Joyce Lavene writes bestselling mystery with her husband/partner Jim. They have written and published more than 60 novels for Harlequin, Berkley and Charter Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. She lives in rural North Carolina with her family, her cat, Quincy, and her rescue dog, Rudi. Visit her at www.joyceandjimlavene.com, Facebook/JoyceandJimLavene.com. Twitter: @authorjlavene, http://romanceofmystery.blogspot.com.
A. I was born in Norfolk, Virginia but moved to Chicago soon after.
Q. Tell us your latest news.
A. I have just signed a contract for a new mystery series with Berkley Prime Crime called the Retired Witch’s Spell Book. The first book will be out in 2014.
Q. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
A. If there is, it is that everyone is different, but that we are all gifted.
Q. If someone wrote a book about your life, what would they title it?
Q. What is the ultimate dream vacation?
A. Driving to Canada.
Q. What person in history would you most like to meet?
A. The Pythoness (priestess) of Delphi.
Q. If you could design a refrigerator magnet, what would it say?
A. It would say Eat More Pickles!
The mayor of Duck, North Carolina, Dae O’Donnell, is a woman with a gift for finding lost things. When her boyfriend Kevin’s ex-fiancée Ann arrives in Duck looking for a second chance, Dae suddenly finds herself facing certain heartache. And while her romantic life is in shambles, she’s even more concerned by the sudden change in her gift. After touching a medallion owned by a local named Chuck Sparks, Dae is shocked when her vision reveals his murder—and a cry for help. Dae doesn’t know what to make of the dead man’s plea to “Help her,” until she has another vision about a kidnapped girl—Chuck’s daughter, Betsy. With a child missing, the FBI steps in to take over the case. But Dae can’t ignore her visions of Betsy, or the fact that Kevin’s psychic ex-fiancé might be the only person who can help find her.
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