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Everything is going according to plan, until the night she starts dreaming other people’s dreams

Friday, February 8th, 2019
Dream
Student
The
Dream Doctor Mysteries Prequel
by
J.J. DiBenedetto
Genre:
Paranormal Mystery
 
Sara
Barnes has her life totally under control. All she has to worry about
is college exams, Christmas shopping, applying to medical school–and
what to do about the cute freshman who has a crush on her. And
everything is going according to plan, until the night she starts
dreaming other people’s dreams.

 

 

It’s
bad enough that every night is a theater of her friends’ and
classmates’ secret fantasies. Worse yet are the other dreams, the
dark ones featuring a strange, terrifying man committing unspeakable
crimes.

 

 

As
the nightmares increase, Sara’s life becomes a blur of waking and
sleeping, of terror and urgency. Because if she was given this
dream-sharing gift for a reason, it must be to stop the killer madman
she’s come to know all too well. But how can she stop him when she’s
just a student, and they’re only dreams?

 

 

Dream
Student
 is
the thrilling prequel to the Dream Doctor Mysteries.

 

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Dream
Doctor
The
Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 1
 
Between
adjusting to life as a newlywed and trying to survive the first month
of medical school, Sara Alderson has a lot on her plate. She
definitely doesn’t need to start visiting other people’s dreams
again. Unfortunately for her, it’s happening anyway.

 

 

Every
night, she sees a different person and a different dream. But every
dreamer has one thing in common: they all hate Dr. Morris, the least
popular professor in the medical school, and they’re all dreaming
about seeing him – or making him – dead.

 

 

Once
again, Sara finds herself in the role of unwilling witness to a
murder before it happens. But this time, there are too many suspects
to count, and it doesn’t help matters that she hates Dr. Morris
every bit as much as any of his would-be murderers do.

 

 

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Dream
Child
The
Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 2
 
Dr.
Sara Alderson can deal with eighty-hour workweeks as a resident at
Children’s Hospital. Dealing with crises in the Emergency Room or
the OR is second nature to her. But now she faces a challenge that
all of her training and experience hasn’t prepared her for: Lizzie,
her four-year-old daughter, has inherited her ability to see other
people’s dreams.

 

 

After
Lizzie befriends a young boy on a trip to Washington, DC, and then
wakes up in a panic that night because of a “bad funny dream,”
Sara knows exactly what it means: her daughter is visiting the boy’s
dreams. Complicating matters is the fact that the boy’s father is a
Congressman, and he’s dreaming about a “scary man in a big black
car” threatening his Daddy.

 

 

Unraveling
a case of political corruption and blackmail would be hard enough for
Sara under the best of circumstances. But when she has to view
everything through the eyes of a toddler, it may be an impossible
task.

 

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Dream
Family
The
Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 3
 
Dr.
Sara Alderson didn’t think she had a problem in the world, when she
walked into the office for her first day as a partner in her own
medical practice. And then the police showed up and arrested her for
a crime she couldn’t possibly have committed. Twenty four hours
later, after a horrifying day and night in jail, Sara comes home a
different – and completely broken – woman.

 

 

Clearing
her name is her first challenge, but that’s nothing compared to the
task of rebuilding her shattered psyche. And the only way she can do
that is with the help of the supernatural dreams, the same dreams
that have nearly cost Sara her sanity – and almost got her killed –
in the past.

 

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Waking
Dream
The
Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 4
 
After
nearly a decade of visiting other people’s dreams, Sara Alderson
thought she had made peace with her supernatural gift. Until one
night, while watching her husband dream, she saw someone else
watching him, too: a mysterious woman in a red dress.

 

 

The
woman in red keeps appearing in the dreams of Sara’s husband and
his co-workers. Sara doesn’t know if this mystery woman is trying
to steal her husband, drive him mad or something even worse. All she
does know is that now she has something she never imagined: a
nemesis. And the only thing more dangerous than a nemesis who shares
her ability to step into other people’s dreams, is one who knows
far more about that ability and how to control it than Sara does.

 

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Dream
Reunion
The
Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 5
 
Dr.
Sara Alderson is heading back to college for her ten-year class
reunion. Her husband and two of her children are coming with her –
and so are her supernatural dreams.

 

 

One
of her old classmates is becoming more frantic with every passing
night. Sara can’t see his face, but she can see everything else in
his dreams, and he’s coming closer and closer to committing a
desperate act to try and save his business. Sara’s the only one who
can save him, and his family – if she can figure out who he is and
what he’s planning in time.

 

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Dream
Home
The
Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 6
 
Dr.
Sara Alderson thought she was securing her and her family’s future
when she moved them to a small town in New York and took a job as
Chief of Pediatrics at the local hospital. Unfortunately, things
aren’t going quite according to plan. For one thing, she has
enemies at work who resent her from the moment she sets foot in the
hospital.

 

 

For
another, she’s visiting the dreams of an old man who’s seeing
nightly visions of a storm that will wipe out the entire town. He’s
convinced that the visions are true – and as winter closes in, Sara
is starting to think he might be right.

 

 

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Dream
Vacation
The
Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 7
 
Thanks
to her unique ability to step into other people’s dreams, Dr. Sara
Alderson has solved murders, unraveled conspiracies and saved lives.
But when a crisis hits close to home, even her supernatural gift
might not be enough to avert disaster.

 

 

On
a family vacation to Paris, Sara’s fifteen-year-old daughter Grace
disappears without a trace. The only way to find her is through
Sara’s dreams. But her gift has taken an unwanted vacation, and
without it, Sara has no idea how to rescue Grace. In a foreign city,
with no clues, and her dreaming talent failing her for the first
time, Sara must figure out another way to find Grace before it’s too
late.

 

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Fever
Dream
The
Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 8
 
 
Dr.
Sara Alderson isn’t used to her patients dying for no reason. When
a young boy succumbs to a mysterious illness that defies all her
efforts to treat it, she refuses to accept defeat.

 

 

After
two months of questions, Sara has attracted the attention of powerful
people who don’t want their secrets uncovered, and will go to any
lengths to make sure they stay hidden.

 

 

Now,
time is running out for Sara to unravel the mystery before anyone
else falls victim to the illness. And before her career, her family
and her freedom are taken from her by enemies she doesn’t even know
she has.

 

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Dream
Wedding
The
Dream Doctor Mysteries Book 9
 
It
ought to be a joyful time for Dr. Sara Alderson. Her daughter,
Lizzie, is about to graduate college, and marry her longtime
boyfriend. But the family’s happiness is shattered when a drunk
driver seriously injures her teenage son in a hit-and-run
accident.

 

 

Now,
instead of planning her daughter’s wedding, Sara must fight to save
her son’s life. And when she discovers who the drunk driver was –
someone she thought was a colleague and a friend – she has to fight
her desire for revenge. Because Sara knows she has the power to visit
the driver’s dreams, and in those dreams, she holds the power of
life and death.

 

 

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Dream
Fragments:
Stories
From the Dream Doctor Mysteries
 
The
novels don’t tell the whole story!

 

 

Readers
of the Dream Doctor Mysteries know that Sara and her family have a
very busy life outside the pages of the ten Dream Doctor Mysteries,
and here’s your chance to peek into it.

 

 

Twelve
stories are included in this collection, and you’ll discover what
happened on Sara’s final Spring Break of college; Lizzie’s first
day of school; Betty and Howard’s first trip out of the country;
and much more!

 

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J.J.
DiBenedetto is author of the Dream Series and the Jane Barnaby
Adventures and lives in Arlington, Virginia with the love of his life
and a white cat who rules the roost. 

 

 

His
passions are photography, travel, the opera, the New York Giants, and
of course writing.

 

 

Mr.
DiBenedetto is devoted to writing books with a sense of mysticism to
entertain and perhaps invite his readers to suspend belief in a way
they might never have.

 

 

Since
he was very young , he has always been intrigued with the
supernatural and things that can’t be explained rationally.

 

 

By
always asking way too many questions, it piqued his interest to the
point of setting his writing off and running when he grew up! All the
curiosity building up all those years were finally getting put into
words to captivate readers. And it hasn’t ended. His main goal is to
share all the stories he has inside, putting pen to paper. And that’s
how the Dream Series was born.

 

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Even with the help from ghosts and a jaguar Summer is out of her depth

Friday, August 24th, 2018
Murder
in Plain Sight
Summer
McCloud Book 1
by
Nikki Broadwell
Genre:
Paranormal Mystery 
 
Like
Stephanie Plum?

 

 

Just
add ghosts and stir!

 

 

Summer
is an amateur sleuth with the hots for a cop on the local police
force. And Jerry is on her trail, but not because he wants her
body.

 

 

Summer
is a suspect in a murder investigation.

 

 

When
Summer dons a wig and sunglasses and disappears, her best friend,
Agnes, is worried–will Summer end up being another
victim?

 

 

Meanwhile
Jerry is seen on the news asking her to turn herself in.

 

 

Will
she heed his warning?

 

 

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out in this fast-paced sexy and humorous thriller by picking up a
copy now.

 

 

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to readers: If you are a stickler for police procedures or read a lot
of hard-boiled murder mysteries, this might not be the book for you!

 

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Saffron
and Seaweed
Summer
McCloud book 2
 
Summer
and Jerry’s romantic weekend takes a dark turn when they discover
the body of a young woman in the surf. 

 

 

When
the local police deny the crime and the newspaper prints nothing,
Jerry and Summer realize they are on their own. But they have no idea
how deep they will have to dig to find out the truth. The murder is
only a thread in a web of lies that extends to the furthest reaches
of political office.

 

 

Are
Summer’s visions to be the only clues? Jerry doesn’t think so,
his focus on good old-fashioned detective work, but when he doubts
her psychic abilities the trust between them begins to crumble.

 

 

As
the days pass, Jerry and Summer come to understand that not only
their relationship, but their very lives are in jeopardy.

 

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Black
and White and Red All Over
Summer
McCloud Book 3
 
A
terrible school shooting has the entire sleepy town of Ames in an
uproar. Who would do such a thing, and why can’t the witnesses
remember any details about the shooter? 

 

 

When
Summer has a visit from a ghost she’s left wondering…could
someone long dead actually heft an assault rifle?

 

 

Along
with the furor over the murders, Summer is falling for Jerry again,
despite his obvious deranged state of mind. Add to that the upcoming
wedding between Sam and Agnes, and include a smattering of ghosts and
possible psychopaths to the guest list, and you have a recipe for
disaster.

 

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Finlay’s
Folly
Summer
McCloud Book 4
 
Summer
is in Scotland doing an errand for a ghost. But when she comes face
to face with her distant past her world turns upside down. 

 

 

Finlay
Ross McCloud, a ghost in the Ames graveyard, has sent her on this
fool’s errand, his facts confused. And when Summer discovers the
truth she’s already in over her head.

 

 

Will
she succumb to the charms of the handsome highlander she can picture
running across the moors in a kilt, or will she pull herself away
before it’s too late?

 

 

Find
out in this fast-paced romantic tale of love and loss.

 

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The
Night of the Jaguar
Summer
McCloud Book 5
 
A
honeymoon without a husband is not so fun.

 

 

Akumal
is beautiful, but without Jerry, Summer’s hopes of sunbathing,
margaritas, and rolling around in bed together, are ruined.

 

 

But
it’s the dead body in the cenote that clinches it. Jerry is working
on a case that he never mentioned, and Summer is left out– that is
until she decides to do a little sleuthing herself.

 

 

Even
with the help from ghosts and a jaguar Summer is out of her depth.
And when her life is put in in danger it is up to Jerry to save her.
Will he make it in time?

 

 

Find
out by reading this fast-paced supernatural thriller.

 

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I
graduated with a BA in art and English from Sonoma State University
in California. I’ve been an avid reader since I first learned how and
a writer from my early teenage years on. I’ve had several art related
businesses, including greeting cards and more recently a silk
painting business. When I began to write in earnest I put aside the
art, concentrating only on the writing.

 

 

I’ve
traveled a lot over the years, finding inspiration wherever I go.
Scotland holds a special place in my heart, hence the setting for
“The Moonstone”. I had to make a 4th trip there to do
research as I was putting the book together!

 

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Raven finds herself in the gas lit streets of London, on the trail of a female serial killer

Saturday, March 24th, 2018
Raven’s
Sight
Raven’s
Shadow Book 1
by
R.L. Weeks
Genre:
YA Paranormal Mystery
 
Award
Winning author, R. L. Weeks, brings you Raven’s Sight – a Young Adult
Victorian Paranormal Mystery. Book One can be read as a standalone
and as part of the series.

 

 

Raven
looks out over the small, industrial town of Cogsworth and imagines a
life beyond the confines of her Grandmother’s mansion.

 

 

However,
Raven holds a dark secret that prevents her from leaving. One which
comes to light after her father’s untimely death. Now an orphan,
Raven must do her best to hide her gifts of sight if she’s to survive
the cruel Victorian society she lives in.

 

 

However,
when a ghost of a child comes to her for help, Raven finds herself in
the gas lit streets of London, on the trail of a female serial
killer. As she tries to solve the string of murders, she realizes
that the murders are almost identical to those from a case left
unsolved years before she was born.

 

 

In
a race against time, Raven is thrown into a world she doesn’t know.
With her crush, Tom, now a ghost, her friend, Emmett, now a suspect,
and an uncle who runs illicit groups and hates women, Raven will have
to unravel the mysteries quickly before she becomes their next
victim.

 

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November 27th, 1861

I sit at the stool and marvel at the mahogany structure in front of me. Father

converted our spare room into a music room two years ago. Father loves to play

the piano. I mean, he loved to play the piano and no longer loves, for he no

longer is. Like everyone else in my family, apart from Grandmother and my

uncle, he is dead.

I lift the heavy lid, and a row of ivory keys greet me. Father ensured that our

piano had a cast iron frame installed when it was bought. According to him, it

gives a more powerful sound. Father was a very smart man.

I suck in a deep breath and dangle my legs off the stool. I tap the heels of my

black, shiny shoes together. My feet can almost reach the ground now. Soon, I

will be nine years old, and I will be able to play the piano much better than

Lissy, who lives down the road. Although, her mother doesn’t want her playing

with me anymore. Apparently, I’m weird.

Tears blur my vision as I realise for the first time that I will be turning nine

without Father.

I miss his sparkling blue eyes and “moments of madness,” as Grandmother

called them. Father is…I mean, was, the owner of a wool factory. Father said

that his factory was one of the first to recognise a union, whatever that is, and his

workers were paid fairly. He was very proud of his factory which is now owned

his adopted brother who I’ve never met. All the workers live in small houses in

our small town of Cogsworth.

I used to sneak off and look at the factory after school. Sparks and flames

would light up the sky that had been darkened by smoke from the chimneys. I

used to watch the children that worked at his factory sit on the old wooden fence

and eat their dinners before going back to finish their long day.

I look down at my little fingers and wonder if I will be put to work now that

he is dead.

Grandmother says not to worry, that father has left us more than enough

money and that we have enough to last us for the rest of our lives, but I am much

younger than her.

I must find a good husband when I am grown up. I just hope Grandmother

lives long enough for me to marry. If not, I may end up desperate and poor,

without anything in the world. I am, after all, an orphan now, and world is not

kind to orphans. I know this much from the books I sneak from Grandmother’s

shelves. You see, Grandmother always hides the harsh truths from me, unlike

Father, who always told me the truth, even when I didn’t want to hear it. He

always said that the most important gifts he had been graced with by God were

his integrity and honest tongue.

I look up at the door and smile at him.

“My dear,” my grandmother says crisply. She walks through Father and sits on

the futon. “I know it has been hard with losing both your parents in one year, but

you still have me, and I will always be here for you.”

I give her a “mmm” and hover my fingers over the keys of the piano. I don’t

want to talk about my parent’s deaths right now. I don’t have time. “I am about

to play a song.”

Her thin lips crack into a small smile. She nods for me to play, but the song is

not for her. It is for Father. He has been standing in the doorway waiting for me

to play for almost ten minutes. He is almost transparent and taps his watch,

pushing me to hurry.

What if I do not play my goodbye well enough for him? How can I put all the

words and memories I wished for us to have into just one small song?

I elaborate when she does not leave. “I am playing a song for Father, not you.

I must make sure I get it right. I want to play it only for his ears.”

Her eyes, a paler blue than mine or Father’s, widen. “Raven…” She pauses

and fiddles with the cameo necklace around her neck. “Your father, my poor son,

is not coming back. He is with God now. I have told you this. You must accept

it.”

I shake my head and look at Father. He tilts his head slightly to the left and

drops his arms to his side.

“No Grandmother. Father is standing right there. He has to go soon, but he is

waiting for me to play for him.”

I press down three keys and hold my breath so I do not tremble. I start the

lullaby that I used to play with Father.

I have decided that it is most appropriate; it will be a goodnight to him and my

life with him.

Grandmother marches over to me and grabs my arm. I miss a note and look up

at her furiously.

“No!” I shout and fall off the stool. I try to wriggle free, but she pulls me

across the cold floorboards.

“No! Grandmother, please. I must finish!”

“Stop being ridiculous, Raven. There are no such things as ghosts.”

I pull down on her fingers and accidentally pull off her wedding ring. I grasp

it in my sweaty palms. I see Father look sadly at us before turning away.

“No! Father, No!”

I look at the door with desperation as he fades away.

“Father!” I scream. Grandmother’s grip remains tight on my arm, and I pull

with all my might. “I hate you. You made him leave.” A lump forms in my throat

as despair grips me. “He’s gone.”

“Enough, child,” she says and tightens her grip.

I kick my legs and scream and scream until my screams are silent. I feel

nothing but rage as I kneel on the floorboards holding Grandmother’s ring.

Suddenly, the room twists around me, and everything fades to black.

The room looks different. The walls are plastered with cream paper instead of

the normal pale blue and gold.

Grandmother sits with my dead grandfather. They both look younger. A boy

plays on the floor with a wooden horse. He is only four of five years old. His

eyes sparkle with the same blue color as Father’s.

Grandmother plays with her wedding ring. I look down at the same ring in my

hand, and my eyebrows knit together.

The boy runs out of the room with a mischievous smile. Grandmother runs

after him, laughing. “Jameson, get back here,” she says through her laughter.

The memory fades from me as I feel the ring topple from my hand onto the

floorboards.

“Raven?”

I open my eyes and look into my Grandmother’s hard expression.

“Raven, are you okay?” Tears have formed in her eyes.

I can feel the pain from where her nails were digging into me. “You seemed

happier when you ran after Father in this room. When he was a boy,” I said in

clarification.

Grandmother’s worried expression is replaced with one I have never seen on

her: fear. “You and your imagination.”

I pick up her ring and give it back to her. I stand up and rub my arm. “I saw it.

He was playing with a wooden horse. I think it was real,” I say. I am as confused

by the memory as she is. “It felt real.”

The colour leaves her face. “He must have told you about the wooden horse.”

I shake my head.

“This is the last time we can let this happen.” Strands of her hair have freed

themselves from her tight bun and now dangle wildly around her face. “Nora!”

She calls for our maid.

I look at her as she runs in the room, looking flushed. “Yes, Ma’am.”

“Take Raven to her room and do not let anyone in the house,” Grandmother

orders.

Nora Bonetta, whose skin is much darker than ours, looks at me curiously. “Is

the child okay?”

Grandmother paces around in a circle. “I have seen this happen before, and it

is happening again. We cannot have another Alice,” she says and stops in front

of me. She pushes me over to Nora. “We must not let her out the house. If

anyone finds out what she is…”

Nora nods, seeming to understand what I do not.

Who is this girl—I have forgotten her name already—that we cannot have

another of, and what am I?

 

R
L Weeks

is the bestselling and award-winning author of the Dead Loves Life
Series, Bloodlust, The Fallen, Willow Woods Academy for Witches,
Cursed, and the owner of Enchanted Anthologies, publisher of
Fractured Fairytales Books 1 & 2, A Deadly World: Vampires in
Paris, Things Only the Darkness Knows, and Christmas Nightmares.

 

She
lives in a small village in the UK.

 

When
she’s not writing, she’s traveling, reading (paranormal, fantasy and
horror being her go to genres) and designing covers for Dark Wish
Designs.

 

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The Empress orders him to find the Emperor’s Seal in exchange for funding China’s first history museum

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
The
Emperor’s Seal
Touching
Time Book 1
by
Amanda Roberts
Genre:
Paranormal Fantasy Mystery
 
Peking,
1902

 

 

The
Emperor’s Seal – the divine symbol of the Emperor on earth – is
missing. The Empress will do whatever it takes to get it
back.

 

 

Jiayi
has a gift – she can travel through time just by touching
historical artifacts. More than anything, she wants to escape the
clutches of the Empress and run away to a foreign land. Finding the
Emperor’s Seal could be her only chance at freedom, but is she
willing to risk the wrath of the Empress?

 

 

Historian
and wannabe archaeologist Zhihao has no love for the Empress or the
Qing Dynasty, but when the Empress orders him to find the Emperor’s
Seal in exchange for funding China’s first history museum, he
cannot refuse. It is only after he accepts the assignment that he
realizes the key to finding the seal lies in the hands of a palace
slave.

 

 

Civil
unrest and encroaching foreign powers threaten Jiayi and Zhihao’s
mission and lives as they hunt for The Emperor’s Seal.

 

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Roberts is a writer and editor who has been living in China since
2010. Amanda has an MA in English from the University of Central
Missouri. She has been published in magazines, newspapers, and
anthologies around the world and she regularly contributes to
numerous blogs. Amanda can be found all over the Internet, but her
home is TwoAmericansinChina.com.

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The Supernatural Pet Sitter

Monday, April 24th, 2017
The
Supernatural Pet Sitter:
The
Magic Thief
by
Diane Moat
Genre:
YA, Middle Grade Paranormal Mystery
 
Every
animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.
Pepper
Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in
charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A
familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome,
Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that,
despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different
from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their
people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down.
She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back
parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.
Then,
something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is
stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating
with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When
King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working
too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.
In
order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the
culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother,
Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

 

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Diane
is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. The
Supernatural Pet Sitter is her debut children’s novel. Diane is
assisted by her many rescue dogs.

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

Friday, March 24th, 2017
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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