Hi everyone — Toni here…. I’m running back and forth to the hospital — my brother is back for chemo. The lymphoma came back just as he was being confirmed for the bone marrow transplant, so they have to knock it back down before moving forward. So far, so good; he seems to be responding really well. Keep your fingers crossed and prayers ascending. We appreciate every little bit of help.
Do You Believe in Psychics?
I’m obsessed with psychics. I always have been. I’ve always wanted to be one! As a teenager I could sometimes sense when the phone was about to ring before it did and – voila! I must be psychic, right? Wrong! But the idea that I could somehow get a jump on the universe; that I could know what was going to happen before it did, that I could have an instant sixth sense about someone—friend or foe. Wouldn’t that be cool? Who wouldn’t want that?
But sadly, I’m normal. No extraordinary powers for me. I might not have them, but they do seem to find their way into my writing. Some characters just have strong intuition, while others have full-blown “save-the-world” hero-powers! They add that little extra layer of dimension to the characters, that little extra spice. To me, having a psychic ability is like being a superhero without lightening speed and Hulk-like strength. Though, that would be cool, too!
Never one to let my lack of psychic powers stop me, I’ve sought out a psychic or two over the years. I’ve had my Tarot cards read, my aura read, my palm read, my numbers done, all searching for that magic answer—am I doing everything I can with my life? Have I made the best decisions? Am I really supposed to be a super FBI agent?
Sorry to say there were no magic answers in my psychic eight ball. Which leaves me realizing all I can do now is trust in the universe to help through life’s pitfalls. Trust in myself to recognize when they’re coming and try and get out of the way, and trust in my friends and family that they will always be there to help pick me up and dust me off when I don’t see one coming or I make a bad choice. Isn’t that what getting the most out of life is all about?
My characters aren’t so lucky. In my latest novel, Genie has psychic abilities, and a whole new set of giant-sized pitfalls to go with them. But luckily for her, she has Kyle to help them her find her way. After all, if life’s crazy roller coaster ride were too easy without all the exhilarating ups and downs, what fun would it be?
If you could have a special power, what would it be? And are any of your characters so lucky?
Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies – Excerpt
Kyle stared in disbelief at the odd, mushroom-shaped structure rising up from the cracked, dry earth of the Nevada desert.
“There she is,” the voice of Johnny Garino, his crew chief and closest friend, buzzed in his earpiece.
Genie stood on the roof of the strange house. Three black SUVs were corralled on the ground far below her. She looked incredible, breathtaking, silhouetted against the brilliant blue sky. Kyle sucked in a breath as she clipped a cable to her belt.
“She’s getting ready to fly!” Johnny called out, his voice rising in pitch.
“Hold on, baby. I’m almost there.” Kyle pushed down on the throttle urging the bird faster, even as he willed Genie to turn and see him, to hold on until he could sweep her away from the danger. And once he did, once he had her safe and secure in his cockpit, then what?
Then he’d try not to kill her himself.
Cynthia Cooke is an award-winning, multi-published author who has published 11 books and short stories for Harlequin/Silhouette and Steeple Hill. Her latest novel, Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies will be one of the launch books for Entangled Publishing’s new Romantic Suspense line Dead Sexy Books. Cynthia lives in North Carolina with her husband and three teenage kids who keep her world constantly spinning. She has a deep affection for horror movies, thrillers and all things that go bump in the night. And here in the South with its thick woods, creepy crawlers and graveyards haunting every corner, there is a lot of bumping to stir the imagination. Cynthia is best known for writing page-turners that will keep you up late into the night. So if you choose to take that ride, over the edge and into the dark, don’t forget to turn on the lights. Cynthia Cooke’s books aren’t sweet and they aren’t for the faint of heart.
Enjoy the Dark Seduction.