Laurel Fischer knows the trials of having a prophetic gift all too well. Her husband, Frank, had believed her when she saw they’d have their daughter, Grace. He staked everything on it when she foretold his election to city council. But when a vision revealed that Frank was in the arms of another woman? Frank’s politics took a turn. He divorced Laurel. He used her visions to prove her an unfit mother. He’d wed his wealthy mistress, Shana—a woman with everything but the child she’d always wanted.
When a disturbing new vision precedes the councilman’s slaying, Laurel seems a likely suspect. The harder Laurel fights to get Grace back, the more that spells motive to hard boiled Detective McTier. It’s all the more ammo for Frank’s widow, Shana, to fight Laurel for custody.
Reluctant rag sheet reporter, Joe Hardisty, is pegged to cover the story, focusing on Laurel’s visionary gift. A legit journalist at heart, Joe balks at the sensational angle. Since his brother was once abused by a priest, the last person Joe is inclined to trust is another supposed emissary of God. Fresh off a failed relationship with his editor, Debra Bernet, the only female he’ll cozy up to is his cat.
As skeptical about romantic relationships as he is about matters of faith, Joe’s walls are high, but the enigmatic Laurel has a way of unearthing Joe’s most closely guarded secrets. Could Laurel’s visions be genuinely inspired by God? A forbidden romance blossoms as this psychological thriller unfolds, while detectives close in on a killer.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
What inspired me to write this book was the thought that as fascinating as true visionary gifts are, just as the prophets of old experienced, it could also be quite challenging to be gifted in this way. This seems especially the case if visions reveal events that are disturbing in nature, at least in the short term until their ultimately redeeming purposes unfold.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
In coming up with the characters for this story contrasting the spiritually jaded with the sincere, I felt compelled to explore both sides of this emotionally charged scenario. So, I envisioned two characters who had been deeply hurt: one, a jaded reporter whose skepticism was cemented when his brother was abused by a priest, and the other, a humbly devout woman who had lost custody of her only daughter because her visionary gifts had been used against her.
Laurel Fischer woke with a start, her breath shallow. How could she be so groggy, yet wide-awake at the same time? She pushed her hair back from her forehead and checked the bedside clock: 1:09 a.m. Somehow, she managed to prop herself up on an elbow.
Gradually, the rapid rise and fall of her chest slowed. A whisper parted her lips. “What am I supposed to do with this?”
There wasn’t a soul in her apartment to hear her. Frank had made sure of that. Still, Laurel waited and listened. Would there be a response?
Despite what most seemed to think, waiting and listening in the dark didn’t come more easily to Laurel than it did to any other person. Especially in the middle of the night, when every joint in her frame ached from that double shift she’d just pulled at the Grille.
A wave of weakness struck. Her sugars must be low. It was a thorn that never stopped piercing Laurel’s flesh, a hunger she couldn’t satisfy. Still, what she craved most was sleep. But sleep—that was far too much to expect. Not with her heart racing the way it was.
Laurel reviewed the dream that had jolted her from slumber. The scene played back in vivid detail. It had been brief this time, but there was little doubt of its source. This had been no ordinary dream. It was no random jumble of subconscious ramblings. This was a night vision, infused with divine purpose. There was that indelible signature on it, that arresting quality she had come to recognize over the years.
Had it been like this for Joseph, Daniel, Mary, and other ancients before her? They’d known what it was to hear from the Almighty, to see with spiritual eyes. Many confined such experiences to biblical times, but for Laurel, they continued. It was just like the prophet, Joel, foretold. No matter what anyone might say to the contrary, Laurel was convinced in her spirit. The dream she’d just been given was a warning. And there was no escaping the dire nature of what it confided.
There was nothing Laurel had done to deserve this. That, she knew. For her, each message was purely a gift. Though it had been quite a while since Frank had seen it that way. Truth be told, she’d begged to be freed of the responsibility. People were so fickle about spiritual gifts, like those she’d experienced.
Of course, most found some fascination at the prospect of hearing from heaven, as long as the message bore some sort of personal appeal. People ate up glimmers of what the future would hold. They appreciated encouraging insights. They also loved words that brought comfort. But the warnings—well—warnings were an entirely different matter.
Frank had believed Laurel when she’d seen that they’d have a daughter. He’d welcomed her vision that he would one day take a seat on their city council. He’d set aside his legal practice and had staked his campaign on that one. But when a dream alerted her that Frank had fallen into the arms of another woman?
That had been the beginning of the end.
About the Author:
SUSAN ROHRER is a graduate of James Madison University where she studied Art and Communications, and thereafter married in her native state of Virginia. A professional writer, producer, and director specializing in family-friendly entertainment, Rohrer’s credits in one or more of these capacities include: an adaptation of ‘God’s Trombones’; 100 episodes of drama series ‘Another Life’; Humanitas Prize finalist & Emmy winner ‘Never Say Goodbye’; Emmy nominees ‘Terrible Things My Mother Told Me’ and ‘The Emancipation of Lizzie Stern’; anthology ‘No Earthly Reason’; NAACP Image Award nominee ‘Mother’s Day’; AWRT Public Service Award winner (for addressing the problem of teen sexual harassment) ‘Sexual Considerations’; comedy series ‘Sweet Valley High’; telefilms ‘Book of Days’ and ‘Another Pretty Face’; Emmy nominee & Humanitas Prize finalist ‘If I Die Before I Wake’; as well as Film Advisory Board & Christopher Award winner ‘About Sarah’. In addition to authoring three inspirational nonfiction books, Rohrer is also the author of three novels in the Redeeming Romance Series, an anthology of inspirational romances: Merry’s Christmas, Virtually Mine, Bright Christmas: An Amish Love Story, What Laurel Sees, and Bridle My Heart.
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