Friday, January 23, 2015

#Excerpt: YESTERDAY PEOPLE by Terri Herman-Ponce


“What would Dr. Berzet do with the research?” Mom asked.

Lottie sighed. “I don’t know that either. But if we can uncover more of our past, that could potentially help David find Ada now. At least, that’s my hope.”

This needed thinking through first. “We can’t go into this blindly—”

“I think this is a fabulous idea, Jelly Bean.”

“Mom, I don’t—”

“Can you imagine what you could uncover together?” Mom was staring at Lottie and ignoring me. “I’d never thought about the historical angle before. It sounds fascinating.”

“Wait a minute—”

“This could be the break you need.”

“This isn’t a break—”

“Tell me more about this.”

“Stop!” My voice thundered through the kitchen and Mom jumped, clutching her hand to her chest. “Research like this isn’t kept quiet. Even if we thought it was a good idea, at some point reports will be issued and studies will be shared, and then there’s the possibility it could make the news or television.” I shook my head. MD would never approve of the idea, much less support it. I signed a contract when I joined PROs and promised them a number of things. Keeping a low profile was one of them. “I have an agreement with PROs and I intend to keep it. There is no further discussion about this. There can’t be any meetings with Berzet, at least not for the interim.”

“It may not be that simple,” Lottie said. “Galen is involved with this research, too.”

I froze. “You’re sure about this?”

Lottie nodded.

“I don’t understand,” Mom said. “Why does David have to sign a contract with PROs and Galen doesn’t?”

Galen signed a contract. I’d seen it. Which meant he was about to breach it.

“I know we have a tenuous relationship with Galen,” Lottie said, “but we also have a history that spans millennia. There are things we can learn about ourselves that can enrich our lives and our relationship, and that could potentially help Ada.”

“A precarious and dishonest history, Lottie. You cheated with him once—”

Mom grabbed my hand. “Let this go, Bubbala. That was a long time ago. Let’s hear what she has to say.”

Lottie drew in a breath, held it, and let it out long and slow. “Why can’t we satisfy Dr. Berzet’s research needs and our own at the same time?”

“Didn’t you hear me? I can’t do this. I can’t risk my career.”

“David, listen to me.” Mom edged her chair in closer. “Your feelings about Galen aside, it’s clear that Galen is going to do this with or without you. And there is also the possibility that you might discover something in your past that will help you find Ada now. She is a very special girl.”

Her brows rose and she gave me a pointed look. It felt like a hidden message I didn’t understand.

“The connection between kindred souls and past lives is a very powerful thing,” Mom went on, “and should not be ignored. Just because we can’t understand something doesn’t make it any less meaningful.”

“What are you trying to say?”

“By the gods, you can be so dense sometimes.” Mom laughed. “I’m saying to give this a go.”

“No. No, there is something else going on inside that head of yours. Your wheels are turning. I can see it.”

“You have a daughter, Bubbala, who’s right here in the States at least for now. You relied on instinct once before to find a loved one and it could be the only chance you have now to do it again.”

We stared at each other from across the table, and I still couldn't help but feel manipulated.

Lottie pressed her palm to my thigh. “I know you’re struggling to do the right thing, but what could be more important than a twelve year old girl who needs her father?”


In the background, the refrigerator started humming, a reminder that it was still empty. I was feeling empty, too.

“Fine,” I said with a resigned sigh, but I didn’t hold out hope. Instinct may have drawn me to find Lottie when she was abducted, but relying on it at the time felt natural. Like breathing. But when it came to Ada? It felt all kinds of different.

And it wasn’t a good different.


David Bellotti’s only focus is to find his abducted twelve-year old daughter. When he sees her on a news segment with her captor, a renowned archaeologist who’s made a major discovery, David sets out to bring her back home. But the search leads him to a secret message that could alter man’s history forever.

A message David and his daughter inscribed twelve-thousand years ago.

A message that will prove dangerous in the wrong hands.

Protecting this powerful information seems simple until David realizes some people will use his daughter against him to get it, at whatever the cost. Now David must make a choice. Protect mankind from a secret past that must remain hidden, or save his little girl.

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Terri looks for any opportunity to make stuff up. She thinks anything that can’t so easily be explained is worth an extra look and often makes a great story. She loves 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, Terri lives with her husband and son on Long Island. And, in her next life, if she hasn’t moved on to somewhere else, she wants to be an astronomer. Terri’s fascinated with the night skies almost as much as she’s fascinated with ancient Egypt.

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