Holly: Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?
Dale Mayer: Neither! It's usually a scene that drifts through my mind. Then I slowly understand the characters and what happens to them.
Holly: Where can we purchase Maddy's Floor?
Dale Mayer: This book is currently available on Amazon.com here - http://amzn.com/B007SOKV32. It will be available on the other outlets in September.
Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2012?
Dale Mayer: Absolutely! I have just released Touched by Death, a single title romantic suspense/thriller. I have Gem Stone Mystery, being released in September. This is the first book of a YA mystery series, called Gemma Stone Mysteries. After that in September/October is Deadly Designs. This is book 2 of the Design series and follows Dangerous Designs. Book 4 of the Psychic Vision series is set for release in October. I have another YA and an adult trilogy that I'm in the process of rewriting, so when they are due to be released is anyone's guess. :)
Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?
Dale Mayer: I'm revising Book 4 of the Psychic Vision series, tentatively titled
. I'm also editing Gem Stone (mentioned above) and Deadly Designs (both mentioned above). I'm planning on starting book 3 of my Family BloodTies series in a couple of weeks. This book series is my Vampire series, where book 1, Vampire in Denial, has been so popular! J Garden of Sorrow
Holly: Do you think you may ever go into another genre?
Dale Mayer: I currently write in many genres. I always said I'd never write a vampire book and blew that out of the water with my Family Blood Series! So I never say never to any genre.
Holly: Do you think you will have a follow up book to this novel or is it just a stand-alone novel?
Dale Mayer: This is the 3rd of many – hopefully! Book 4 is in progress and I'm scheduled to write book 5 in the fall! J
Holly: What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?
Dale Mayer: The words flow outward easily, but revising them into a great story – now that's my challenge.
Holly: If you could live in one of your books or series’ which would you choose and why?
Dale Mayer: Oh that would be tough. I have 3 series on the go, each with such different settings, it would be hard to choose. Maybe the Psychic Vision series. I'd love to have some awesome psychic abilities of my own!
Holly: If you are self-published, why did you decide to take this route of publishing? I've always been a person who was willing to try new things.
Dale Mayer: Self publishing offered me a chance to reach my readers directly. And I love it!
Holly: What is your favorite part of writing?
Dale Mayer: The creative act of getting the first words down.
Holly: What is your take on editing your work (pre-edits I suppose before it gets passed to an editor)—do you hate it? Is it a strong point for you?
Dale Mayer: I don't hate it because it an inspiring process to improve my work, but it doesn't come naturally to me!
Holly: Vampires or Werewolves?
Dale Mayer: Vampires!
Holly: Witches or Zombies?
Dale Mayer: Witches!
Holly: Supernatural or Psych? (TV Shows)
Dale Mayer: Supernatural all the way!
Holly: Favorite genre to read?
Dale Mayer: Romantic Suspense
Holly: Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
Dale Mayer: I have to make a choice? All chocolate!
Jansen hadn't minded. The big Swede had enjoyed every one of his seventy-eight years and wasn't ready to jump off yet. Big and robust in his prime, his physical body had withered to one battling diabetes that defied control, and cancer that defied remission. Yet, he was still here and looking so much better than when he arrived. Even his thick head of hair had returned with rich brown color. His last tests had come back with very positive indicators. So much so, Jansen wanted to stop his treatments. According to him, he was all better. If it were possible to heal by his word alone, then he'd see it done.
Maddy grinned as she recalled the many conversations they'd shared in the past.
At the entrance to his doorway, she stopped to survey his bed.
Something was wrong.
Purple energy hovered over Jansen; a thick blanket of colored haze covered his midsection. Frowning, Maddy studied the odd essence. Energy had a signature – like DNA, the energy was unique to each person. It just wasn't as easy to identify.
She'd worked with him long enough to know it wasn't his aura.
The smoky blanket moved.
Who or what did the energy represent? Her gaze swept the rest of the room before striding forward. The activity over Jansen did not shy away; it increased. She narrowed her gaze. The eerie silence of the room magnified the unearthly scene before her.
It wasn't what she'd experienced the night before, racing through the hallway into chaos. She expected noises of some kind. Not this hushed silence, as if sound would shatter the intensity of whatever was going on. She frowned. A struggle of some kind was going on.
She shook her head, panic stirring inside. Could energy fight with itself? With someone else's energy? Is that what happened to Eric? She studied the energy again. This time she saw it. The blanket of malevolence was moving over the bed and occupant, spreading and growing every minute.
Underneath, Jansen was suffocating.
His energy, tiny and thin, struggled to remain separate and distinct from the purple amoeba-like entity sucking the life force from him.
Fear shot through her. This couldn't happen again. Maddy raced to the bedside. "Stop," she cried out hoarsely, not wanting to disturb the other patients. "Leave him alone."
The purple energy quivered in place but did not dissipate.
Maddy wafted her hands over Jansen's body. Her fingers slipped into and through the mist, neither feeling it nor dispersing it. She fed her own energy into Jansen's heart chakra, giving him her strength and will to hold on. At the same time, she closed her eyes and surrounded herself and, by the extension of her hand on his, Jansen's body with white light. The old answer to keeping oneself safe and balanced.
The energy shifted, cooled.
She opened her eyes to find the energy still wiggling in place, the purple haze malicious in appearance. Then slowly, like fog blowing in the wind, the haze thinned before sending tendrils into the darkness.
Maddy reached out and checked Jansen's pulse. Her medical training took over on the physical level as her medical intuitive training took over on the energy field. She observed the thread-like cord of light stretching far out of Jansen's body, gently pulsating in a reassuring rhythm. Maddy coaxed his system to relax a little more, then to wake up gently.
"Dr. Maddy?" His paper-thin lids opened to reveal rheumy blue eyes blinking in surprise.
"Yes, it's me, Jansen." Maddy studied his face. "How do you feel?" He appeared fine, normal but surprised.
"Christ, I don't know. I had the most horrible dream." He coughed slightly and shifted position in the bed, tugging at his covers as if chilled.
"Oh?" Maddy kept her voice calm and soothing. "What was it about?"
"Like someone was pulling my soul from my body, one inch at a time." Fear filled the old man's eyes. His thin hands grasped hers nervously. "I don't know what the hell it was, but I felt on a precipice between life and death. It was like meeting Peter at the pearly gates himself, and him not being too happy to see me."
"Shhh." Maddy stroked his hands, noting with clinical detachment that his liver spots had begun to fade. "It was just a dream. Not to worry. It's over. I'm here, and you're safe. Go back to sleep."
Relief washed over his face. "Thanks, Doc. Don't know what I'd do without you."
Shifting sideways, Jansen closed his eyes and fell back to sleep.
Maddy walked to the doorway, turned around and glanced back.
No sign of the purple grim reaper. Jansen was safe.
She shuddered. What the hell was happening at The Haven?
Author: Dale Mayer
Publisher: Valley Publishing
Length: 90,000 words
Sub-Genre Romantic Suspense
Sub-Categories: (Action, Mystery/Thriller)
Heat Level: Steamy (Hot sex scenes/language, but not explicit)
Medical intuitive and licensed MD Madeleine Wagner thought she'd seen every way possible to heal a diseased body...then patients start dying from mysterious causes in her long-term facility.
The terminally ill fight to get into her ward. Once there, many miraculously...live. So when her patients start dropping and she senses an evil force causing their deaths, she calls on her friend and mentor, Stefan, for help. Together, they delve beyond the physical plane into the metaphysical... Only to find terror.
She wants to save everyone, but are some souls not meant to be saved?
Detective Drew McNeil has two family members in need of Maddy's healing care, but his visits to her facility leave him wondering - who cares for Maddy? Bizarre events on her floor raise his professional curiosity. And the more time he spends with Maddy, the more personal everything becomes. When the deaths on Maddy's Floor intersect with one of his cold cases, he realizes an old killer has returned - and Maddy's standing in his path.
How can these people stop something that no one else can see, feel or even believe?
Posted reviews from satisfied readers! (4.9 star rating on Amazon across 17 reviews!)
Dale Mayer created a book that combined romance, suspense and paranormal elements so well that it should appeal to readers of all of these genres. (Debra)
Dale Mayer did an outstanding job with this book. I have really enjoyed the whole series and highly recommend it to everyone. The characters were well developed and the story was fantastic. I plan to read other books she's written and can't wait for the next book in this series. (Bizzybee)
I have only become interested in paranormal and psychic fiction in the last couple of year and this author ranks at the top of the list when it comes to combining this genre with mystery and romance. All three books in this series were so riveting I could hardly put the kindle down until I'd read all the way through (which meant some very late nights but it was worth it). (Raven)
I couldn`t put my kindle down! This series was number 1 in psychic thrillers. i couldn`t read it fast enough but didn`t want it to end! Can`t wait for the next book. (Lala6)
To find out more about Dale and her books, visit her at http://www.dalemayer.com. Or connect with her online with Twitter at www.twitter.com/dalemayer and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dalemayer.author.
BOOKS BY DALE MAYER:
Psychic Vision Series
Hide'n Go Seek
Single Title Romantic Suspense/Thrillers
Touched by Death – out now!
It's a Dog's Life- romantic comedy
Young Adult Books
Dangerous Designs – Book I
Deadly Designs – Book 2 – out soon!
Vampire in Denial – Book I of Blood Ties
Vampire in Distress – Book 2 out soon!
Gem Stone Mystery Series- out soon!
In Cassie's Corner- soon
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