One of the things I am really fascinated by is the idea of psychic phenomena and I always enjoy well-written stories that explore this idea. I am delighted to feature A.S. Fenichel today. I already read and enjoyed Kane's Bounty and I am definitely looking forward to reading the next in the series, Joshua's Mistake. A.S. kindly agreed to do a guest post and has allowed me to spotlight her new release, so without further ado...here's A.S. Fenichel!
How I Got Hooked on Psychic Powers
Hello ELF! Thank you so much for inviting me to visit your blog today.
As you know, the series I’m writing for Ellora’s Cave Publishing is all about Psychic Mates. These books are about a world where organizations of psychic law enforcement and evil psychic mercenaries exist and the battle between good and evil rages on between them.
So how did I get hooked on the idea? I guess I’ve always found the notion intriguing. I want to think hard enough to move that penny across the table. So far, nothing has happened. Some people have great intuition while others seem capable of convincing us of almost anything. Are those common abilities a sixth sense? Today’s society says they are not, but I wonder why a person who has no discernable skills can sometimes rise to the top while a technically superior person wades in the muck.
I’m a big believer in the power of positive thinking. Negativity breeds more of the same and strong belief can bring about a desired outcome. A group of people praying on the same notion often seems to bring about a change in events. Are these instances of psychic powers at work?
I have no idea. LOL… But I like to think we are in control of our destiny and so I created worlds where some people have developed psychic or psi skills that can alter situations.
I’ve been writing paranormal for years. My first published book, Mayan Afterglow is about the End of Days and demons who take advantage of man’s vulnerable state. The hero and heroine in that book have an unexplainable link and her intuition about the Lord of the Dead is definitely a sixth sense. In that trilogy most of the psychic abilities belonged to the bad guys and that got me thinking that it would be nice if the good guys had some cool skills to battle with.
When Ellora’s Cave called for books about bounty hunters, I saw my opportunity to write something fun about psychics. What if the bounty hunter could read minds? And that question changed everything. Once I had one psychic and an organization who trained him, I knew there were other facets of the government that would take advantage of psi skills. With each book I write in the Psychic Mates series I find characters with more and different abilities and I couldn’t be having more fun exploring the possibilities.
Do you have a sixth sense? What is it and do you use it for good or evil? ;)
I hope you’ll take a look at my most recent book, Joshua's Mistake. It’s book two, but you can read these books in any order.
Thanks again for having me here today.
Here’s a bit more about Joshua's Mistake.
Accused of treason and the murder of her Psychic Special Forces team, Tessa is in the custody of the FBI. She’s shocked and terrified when the most powerful Psi Agent in the world shows up to probe her mind and discover her guilt or innocence.
Joshua never expected to find a victim of one of his probes attractive, but he can’t seem to leave her behind when all hell breaks loose. Saving the stunning blonde means being drawn into a psychic war that will definitely end his career—and likely both of their lives.
The rhythm of their psychic auras hums to perfection and neither can fight the bond, but it’s all ripped away by a madman with a grudge. Tessa falls into a coma, and Joshua will have to risk his heart and soul to pull her back from the brink.
A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Joshua got up from the farm table. “I’ll be back in a little while. Peggy, can you show Tessa where she can rest?”
Peggy smiled warmly. “Of course. You’ll be wanting a shower too. If you give me those clothes, I’ll get them in the washing machine and have them clean when you wake up.”
“You’re very kind, Mrs. Flack.”
She waved a bony hand in dismissal. “You just call me Peggy. Everyone does.”
Tessa had said all the right things to Peggy. She had been polite and controlled her emotions. Inside, she was just short of full on panic. He was leaving her. Who could blame him? Tessa didn’t want to alarm the Flacks so she remained silent, yet practically screamed in her mind, “Where the hell are you going? Are you leaving me here?”
Part of her wanted him to hear and another part of her understood why he would want to get as far away from her as possible. Just because she could feel his emotions didn’t mean he would sense hers. He was undoubtedly very practiced at closing off his mind. If he was really a level ten psychic, he would have to just to stay sane.
He’d likely get killed if he stayed with her. At least he’d gotten her to a place where she could try to catch a few hours of sleep and then she’d be on the run. Probably for the rest of her life, however long that might be.
From the way his head spun around, she might as well have spoken out loud. His eyes widened and then he stalked toward her. He was visceral and terrifying. His body language said he wanted her and he might take her right there in the kitchen.
Tessa held her ground in the center of the old linoleum floor. She didn’t know if she wanted to move closer or run away. Everything about Joshua made her at once, curious, aroused and afraid.
Bill cleared his throat and walked out the door with his shotgun in his hand.
Peggy said, “Well, um…I’ll just wait for you in the next room, Tessa dear.”
Joshua didn’t stop until he was standing with only a sliver of light between them. She had to crane her neck to look up at him. His mouth came within a centimeter of hers, but he never touched her.
“I’m not leaving you.”
Her heart pounded in her chest and her stomach clenched painfully. “I can take care of myself.”
One side of his mouth lifted. His right hand came up and calloused fingers slid across her cheekbone. He was powerful. He could kill her. If his psi rating was true, he could likely kill her without touching her, but he could just as easily snap her neck. She could defend herself, but what would be the point. This was Joshua Lakeland. Eventually he would win.
Those same fingers continued until they were threaded through her hair and he forced her to look him in the eye. “I know you can, Tessa. I’m not leaving because I don’t want to leave you. I can’t explain why, but we’re in this together. You’re going to have to learn to trust me.”
She had to force air into her lungs. “I’ve already taken several leaps of faith. You just said you were leaving. If you want to go, then go.”
He shook his head, but didn’t release her. “I’m going to get rid of the car. I don’t want to get picked up by the local police because we made a rookie mistake and kept a stolen car too long.”
“Oh.” She could feel her cheeks flushing.
His left hand came up and cupped her other cheek. He ran a thumb along her bottom lip. She wanted to be impervious to his attention, but her body trembled at his touch.
His mouth drew closer. His breath mingled with hers as her lips separated partially in shock at what was about to happen and partially in need of his kiss. Those deep blue eyes locked with hers and she couldn’t blink or look away. He scanned her face to her lips, closed his eyes and stepped away.
Tessa’s instinct told her she should throw her arms around his neck and take the kiss he’d nearly given. Her cautious nature kept her feet planted in the spot on the linoleum.
Only the sound of heavy breathing filled the kitchen for several ticks of the clock.
“I’ll be back in a little while. You’d better get some rest.” Joshua walked out the kitchen door into the yard.
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About the Author:
A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.
A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.
Multi-published in erotic paranormal, contemporary and historical romance, A.S. is the author of the Mayan Destiny series, Christmas Bliss and many more. With several books currently contracted to multiple publishers, A.S. will be bringing you her brand of romance for many years to come.
Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.
My review for Kane's Bounty:
Kane's Bounty by A.S. Fenichel is the erotic paranormal novella that is the beginning of the ‘Psychic Mates’ series and features bounty hunter Kane Lakeland, who has the intriguing talent of being a Class A Telepath which aids him in his job. The assignment to bring in fugitive Lena Cruz complicates his life when he is uncharacteristically drawn to his mark who possesses her own uncanny ability. Kane must decide whether the sizzling chemistry between them can be set aside so that he does not ruin his reputation but Lena is not only fighting for her life but is fighting her attraction to the sexy Psi hunter. She has to decide whether it is time for her to stop running and learn to trust someone just as he has to figure out whether to finally let somebody into his heart.
This very sensual tale combines both a fascinating world where psychic powers are readily accepted and an exciting suspenseful story. The main characters are sexy and compelling and the author does an excellent job of creating vivid situations as the tension continues to ramp up. There are deliciously creepy villains as well as intriguing secondary characters and I am thrilled to realize that there is already a sequel featuring another one of these amazing telepaths. I enjoy stories that explore the possibilities of psychic phenomena and this particular one did a wonderful job of drawing me in and making me care about the characters although it was disturbing to explore the concept of an invasive form of mental attack. This was a great introduction to a suspenseful and imaginative series and I am anxious to read more.
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I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review.