Hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Midweek Tease, the weekly blog hop maintained by Angelica Dawson, featuring a group of gifted writers who share bits and pieces of their work with you.
This morning, I decided to tease you with a taste of Canada and my first book based on a Native American myth, Echoes of the Past.
Here is the blurb:
Born Mohawk, raised white, forensic pathologist, Michelle Thomas is trapped between two worlds—this one and the spirit world where the ghosts of those who’ve drowned speak to her. Haunted by crippling nightmares of her own drowning death and erotic dreams of a phantom lover, she strives to make sense of her life. When two suspicious deaths occur at the Lake of the Mountain Resort, she’s sent to investigate. She’ll face the greatest challenge of her career when her past and her present collide. One of these men is her future, but which one—the rich and powerful Mayor Ron Davies, or Tony Steele, the hydrology professor who may be responsible for his students’ deaths? Charged by the spirits of her Mohawk ancestors to atone for her previous sins by protecting Lake of the Gods, can Michelle solve the murders, save the sacred waters, and fulfill her destiny?
Here’s this week’s tease. Enjoy:
“What do you mean, you’ve been expecting me? How did you know I was coming? I didn’t even know.”
“The spirits told me, princess.”
“Princess? Why on earth would you call me that?”
“It’s what Akuti, the name your birth mother gave you, means. She had the sight. She knew who you were before you were born and the spirits called her home.”
Michelle shivered. “How do you know that?”
“I know it, just as I know you’re of the blood. Your Mohawk bloodline is a proud one.”
“It isn’t one I recognize.” Michelle’s tone was belligerent.
Audra nodded her head. “While my eyes can’t see in this world, they see clearly in the next. We are what we are, and wishing it were different doesn’t make it so. You were a proud maiden whose spirit sought to oppose the traditions of her people. Now, pride tears your spirit between two cultures.”
“Your spirits,” she emphasized the word. “Have misinformed you.” Michelle’s anger suffused her. How dare this woman talk to her that way? She might think she knew it all, but she was wrong. “I didn’t turn my back on them—he didn’t want me.”
The old woman shook her head. “I’m sorry, princess. Sometimes, the choices others make are hard to understand. Your father did what he thought was best for you. In the past, you turned your back on them, thinking what you did was also what was best for you. You’ve travelled a rocky road to get where you are today, but all the paths lead to the same place. The dreams and fears have gotten worse, haven’t they?”
Michelle nodded, and her discomfort grew. She clasped her hands together, surprised to see her fingers were as cold as ice while perspiration beaded her forehead. How can she know that?
Audra answered as if Michelle had spoken aloud, “I walk with the spirits, just as you do, but I hear them all—those here now, and those who’ve found peace. Today, I’m their messenger. They have a task for you. If you do this, you’ll end the curse plaguing you for two centuries. Did you think this was the first time you’d come back?”
“I don’t understand. Are you saying I’ve come back before?”
“Yes, child, and you know it’s true. Your own spirit is with you now—you’ve seen her, yet you reject her. The cycle has repeated itself several times. The circle of life continues, and our fate is tied to it. Humanity has changed a great deal in the last hundred years. People have forsaken tradition, and no longer respect Mother Earth and the spirits. They’ve poisoned the land, the rivers, and the air. Someone seeks to despoil the Lake of the Gods. The Three Sisters need you to stop them.”
“If they’re gods, why don’t they do it themselves? What can I do that a god can’t?”
Despite the bravado in her voice, fear made Michelle’s heart pound.
“Gods and spirits get their powers from the faith people have in them. People have lost faith, and the gods are powerless to protect themselves from evil. You and your mate can stop those destroying the lake.”
Michelle choked out a laugh. Seriously? “My mate? Give me a break. I don’t even have a boyfriend. Looks like the spirits are out of luck.” She made a move to stand.
“Don’t mock me. Long ago, you sinned against your people and violated the sacred waters.”
Audra’s voice, filled with anger, boomed in the small room.
Michelle dropped into her seat, chastised.
Audra continued, “You paid the price with your life and his, and your spirits have been punished for it. The Three Sisters are ready to set aside their anger in exchange for your help. If you succeed in saving their home, you’ll be reunited with the one you lost, the dreams will end, and you’ll have the life you’ve always wanted.”
You can pick up a copy of Echoes of the Past from Amazon.https://www.amazon.com/Echoes-Past-Susanne-Matthews-ebook/dp/B014X8XLLY
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