Olivia Harmon feels safer separated from everyone else. Her empathic powers not only lets her experience other people’s feelings, but also influence them. It’s a heavy burden to carry, and the main reason she’s always been more comfortable around the dead. As a small town funeral director and assistant county coroner, Olivia is able to keep her distance from the day to day drama of the living.
But after a series of seemingly unrelated deaths, Olivia discovers a hidden connection that puts her right in the middle of the investigation. In order to stop a killer, she must face a menacing dark magic and her own family’s hidden past. When confronted with the truth, Olivia will be forced to choose between the carefully constructed life she has tried to maintain and the reality of who she really is.
Goodreads link to book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22572162-lotus-petals
“The vehicle swerved, perhaps to avoid a deer or some other wildlife, and dropped off the embankment, coming to rest there.” Officer Richardson indicated the car’s current position. “The passenger was ejected, and the male driver appears to have died on impact. We’ve identified him.” He paused and flipped through several more pages of his notebook. “Scott Malone of Indianapolis. The female passenger wasn’t carrying identification. I’ll notify Mr. Malone’s next of kin, and hopefully they can help me ID the woman.”
“Thanks. I’ll do my reading, and then we can all go home.”
“I’ll wait by my car for you to finish.” Brad still wasn’t comfortable with the fact I used magic on the job, even after months of working together.
“It shouldn’t take long,” I shrugged, trying to put him at ease. “That is, if the weather holds out.”
It was overcast, and the starless sky added to the grim mood on the ground. The heavy clouds crouching over the scene threatened snow at any moment. The moisture screwed with the energy flow, making it harder to gather power, so I needed to wrap this up quick.
“I should be able to make a ruling in a few minutes,” I said, and with a renewed sense of urgency headed toward the Toyota. As I followed the path the car had taken, nothing seemed unusual. I opened the door, and the metallic tang of blood assaulted me. The driver was hunched over the steering wheel. The head wound looked serious, but blood wasn’t always a clear indication of damage. The only way I’d know for sure was an examination.
I snapped a few photographs and slipped off my rings, dropping them into my pocket. With my new ink, I didn’t have to draw spell glyphs on my hands anymore. I pulled on my gloves, ready to do the reading. I gathered power and drew it through the caduceus on my wrist. Images flashed behind my closed eyes.
Liver damage from habitual drinking. A healed knife wound. Two fractured ribs. A compound fracture of the wrist. Two burst fractures of the lumbar spine. A fractured skull and brain trauma.
The injuries were jumbled together in such a short span of time, it was hard to tell which one came first, but the brain trauma was clearly the cause of death. Everything seemed to be in line with an auto accident. I took a few more photographs and moved on to the body on the ground, removing the white sheet.
The unidentified girl was pretty. Strawberry blonde hair splayed around her head and a sprinkling of freckles dotted her baby face. She looked far too young to end up with me.
“I’m so sorry,” I said, smoothing the hair from her face. “I’ll take care of you. I promise.” I placed a hand over each of her eyes, and a hot flash of power surged up my arms. I jerked my hand back.
What the hell?
My fingers burned from the contact. Shaking them, I gave it a second try, but this time I avoided touching her directly. My hands hovered just over her eyes, and I sent out my power. There was resistance, and the images never came. Something wasn’t right.
Well I’ve got a few new adventure with this one. I love when a paranormal story mixes in mystery as a main element and this one was fantastic. A witch with unique powers who works for the coroners office to help the police solve crimes of victims, sounds good right? Well it gets better when you throw in some crazy witch hunters trying to frame her, a crazy ex boyfriend and some new HAWT guys and a wonderful best friend!
Olivia is a wonderful leading lady to follow. She runs a funeral home and works with the coroners office. She prefers the dead because she’s an empath and it a little terrible to be around so many people with so many emotions. She loves her jobs and had a lovely best friend who is not only her assistant be a fellow witch. She is overall just well rounded. She has her flaws and she has her ignorance but she also has a good heart and is such a likable person. And then she comes across some very dark magic and it seems her world is completely falling apart. I liked her- a lot.
And the best part is you don’t actually know exactly who is really behind all the bad things happening. Olivia is learning things as she is trying to unravel the mystery around the deaths and the treats made to her. It was cool to learn with her as she did. And then when you learn everything at the end with that jaw dropping finale, you may slap yourself for not noticing those little things. And then I kept thinking it was going to be this person or that person, I had two in mind, and then… Well you’ll have to find out on your own. 🙂
The writing is very well done, I couldn’t put it down. The plot was intriguing and had me hooked. I think the characters are also very well done. I really do hope this becomes a series because I want more! I want to know what will happen to Olivia and her friends after the fall out of everything. I somehow doubt it’ll just go back to normal and with those big wigs sniffing around I just want more!! Gimme gimme! 🙂 5 WITCHY PAWS!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gina Drayer is an avid reader, writer, and Ubergeek. Her latest book Lotus Petals, a paranormal thriller, is forthcoming in July 2014.
Growing up a Navy brat, Gina has traveled extensively, living all over the country, but now she calls Indiana home. Currently she spends her days running the family’s Home Health Agency and her nights creating fantastic world.
Gina writes gripping, fast paced thrillers with a magical twist and steamy contemporary romances. She creates stories centered on strong, witty, independent women facing situations that test their will. And of course their male counterparts have the depth and character to keep up with these leading ladies.
The Tour Giveaway will be: Five free ebooks for my personal stop today and a “grand prize” of $75.00 Amazon gift card. For both entries, you’ll need to leave a comment. Then for the grand pride entry, use the rafflecopter link below 🙂 good luck!! Oh and let’s get creative for our comment, I’m gunna pick the commenters who leave me the best or most interesting comments… like for me, I’d like to be a witch with a little magic and even better I’d actually like to work in a morgue, but not a funeral home. I can handle the dead bodies and the scientific parts about them but not the crying family of those bodies, I’m so not good with crying lol now feel free to leave me something fun too!!
I wanna say thanks to the author and paranormal cravings because this giveaway is awesome!! Also, sorry about the bad format and lack of color, technical difficulties running amok! Lol Happy reading and later Gators!!