This week, our feature is an anthology of paranormal tales from a plethora of authors. Read all about it and Win a copy in our Giveaway!
“An Awareness of Evil” in Mystic Desire, an anthology of supernatural stories by authors of Black Velvet Seduction.
Have you ever been to a psychic? I lived many of my so-called “formative years” in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Not only is Virginia Beach home to fun in the sun and on the sand, but it also holds the A.R.E. or Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment. Edgar Cayce is the most well-known psychic of the twentieth-century, renown for his holistic cures described while he was in a trance. I was fascinated by the A.R.E. when I lived at the Beach, and became even more so when hubby and I started dating. His mother was a student of what we now call New Age beliefs and readings. I heard about a psychic on an A.R.E. recommendation, and I saved my pennies to go and see her. Sadly, I was disappointed at her predictions. She didn’t say I was going to marry a rich man, travel a lot, or be deliriously happy in my old age. In fact, what she told me seemed to have nothing to do with me at all. Maybe if I’d been better prepared, I would have asked questions. But what did I know? I wasn’t a psychic!
A few years later, my appetite still whetted, I had a reading in Florida’s famed Cassadaga, a small town of psychics. There, my chosen seer told me that I was tied to a man who struggled with the books, who had to spend long hours studying, but who loved me. She said that once we committed to each other, we would be together forever. Turns out, my boyfriend—and eventual husband—has dyslexia and did indeed struggle with his college classes. And I don’t know about forever, but we have been together for over 46 years.
I give all this background to talk about Black Velvet Seduction’s supernatural anthology, Mystic Desire. It seems I’m still not over my fascination with psychics. In my story, “An Awareness of Evil,” Amanda McMasters first senses a young girl who is afraid, very afraid. In short order, her sense of the girl grows into a full-blown vision, with color and sound and even smell. Amanda feels she’s there with the girl—and she discovers something so horrid she can barely stand to share it with a local detective. Regardless of what Amanda tells Brendan Gilchrist, she doesn’t have enough information to help him find the girl. As her awareness of danger grows stronger, Amanda is nearly desperate to find the child. Can she and Brendan reach her before the evil does?
I’m so proud to be part of this anthology. The other authors are all at the top of their games. Not only that, I’ve found them to be friends and very supportive colleagues. It’s a great group!
Here are the authors and stories that make up Mystic Desire:
The Sweetest Magic of All by Alice Renaud
When a sexy apprentice witch and a hot warlock go back in time to locate a magical amulet, they find more than they bargained for. It’s May Eve, the most magical night of the year, and normal rules don’t apply…
An Awareness of Evil – Dee S. Knight
Only two things stand between evil and a small girl: the visions of Amanda McMasters and Detective Brendan Gilchrist. Neither can afford to be wrong.
Bewitching the Wolf – Zia Westfield
The Witch, Alice Humphreys has poured her heart and soul into creating a magical B&B where guests experience the fantasy vacation of their dreams! Brodie MacEwan has been sent to investigate the mysterious death of his uncle. He never expected to discover his soul mate in his dreams. But is the illusion real? Alice knows that there is something all too predatory about the Scotsman and he makes her body tingle in places it shouldn’t!
Calling All Angels – Lora Logan
Elijah Baker, an immortal tasked with fighting against demons that exist on earth, finds peace when he meets his new neighbor, Celeste. But when he realizes that their love comes with a cost, he is faced with choosing between his calling and a chance at true love.
Dream Catcher – Callie Carmen
Long ago, a medicine man had made a matched set of dream catchers as a wedding gift to protect the Chief’s daughter and her warrior husband. He had called upon the benevolent spirits to keep the two soul mates safe and in a loving, healthy marriage. It was foretold that if the two dream catchers were ever divided the new owners would be drawn together as soul mates. Was that possible?
Life Saving – Anne Krist
Saving lives isn’t just for adults. Sometimes the innocent magic of a child can do the job better.
Love from the Mist – Patricia Elliott
When Jace Warden learns that his brother plans to announce his engagement at a family get together, he flees to the other side of the world to escape the joyous celebration.
Or at least attempts to… His plane never makes it, and he winds up trapped on an island. Little does he realize, he’s not alone; there’s a mischievous little entity milling about, and she wants to play.
Love Knows No Apocalypse – Patricia Elliott
Getting stranded in the middle of a storm was not Samantha Wheeler’s idea of an ideal situation, especially in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. But fighting zombies was the easy part; her heart, though, was a whole other matter. Thanks to a man named Steve Jones.
When they find themselves in danger, she has to decide what’s more important – dying for someone she loves or surviving.
Love that Binds – Carol Schoenig
On the outskirts of a small town where nothing grows, a young girl, Ianthee, is being bullied and accused of being a witch. Young Caleb, inexplicably drawn to Ianthee, comes to her rescue. Before they can explore their feelings, Caleb and his family disappear. What happened to him, and what part does a long-ago legend play in their lives?
Love’s Ghost – R.M. Olivia
“Sorry, babe. I know it hurts to hear.” John frowned. I’ll make this brief. I spoke to the man in charge and he is giving me one last chance.”
“I’m allowed to make love to my wife one last time before I have to cross over. So, are you ready for your husband? Are you ready for me, Ingrid?” He lifted my chin up and ran his thumb along my lips. I felt a chill go down my spine. How could this be real? How could this be happening?
The Anniversary – Richard Savage
A cruel twist of fate wrenched Evelyn and Peter apart on their wedding anniversary. Evelyn’s life descends into darkness. James enters her life giving her a chance of happiness. Evelyn discovers a piece of jewelry, that has the power to grant her time with Peter on their anniversary. She adores James, but needs Peter. Can she ever really let Peter go, while there’s still a chance they can be together?
The Mortal Vampire – Suzanne Smith
Remy enjoys life as a vampire, never giving a thought to sucking every last drop of tasty blood out of his unfortunate victims and leaving them door nail dead. But his cold and carefree existence changes the day he crosses paths with the beautiful and mysterious mortal Angela.
Through the Veil – Jan Selbourne
A beautiful March day in 1875 ends in tragedy when the wagon carrying Helen and Marcus plunges down the mountainside. Generations pass before Rachel Finlay finds an old sepia photo of a man and woman. She knows them but she’s never met them and now, for the peace of mind she desperately craves, she goes back to where it began. In time, through the veil, knowing she may never return.
Unconditional Lust – Breanna Hayes
The massive, hideous merrow leader, Muruch, craves the taste of human flesh. Confined to the ocean, he feeds his horde with sailors from ships pulled into the maw of the Bermuda Triangle. When US Army Captain, Nurys Shaye, puts her life on the line to save him after being captured, his hunger for human flesh is shadowed by the desire for her body and her love. Will she be able to see past his appearance and trust him to break down her walls and teach her to feel?
Author bio and links:
A few years ago, Dee S. Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That’s how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret. For romance ranging from sweet to historical, contemporary to paranormal and more join Dee on Nomad Authors. Contact Dee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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