The Fortune Teller’s Secret and a dead man on a Ferris wheel

The
Fortune Teller’s Secret
A
Cavendish Brown Paranormal Mystery Book 2
by
Ron D. Voigts
Genre:
Paranormal Mystery
A
dead man on a Ferris wheel and a cold-case murder take Cavendish
Brown into a world of carnival freaks, ghosts, and killers.

 

The
annual carnival comes to Maiden Falls, a small town in the West
Virginia Mountains, but everything is not merry.


The
ghost of a woman appears to Cavendish Brown, a carnival worker lies
dead aboard a car on the Ferris wheel, and a bullied teenager plots
to kill people at the carnival with a homemade bomb. More
complications arise. Cavendish again butts heads with the local
sheriff, Clinton Pike.

 

Marbella
Wellingway, owner of the newspaper where Cavendish works, receives a
visit from the Angel of Death. And a Fortune Teller at the carnival
knows something that could forever change Cavendish’s life.

 

With
the aid of Jane, a disturbed psychic, and Alexandra, a Goth witch, he
must find the killer, help the mystery woman, and risk his life to
prevent more deaths.
 
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The
Witch’s Daughter

 

A
Cavndish Brown Paranormal Mystery Book 1
 
Investigative
reporter and recent widower, Cavendish Brown, is unemployed and
floundering. Coerced into returning to his childhood home by the
town’s eccentric matriarch, Cavendish finds himself involved in
murder, deceit, and a not-so-subtle attempt at matchmaking. Joined by
Jane, a disturbed psychic, and Alexandra, a young Goth woman with
uncanny abilities, they follow leads into the hills of West Virginia
to catch the killer. A sheriff who shoots first and asks questions
later makes solving the case difficult for the trio. Adding further
complications is an ex-girlfriend with a mob hitman on her trail who
seeks Cavendish’s help.
Immersed
in a never-ending spiral of clues and secrets, he must unlock the
darkness that surrounds the enigmatic Jane, stay ahead of the law,
and come to terms with his own grief.
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How to Make a Hero

By Ron D. Voigts

 

Developing the main character for a novel is probably the most difficult task.  In The Witch’s Daughter, I wrestled with myself to come up with just the right mix of a good guy, human being, and flawed character.  I feel that many writers project themselves into the protagonist of the story.  Let’s face it–most of us lead pretty bland lives with respect to the characters in our books.

For some reason, the name came to me first. Cavendish Brown.  I liked the sound.  My brain saw a superhero type guy, thriller material, spy like, able to leap tall building in a single bound. But as I developed him I saw a need to bring him back to reality, mess up his life a bit, and have him wrestle with the person he has become.

At the beginning of The Witch’s Daughter, he has lost his wife to cancer and descended into depression which he expressed mostly as anger and drinking too much.  His rescuer is Marbella Wellingway who offers him the job of taking over the town newspaper.  Of course, she has other ideas which include matchmaking with her daughter Alexandra. In Book 1, he faces his inner demons and comes to grips with the reality that life goes on after you lose a loved one.

In Book 2, The Fortune Teller’s Secret, he is still mourning his dead wife while trying to continue his life.  He knows he has to keep living, but it’s hard. Most important in this second book is finding himself and a purpose in his life.  Does he stop drinking? Well, not quite.  Will he be less moody? Probably not.  Does he have a lot more growing to do? Absolutely.

I would like to share a one paragraph note I keep handy to remind me about who Cavendish Brown is.

Cavendish is the reluctant hero.  He is reclusive, a loner.  Introvert. He keeps to himself, keeping his feelings private. But when he must put on his “red cape,” he will come to the rescue to right wrong, defend the downtrodden, and protect the innocent. Unfortunately, he can get carried away once he turns on the magic.  He landed a guy name Freddie in the hospital because of the way the jerk treated his girlfriend.  He beat up another man who he though was stealing his girlfriend Nikki. He sucker punches a bullie who picked on Jane. Most times he tries to keep his temper in check. Not losing it means not hurting someone. 

I named Book 2 not for the murder but for something important told to Cavendish Brown by the Fortune Teller.  In “A Cavendish Brown Paranormal Mystery” series, each of the main characters will discover things about themselves taking them to their destiny.  Rosalie, the fortune teller, tells to Cavendish a detail about himself that will change his life.  What is it? You got to read The Fortune Teller’s Secret to find out.

 

Ron
D. Voigts lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and sometimes somewhere
else. When back in Raleigh, he enjoys time with his family, watches
old movies and shoots lots of pool. He has his own private writer’s
retreat in La Vale, MD where he spends lots of time working on his
next novel while enjoying the mountains and eating ice cream.
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