When I started writing this story four years ago, Soul Loss was meant to be the second book in the series. I began with the scene that is still Chapter One, in which a fortune teller gets a strange and chilling client. I knew what Mae’s role would be, and the nature of the mystery. Then, about five chapters into the first draft, Jamie Ellerbee popped up out of the blue as a minor supporting character. With his eccentricities, his complex history, and his intense personality, he took over the book. I set Soul Loss aside and did the final revisions on The Calling, in which Mae’s life took an unexpected turn and a new world opened up for her. Parts of my original draft of Soul Loss split off and became Shaman’s Blues, and then Snake Face, giving Mae time to get to know Jamie and to adapt to living in New Mexico. Soul Loss is very much a New Mexico mystery. The events are inseparable from the setting, where art, music, dancing—and a connection to the mystical—are part of the fabric of life.
The fourth Mae Martin psychic mystery
Spring winds blow strange times into the City Different:
Mae Martin’s friend Jamie Ellerbee has dropped out of her life—and perhaps his own life as well. A teenaged model breaks contact with her parents after an encounter with a Santa Fe shaman. A psychic fair can’t recruit any psychics. Something is wrong with all of them … except one.
Faced with mysteries that reach into in the spirit world, Mae takes on her most challenging work yet—work that puts her gifts as a psychic and a healer at risk.
The Mae Martin Series
No murder, just mystery. Every life hides a secret, and love is the deepest mystery of all.
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Not caught up on the series yet? The e-book editions of the first three books—The Calling, Shaman’s Blues, and Snake Face—will be on sale for $2.99 for the summer. Happy summer reading!