An evil force lurks in a national forest, taking the most innocent of people while a killer uses superstition to cover his tracks.
In a small New Mexico town, the death of a young hiker puts law officials on high alert after no cause of death could be determined. It isn’t the first-time strange things have occurred in their national forests and parks. The common denominator in a series of recent cases is a pair of missing shoes with the body posed peacefully near the area that has already been searched.
Detective Jacque Marquette and his time-jumping friend Wind Dancer, decide on a vacation in Northern New Mexico only to find themselves caught up in a kidnapping of a Down syndrome child. Accused of being involved, the two convince Police Chief Perez to let them team up with her department in order to rescue the little boy. When they discover their friend, Dr. Cleo Sommers, has also disappeared, they attempt to unravel the mysterious chain of events that beckon supernatural forces from a bygone culture and a killer who walks among them.
Time is running out as a solar eclipse summons evil forces, one from the underworld and one who is human. Can the mythical creature Chaveyo, be stopped in time, or will Dr. Sommers disappear into another realm of the universe she can’t escape?
Fans of Tony Hillerman will feel right at home with Dark Side of Noon.
Targeted Age Group:: 30-55
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
One of my favorite places to visit is the North American Indian display at the Field Museum in Chicago. I always gravitated to one display case with a Pawnee warrior. I often wondered what might happen if he came alive and came through a protal to this world and time. That was the beginning of an adventure that brought a number of characters together to solve a terrorist attack and then become a crime fighter.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters, a Pawnee from the 1800s, a homicide detective and a doctor formed a relationship in the first book, Dark Side of Morning. I loved wondering what would happen if you took some from 150 years ago and forced them into the modern world. I needed a detective who was a no nonsense person who would be willing to listen to advice from someone from the past. Then Dr. Sommers, who grew up in the museum, could offer medical advice as well as translate to both men the cultural nuiances of two worlds.
She ran. Even though she couldn’t see it, she had no doubt it hunted her. Something. The sounds of whispers, the smell of sweet breath and smoke, engulfed her when she stopped to stare from the overlook to the valley below. Spinning around, she could feel its presence. Waiting. The hair on her neck stood up, and goose bumps formed down her body covered in perspiration from the strenuous hike. She noticed nothing but the tops of the pine trees bending, as if someone might be parting them to glare down at her.
A light touch landed on her shoulder. She spun around and found herself alone. A flock of birds flew up from the ridge behind the trees, screaming a warning. A breeze swept in and toyed with her ponytail as she pivoted toward the trail. Then it appeared, standing in the trees. A shadow moved forward the moment she decided it was time to try and escape.
No matter how hard she ran, it followed. If she stopped, so did the unknown presence. The whispers of a language she couldn’t understand began, and the invisible touch of caution slipped icy fingers of possession around her throat to cut off the scream she tried to force from deep inside her.
The trailhead came into view, giving her hope her final sprint might be enough to survive. Her labored breath drowned out the rolling thunder echoing throughout the forest she’d left behind. She splashed through a mud puddle as the trail dipped, throwing her balance off, causing her to spill face-first through scattered gravel often found in the area. Blood trickled down the side of her face and out of her nose. Her palms burned from the implanted gravel pieces. Jumping up, a glance over her shoulder determined the strange thing that pursued her had evaporated.
Sucking in the last gulp of air she’d take, she turned and ran into the body of a creature she’d never have a chance to describe to authorities.
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