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Baxley Powell’s typical day in her life – Ha ha! by Maggie Toussaint

Occupation: amateur sleuth and dreamwalker

You want a typical day? Walking two families-worth of pets for folks on vacation, managing a landscaping job where the client keeps changing her mind, and praying none of my friends and neighbors wake up dead. That’s the regular run-of-the-mill day for me in coastal Georgia.

Most days are similar to a live Variety Show because of the personalities involved, especially if there’s a homicide (I’m often called in by my sheriff to help figure out what happened to the newly deceased and sometimes the long-deceased).

Take recent events, if you will. For vacation, my family drove to the north Georgia Mountains. It’s so beautiful and peaceful here, or that’s what we thought until a young man turned up dead for no apparent reason.

Heck, I’m getting ahead of myself. Our first night here was interrupted by a vigilante. He’s not quite right in the head and he approached us with a loaded weapon saying we had no right to be on this property. When our response didn’t satisfy him, I worried about our survival. I was barely able to remember what the property owner said about this guy. The code words he needed to hear. Once I remembered the safe phrases and said them, he lowered his weapon.

I didn’t know what else to do, so I invited him to share our campfire. He declined and marched into the woods on the other side of us. If I’d had any sense, I should’ve turned around right then and gone home.

The next day, a young man is dead, and a pair of local officers pull their guns on me because I was carrying. The cops search my identity in their database, and suddenly I’m smack dab in the middle of a homicide investigation. I’ve seen some weird stuff before, but this innocent-looking young man appeared to have lay down by the lake and willed himself to the Other Side.

The answer was less straightforward than that. Someone stole his energy. Drained him to the point of death. Why would anyone allow an energy vampire access to their life force? Through my dreamwalk with his body, I learn the victim’s name. Haney was an orphan who lived in this area.

Things go from bad to worse when we visit the group home where Haney lived. The place is messy with crusty dishes and filth, and the young man who answers the door is quite odd. Within a minute of meeting him, the sheriff and Mayes, the Native American deputy who is her second in command, agree with everything the man says. Only when I shield them with my senses do they think clearly.

We neutralize the guy, and by that I mean handcuff him so we can work. The sheriff guards him from a safe distance. Upstairs, the beds are full of unresponsive people. While Mayes and I determine their health status, the young man frees himself and kidnaps the sheriff. Good grief. Whatever happened to routine homicides?

Worse, a group of locals pressure me into producing Rose, my Other World spirit guide and mentor. This is the toughest case I’ve ever had. I don’t know these people so I have to totally rely on my extrasensory talents. But each lead takes me deeper and deeper into the killer’s snare.


To find out if Baxley meets her match in the Georgia Mountains, check out Dadgummit, the fourth book in the “Dreamwalker” mystery series.

Amateur sleuth Baxley Powell is on vacation at Stony Creek Lake in the north Georgia mountains. Her parents, best friend, and ten-year-old daughter are camping with her. Almost immediately, a young man’s body is found beside the lake. Strangely, there’s no apparent cause of death. The local police have heard about Baxley’s skill at closing unusual cases, and at their urging she agrees to help.

Her psychic sleuthing leads the police to a halfway house. There they encounter eight comatose victims and an odd man named Jonas, who also has supernatural abilities. Baxley senses Jonas cruelly drained their life force energy. Jonas escapes, taking the sheriff as a hostage. Deputy Sam Mayes, a Native American, leads the manhunt, and he keeps Baxley close, knowing she’s the key to capturing this powerful criminal.

Baxley’s paranormal talent of dreamwalking, which she uses to traverse the veil of life, draws the unwanted attention of beings believed to be Cherokee folklore. Jonas stole a treasured artifact from them, and they want it back. They hold Baxley’s best friend and two others because they know Baxley can help them. As the clock ticks, Jonas taunts this crime-fighting duo and proves to be a wily adversary.

With the body count rising, Baxley and Mayes realize they are up against an entity who appears to be invincible. Do they have the power to subdue an energy vampire, turn the tide of evil, and save the day?

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About the author
Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes mystery, suspense, and dystopian fiction. Her work won the Silver Falchion Award for best mystery, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the EPIC Award. Under her name and her pen name of Rigel Carson, she’s published sixteen novels as well as several short stories and novellas. The latest book in her paranormal mystery series, Dadgummit, released August 1, 2017. Maggie serves as Chapter President for Southeast Mystery Writers of America and as Vice-President for Low Country Sisters In Crime. Visit her at www.maggietoussaint.com.

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My Musing ~ Dadgummit by Maggie Toussaint

Dadgummit by Maggie Toussaint is the fourth book in the “Dreamwalker” mystery series. Publisher: Camel Press, coming August 1, 2017

Amateur sleuth Baxley Powell is on vacation at Stony Creek Lake in the north Georgia mountains. Her parents, best friend, and ten-year-old daughter are camping with her. Almost immediately, a young man’s body is found beside the lake. Strangely, there’s no apparent cause of death. The local police have heard about Baxley’s skill at closing unusual cases, and at their urging she agrees to help.

Her psychic sleuthing leads the police to a halfway house. There they encounter eight comatose victims and an odd man named Jonas, who also has supernatural abilities. Baxley senses Jonas cruelly drained their life force energy. Jonas escapes, taking the sheriff as a hostage. Deputy Sam Mayes, a Native American, leads the manhunt, and he keeps Baxley close, knowing she’s the key to capturing this powerful criminal.

Baxley’s paranormal talent of dreamwalking, which she uses to traverse the veil of life, draws the unwanted attention of beings believed to be Cherokee folklore. Jonas stole a treasured artifact from them, and they want it back. They hold Baxley’s best friend and two others because they know Baxley can help them. As the clock ticks, Jonas taunts this crime-fighting duo and proves to be a wily adversary.

With the body count rising, Baxley and Mayes realize they are up against an entity who appears to be invincible. Do they have the power to subdue an energy vampire, turn the tide of evil, and save the day?

I love this series. Once again, Baxley is called upon to use her abilities to solve a complex case which took this reader on a mystifying ride that was hard to put down.

The mystery was well-developed giving me a chance to escape into the world of dream walking, little people and the cosmic universe. The narrative was visually descriptive that grabbed me immediately and I felt like I was there with Baxley as she tackled the mysteries of the untried. I like how this story was staged where it was more about finding a way to stop the demon and the steps and collaborative efforts of the newcomer and an unlikely ally to apprehend this vicious entity which was done with great aplomb. The main characters all played pivotal roles that added to my reading enjoyment and I especially enjoyed the scenes with Charlotte and the deputy.

Boasting a wonderful cast of characters, engaging dialogue and a supernatural atmosphere, this is one of the best book in the terrific series and I look forward to more adventures with Baxley and her friends.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the author.

My Musing ~ New Sins for Old Scores by T.J. O’Connor

New Sins for Old Scores by T.J. O’Connor is a murder with a paranormal twist novel. Publisher: Black Opal Books, May 2017

Murder, like history, often repeats itself. And, when it does, it’s the worst kind of murder.

Detective Richard Jax was never good at history–but, after years as a cop, he is about to get the lesson of his life. Ambushed and dying on a stakeout, he’s saved by Captain Patrick “Trick” McCall–the ghost of a World War II OSS agent. Trick has been waiting since 1944 for a chance to solve his own murder. Soon Jax is a suspect in a string of murders–murders linked to smuggling refugees out of the Middle East–a plot similar to the World War II OSS operation that brought scientists out of war-torn Europe. With the aid of a beautiful and intelligent historian, Dr. Alex Vouros, Jax and Trick unravel a seventy-year-old plot that began with Trick’s murder in 1944. Could the World War II mastermind, code named Harriet, be alive and up to old games? Is history repeating itself?

Together, Jax and Trick hunt for the link between their pasts–confronted by some of Washington’s elite and one provocative, alluring French Underground agent, Abrielle Chanoux. Somewhere in Trick’s memories is a traitor. That traitor killed him. That traitor is killing again. Who framed Jax and who wants Trick’s secret to remain secret? The answer may be, who doesn’t?

This was a fun book to read and I especially loved the short chapters that made it easier to follow the sequences told in this engaging drama. The past and present collide when Jax is saved by Trick, a WWII ghost who wants his murder solved. Between the two of them, they have provided me some enjoyment as they, especially Jax, learns to accept Trick into his life. As always, the author delivers a finely tuned mystery with great substance, that I wanted to relive this book again.

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FTC Full Disclosure – I received a copy of the book from the author.

A day in the life by Pepper Martin by Casey Daniels

graveyard-shiftA day in my life?

Work. Dead people.

Sad, huh? Because in the real world, that list should say something like, “Work, home, social life, shopping, lunch with friends, drinks with some good-looking guy, more shopping, visits to Mom and Dad, and deciding what to wear to all of the above.”

Only this is my life, and I’ll let you in on a secret—my life and the real world don’t exactly mesh.

You see, I’m the world’s only PI to the dead.

Yeah, you heard right. I see dead people. I talk to them, too. And what’s worse? They talk to back.

And boy, do they talk!

The dead always want something, and since I’m the only one who can communicate with them, the something they want is always something they want from me. Right wrongs. Clear names. Find murderers. Blah, blah, blah.

These days, the gone-but-not-really ghost spooking me is none other than Eliot Ness. I know you know who he is from The Untouchables, but did you know . . . after he left Chicago, he came to here to Cleveland and was Safety Director. He died somewhere in Pennsylvania and back in 1997, his ashes were brought here to the North Coast and sprinkled on the pond in the cemetery where I work.

Or at least that’s what everyone thought.

Ness says otherwise and let’s face, he’s the guy who should know. So, he shows up and tells me he wants me to do a little breaking and entering to retrieve those ashes and that sounds simple enough. Yeah, right. It would have been if the ashes were where they were supposed to be.

And if I didn’t find a dead body instead.

If all that wasn’t crazy enough, this mysterious package was delivered to me by some guy in a big, old-fashioned car, and since then, everyone in my life is acting crazy. I mean, crazier than usual.

Ella, my boss, tried to run me down with her car at the Ness memorial in the cemetery.

Quinn, my cop boyfriend, is suddenly playing the banjo.

And my mother . . . ah, my mother. She’s been so busy planning my wedding (even though I’m not officially engaged yet), she hasn’t had much time to think about anything else. That is, until she tried to kill me.

A day in my life?

That sound you hear is me sighing.

Dull? That’s one thing a day in my life never is.


GRAVEYARD SHIFT is the 10th book in the Pepper Martin paranormal mystery series published by Severn House Publishers, January 2017.

elliotnessPepper Martin returns in a new ghostly mystery when she is contacted by the ghosts of Eliot Ness and Al Capone . . .

Pepper Martin, now Community Relations Director of Garden View Cemetery, is contacted by the ghost of Eliot Ness, one of Cleveland’s most famous dearly departed. According to Ness, the ashes scattered at the ceremony twenty years earlier weren’t his. His were stolen prior to the ceremony by a Ness groupie, and he cannot rest until those ashes are found. Luckily, Pepper has an idea where they may be.

Knowing she’ll have no peace until she does what the ghost wants, Pepper travels across town to retrieve the ashes. When she gets there, though, she finds more – and less – than she bargained for. There is a dead body in the house . . . and Eliot Ness’s ashes have vanished.

Pepper sets out to solve the murder of the man in the house where the ashes were supposed to be. But when a mysterious package arrives for Pepper, containing the spirit of Al Capone, and her boyfriend Quinn begins acting strange, things go from bad to worse . . .

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About the author
Casey Daniels is the bestselling author of 10 Pepper Martin mysteries. Her newest is Graveyard Shift, set to hit store shelves on January 1. Pepper works at a historic cemetery in Cleveland solves mysteries for the ghosts there. While she doesn’t claim to have contacted any ghosts, Casey loves to explore cemeteries, the older, the better. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing as her alter-ego, nationally bestselling author Kylie Logan, whose next book in the League of Literary Ladies series is Gone With the Twins, due out in March. Casey will exploring more history this coming May when her first historical mystery, Miss Barnum and the Feejee Mermaid Murders is published. You can find her at www.caseydaniels.com and www.kylielogan.com.

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A Day in the Life of Dreamwalker Baxley Powell by Maggie Toussaint

Doggone ItI’m  Baxley Powell, and my days aren’t the usual run of the mill stuff. People usually have two reactions when they find out I’m a dreamwalker. Either they think I’m weird and they avoid me. Or they think I’m weird, and they try to test me. Luckily, I can parse out a lie faster than they can blink, so I always have their numbers.

Friends, true friends at least, are golden. My best friend is reporter Charlotte Ambrose, and she’s never been afraid of me or my family. Through thick and thin, we’ve seen it all, done it all. It’s her fault I got dragged into the haunted house murders. She was the one who came up with the bright idea of writing a newspaper series about all the ghosts around here.

Charlotte made me go with her to June’s Folly, reputed to be haunted by old slaves because of the clanking chains people heard out there. Last time I’d visited, my dad had to come get me because my extra senses short-circuited. This time I kept my mental defenses up because at 28 I was too doggone old to be rescued by my dad.

Soon as we arrived, Charlotte had to sit down on the steps of the crumbling mansion. She couldn’t go any farther. At first I worried her plus size caused her fatigue. Out here in the deep woods we were a long way from any medical facility, so I hoped it wasn’t that.

Much to my surprise she started shivering and freaking out because of clanking chains. Since I was shielded, I heard nothing. I touched her arm, and she felt ghostly cold. I couldn’t believe it. Charlotte found the ghost! And a ghost here meant my earlier mishap wasn’t my fault. I must’ve gotten mugged by the ghost last time.

Charlotte wasn’t thrilled about her new ghost detection ability. She knew what buttons to push, and she pretty much told me I was a wuss if I didn’t help her out. This was a ghost, I spoke to ghosts, and by God, she wanted it gone.

For months, I’d routinely crossed the Veil of Life and communicated with spirits. I wasn’t the same untested teen my dad had to rescue. I had skills, training, and experience.

Okay. I know you’re shaking your head and muttering “don’t do it” by now because I had none of my regular backup team. I already knew this place was trouble. But that’s the thing about peer pressure. It makes you believe you’re Wonder Woman.

As soon as I lowered my guard and raised my senses, I plunged into Otherworld murk and couldn’t get out. I heard Charlotte yelling at me to wake up and to quit rolling my eyes up in my head because it was creeping her out. I saw her trying to make me come around, but I couldn’t move on to the spirit realm and I couldn’t return to Sinclair County, Georgia.

Did I mention my indenture to Rose? She claims she’s an undercover angel, but she’s such a moody, malicious spirit, I have doubts about her true identity. My acute distress caught her attention. Rose showed up and offered to help, for a fee.

You don’t want to know what that cost me, but I took the name she offered. I summoned Oliver, the earthbound spirit that trapped me. Was I scared? Heck, yeah. Did I have any other options? Heck, no. It wasn’t like the fire department could save me, and I didn’t want my dad stuck in this terrible place with me.

I was so cold. Disembodied voices wailed. Chains clanked. My spirit form couldn’t stop trembling, but I kept calling Oliver, and the ghostly stuff intensified. Oliver stayed out of reach, his red beady eyes glowing. It took me a few moments, but I finally realized Oliver was a dog. I’d been trapped by a ghost dog, of all things!

Since I have a pet and plant care business as my day job, I’m a dog expert. I used my softest voice, enticing this Great Dane forward so I could remove the stout collar and clanking chains from his neck. Afterward, Oliver jumped and waggled and frolicked and was so happy that I forgot to be scared.

I showed Oliver the way to the next world, but he stayed put. Apparently, freeing him earned me his everlasting devotion. Now I have a ghost dog attached to me. Just another day in my life as a Dreamwalker.


Doggone It is the third book in the Dreamwalker mystery series, published by Five Star Publishing, October 2016.

Dreamwalker Baxley Powell can’t remember the last time she had such a crappy weekend. A twilight encounter with a ghost dog left her numb and disoriented, her dreamwalker abilities are wiped out, and the sheriff just summoned her to a double homicide.

With no access to the spirit world, Baxley bluffs her way through the crime scene where a movie star’s assistant and a charter boat captain were strung up and bled dry. In a haunted house, no less. Figuring out who killed these people will be a real challenge without her ability to speak to the dead.

Just when Baxley thinks her powers are returning, her dreamwalks malfunction. With the sheriff pushing her to solve the case quickly, Baxley teams up with a dognapping medium to boost her powers.

Suspects include the captain’s good-for-nothing brother, the assistant’s replacement, and, of course, his stalker. All of Sinclair County is on edge, and the media circus isn’t helping. At stake are the movie’s funding, the sheriff’s job, and Baxley’s senses.

Can Baxley safeguard her abilities and solve the case before the killer strikes again?

Haunted houses, lost pirate treasure, conniving in-laws, supernatural baddies, and a determined ghost dog test amateur sleuth Baxley Powell’s mettle in Book Three of Toussaint’s Dreamwalker Series.

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About the author
Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes mystery, suspense, and dystopian fiction. Her work won the Silver Falchion Award for best mystery, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the EPIC Award. She’s published fifteen novels as well as several short stories and novellas. The next book in her paranormal mystery series, Doggone It, has an October 2016 release date. Maggie serves on the board for Southeast Mystery Writers of America and Low Country Sisters In Crime. Visit her at maggietoussaint.com.

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My Musing ~ Doggone It by Maggie Toussaint

Doggone It by Maggie Toussaint is the third book in the “Dreamwalker” mystery series. Publisher: Five Star Publishing, October 2016

Doggone ItDreamwalker Baxley Powell is worried when she’s summoned to a haunted house. A recent ghost dog encounter short-circuited her woo-woo powers. She bluffs her way through the double homicide where a boat captain and a movie crew member bled out from knife wounds.

Her extra senses return in fits and spurts as she consults with the sheriff. Suspects include the captain’s good-for-nothing brother, the movie guy’s replacement, and, of course, his stalker. The media circus jeopardizes the movie’s funding, the sheriff’s job, and Baxley’s senses.

Will Baxley’s powers recharge before the killer strikes again?

Haunted houses, lost pirate treasure, conniving in-laws, supernatural baddies, and a determined ghost dog test amateur sleuth Baxley Powell’s mettle in Book Three of Toussaint’s Dreamwalker Series.

This was a fast-paced and action-packed drama that quickly grabbed my attention as I followed the path that was set by the author. The narrative was intense in that it pulled me in and I was right there with Baxley as she used her dreamwalker powers to help the police capture their prey. I liked how this was set-up with a murder here and another murder there and when it was done, it was a mind-blowing affair when the real discovery was made. I love a book where the recurring characters all played a pivotal role that connected the story with all that was happening as it related to what was going on in the heroine’s world. And what a world it is. . .quite intriguing to say the least. The author did a great job in building this mystery up to a point where I didn’t know how this was going to end with a few surprises thrown in that had me frantically reading to the end to see if Baxley was successful in getting what was hers. Boasting a great cast of characters with engaging dialogue, this was a terrific read and I can’t wait to see what new adventures awaits Baxley in both her world.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) book from the author

A Day in the Life of Baxley Powell by Maggie Toussaint

Gone and Done ItMy name’s Baxley Powell and my family is a little different, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when I woke up with a streak of white hair in my forelock recently. But I was alarmed. Being different is one thing, being way different is like having lights and sirens whirling and blaring wherever you go.

Not good for folks who prefer to float under the radar.

The obvious solution was to cover the anomaly up with a hat, but every kind of hat or scarf I tried gave me a splitting headache. Seemed like the universe demanded that I show my oddity to my community.

I went with a ball cap and a headache for as long as it took to buy hair dye. My daughter and best friend helped me with the hair dying project, but the dark brown dye wouldn’t stick to the white hair. Worse, due to our efforts, more forelock hair turned white. Yikes!

dogwalkerThis development was startling for a twenty-eight-year-old single mom like me. I’d gone to bed with normal hair and awakened to being a freak show. I downed headache meds and jammed a ball cap on my head. I had dogs to walk and bushes to plant. The universe would have to get its jollies some other way.

The dogs and plants didn’t mind freaky hair, so I had a much-needed break from the hat during the middle of the day, but mid-afternoon I got a call from the sheriff to come in. He needed a consultation from me, the county dreamwalker.

I dreaded going to his office. The bones I’d discovered a few days ago on a landscaping job were a big problem. Word had leaked out immediately, and the Native Americans were protesting the outrage of having their ancestors’ remains disturbed. I knew the bones weren’t Native American, but I couldn’t prove it in a court of law. I knew because I’d seen the colonists as I touched the bones.

The law enforcement center was a three-ring circus when I arrived. Local and imported Native Americans protested with placards and chanting. Film crews from Jacksonville and Savannah were taping the spectacle, and I had to pass through the heart of the melee to get inside.

baxleyAs I walked, a foul wind sprang up and blew my ball cap off. A collective gasp went through the crowd. Whispers circled me. My parents’ friend Running Bear gave me a big smile of recognition, even though I looked like a freaked-out version of myself.

Time for a brief confession. I hadn’t wanted to take over as county dreamwalker for my father, but he couldn’t do it any longer. It was either me or my young daughter. No way was I letting my daughter commune with the dead, so I’d accepted the title a few days ago, and now, according to Running Bear, the full power had settled upon me.

My hair was the visible and tangible sign. Who knew these things? Not me. I didn’t sign up for a permanent bad hair day, but it seemed that was my lot in life. That and talking to dead people.


You can read more about Baxley in Gone and Done It, the first book in the “Dreamwalker” paranormal mystery, published by Five Star. Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

“Toussaint takes a break from her Cleopatra Jones series for a brisk plunge into the paranormal.” – Kirkus Reviews

Meet the author
Southern author Maggie Toussaint loves to blend murder and romance in her fiction. With eleven published books to her credit, her latest release is Gone and Done It, a paranormal mystery. Coming this summer is Rough Waters, a romantic suspense. Maggie likes yoga, beachcombing, and music.

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