“Don’t worry about me,” our late friend said loudly and clearly. “I’ll be all right.”
The message repeated while my sister unlocked the door and went into her apartment. This was in the days when phone answering machines had tapes. Somehow the tape had rewound to a message our friend had left for my sister weeks before. Somehow the tape had snagged and kept repeating the affirmation.
“I’ll be all right.”
Since then, I’ve been more open-minded.
The same sister, for example, claims to have psychic ability. She says she’s more of a sender than a receiver. The way she explains it, senders can transmit messages through the psychic airwaves. Receivers get the messages.
Once while I was visiting her in Florida, she suggested we go to the drum circle at the beach that celebrates sunset with music and dancing. A Native American woman in a buckskin dress was at the center of the action.
“I can send that woman a message,” my sister said. “I can make her look at me and smile.”
There were maybe two hundred people on the beach. While I might be open minded, I’m not gullible.
“Prove it,” I said.
My sister stared hard at the woman, putting up a finger so I wouldn’t interrupt her concentration. After a few moments, the Native American woman stopped dancing. Her head slowly swiveled one hundred eighty degrees until she looked straight at my sister. Holding eye contact, she smiled.
Now I’m not certain my sister has psychic ability, but I can’t entirely discount it, either. That’s not to say everybody who claims to have power does. Take the palm reader who put a curse on me years ago. This was when I was working as a newspaper features writer. A colleague considering writing a story about the palm reader asked if I’d visit her and give him my opinion.
I thought the palm reader was a fraud. My colleague didn’t do the story. The palm reader cursed me. And I’ve lived pretty happily ever after.
With such strange happenings in my own life, it’s no wonder that psychics play a major part in Dead Ringers, my paranormal mystery serial. A bunch of other weird things are going on in Dead Ringers, not the least of which is body switching.
The first boxed set of the serial is FREE wherever eBooks are sold. You can find retail links for Dead Ringers: Volumes 1-3 on my website at http://www.darlenegardner.com/dead-ringers/vol-1-3/
About Dead Ringers:
Jade Greene remembers nothing from the time she went missing except a blinding headache and an evil clown with a syringe. Not exactly the stuff to convince others of her sanity.
Nobody at the summer carnival believes Jade was even in danger except her secretive co-worker Max Harper, a stranger she can neither trust nor resist. But things about Max don’t add up. Like why does he turn up wherever Jade is? Why is he so evasive? And why do people around him keep ending up dead?
Only two things are certain: People in town aren’t who they seem. And things for Jade are about to get much, much worse.
Darlene Gardner left her life as a newspaper sportswriter behind for love and romance. She’s the author of more than 35 books, from single-title romantic comedies to emotionally charged family dramas. She’s also written the paranormal mystery serial Dead Ringers for young adults on up.
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