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Publisher:  SynergEbooks ISBN-10:  0744306892


Copyright:  Feb 2005

Writer On Line Books
Welcome to Oberon, California

Four months after being shot in the line of duty, Ryan Henderson has begun to wonder if his wounds will ever heal. Marine biologist Siobhan Quinn could give the injured officer a lesson or two in living with pain. She knows firsthand how grief can cripple a soul and drive a sane mind over the edge. Together, they can find healing. But only if the mystery that haunts Siobhan’s past doesn’t kill them first.

Chapter One
January 20th -- St. Agnes’ Eve.

Winter is the greenest of all the seasons along California’s Central Coast. Relentlessly, overwhelmingly, depressingly green. Brightening just barely to yellow at the edges when the sour grass and the pale Douglas irises start to bloom. And wet, as well. The rain pours down incessantly. Week after week of it, some years. The wind sweeping the rain across the landscape until every field and empty lot has become a lake, and each street a river. Whipping the tranquil, blue Pacific into a frothy mass of dirty brown waves.
Until that halcyon moment when Spring at last bursts forth in pink and white blossoms on gray twisted branches, bright against the rain-washed blue of the sky, the world is wet and windy, gloomy and green.
It was winter now in Oberon, late January. Dark, rainy and cold. Not arctic cold, but damp and persistent and bone chilling. The kind of cold that creeps into your fingers and toes and stays there. This morning, even wrapped around a mug full of hot tea, Siobhan’s fingers were cold.
She glanced around her. Nine a.m. and the world was as dark as twilight. Seated at an inside table at The Crone’s Nest, her sister’s teashop, she felt like a refugee. A survivor. A castaway on the last, bright island in the ghost gray world.
Moisture condensing on the windows gave the normally airy space a cozy, enclosed appearance. Bright, yellow light spilled down from the fixtures strung along the high, pressed tin ceiling, but the ceiling itself was lost in the shadows. The concrete columns that supported the ceiling were covered in tattered paper flyers that advertised a variety of workshops, support groups and coming events; they glowed weirdly in the lamplight.
Marsha and three of her friends shared the table with her. The women’s conversation was a soft counterpoint to the clink of silverware on china and the rattle of rain against the windows. But Siobhan wasn’t really listening to the others’ talk. She inhaled the flowery fragrance of her tea and tried hard to think bright, dry thoughts.
It was rare for her to take an entire morning off like this. Normally, the wildlife rescue center she ran at Oberon’s marina commanded most of her time and attention. But there were only a handful of animals in her care at the moment, none of them in dire straits, and with the inclement weather keeping most of her volunteer staff away, she’d felt the need for a little human interaction.
The door to the teashop burst open and a gust of wind propelled yet another of Marsha’s friends into the shop. Scout Patterson pushed the door closed behind her, dumped her umbrella into the bucket beside the door and advanced towards them, shaking back her hood and pulling open the hooks of her jacket as she did.
"I hate this weather," Scout snarled as she dropped, damp and disheveled, into an empty chair. "I hate the rain. I hate the cold. I hate the mud. I hate my car. And, oh, God do I hate being pregnant."
"Those last few months do seem to last forever." Marsha nodded sympathetically at her friend, but Lucy Greco-Cavanaugh, cousin to Scout’s husband Nick, looked up from the beekeeper’s catalogue she’d been immersed in and frowned at them both.
"What are you two talking about?" she snapped. "How can anyone hate being pregnant? I loved being pregnant. I mean, what’s not to like?"
Scout glowered at her friend. Probably debating the usefulness of suggesting to Lucy that she try not to take it personally. Completely useless, as Siobhan could have told her. Lucy took everything personally. Especially anything connected to her family.
"Well, let’s see." Scout cast a longing look at the large bowl, brimming with foam, that steamed peacefully on the table in front of Lucy. "Among other things, there’s the lack of caffeine. Mornings like this, that seems like a huge concession to have to make."

Professional Reviews

"a satisfying romance and thriller that readers are sure to enjoy."
Oberon, California – Present Day

Several friends are gathered at the Crone’s Nest, a tea shop owned by Marsha, a psychic. They are commiserating about the weather, their lives, and still talking about almost dying the year before. Siobhan, Marsha’s sister, is usually too busy to join the group, but with so few animals at the wildlife rescue center, she is enjoying a little human contact for a change. When they start talking about visions and weird dreams, Siobhan decides to leave. She has her own strange dreams to contend with. She remembers meeting the handsome police officer, Ryan Henderson, who saved Marsha’s life the year before and how she was so attracted to him. She hasn’t seen him since her friend’s marriage six months ago. Siobhan has been wary about meeting men since she broke up with her fiancé.

Ryan Henderson was shot in the leg while rescuing Marsha and is still experiencing a lot of pain. He is concerned that his leg is not healing properly, and he has not been able to work. Lonely, he has acquired a dog to keep him company. He runs into Siobhan at the marina and they become friends. They are two lonely people who are very attracted to each other. Someone is angry and hates Siobhan, and that person is watching her, determined to teach her a lesson.

Readers revisit friends from P.G. Forte’s previous books in this series, and although Siobhan was featured in Books 1 and 2, SOUND OF A VOICE THAT IS STILL is her story. Siobhan has had some rough years and has become somewhat reclusive. Living at the center helping injured animals, she has been trying to heal mentally, but when she is at her happiest, things always seem to go wrong. Siobhan feels guilt and hurt from what has happened in her life, and is alone and lonely. Although she is attracted to Ryan, she gets a little testy because she is trying to protect herself from more anguish. She can be a little annoying, and readers will want to shake her and wake her up to realize what a good man Ryan is. But Ryan can’t seem to stay away -- Siobhan draws him to her like a magnet, and the awareness and attraction is strong between them. The person who is lurking and creating mischief thinks he is smarter than anyone, but Ryan is on his trail.

There is a large slate of characters who have their own stories, with misunderstandings and lack of communication causing most of their problems. Although the book can stand alone, readers will want to read some of the secondary characters' stories found in SCENT OF ROSES and A SIGHT TO DREAM OF.

The book is well written with realistic dialogue that ends in a crescendo of action and excitement, leaving a few threads for a continuation of the series. SOUND OF A VOICE THAT IS STILL is a satisfying romance and thriller that readers are sure to enjoy.

Marilyn Heyman

Romance Reviews Today

4 Angels!
Oberon Book 3: Sound of a Voice That Is Still

Oberon, California, a respite from the fast-paced world, a haven full of family and friends. Yet even its tranquil setting can’t prevent the past from continuing to haunt Siobhan.

Siobhan Quinn returned to Oberon after a tragedy nearly destroyed her life. For the past ten years, she has lived in relative isolation, hanging on to the last remnants of her sanity by immersing herself in work at her rescue center. However, lately she finds loneliness weighing heavy on her soul. When a chance encounter brings Ryan Henderson into her life, Siobhan feels a pull towards him that is hard to ignore. Ryan has been sidelined from his work on the police force by an injury that is slow to heal. When he comes to work in her rescue center to fill the empty hours, Siobhan finds it hard to resist the lure of friendship and perhaps something more that Ryan offers. Yet after all she has suffered, can she risk her heart again? Will Ryan still be interested once he learns her secret?

The third offering in P.G. Forte’s Oberon series, Sound of a Voice That Is Still, offers readers a tale that is filled with a variety of people, emotions and events. The overall tone of this work provides readers a mature deviation from lighthearted romance. An impending sense of dread looms silently between the words as readers get to know the people of Oberon. The dominant focus of this story is on the developing relationship between Siobhan and Ryan. However, the author compliments their involvement with family and well-meaning friends. Fans of this series will get to revisit characters from the first two books, while at the same time being introduced to characters that will surely play a pivotal role as this series continues to develop. Ms. Forte ensures that readers new to this series are able to keep pace with the multitude of characters by providing a useful list of characters. Readers will rejoice in the tender moments between the various ! couples, while at the same time they will remain wary as hints and innuendo imply that everything is not a peaceful as it would appear. The ending is action packed and ensures that readers will want to pick up the next in the series.

Reviewed by: Amanda
Fallen Angels Reviews

"one of the best serialised novels around today"
Two characters drawn together by chance. Each struggling with their own pain and loneliness; She with re-building her life after a tragedy that seriously injured her heart and took away her family. He with a tempermental wound that will not heal, received in the line of duty. Can Siobhan Quinn trust Ryan Henderson? Life is all about taking risks and chances but is Ryan really worth it? Will Ryan stick by and support her when she reveals her dark secret?

Although this is the 3rd novel in a series of 9 Oberon books, it is certainly more than capable of standing on its own. You have no need to read the rest but I believe you would be missing out on one of the best serialised novels around today. Ryan uses his skills as a Law Enforcement Officer to rid Siobhan of her stalking trouble-maker.

Packed full of romantic liaisons, suspense and apprehension, Sound of a Voice That is Still will keep you interested and wanting more. Be sure to 'catch up' on the goings-on in the Oberon series by working your way up from the very beginning. You'd be daft not to.

Carrie White, Reviewer
eBook Reviews Weekly

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