SOUL SEEK — coming in October 2021

Past and present conspire against a killer’s future

In a rambling manor house nestled in the Scottish Highlands, smart-aleck American medium Fia and Psychopomp Zackie find a secret passageway that leads to a long-forgotten clan crypt. Among the moldering old bones is a baby’s fresh corpse. Nearby, a hanged man from centuries past plays the babe a lullaby on his fiddle, but her spirit will not be soothed.

When a suspicious Detective Inspector fingers Fia’s childhood friend for the baby’s murder, Fia and her cantankerous mentor Cam must find the real killer. But harnessing the otherworldly talents of stubborn and independent spirits proves tricky. Conflict among the earthbound souls and dark secrets among the living threaten to derail the investigation.

As they close in on the killer, how will Fia and Cam avoid unwanted attention from the DI when their ghostly collaborators bring answers but raise unanswerable questions?

The Zackie Stories of Supernatural Suspense will appeal to fans of BBC One Ghosts, history buffs who enjoy reaching back in time, and to anyone who has ever loved a dog.

The fourth novel of the ZACKIE STORIES.

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Soul SearchSoul Scent, and Soul Sign, novels of supernatural suspense, have been described as Marley & Me meets The Sixth Sense. Readers have praised these novels for the very human stories behind the hauntings that create unexpected plot twists, drama, and even moments of humor. The Zackie Stories are available for purchase as ebook, audiobook, and paperback on Amazon and Audible, and free on Kindle Unlimited.

If you enjoy the Zackie stories, please, please consider leaving a short review on Amazon and/or Goodreads and/or Bookbub. Your review makes a difference and is incredibly valuable, drawing in other readers and providing access to promotional opportunities that require a specific number of reviews to engage. I’ll be your best friend forever if you write a review.

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SOUL SEEK — coming in October 2021

ANOTHER STORY TIME WITH THE INTROVERT: EXCERPT FROM SOUL SCENT

A scene from the second book in the Zackie Story series, SOUL SCENT…

“Can you tell me about the baby?”

Cam lifted a shoulder and then stared at the bottle in his hands. “Not much to tell, really. It was 1975 and I was working a job in Kings Worthy.” Glancing at me, he elaborated. “That’s in England. It’s a very old place. It was listed in the Domesday Book – you know, the survey taken in 1066?”

I bristled a little. “By William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest. I know. I was a history major, remember?”

Nodding, Cam took up the story again. “Anyway, I was busy trying to lay the ghost of a Victorian clergyman who had taken up residence in the old church. At the same time, there was an archaeological dig taking place in the churchyard. They were interested in the old Anglo-Saxon burials and they eventually unearthed the skeletal remains of a young woman.” He took another drink and affected nonchalance as he continued the story. “Lying between the long bones of her legs, they found the skull of a full-term infant, but the fetal leg bones were still clearly within her pelvic cavity.”

“A coffin birth?” My eyes went wide at this thought.

Cam nodded again. “It happens. A pregnant woman dies and is buried and because of pressure from the gases that build up during decomposition, the dead fetus is expelled from the equally dead mother.” Looking down at his hands again, Cam picked at the label on the bottle. “Anyway, shortly after this find, the cries of a baby could be heard coming from the graveyard. It so disturbed the archaeological team that no one wanted to dig anymore and the work came to a grinding halt.”

“And did it also disturb you? Cam, I can tell this is difficult to talk about.”

Cam rolled his eyes and exhaled deeply, his words were clipped. “Yes, right. It bothered me a great deal. The baby was an innocent and completely blameless, yet she was left to suffer horribly for centuries.”

“But wasn’t the mother with the baby? How did you finally help her to move on?”

“I went into the churchyard with Zackie late one night to find the baby. The mother was nowhere to be found, so I assume she crossed over shortly after her death.”

“She left the baby?” My mouth hung open, aghast at the thought of just taking off and leaving an infant. “She probably didn’t know the baby remained. In her time, the belief was that unbaptized infants went to Limbo, so in all likelihood, she died assuming that the baby would find its way and be taken care of.” Cam shrugged again. “Who knows? All I know is that earthbound souls of infants are a rarity, so most of the time, they move on with no difficulties. Something went wrong for this one.” Cam frowned as he stared into the middle distance for a beat. “But, you know, as soon as she saw Zackie, she quieted and stopped crying. Getting her to go through the portal was a breeze compared to the clergyman. I had to work another two weeks before the clergyman moved on.”

Copyright © 2017 by Reyna Favis

Photo credit: Daderot, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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If you would like to comment on anything in these posts, I would be delighted to hear from you. Please visit my author’s website to learn more about progress with the Zackie Story series, author appearances, or to send me a message, etc. Or if you prefer, you can also find me on Facebook (at least until another social media platform emerges that will actually safeguard user privacy). Feel free to friend me and send me a message so I’ll know you’re not just a bot.

Soul SearchSoul Scent, and Soul Sign, novels of supernatural suspense, have been described as Marley & Me meets The Sixth Sense. Readers have praised these novels for the very human stories behind the hauntings that create unexpected plot twists, drama, and even moments of humor. The Zackie Stories are available for purchase as ebook, audiobook, and paperback on Amazon and Audible, and free on Kindle Unlimited.

If you enjoy the Zackie stories, please, please consider leaving a short review on Amazon and/or Goodreads and/or Bookbub. Your review makes a difference and is incredibly valuable, drawing in other readers and providing access to promotional opportunities that require a specific number of reviews to engage. I’ll be your best friend forever if you write a review.

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ANOTHER STORY TIME WITH THE INTROVERT: EXCERPT FROM SOUL SCENT

Introvert Declares Mojo the Worst Dog Ever

The story of how kitten Mojo came into our lives was told in an earlier post. From a scrawny, one-week old, abandoned kitten who needed to be fed by syringe, he has grown into a 14 pound monster who is more dog than cat. As a cat, he has many strange behaviors; as a dog, he leaves much to be desired.

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Introvert Declares Mojo the Worst Dog Ever

Story Time with the Introvert

Sit back and enjoy an excerpt from the SOUL SEARCH audiobook, available on Audible. In this clip, we introduce the Psychopomp. Like a seeing-eye dog, Zackie guides lost souls to the afterlife; like a therapy dog, she offers comfort to these souls and the dying. But faithful to a real Plott Hound, this character can be equal parts terrifying and amusing.

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If you would like to comment on anything in these posts, I would be delighted to hear from you. Please visit my author’s website to learn more about progress with the Zackie Story series, author appearances, or to send me a message, etc. Or if you prefer, you can also find me on Facebook (at least until another social media platform emerges that will actually safeguard user privacy). Feel free to friend me and send me a message so I’ll know you’re not just a bot.

Soul SearchSoul Scent, and Soul Sign, novels of supernatural suspense, have been described as Marley & Me meets The Sixth Sense. Readers have praised these novels for the very human stories behind the hauntings that create unexpected plot twists, drama, and even moments of humor. The Zackie Stories are available for purchase as ebook, audiobook, and paperback on Amazon and Audible, and free on Kindle Unlimited.

If you enjoy the Zackie stories, please, please consider leaving a short review on Amazon and/or Goodreads and/or Bookbub. Your review makes a difference and is incredibly valuable, drawing in other readers and providing access to promotional opportunities that require a specific number of reviews to engage. I’ll be your best friend forever if you write a review.

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Story Time with the Introvert

Book review: Two Bluestockings on the SOUL SEARCH audiobook

Two Bluestockings is an amazing book review podcast. Three friends get together to talk about books. Two read (Aarika and Jayna a.k.a. The Two Bluestockings) and one does not (His name is Chad, and he calls himself: The Awkward Red Sock). Together, they drink wine and discuss psychology, symbolism, maddening endings, and the possibility of being crushed by their TBR piles.

These folks were kind enough to review the new audiobook for SOUL SEARCH. I received an email from Jayna just before the review went live and I’ll treasure these words forever. Below is an excerpt:

<< One of my favorite shows to watch is Britain’s Got Talent and its American version. There’s a moment in the show, when Simon is obviously bored with the mediocrity. Then, someone starts to sing. His head comes up, and his eyes say “This is it. This is what I was looking for.” Your book got that reaction from me.

I have been reading books for a long time. To the point that Aarika says I’m hard on everybody. Nobody gets five stars for fiction. Ever. Even my favorite authors. There’s always a minor detail or something that loses a star. You are the first five star fiction review that I have given for this podcast, and you absolutely deserve it. Your writing is phenomenal–to the point that I am sharing it with my friends and bringing it up in conversations. I can’t wait to read the rest of your work. >>

Please visit the Two Bluestockings site for the full review.

Book review: Two Bluestockings on the SOUL SEARCH audiobook

Introvert Learns Physics from Puppy

One thing I’ve learned from a lifetime of dogs, the older ones always teach the younger ones all the bad habits. Not once ever have I seen a puppy learn a desirable habit from the resident dog.

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Introvert Learns Physics from Puppy

Psychopomps in Breton Myths and Folktales: Entering the Afterlife

An engrossing post about Breton psychopomps from ztevetevans, author of the blog “Under the Influence!” Check out zteve’s blog for more folklore and myths from around the world.

Under the influence!

Breton Folklore

Breton myths and folktales are often a dark blend of Celtic, pagan and Christian influences that result in magic and wonder mixed with the morbid and macabre. There are many tales, myths and legends concerning everyday and important issues such as love and death.

For all of us, death is the great unknown and people all around the world throughout history have invented many different ways of thinking about the subject. One of the most universal ways of representing death was through the use of personifications. In simple terms this the giving of human characteristics or form to abstract ideas, inanimate objects or something that is not human.

Death itself can be personified in many other ways such as the personification known as the Grim Reaper, but there are many other representations, some as dark, others lighter.

Psychopomps

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Psychopomps in Breton Myths and Folktales: Entering the Afterlife