by AJ Aalto

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Dick jokes and stumbling to victory. Just another day for the ‘hold my beer’ witch, Marnie B.

The media has a nickname for Marnie Baranuik, though she’d rather they didn’t; they call her the Great White Shark, a rare dual-talented forensic psychic. Twice-Touched by the Blue Sense—which gives her the ability to feel the emotions of others, and read impressions left behind on objects—Marnie also has a doctorate in preternatural biology and a working knowledge of the dark arts. She is considered without peer in the psychic community.

Then her first big FBI case ended with a bullet in one shoulder and a chip on the other, a queasy heart and a serial killer in the wind, leaving her a public flop and a private wreck. When the FBI’s preternatural crimes unit tracks her down at a remote mountain lodge for her insight on a local case, her quiet retirement is promptly besieged by a stab-happy starlet, a rampaging ghoul, and a vampire-hunting jackass in tight Wranglers. Marnie figures the only real mystery is which one will kill her first.

Too mean to die young, backed up by friends in cold places, and running with a mouth as demure as a cannon’s blast, Marnie Baranuik is about to discover that there’s no such thing as quitting time when you’re Touched.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633734456
Publisher: Oghma Creative Media
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Series: Marnie Baranuik Files , #1
Edition description: Solasta Press Trade Paperback
Pages: 482
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

In addition to being the author of the Marnie Baranuik Files, AJ Aalto is a biologist, a student of criminal psychology & behaviour, an axe-throwing bellydancer, a poor Sudoku puzzler, a badge bunny, and a PVP gamer. When not studying murder or writing dick jokes, you can find her singing Monty Python songs in the shower, eavesdropping on strangers, and drinking more tea than is healthy.

AJ cannot say no to a Snickers bar and has been known to swallow her gum.

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Touched 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
JamesterCK More than 1 year ago
I’m so excited about Touched because finally an author pulled off a mystery/suspense novel in the correct way. I do not want to read a book where I know what’s going to happen 100 pages before it does. I want to be given clues, but I hate when it’s spelled out for me. I found that in this book. Sure, there were still a few things I was able to guess early on. There were times I thought I knew what was going to happen, only to be thrown for a loop. There were yet other times when I was completely blindsided by plot twists. I enjoyed every second of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Marnie and her awesome sarcasm. Never able to keep out of trouble, but always with a great comeback. My kind of girl. Kept me reading late into the night!
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Marnie had retired her position as a consulting forensic psychic for the F B I six weeks earlier after her first and only case. Supervisory Special Agent Gary Chapel and Special Agent Mark Batten were in Marnie’s office at her desk, Agent Batten had been a vampire hunter in a former life.Battan was making Marnie feel hostile. Marnie was a touch psychic but also empath who felt both the real time emotions of the living as well as strong residue emotion left behind. Marnie had the impulse to pretend she wasn’t home when she saw the to agent through her peephole. They wanted Marnie to look at some gory pictures and tell them what she thought they were dealing with, The agents wanted her to check the pictures of a twelve year old girl named Kristen from Denver. Marnie had been working a serial murder case of the paranormal sort. A vampire had shot Marnie Marnie’s house mate was a vampire -revenant as they preferred to be called- was Lord Harry Dreppenstedd. To Marnie just told they agents to leave and then Harry came into the office and would back her.Harry referred to Marnie as his Day Sitter. Harry and Marnie had a bond. Harry was four hundred and thirty five years old and Agent Chapel and Battan belonged to The Preternatural Crime Unit. There was a newspaper article that talked about Marnie and calling her the Great White Shark of psychic investigators- as she had let a child serial killer slip through her jaws. Marnie hated sharks and wondered why she was the only one blamed for the child serial killer getting away. The agents already had Danika Sherlock on the case as far as Marnie was concerned they didn’t need her. Sherlock’s clairvoyant abilities had been decreasing the last seven years since George the vampire she had been linked to had been dusted All psychics were Day Sitters for vampires, As Day Sitters were guardians who merely borrow and direct power that belonged to a vampire that they secretly protected, nourished, and nurtured. Vampire Hunters were the new superheroes. Marnie had inherited Harry from her grandma Vi Marnie worked on mostly missing persons cases gone cold. Jeremiah Prost was a century old and his mind control; was excellent. It only took Jeremiah ten seconds each to control Marnie’s and Mark’s mind. Marnie had been shot two times by Jeremiah. Mark had initiated sex without telling Marnie he was engaged to Sherlock. Also he was a big butt after they had sex. I just really couldn’t get into this story. I read about one third of it and to me it just dragged. In the beginning I was interested but then lost all interest. I tried setting the book away and came back to it but that didn’t help.
LiveLaughandLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
I'm SO glad that I got accepted to read this book and the next two on Netgalley! It is so unbelievably good!!! Marnie worked perfectly for me. She was smart and sassy and had a way of saying ‘Cuss words’ that cracked me up several times. Her revenant, Harry, spoke in a way that left Marnie (and me) wondering what the hell he was talking about but that was funny too and added an extra quirk to the story. There was a lot of action in Touched and some horror with some grotesquely graphic description. The ending action sequence was awesomely written and I'm pretty sure my eyes were wide and my breathing sped up while reading it. Touched has vampires, witchcraft, sexual tension, ghouls, action, danger, horror, witty writing, witty dialogue and more. It was a fantastic read and I can't wait to read the next installment, Death Rejoices!
GrandLady More than 1 year ago
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I purchased the book but it was surprisingly good and I went on to purchase the rest of the Marnie books. It had a perfect blend of mystery, suspense, romance, and comedy. But fair warning, it has some gore and sex. I felt that the author did a wonderful job at keeping you guessing through the whole book, I wasn't able to guess the ending until the end. All in all I would definitely recommend this book to a friend (and I did)!  
damlindabks More than 1 year ago
This book hooked me immediately.  The word-play is terrific and cracked me up, often unexpectedly.  I adore Marnie and her "people skill".  Actually, I really liked all the characters.  The action was fast-paced, the story line well plotted, the dialogue amazing.  The romance?  Awkward, funny, sexy, complicated - fun!  I was so impressed with this book, halfway through I ordered everything else in this series!
JoeyDTX More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of books, and it's been a long time since one kept me this interested and made me laugh out loud.  The story is a  wonderful blend of horror, mystery, romance, and humor, and this author is first rate.
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I loved this book. New author for me .Will read more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't see anything anywhere that said this book is #1 of a series, and the story continues in the second book. I find this out after reading 1100+ pages. I wish B&N and the authors would make this clear on the shopping menu. This genre is unfamiliar to me, and I found myself confused and had to re read several passages to figure out what was going on. I did like the characters, however, the witty banter between them was what kept me plugging through to the end. Or, I should say, to the last page. I felt like there really was NO ending, and hate it when you have to get the next book to finish the story. If this is your style, you will probably really enjoy the books. I will not be buying the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd have give this five stars had it not contained so much vile language and of course the sex scenes with the trite 'hard bodied, tight assed' hero and MJ's (the heroine) constant talking, thinking, about sex and descriptions of her vibrator and it's use. Just too much unnecessary sex and extremely gory descriptions of rotting, stinking, slimey bodies exploding over everyone, including in their mouths.