On an inspirational episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — scintillating paranormal talk Thursdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we delve into reincarnation and timeless love with author Beth Jacobellis, whose new novel Cameo is based on true events. We talk with Beth at 10pE; at 9pE Joel and Eric review the latest paranormal news from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed.
The future looms mysteriously in front of Samantha Ricks, who at the young age of twenty-three, finds herself at a crossroads. Driven by boredom and an innocent pursuit of divine intervention, Samantha makes an impromptu visit to Ingrid Eloise Cook, the infamous Chicago psychic. The moment Samantha walks through Ingrid’s door marks the beginning of her tumultuous journey, tainted with Ingrid’s quiet foreboding that nothing that lies ahead of her will be what it seems.
As Samantha starts to see Ingrid’s predictions coming true, she finds herself thrust into the fast-paced, lucrative and unhinged world of Chicagoland Radio. Through resilient friendship, tremendous loss and a true love that transcends the hands of time, Samantha’s destiny unfolds while a simple piece of jewelry becomes the unexpected link between the present and the past.
Beth Jacobellis’ dream was to write something that changed the way people viewed things, offering an explanation of why beautiful and horrible things happen to us along the way. Hence, Cameo was born. Beth is a graduate of the University of Kansas Journalism School and is currently an account executive at WGN Radio in Chicago. She is a native of Chicago and lives with her two children just outside the city.
The Chicago radio industry is a central part of the storyline and is where Beth has spent most of her career for the better part of 20 years. There was a major event that happened within that community in 1994 that altered the lives of many people she knows. It was a horrible tragedy that inspired her to write a story about the cycle of life as opposed to the finality of it. She wanted to challenge everyone’s entire belief system, providing an explanation that gives comfort in knowing that just because someone is gone from your life, does not mean their soul is.