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Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Come with me for a moment into the Twilight Zone...

My latest book from Samhain Publishing, An Uncommon Sense, is about Grace, a sceptical science teacher, who meets Ash, a medium, clairvoyant and clairaudient.

Those of you who are interested in psychic powers such as these will already know the difference between those three terms, but here’s an explanation for those of you who don’t.

A medium, basically, is someone who is able to communicate with people who have “passed over”, ie the dead. He or she does this in a variety of ways, but mostly by using the powers of clairvoyance or clairaudience.

Clairvoyance means “clear seeing” and psychics with this ability receive pictures in their mind. In the book, Ash describes this to Grace in this way: “If I tell you to think of an image, like…Winnie-the-Pooh, for example, you can see him, right? You can picture his black button nose, and round ears, and the red T-shirt, and his pot with ‘Hunny’ written on it, but he’s not standing before you—you can’t see him. Well, you’re using what’s called your ‘third eye’—that’s actually the pineal gland, located in the centre of your brain.” He touched her forehead lightly between her eyebrows. “And that’s where I get the pictures. I don’t see them with my eyes, but they’re clear, all the same.”

Clairaudience means “clear hearing” and psychics who are clairaudient can hear the spirit speak. Sometimes it can be as clear as if someone is standing next to you – at other times it sounds as if you’re at the bottom of a swimming pool, and someone on the surface is talking to you in a muffled tone.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all about fortune telling. A large part of being a medium is about validation, proving to the person being read that the psychic is actually talking to the deceased relative or friend. When Grace’s father comes through at a show Ash is doing, Ash tries to validate his presence by saying things like:

“Who’s Ben?”
Grace went still as he met her gaze. “You tell me,” she said.
He tipped his head. “I’m not entirely sure, but if I was a betting man, I’d say a Labrador/spaniel cross.”
Everyone turned to look at her. Her lips curved. “Yeah, okay, he was my dog. Are you going to tell me he’s here too?”
“He’s always around you. You were his favourite.”

Grace is hard to convince because she thinks he could have found that information out from anyone who knew her when she was young. However Ash then goes on to tell her something that only her father would have known, finally convincing her that he’s not a fraud as she first thought.

An Uncommon Sense is a funny, romantic love story about friends and families and learning to trust after you’ve been hurt. It was published on April 3rd by Samhain Publishing. The second in the Sensual Healing series, Making Sense, will be published on December 4th.

Like to win a copy? Tell me if you’ve ever been to a medium? Did they convince you there’s life after death?

All six senses tell him she’s the one.

Sensual Healing, Book 1

High school science teacher Grace Fox doesn’t believe in any of that woo-woo stuff. So it’s easy to laugh off her friend’s prediction that she’ll have swear-out-loud sex with the next man who walks through her classroom door.

Who knew that local celebrity Ash Rutherford would have the time to attend his daughter’s parents’ night? Or that the Viking lookalike would trigger an attack of klutziness? He may or may not see dead people, but he certainly got a good look up her skirt.

A doctor turned medium, Ash spends his days communicating with unseen spirits. When it comes to his moody daughter, though, he hopes down-to-earth Grace will give him some insight. The racy lingerie she hides beneath her prim and proper clothing is an added bonus he didn’t expect.

Their attraction is instant and blazing hot, but Ash has been burned before. His ex-wife didn’t believe in his abilities, and no way is he going down that road again. At least not until Grace accepts the possibility there might be life after death. And the ghosts of his past are laid to rest.

Product Warnings: Contains a real live Viking, proof of life after death and sex on a 1970s sheepskin rug, but absolutely no Barry White.

About the Author:
Serenity Woods lives in the sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand with her wonderful husband and gorgeous teenage son. She writes fun, flirty, and sexy contemporary romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and hunky but approachable heroes. She’s won several romance writing competitions and is a member of the Romance Writers of New Zealand. She would much rather immerse herself in reading or writing romance than do the dusting and ironing, which is why it’s not a great idea to pop round if you have any allergies. You can check out all her books at

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