Through His Heart
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Paranormal
Date of Publication: June 30, 2015
Number of pages:357
Word Count: 93,461
Cover Artist: Pamela Schmitt
“Sending you an SOS.”
When psychic Trudy Tucker hears this plaintive cry in her mind and then connects psychically with a little girl’s kidnapper, she is drawn to a small town in Missouri where everyone is suspect – including herself and her lover, celebrated psychic detective Levi Wolfe. As she and Levi work together to sort through whom and what to trust, an innocent life hangs in the balance.
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“You don’t realize how special you are, do you?”
Trudy smiled. “Special to you.”
“Yes, and special as a psychic.” Levi straightened, stood, and threw his leg over the seat, sitting backwards in it to face her. Wrapping an arm around her waist, he hauled her up against the back of the chair. “What I do isn’t anything special. Talking to the deceased is a psychic staple. But what you can do . . . connecting with the thoughts of a living being . . . that is rare. In fact, I don’t know of anyone else who can actually do it. I know a couple of people who claim to be able to, but you’re the only psychic I’ve ever met who is the genuine article.”
She listened, but found holes in his argument. “What you do is special. You told me yourself that your accuracy sets you apart from other mediums.”
“Yes, that’s right. I’m good. Damn good.” He winked at her. “But you’re a diamond among crystals. You sparkle so brightly, you blind the rest of us.”
Her heart melted into a puddle as he gazed at her with undisguised admiration. “I’m not . . . am I? You really don’t know anyone who can do what I do?”
He shook his head slowly, deliberately, his blue eyes shining. “Nary a one.” He regarded her for a few moments before his lips twitched into a grin. “Does that freak you out?”
“A little.” She swallowed the lump in her throat so that her voice would emerge stronger. “Quintara has told me that I’m one of a kind, but I figured she was exaggerating – as she’s known to do.”
“This time your flamboyant mentor wasn’t embellishing the truth.” He rested his hands on her hips, his long fingers spreading across her jeaned backside. “At the risk of freaking you out more, I think you’ve only begun to reveal the extent of what you can do. You’re holding back because you’re afraid. I understand. I’ve been there.” His fingers flexed on her hips. “Take your time. Let it come to you gradually and don’t be scared. You’re strong and brave. You’ll be able to handle it.”
“Handle what?” She shook her head as a ball of nerves grew in her stomach.
“Your gift. Your incredible gift.”
“You said you’d help me.”
“And I will. I’m here for you.”
She framed his achingly handsome face in her hands and her heart doubled in size. “How’d I get so lucky?”
“I’m the lucky one.” He turned his face so that he could kiss her palm, but not before she saw darkness pass through his eyes like a specter. “And you’ll agree with me whole-heartedly once we’re in Missouri.”
About the Author:
Author of more than 45 novels, Deborah lives in Oklahoma. She has been a full-time writer since she graduated from the University of Tulsa. Her background as a newspaper reporter and editor 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 is an active volunteer with the Animal Rescue Foundation and is a foster home for dogs until they find their forever homes.
Where are you from?
I was born in Hayti, Missouri. However, I left there when I was 2 and have spent the rest of days in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tell us your latest news?
Number 3 in my Mind’s Eye series is being well received by readers and reviewers!
When and why did you begin writing?
I suppose I’ve loved to write since I learned how to do it. I was an imaginative child and made up stories and acted them out. I wrote my first short story when I was about 10 and it was a “sweet romance.”
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably when I was in high school and was writing for the school newspaper.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Mary Stewart’s The Moonspinners. I loved that book and it made me wonder if I might be able to write a book, as well. After a steady diet of romances, I finally sat down and wrote one of my own.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I suppose I do, but that’s up to readers to determine.
How did you come up with the title?
Well, it wasn’t easy! I wanted the title to be a little mysterious but also a little romantic. And it needed to convey something about being psychic, too. Whew!
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The main message in the Mind’s Eye series is not too judge people too quickly. What you “see” isn’t all there is to see.
How much of the book is realistic?
I think it’s a realistic story with realistic characters.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I do have a friend who is psychic and he’s struggled with it all his life. He can’t do what Levi and Trudy do – but he can read minds and he sometimes knows when something bad has happened to someone he’s close to.
What books have influenced your life most?
Romances, of course!
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I’ve had several, but if I had to choose one it would be LaVyrle Spencer. Her books made me want to try my hand at historical romances and her writing has taught me a lot about the little things that mean so much. It’s not always the big, crushingly emotional scenes that stay with you, but the small, quiet ones that burrow into your heart and make you feel or remember something personal and private.
What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading “Spin” by CD Reiss and I’m listening to “On My Knees” by J. Kenner.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Of course! I read all the time and find new authors I love almost every month. They’re “new” to me, but most have been around awhile. CD Reiss, Mia Sheridan, and Abigail Barrette are three who come to mind.
What are your current projects?
I’m writing an historical romance set in Texas a couple of years after the Civil War. It’s about how the war changed people and forced them into lives that were not what they’d envisioned for themselves. After I’m finished with it, I’m going to write #4 in the Mind’s Eyes series.
What would you like my readers to know?
That I appreciate every single person who reads my books – especially my Mind’s Eye series. I will be honest – I love this series and the characters of Levi and Trudy. I have so much more to write about them! Although I’ve been published since 1979 as a novelist, I’m still “unknown” to most readers and I’ve trying hard to correct that. My novels get good reviews and I’ve worked with several major publishers, so I think I’m doing something right! I just need more readers who like my books to spread the word about them.
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