Book I – The Empath
Runner up – Rainbow Awards 2014
Finalist – GCLS Goldie Awards 2015
What is The Empath?
The Empath and its series (The Above & Beyond Series,) stars the unique and loveable Aeron Lorelei. Now, Aeron is a little different, she is nothing like anyone you will have met before. The Empath is my debut novel released with Bedazzled Ink in 2014 and was Runner-up in its category at the Rainbow Awards.
Aeron Lorelei is a young woman with a troubled past and a troubling gift. Blessed and cursed with the ability to sense the feelings, past, and future of those around her, Aeron lived as a misfit child. When she was sixteen, she took the blame for the death of her best friend’s little brother. Eleven years later she’s released from the correctional facility and must go back to her hometown–the scene of the crime that no one has forgotten.
But Aeron must deal with more than just animosity. Someone in town is abducting and killing young girls. Aeron becomes the number one suspect and her distant father, the specter of her grandmother, and her mysterious psychiatrist must work together to discover the real killer. To prove her innocence, Aeron is forced to use the gift she has spent her life hiding.
Reviews & Awards
The Rainbow Awards 2014
You can see what the folks on Amazon.com
“This is more than a paranormal story, more than a murder mystery, more than a love story…”
“A compulsive read. The novel’s biggest strength is its fresh, engaging voice. Hat’s off for a brilliant debut novel and I look forward to the next one.”
“The book is well written and the plot and flow are superb…”
“Jody Klaire certainly knows how to do emotion. Joined with a killer plot and voices that pulled me deep into the story, this was one of those rare books that hooked me from the first page to the last and will stay with me for a very long time.”
“It’s well written and draws the reader in. There are no dull spots, the action is electric and gut wrenching at times but well worth reading to the end. However, it doesn’t end as this is only book 1. I look forward to reading the follow on.”
At one point I was so caught up with the visions I was breathless. Also well described is the pain and difficulty encountered in having the gift/curse of being able to ‘see’. Loved it.
“Great suspense,great emotional journey!! I recommend this book to all lovers of mystery.”
You can find the teaser – which is a prequel story to The Empath here and below is an excerpt of the book for you.
MY PROBLEM IS that I know too much.
I see things. I can tell a person’s life from their jewelry, I can read other people like you would read the morning newspaper. Plus, I can displace ailments, heal and wound . . . and none of it is voluntary.
I’m different and for some people being different is what makes the world love them. They have talents that everyone else wishes they had. Hell, they might even be a genius of some kind.
I don’t know how to stop it and I sure as hell can’t control it. When I try to explain these “burdens” to people, I either become a freak-show, a threat, or they think I’m just another crazy person, which is why I am now in a secure mental facility and have been since the age of sixteen. I murdered someone—at least, I think I did. The authorities found me guilty of manslaughter.
My name is Aeron Lorelei. Aeron, because right up until birth, the family thought I was a boy and my father wanted a boy more than anything, a son called Aaron. They were all pretty disappointed when I appeared and at a loss of what to name me, they changed the A to an E and so I got a name that stuck out as much as I did.
Not that any of that matters anymore since I was convicted as no one in my family will admit I exist. Aeron, the odd runt who talked to animals and wandered around telling people things about themselves they didn’t want known. Who’d want that kind of gossip?
I mean, my family tried . . . really tried. I was even sent to a priest once. They thought some holy water and chanting was going to fix me right up but the priest was actually kinda nice. Still, I didn’t tell him a thing. Even back then I knew that my family and the local folks figured me for a freak.
They were probably right all things considering. Look where I ended up, wearing orange and sitting ‘round in a concrete tomb with a bunch of other misfits.
I share my cell with a woman named Lori. She’s a bulky woman with mad professor hair. Now, Lori murdered her entire family as they slept and I don’t think she even knows why. I can see this nasty dark cloud over her, its slimy tentacles leeching away her sanity. I could get rid of it for her but then I’d have to figure out what to do with it. Besides, it’s been attached for so long that it would leave a great big crater in her mind. Sure, they’d free her, they would say she had responded to whatever “miracle drug” they were dishing out this month.
Then, when she was out in the world, that great big hole would attract a different leech . . . Someone else could get hurt and it’d be my fault, like always.
So I do nothing but watch her getting fed on by the cloud over her head. It sounds cold, doesn’t it? I know, but I don’t believe in messing with the future, in messing with people. No one should have that kind of power or knowledge.
So, like I said, I know too much, and the last thing I want is to have more blood on my hands.
You can buy The Empath at any good bookstore (some you may need to order in a paperback) It is also available on Barnes & Noble Nook, IPad, Amazon Kindle or PDF formats.