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Touch of Fate
by Christine Amsden   

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Publisher:  Twilight Time Books ISBN-10:  1931201757


Copyright:  2006

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Marianne knows the future can't be changed, but sometimes even a lifetime of experience can't keep her from wanting to try. Sometimes, it's too personal. With the shadow of a killer looming over her, Marianne is running out of time to learn the truth -- about herself, about her power, and about the murderer.

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Coming to trade paperback November 15th, 2007. You can purchase the e-book now through Fictionwise.

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Chewing the Bones
SIGNS Ė the involuntary revelation of destiny that will ultimately transpire. Twice Marianne overlooked the signís meaning and both times the premonitions concerned her. The first sign foretold her brotherís death, while the second uncovered her husbandís affair.

Hoping a change will stem the frequency of her predictions and rid her of gloomy memories, Marianne Waters and her daughter move to St. Louis. The signs diminish, and while volunteering at St. Maryís hospital Marianne befriends Dr. Jean Tate. Through Jean, Marianne meets a special group of women who receive the signs too. Except their signs predict deceit that which carry a quick verdict of death.

Absorbing and lively, Touch of Fate is a moving story filled with engaging characters submerged in an intense paranormal plot. Marianne and her sixteen year-old daughter, Gabrielle, possess the gift of prophecy. Both women long to stop the prophecies from occurring, but their efforts are always hampered by fate. Inevitably each sign always comes to pass. With Gabrielle mourning her best friendís and the divorce final, Marianne decides a move to St. Louis will benefit them both.

In some respects the move is a blessing, but not in others. Trying to accept her best friendís death Gabrielleís sorrow is deep, while the move offers no comfort like she hoped. Masking her gifts behind a Gothic image, Gabrielleís black attire and body piercings only emphasize her pain. Her confusion and struggle is clear as she openly divulges her prophecies to classmates and teachers.

Marianne finds the signs burdensome and isolating. Meeting other women like herself Marianneís eager to meet Dr. Jean Tateís friends; Suzanne, Ella, Helen, and Kate. Her hopes for comradery are quickly dashed as Marianne realizes these women conceal their prophetic life. In the meantime Dr. Tateís murder draws Marianne into its mystery, luring a handsome detective into her troubled life.

A ten year veteran of the St. Louis County Police, Detective Derek Richards can spot a liar. Marianneís not one, even though she admits to predicting the future. However, Derek canít deny Marianneís divinations that come about right before his eyes. As he unravels clues in Dr. Tateís murder, and no closer to catching the murderer, Derek feels pressured. Adding more tension is Derekís swelling attraction to Marianne.

While gazing upon Marianneís voluptuous curves, Derekís loyalty to his late wife stymies his raging hormone. Marianne senses his hesitation so holds back her feelings. But when Derek starts believing in her gift Marianne grasps her fate firmly and puts all her trust in Derek.

Touch by Fate is a mystery and paranormal loverís delight. The book possesses a brisk and engaging plot plunging me into a world of murder, psychic phenomenon and love, all the while breathing life into Ms. Amsdenís characters. I read this story in one sitting and will enjoy reading it many times again.

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Anne K. Edwards
Hey paranormal fans! Something a little different and definitely worth reading is Touch of Fate by talented author Christine Amsden.

Marianne Waters can predict the future and knows it canít be changed. Or can it? When she foresees the death of her daughterís best friend, she feels compelled to try.

This event changes their lives and she and her daughter move to St. Louis for a new beginning. But is there any such thing?

Mariaanne finds herself caught up in a group of women with similar talents and hopes to form friendships based on a shared ability. Unfortunately, events take a turn for the worse and she is caught up in violent that can end in her own death.

Iím happy to recommend this tale to paranormal fans. A well drawn cast of characters whose motives and intents conflict show us the possibilities and limitations of being psychic and the problems they face in social acceptance. Enjoy. I sure did.

Anne K. Edwards

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