By Juliet C. Obodo
Editions: ebook, paperback
Published February 21st 2012 by Orange Light Press
All future astronomer Memphis Holland wanted was to quit smoking. The pressure to complete her dissertation on Ophiuchus the lost astrological sign and receive her PhD in Astrophysics has been high. She visits a hypnotherapist to rid her of her cravings and instead is given the ability to see the future and to teleport. To anyone else this would be a wonderful trade, but she doesn’t see it that way. These strange new powers and the fact that there is a serial killer piercing women in their Third Eye chakras and leaving their bodies all over New York City has her highly stressed.
Yoga doesn’t help and neither does her new position at Sign of The Times, a New Age newspaper run by her best friend Jill. Her mysterious coworker Lawrence, the reporter covering the murders, puts her even more on edge. He is nothing but kind yet there is just something about him; he has this uncanny ability to know exactly what she’s thinking.
Her astrological predictions for the newspaper are well received. But the eerily accurate personal horoscopes that are sent to her by an anonymous astrogirl88 are not. As the secrets and predictions from astrogirl88 unfold Memphis is led down a dangerous path to find out who she really is and the unsettling truth that her destiny may have already been written for her.
~ Goodreads Blurb
“She went upstairs and got her things. She checked her watch. It wasn’t even midnight. It was still early enough to take the subway instead of a cab. She looked for Jill to wish her goodnight, but spotted her white satin clad bottom seated on the knee of a guest.
The guy was looking at her with pure adoration. She had a sudden flash; of them sitting that way, but they were much older. He was The One. Memphis smiled to herself. She decided not to disturb them. But shot Jill a quick text just in case she looked for her later.
She was half way down Jill’s block when she heard footsteps behind her. She didn’t see anyone when she turned to look. She half jogged the rest of the way to the station. She made into the car right before the doors closed. She caught an express train and arrived at her stop in just a few minutes. The cold air felt good against her face as she stepped on to the sidewalk. The first few blocks of her route home were fine because they right on 86th Street and heavily populated. She just hated having to walk down the last quiet block. She couldn’t imagine living in the suburbs with no one around.
Her thoughts were interrupted by the sound of footsteps behind. It was probably a dog walker. She turned to look, but no one was there.
She continued walking, increasing her pace. Again, she heard footsteps.
She walked a little faster; the footsteps followed suit.
She started to jog; she could hear them getting closer.
She began running; so did the person behind her.
She was being chased!
She felt a surge of adrenaline. She just had to get into her apartment. She would be safe. She pictured her blue sofa. She just had to get home. Get home.
“Home,” she wheezed out. “Home. Home. Home.”
Suddenly, she was on her sofa in her apartment.
“How the hell…” She saw that the door was wide open. She jumped up and slammed it shut. After turning all the locks, she slid down in front of it. She looked in the mirror, which was across the hallway from her. She was shaken and confused. She didn’t know who to be more afraid of, the person on the other side of the door or the person in the mirror.”
Memphis grew up in foster care and never received love and support from her foster family. Her looks and her intelligence were often criticized but instead of falling into depression she rose above it. She is now a PhD candidate at an Ivy League University. The only weaknesses she has are for selfish men and smoking. The former is usually the cause of the latter.
Being a scientist she’s skeptical of anything without evidence, but since her field is astronomy she knows that there are things that are yet to be discovered. This is why she is willing to go see a hypnotherapist to cure her of her cravings for nicotine, and hopefully bad boys. Her session was successful. Maybe a little too much so because her senses are extremely heightened, so heightened she can predict the future.
She’s a girl’s gal and a loyal friend. It kills her to have to keep secrets from her Jill, her best friend since college. Jill is the closest thing to family that she has. They’ve been through so much.
For someone who grew up being given very little affection Memphis is very warm and generous. Instead of trying to win the lottery or start betting on horses she focuses on solving the Third-Eye murders of women all over New York City. The fact that her gorgeous new coworker is also investigating the case may be seen as incentive but she tries not to let it distract her. She maintains a pretty level head among all the paranormal change. She can attribute it to her childhood being filled with ups and downs. She can pretty much handle anything.
Only little does she know that she’s in for quite a ride; because her destiny is Written in the Sky.
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