If you’re interested in signing up as a beta reader for my next novel in the Annie McDoogan series, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Power Surge should be ready for constructive criticism at the end of June. You don’t have to have read Secret Visions, the first book in the series. I can send a free .mobi Power Surge file to interested parties.
The ongoing story line has three Fort Lauderdale, FL teenage protagonists who have survived a near-death experience that left them feeling connected with an infinite number of beings. Annie McDoogan, the series title character, is a science whiz who wants to meld quantum physics principles with extrasensory perception abilities, thereby enabling normal people to develop skills to help mankind.
The first book, Secret Visions, uses telepathy to calm angry brains and bring about peace. I was inspired to write this after the ISIS beheadings in the summer of 2014, and it is full of physical conflict. Power Surge, on the other hand, has been more difficult to write because I don’t have the same type of passion that the summer’s violence evoked. Consequently, Power Surge is more of a psychological drama in which the protagonists learn Reiki to help patients who have succumbed to an extremely drug resistant form of tuberculosis.
In the Secret Visions novel, the peace effort went viral with young people very quickly and caused resentment and fear in some quarters. The main antagonist in Power Surge is a yogi in India who wields a significant amount of influence in his hometown by threatening to curse individuals who don’t comply with his demands. He fears that Annie’s explanations for ESP will diminish his supernormal reputation. When Annie and her crew turn to healing the sick, it’s the last straw for the powerful man, and he takes action to stop her.
As background research for this book, I completed the Transcendental Meditation course and a Reiki Level 1 class. If you are interested in helping me, please let me know.