#Free for a Limited Time – Books 1 & 2 – Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series

You can’t beat that? You can NOW get Haunted Hearts FREE through booksellers and have an option to get the second book, Get Out or Die, in the Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series FREE, also.

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#EggcerptExchange: SHOCKING FINDS by Tracey Clark

I am participating in the Author Helping Authors – Egg-cerpt Exchange.

Today, I am featuring Tracey Clark, author of Shocking Finds.

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Shocking Finds (A Finder’s Keepers Novel)

-Tracey Clark
Here are a few treats for readers interested in Paranormal/Fantasy Romance (New Adult)
A blurb, a quick excerpt, some links for buying options and author info… and
Lastly… a fun little Q&A session with the main character Marin!!
Happy wordage everyone

Blurb:

ShockingFindsAn act of rebellion, Marin doesn’t think that running into the new store in town will hurt anything. Her aunt will never know… right? One car wreck later, her aunt is hospitalized, Marin is forced to spend her twenty-first birthday fighting for her life, and magic – the very thing her aunt has always sworn to be for fools – is real. And so is the irresistible Fae dedicated to Marin’s protection.

Kyland has searched Earth-side and all the other realms, looking for a missing Fae child. A child his Queen prophesied would be able to one day save the Fae people from the Danshue, as the evil Fae threat tries to overwhelm the entire Supernatural Community. A child that would know nothing of her blocked gifts, or her Fae heritage waiting to be claimed. A child that has grown into a curvy, delicious morsel he would love to taste

Together Marin and Kyland will fight Fae assassins, overcome betrayals, and if they’re lucky … they will find the Danshue responsible for their plight. That’s if Marin doesn’t shock him to death with her erratic new gift, and her out of control emotions.

Buy your copy today!!

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014UA6XV0/

Barnes & Noble:
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Indigo:
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Smashwords:
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/574301

Excerpt: (from chapter two Shocking Finds)

Marin needed answers. Like why had they been targeted? The parking lot hadn’t exactly been lacking for vehicular violence victim contenders. There had been a group of at least four women, standing by their cars, chatting. If there was a target more deserving of vehicular rage, it had definitely been that group of women. They had finished shopping, and courtesy demanded that their parking spots were to be relinquished as soon as possible. Why not them?

The man—and Marin was only guessing that the driver was a man—had bypassed those without parking lot etiquette and zeroed in on Lindal. If she had continued her slow progress through the parking lot, would Marin be in this horrible room with its beeping monitors and bleached air instead of Lindal.

Staring down at her aunt’s unmoving form, Marin tried to find a place to rest her hand. She needed to touch her. She needed to know that the only person willing to take her in, after the death of her mother, was really here and still alive.

“They will find him, Lindal. He won’t get away with this,” Marin made her vow as quietly as possible, not wanting to disturb Lindal’s recovery.

Glancing up to keep tears from falling from her eyes, Marin noticed something swinging off of Lindal’s oxygen line.

“What the…” It looked like a Barbie doll with wings, perhaps six inches tall. The odd little creature wore a loin cloth and sported some overly obvious male attributes. Was it wrong to be checking out the abs of someone no larger than a child’s toy?

His arms tugged and his muscles bunched as he attempted to make a knot in Lindal’s oxygen line. His silver skin tone went beautifully with his tri-colored wings— a mix of light purple, maroon, and gold. The little man didn’t seem to realize that Marin was staring at him.

“Stop,” Marin shouted. Dammit, this was a hospital. She needed to lower her voice. She also needed to go upstairs to the psych ward. Head trauma, shock, or hallucinations…something wasn’t right. If she told Lindal about this, her aunt would call her every kind of fool.

Hallucination or not, she grabbed the little man by the wings, pulled him from Lindal’s oxygen line, and tried to speak more calmly. “What do you think you’re doing?”

She finally had her figment’s attention. A striking, though small, pair of lavender eyes glared at her through overly long sandy brown bangs. On closer inspection, she could see that his hair was actually multicolored. It seemed to go from crystal white sand to bronzed gold.

“Well, answer me. What do you think you’re doing?”

“Waiting for you, of course.”

“What are you?” She was losing it. The buzzing in her temples was increasing. And she was now speaking to a figment of her imagination. Yep, she needed to be medicated.

The creature put its tiny fists on narrow hips. “A Sprite, of course. Don’t you know anything? I have my work cut out for me.” Now she was being insulted by her imagination. Great.

“Nope. Too Much,” Marin said and tossed the little man with wings out of the hospital window. She needed coffee. Either that or a large dose of Thorazine. Maybe both.

All About Tracey Clark!!

101_0329I am a country-twang gal from the bluegrass state. Kentucky is a hot bed of horses, cave systems, and whiskey. And I love all three. With my pugs and bossy kitty cat, I spend my days writing and working social media. I write with the help of the voices pushing me to create worlds for them to live in. Fantasy Romance, Contemporary Romance, and eventually some cowboys (because cowboys live in a group all their own, yummmm)… These are the genres that I love best. Oil paints, crafts, dealing with Multiple Sclerosis, and writing into the dead of night… this I my life!!!

To Find out more about Tracey here are some links…

Author Page (Main):
http://traceylclark.com/

Goodreads Author Page:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/103301.Author_Tracey_Clark

MS Page:
https://multiplesclerosisnewsblog.wordpress.com/

Facebook Author Page:
https://www.facebook.com/traceyclark.finderskeepers/

Anddddd…. Twitter Page:
https://twitter.com/traceylclark11

Now… without further ado… here is Marin Yarthine…

Interviewer: You’ve had quick the introduction to the Fae world, Marin… Can I call you Marin..

Marin (reddened cheeks): Uhh… sure… I mean, that’s what most people call me… Kyland has been call me, Minzet, but I’m pretty sure that’s something just between us since it means Sweet One… but…yeah… Marin would be best.

Interviewer (light chuckle): Great. Well, I nice to finally get to sit down with us… and as the new Princess to the Fae people, with such an odd upbringing… the Fae would love to know a little pit about you… Tell us a little bit about day to day life in the royal world…

Marin: Pfft… Most of the time I think they have the wrong girl… I mean… I was home schooled, and have worked at Finder’s Keepers since I turned 17… for the past four years I have been slipping into Finder’s Trances in order to locate everything from pets to abduction victims… from car keys to family heirlooms… it sounds like important work but really, I mostly had to pull a bunch of information together so that other Finder’s could go out on Mission to locate whatever the client had misplaced…

Interviewer: That sounds like important work to me… also, something that would take a toll on your emotions… do you have someone to cuddle up to at night to help you get through the day???

Marin (Cheeks now flaming red): Kyland… he came out of nowhere and changed my life… and he doesn’t even mind when I accidentally shock him with this new power that has a tendency to get out of control when I’m upset…

Interview: …. (shuffles through questions) … (scoots chair back and grits her teeth)… What goals and hardships do you face… what do you want for the Fae?? I mean… what are your plans to keep the Fae community safe?? (scoots back a little further…)

Marin (head cocked to the side): I’m still learning about the Fae world.. but I would say my goal is to keep as many people safe as I can… (fists clench) … if the evil Fae, those Danshue ********… sorry for my language, but if they would just stop getting in the way, I could learn a little faster… someone needs to stop the Danshue before this community I’m just getting to know dies out…

Sparks light up on Marin’s hands, but Interviewer merely gets a white
Knuckled grip on her set and continues…

Interviewer: One final questions and we will let you get back to your new duties as Princess… Can you tell us what fears you are facing in this new chapter of your life???

Marin: … (Deep Breath…) Lindal… that the woman that pretended to be my only family, that kidnapped me as a child (sparks on her fingertips) … that she will find a way to finish what she started… (more sparks) … that she will find a way to hurt the people I am coming to care about… that she will hurt KYLAND … (small explosion blowing out all the lights)

Interview warily pulls herself up out of the floor, where she dove to avoid flying glass…

Interview(voice shaky) : Alright… I think that’s all we have time for… thanks for stopping by Princess…

#99cent Sale – HAUNTED HEARTS by #Author, Kim Cox #Paranormal #Mystery

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99 Cent Sale – Haunted Hearts

Blurb

Will Lana Malloy solve the twenty-year-old double murder of her great aunt and her great aunt’s fiancé by Memorial Day? If she can, they’ll spend eternity together; if she can’t, they’ll be stuck as Haunted Hearts for another year.

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“A perfect blend of paranormal and humor”
“An entertaining ‘Who Dunnit’ that I won’t soon forget!”
“… filled with twists and turns”
“good read–humor, romance, mystery, and a little something extra with the light paranormal-tone”
“Ghosts, and love, and mystery, oh my!”
“Entertaining Paranormal Mystery”
“I love it when a book makes me laugh out loud, which this one did.”

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Available now in print and electronic formats through Amazon Kindle, Amazon Print24SymbolsBarnes & Noble Nook, iTunes iBook, Kobo, and Page Foundry.

Teaser Scene

HH-KindleCoverLucy had made herself invisible even to Lana before leaving the security of the house. It wouldn’t do for anyone else with an open mind to see her hovering beside her.

A tall, good-looking man walking ahead of Lana yelled, “Ow!” and jumped a few inches off the ground before turning around and giving her a one-eyed stare. He rubbed his rear and then turned back around, walking much faster away from them.

“Lucy,” she whispered, “what did you do?”

“Just a little pinch, my girl. They didn’t make men like that in my day.”

“You’re unbelievable! If you’re not good, I’ll take you back home and you can wait there until I return.”

Lucy laughed. “Did you see the tight muscles in his arms, the dark as night hair and the rear on that man? Ooh la la! Can’t believe you’re still single with men like that in the world. When’s the last time you had a date anyway?”

“I do okay. Besides, I’m in no hurry to settle down.” A cool breeze blew in from the ocean and she breathed deeply.

“Whatcha waiting for? Remember, the Grim Reaper could come a-calling at any time and that’s one fella you don’t want interested in you.”

Available now in print and electronic formats through Amazon Kindle, Amazon Print24SymbolsBarnes & Noble Nook, iTunes iBook, Kobo, and Page Foundry.

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New Release – CHRISTMAS CRUISE – Pre-order Available NOW!

Just a little SHOUT OUT about my newest release, Christmas Cruise – Book 4 in the Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery series. If you can help me spread the word, it would be much appreciated. Available for pre-order at AmazonKobo, and iTunes.

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Blurb

Lana Malloy and Tony Calabria are ready for a much needed vacation. The first time they met, they’d talked about taking a cruise together but have never had the chance, so they decide to take a Christmas Cruise.

As Lana boards the cruise ship, she has an eerie feeling of death surrounding them. She ignores it at first thinking it’s her fear of the large ship since this was her first cruise. The first night she has a vision of one woman’s rape and murder. It’s not long before she is confronted by the spirits of other young women who had also been raped and then murdered. Now it’s up to her to find their murderer, someone who could be sailing with them. Can she help these women find the justice they deserve?

Available for pre-order at Amazon, Kobo, and iTunes.

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Chapter One
As Lana shielded her eyes from the sun with the back of her hand, she gazed up to the eight floors of the Princess Angeline Cruise Ship. The black, aqua, and gold colors of the Bahamian flag shifted in the sea’s breeze atop the massive ship. She’d learned from the brochure that the black represented the force and vigor of the united people of the Bahamas. The triangle pointing toward the body of the flag symbolized their determination and enterprise. The aqua and gold represented the rich resources of the sea and sun, in that order.

This would be Princess Angeline’s maiden voyage out of Charleston. Queen of the Atlantic Cruise Line originally operated out of California but had recently setup operations on the east coast.

She caught Tony studying her and she smiled to let him know she felt fine. She’d feared the large ship and had had to psych herself up for the cruise. Tony had taken her fishing last summer to familiarize her with the to-and-fro of the waves. When she told him that although she’d lived in Charleston all her life, she’d never been out on the ocean in a boat, he’d thought she was joking. It became evident the first time they ventured out that she wasn’t kidding at all.

Lana couldn’t believe she’d finally agreed to take a seven-day voyage across the Atlantic to the Bahama Islands. Nervous excitement supplied her with a giddiness like she’d never experienced.

Before leaving home, she’d made sure to pack Dramamine just in case she became sea sick. She’d heard many stories about trips being ruined just because someone hadn’t realized they’d be affected. Tony laughed at her, but of course, he’d been on cruises from the time he could walk.

As she neared the ship, her legs became heavier, hindering her movement. Dread filled her heart and she wondered if it was an omen that the trip would be plagued with sickness or could it possibly be a doomed ship that would sink into the vast ocean. “Something’s wrong,” she said, exhaling.

Tony placed a hand around her arm to lead her onto the ship. His blue eyes pleaded with her. “Come on. There’s nothing to be afraid of.”

He pulled harder but Lana planted her feet firmly, refusing to move. “I’m not afraid. It’s a feeling, an omen, that something’s wrong. Definitely wrong.” But as suddenly as the dark cloud had descended upon her, it was gone—a heavy burden lifted from her shoulders. Perhaps the foreboding was her fear of the large vessel, of being in the middle of the sea without any land in sight. She took in a deep breath to steady her nerves, determined she wouldn’t go there.

Tony frowned with apparent concern. “You okay? Should I cancel the trip?”

She forced a smile. “No. I’m fine now. Besides, it’s too late to get your money back. I can do this.”

“I don’t care about the money. I just want you to feel safe. I’ve done this many times, although, it’s been a while and I can assure you it’ll be okay.” He wrapped an arm around her and pulled her to him, and she laid her head onto his shoulder.
She snuggled deeply into the curve of his neck and placed a light kiss on his jawbone. “I trust you. I don’t know what happened. A deep-seeded dread came over me and all of a sudden I couldn’t move.”

“Where did it come from?” he asked, cradling her head to his chest as she turned in his arms.

“I don’t know. But as suddenly as my imagination went wild, it stopped. At first, I thought it was a sign that we shouldn’t go, and now I feel an urgency to board, like something is beckoning to me, like someone needs my help.”

“Will there ever be a trip where someone doesn’t need your help?” he asked with irritation but continued to strum her long brown hair.

“Please, Tony, don’t be like that. We’ve been married over a year. By now you should understand that I have no choice. It’s a calling and if there was anyone else to do it, I would step aside and let them have at it.”

His frown turned to a smile. “I’m sorry. I know. It’s just . . . I don’t know. I guess I’m just hardheaded sometimes. I’d hoped this would be one trip taken without any ghost drama. I should’ve known better.”

“You’re normally so understanding about my ghost drama,” she said, mimicking him. “What’s with you today?”

He shook his head as if trying to clear it from an unwanted thought. “I sense something sinister myself. I’ve never felt this before now. Could your gift be rubbing off on me?” True concern spread across his face.

“It doesn’t work that way, but it’s possible for a spiritual presence to change another person’s mood just by the person being in close proximity to the spirit’s negativity.” She rubbed his upper arm, causing heat to radiate through her fingertips. “Having a spiritual lightening rod, so to speak, meaning me, standing beside you could land you in the crossfire of electrical charges bouncing across the realm.”

“Let’s do this if we’re going to.” He picked up their luggage and placed it on the cart where it could be loaded onto the ship and then taken to their room.

Lana wrapped her arm around his and walked to the gangway that would lead them to the main deck. Dread started to come over her again but she whispered, “Not now,” and she pushed it away with her mind. She smiled. “Let’s go up top and pretend we have loved ones below seeing us off.”

Their friends wanted to come to see them off, but she’d told them not to. She hadn’t wanted to disrupt their lives since, due to recent Homeland Security concerns, it could take a long while to get through security to board.

His smile spread wider as he took her hand and traipsed along beside her. They climbed a narrow staircase. Once on top, they waved to the crowd below, letting themselves go. They laughed at their pretense.

Lana yelled over the side to the people, “Bye! See you in a few days.”

Tony followed suit. “We’ll miss you!” he said, chuckling loudly.

“Feels good to just let go and relax a bit, doesn’t it?”

“It does. I don’t know how I lucked up and found Gina to take care of business so I could take this time off. She’s a godsend.”

“Should I be jealous?” Lana cocked her head to the side.

He gave her that look that said she was being silly. “Gina’s almost young enough to be my daughter.”

His words weren’t meant to harm her, but they did just the same. She felt her eyes well up but pushed her emotions aside. They’d been trying to get her pregnant for a few months now with no luck, and she hoped this trip would relax her enough to make it happen.

Available for pre-order at Amazon, Kobo, and iTunes.

 

#RRBC BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!

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Hi and “WELCOME” to Rave Reviews Book Club’s BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY at Kim’s Author Support Page!

Location:  Asheville, North Carolina, USA.

Giveaways are available internationally in English language only!

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AND THE WINNDERS ARE

Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:

*($25) Amazon Gift Card – MARGARET DALY

*One (1) e-book copy of ALL THIS TIME – TRACI SANDERS

*One (1) e-book copy of HAUNTED HEARTS – RICHIE GERBER

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# of Winners for this stop:  3

To enter for prizes, please leave a comment at the end of this page. If you’re leaving a comment for the first time, your comment will need to be approved. But if you’re a returning visitor, your comment will go right through.

I’d like to introduce you to my books and to me as a person as well as an author.

First, I have a relaxing video; second,  an interview between the characters from two different book series. Third, is the Story of Kim Cox, and fourth,  I’ve included a short blurb on each of my books to help you make the perfect decision in your next book selection. You can also click on a link to read an excerpt of each book. If you like what you read here, please share with your friends, fans, etc. There’s also a surprise cover reveal. I hope you enjoy the (mostly) fall pictures in my header. They were all photographed near my home in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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This video isn’t a book trailer. It is the first and only video I’ve ever done. I hope to produce a few book trailers around the first of the year. This one was created for a class project in Web Technologies in 2012, and it portrays some of the gorgeous waterfalls of Dupont State Forest in Transylvania County, North Carolina–only about an hour from our home. Our final project consisted of many multi-media projects that ended with a full Web site about hiking trails. I chose Dupont for its beauty. The voice isn’t mine but that of a friend of my youngest son’s. I hope you enjoy the video and find it relaxing. It sounds better with earphones on my computer.

Dupont State Forest – Video

Unique Trails and Amazing Waterfalls

The below video is an introduction to the Dupont State Forest, which offers almost 100 miles of unique trails with amazing waterfalls, pristine lakes, and other attractions. Some trails pass over large expanses of solid rock on large granite domes.

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ABOUT THE INTERVIEW

Jenny Morgan Drake and her husband, Trevor Drake, from my book, “All This Time” of the Style & Profile series, visits Lana Malloy to interview Lana for Jenny’s family magazine, Morgan Fashions. This interview will take place between books 2 & 3, GET OUT OR DIE and THE WEDDING CRASHER, from the LANA MALLOY PARANORMAL MYSTERY series.

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A Little Backstory

Trevor reluctantly accompanies Jenny on the trip to James Island in South Carolina. He agrees to go only because Jenny refuses to wait, and he doesn’t want her to go alone in her much pregnant condition. 

Trevor doesn’t believe in ghosts roaming the earth, much less someone who can see and talk to them. He expects to see a rundown witch/voodoo shack in the swamp. He’s done his research and knows Lana’s fiancé, Tony Calabria is a man of means, but he figures Tony probably hides his girlfriend out in the boonies as to not scare the town folk.

On the other hand, Jenny has read all about Lana’s experiences and believes she is exactly who she claims, a private investigator for the unusual.

Lana is in the process of moving stuff into their getaway home on James Island, near Charleston, South Carolina, where they will live part-time after they’re married. She loves the house and wants to show it off.

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The Interview

Lana meets them at the front door. “Hello. Jenny, Trevor, welcome to my home. Please come in? And help yourselves to the tray of iced tea and cookies here in the den. Please forgive the mess. I’m in the process of moving a few things into this house.”

“Lana, how lovely you are.” Jenny touches her belly as she wobbles inside. 

Trevor stands in the doorway listening and looking around the house as if something might jump out at him.

“Thank you.” Lana says, as she leads them to the den.

“You have a lovely home. It’s exquisite and huge, but also has a homey feel. I love all the porches.” Jenny elbows Trevor playfully in the ribs. “Doesn’t she, Trevor?”

Trevor clears his throat nervously. “Yes, it’s very nice. The Weeping Willow trees along the long drive are nice.” He straightens his tie.

“Tony bought the house as a wedding present to me. He’s a sweetheart. He knows how I hate living in the city.”

Jenny asks, “But didn’t I read somewhere that you did live near the beach front in Charleston?”

“Yes. I’m transforming it into a full-time office.” She glances at Jenny’s girth. “How far along are you?” Lana asks. “Have a seat, please.” She motions them toward a sofa near the picture window.

“Oh, I’m a little over six months.” Jenny sits on the couch as Lana sits in her favorite chair opposite them. Trevor slides in beside his wife.

“If you’d like, after we finish our snacks, we can go out on the back porch for the interview. It’s shaded from the hot sun this time of day.” Lana takes a bite of her chocolate chip cookie.

“That sounds nice.” Jenny sips on her tea, already having finished off three of her own cookies.

Lana ushers them to the back porch overlooking the pool in the back yard. She turns on the porch’s ceiling fans to stir the air and guides them toward the four rocking chairs lined up across the porch.

As they get settled, Lana feels a kindredship to Jenny. She senses the loss of Jenny’s mother and sister. And that her father, although still alive, had a health scare a couple of years ago.

Jenny positions her pen above her pad to take notes, but asks, “Do you mind if I record our interview?”

“Not at all.” Lana spreads her hands over her sundress to smooth out the wrinkles.

Trevor takes the small recorder from his pocket and presses the on button.

“Jenny, I hope I’m not overstepping, but I was told to tell you that your mother and sister are pleased and thrilled that you and Trevor chose to name your daughter after them. Caroline Beth Drake, isn’t it?”

Trevor almost chokes on the mouthful of tea he’d just sipped. “What!”

“Oh and Trevor, your father hopes you’ll name your son after him. It doesn’t have to be your son’s first name but a middle name would be nice.”

Jenny appears shocked. She believes that spirits are all around them, and she believes in Lana, but just to have her come out and say that was chilling. She never figured her mother and sister would contact her like this. Tears come to eyes and she pulls a tissue from her purse. “Thank you, Lana, and can you tell them I love and miss them. And tell Alfred, we’re not giving our son his first name but we may give him the name David which is Alfred’s middle name.”

Lana smiles. “You just told them.”

Both women look at Trevor who has turned three different shades of red and his eyes are watering. Lana isn’t sure if he’s crying or if it’s from where he’d choked. “How do you, or my father for that matter, know that we’re having a boy this time?”

“Trevor!” Jenny gives him her most furious expression. “Don’t start.”

“No. I’m not trying to . . . I just need to know.”

“That’s okay. Trevor, the spirits know many things that are unknown to us. They give me bits of what they know when they want me to know about it. In this case, you father wants you to know how he feels.”

“Okay. That sounds like my father. Tell him I love and miss him, please.” Trevor sniffs and wipes his nose with a handkerchief. He loosens his tie and opens the top button of his shirt.

“He can hear you, Trevor.” Lana looks at him with concern. She hopes she hasn’t said too much.

He runs both hands through his hair. “I’ve got to take a walk. Will you be okay?” he asks his wife.

Jenny touches his hand as he stands up. “Are you okay, Honey?” she asks him. Concern is evident in her voice.

“I will be, I just need to rethink everything I’ve ever believed.” He walks off the porch and around the corner of Lana’s house.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset him,” Lana says, regretting she’d let Alfred talk her into telling Trevor about his presence.

“It’s okay. His father has always been a sore subject for him. He and his mother lost him when Trevor was only ten.” Jenny searches the area to see if she can see Trevor but he’s out of sight. She picks up her pad and looks at Lana. “Shall we get on with the interview?”

“Yes.”

“Well, Lana, you have been one busy psychic.”

“I suppose so.” Lana smiles.

“How do you do it? Do the ghosts just appear to you and help you solve whatever problem there is at the time?”

“Not exactly. Sometimes it’s hard to get them to talk and other times you can’t shut them up. An example of the latter would be my Aunt Lucy.”

Both women laughed.

“I heard that,” Lucy chimes in.

“Lucy has shown up, by the way. Go away, Lucy. I’m a bit busy here.” Lucy for once does as Lana requests and leaves without another word. “Go ahead. She’s gone.”

“I would love to have your gift, Lana. To know the things you do. To be able to help people, both the dead and the living.”

Lana clears her throat. “You mean you would like to never be alone, hearing people telling or showing you information all the time. And this information may or may not be something you can do anything about. When you least expect it, you’ve got a crisis to take care of. It doesn’t matter that you’re having a romantic dinner with your fiancé, you’re out with friends, sound asleep, or in the middle of a shopping mall. It doesn’t matter. They are demanding your attention.”

“Oh wow! I didn’t realize you’d have no control over the when.”

“I’m sorry. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful. Probably just wedding jitters. I’m very thankful for my gift, but it can be very disrupting to my life. I like being able to help people, and I love being able to talk to those I love after they’ve passed on, especially my Aunt Lucy. However, spirits can be very impatient. Their time isn’t like ours and it all seems urgent to them for some reason, particularly those who have recently passed. Those who have been gone for a while seem to be a little more tolerant.”

“I see.” Jenny wrote on her pad. “Did I hear you correctly? I think you mentioned twice about getting married.”

“Yes, Tony and I are getting married.”

“When?”

“In two short months, and I’m both excited and terrified about that.” Lana smiles and takes a sip of tea.

“I know the feeling. You met my husband, Trevor.” She laughs.

“Yes. He’s adorable. I could tell right off he’s a skeptic.”

“That’s stating it lightly. Trevor doesn’t believe in much of anything that he can’t see or touch unless he’s experienced it for himself.” She glances toward the edge of the yard but Trevor still hasn’t returned. “So, why are you so nervous? Don’t you know that your marriage is meant to be? If Tony is the one for you?”

“I do but not in the way you mean. I once caught a glimpse of our lives together.” She wrings her hands together. “But lately . . . I don’t know. I’ve not been sleeping well, and I have a strange feeling that something bad is about to happen.”

“Oh, and what’s that?”

“That’s the problem. I have no idea.” Lana stands and walks to the edge of the porch, placing one hand on the railing.

Jenny leans a little forward. “But you’re psychic.  I don’t understand. Don’t you know everything?”

Lana turns to face Jenny and leans against the post. “Most people don’t understand. I only get pieces of things I need to know in order to help someone else. Sometimes those pieces are hard to interpret. Every once and a while, I’ll get a premonition or see someone’s past. Sometimes it may be for no other reason than it’s something I need to know myself. But most of the time it’s to help someone else. I rarely see anything beneficial to me personally. My one vision of my life with Tony was an exception.”

Jenny writes furiously. “Oh, and can you give me an instance of a premonition you’ve had.?”

“Yes. When I was about twelve, I saw my grandfather’s death before he died. He was old and I thought I was dreaming it because he’d been under the weather for the last few days, and I was scared for him. He died within the week.”

“That must’ve been terrifying for you as a child that young.”

“It was. At the time, I didn’t believe in my own gifts. And I thought perhaps God thought my dream meant I wished it. I blamed myself.” Her eyes moisten from the memory. “I see how silly that was now. At times, I feel blessed to have this gift, and yet, cursed at others.”

“Since you didn’t believe in yourself, how did you come to terms with knowing and seeing things that no one else could see or hear?”

“Aunt Lucy and my best friend, Demi, helped me.”

“Demi?”

“Yes. Demi Lancaster.” Jenny clears her throat. “Off the record, please?”

“Sure.” Jenny turns off the recorder.

“I don’t want to get her into trouble. Her boss knows I know things, but he doesn’t want to know about spirits.”

“I understand.”

“Demi’s a Charleston Police Detective and a godsend to me. She helps me figure things out sometimes and gets information for me when I need it if it is a life and death situation.”

“She sounds like a good friend.”

“She is.”

“Back on the record, now?”

Lana nods her head.

Jenny turns the recorder back on. “But how did Demi convince you to believe in your gift?”

“Well, it was after my great aunt Lucy came to see me one night right after she died. Aunt Lucy told me to embrace my gift and stop suppressing it. That suppressing it would only make things worse.”

“I see, but how did that help you?”

“It didn’t really. Aunt Lucy told me I didn’t want to know what would happen if I didn’t accept my gift. She pretty much scared me more than anything else. Not so much her words but the look on her face when she said it.”

“What did Demi do?”

Lana sat back on the edge of her chair, turning slightly to face Jenny. “After I told her about it, she held me while I cried. She patted my back and let me get it all out. Then she said, ‘Now Lana, you know what you have to do.’ And I asked, ‘What?’ and she said, ‘You know you have to do what your aunt said. I believe in you, and you have to believe in yourself.’ She said it just as plain as that.”

“I don’t understand how that helped you.”

“You have to know Demi. She doesn’t give herself freely. She’s a very guarded person. She’s also a straight shooter. She doesn’t say anything she doesn’t mean. So, if she says it, you know it to be true. Demi has always been there for me and she’s always believed in me. She believed I had the gift. Never once did she think I’d lost hold on reality.”

“That makes sense.” Jenny jotted more notes on her pad. “So, you seem a little more relaxed.”

“I am. Jenny, you’re a natural. And you’ve made me feel at ease.”

“Thank you. Now, I want to know about some of your cases. I’m impressed with everything you’ve done.” She flipped through the pad. “You helped your Aunt Lucy and her fiancé move on, after twenty years, by helping solve their murder. Can you tell me how that happened?”

“We had a little show and tell at Tony’s house. I also had plenty of help from Tony, Aunt Lucy and Tony’s grandfather, Davide. Of course, Demi helped with that also. She and a few of her friends waited while the ghosts mostly scared a confession from Anthony’s second wife, and the rest of the family for different crimes they’d committed.”

“You make it sound simple.”

“Not really. We had to do a lot of research to figure out who to invite on pretense of Davide’s new will. Getting the family in one place at the same time was a huge undertaking.”

“Tony’s family, your fiancé, correct?”

“Yes.” Lana smiles at the memory of him from that morning, not wanting to leave her here alone to face the mean reporters. He could be overprotective at times.

Jenny jotted in her notebook again. “So, and then there was the angry ghost at a home near here, and you’ve done a lot of pro bono work for those living in the Charleston area.”

“Yes. Adam turned out to be not so bad. He just had some issues he had to work through.”

“You’re being modest, Lana.”

“Not really. I always have plenty of help from the spirit guides and the ghosts themselves.” Lana stands and pours herself more tea. “Would you like more, Jenny?”

“Yes. Thank you. Okay, so how did you help Adam work out his issues?”

Lana fills Jenny’s glass and places the pitcher on the table between them. “I saw into the past lives of both Adam and Sean. Sean was the father of the occupants of the house and Adam’s business partner. Adam and Sean had fought throughout history for one reason or another. When I explained it to Adam, it helped him mellow some. When I mentioned his wife, Kara, and how she’d loved the Ramsey’s children, and the promise he’d given to her on her death bed, he finally saw himself for what he was doing to them.”

“Wow! That took a lot of seeing into his life. Way back to previous lives. You did see his life, right. He didn’t offer you the information.”

“Right. He didn’t know about his past lives. I had a dream about that, and I think Kara showed me herself on her death bed.”

Jenny taps her pencil on the pad. “That sounds like a tough case.”

Lana smiled. “At the time, it was. I was also dealing with the reality that I could be possessed by a spirit if I didn’t prepare myself.”

“What? Possessed? How do you prepare for something like that?”

“A lot of prayer and focus.” Lana replied. Lana stood, picked up the pitcher of tea and her glass and carried them into the kitchen, in hopes that Jenny would take the hint that the interview was over.

Jenny followed behind her into the kitchen. “What now?”

“What do you mean?’

“Are you working on anything else, or will you soon?”

“I don’t know. Not any ghosts right now. I guess if something comes up, I will help. I do have a couple of small jobs, mostly computer work for Tony. Background checks on new employees and things like that. But for now, I’m happy just planning our wedding.”

Trevor walks into the kitchen. “Is the interview over?”

“I think it is. Thank you, Lana. It was a pleasure meeting you finally.” Jenny smiles and holds out her arms to Lana.

The two women hug.

“Yes, thank you, Lana,” Trevor says, a little choked up still. “I appreciate everything.”

Lana nods her head knowingly and holds her arms out to Trevor. He hugs her neck.

Tony walks in and Lana introduces him to the two visitors. He shakes their hands and says, “How did it go?”

“Fine,” Lana says.

“More than fine. Is she always so modest? You have an amazing fiancée, Mr. Calabria.”

“I sure do,” he says, wraps an arm around her waist and hugs her to him. He kisses the top of her forehead.

Tony and Lana walk Trevor and Jenny to the door.

In the car, driving down the long winding road, Jenny turns to Trevor and asks, “So what do you think of Lana Malloy, now?”

“As much as I hate to admit I was wrong, she’s the real deal. What do you think?”

“You heard me back there. She’s an amazing woman.”

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THE STORY OF KIM COX

Kim Cox lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her talented, chainsaw artist husband (http://leeschainsawart.com/) and their three dogs. She’s the mother to two sons and also has two grandsons (one starting kindergarten next year and the other a senior in high school this year). I know you’re wondering, so yes, you’re right, she married and started her family way too young. 😉 A recap of her life coming up.

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In her younger years, she was one who never met a stranger which worried her parents to no end, because she smiled and talked to everyone she met. Yes, even strangers. Luckily, her parents rarely let her out of their sight. But they had to work and one time, before school age, the babysitter sort of kidnapped her. How can she sort of be kidnapped, you might ask. In truth, the babysitter took her to a friend’s workplace without permission and then she was afraid to take her back home. Kim cried her eyes out that night when they arrested the sitter. Kim loved her babysitter so much. The only way to get Kim to sleep that night, her father had to promise her he’d get the babysitter out of jail. And her father kept that promise. To her, her father could move mountains.

In her school years, Kim was a cheerleader from the 7th through 10th grades (head cheerleader in the 10th). Then letter girl in the eleventh grade. Luckily for her, back then, you didn’t need to have any of those special gymnastic abilities, only coordination and a big mouth which she had in spades. Kim loved cheering but sometimes, while focused on the football game, she had to be nudged to start a cheer. Her parents were very strict, so being a cheerleader provided her with the only opportunity to be out of the yard after dark.

Also in tenth grade, she was voted her grade’s Miss Torch Candidate (Torch was the name of the yearbook). She didn’t win, but it made her happy just to be nominated. Why? It meant she got to dress up in an evening gown and have her picture taken for the yearbook. She felt like a princess going to the ball.

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Now, Kim is very much a grown up and each year brings her closer to retirement from the day job. At and after the age of fifty, she obtained two associate degrees, one in Office Systems Technology and the other in Web Technology. Kim also obtained a diploma in Medical Office Administration. While at work, she has many titles,  including but not limited to, MIS (Management Information Systems) Specialist, Accountability, and Superuser. 

On the writing front, she is a multi-published author of short stories, articles, novellas, and novels.  Kim also creates and maintains Web sites, and designs and creates her own book covers. You can find her Web Design portfolio and services at Kim Cox Designs. See her published works below.

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Published Books (Novels and Novellas)

ALL THIS TIME

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Cover designed by Kim Cox Designs.

ALL THIS TIME is a romantic suspense novel. Book 1 in the Style & Profile Series.

“Obstacles occur every step of the way for it seems someone in the office is working to sabotage not only the business but Jenny and her father too. Filled with suspense, mystery as well as heart-filled emotion, All This Time offers a delightful read.” ~ Nancy Carty Lepri, Freelance Editor, Reviewer, and Author of Tommy’s Amigo and TinyAngel

At thirty, Jenny Morgan’s biological clock is ticking. But as a fashion magazine CEO with a busy schedule and no significant other, her wish is unlikely to come true. When her father receives a potentially terminal diagnosis, he longs for a grandchild before he dies. With her religious beliefs, a sperm donor isn’t an alternative. Jenny’s only immediate available option is her single co-worker and best friend, Trevor Drake. Can she really trust him to be a good husband?

Trevor has loved Jenny since college, but she only sees him as a friend with no ambition. After he learns of her predicament, he proposes and sets out to prove he can provide everything she needs. Jenny is determined to have a prenuptial agreement with an “out” clause after one year. Can Trevor convince Jenny of his love by then?

As if they don’t have enough on their plate, someone at the magazine is out to stop their wedding and their impending parenthood, and destroy the magazine’s reputation. Jenny is nearly killed in a sabotage attempt. Can Jenny and Trevor to make a life together while uncovering a common enemy?

Available now in print and electronic formats through Amazon Kindle and Amazon Print,  Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes iBook, Kobo, Page Foundry, and Oyster.

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Suspicious Minds

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In the city of Boston lies a story of revenge and hidden identity. Ryan Donatelli, posing as Thomas Randolph, sets out to avenge his sister’s death, even if it means using Sam Southard’s daughter to do it. After all, Ryan is sure Sam’s responsible.

Natalie Southard is determined to keep her family business out of the hands of known crime boss, Nick DeMarco. After her father is killed, Natalie and Ryan are forced to run for their lives. But, will they live long enough for their hearts to heal once everything is revealed?

Genres: Romance / Romantic Suspense / Romantic Thriller
Length: Novel (58k words / 188 paperback pages)

Suspicious Minds was Kim Cox’s first published novel.

SUSPICIOUS MINDS – 99 cent sale for a limited time through Amber Quill Press Only – available in print and electronic formats through Amber Quill Press, Amazon Kindle, Amazon Print,  and Barnes and Noble Nook.

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COVER REVEAL AND NEWS

Kim has pulled SUSPICIOUS MINDS from her publisher and plans to self-publish it in April, 2016 after she obtains her rights. Here’s the cover she created for this book about a year ago but has been unable to use it. However they may be a few updates to it before she decides this is the one.

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HAUNTED HEARTS

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Cover designed by Kim Cox Designs.

A Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series, #1

“Twists and turns abound in this suspenseful novel having the reader on the edge of their seat until the climatic conclusion.” ~ Nancy Carty Lepri, Freelance Editor, Reviewer, and Author of Tommy’s Amigo and TinyAngel 

“Haunted Hearts by Kim Cox is a charming . . . ghost story . . . The ghost characters and their living relatives were all delightful and fun. And of course . . . there is romance as well as the mystery.” ~ Fallen Angel Reviews 

Will Lana Malloy solve the twenty-year-old double murder of her great aunt and her great aunt’s fiancé by Memorial Day? If she can, they’ll spend eternity together; if she can’t, they’ll be stuck as Haunted Hearts for another year.

Available now in print and electronic formats through Amazon Kindle, Amazon Print,Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes iBook, Kobo, Page Foundry, Oyster, and Scribd.

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GET OUT OR DIE

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Cover designed by Kim Cox Designs.

A Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series, #2

“. . . In GET OUT OR DIE . . . Lana Malloy helps restless spirits, and the families they are haunting, find peace. The murder mystery aspect adds a nice touch of intrigue . . . a page turner . . .”
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Since the news of her first case, Lana Malloy’s Private Investigating/Mediator business is booming. At one pro-bono job, Lana helps a widow communicate with her late husband and learns of a frightening new ability she wasn’t aware she possessed-an ability that could give the spirit the upper hand if she’s not careful.

Lana struggles for control when she encounters the angry ghost who doesn’t want to leave and who doesn’t want the occupants of the house to stay. Will Lana be able to control the situation or will the ghost sense he can overtake her? Does she have other abilities she can rely on to save her?

Available now in ebook through Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, iTunes iBook, Kobo, Page Foundry, Oyster, and Scribd.

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THE WEDDING CRASHER

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Cover designed by Kim Cox Designs.

A Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery Series, #3
Lana Malloy is marrying the love of her life, Tony Calabria. The night before, she has a vision of a disturbing wedding and wonders if it’s a premonition of her own. Feeling silly for thinking that, she proceeds with her plans as scheduled.

During their honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Lana has visions of a young woman abducted by a madman. The man plans to force his abductee to marry him if he isn’t stopped. Lana feels marriage isn’t the worst thing that could happen as she senses the threads of death circling this victim.

Lana can’t ignore these visions. Will Tony understand this isn’t an obsession, but a calling, and that Lana has to do whatever it takes for this young woman? Will she find the victim in time? If she doesn’t, life will never be the same.

Available NOW at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KoboiTunes, Page Foundry, Scribd, and Oyster.

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Also  available LANA MALLOY PARANORMAL MYSTERY SERIES BOX SET 1 – Save $2 by both the box set

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Cover designed by Kim Cox Designs.

Two Book Box Set – Novellas 1 & 2
Haunted Hearts & Get Out or Die

Available now in ebook through Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iTunes iBook, Kobo, Page Foundry, Oyster, and Scribd. Save $2 by getting the box set.

In the LANA MALLOY PARANORMAL MYSTERY SERIES, Lana Malloy is a psychic, private investigator who is on a mission to help the dearly departed even when they don’t realize they need help.

In the first novella, HAUNTED HEARTS, Lana sets out to solve her first case—the twenty-year old cold-case and double murder of her great aunt and her great aunt’s fiancé. If she succeeds, they’ll spend eternity together; if she can’t, they’ll be stuck as Haunted Hearts. With the help of the ghosts and a new love interest, she is able to find the murderer.

In the second novella, GET OUT OR DIE, the success of Lana’s first case has spread throughout the local Charleston area and her business is booming. At one pro-bono job, Lana helps a widow communicate with her late husband where she learns of a frightening new ability—an ability that could give the spirit the upper hand if she’s not careful.

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Coming up in the LANA MALLOY PARANORMAL MYSTERY series:

Projected Scheduled Releases:
Book 4: Christmas Cruise – November 2015
Book 5: Haunted by Her Past – 2016
Book 6: Demi’s Serial Case – 2016
Book 7: Untitled – 2017

To read short blurbs of books in process, go to my Coming Soon page.

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New Release Sneak Peek: The Wedding Crasher

Sharing GOOD News:

  • The Wedding Crasher (Book 3 in the Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery series) is off to the editor and up for pre-order at Amazon and Kobo. It should also be available for pre-order at Barnes & Noble and iTunes soon.
  • I’ve just released a combo book set containing Haunted Hearts and Get Our or Die where readers can save $2 by purchasing the set rather than purchasing the single books.
  • Last but definitely not least, Haunted Hearts has been chosen as one of Rave Reviews Book Club’s August Book of the Month books. I’m very excited about this. Rave Reviews is a book club for both authors and readers. Check them out at  https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/. You’ll be happy you did.

The Wedding Crasher

To Be Released: September 2015
The Wedding Crasher is longer than the previous books in the series at about 35K words and over 100 pages. If you haven’t read Haunted Hearts or Get Out or Die, it doesn’t matter as it can stand on its own. Below is a blurb and excerpt if you’re interested. Unlike the other two, this book has never been published elsewhere–it is totally new.

Blurb:
Lana Malloy is marrying the love of her life, Tony Calabria. The night before, she has a vision of a disturbing wedding and wonders if it’s a premonition of her own. Feeling silly for thinking that, she proceeds with her plans as scheduled.

During their honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Lana has visions of a young woman abducted by a madman, who will be forced to marry him if he isn’t stopped. She senses marriage isn’t the worst thing that could happen to this woman as she feels the threads of death circling her. She believes this isn’t the first woman the man has abducted and murdered; he’s killed before.

Lana can’t ignore her visions. Will Tony understand this isn’t an obsession, but a calling, and Lana has to do whatever it takes for this young woman? Will she find the victim in time? If she doesn’t, life will never be the same.

Excerpt:
Chapter 1
As Lana walked down the aisle, Tony’s love filled her heart and a tear trickled from her eye. She was finally here after realizing there was nothing to be afraid of—nothing at all. So why did she want to turn around and run—run from the church and run for her life? But she wouldn’t. She couldn’t be a runaway bride. 

Her footsteps slowed. She felt like she was trudging through deep mud.  Then her legs wouldn’t move at all. She looked hopelessly at Tony. The smile left his face and he looked horrified. The look of horror changed to disgust.

She yanked and pulled at her feet without success. What was going on? She tried to cry out, but not a sound escaped. She pulled her long wedding dress up to her knees, and tried to jerk her fashionably heel-clad foot from the carpeted floor. It was impossible. This couldn’t be happening, at least, not on the most important day of her life. She moaned and grunted. She yelled, “Tony!” Her voice sounded as if it came out through a vacuum in slow motion.

Next, she looked around and everyone froze as if paused with a remote control. Everyone except Tony, who gave her a nasty look and walked quickly past her, through the back door, and out of the church. Someone was in his place, but she couldn’t tell who he was. As if someone pressed play again, her feet began to move freely. The crowd became active once more, smiling and whispering. Tony’s brother still stood up as best man to the right of the other man. He smiled at her as she reluctantly made her way to the altar. She couldn’t stop walking; although, all she wanted was to turn around and run after Tony.

When she reached the front of the church where the man she loved should’ve been, the man turned and took her arm, but his face was blank. Who was he? She still had no idea. Lana twisted around to gaze into the crowd. She yelled for help, but everyone just continued to smile at them lovingly—as if this was the most natural thing in the world. Tony even sat with the crowd now, smiling at her. The scene fast forward and it was all over. Everyone rushed to where they stood and wished them happiness.

Tony hugged her and said, “This was the right thing to do. You’ll be very happy with Myles. I won’t hold it against you.”

Lana jerked awake and looked at her clock. It was four in the morning, and she’d slept for an hour. Her bridal shower hadn’t ended until two. This was to be her wedding day and she’d just had the worst nightmare about a wedding anyone could have. What was she supposed to do now? Call it off? Did this mean that marrying Tony would be the worst mistake of her life? Was her life partner supposed to be this Myles person? Who the hell is Myles anyway!

Nerves? Cold feet? That had to be it. And if it weren’t for her psychic ability, that’s all it would mean to her too. But she did have premonitions and her dreams normally meant something but figuring out what they meant always proved to be the hardest part. Lana wished her aunt Lucy would appear.
The windows blew open. A cold draft swooshed the curtains aside. Lana ran to the window and closed it, then pulled the curtains together.

“You called?” Lana jumped. Lucy, her ghostly great-aunt floated around the room smiling. Although Lana had helped Lucy move on a little over a year ago, she still popped back into her life from time to time.

“Lucy … ah, no. I wished for you. You can read my mind now?”

“I always could, honey. So what’s the problem?”

“You don’t know? I thought you could read my mind.”

Lucy floated to the bed, crossed her legs and hovered over the covers as if sitting on the sheets.

“Well, it’s more like a sense. I can sense when you need me sometimes. Your mom and dad say hello, by the way, and they both send their love.”

“You’ve seen them? How are they?” Lana sat beside her.

“They’re both well. Better than when they were alive. But back to you. What has you so upset?”

Lana told her about her dream. “What could it mean?”

“Cold feet perhaps?”

“I thought of that already, but I think it means something more. You know how my dreams are. They usually lead to something I’m working on during a job. But I’m not working on anything at the moment.

I put everything on hold until after the wedding.”

“That’s true. I’m happy you’re not backing out of the wedding though.”

“I didn’t say that.” Lana was up and pacing the floor in front of her dresser.

“You’re kidding, right? You’ve dragged your feet on this way too long already. You’re not going to break poor Tony’s heart.”

“Of course not. I’m just wondering if this is a warning. Am I marrying the right man?”

“How can you ask that? Remember your premonition about you, Tony and the baby.”

A few months ago when Lana had completed a job, helping a ghost move on who didn’t want to leave and didn’t want the owners of his house living in it, she touched the door handle of her car and the premonition hit her. She realized what her heart knew all along—Tony was the love of her life and she would be stupid not to set the date for their wedding.

Yes, she did remember. Tony had to be the right man for her, she was sure of it. “But what else could the dream mean?”

Lucy placed a finger to her chin. “I got it. This dream has to have something to do with a case you’re going to work on. It’s another premonition. It has to be.” Then she floated over to gaze at Lana’s wedding dress hanging in the plastic bag outside her closet door. “Gorgeous dress. I bet it cost a bundle.”

Lana watched the white-haired woman and thought how short her aunt’s attention span was. “Never mind that right now. So what should I do? Should I postpone the wedding until I find out what this is all about?”

Lucy flew across the room and stopped in front of Lana. “You’ll do no such of thing. You’ll marry that wonderful man today and be happy about it. Just shut the terrible dream from your mind until you return. You’ll only be gone on your honeymoon for a couple of weeks. Whatever it is can wait until you return.”

“Yeah. You’re right.”

“Ain’t I always, honey.”

Lana laughed. “You bet your …?”

“You bet your what? I’m still your aunt and I won’t hear any nasty words coming out of your mouth.”

“Buns. You bet your buns was all I was going to say?” They both laughed.
The two women, one auburn-haired and the other gray blew kisses and Lucy was out of sight again, leaving Lana to a sleepless night of tossing and turning.

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The next morning at sunrise, Lana walked onto her front porch with a cup of coffee, gazing at the cloud-covered sky and hoping the weather would change soon to the predicted forecast of sunshine for their wedding. She sat in her great aunt’s rocking chair where she liked to meditate. Rocking helped her to clear her mind. The thoughts of the dream threatened to return, so she looked for something else to concentrate on.

Her 1972 yellow Volkswagen Super Beetle and her great aunt’s 1965 red Ford Mustang set in the covered carport. She had inherited the Mustang from her parents who had inherited it from Lucy. Her family loved the older car styles, always stating they had more character than the newer ones. Lana had been so excited when she was finally able to restore them to their original glory. She leapt from her chair and walked outside to get a closer look. The restoration had turned out so well.

She ran her fingers over the now bright Saturn yellow hood of the Volkswagen that had all new windows, black vinyl seats, whitewall tires, and chrome rims. The rear engine had been completely rebuilt. The Mustang went through the same upgrades, but she’d had it painted candy-apple red. Her heart filled with pleasure at being able to refurbish them. She made a mental note to put them in the garage before the wedding. Tony suggested the renovations when she’d asked him for his opinion on good investments. Of course this was only one of his suggestions and the most fun. Always the business man, he’d also suggested investing in a 401K and a retirement fund.

As she decided to take a short walk around the block, her train of thought took her to their living arrangements after they married. Of course, she would live with Tony in the Calabria mansion, but she would keep her beach house exclusively for her PI office. She’d already renovated most of it to a more professional level—not too professional though, liking the cozy feel of it.

Before long, she was on the beach front near her home, and her thoughts wandered to the house Tony had purchased for their wedding present—a getaway home on John’s Island—the home to Angel Oak, one of the largest living trees believed to be almost 500 years old. Their new house set on over two acres of wooded privacy with a stunning carriage apartment, dock and boat ramp that accessed Bohicket creek, and shared a community with eleven other homes.

As you approached the front of the house by the winding driveway, you were met by the double-decker, full-length front porches. There was also a large screened back porch. Balconies were a part of all the bedrooms except for the master where a second-floor porch stood. The porches, especially the back porch, and the deck were Lana’s favorites, as well as the in-ground swimming pool for exercise where she planned to swim laps during the summer to relieve stress.

The house had three spacious bedrooms and two full baths. The master bedroom included a large walk-in closet with a separate shower and garden tub. There were three more bedrooms upstairs with ample closet space. Lana also loved the built-in bookcases framing the den/study area. The open kitchen’s roomy design would be an excellent place to entertain friends. There was a downstairs swing space that could be an option for a fifth bedroom, home office, or study. If they turned it into a home office, she and Tony both could work from home when they didn’t need to drive back to Charleston—maybe a wall bed if more beds were needed. Probably not, and it was a bit overwhelming to think about with everything else going on in her mind.

Yes, Lana thought the house was a little too much for a getaway right now but once they had children it would fill up fast. Plus, Tony bought it for an excellent price so she couldn’t really protest too much. And they could live there for extensive periods of time since it was only twenty-three minutes from Charleston. Getting to work would take no time at all. In reality, she preferred this house for everyday living rather than Tony’s family mansion; although, the mansion was more convenient for Tony as it set on the outskirts of Charleston, closer to his downtown office. The new house was much less intimidating, large but still small in comparison.

Perhaps . . . could she . . . should she . . . would she be able to talk Tony into living on John’s Island full-time and use the mansion only for large business parties? That would be so nice.

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Lana Malloy Paranormal Mystery – 2 Box Set (Haunted Hearts & Get Out or Die)
In the LANA MALLOY PARANORMAL MYSTERY SERIES, Lana Malloy is a psychic, private investigator who is on a mission to help the dearly departed even when they don’t realize they need help.

In the first novella, HAUNTED HEARTS, Lana sets out to solve her first case—the twenty-year old cold-case and double murder of her great aunt and her great aunt’s fiancé. If she succeeds, they’ll spend eternity together; if she can’t, they’ll be stuck as Haunted Hearts. With the help of the ghosts and a new love interest, she is able to find the murderer.

In the second novella, GET OUT OR DIE, the success of Lana’s first case has spread throughout the local Charleston area and her business is booming. At one pro-bono job, Lana helps a widow communicate with her late husband where she learns of a frightening new ability—an ability that could give the spirit the upper hand if she’s not careful.

Other Books Coming in the series are:
Projected Titles and Releases
Book 4: Christmas Cruise – November 2015
Book 5: Demi’s Serial Case – April 2016
Book 6: Haunted by Her Past – October 2016

As far as I know, that will be the end of this series, but you never know. To find working blurbs to these and other books projected through 2016, check out my Coming Soon page.

Fantasy Authors Unplugged Featuring Daniel Adorno & Thy Kingdom Come

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This is continuing feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule. Today, I welcome back Daniel Adorno who’s sharing his newest title due out on 8/5. Take it away, Daniel!

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TKC-283x400Q. Your latest book is a departure from your previous work with fantasy. How did you come to write a post-apocalyptic science fiction?

A. Originally, I planned to write a scifi novella in three months, but then it snowballed into something greater. I wanted to tackle three personal writing challenges: a new genre, a shorter work of…

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