Two psychics – one serial killer.
Someone is stalking women and murdering them in Key West.
Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker join forces to help identify the murderer and stop him. Levi can channel the deceased victims and Trudy can tap into the mind of the killer. As a psychic detective team, they’re formidable. As lovers, they discover that they’re insatiable.
But if Trudy can see through the killer’s eyes, can the killer see her?
~ Bewitching BT
” Trudy drew in a breath and told herself to chill out. Levi sat in the rattan chair to her
right, crossed his legs, and flicked a white thread from his black trousers. He was the picture of
calmness and she felt as if her chest was full of butterflies.
“Do you two have separate rooms?” Trudy asked, trying to drive past her nervousness
and get Quintara’s goat.
Levi smirked and glanced at a cackling Quintara.
“Levi’s too busy seducing all the pretty television anchor women to want to share a room
with a well-rounded, older enchantress like me. Isn’t that right, Levi?”
“You’re the one who was announcing your room number to every waiter and barkeep we
ran into last night.”
“And a lot of good it did me,” Quintara said, flipping her string of red beads and
puckering her lips in a pout. “But let’s talk about murder.” She glanced from him to Trudy.
“Have you felt anything, dear? He’s been talking to you, hasn’t he?”
Trudy fidgeted on the sofa. “Yes, a little. I don’t know . . .”
“You do know,” Quintara said, her tone scolding, scalding. “You have felt him?”
“Yes.” The word almost stuck in her throat. She glanced toward Levi and flinched when
she saw that he was completely focused on her. Talk about intense! It was like she was being
blasted by a laser beam. “He’s thinking of murdering a barmaid that he knows. But I’m not
entirely sure—.” She caught the rapier-edged glance Levi and Quintara exchanged. “What?”
“You have the right person, dear.” Quintara nodded to a folded newspaper on the coffee
table. “A barkeep was murdered last night. He mutilated her.”
“Oh, no!” Feeling as if she had been socked in the gut, Trudy reached for the newspaper
and located the front page article easily. The details were sketchy. No clues. No leads. Used a
serrated knife. Mutilation. Worked at the Gold Lagoon on Canal Street. A shiver ran through
her and guilt brought hot tears to the back of her eyes. “I should have told you about the vision
“And what? We would have cased out every bar in Key West and warned the potential
victims?” Quintara shrugged. “We must have more to go on than that, dear. We’ll put our heads
together and create a profile of this killer. We’ll get to know him so well that we can predict his
movements. Eventually, we’ll be ahead of him and be able to identify him and help catch him.”
Trudy turned toward Levi to find that he was still studying her, one brow slightly arched.
“What have you been getting about this guy?” she asked.
He lifted one broad shoulder. “The victims haven’t given me much to go on yet. They
didn’t see him coming and were knocked out. The woman before this one – Janie Fullbright was
her name – was blindfolded, gagged, and when she came to, her wrists and ankles were tied. She
was a heroine addict.” He held out a hand for the newspaper. He wore a silver ring on his middle
finger and the square black onyx in it glinted in the sunlight.
When he moved, Trudy caught a whiff of lemony lime. One cool customer, she thought.
Everything about him was controlled, calculated almost. But there was an undercurrent of
turmoil just below his polished surface. She’d always felt it and that intrigued her about him –
more than his psychic abilities or his reputation as a womanizer. ”
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
I’ve had the premise rolling around in my head for 10 years and reading “Fifty Shades of Grey” inspired me to put it on paper.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?
The source for my male protagonist is my own “main squeeze” and the inspiration was Christian Grey. As for my female protagonist, she is a lot like me as far as her personality, but she’s adorably cute like Meg Ryan (as in “French Kiss”). My antagonist or crazed killer just burst into being as I explored serial killers online.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
No, I’ve never had writer’s block. I can’t afford it. I have bills to pay!
5. Your all time favorite book?
The Moonspinners by Mary Steward
6. What made you pick that one above all others?
It inspired me to want to be a novelist.
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
This book – because I’ve been thinking about it for 10 years.
8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
It’s made me appreciate not having a boss and working on my own schedule. It also allowed me to do things like travel for months at a time and take care of my parents when they grew older and needed me. It’s also very humbling. Writers I knew when I first started out have become multi-millionaires and on all kinds of BEST lists, while I keep plodding along, thrilled when I get a good review and I hear about someone buying my book!
9. Was there ever a time, during your work for the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
No. Once I started, I wrote in a fever. I’ve never loved writing more than when I was writing “Through His Eyes.” On other books, I don’t ever feel like giving up. I might feel that I need to go back and re-plot or re-think a scene, but I keep going.
10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
Aside from writing every day, I volunteer for an animal rescue group. We save dogs and cats from kill shelters and find them new, responsible owners. That takes up a lot of time every week. And I read!!! I love to read. I don’t have children. Never married. I have a significant other who I’ve been off and on with since I was 17 years old. We’re “on” now and enjoy spicing up each other’s lives. I have five dogs of my own and I have four foster dogs right now. My dogs are Mister Darcy, Gypsy, Dexter, Slim, and Inky Dinky Doo Dawg.
11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I haven’t experienced a lot of that because my books aren’t reviewed all that much. However, bad reviews do stick with you. You’ll always recall them more often than you will the good ones. Or, at least, I do. Right now I’m depressed because I can’t for the life of me get a 4 ½ or 5 star review from Romantic Times. I get 4 stars, which is good, but whose butt do I have to kiss for that extra half star? Seriously, it’s best to take them all in stride. When you get a snarky review, chant to yourself, “This too shall pass,” or “Screw you, too!” Whichever feels better.
12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
It is #1 in a series of three books I’ve planned. I dropped a lot of little tidbits in the first one that I plan to address in the other two books. Levi has a lot of stuff to sort through and Trudy is the woman to help him do it. Together, they will forge a bond that will strengthen them both as gifted human beings.
13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
I also want to do another historical romance set on an Oklahoma ranch. I’m plotting it now.
14. What made you decide to go the self-pub way?
My agent suggested we offer my backlist on Amazon. Then Amazon asked me to write a novella and then a novel, so I did.
15. What would you say was the toughest part?
Doing everything yourself.
16. Did you hire professionals for editing, cover design, formatting?
Yes to all that, except formatting. Amazon did that. The most difficult thing is to find a really fantastic proofer..but I think I finally found one.
17. How did you decide who to hire, if you worked with pros?
I know a lot of writers and editors and I tapped into them. My agent also has a list of professionals.
18. How long did the production part take, from the moment you began working on the manuscript to self-pub to when you hit ‘Publish’?
About 8 months from plotting it to publishing it.
19. Where is your work being distributed, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, AllRomanceEbooks/Omnilit, some other distributor? How did you decide which one(s) to go with?
I have an exclusive agreement with Amazon.
20. If you could turn back in time and do things differently, would you? What would you change?
I wouldn’t have been so reluctant to write an ebook.
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
A better office chair. My butt hurts right now.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
“How To Survive and Thrive on an Isolated Island”
3. Name your favorite fruit.
4. Coffee or tea?
5. Favorite season?
6. How about fav time of 24 hours?
Four o’clock in the afternoon when it’s almost quitting time and I’m usually so hungry I could eat a table leg.
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
No. I was a Brownie, but my pack leader had a nervous breakdown and none of the other mothers would volunteer to take over (not even my own mother!) and so the pack dissolved.
8. Favorite food for breakfast?
Sara Lee Butter Pecan Coffee Cake
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
“Archer’s Voice” by Mia Sheridan
10. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
No, I used to collect owls, Blue Willow dishes, and McCoy pottery planters, but I have enough now!
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
12. Drama or comedy?
13. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
“Don’t wait for your ship to come in. Swim for it!”
14. Cats or dogs?
15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Dinner by candlelight!
About the Author & Links:
Author of more than 50 novels, Deborah lives in Oklahoma. She has been a full-time writer since she graduated from the University of Tulsa. Her background as a reporter for newspapers helped her to write fast and enjoy research. After she sold her first few books, she quit newspaper work to become a freelance writer and novelist.
Deborah’s first novel was published in the late 1970s and her books have been published by Jove, New American Library, Harlequin, Silhouette, and Avon. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Authors Hall of Fame and she is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of the Author’s Guild. She was the first recipient of the Janet Dailey Award.
Through His Eyes (April, 2012) is her first romantic suspense book. It has paranormal elements and is erotic. She plans at least two more books featuring Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker.
Also widely published in non-fiction, she and writes and edits for a magazine focused on small businesses. Deborah taught fiction writing for more than 10 years at a community college. She has been a guest speaker at numerous writers’ conferences, including Romance Writers of America (RWA), Writers, Inc., and the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. She has served as a judge in numerous writing contests throughout the United States and has judged manuscripts in RWA’s Golden Heart Awards and RITA Awards. She is currently working on her next historical romance set in the wild, wonderful west.
In 2012 her books were re-issued on Amazon for Kindle Direct and have attracted tens of thousands of new fans.