Friday, September 29, 2017

All the Light There Is by Anise Eden

All the Light There Is
The Healing Edge
Book Three
Anise Eden

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense

Publisher: Diversion Books

Date of Publication: September 12, 2017

ISBN: 978-1635761641
ASIN: 1635761646

Number of pages: 290
Word Count: 97,770

Tagline: Anise Eden brings us the thrilling and romantic finale to The Healing Edge Series, perfect for fans of Karen Robards or Shiloh Walker.

Book Description:

Psychotherapist Cate Duncan is done with danger. Her whirlwind weeks of training at the MacGregor Group’s parapsychology clinic, while exhilarating, have also brought one crisis after another. So when their research colleague Skeet offers Cate and her boss-turned-boyfriend Ben some time away at his secluded hunting lodge, even though it’ll be a working vacation, they jump at the chance.

But the idyllic Mercier Lodge is teeming with secrets. An aura reader and a telepath who work with Skeet reveal his unorthodox research methods, triggering the MacGregor Group’s suspicions. Then there’s the matter of a tragic death that occurred at the lodge over a year ago, and how it connects to unsolved mysteries from Cate’s past―mysteries she may not be ready to confront.

As they delve into Mercier’s unsavory history, Ben and Cate stick close together, trusting in their love for each other to keep them safe. But when a plot separates them, Cate must rely on the MacGregor Group’s paranormal abilities, some surprise allies, and her own determination to track Ben down and crack Mercier’s mysteries before the strange place claims any more victims.

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Internship, Day Six

It’s just a
meeting. Nothing to be nervous about. I wiped my damp palms on my skirt and
ordered my brain to focus on something else. Like the Jag, I thought. Focus on
the fact that you’re finally getting a ride in the Jag.
And not just any
Jag—the British 1936 Jaguar SS100 Ben had restored. He’d found the car in a
barn in Pennsylvania, sitting on blocks and covered in hay bales. Now, it
looked like it had just left the showroom. My fingertips roamed across the soft
leather seat as I admired each piece of shining chrome and the deep glow of the
wood on the dash. The car’s transformation was a testament to Ben’s
workmanship—not to mention to his patience and tenacity when it came to the
things he loved.
The things—and
the people, I thought, smiling down at my ring. I hadn’t exactly made things
easy for Ben, but now, two gold birds were wrapped around my finger, holding a
lustrous piece of Scottish agate between their wings. He’d wanted to give me a
tangible reminder of how he felt, a talisman to guard against anxiety and
I stole a glance
at Ben. He was completely in his element, left hand loosely holding the
steering wheel, right elbow propped up on the door. Everything about him was
solid and squared-off, from the angle of his jaw to the way he carried his
shoulders. These qualities were augmented by his charcoal gray suit and crisp
white shirt—worn sans tie, as usual. I marveled that no matter what internal
battles he might be fighting, Ben always exuded a quiet confidence.
yourself?” he asked.
“Completely.” I
closed my eyes and inhaled my new favorite scent—a mixture of fine wool,
cotton, and vintage leather that clung to Ben like an olfactory tattoo. “My mom
would have loved this, you know.”
His light brown
eyes softened. “You think so?”
Every summer when I was a kid, she had taken me to the local car shows. Back
then, we could only look, never touch. Riding along with Ben, I felt like a
glamorous movie star. I struck my best Hollywood pose, and he smiled.
It was such a
pleasure—not to mention a relief—to see Ben relax after the nonstop drama of
the past two weeks. There had been too many life-and-death situations, too much
tension. And more than anyone, Ben had earned a vacation. With that in mind,
after our meeting at the Smithsonian, we planned to spend the rest of the
weekend on the Eastern Shore. That evening, we had a dinner date with my
mother’s cousin, Ardis, and a reservation at a nice bed-and-breakfast. Sunday’s
schedule was still open. I thought we might head to the ocean; I loved the beach
in the fall. Or we could take the ferry to Smith Island; wander around St.
Michaels, go sailing…. As I considered the possibilities, I nearly forgot to be
Then we entered
downtown D.C. I sobered as stately suburban homes gave way to modern office
buildings and massive structures of chiseled granite. Before long, the
Smithsonian office building came into view—ten stories of tinted glass
reflecting the cloudless blue sky like a darkened mirror. It took up half a
city block.
Ben caught me
biting my lip. “You know there’s nothing to be nervous about, right?”
“I know,” I
lied. The truth was, I couldn’t believe we were actually there. It had been
less than twenty-four hours since Ben told his mother, Dr. MacGregor, about our
group’s experience with the double kheir ritual. Now we were on our way to meet
with her world-class paranormal research team—and not just to exchange
information. We’d been asked to give a demonstration, as well.
I had dressed up
for the occasion, wearing a dove gray pencil skirt and a wine-colored cashmere
sweater my mother had given me one Christmas. Still, I couldn’t shake the
feeling that I didn’t belong at the Smithsonian—not as anything more than a
tourist, anyway.
“Well, just in
case,” he said, “let me remind you that you have nothing to prove here. None of
us do. My mother already told her colleagues what happened with our ritual, and
they’re keen to know more. But they don’t have any definite expectations; after
all, half of them still think the double kheir is just a myth.” In a
conspiratorial tone, he added, “Think of it this way. I know you have a lot of
questions. Today, you can ask anything you like.”
“Hmm.” I bit the
tip of my finger. “Anything?”
“Like whether
The Da Vinci Code was based in fact? And whether they’re all members of the
He chuckled as
we pulled into the underground parking garage. “If you ask them those
questions, I’ll make sure you get a substantial year-end bonus.”
“Deal,” I said,
smiling tentatively. I was still getting used to the idea that my new boyfriend
was also my new boss.
Ben was the
manager of the MacGregor Group, an alternative healing clinic founded by his
mother and housed in a repurposed church. I first met him when my former
employer, Dr. Nelson, sent me to the MacGregor Group for treatment. My mother’s
recent suicide had left me in pieces, unable to function. As close as she and I
had been, somehow I hadn’t seen that my mother was in crisis. Her shocking loss
had debilitated me, and I could barely leave my house, let alone return to my
job as a psychotherapist. What Dr. Nelson hadn’t told me was that Dr. MacGregor
was a psychiatrist who specialized in paranormal gifts, and that instead of
“treating” me, she and Ben were enrolling me in ParaTrain, a paranormal skills training
program. My first lesson had been to learn the definition of an empath—and that
I was one.
Since then, my
life had changed so dramatically that it was unrecognizable. Dr. Nelson, Dr.
MacGregor, and Ben had all worked hard to convince me that because I was an
empath, the key to maintaining my mental health was to leave my job as a
therapist and go to work for the MacGregor Group. The idea of leaving my
beloved therapy clients was nothing short of heartrending. But after due
consideration and several persuasive paranormal experiences, I had agreed to
take their advice. Before I could officially start my new job, though, I had to
complete a three-week training program: one week of preparation, followed by a
two-week internship.
My time in
ParaTrain had flown by. Although I was starting my final week of the
internship, I still didn’t feel anywhere near ready to take on my new role as
an empath healer. Before I met the MacGregors, I hadn’t even known that empaths
existed, so I was still struggling to find my bearings. And the unexpected
romance between Ben and me was keeping me permanently off-balance. Add in the
mind-blowing experience we’d had with the double kheir the previous week, and….
Well, I didn’t even know what had happened there, so I was fairly certain that
I’d make a fool of myself trying to describe it to the Smithsonian research
That thought had
me wiping my palms on my skirt again. “I am nervous, though, about this
demonstration we’re supposed to give. The researchers may not have any definite
expectations, but surely they’re hoping to see something. And unlike the rest
of you, I have no idea what I’m doing.”
“You’ll be fine,
Cate,” Ben reassured me as we pulled into a parking space. “Kai’s got it all
figured out. He said he has something simple and easy planned, so just follow
his instructions. Even if nothing interesting happens, that’s still useful
information for my mother’s team. They’re scientists, remember? In an
experiment, even a negative result is valuable.”
I had no reason
to doubt Kai. He was a highly capable expert in ancient rituals, among other
things. But when it came to the paranormal, I had a track record of
unintentionally messing things up. “What if I forget our instructions and start
reading people’s emotions?”
Dr. MacGregor
had passed on a request from her project director that we refrain from using
our paranormal gifts on the members of the research team without their specific
permission. Apparently, they were much more comfortable observing others than
being observed themselves.
“The fact that
you’re already worrying about that means it’s highly unlikely you’ll forget,”
he said. “And even if you do, who’s going to know?”
Only everyone, I
thought. My poker face was nonexistent. I buried my face in my hands. “I’m just
afraid that I’m going to embarrass myself. And you. And your mother. And
disappoint everyone.”
Ben turned off
the ignition. I felt him lean towards me and gently tuck an escaped strand of
hair into my braid. “That’s not possible.”
His optimism was
endearing, if ill-founded. “Oh, I assure you, it’s possible.”

About the Author:

Before becoming an award-winning author, ANISE EDEN wanted to be a wildlife photographer. Unfortunately, a strong aversion to large insects, poisonous snakes, and sharks―along with a cat allergy that might well extend to tigers―limited that career option. Also, Anise always roots for the gazelle, and we all know how that usually turns out. Fortunately, Anise’s voracious hunger for reading kept her occupied, eventually morphing into a passion for writing quirky stories filled with heart, humor, and imagination. Anise loves that through writing, she can live out any adventure she likes without the need for antivenom or antihistamines.

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 Interview with Anise Eden

T’s  Stuff, thank you so much for having me on your blog to celebrate the release of ALL THE LIGHT THERE IS! It is such a pleasure to be here.
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
I wish I could answer that better, but it comes from anywhere and everywhere. For example, the inspiration for one of the books I’m planning to write came from a pair of drawings I saw a couple of years ago in a museum exhibit. Inspiration remains a mysterious process for me.

How did you do research for your book?
I’m fortunate to have friends and family members who have expertise in a variety of areas, who are very patient and generous in sharing their knowledge with me. For this book, I had to learn a lot about hunting and trapping, as well as medical issues like concussions and the effects of various drugs. I watched a lot of YouTube videos on paintballing, as well!

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Oh, my goodness—so many times and places, it’s hard to choose. If I could, though, I would really love to go back and be part of the moon landing. Practically speaking, I might not want to go back much further than that, due to my deep appreciation of antibiotics.
What is your next project?
Currently, I’m working on a new paranormal romance/suspense novel that may develop into another series. It’s set in a hospital and features a highly quirky cast of characters and an intriguing apocalyptic subplot. The working title is The Cracking, and I’m enjoying writing it immensely!

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