The hero of
the story, Jack Lancaster, has his mother killed
in the cult fire set by Quinton Zane when Jack was
12, and since then he has been on a quest to find
the murderer. His profession is related to his obsession,
becoming a professor, author, and consultant on
Cold Cases that have the victims killed by fire.
The lucid-dreams give him the ability to be partially
awake and able to manipulate them. This allows him
more clarity in solving the cases he's working on.
But when his fiery dreams begin to take a disturbing
turn, Jack seeks the help of Winter Meadows, his
neighbor in Eclipse Bay on the Oregon coast. She
is a hypnotist billed as a meditation instructor
who is helping him control the dreams.
bond formed between Winter and Jack comes from the
connection of losing their parents to tragedy. This
escalates after he saves Winter from a stalker who
wants to kill her. Convinced that this has something
to do with Zane he enlists the help of his father
and brothers who also lost loved ones to the fire.
Jack and Winter's ensuing investigation becomes
a game of cat and mouse between themselves and a
criminal who always assumes he is the smartest in
the room. With Winter's assistance, Jack begins
what he hopes will be his final quest to capture
has a unique plot and likable main characters. The
investigation is fast-paced and compelling as the
foster family, assisted by the women they become
romantically involved with, attempt to find and
bring down the cult leader before he brings them
Cooper: Are you interested in the psychic stuff?
This book delves into hypnosis and lucid dreams.
It is a blending of not being quite awake and being
in the world. It means you are in a dream that can
be controlled to some extent. Regarding hypnosis,
it has been around for hundreds of years but always
has that woo-woo factor. In my research, I found
it impossible to conduct a double-blind test because
some people are not hypnotizable, and others are
susceptible to suggestions. In this story, I took
both to extremes.
I also put in about sleepwalking, which is supposed
to be a childhood thing that people outgrow. I think
it is more of a trance-like state. I do know people
who have done it, and they are aware enough not
to hurt themselves. I am told they just wake up
in another place.
You have a quote throughout the book, "Anything
can be found on the Internet." Is that how
you did the research?
People can verify a simple fact in minutes. The
librarian in me is cautious because I always want
to know the source of that information. I find what
I want by using the correct, and then I find clues.
Of course, I make sure to know the source of that
information before I consider it as fact.
catchword for hypnosis is Winnie The Pooh, are you
doesn't love the Pooh bear. I wanted to find something
a child would hang on to after losing her family.
With this character, Winter had a touch of her past
when things were happier.
How would you describe Jack?
is my core hero prototype. He is a strong and decent
man who believes in honor. Because of his psychic
vibe, he brings another talent to the story, a larger
than life element. He likes to control his emotions
and is very cautious.
would you describe Winter?
Gutsy, with similar elements to Jack including honor,
courage, and integrity.
would you describe their relationship?
In my stories, the hero and heroine see the same
virtues in each other. This attracts them to each
other at first. I think before falling in love they
admire each other. This is what their love is based
upon. Winter and Jack understand and accept each
other and never see each other as flakes.
Arizona Snow was an interesting character?
has popped into my books for a while. Over the years
I keep bringing her back. I am very fond of her.
Arizona has a mysterious background. I think she
is a beloved character with my readers. In one of
my futuristic books, I made reference to her, creating
a character that was her great-great-grand-niece
and named her Sedona Snow.
was almost like a character in this book?
is a really exciting element to work with. It can
be destructive or useful. I like writing stories
that have elements that have a dark and light side.
Fire does this since we use it to heat our homes,
cook our food, and chase away the monsters at night.
Yet, it can tear down our shelter and can kill us.
In my book, fire is the tool that is mishandled
by the bad guy. In his hands, it becomes a weapon
to clean up his dark past. For him, fire is a cleansing
Why did Jack wear white and Winter wear black?
Jack wore white shirts because it was a function
of control for him. It was like an engineering uniform
where he did not have to make choices. Winter wore
black as a nod to her past and because she appeared
as a witch-like character. Black attire gives her
a sense of mysteriousness.
you roast cauliflower like Winter does?
it is the best, especially with olive oil and salt,
and golden in the oven to make it good and crunchy.
My husband and I are vegetarians, so we always are
looking for new things to do with vegetables. We
do eat fish, but for health reasons, we stay on
this type of diet.
Can you give a shout out about your next book?
is an Amanda Quick book. This is my pseudonym for
when I write historical novels. They are set in
the 1930s in California in a fictional town about
100 miles outside of Los Angeles. It is a time when
gangsters are reinventing themselves since alcohol
is legal again. For me, the 1930s is a fascinating
time with WWII looming in the background. My latest
is titled Tight Rope, about an ex-Trapeze
artist who has a stalker. It will be out in May.
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