Aug 222019
 

Dreamed It (Dreamwalker Mystery)
by Maggie Toussaint

Today I am filling in for another blogger that is unable to post. 

About the Book


Dreamed It (Dreamwalker Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Camel Press (August 13, 2019)
Paperback: 248 pages
ISBN-10: 1603817824
ISBN-13: 978-1603817820

Justice for the dead and solace for the living is Baxley Powell’s creed, but she faces uncharted territory in this sixth book of the Dreamwalker Mystery Series. The Suitcase Killer has struck again, only this big city menace is now a problem for Baxley’s hometown. As that investigation heats up, a local woman is reported missing. The sheriff orders Baxley to work the missing person’s case.

Listening to the dead is familiar ground for Baxley but finding a missing young lady isn’t in her skill set. Besides, her dreams rarely follow a timeline. With the clock ticking, can this crime consultant discover a way to reach the living?

Her main source of help in the afterlife, a mentor named Rose, is unavailable. Instead, Baxley must rely on her wits and her Native American boyfriend, Deputy Sam Mayes, to find leads. Each shared dreamwalk and energy transfer binds them closer together, creating another issue. Mayes wants to marry Baxley but it isn’t that easy. They’re hampered by their community roles in opposite ends of the state.

Baxley juggles the pressure of two high-profile cases, a determined suitor, and expanding her limits. One thing is certain. Without her extrasensory sleuthing, the missing woman will die.

About Maggie Toussaint

 

Southern author Maggie Toussaint evolved into a mystery author after getting her feet damp in romantic suspense and dystopian fiction, with twenty fiction novels and two nonfiction novels to her credit. Her work won two Silver Falchions, the Readers’ Choice, and the EPIC Awards. She’s a past president of Southeast chapter of Mystery Writers of America and an officer of Lowcountry Sisters In Crime. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows. Visit her at https://maggietoussaint.com/

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Aug 172019
 

Dreamed It (Dreamwalker Mystery)
by Maggie Toussaint

Hi Maggie, 

Welcome to Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book! 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Growing up in the Deep South, surrounded by oral storytellers extraordinaire and stunning outdoor vistas, I became an observer. I listened to the cadence of lives around me and to the sounds of nature. With so many people telling stories, I turned to journaling and still have some diaries from elementary school. Anyway, all that looking and listening, followed by bouts of writing came in handy for my science career and my second career as a mystery author. Those passions of listening, observing, and writing are ingrained in every aspect of my life.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

1) I am predisposed to love the colors (and all shades) of red and green because those are the colors of my birth month, December.

2) I drank my lifetime supply of coffee by my twenties. After that, it was lights-out (for medical reasons) for coffee.

3) I learned to drive on a stick shift. Yes, I’m that young.

What is the first book you remember reading?

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

What are you reading now?

Julie Mulhern’s Telephone Line, Cheryl Hollon’s Down in Flames, and Diane A.S. Stuckart’s (writing as Ana Gerard) Peach Clobbered.

What books have most inspired you?

The World Book Encyclopedia Set. Encyclopedias are obsolete now, but when I was a kid, all I had to do was to take down a volume from the shelf, flip through the pages, and be transported worlds away. Coming from a fishing village, it sure seemed like there were wondrous things in the wide blue yonder.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I am part fixer, part finder. In short, I like to make things better. In life there are so many situations were crimes are unsolved, where things happened that could have been prevented, and where bad guys get away. Writing mysteries is my way to try to right some of un-rightable wrongs.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Things change, that’s a constant in the universe and for me too. I have the best desk set up in my home office, but now that laptops have become lighter and I do more composing on the laptop, I can plunk down just about anywhere and write. The only thing that hasn’t changed is that I still prefer to write in quiet so I can hear myself think.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Some ideas just won’t let me go. That’s how I know an idea is something I want to pursue. Sometimes I worry that an idea doesn’t make a book, but it doesn’t have to. An idea is a story seed that sprouts and grows in wonderful ways.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Giving in graciously when my character insists on going a different direction than my five-page outline.

What do you think makes a good story?

An engaging, flawed, and believable lead character.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

Back in the day when Barbie only had Midge as a friend, in the Archie comics, Veronica had Betty, and Nancy Drew had George, I always identified with the sidekicks. Now I think of myself as an armchair sleuth, and I wouldn’t mind being Baxley Powell, my Dreamwalker sleuth. Not sure that I could handle all her psychic abilities but it would be fun to try.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

The Dreamwalker series is a paranormal cozy with heart.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

There will be another Dreamwalker mystery out next summer, ALL DONE WITH IT. I am also writing a new culinary series, the Seafood Caper Mystery Series, of which book one is SEAS THE DAY and slated for an April 2020 release.

Thank you, Maggie, for visiting today!

Keep reading to find out about the new Dreamwalker Mystery. 

 

About the Book


Dreamed It (Dreamwalker Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Camel Press (August 13, 2019)
Paperback: 248 pages
ISBN-10: 1603817824
ISBN-13: 978-1603817820

Justice for the dead and solace for the living is Baxley Powell’s creed, but she faces uncharted territory in this sixth book of the Dreamwalker Mystery Series. The Suitcase Killer has struck again, only this big city menace is now a problem for Baxley’s hometown. As that investigation heats up, a local woman is reported missing. The sheriff orders Baxley to work the missing person’s case.

Listening to the dead is familiar ground for Baxley but finding a missing young lady isn’t in her skill set. Besides, her dreams rarely follow a timeline. With the clock ticking, can this crime consultant discover a way to reach the living?

Her main source of help in the afterlife, a mentor named Rose, is unavailable. Instead, Baxley must rely on her wits and her Native American boyfriend, Deputy Sam Mayes, to find leads. Each shared dreamwalk and energy transfer binds them closer together, creating another issue. Mayes wants to marry Baxley but it isn’t that easy. They’re hampered by their community roles in opposite ends of the state.

Baxley juggles the pressure of two high-profile cases, a determined suitor, and expanding her limits. One thing is certain. Without her extrasensory sleuthing, the missing woman will die.

About Maggie Toussaint

 

Southern author Maggie Toussaint evolved into a mystery author after getting her feet damp in romantic suspense and dystopian fiction, with twenty fiction novels and two nonfiction novels to her credit. Her work won two Silver Falchions, the Readers’ Choice, and the EPIC Awards. She’s a past president of Southeast chapter of Mystery Writers of America and an officer of Lowcountry Sisters In Crime. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows. Visit her at https://maggietoussaint.com/

Author Links

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Aug 052017
 

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Dadgummit
Series: Dreamwalker Mystery
Paranormal Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Georgia

Publisher: Camel Press (August 1, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603815932
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?


Energy Thieves
By Maggie Toussaint

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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Aug 032017
 


My turn on this tour today!


Dadgummit
Series: Dreamwalker Mystery
Paranormal Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Georgia

Publisher: Camel Press (August 1, 2017)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603815932
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?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Baxley Powell can’t even go on vacation without being drawn into an investigation. This time people are dying without any trauma to their bodies. She is asked to dreamwalk with the latest victim to try and get some answers. Her walk leads her to some scary and unbelievable places both in the present and beyond the veil.

Maggie Toussaint has an extraordinary imagination and I can’t help but follow her with mine right into this story.

The Powell family seems to be an ordinary American family but they are not. Each has their special gifts to communicate with the supernatural realm and with each other. Now that more people know of her talents Baxley’s demands on her time are almost overwhelming. While on vacation the local sheriff arrests her to convince her to help them on a case, while a pushy medical examiner demands help on a cold case. She has dealt with the medical examiner before, I didn’t like her much then and my feelings haven’t changed. All the characters the author brings to this story are special and different in their own ways. Readers will like most but there are a few to really dislike as well.

The mystery itself was very complex mixing Cherokee folklore with other supernatural elements. The way the author made these other worlds come to life is really unique. The dialogue was so well written.  The plot has some surprising twists and very fearful moments.  This story is sure to be a hit among paranormal/supernatural fans.

As this is a series I do recommend reading them in order but this book can be read all on its own.

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*Suicide is part of this story’s plot lines.

 

 

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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May 282015
 

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Bubba Done It
by Maggie Toussaint

My turn today on this wonderful tour!

bubbaBubba Done It (A Dreamwalker Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Georgia
Publisher: Five Star (May 20, 2015)
Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1432830670
E-Book ASIN: B00XK2DURU
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 Amateur sleuth and dreamwalker Baxley Powell is called in on a stabbing case. She arrives in time to hear the dying man whisper, “Bubba done it.”

Four men named Bubba in Sinclair County, Georgia, have close ties to the victim, including her goofball brother-in-law, Bubba Powell.

She dreamwalks for answers, but the victim can’t talk to her, leaving Baxley to sleuth among the living. The suspects include a down-on-his-luck fisherman, a crack-head evangelist, a politically- connected investor, and her brother-in-law, the former sweetheart of the victim’s ex-wife.

The more Baxley digs, the more the Bubbas start to unravel. Worse, her brother-in-law’s definitely more than friendly with the victim’s ex-wife.

Between pet-sitting, landscaping, and dreamwalking, Baxley’s got her hands full solving this case.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this follow up to Gone and Done It we find Baxley with her hands full and way too many Bubbas that could be tied up in a recent murder. The sheriff tries to take the easy route by arresting each of them with very little proof which drives Baxley to do a little investigating of her own. Her daydreaming doesn’t help much as the victim is unable to talk, so she has to start asking questions putting herself in danger.

I really like Baxley. A strong woman dealing with life the best she can. In addition to dreamwalking and consulting with the local police she does landscaping and pet sitting to provide for herself and her daughter. He husband has been declared dead by the military but all his benefits are tied up in red tape. There are even some indicators that he may not be dead.

All of the characters, Baxley, her daughter, her parents, the Bubbas and more  are very well written. Sheriff Wayne drives me a bit crazy. I picture him as a Barney Fife from Mayberry, only with more power. He bumbles around this case looking for a quick, easy solution without trying to see the big picture. Just because the dying man whispered, “Bubba done it” doesn’t mean you arrest the first Bubba you see. The South is full of Bubbas. He even pulls one of the out of the hospital having medical tests done just because his name is Bubba. He is more of an arrest first, ask questions later kind of guy. Thank God for Baxley and her butting in, I mean consulting, on the case.

Baxley and her family’s gifts of dreamwalking, crystal powering and ESP connections really flow easily throughout the story. The reader just knows this is their way and it is very natural. I do have to say it was just a little hard to read so soon after losing my son. I really wish there was a way for me to dreamwalk and talk to him to understand more about his death. I did my best to set that aside so I could enjoy this story.

This case is tied up by the last page but we still have questions. Is Baxley’s husband alive? and if he is why hasn’t he come home? Does Baxley’s daughter have dreamwalking abilities too? Just how do Baxley’s parents make ends meet? I am anxiously awaiting the next book to find out more about this great cast of characters.

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MaggieToussaint2_fun_largerAbout This Author

From her youthful days of tree climbing and dreams of flying to her career days of pocket-protector geekiness as a toxicologist, Southern author Maggie Toussaint remains riveted by a good story. As a book aficionado, she put into practice what she’d learned and began penning novels.

Maggie is published in mystery and romantic suspense, with six titles in each genre. The third book in her Cleopatra Jones mystery series recently won the Silver Falchion Award, while her romances have won the National Readers’ Choice Award and the EPIC eBook Award for Romantic Suspense. She also writes science fiction under the pen name of Rigel Carson. More at www.maggietoussaint.com.

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May 142014
 

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Don’t look now but I’ve Gone and Done It
By Maggie Toussaint

Most people follow a linear career path. They climb the ladder one step at a time and savor each vantage point. Coming to fiction writing from a scientific background, I understood this linear approach. Write a book, do it really well, and build a solid base.

GoneAndDoneIt_Cover_for_webGuess what. My muse didn’t get the career memo. Worse, I’m starting to believe she has a severe attention deficit disorder.

First, she craved the action and adventure of romantic suspense. Then she said, “I’m not fulfilled. Let’s tackle the intellectual challenge of writing a cozy mystery.” What’s a writer to do but change direction? So, I caved and wrote a cozy series and several stand-alones.

The winds of fate tickled my muse again. “Let’s write a ghost story,” she says. “We can still call it a cozy, and even toss in some romance if that will make you happy.”

I put my foot down, but my muse was persistent. And the longer I made her wait, the more determined she became. “I must write a ghost story. It’s my lifelong dream,” she’d whisper as I awoke each morning.

Already juggling two genres, I ignored her pleas. My eye got twitchy. I got itchy. I started having attention deficit everything as my muse whispered louder. “We will write a ghost story, or you will hear me gripe all day, every day.”

Gone And Done It sprung into being rather quickly, as I had a good sense of what being haunted felt like, thanks to my wayward muse.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-shih-tzu-s-image16713937From this auspicious beginning, my amateur sleuth Baxley Powell emerged. She’s a petsitter and a landscaper with another gear. She talks to dead people. It’s a family trait, and her dad has been shouldering the load for years, but now he’s handing his responsibilities to Baxley.

Baxley’s got a precocious young daughter and a missing husband declared dead by his military bosses, but he’s not on the Other Side. She knows because she’s searched for him to no avail.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-beautiful-woman-window-image18587603Before Baxley assumes the mantle of Dreamwalker from her father, she had several negative experiences of intense pyschometry. When she touched an object, she got zapped with a vivid past scene from someone who touched the item in a heightened emotional state. To protect herself from nasty surprises, she learned to block her tactile abilities. Even so, while posing as “normal,” she developed a tuned ear for liars, which gives her an edge in sniffing out the truth.

With the episodic nature of her work, Baxley decides to supplement her meager income by helping the police with cases. It seems like work she might excel in, but then she’s accused of murdering a woman at her landscaping jobsite.

Not trusting the cops to clear her name, Baxley searches for truth in this world and the next.

The book’s title was inspired by a line in the Shania Twain song “Love gets me every time.” My sleuth’s definitely “gone and done it” when it comes to solving crimes. No way she’s trusting her future to anyone but herself. Been there, made that wrong turn.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-group-three-chihuahua-dogs-image15742176Gone And Done It is the first book of the series, with book 2, Bubba Done It, in acquisitions. Book 3 is in the first draft stage.

Reviews at Kirkus, Amazon, and Goodreads are encouraging. Of course, my muse is taking all the credit. I’ve told her at least a hundred times that no one likes to hear I-told-you-so, but she’s positively giddy about our new direction.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-maine-coon-cat-3-years-old-image13667872We have ideas for several more stories in the series percolating along, so I hope you’ll join us on our paranormal romp. With each book, another aspect of Baxley’s talent is revealed. Once Baxley accepts the role of County Dreamwalker, power descends upon her, and she has a host of psychic gifts. And yes, my muse and I bent the conventional rules of psychics a bit, but we think you’ll find the results intriguing.

Did I mention her hair? The tangible sign of Baxley’s power is an immediate vanilla frosting-like streak in her forelock. The more hair color she slathers on, the more hair turns white. And forget wearing hats. They now give her monster headaches.

Apparently, the universe wants her striped hair to be on display. Oh, joy.

But, like the letter carriers of yesteryear, nothing can stop Baxley’s search for the truth … and justice.

~Maggie

About This Author
Maggie Toussaint is the author of eleven published books, with six mysteries and five romantic suspense novels. Her latest book is her new paranormal cozy, Gone And Done It which is available at Amazon in print and ebook, and in print at Barnes and Noble

You can visit Maggie at www.maggietoussaint.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MaggieToussaintAuthor
Twitter: @MaggieToussaint

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Gone And Done It
(Dreamwalker Mystery)

Paranormal Cozy
New Series
Five Star Publishing (April 18, 2014)
Hardcover: 275 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1432828134
E-Book File Size: 369 KB
ASIN: B00JJ2XVZ6
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Baxley Powell is a landscaper and pet sitter in a small town on the coast of Georgia. While finishing up a huge landdscaping project Baxley makes a terrible discovery, a human skull. She wants to use her psychic ability to identify the victim but ends up getting tasered by a deputy instead.

Baxley has inherited a unique ability from her father. She is a dreamwalker. Dreamwalkers seem to be well known in this little town. Soon she is helping the police not only identify the remains but also solving a murder as well.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Baxley Powell is a very interesting character.  Her husband, an Army man, is missing and presumed dead. She and her 10 year old daughter are just trying to live their lives. But it hard to live a normal life when the whole town knows your father is a dreamwalker and Baxley is one too. Baxley is just learning about her abilities but her father’s declining health means she needs to learn very quickly.

Baxley is a very likeable character, single mom, trying to make ends meet anyway she can. The dreamwalker ability flows very naturally in the story. Her mother is a great character as well. She uses crystals to help heal her husband and her daughter when their bodies are completely drained after a dreamwalking session. Her father and Baxley’s daughter also have a mind meld thing with Baxley and know when she is safe or in trouble. The whole theme was very fascinating.

I did have one small problem with the story. The way the death or non-death of Baxley’s husband was handled made me wonder several times if this really was the first book in this series. Several times things were referred to with not a lot of explanation like the reader should know these things already.  This improved as the story continued. I realize his status will play out as the series continues I just would have liked to see the character be introduced in a different way instead of wrapped into moments that occurred in this story. I know the character whether alive or dead will have major impact as the stories continue.

This series is off to strong start. I look forward to reading more about Baxley Powell and her family.

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Dollycas

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