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If a stalker doesn’t kill them, the heat between them might.
Christopher Vincent is desperate enough for a job that he accepts an offer to entertain as a psychic in a friend’s nightclub. Jackson Whitman, one of the club’s co-owners, is less than thrilled by the new act. To him, psychics are ridiculous and a liability. But when they come face-to-face, attraction flares to life between them.
Someone is watching Jack and Chris from the shadows. What starts as a series of creepy encounters leads to deadly attacks.
Jack and Chris must set aside their differences and work together to survive a homicidal stalker. But can they survive their explosive connection?
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I would like to thank everyone at My Fiction Nook for hosting me today. I’m very excited about my latest release and thank you for celebrating with me. My new book, Extrasensual Perception, features a skeptical millionaire and a psychic. I love stories about psychics. I think it’s because the scientist in me is fascinated by the idea that there’s still so much about the human mind that we don’t understand. In fact, we only understand about 10% of how the brain functions. What does that mean? Well, I won’t bore you with the sciencey details, but it’s a neuron vs. glial cell thing. Don’t get me wrong, I love the whole gambit of the paranormal/Urban Fantasy spectrum. Superheroes and demons and vampires are a ton of fun. It’s why I gravitate towards this genre, because I love the idea of the werewolf next door and the angel across the street. But, there’s just something about an ordinary person being able to do extraordinary things through the power of their own mind. I love reading about it, I love watching it. With that in mind, here is a list of some of my favorite movies/television shows that feature psychics.
- The Dead Zone – First Anthony Michael Hall was smoking hot in the show. (Brat Pack fans, who’s with me on this?) Then add to it that while in a coma he develops the ability to see people’s future with just a touch. The concept both fascinate and frightens me. Sometimes I think it would be awesome to see what the future hold, but at the same time what if it sucks. Food for thought huh? If you haven’t seen this show check it out.
- Medium – Another fun show. The main character in this show gets visions about dead people and the violence surrounding their passing to help catch their killers. Definitely a noble pursuit getting justice for the dead, but I don’t know that this is a gift I’d want. It’s a little too much doom and gloom for me. I’d have to spend a heck of a lot of time at Disney World to counterbalance it, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in my books. So pros and cons to everything.
- Phenomenon – I enjoyed this movie for so many reasons. First because I love shows that feature super smart people and one of the gifts that the main character in this movie acquires is super intelligence because he can absorb everything he reads. As I’m in school training to become a Physician Assistant right now this would be such a useful ability especially since I constantly feel like everything I learned is leaking out of my ears, but I digress. The hero of this movie also develops telekinesis and my inner lazy person would so love that ability. To not have to get out of the chair I just got comfy in to get the remote I left across the room is such an appealing thought. The movie was a bit of a tear jerker, but still well worth watching.
- Firestarter – This is one of those movies that I stop and watch on the odd occasions when it comes on TV. I think it’s largely because I’m enamored with the idea of being able to set someone on fire with a thought. (What?! You know you’ve all wanted to do that at least once in your life.)
- The Sixth Sense – We’ve already discussed the whole dead people issue, but I have to give it to M. Night Shayamalan, he made a damn good movie. Sayin’. I totally didn’t see that ending coming.
- Ghost – Because this was just an all-around awesome movie and Whoopi was terrific. I’m also not ashamed to admit that that pottery scene gets to me every time.
- Psyche – First off James Roday and Dule Hill were hilarious together. Second, I realize that the main character in this show was only pretending to be psychic, but I’m counting it anyway. Plus, this is another one of my smart people being smart shows.
- X-Men – I don’t think I even have to say anything about this movie. It was just all around awesome. The cast was awesome. Professor X was psychic. I think that covers it.
- What Women Want – Does it surprise anyone that I’m including a rom com in this list? Think about it. In this movie, for a short period of time, Mel Gibson’s character had the ability to read women’s minds. It might be interesting to be able to read people’s minds, know what they’re thinking. But then again… Having that ability would be a double-edged sword.
- Poltergeist – This movie scared the snot out of me when I first saw it, but then again I was on the young side when I saw it. The Zelda Rubenstein’s perform was absolutely chilling. The psychic medium that she plays in this movie is not someone I would want telling my fortune.
Thanks for stopping in today. I hope you enjoyed my list and I hope you’ll check out Extrasensual Perception.
We first meet Christopher Vincent as he's having a prescient nightmare - someone is being shot and falls into water, then gets tangled in a net and apparently drowns, someone we assume to be Chris himself.
As does Chris.
I was immediately riveted to the pages. What a strong opening, what a way to capture the reader's attention from the start. Well done.
Chris is taking care of his mother after she had a stroke, but money is running out, and he's having to close up her psychic reading business. Yes, Chris' mother has visions too, and she does readings as well.
Chris' friend Angelica is opening a new club and offers him a job to perform readings for club guest. Reluctant, Chris agrees since he needs the money. And also because his mother has a vision that pertains to Angelica and insists that he go see her, which leads to the job offer.
Angelica's brother, Jack Whitman, co-owner of the club and a businessman, is extremely skeptical of Chris' abilities and doesn't believe in this "hocus-pocus".
But then they meet (again) and sparks fly.
This is an action-packed, fast-paced story, with a good amount of steam, a lovely romance, and a whodunit. I was glued to the pages until the very end, unable to put this down for any length of time, until I had finished it. There is someone watching the club, someone plotting evil deeds.
I adored both MCs - they were very different in personalities, but meshed so well together, and I fully believed their romance. Of course, this book is OTT as expected, but I think that's part of the charm the Dreamspun Desires titles bring to the table.
The Whodunit was fairly easy to figure out for me, though possibly not for every reader, but I don't necessarily think that the reader wasn't supposed to know ahead of time. The characters obviously didn't, because they labored under a false assumption, and while I don't truly believe that Jack would be so careless as to not at least inquire about the status of this particular person, I assumed that he was a little preoccupied with keeping his sister and Chris safe.
Chris has visions along the way, but they're either not completely clear or come to him right before something happens, and he feels guilty that he's not able to accurately predict when something will happen or prevent bad things from happening.
I liked that Jack and Chris weren't strangers, and we get a believable back story explaining why their strong attraction took so long to come to fruition. I wouldn't classify this as a second-chance-at-love romance, but as one that happens when it's supposed to happen, when both of the men are in a position to actually explore the feelings between them. Even if the romance develops quickly, it was believable because the attraction had been there from the time they first met.
This was an excellent read, and a perfect addition to this series. My first book by this author was a resounding success. Well done!
** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **
About the author:
Rayna Vause is a lifetime learner who wants to live on a Disney cruise ship travelling the world and thinks purple should be considered a natural hair color. She’s fascinated by the magic and mystery in the world; things like angels, demons, cats (especially cats!) and true love. A proud geek, she injects some of her tech-obsessed soul into every story she writes. When not writing, she’s pursuing another degree, running a conference, working through her massive TBR pile, losing herself in a video game, and plotting her next novel.
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