The Sturgeon's Dance

The Sturgeon's Dance
350 Pages
ISBN 9781532055089

Over ten years ago, ruinous nightmares tormented Josie Sprague. Were these warnings? To her? Her family? Friends? She buried them to avoid madness. Undisturbed since then, she has almost forgotten them.

Her visions flare anew when Rory Mallett joins Josie’s office as a consultant. His presence, far beyond physical, buffets her, no matter his whereabouts. Tangling her life further is boyfriend Greg’s jealousy at her growing rapport with Rory.

Rory has buried his own strife. A near-fatal logging accident has left him beholden to his brother Aidan, and a failed marriage has estranged him from women. His brother, his nephew Liam, his spirit-friend Shadow, Maine’s wildlands—all soothe Rory’s spirit.

As the transcendental link between them crystallizes, Rory, seeking balm for his damaged soul, must tackle the demons that have crippled him. Josie, seeking respite from her sixth sense, must resolve her psychic kinship to Rory with her commitment to Greg. Their entwined journey is as turbulent as the restless sea where the sturgeon dances.

Sally M. Chetwynd

About Sally M. Chetwynd (Boston, Massachusetts Author)

Sally M. Chetwynd

I grew up in rural Maine and New Hampshire, spending summers on a Maine coastal island. From my lighthouse keeping and mariner ancestors, I inherited the salt of the sea in my blood. The scent of the sea is nectar. Life has led me through varied professions—land use planning, pipefitting, and engineering drafting.

The Bicentennial of the American Revolution launched me into reenacting, where I learned fife and drum as well as other aspects of 18th Century military life. Here I met my husband Phillip, and we soon transferred to the Civil War. He took on the role of Abraham Lincoln, whom he has portrayed from the Cub Scouts to the White House, and I took on Sam, a military musician and engineer, constructing signal towers, launching pontoons, and measuring with a surveyor’s chain. Check out YouTube for “Private Sam Engineer” (

Always, I have written, vocationally and avocationally, some of it published—studies and reports, poetry, short stories, biographical profiles, and my blog on 19th Century American history ( Reenacting inspired "Bead of Sand," a contemporary novel (2013). "The Sturgeon’s Dance," set in rural Maine in the 1980s, came out in 2018. Although I intended to work next on an historical novel about cadet life at the US Naval Academy during the Civil War, the completion of "The Sturgeon's Dance" has set me in the direction of non-fiction. "Beyond End of Watch" will delve into the 1964 death of a police officer in the small town of South Berwick, Maine, and its immediate aftermath and long-term repercussions for his family and community.

Phillip and I live in Wakefield, MA. We were once members of a pack led by a demented dog of demonic disposition, but His Fierceness recently moved on to doggie heaven, if there is one. To give him full credit, he did his best to eat the attending veterinarian in his last hour. Now he is catching all the rabbits he couldn't in this world.

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