I’ve teamed up with two other BRAG Medallion mystery writers – Amber Foxx and Marion Eaton – for a Mystical Mystery Book Bundle. (Read about our discounts and our raffle to win free books below.) We each weave a touch of the mystical into our mysteries, but in very different ways.
I’ve always enjoyed a good traditional mystery, especially if the secrets have a psychological basis. Fantasy and paranormal genres have never attracted me because I like my fiction to be grounded in the real. But when I discovered The Girl in a Swing by Richard Adams (of Watership Down fame) I found that the mystical and the real could be woven into something very powerful – that the unseen can bring profound insights to the seen. In this incredible mystery, the clues to a dark secret creep up on the main character through a series of psychic happenings. The book hooked me and I’ve read it ten times trying to figure out how he created such a chilling puzzle.
I dared to bring a touch of the mystical to my debut novel, The First Lie. It required courage to explore the layers beyond the real, because the mystical tends to drop into the manuscript when you least expect it and behave like a poltergeist until you figure out what it means. I love this kind of writing because the writer can never lose the capacity to be surprised – an important quality if the mystery is to rise above the predictable.
When I won a BRAG Medallion, I discovered Amber Foxx and Marion Eaton. They also weave mystical elements into realistic stories – both in very original ways.
In The Calling Amber Foxx uses a woman’s unexplored psychic gift to examine the issues of identity and integrity – with very original mystical experiences spinning a mystery underneath. The location and characters in rural America brings an intensive edge that’s always real.
In When the Clocks Stopped, Marion Eaton has taken two women’s stories centuries apart and woven a connection between them. This time-slip relationship uncovers a modern mystery that parallels dark events from the past, while the small English village buzzes with quirky characters that keep the story grounded.
In my psychological mystery, The First Lie, a woman on the run from a destructive relationship in Sydney lands in the middle of a mythological nightmare, when she arrives all alone in Hawaii. The mythical events are so bizarre they force her delve into the past and face the shocking truth about herself.
All three books are the first in compelling mystical mystery series.
If you’d like to discover any or all of these three mystical mystery series, take advantage of the specials on offer – a chance to win all three paperbacks or to buy the ebooks at US $1.99.
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The First Lie – Virginia King
Selkie Moon Mystery Series, Book One
Selkie Moon is a woman on the run. In a mad dash for freedom she’s escaped her life in Sydney to start over again in Hawaii. But her refuge begins to unravel and she’s running from something else entirely. A voice in a dream says that someone is trying to kill her. Not that she’s psychic, no way. But the messages and threats escalate until she’s locked in a game of cat and mouse with a mysterious stalker. Entangled in Celtic and Hawaiian mythologies, the events become so bizarre and terrifying that her instinct is to keep running. But is she running from her past? Or her future?
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The Calling – Amber Foxx
The first Mae Martin Psychic Mystery
Obeying her mother’s warning, Mae Martin-Ridley has spent years hiding her gift of “the sight.” When concern for a missing hunter compels her to use it again, her peaceful life in a small Southern town begins to fall apart. New friends push her to explore her unusual talents, but as she does, she discovers the shadow side of her visions – access to secrets she could regret uncovering.
Gift or curse? When an extraordinary ability intrudes on an ordinary life, nothing can be the same again.
The Mae Martin Series
No murder, just mystery. Every life hides a secret, and love is the deepest mystery of all.
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When the Clocks Stopped – Marion Eaton
The Mysterious Marsh Series, Book One
When lawyer Hazel Dawkins decides to write some wills while she waits for the birth of her first child, she unwittingly triggers dramatic consequences. Mysteriously, she encounters Annie, a woman whose tempestuous life took place more than two centuries earlier when Romney Marsh was a violent place, dominated by smugglers. Soon that past collides with the present, and Hazel finds herself pitted against an evil that has stalked the marsh for centuries. As her destiny intertwines with Annie’s in the shifting time-scape, Hazel confronts a terrifying challenge that parallels history – and could even change it. If she survives.
All three books will be on sale for US $1.99 from April 21 to 30 (adjusted for other currencies).
Virginia King has lived most of her life in Sydney, Australia, but has travelled to many places. She’s been a teacher, an unemployed ex-teacher, a producer of audio-books, a writer of over 50 children’s books, a writing workshop presenter and an award-winning publisher. The First Lie is her debut novel for adults, the first mystery in the Selkie Moon series. These days Virginia lives with her husband in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney overlooking a valley full of birds. Most mornings she does some yoga, watches the French news (even understands some of it), then sits down and writes till late in the afternoon. Bliss.
Amber Foxx is the author of the Mae Martin psychic mystery series, and an avid reader of mysteries, thrillers, nonfiction, literary fiction, and paranormal fiction that doesn’t have vampires in it. She has worked professionally in theater and dance, fitness, and academia. Amber’s training and academic studies in various fields of complementary and alternative medicine, as well as her personal experience and travels, bring authenticity to her work. In her free time she enjoys music, dancing, art, running and yoga. She divides her time between the Southeast and the Southwest, living in Truth or Consequences during her New Mexico months.
Retired from legal practice, Marion Eaton lives near the sea in the beautiful Sussex countryside with a long-suffering husband, a lazy Saluki, a wild garden and an urge to write into the small hours –all of which she attempts to keep in some sort of order.