I went to Madonna University in Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business with minors in French, Computers and Sign Language. To show you where my mind wandered in those days, I also studied handwriting analysis, bible studies, listening skills, reactive attachment disorder in adopted children, love and logic parenting as well as seminars in leadership, self-improvement and psychology. I was interested in everything back then; actually, I guess I still am.
I always had a love of writing, especially during my school years; I think it was because I buried myself inside my characters and didn't have to face the endless homework and book reports and speeches which I dreaded with as much passion as I loved to write. I did have many articles published over time always dealing with the positive side of human nature and emphasizing what could be accomplished when one stayed on the positive side of the universe.
My Sammi Evans series was created out of a need to have someone out there who could accomplish amazing feats with the power of the mind. None of us know how far reaching the mind and the power of thoughts are. We all speculate and we all experiment, each in our own way. Our successes and failures are individual and meaningless to anyone but ourselves. But there's a little bit of Sammi Evans in all of us. She keeps plodding on from adventure to adventure learning and growing along the way, and we walk the same path she does. We could all benefit from her attitude and belief in the universal mind, even if we can't explain it away.
Sammi will keep growing. She will keep teaching us lessons, but keep tuned in; we're not finished yet. Sammi has many more adventures to go.
NOTE: HELP FOR PROBLEM CHILDREN: I have also written in the Articles Section, "The Ballad of the Adopted Child Part I and Part II." In this area I'll be glad to discuss and give give helpful guidance to anyone who has a child, adopted, foster or birth, who is showing anger and distressful behavior that has not been alleviated though ordinary therapy. Some of these children need special technques that only an expert can provide. If you'd like some help in this area, contact me through the link on my Home page "Contact Author."
Professional review for "Your Thoughts Can Trap You"
Jeanne L Drouillard’s Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery is one of three Sammi Evans Mysteries produced to date by writer Drouillard.
Sammi Evans is not your usual investigative personality. She has a rare gift which enables Sammi to aid police with particularly thorny problems. Her gift is one that Sammi does not discuss or reveal to more than a very select few.
Your Thoughts Can Trap You opens with Sammi chatting with FBI agent Ben Collier who would like to enlist Sammi’s help with one of those thorny problems facing him. That call is quickly followed by one from one of Sammi’s old college professors. Sammi was instrumental to the investigation into the disappearance and subsequent return of Professor Harley’s son some years back. Now he tell Sammi he may need to once again ask Sammi for some additional help.
From that beginning we follow Sammi, her police officer sweetheart, Detective Dave Patterson and a series of events centering on the disappearance of a group of several children. Dave is just recovering from the gun shot wound he suffered several months prior at the hands of a woman, a casual acquaintance, who professes her adoration for him before ultimately shooting him.
Included in the narrative we meet various of Sammi and Dave’s friends, travel with Sammi to Reading, Pa as she spends a few days helping to check out the situation taking place in one of the branches of the bank for which she works, learn details of the auto crash as the car Sammi is driving is suddenly hit from behind by an 18 wheeler, learn more of Professor Harley and his need for Sammi’s special talents, and discover the truth behind the disappearance of those children.
Writer Drouillard has taken a intriguing premise, use of a perhaps psychic who is able to discern thoughts of those nearby and use that talent to aid police as they unravel cases which might otherwise go unsolved.
While the use of psychics in actual police situations is something which has begun to gain some favor, and more than one movie, TV mystery and book have been produced centering on psychic ability; writer Drouillard has taken the notion, added her own slant, and created a likeable, at times somewhat bemused by her own ability, personality as her main character.
Following the good-natured, and at times bemused Sammi as she struggles to maintain her equilibrium as soon to be wife, bank employee, friend, and concerned citizen against the needs of the police and others around her for use of her ability to actually hear the thoughts of others and lead to solving of exceptionally baffling cases is set down in readable fashion by a new writer who has now produced three books, and surely as several more already filling her thoughts.
Drouillard’s characters are nicely developed, completed with enough detail to make them very believable, with the nicer folk very nice and very likeable, while the rogues tend to be downright rascals. Hard hitting dialogue, is pithy, convincing, and spot on. Settings are filled with enough description to draw the reader into the setting, hold interest tight and keep the reader turning the page.
Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery is an absorbing tale as we follow Sammi Evans across nearly 300 pages to a satisfying conclusion.
Not for everyone, those who prefer a situation begins, and continues right through to the last page will not be so fond of a meandering tale comprising several varying situations. Those who enjoy interwoven tales, as I do, will find much to like on the pages of Jeanne L Drouillard’s Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery.
Happy to recommend Jeanne L Drouillard’s Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery.
Reviewed by Molly’s Reviews
Product Details and Shipping Information from Amazon
TITLE Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery
AUTHOR Jeanne L Drouillard Your Thoughts Can Trap You, a Sammi Evans Mystery
GENRE Mystery Thriller
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: A-Argus Better Book Publishers, LLC (October 18, 2009)