Edgar Cayce has fifty-six years to live, but right now he doesn't know what to make of the Angel in front of him and the promises she's making. He's young, only 12, and while his family says he's a spiritual child, he finds it hard to focus on school and his lessons. He squirms on the ground, sitting in the oak grove near his farmhouse. It's 1889 and the adults in his life are firm, grim-faced, and hard working. They are strict disciplinarians and he's had his fair share of physical discipline.
Edgar closes the Bible in his lap. He knows she's an angel. Her wings are white and wide, fluttering gently in the breeze. Her hair is gold, shining in the sun.
"What do you want most of all, Edgar?" Her voice is soft, like sweet notes on a musical scale.
Edgar feels the sweat beading on the back of his neck. His palms perspire. She's breathtakingly beautiful. He's nothing - just a poor boy with poor grades, destined to work hard on the farm like his father.
"You are the instrument we've chosen to touch this world."
Edgar swallows, anxious, nervous. He knows he must choose the path his life is going to take for the rest of his days, so he must choose wisely. He glances at his Bible.
"I want to be helpful to others. I want to heal people."
A smile graces her face, sending radiant beams over him. "Close your eyes and rest, Edgar. It is when you sleep that we can help you."
Edgar nods his head and leans back against the solid oak tree, his Bible clutched firmly in his hands. He yawns and peace settles over his soul. The Angel's warmth spreads over his skin. He will never be alone again.
Edgar Cayce was an American who talked about healing, prophecies, Atlantis, World War II, and even reincarnation. He could see auras, spoke to angels and heard voices of people who had died. When he would do a reading for a person, he would lay down and go into a trance, as if he were asleep. He would give up to 8 readings a day which often left him emotionally and physically drained.
Cayce's clients included many contemporaries including Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Edison, and George Gershwin. (It's said Ronald and Nancy Reagan used an astrologer, which I find a tad interesting given Woodrow Wilson saw Cayce 70 yrs before the Reagans sought "new age" help) Edgar is controversial yet, prophetic. He is doubted by critics and held to high esteem by his believers. Men like Cayce inspire us to search out the paranormal and dare us to believe.
It's 1865 and Moldavia is a country nestled against the shores of the Black Sea. Lady Theresa travels from Austria to this country that's haunted by tales of vampires and werewolves. She's going to marry the Crown Prince, but she harbors her own unspoken secrets.
Prince Mihai has just returned to Moldavia to discover he's a witch. He's intent on being a good husband and modernizing his country, but he must find a balance with his supernatural heritage. His best friend, Viktor, accompanies Mihai and marries Mihai's sister. In an unfortunate twist of fate, a werewolf bites Viktor.
Viktor's transformation threatens everyone around him, including his wife's safety and Mihai's happiness, but he's especially dangerous when he's near Theresa. Can Mihai save his family from Viktor's lies and deceptions?
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Author Bio: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She was born in Manchester, New Hampshire and received a B.S. in Political Science from California Baptist University in 1995. She served in U.S. Army from 1986-1997, spending seven years in Germany. She enjoys coffee, loves chocolate and wants to be a Minion for Halloween this year. Last year, she was an Ipad. She is also a den leader for her son's cub scout den. Stephanie enjoys writing paranormal and contemporary romance.
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