New Release – Touched by Death – plus giveaway!

Update – Janet Kerr is the winner of the draw for a digital copy of Touched by Death!

Hi everyone!

I’m ecstatic to be able to tell you about my new release! It seemed like a long time coming! But I am truly grateful to have this one released. A lot of things came in-between, constantly putting the completion of this project back. And as always, many hands came together to make this book shine!

After reading my Psychic Vision series and now Touched by Death, one of the many hands asked me – where do I get these (crazy, weird, wild, psychotic, certifiably insane – insert any adjective you like 🙂 ) ideas for my stories?

Honestly, I was stumped for an answer! How does one explain a muse that delves into the deep and dark and unimagineable for a while then pops up with comical off-the-wall characters like Mosey from It’s a Dog’s Life (a basset hound that steals the show.)


In Touched by Death, the earthquake scenario hit me up the side of the head, and the lightning quick thoughts that followed formed the basis for the book. Five minutes of being blasted by my muse and I fell to her whim – Jade and Dane’s story was born.

Most of my books are the same. I never get a full plot to work with. I never really know my characters until I start writing – which is when they start to get to know me enough to open up.

I’d love to have a muse that gives well laid out plots, red herrings all worked up and characters that know who they are – but I didn’t get one like that. 🙁

Then again, what I do have is a muse that thinks out of the box, in fact, I don’t think she even knows what a box is :). And she’s not too worried where her ideas go.

So I told my reader my pat answer about where I get my ideas – ‘I have no idea!’ Lol.

Here’s the cover and blurb –

Death had touched anthropologist Jade Hansen in Haiti once before, costing her an unborn child and perhaps her very sanity. A year later, determined to face her own issues, she returns to Haiti with a mortuary team to recover the bodies of an American family from a mass grave.

Visiting his brother after the quake, independent contractor Dane Carter puts his life on hold to help the sleepy town of Jacmel rebuild. But he finds it hard to like his brother’s pregnant wife or her family. He wants to go home, until he meets Jade – and realizes what’s missing in his own life.

When the mortuary team begins work, it’s as if malevolence has been released from the earth. Instead of laying her ghosts to rest, Jade finds herself confronting death and terror again. And the man who unexpectedly awakens her heart – is right in the middle of it all.

So what do you think? Too dark? Too weird? Or just about right? Do I need therapy? Or do my friends need therapy after being associated with me? (nope, we’re so not asking them 🙂 ) I’m going to give away a free ecopy of Touched by Death to one commenter!

For those that are interested in the book – it’s available exclusively at (At least for a couple of months!) Print version will be available soon!

About Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer writes romantic suspense, with or without paranormal elements like TUESDAY'S CHILD (2011) and now young adult books in various genres like DANGEROUS DESIGNS (2011). Writing stabilizes her in a life gone wild! The other stabilizers? Cheesecake and her four cats! Of course, she's dreaming to think she'll get a piece cheesecake once her four kids find out she's been baking!
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21 Responses to New Release – Touched by Death – plus giveaway!

  1. Sounds perfect for me! I love action and a little scariness in my books! and love that cover!

  2. Amy Atwell says:

    Dale, your story lines have always amazed me. It’s not the kind of stuff I typically read, but from the first time I read the opening of Tuesday’s Child, I was hooked. Don’t bother to question your muse, I say just run with her! LOL I’ve already read the new book and love it.
    Amy Atwell`s last blog was …Story Icons: The Day I Met E.B. White

  3. Huge congrats on the new release, Dale!
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Temptation Bookstore Signing

  4. Edie Ramer says:

    Dale, you write books like no others, and I think that’s a great thing. That’s why you’re building your own fan group of readers who love your books. And why that fan group will keep growing.

    Congratulations on your latest release!

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Edie,

      I do seem to be growing a fan base and that’s good! I think my writing covers so many genres and is so hard to pinpoint, that it might take time even for readers to find me. But eventually my writing could appeal to readers across the board – as long as they don’t get tooooo scary! Lol.
      Dale Mayer`s last blog was …2 books free for the 20th and 21st

  5. Janet Kerr says:

    Your book sounds great. Delving into the dark side can give hints on how to “escape” if need be!
    Please enter me in your draw. I would be very interested in reading it!

  6. Liz Kreger says:

    I love that you’re able to swing from one type of genre to another without a hitch. Congrats on your latest release and seeing how I’m into UFs, this doesn’t too dark to me at all. Interesting (and different) concept.

    • Dale Mayer says:

      Hi Liz
      The genre switch is fun for me. Gives me light to go with my dark, adult to go with the inner child and cranky teen. Lol. I’m writing fairly even YA to adult and within each I’m crossed darned near all genres. I love UF!

      This concept just blew me away when I first realized what my muse was saying – then I couldn’t let it go.
      Dale Mayer`s last blog was …2 books free for the 20th and 21st

  7. Virna DePaul says:

    I love authors who can write dark and make me feel uplifted at the end. Congrats on this new release. Sounds fabulous!!

  8. donnas says:

    Sounds pretty good to me. Thanks for sharing!

  9. bn100 says:

    Congratulations on the book! It sounds good.

  10. Dale,
    I love the sound of this!! Congrats on your latest release!!!!

  11. Misty Evans says:

    Dale, sorry I’m late, but huge congrats on this next book in your psychic series. Sounds amazing! Here’s to many sales and happy readers!

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