Award-winning Southern author and Georgia native Maggie Toussaint is published in mystery and romantic suspense and in science fiction under the pen name Rigel Carson. Gone and Done It and Bubba Done It, the first two books in her new paranormal Dreamwalker series, are available now. Learn more about Maggie and her books at her website and blog.
Smarty Pants Phones & Dreamwalking
Are you smarter than your phone? I’m fairly certain my phone is running circles around me.
Phones help us remember birthdays, appointments, and anniversaries. They prompt us to wake up or to take medicine. Heck, we even allow them to tell us how to get from Point A to Point B.
It’s easy to see how multi-dimensional and complex a smart phone can be. Just as easy to see how, if you don’t understand the lingo, even the smallest operation can be baffling and bewildering. Apps, permissions, passwords, battery life, and pocket calls all take on new meaning in the context of these popular hand-held devices.
Why isn’t there a glossy handbook in bright primary colors and large font? I’ve said that a lot more times than I care to admit.
Frustrations are universal when it comes to learning something new. My amateur sleuth, Baxley Powell, got all bent out of shape when she took up dreamwalking. For years, Baxley blocked her paranormal senses. “Normal” is what she wanted more than anything, but it wasn’t to be.
The County Dreamwalker job was literally killing her dad. He weakened with every crossing. Clearly, another family member had to step up and assume his position. Baxley quickly did the air math. Two candidates existed, herself and her daughter. No way was she letting a ten-year-old walk among the dead on a regular basis. Much to her dismay, Baxley became the Dreamwalker.
Only, there were no written rules, no glossy handbook, no classes she could take to come up to speed. Dreamwalking involved on-the-job training of the scariest kind.
Oh, the mistakes Baxley made. She accidentally let an entity through the Veil of Life, and it nearly killed Verbena. Another time she inadvertently dragged the sheriff to the spirit world and got stranded. She got them home, barely, thanks to her parents and their friends.
Did I mention the demon that marked Baxley with her tattoo? Baxley knew she wasn’t supposed to make deals while on the Other Side, but that was the price she was willing to pay for the entity to bring her dad back from beyond the bridge.
Time and time again, Baxley begged her dad for a rulebook and full disclosure. He refused. Said dreamwalker lore was available only on a need-to-know basis. Said he was doing this for her own good.
Talk about frustration!
I hate being kept in the dark, and so does Baxley.
Whether the topic is dreamwalking or smart phones, there’s a steep learning curve. Count on missteps and new opportunities, heartbreak and joy.
Do you share Baxley’s frustration over lack of knowledge?
Bubba Done It
Amateur sleuth and dreamwalker Baxley Powell is called in on a stabbing case. She arrives in time to hear the dying man whisper, “Bubba done it.”
Four men named Bubba in Sinclair County, Ga., have close ties to the victim, including her goofball brother-in-law, Bubba Powell.
She dreamwalks for answers, but the dead guy can’t talk to her. Baxley sleuths among the living. The suspects include a down-on-his-luck fisherman, a crackhead evangelist, a politically connected investor, and her brother-in-law, the former sweetheart of the new widow.
The more Baxley digs, the more the Bubbas start to unravel. Worse, her brother-in-law’s definitely more than friendly with the new widow.
Between petsitting, landscaping, and dreamwalking, Baxley’s got her hands full solving this case.