Tough Karma: A Race Against Time

Karma Series #1
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by Laura Simmons US United States
January 12, 2020

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Tough Karma: A Race Against Time - Book cover“With this love story, I could quite happily have walked away and not felt cheated, but when the paranormal aspect of astral projection was introduced the story took on a frightening new edge, a darker tone, and a frightening direction. The antagonist was exactly what every Paranormal Romance bad guy should be. He was handsome, charming, cunning, devious, and deliciously dangerous. All this added to the perfect storm of love, loss and the paranormal one would want and expect from this genre. This story was executed well, the characters were lavishly developed and the tone/mood what would be expected and more from a good read in the paranormal romance universe." The International Review of Books

Astral travel and a deadly secret make for a gripping paranormal romance from start to finish. Bryce must rely on his astral abilities when the woman he loves is abducted by a family friend. But will he be too late to save her?

Amber Macklin’s world is cruelly shattered when she loses her baby girl three months after her husband’s sudden death. Her cousin, Bryce, comes to her rescue, moving her into his home for fear she will kill herself from the grief. He provides solace and a shoulder to cry on, and he has loved her as more than a cousin for a long time. Amber and Bryce soon discover they are not blood relatives, which opens the door for romance as he pulls her through her darkest hours.

When Mike, a college friend of Bryce’s, stops by to visit, Amber senses a deadly secret behind his nice guy persona. She has a frightening dream that Mike is trying to kill her and recurring sleepwalking episodes where she draws detailed pictures of him torturing her. Deeply troubled, Bryce uses his ability to astral travel to investigate Mike and uncover his terrifying past. Mike has had his eye on Amber for some time, and when he learns that Bryce and Amber have become lovers, he is furious. Mike abducts Amber and takes her to his rural Georgia hideaway, and Bryce must rely on his astral abilities to track her down.

Author's Note: 

This story began as I was finishing my debut novel, Little Bits of Karma. Two of the minor characters who played trouble making roles in that book, Bryce and Amber, let me know that they had a story to tell. Their story is dark and suspenseful in contrast to my debut novel which was more of a sweet romance with a strong focus on reincarnation and spirituality. While Tough Karma is a follow-on to Little Bits of Karma, the stories are vastly different and Tough Karma can be read as a standalone novel.

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