Miracle Lane – with Giveaway!

The giveaway winner of MIRACLE LANE is Leigh Morgan. Congratulations, Leigh!

While I was posting the stories of my fellow Magical Musings bloggers every other Monday, MIRACLE LANE, the third book of my Miracle Interrupted series, was published. A couple years ago, I had the idea of writing a story about a main character with a form of Asperger’s Syndrome. I can remember emailing my CPs and saying, “I can do that person.”

I never found a story to go with it, though, until MIRACLE LANE. And then the Asperger’s Syndrome still didn’t fit my heroine. Instead she lost her memory. Not the ‘soap opera’ selective memory loss. This was a complete mind wipe. She couldn’t remember how to swallow, how to eat, how to walk or how the read. She had to relearn everything before the story started, from the smallest to the biggest.

To top that, she was a hateful person before this. So hateful that someone ran over her twice with a car. So hateful that not one person she knew before this visited her in the hospital or in rehab. Her family sent her letters telling her why they hated her.

Because of her brain damage, she’s a different person when the story starts.

I didn’t just pick on the heroine. The hero has PTSD. Probably the sanest character in the book is the cat who talks to the heroine. My heroine thinks cats are easier than people. The cat agrees.

When I started this post, I googled Asperger’s to double check my spelling, and an article came up from the Dallas News saying the American Psychiatric’s Association is dropping Asperger’s from their diagnosis manual. So it’s just as well I decided not to give her Asperger’s. Instead they’re adding the term “autism spectrum disorder” to their manual. (No, I did not make that up.)

What kind of a mental or emotional problem do you think would be interesting for a main character?

I’m giving away an e-copy of MIRACLE LANE to a commenter. I’ll announce the winner here on Wednesday. Here’s the description:

She forgot how to hate, and now she’s learning how to love…

Brain-damaged Nia Beaudine can’t remember her life before The Accident. Someone intentionally ran over her and left her for dead. Now she’s living in the ‘witch’s house’ she inherited in the village of Miracle, relearning how to live on her own. Well, almost on her own – the talking cat helping her cope is a bonus. But when a hate-filled family member shows up with a gun, Nia knows she needs real help.

Former Army Sergeant and PTSD sufferer Rob Ackerman regularly covers for his identical twin, the village constable, and answers Nia’s emergency call. This strange young woman immediately sees he’s not his brother. In return, he sees that the only way she can fully live in her new life is to find out why someone in her old life tried to kill her…and might try again.

As they dig up Nia’s past, the attraction between them grows. Their brains may be damaged, but their bodies and hearts are working just fine.

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18 Responses to Miracle Lane – with Giveaway!

  1. leighmorgan1 says:

    I can’t wait to read this story, Edie. I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but the green prominent on the cover speaks of re-birth to me; a newness of the spirit. How fitting! Congratulations on your release and your new addition to the Miracle series!

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Leigh, the green might have been my cover designer’s intention. Laura Morrigan is amazing!

      Thanks so much! I’m eager for my next book to be out now. :)

  2. Amy R says:

    Wow, Edie, this story sounds really good. I am looking forward to reading it! Love a good story that has romance and mystery/suspense on top of other obstacles to overcome. My nephews has Asperger’s and now I need to go check out that article you mentinoed above and send it to my SIL as she might find it interesting.

    As for a mental or emotional problem that would be interesting for a character? It would be interesting to read about a character that has a sensory issue. I have met many parents who’s children have sensory issues. Not just overwhelmed mentally or emotionally but physically, too. Things are too hot or too cold or too tight or itchy. I am curious how they overcome those things as they get older and fall in love. I would think some of the intimacy would be difficult but perhaps there is that perfect mate out there that loves them enough to help them overcome some of it.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Amy, it’s good that Asperger’s is treated now. This was something unheard of not too long ago, and they were just thought to be weird or, depending on how bad it was, locked up in some kind of a facility.

      I can feel for someone with a sensory issue. I was fine when I was younger, but now some smells bother me. I think that’s more common than the ones you mentioned. I’m wondering how characters could overcome some of the issues, too.

  3. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Edie,

    I love this book. And the green in the cover is VERY appropriate :) It seems like everyone I know is chock full of problems! There are so many to choose from it’s hard. I tend toward characters that are hurt and hiding, insecure about some major aspect of their life. Then there are my YA characters and they are all about exploring the world and their relation to it.
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …And the countdown begins! 1 week to Garden of Sorrow!

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Dale, I love the idea of a main character who’s hurt or hiding. I can definitely see that in your YAs. As for insecure, a lot of people I know are insecure, of all ages. I know at times I still am. At other times. I’m very secure. And then I have the ‘hell with it’ times.

  4. Edie,

    Having dealt with chronic depression in my youngest son, I could see a flawed character dealing with this issue. Because it does have rippling effects. Or a villain with a serious narcissistic issue which drives him/her.

    I look forward to Miracle Lane and the cat. Love the cover bunches.
    Casey Clifford`s last blog was …Once Lost; Now Found–The Recipe Saga

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Case, that’s tough about your son. Depression runs in my husband’s family, and I can see how it affects their lives – and sometimes my life, too. And what a great idea for a villain!

      Thanks about the cover! I’m eager to see what Laura does with Miracle Pie.

  5. Misty Evans says:

    Congrats on the new release, Edie! I love all of your stories and this one sounds amazing. I’m still thinking about the last Miracle story…those characters seem so real to me. :)

    And now I can’t wait for Miracle Pie either, since I’m a pie girl.

    I enjoy characters with physical and/or emotional issues. Blind characters, those with learning disabilities, you name it. If the author writes it well, I’ll enjoy it. I’m currently looking at giving my next super agent hero select mutism, which has been misdiagnosed over the years as a form of autism. I think this issue giving him problems at certain moments in the book will add depth to his character and the plot!

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Misty, I had to look up selective mutism. I’d never heard of it before. Very interesting. I’d love to read that book! My son has a learning disability, though his isn’t severe. He’s a tactile learner, which made some classes tougher than others.

      I’m a pie girl too. Lucky for me, my husband started making pies. Nothing sexier than a man in a kitchen. lol

      Thanks for all the nice things you said. :)

  6. Edie I am intrigued! I love this premise. Looking forward to reading. :) Happy sales!!

  7. Edie,
    One of the things I’m looking forward to most about the holidays is a chance to catch up on my reading — and I’ve been really looking forward to Miracle Lane!! This line from your post made me LOL, by the way: “Probably the sanest character in the book is the cat who talks to the heroine. My heroine thinks cats are easier than people. The cat agrees.” :) LOVE your sense of humor!!

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Marilyn, the more I’m with my cat, the more I think she’s got a great life. Thanks!

      I’m reading HOLIDAY MAN now. A very fun book, and I’m definitely finishing it tonight!

  8. Liz Kreger says:

    Having already read this story, I can say its a winner and that Edie did a great job with dealing with her heroine’s issues.

    I read a book by Christine Feehan whose heroine had a form of autism. She handled it beautifully … showing how the heroine dealt with her problems and with those around her.

    I’ve read books where the characters are either blind or deaf … so that’s been done. Perhaps overdone. I think overcoming agrophobia (Is that right? The fear of going anywhere) would be a challenge.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      LIz, thanks! I should read the Christine Feehan book. I read The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley. He had autism and she did an amazing job with him.

      I never thought of giving a character agoraphobia (Google corrected my spelling, lol). That would be hard. Good one!

  9. I agree with Liz. This is a wonderful story, Edie, and a great addition to your Miracle series.

    I’m always interested in stories where one of the characters is blind. Not being able to see would be a real challenge.

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Michelle, it would be interesting to write a book with a main character who’s blind. We’d have to use all the other senses. And thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed Miracle Lane.

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