Twenty-two year old Honor Melanie (Mel) Sullivan has an affliction. Due to childhood trauma and inappropriate social behavior, she is diagnosed with Aspergers, a form of autism. But, Mel knows Aspergers is not her true affliction. She prefers not to gaze into a person’s eyes because she is a soul reader, and what she sees can be frightening. It can also get Mel into trouble.
After a brush with the law, Mel leaves her family home in Southern California and travels to Oregon where she meets Harley-Davidson riding William McCarty (Billy the Kid) and stumbles upon a human trafficking/baby-selling scheme involving a foreign girl from Kazakhstan, and others. Even though Mel's life is in danger, she won't stop until she finds the answers that will help those unable to help themselves.
Transplanted California girl, Melanie Sullivan, vows to stay in Oregon until she nails the killer of her best friend, Dani. Mel’s ability to search a soul for innocence or guilt is a big plus. Her love for Billy the Kid, former Marine and now a detective with the 3 Peaks police department is also a factor in her decision. She’s not quite sure what’s going on with Billy. Has the PTSD from his Middle East deployments returned?
When a hate crime is committed in 3 Peaks, Mel is recruited by sexy Homeland Security agent, Mick, who requires her soul-reading ability. Mick doesn’t hide his feelings. He’s more than eager to step in if Billy steps out, a complication Mel doesn’t need or want. As she goes undercover, Mel embarks on a dangerous journey, aided by her Uncle Paco and devoted friends. Along the way, she learns a valuable lesson about the power of forgiveness.
Mick fights a grin but continues to ignore me and directs his comment to Billy. “Guess it’s no secret I’d like to spend time with Mel. Just wanted to make sure it’s okay with you.”
I can’t believe this. Twice in one night. First, Darrell wants to know if I’m up for grabs. Now, Mick is asking Billy if I’m on the auction block.
Billy also acts like I’m invisible. “Are you saying you want to date Mel? I’m not sure how I feel about that. She might not be ready to...”
“Stop!” I yell. “Do you see me? I’m right here. In this room. And the two of you are acting like mongrels fighting over a steak bone. Let’s get one thing crystal clear. I’m nobody’s steak bone. All I want is for both of you to leave so I can heat up a bowl of noodles in the microwave, take a shower, and go to bed in a man-free environment. Got it?”
Since they’re both obtuse, I look around the room for something to throw. Finding no missiles, I settle for the broom propped in the corner of the room. I grab it like a baseball bat and begin swinging it at both men. “Out, get out!”
They both run for the door. Mick is laughing his butt off. Billy keeps looking over his shoulder, saying, “Wait, wait, we need to talk.”
I slam the door and lock it, thankful I’m alone.
Tell us about your books, what inspired it?
I guess you could describe me as a writer who can figure out where she belongs. I’ve written a medieval romance, a contemporary romantic suspense, six young adult novels and now, a three book series that fall into the New Adult genre - romance with a dash of fantasy. Maybe I’ll write a cozy mystery next. Who knows?
How long have you been writing?
If your books were made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters?
Mel – Emma Watson
Billy the Kid – Richard Madden (Rob Stark in Game of Thrones)
Mick – Rupert Friend (Quinn in Homeland)
What are the 3 books that inspired your work/career?
Yikes! I have three kids and that question is like asking me who my favorite is. My parents instilled my love of reading and I’m never without a couple of books on my nightstand. I totally love all the thrillers by David Baldacci. Hey, maybe I should write a thriller!
What are you working on next?
I’m working on Hope and Honor, the final book in the Soul Seeker series.
What kind of music do you like?
I lean toward old-fashioned country and often listen to Outlaw Country on satellite radio. I dare you to come up with a better song than, You’re the Reason are Kids are Ugly.
Any last words?
Oh, that sounds like I’m on my deathbed – just kidding! Nothing more, other than to say thank you for hosting me.
Marilee Brothers is a former teacher, coach, counselor and the author of ten books. Marilee and her husband are the parents of three grown sons and live in central Washington State. After writing six young adult books, Marilee is once again writing romantic suspense for the adult market. She loves hearing from people who have read her books.
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