Title: Seeing Things
Author: Jana Richards
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
When psychic Leah McKenna “sees” the abduction of a small boy, she knows she must help find him, no matter the danger to herself. David Logan, the boy’s uncle, doesn’t believe in psychic phenomenon. He believes Leah knows who kidnapped his nephew, and plans to stick close to her to discover the truth. As they search for Jeremy they uncover truths about themselves and the way they feel about each other. Can Leah convince him her visions, and her love for him, are real before time runs out for all of them?
"Ms. McKenna has been useful to us in cases of missing children because of her ability to 'see' things."
"See things? What do you mean?"
"She's psychic, Mr. Logan. In the past she's led us to the location of missing children."
David stared first at the detective and then at Leah. "Why are we wasting time with this? Are you telling me that the police with all their technology and skill are reduced to using this--this witchcraft to find my nephew?"
Detective Hampton spoke calmly. "We've checked your ex-brother-in-law's alibi. We've interviewed people at your nephew's school. We've conducted house to house searches and I've consulted with the RCMP and other police departments. We had every available officer in the city looking for him within three minutes of getting your call. We've found nothing. At this point we have no other leads to go on. It's not even clear whether the boy wandered off himself or was picked up."
David slammed his fist on Detective Hampton's desk. "My ex-brother-in-law took him. I know he did. I told you, Hal's been pushing for joint custody, and we've been fighting him on it. He's decided to get even by taking the boy."
"And I told you, we checked his story. He has a witness willing to testify that he was working at his job miles from where your nephew was abducted."
"It has to be Hal. Who else would want to kidnap him?"
Leah averted her gaze, remembering another child and the kind of man who had kidnapped her. The detective cleared his throat.
"We have to be prepared for all possibilities at this point, including a kidnapping for ransom. Your family is pretty well known in this city. It's no secret that your father was a very successful and wealthy businessman."
David paced the room, as restless and angry, Leah thought, as a caged cat. The comparison was apt. With his dark hair, and lean, muscular build, he reminded her of a panther. She suppressed a shiver, thankful they were on the same side. David Logan would make a formidable enemy.
"Ms. McKenna is already on the case, so to speak," continued Hampton, taking off his glasses and rubbing the bridge of his nose. "She has some interesting things to tell us about the abduction."
"What do you mean?"
Leah broke in, hoping to make him understand. "I spoke to Detective Hampton earlier about the vision I had."
"Vision?" His voice exuded contempt.
Leah refused to be intimidated. "At approximately the same time that Detective Hampton believes your nephew went missing, I had a vision of a small boy being enticed into a car."
David found a chair and sat. He closed his eyes and massaged his right temple as if a headache was forming.
"How do you know that Ms. McKenna isn't in on the kidnapping?"
Detective Hampton straightened in his chair, annoyance flitting across his face before he carefully composed himself once more. "As I mentioned, Ms. McKenna has worked with the police before. I can assure you her background has been thoroughly checked."
David turned again to Leah, a challenge burning in his blue eyes. "I don't believe in psychic phenomena."
His skepticism didn't come as a surprise to Leah. Few people took her seriously.
"Perhaps if I told you what I saw," she ventured.
She didn't miss the cynicism in his voice. She took a deep breath and closed her eyes, her mind conjuring the image of the small boy. "He has dark curly hair which is hanging in his eyes and sticking out from under his hat. He really needs a haircut," she said, smiling. "He has blue eyes, big blue eyes. They're very beautiful. I think he's about six years old." She paused for a second and opened her eyes.
Logan still looked skeptical, but there was something else in his face, something Leah thought looked a bit like surprise. She closed her eyes again.
"He's wearing a blue knitted hat... it has a Toronto Maple Leafs logo on it. He has on black snow boots, jeans and a winter parka. The parka is black with red sleeves."
She opened her eyes once more and met David Logan's blue stare.
"Very impressive, Ms. McKenna, but you haven't told me anything you couldn't have gotten from the police or my nephew's school."
"We didn't give Leah your nephew's description. She came up with that on her own," Detective Hampton assured David.
"I haven't spoken to anyone at your nephew's school. To be honest, I don't even know which school he goes to," Leah said.
"What's my nephew's name?" David challenged.
"I don't know," Leah replied, looking unflinchingly into his eyes. "My abilities seem to be more with clairvoyance then with telepathy." David's blank expression told her he didn't know the difference and probably didn't care, but she decided to explain anyway.
"If I were telepathic, you could pick a card from a deck, look at it, and I could tell you which card you picked from reading your thoughts. As a clairvoyant, I have better success if you pick a card and place it face down without looking at it. I concentrate on the card itself to determine which one it is."
He appeared unconvinced, but Leah couldn't worry about that right now. Something nagged at her, something she'd missed previously. She closed her eyes once more.
"He's not wearing mitts. That's strange for February. There's something on his hand, his right hand. I think... on his index finger. It's a blemish of some sort. A cut, I think, and covered with a band-aid. Did he cut himself with a paring knife?" She opened her eyes.
The color had drained from David’s face. He straightened in his chair, and after a long moment, nodded at Leah. "Yes, he has a small cut on his right index finger. And his name is Jeremy."
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Seeing Things combines some of my favorite things in a book: a fast-moving plot that keeps you guessing, a romance between two unlikely people, and a paranormal element that adds an extra layer of mystery to the story. Leah is a psychic who suppresses her abilities after a horrible experience involving the death of a child. All she wants is to be “normal”. But when she “sees” the abduction of a small boy, she knows she has no choice but to help. David doesn’t believe in Leah’s psychic powers. He thinks the only way she can know so much about his missing nephew is because she’s involved in the kidnapping. That is, until she reveals events from his past that she shouldn’t know. Together they search for his missing nephew, while uncovering mysteries of the past. Leah discovers that only by embracing her gift can she have true peace. But will she live long enough to enjoy that peace?
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When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she’d found what she was meant to do. Since then she’s never met a romance genre she didn’t like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense “Seeing Things” was a 2008 EPPIE finalist, and in 2018 “Lies and Solace” won Best Contemporary romance in the I Heart Indie contest.
In her life away from writing, Jana is an admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in Winnipeg, Canada. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com
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