Title: Through His Eyes
Author: Deborah Camp
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release: April 4, 2014
Two psychics – one serial killer.
Someone is stalking women and murdering them in Key West. Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker join forces to help identify the murderer and stop him. Levi can channel the deceased victims and Trudy can tap into the mind of the killer. As a psychic detective team, they’re formidable. As lovers, they discover that they’re insatiable. But if Trudy can see through the killer’s eyes, can the killer see her?
“Now you’re supposed to tell me that you’re sorry you had dinner with Sinclair and you had a lousy time and you wouldn’t let him kiss you good night.”
Trudy felt a smile tug at her lips. “I’m sorry I didn’t let you know I was going out to dinner.”
“And?” Levi prompted.
“And Tom was a good dinner companion.”
“And?” His eyes darkened.
“And he did kiss me good night. On the cheek,” she added quickly when she saw the fury in his eyes. She brushed a finger against the right side of her face. “Right here.”
“Right where, exactly?” He stepped closer so that she had to tip back her head to see his face. He was suddenly so solemn!
“Here.” She touched her fingers to the spot.
“I’m going to erase that kiss,” he stated.
“What?” she asked, looking up into his face and laughing nervously. Oh. He wasn’t kidding!
“I’m going to obliterate it.”
Her mouth went dry and she couldn’t have moved if a bomb went off right beside her. Passion uncoiled in her belly and spread down between her thighs as he dipped his head and his lips hovered above the spot on her cheek.
“Did you say . . . right here?”
“Yes.” She could barely make a sound, her heart thundered and her knees suddenly began shaking.
His lips touched her cheek with feather lightness. The tip of his tongue wet the spot and then he sucked gently before his mouth lifted. “All gone,” he whispered against her fevered skin. But he wasn’t finished. His lips found the spot again and then slipped sideways until they covered hers. She moaned and brought her hands up to clutch his forearms, using his strength to keep her upright as his kiss flamed from longing to voracious in the space of a breath.
The Psychic Roundtable is a spinoff of an actual Writers Roundtable that I attended for about a decade in Tulsa. It was headed by Peggy Fielding, my mentor and Quintara in the book. She taught fiction and nonfiction writing at a community college and she would pluck the best students from the classes and offer them a seat at the Roundtable. There was always a waiting list of people dying to get in it! I was fortunate and was allowed in after only a few months of begging. Peggy could see that I was hungry and working my tail off to finish a novel and submit it. Every Friday night we met at Peggy’s – me and about 12 to 15 others. Peggy would read 10 pages from our books (we had to submit them a week early so that she could read and edit them). Then we would go around and each person would comment on what worked and didn’t work for them. It was the best education I ever received and is how I became a published author!
My interest in psychics.
When I was in high school I met an extraordinary young man. He possessed ESP talents and he had a photographic memory. He could read a textbook and then ace every test because he could recall every word in the book! He could also read minds, so we could never play cards with him. Years later Robby (the ESP guy) called me and told me that my boyfriend (who was also his friend) had been hurt and that I should brace myself to receive some bad news. He said that Ace was alive, but he was badly hurt. That’s all he knew. He had sensed it. Five minutes later I received a phone call from an overseas hospital. Ace had been in a bad car crash (he’d been a Formula I racer at the time) and I was listed as the person to call in case of emergencies. Spooky! But Robby could do (and still does!) things like that.
So since then I’ve been interested in psychics. The real deals. I’ve met some Gypsies in my time who were more bluff than the real stuff. In talking to psychics, I found that most of them had difficulty dealing with their gifts and have felt like outcasts. That always intrigued me because I do think it must be a gift that often feels like a burden.
I had never given much thought to reincarnation until I drove into Key West the first time in my life. Weirdly, I was very familiar with the place! I drove right to Ernest Hemingway’s house without glancing at a map. I knew the streets and how to get to the major sites without consulting a map. Even at Hemingway’s house, I felt as if I had been there before. The only conclusion I could come to was that I must have lived in Key West in a past life. I felt a solid connection to it. When I looked back, even my decision to travel there was odd. We were discussing where we would vacation and looking around at southern states and – out of the blue – I pointed to Key West and said, “This is where I want to go.” I’d never given it any thought until then, but at that moment I was determined to go to the Keys. And since then I have been drawn back to them again and again. The only other place I’ve felt a real pull to is Crete. I don’t know why, but when I see pictures of Crete I’m spellbound and I feel a strong connection.
50 Shades of Sexy
“Through His Eyes” has been rolling about in my head for a decade. I have started to write it several times and lost steam or chickened out (because it was different from anything else I’d written and my editors and agents were never all that interested in me trying something different). But then I read Fifty Shades of Grey and it was like a starter gun exploded inside me! I gobbled up all three of those books and they fueled me to write “Through His Eyes.” They gave me the direction I needed. I love a “wounded” or “misunderstood” hero and Christian embodied that and more! Suddenly, I was inspired to go ahead and tell Levi’s story, and this time I didn’t give a damn if any editor or agent was interested. I wanted to tell the story and I was determined to do so. It was a joy and relief to finally let it fly without worrying if I could do it justice or if anyone would even be interested in publishing it. So, I have E.L. James to thank for kicking my butt and inspiring me.
Leviticus (Levi) David Wolfe
Well, he looks like the guy on the cover, for sure! But when I created him and while I wrote the book, I used photos of Ian Somerhalder. He has the “look” I wanted, but Levi has a more muscular body than Ian. His name wasn’t Levi at first. I changed it because the name I originally selected was too close to Christian (as in Grey). But, I actually love his name now better than the original one I’d selected.
Trudy Louise Tucker
I had to fight for her name! My agent doesn’t like it, but I stood my ground. I wanted to name her something that had a bit of “old-fashioned” to it because Trudy has an “old soul,” which is why she’s drawn to antiques and collectibles and hasn’t been that interested in modern technology.
In my mind, Trudy has always been Meg Ryan (in films such as “French Kiss” and “When Harry met Sally”). I love her with short hair styles and I think she’s adorable (or she was before the plastic surgery!). I used a few of her mannerisms…clearing of the throat, the hitching up of her chin when she’s feeling nervous or out of her element.
Quintara is my writing mentor Peggy Fielding. Peg is a character! Like Quintara, Peg dresses mostly in caftans, love beads, and feather boas. She is bawdy, bright, and nurturing, but she doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She always has her “little chicks” around her – young talents she is bringing along, helping them grow, giving them confidence in their abilities. And she loves the company of handsome men because she’s a big flirt.
I pictured Prince William when he still had lots of hair! Very cute with a big smile and an easy-going attitude.
It was important to picture someone who was handsome, but could almost be pretty. I wanted to give him a tag – so I went with the Hawaiian shirts and the Magnum thing because of his dimples. But I cast Jai Rodriquez in the role and looked at photos of him. He’s got the dimples and can be the type who can be totally disarming. He also has the body type I was going for. If you dressed him up, he’d make a pretty woman. If you can’t place him….he was one of the experts in “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” TV show. Then I gave him Tom Selleck’s or Eddie Cibrian’s dimples.
I cast Ed Asner from his Mary Tyler Moore Show days.
I see Dianne Wiest. A sweet face, a sweet, melodic voice.
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Author of more than 50 novels, Deborah lives in Oklahoma. She has been a full-time writer since she graduated from the University of Tulsa. Her background as a reporter for newspapers helped her to write fast and enjoy research. After she sold her first few books, she quit newspaper work to become a freelance writer and novelist. Deborah’s first novel was published in the late 1970s and her books have been published by Jove, New American Library, Harlequin, Silhouette, and Avon. She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Authors Hall of Fame and she is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of the Author’s Guild. She was the first recipient of the Janet Dailey Award.
Through His Eyes (April, 2012) is her first romantic suspense book. It has paranormal elements and is erotic. She plans at least two more books featuring Levi Wolfe and Trudy Tucker.
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