It started with a bad hair day. Early Saturday morning at the breakfast table while reading the paper, Steve brought up the insanity of a news article. A local church was experiencing unusual occurrences during worship services. Barbara wants to investigate the supernatural but her husband forbids it. Avoiding an argument, Barbara informs Steve that she’ll be gone most of the day getting a haircut and shopping. The author retreated into her office to work on a manuscript. ...
It started with a bad hair day. Early Saturday morning at the breakfast table while reading the paper, Steve brought up the insanity of a news article. A local church was experiencing unusual occurrences during worship services. Barbara wants to investigate the supernatural but her husband forbids it. Avoiding an argument, Barbara informs Steve that she’ll be gone most of the day getting a haircut and shopping. The author retreated into her office to work on a manuscript.
Mid-morning, Barbara stops at a clip joint and listens to one long, outrageous story from a quirky beautician. Leaving the salon, she was late for her appointment. What Barbara didn’t disclose at breakfast was a meeting with Steve’s younger brother, her bawdy business partner. Barbara and Vinny own Supernatural Healers. They intercede for the dead, completing their unfinished business. The spirits crossover and the hauntings stop. The purpose of this rendezvous at Special Teas was to discuss Barbara’s reoccurring nightmare. At midnight, two nuns are traveling with children on a train. The young nun is writing in her black prayer book. Barbara has a bird’s eye view, following the train for hours. Talking to her husband about a supernatural night terror would inject more drama into their discombobulated marriage. During dating days this wasn’t an issue. Once the ring went on the finger it was a game changer.
Arriving late, Barbara would have to deal with Vinny’s hot temper. Her tardiness is not their only source of contention. She demands clarification of their relationship but Vinny isn’t one to share his feelings. Tension is running on high octane and it forces Vinny’s faucet of communication to go viral. Jumping the hurdle, he reminds Barbara about the dinner party at his house. Vinny's wife, Maria, wanted the family to meet her mother who was visiting from Mexico.
Gwen, Steve’s coworker, knocks on Steve’s door right after Barb’s departure. The ‘check engine light’ in her new Jaguar is on. Over their cups of coffee, Steve confides in Gwen. Gwen wants Steve back, considering he left her at the altar two years prior. Gwen convinces Steve that Barb’s belief in the paranormal is actually a mental disorder. Steve and Gwen drive to the dealership. They also visit Gwen’s friend, a diabolical psychiatrist and discuss Barb’s issues.
Linda the owner of Special Teas, the meeting place for Barbara and Vinny’s date, is the mother of Barbara’s friend, Susan who recently died in a freakish car accident. Susan hangs out at the café, confirmed by ghost sightings and media coverage. Susan died before she could finish the intercession of the black prayer book. Susan instructs Linda to give the book to Barbara who will assist Susan by completing her unfinished business, allowing the healer to crossover.
On the way to Vinny’s dinner party, Steve and Barbara pick up Gwen who hitched a ride to her father’s house. Gwen tells Steve what she saw in the parking lot when they were stopped at the traffic light facing Special Teas. Steve is not happy with Gwen’s headline news uncovering a possible indiscretion. They drop Gwen off, Steve hands Barbara an appointment card for a mental health checkup and his suspicions were on high alert. At the dinner party, Barbara meets Carmen and the woman goes hysterical, claiming Barbara is her sister who came back from the grave. Sometimes it doesn’t pay to get out of bed. The train ride to hell has left the station.
An author of a series of nine books, Victorious, Intercession, Victim, Accused, Deception, Whisper, Unfinished Business, Dead Line (almost published) and Building 23 (almost published), one could say writing is my passion.
My sphere of influence has decided that I am a woman of many words, deep thinker, humorous, overly skeptical, borderline critic and a better communicator on paper. Living the American dream, one can conclude, the real fight in life is the bout between good and evil. Daily we confront the world around us by battling our past, struggling with our transgressions, and shielding our souls from Satan's influences. There is always a victor in each altercation. Winning is not always a victory.
With this premise, I weave diverse personalities into each book revealing their bare bones. My imaginary cast of characters are people I have journeyed with during my lifetime. The circumstances depicted are not all fictional entries. There are elements of truth, sprinkled into the drama.
Each breath we take can evolve into a nightmare. Sometimes we concede permitting a false reality to imprison our body, soul and mind. Once released from the shackles of our own self-doubt and worthlessness, understanding we are all woven by the same Weaver deemed worthy and irreplaceable by the Creator, the path to peace between God and man has been paved. Youth has its merit but it’s the long, steadfast journey that brings us to the next phase of living when the flesh is shed. Earth is temporal and our body is the cloak covering our eternal destiny.
Concluding, writers are alphabet artists. Paper is canvas and with each stroke of a letter, the imagery brings us closer to a vivid, complex imagination. Thanks mom!