“Awakenings” is the first of six paranormal mystery/ fantasy novels in the “Grave Misgivings” series. Hope Is A Waking Dream-Aristotle. In a world too busy for imagination to thrive, Julie Mahoney walks briskly in blissful ignorance. She leads what could be described as a perfect life until the day she accidentally kills a pedestrian in a tragic hit run accident. Little does she know that this freak incident will be the catalyst which leads her to discover a whole new reality. She stumbles onward, down an uncertain road as her life becomes dominated by ghosts, bizarre visions and endless unanswered questions. She soon discovers that there is a darker truth within her 'waking dreams' that has been hidden to her blinkered eyes. Unwittingly she is led into a world of danger, confusion and mistrust; a world in which everyone (including herself) begins to question her sanity. As she valiantly tries pull her shattered life together and work it all out, she encounters many dubious characters whose intentions are unclear, though highly questionable. If she is to survive in this brave new world, she must open her heart and mind as she wakes to what her future is destined to be.
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Phoenix is the second installment in the Grave Misgivings series. It is a paranormal mystery/fantasy novel about two strong women in two vastly different eras who experience ‘waking dreams’. Phoenix is the sequel to Awakenings. “The division between good and evil is a thin grey line” –Steve Maddock Julie Mahoney lives a fairly normal life in present day Kinglake, Australia. Recently she has discovered that she has been blessed (cursed???) with the gift of seeing and experiencing premonitions of the future. Though her knowledge is rather limited, she has discovered that these premonitions also offer the opportunity for her to change the future. She has also discovered that a little girl named Cassandra has been abducted and remains in great peril. So begins Julie’s quest for knowledge and to save Cassandra-at any cost. What is right and wrong will become blurred as complicated choices will have to be made in order to have any chance of saving the day. Meanwhile, 400 years earlier in Salem during the time of the witch trials Julie’s ancestor, Mary Murphy, is incarcerated, awaiting trial. She is accused of being a murderous witch. All hope seems to have evaporated in a town ruled by superstition and fear. She will have to play the game by their rules if she is to survive beyond this ordeal. The future of both women remains clouded as they search for solutions to the problems which engulf their lives.
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