“I’m walking on sunshine…Whoa-oh-oh!” Feet tapping, hands drumming, and head bobbing, this author’s day has gotten a little brighter than it was a moment before. And it was pretty darned bright already with Samhain looming on the horizon!
Why, whatever is going on, B.C.?
Well,if you insist, the first review of my latest novel, A Touch of Darkness, a paranormal mystery, has received its first review today.
Reviewed by Toni V. Sweeney, author of Walk the Blood Trail, Blood Curse, and many many more, the story has received a favorable review and received a Five Star rating!
Try to imagine my immense and total JOY! at this moment, will ya? Now multiple it by, like, TEN THOUSAND!!
Here is Toni’s review as follows:
Abbey St. Michael is a special police consultant, a woman with psychic abilities enabling her to “read” the dead and relive their last moments. This so-called gift recently got her a two-year stay at a special therapeutic facilities in San Cabo, a refuge and rehabilitation haven for people driven to their mental limits by the paranormal. Now, she’s back, and called to the scene of a murder, that of a child…no small task for someone who lost her own baby while in pursuit of a criminal and still carries that guilt with her. Abbey reads the dead by touching them, so keeps herself insulated from any other contact with layers of clothing and special gloves. Anything she touches has to be cleaned continually to wash away residual energy. Even humans carry others memories as well as their own and because of that, Abbey hasn’t touched another living creature in years. That in itself creates problems of a more personal nature.
This present case is one which will push her to the limit. The child’s body carries no memories. Not one. Someone—or something—has erased them. Only the murder weapon holds a trace of the crime but not enough to give the killer’s identity, so the police have nothing to go on. When more children’s bodies are discovered with the same result, Abbey believes a negator, someone who can absorb or destroy living energy, is responsible. Her investigations tell her there are only a few negators registered and they all check out, so the killer is not only not one of them, he’s more powerful than any known so far, and he’s not documented anywhere.
Into this turmoil, Abbey’s personal life takes a sudden wonderful, albeit devastating turn, as she gains the notice of her new neighbor Nik Romanov, a handsome restauranteur. Wanting to reach out to Nik, Abbey refuses to allow herself the pain of absorbing all his memories along with the others she now possesses but Nik doesn’t give up easily. His persistence pays off, and Abbey discovers something wonderful…with Nik, there are no memories. When she’s with him, there a total blank with only her own emotions in play. Her joy—and their lovemaking—is heaven, and even Nik’s statement that he has to tell her something about himself doesn’t quell her desire.
The murders continue, Nik offering Abbey little respites from her inner turmoil over finding the negator. Then Nik’s grandmother tells Abbey her lover’s secret: her grandson is able to block energy, psychic or otherwise. Nik is a negator, a very powerful one, and his family has kept his secret all his life. Now Abbey has to face the truth and force herself to do something which breaks her heart as she realizes the man she loves, the only living creature she’s allowed into her life since her gift emerged full force, may be the killer she’s been pursuing…
MY OPINION: WOW! That’s all I’ve got to say. (Not really.) Followed by tense, gripping, emotion-wrenching, gritty, eerie, sexy, and any other powerful adjective you want to add. Abbey’s angst over her “gift”, her pain over choosing to use it in the face of her grief, and the horror she faces in her decision to continue after the killer—though he may be the man she loves—comes through with heart-breaking clarity. Nik is written in such a way he’ll capture your heart no matter what he turns out to be. More Abbey St. Michael stories, and please keep Nik in them! Abbey need him, no matter what.
RATING: Five Stars
Bom-chika-wow-wow!! Happy dance!
This is the first review A Touch of Darkness has received, but surely it won’t be the last. Here’s to hoping that every review given from here on out is the same (OK, well not “the same” because that would be plagiarism, and plagiarism is bad, kiddies, but you know what I mean). So tonight join me in raising a glass to the first of many awesome reviews for my latest book, A Touch of Darkness! And, if you’re feeling froggy, you could swing by and join me for that raised glass…But, be warned, the happiness dance is usually performed in my skivvies in the moonlight filtering through the windows in my living and/or bedroom, dependent upon my location when the mood to dance overtakes me. 🙂