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FEEL THE HEAT
I think my love of SEALs began with Troy Arsenault, the hero of FEEL THE HEAT. He was all macho male, a medic with the SEALs and survivor of many secret missions. And yet he still had he are ability to connect with people. He certainly connected with Summer Cahill.
When I was trying to decide on a psychic ability for Summer, I read a book about psychic healing and it fascinated me. Psychic healing also known as Energy healing, is defined as the process of sending healing energy by one or more persons to another person in order to re-energize him or her. Generally, psychic healing can be achieved by a person who has high meditation capacities and who can correctly concentrate on channeling their energies to the patient. They are spiritually developed people. Psychic healers deal with the person on his or her subconscious level. The person who wants to be healed must believe the healer and the process on subconscious level in order the healing to work. Psychic healers may use their clairvoyant ability to find the cause of the problem. This gives them an idea of a solution for healing persons. They may get guidance in the form of images or may get powers directly from the spiritual guides and transmit that power to the patients.
So my really weird brain went to work and I thought, what about all the people out there who do not believe in this? I learned that often a psychic healer is shunned by the community, called a charlatan and worse, and despite positive results, often labelled a crook. I spoke with three different healers who had ugly stories to tell. And yet they continued to do their work and help people.
So I thought, well, here’s a commodity a very wealthy man might want to get his hands on. Enter Kurt Olberman (BTW, I named him in part for a sportscaster I despise! You know want the say about pissing off writers!). He kidnaps Summer and hauls her off to his isolated mansion to sell her ability to the highest bidder. And enter Troy to save the day. But a lot of edge-of-the-seat stuff happens before the HEA.
PS: FEEL THE HEAT was a Book of the Year for Authors After Dark.
FORMULA FOR DANGER
This was supposed to be the book to introduce Lone Star Phoenix, six stories with a second Phoenix headquarters on a ranch west of San Antonio. I was living in Texas when I wrote it, had a chance to visit a couple of ranches as vast as Cole Martin’s. The story actually started out as a contest to have the heroine named after the winner. J.L. Mitchell got the nod, and it took off from there.
I had a chance to visit two ranches about the size of Cole’s and watch some of the ranch operations. Where we lived we were surrounded by ranches that size. While I lived there Texas suffered drought conditions twice, and that affects reaching very negatively. For one thing, it affects the ability to grow feed for the cattle. So I did more research, talked to a. bunch of people (including some very sexy cowboys!) and the idea for this book was born. A microbiologist who is developing a drought-reisstant stain of grain. And everyone is after it and her.
J. L. Mitchell’s psychic ability is that she can eat auras. Lately she’s seen too many people surrounded by black and then she…Oh, well! you have to read the book to find out.
Note: The next Phoenix book will not be in Texas, but after that I’ll be back where I left off.
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