Prelude - Every Life is a Prelude to the Next

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Cheryl A. Malakoff & Robert A. Clampett

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A dispute over a recently unearthed inheritance, worth millions, pits a deceased woman against her elderly living children in a compelling trial that tests the implausible claim of reincarnation’s legitimacy in a court of law. When psychologist Carol Klein’s previous life is revealed in vivid detail through hypnosis, she begins an arduous quest filled with twists and turns to verify her recent past as the heiress-activist, Iris Middleton Paulson. With the aid of an Asian physician-mystic and her skeptical, politically ambitious attorney-fiancé, this mismatched team builds a fact-by-fact case to prove her claim. A landmark trial sets off a firestorm as riveting testimony from authorities in science, medicine and religion puts our fundamental understanding of life and death at risk—shattering beliefs in a final mortality. The ensuing trial threatens to upend legal, medical and religious institutions worldwide.


Drama, Mystery,

Short Summary

When hypnotherapy reveals her patient’s past life, therapist Carol explores cases of reincarnation under threat of professional disgrace. Undaunted, she undergoes her own regression revealing a past life in which a forgotten large inheritance claim could validate reincarnation in a court of law.


Boston, Montreal

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions,Reincarnation, Spiritual Quest, Court Drama, Scientific Breakthrough, Overcoming Traditional Dogma

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Carol Klein

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Educated, Honorable, Perseverance, Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Visionary, Complex, Engaging, Heroic, Skillful, Decisive, Empathetic, Insecure, Underdog, Desperate, Aspiring, Outspoken, Adventurous

Additional Character Details

Name: George Mansbridge III

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Aspiring, Masculine, Perseverance, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Visionary, Sophisticated, Aggressive, Blunt, Complex, Decisive, Desperate, Insecure, Outspoken, Honorable, Patriotic, Confident, Educated, Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Dr. Phonyong Lee

Age: 59

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Outspoken, Sophisticated, Educated, Empathetic, Faithful, Heroic, Lone Wolf, Underdog, Aspiring, Complex, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Leader, Manipulative, Perseverance, Strong Moral Code, Unapologetic, Blunt, Engaging, Honorable, Visionary, Religious, Selfless, Skillful, Adventurous, Confident, Decisive

Additional Character Details

Name: Iris Middleton Paulson

Age: 50

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Educated, Engaging, Gracious, Lone Wolf, Selfless, Adventurous, Aggressive, Charming, Honorable, Complex, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Outspoken, Strong Moral Code, Flexible, Skillful, Confident, Decisive, Faithful, Heroic, Leader, Perseverance, Unapologetic, Aspiring, Beautiful, Visionary, Blunt, Empathetic, Sophisticated

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available



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