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Series: Dreamwalker Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Georgia
Publisher: Camel Press (August 1, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
Kindle – ASIN: B073RVW3XC
Amateur sleuth Baxley Powell is on vacation at Stony Creek Lake in the north Georgia mountains. Her parents, best friend, and ten-year-old daughter are camping with her. Almost immediately, a young man’s body is found beside the lake. Strangely, there’s no apparent cause of death. The local police have heard about Baxley’s skill at closing unusual cases, and at their urging she agrees to help.
Her psychic sleuthing leads the police to a halfway house. There they encounter eight comatose victims and an odd man named Jonas, who also has supernatural abilities. Baxley senses Jonas cruelly drained their life force energy. Jonas escapes, taking the sheriff as a hostage. Deputy Sam Mayes, a Native American, leads the manhunt, and he keeps Baxley close, knowing she’s the key to capturing this powerful criminal.
Baxley’s paranormal talent of dreamwalking, which she uses to traverse the veil of life, draws the unwanted attention of beings believed to be Cherokee folklore. Jonas stole a treasured artifact from them, and they want it back. They hold Baxley’s best friend and two others because they know Baxley can help them. As the clock ticks, Jonas taunts this crime-fighting duo and proves to be a wily adversary.
With the body count rising, Baxley and Mayes realize they are up against an entity who appears to be invincible. Do they have the power to subdue an energy vampire, turn the tide of evil, and save the day?
As children, we are taught the difference between right and wrong. Our parents and other family or community members reinforce those lessons of how to conduct ourselves. For the most part, by the time we are old enough to “know better,” we do.
However, for some people that home training doesn’t stick or maybe they didn’t get it. These folks have an entirely different code for living. They think nothing of stealing from friends, family and strangers. They take items from cars, homes, businesses, and governments. They live to steal.
Some forms of theft may seem more subtle, such as stealing from the cable company or the power company. Criminals may rationalize their actions, but their conduct hurts us all in some fashion.
On top of this, there’s another kind of energy thief. You may have run across someone like this and never even thought twice about it. Think back and see if you remember feeling overtired after being with a person for a short while or even after engaging in conversation with someone. You might notice that some routine task you perform at work or elsewhere is especially difficult – and you aren’t sick and didn’t begin the day overtired.
Did that ever happen to you? If so, you may have encountered an energy thief. This is an actual process where some people have the ability to siphon off your energy. Most of us are unable to block such a specialized talent. The only saving grace is that most energy thieves, or energy vampires, as they are also known, need to be in close proximity to effect the transfer.
In most cases, an energy thief is someone in a negative mindset. Perhaps it’s someone: who blames others for everything, who is insecure and worried about everything, who is jealous of another’s happiness, or who is a killjoy and doesn’t want anyone to have fun. You might feel these effects after being around a bully, a drama queen, a gossiper, a whiner, or even someone with a short temper. I bet by now you are nodding your head in agreement.
These symptoms are often reported after being near people who sap your energy: exhaustion, lack of focus, and depression. Long term exposure to an energy vampire may lead to a lack of motivation, a pale complexion, and general malaise.
Starting to sound scary, right? What if an author decided to take this real-life phenomenon to extreme? What if energy vampires required energy from others to survive? What if they intentionally drained people past the point of no return? What if they selectively preyed on vulnerable people?
In Dadgummit, book 4 of my Dreamwalker Mystery series, I’ve placed an energy vampire in the mountains. Further, he’s befriended a young man in the community who knows everyone. This young man becomes the spotter for the energy vampire so that the targets don’t complain and generally aren’t missed.
The story begins with the death of the spotter. His body is positioned beside a lake, and his peaceful repose is at odds with the fact that his life was stolen from him. Life changes for the energy vampire, and local cops realize they need a different kind of sleuth to solve this crime. Lucky for them, Baxley Powell is vacationing in the mountains when these two former partners have a falling out.
For more about energy vampires, check out Dadgummit by Maggie Toussaint.
About The Author
Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes mystery, suspense, and dystopian fiction. Her work won the Silver Falchion Award for best mystery, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the EPIC Award. She’s published seventeen novels as well as several short stories and novellas. The next book in her paranormal mystery series, Dadgummit, releases August 2017. Maggie serves on the national board for Mystery Writers of America, is President of Southeast Mystery Writers of America, and is Co-VP of Low Country Sisters In Crime. Visit her at www.maggietoussaint.com.
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