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Sixth Sense

By Marilyn Baron

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I was born without a sense of smell so that may be why I developed a sixth sense of sorts. In my family, this phenomenon was called a “Marilynism.” Whatever I thought about,  usually came true.  I knew when the phone would ring and, who it would be. It’s not anything that can be controlled. It just happens.

When my husband and I took a trip to Australia and New Zealand, I sat next to a woman who said she was a psychic. She didn’t actually talk to me. I just overheard the woman and her publicist discussing her upcoming TV appearances on very well-known TV talk shows and cases I’d heard about in the news. By the time the flight was over, I had the idea for my next book, Sixth Sense, about a reluctant psychic and a police detective who has a hangup about, and a hatred for, psychics and paired them to find a serial killer in Atlanta and Sydney, Australia. Eventually, they go on a search for her real parents in Florida and uncover the truth about her birth in a secret society of psychics.

Many authors write about what they experience in their own lives or are inspired or intrigued by things they overhear. After I completed the book, I took a trip to a psychic community in Florida on which my fictitious seaside community of psychics called Casa Spirito was based. That was interesting, because when I walked down the main street of the town, there was a shop called Sixth Sense and I had already come up with the title and completed the book long before I saw that shop. That was eerie.

I did have a premonition about a movie star and a plane crash, but thankfully, although I used it in the opening of the book, it never came to pass.  Here’s the blurb:

Reluctant psychic Katherine Crystal, dubbed “Crystal Ball Kate,” is thrust into the national spotlight when she accurately predicts the death of a movie actor’s young son in a private plane crash. Besieged by requests to use her powers to help others, she realizes why her parents had warned her never to let anyone know of her visions.

By-the-book Atlanta police detective Jack Hale harbors a deep-seated distrust of psychics and ignores Katherine’s warnings when she calls to report her premonition. Jack is forced to partner with Kate, who uses her eerie sensitivity to evil to help him catch a serial killer in Sydney, Australia, but that’s only the beginning of the story. Jack and Kate are drawn into the investigation of a mystery surrounding Kate’s birth and find murder and romance among a secret society of psychics in the quaint seaside spiritualist community of Casa Spirito, Florida.

Sixth Sense, a psychic suspense, the first book in the Psychic Crystal Mystery series, published by The Wild Rose Press, is now available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats at: http://amzn.com/B00ES5XUIM.

Next in the series is Homecoming Homicides, A Psychic Crystal Mystery, Book Two, which will be released in 2014. Book Two features Jack and Kate and also introduces some new characters and a love story.

Here’s the blurb and the cover art.

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Professional crisis manager Philippa Tannenbaum is spokesperson for the law enforcement task force charged with solving a high-profile case. She never dreams her position as Homecoming Pageant Director and her second-place finish in the previous year’s competition has placed her on a serial killer’s hit list. Always a runner-up in life, she wants to finally come in first at finding the killer targeting the current crop of beauties.

Her friend Luke Slaughter, a Graysville city cop, shows up at Philippa’s office, assigned to partner with her in solving the case and to protect her 24/7 for the duration. Unfortunately, he’s also the man she hooked up with for a one-night stand when she broke up with her fiancé. Working with her is going to be less than easy, for a number of reasons…

 

Book Three in the Series, called Murder on the Repositioning Cruise, reunites Jack and Kate, Kate’s real mother and the local sheriff we meet in Book Two when they set out to solve a murder on a cruise ship in the Atlantic.

 

1f58a9fb7122c547586b9af79507ae97MarilynBaronauthorphotoMarilyn Baron is a public relations consultant in Atlanta. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) and the recipient of the GRW 2009 Chapter Service Award. Marilyn writes humorous women’s fiction, romantic thrillers, historicals, romantic suspense and paranormal short stories. She has won writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance and Paranormal/Fantasy Romance. Visit her Web site at www.marilynbaron.com to find out more about her other books and stories and upcoming releases and visit her blog at www.petitfoursandhottamales.com.

Marilyn and her sister, Florida artist, Sharon Goldman just released a new musical “playbook,” called Memory Lane, at http://amzn.com/B00GBJWFIO. To listen to a medley of the songs, visit her Web site at http://www.marilynbaron.com/anthologies-and-more/.

 

Pam Asberry - December 4, 2013 - 6:25 am

“Sixth Sense” is in my TBR pile. I enjoyed learning where your inspiration came from. I am so proud of you, Marilyn!

Marilyn Baron - December 4, 2013 - 7:10 am

Pam,
Thank you so much for being such a good friend and supporter. I appreciate it. I hope you enjoy reading Sixth Sense.

Connie Gillam - December 4, 2013 - 8:56 am

Marilyn your energy makes me tired.

Can’t wait to dig into the Sixth Sense.

Maxine - December 4, 2013 - 8:58 am

Marilyn, I’ve started Sixth Sense and just love it! Can’t wait to finish it, but that is because I have another of your books sitting there. Keep ‘em coming.

Debbie Kaufman - December 4, 2013 - 9:46 am

I just picked up Sixth Sense on Amazon the other day. Can’t wait to dive into it. Oh, and I knew about Homecoming Homicides, but didn’t realize you now had a third in the series. Way cool.

Still watching for that premonition you had about me and the property :) I would say hoping all your premonitions come true, but that seems in poor taste after that one about the plane crash! Hoping all your positive premonitions come true :)

Marilyn Baron - December 4, 2013 - 9:54 am

Connie,

I am exhausted myself. Maybe 2014 will be a more quiet year. I hope you like Sixth Sense. It is your kind of book.

Marilyn Baron - December 4, 2013 - 9:56 am

Maxine,

I’m glad you like Sixth Sense and thank you again for your support. Thanks for commenting.

Marilyn Baron - December 4, 2013 - 10:01 am

Hope the plane crash premonition does not come true, but the one I had about you and the property will. That was very strong and I could see it as clear as day. I hope you like Sixth Sense. Homecoming Homicides is a little darker and the third in the series will be lighter and more humorous. Homecoming Homicides was inspired by an actual event in the town where I went to college when my daughter was a homecoming candidate. The serial killer part wasn’t true but what happened during the pageant was and that’s what sparked the idea for the book. And thanks for designing my Web site. If anyone hasn’t seen it yet, I hope you’ll visit and see what a great job Debbie did with it.

http://www.marilynbaron.com

Alicia Dean - December 4, 2013 - 11:25 am

Fascinating how you came up with the idea for this novel. Very interesting post. Sixth Sense is also in my TBR pile, and I’d better hurry since sequels are coming soon…best of luck and congrats!

Marilyn Baron - December 4, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Alicia,
Thank you so much for visiting the Petit Fours blog and for your comments. I hope you like the book.

Sandy Elzie - December 4, 2013 - 4:32 pm

Hi Marilyn,
I love hearing how authors come up with their ideas. I need to pop over and get this one so I can read it. Thanks for sharing with us today.

Marilyn Baron - December 4, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Sandy,
It is amazing how one thing can spark an idea, a word an overheard conversation, even the smallest thing. I hope you like the book. I’m glad you’re going to get it. Thanks.

Susan Carlisle - December 4, 2013 - 6:35 pm

I remember this post. I was amazed bythe idea that you couldn’t smell. It is always need how we come up this book idea. It just takes a spark then off we go.

Marilyn Baron - December 4, 2013 - 8:55 pm

Susan,

You’re right. Writers get inspired by the most random things.

Carol Burnside - December 5, 2013 - 12:08 am

Marilyn, I have Sixth Sense in my Kindle Fire, and it’s in my read list. I enjoyed learning more about the story and look forward to reading it.

Marilyn Baron - December 5, 2013 - 2:19 am

Carol,
Let me know how you like the story after you’ve read it. Thank you.

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