Struggling to unravel the secrets of her father's past while coming to terms with her own, a young woman finds a hidden treasure containing a brooch reputed to have the power to connect the living to the dead. A prequel that ties into her debut novel, 'The Songbird With Sapphire Eyes' and the sequel, 'Anthony's Angel', Anna Brentwood's newest historical 'Mermaid's Treasure' is the unabridged version of a short story that first appeared in the Windtree Press Anthology, 'The Gift of Christmas.' Truth is expertly woven with fiction into a riveting story about a sunken Russian battleship, a failed mission, a mysterious treasure, family legacies, the holiday season and learning to believe in the magic of love.
Anna (which is her real first name) was a bookworm almost since birth. An active professional PAN & PRO member of RWA, Northwest Independent Writers Association, Willamette Writers and the Rose City Romance Writers, Anna grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of the Arts where she majored in book Illustration. She pursued a versatile career in graphic arts, publications and public relations in Southern California before being lured to the Oregon wilderness by her desire to write professionally and her former-Navy Seal husband. Anna's debut novel, 'The Songbird with Sapphire Eyes' first began as a series of dreams that so haunted her they became a personal quest to explore possible past life memories. The journey was both eerie and exciting and the manuscript finaled and won second place in the Women's Fiction category of the 2006 Tara Awards. Anna's novel (to her surprise) has become a series with a prequel, 'Mermaid's Treasure' and a soon-to-be-released sequel which will take readers on a journey through the 1940's with Hannah's son, wartime hero, playboy and New York mobster, Anthony Gallo. A wife, mother and doting "nany" of two- Anna and her husband live on 45 wooded acres in one of Oregon's enchanted forests. Their log home contains an interesting collection of Flapper and Prohibition memorabilia inspired by her novel and an animal menagerie that includes a cat, horse, two wolf-hybrids, a red-tailed hawk named Lucky and a feisty but lovable African grey parrot named Warlock.