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While Elsie might not be that far back, her story came out in November 2013, the idea was conceived several years before. Not just Elsie, but the entire PSI premise was an idea floating around in my head for years before Elsie's Secret was published.

The Institute for Psychic Studies - IPS - is ran inside an old, stone mansion on extensive grounds in a remote area of Minnesota. This is where professors, teachers and scientists work to find answers to the whys and wherefores of human psychic ability. This is also where Calea Fontaine (Gavin's Woman) works as a teacher and where Gabe Nicholetti (Blind Sight) was raised.

However, IPS is also a cover for a private, secret agency - the PSI -  operating in tandem with the federal government. The PSI work in the background to defend and shield unwary victims against the twisted underside of a psychic society bent on exploiting an unsuspecting, mundane civilization.

Because Elsie was the first of the PSI stories, she has a soft spot in my heart. I hope you'll check her out, and the entire PSI world!

~Pam

More info on Elsie:

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If you'd like to join me, I'm over on the Paranormal Book Club Facebook group this week where I'm giving away an ebook copy of Blind Sight to five recipients who leave a comment over there on the post for Blind Sight (and 'Hi' is a comment! Facebook has nothing to do with this giveaway - it's all on me)!

To post, you will have to join the group but it's fun and all about Paranormal reads. 

In other news, I've finished my edits for Gavin's Woman and the manuscript will be heading to my editorial team after Christmas. The story should be available mid-January!!! I'm excited about this book and looking forward to showing off the cover .... Stay tuned!

And drop by the Paranormal Book Club and say hello.

~Pam

 

Books One and Two in the PSI Sentinel, Guardians of the Psychic Realm, are now available on iTunes -- just in time for the Holidays!

Stolen Spirit (Book One) is Jake Carrigan and Hannah Dixon's story. Hearing his dead ex-girlfriend's voice in an empty room is enough to make Jake question his sanity. Worse, Hannah insists she shouldn't have died. Now, she wants him to find her murderer. Once he starts digging, can he leave all those questions unanswered? The biggest question, though, is how is he supposed to walk away from her again?

Jake's sister, Rily Carrgigan, has her own story in Blind Sight (Book Two). Gabe Nicholetti, a strong psychic whose visions foretell death, knows he can't save the green-eyed, blonde haunting his sleepless nights. Rily is a dead woman. Or she will be in a matter of days as her past rushes forward to shatter her carefully constructed world. But Rily doesn't believe fate is absolute. How is she going to convince a man who's seen too many die that it's possible to save her life?

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Stolen Spirit is available in ebook format at: Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, SmashwordsGoogle Books and iTunes. And in print at: Amazon

Blind Sight is also available in ebook format at: Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, Google Books, and iTunes and in print at: Amazon.

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I hope you enjoy Jake, Hannah, Rily, and Gabe's adventures! Do drop back by and let me know ...! ~Pam

 

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Northwestern Oregon. 

Early December, several years ago, I headed up north to visit two good friends who'd moved to the Portland area within a few months of each other. On a drizzly, chilly day the three of us decided to take a drive along a few back-roads, heading towards the coast, mostly just to see what we would see. With my camera never far away, this is one of the images I captured.

That trip was also the inspiration for the town of Eagle Crest, Jake and Rily Carrigan's hometown, where most of STOLEN SPIRIT and BLIND SIGHT take place. 

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, spent with family and friends you hold dear.

Pam

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When fellow author and friend, Melissa Cutler, tagged me for a blog hop focusing on our writing process I scratched my head wondering what I'd gotten myself into with this blogging business. Luckily I was able to sneak a peak at Melissa's answers, nod my head a few times as I read through her post and had the thought - she makes this look easy. Maybe it's not so hard. Just chatting with a few friends about my writing and my stories.

Piece of cake, right? 

 

1.) What am I working on/writing?

BLIND SIGHT came out towards the end of last month and since then I've been working on the next in the PSI Sentinel series: GAVIN'S WOMAN.

Gavin Dunbar, liaison between the PSI and the government, is a low-level psychic himself, a man of the present who believes the future is too nebulous, too fluid - that it can't be trusted. His reasons are mired deep in a past he has no desire to examine.

Calea Fontaine is a seer from a long line of seers. But she knows, firsthand, that while Fate might try to guide a person along a path, Free Will has a way of trumping destiny.

Or does it?

These two are about to find out .... And I get to go along for the ride!

 

2.) How does my work/writing differ from others in its genre?


I've always been fascinated by the psychic world. From seeing auras to having precognitive dreams, from Astrology to Tarot, from seeing and feeling ghosts to all of the Clair Senses, it all enthralls me. So writing the PSI Sentinels became a natural fit, one that feels right. Like it's what I'm supposed to do.

Now, while some of the things that happen in my stories are larger than life and push that psychic edge nearly to the point of what might be considered magic, I've worked to keep my characters gifts/talents rooted in a semblance of realism.

Sebastian Alexander's energy manipulation in ELSIE'S SECRET, Ben Garrett's use of Psychometry in STOLEN SPIRIT, Gabe Nicholetti's grounding in BLIND SIGHT along with Allison Davis' artwork and her use of the Tarot are all based on known PSI abilities. 

If we're honest with ourselves, how many of 'us' were told stories about our Great Aunt Thelma who talked with Uncle Oliver who'd died or our Granny who had the gift of sight? If we shake your geology tree, there's no telling what might break loose.

 

3.) How does my writing process work?

Okay, so here's the sticky question. And the short answer is my process is a work in process! Each story idea starts in a different way. STOLEN SPIRIT literally started with a dream, although the unfolding story didn't follow that dream sequence, it is where I met Jake. ELSIE was the result of a what if game - what if Elsie Quartermaine had a secret bigger than her hero's? And the germ for BLIND SIGHT was gleamed from a picture in a magazine of a broad shouldered, Italian man who sat staring into the distance, brooding. 

So I start with characters who quickly become real. Then I spend a lot of time with a pen and a notebook, working out their back-story, who they are and what's important to them, free-flowing the answers onto the paper. In between all of that I'm also working out a general feel for the plot and getting words into the computer.

I'm not sure I could write if I didn't have my notebook. Pen to paper. Maybe it's a kinetic energy type of thing, that feel of the pen rolling across the page.... Each story has several notebooks filled with everything from plot points to dialogue to actual whole scenes hand written with scribbles and extra notes all along the margins. What's funny is that I rarely refer back to those notes, which is probably good since I'm not sure even I could decipher some of those notes!

 

4.) Who's up next?

Ann Gimpel writes paranormal and contemporary fantasy novels with an ecological twist. She skis, hikes, climbs and on a good day is the alpha female of a wolf pack. Here's a little more about Ann:

Ann Gimpel is a clinical psychologist with a Jungian bent. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writin. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. She's published twenty books to date, with several more contracted for 2014.

A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family.

To connect with Ann:

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All Romance E-books 

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Click here to read hop on over to Ann Gimpel's blog which will go live later this week!

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  • Ann J
    Ann J says #
    I love your books, they're so atmospheric and now I know where you get your inspiration, I'm even more hooked. Your writing is uni
  • Pamela Moran
    Pamela Moran says #
    Ann J, thank you for for the lovely comments and for taking the time to drop in - you've totally made my evening!! ~Pam
  • Super User
    Super User says #
    Thanks so much for putting this together Pam, and for, ahem, twisting my arm to take part. I love that some of your story ideas co