The Wily Witness is a short story that explains how FBI Special Agent Finn Callaghan – A character from Sun Storm – came to work in Montana.
Probationary FBI Agent Finn Callaghan is having a bad day. It’s his second day in the field, and he’s stuck doing his partner’s filing. A teenage boy, Noah Lewis, is arrested for stealing five hundred thousand dollars in diamonds, and Finn is convinced of his innocence. When evidence goes missing and an eccentric old woman turns up claiming to have witnessed the robbery, Finn can’t help but get involved.
Can he prove Noah is a gullible patsy or will the youngster be charged with grand larceny in the second degree?
Finn Callaghan is a character from the author’s full-length The Gathering Storm Series.
FBI Headquarters New York City, New York
Finn glanced at the huge stack of files on his desk. He had a degree in criminology, ten years experience with the military police, top of his class at Quantico, and he was stuck doing filing in a world that was supposed to be going paperless.
Special Agent Nathan Levenson, Finn’s mentor and partner, strong-armed a gangly teenager around the grey, chest-high cubicle walls that divided the twentieth floor of the Major Crimes Division.
“I didn’t do it. I swear. Anna… I was there to see Anna, ” the kid whimpered, his face pale.
“Don’t you know it’s a criminal offense to lie to a federal agent?” Levenson shoved him into a chair across the aisle from Finn’s desk.
The youth fell silent, staring at the ground. He squirmed in his seat, but with his hands cuffed behind him, he couldn’t seem to get comfortable. Eventually, he leant to one side in an attempt to accommodate the unnatural position.
“Anything I can do?” Finn asked, hoping for a reprieve from the stack of paperwork.
“No, as a probationary agent you can stick to what you’re good at.”
“Exactly.” Levenson smiled, rubbing a hand over his smooth, bald head.
Finn resisted the temptation to punch the smile from Nathan’s face; instead he stood at his desk, and flicked through the stack of papers. There were at least six months worth of documents, all of them Levenson’s. The special agent was obviously behind, and had decided to foist the work onto him, a junior agent.
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Spirits of the Heart Supernatural Suspense/Romance by Claire Gem Finalist in the "I Heart Indie Awards" #BookHugs
An addiction counselor & a security guard struggle to free two, lost spirits trapped inside an abandoned mental asylum
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Laura Horton returns from college to move in with an old friend & start her career. But her homecoming is jarring. Her friend has moved out unexpectedly, leaving Laura alone with the gorgeous but intimidating ex-boyfriend—in a house that snugs up to an ancient graveyard.
Officer Miller Stanford is a man with a shattered past. His alcoholic dad destroyed their family, a weakness Miller is terrified will consume him too. The last thing he needs is a sexy, blonde addiction counselor watching his every move. When he begins to see specters in the dark, he starts questioning his own stability.
But Laura sees her too—a pathetic child-spirit searching for her father. Can they unravel the mysteries of Talcott Hall without jeopardizing their love—and lives—in the process?
Here's an excerpt showing one of Miller's first encounters with the child-spirit:
“Hey. Little girl. Let me help you,” Miller tried again, and the child finally lowered her hands. She was younger than he’d first thought—ten, maybe. Tears streaked her reddened cheeks, glistening in the beam of his headlights. Her pale, golden hair was baby fine and wispy, but tousled and disheveled. As though it hadn’t seen a brush in good long time.
She met his gaze with eyes like the man’s, clear and blue and strangely luminescent. The sadness Miller saw behind them made his chest ache.
“Where did your friend go, sweetheart? The man who came out with you. Where did he go?”
She stared at him with lips quivering before her face crumpled again. “I don’t know. I don’t know where Daddy is. I’ve been looking and looking for him. Every time I think I’ve found him, he goes away.”
Miller swallowed. Yeah, that’s one way to describe the mysterious vanishing act.
He drew in a breath and tried again. “What’s your name, sweetie? Was that your daddy with you?”
Head bobbing, the tears flowed freely now, and she wouldn’t take her eyes off Miller’s face. He felt a lump growing in his own throat, as though she was somehow transferring her pain to him. His hands, clasped in front of him, began to shake.
When she spoke again, her voice took on an echoed quality, as though she were receding into an empty culvert. “I’m Greta. And I’m looking for my daddy. He used to live here. But I keep coming back to find him, and nobody knows where he is.” She dropped her chin to her chest and ground her knuckles against her eyes.
“Greta,” he repeated, a stab of pity piercing his gut. So freaking pathetic. A forlorn little girl . . .his own memories rose up like foul-smelling steam. Swallowing hard, he pressed on. “Greta, honey, what’s your last name?”
When she looked up, Miller gasped. Behind her, against the fence, a bright red McDonald’s French fry box clung to the base of the chain link. Directly behind her, yet he could see it clearly. That’s when he realized he could see . . .right . . .through her.
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Claire is a multi-published, award winning author of five titles in the genres of contemporary romance, supernatural suspense, and women’s fiction. She also writes Author Resource guide books, and presents seminars on writing craft and marketing.
Her supernatural suspense, Hearts Unloched, won the 2016 New York Book Festival and is a finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards. Her contemporary romance, A Taming Season, is a HOLT Medallion Award finalist, and her women’s fiction, The Phoenix Syndrome, is a finalist in the National Reader’s Choice Awards.
A New York native, Claire has lived in five of the United States and held a variety of jobs, from waitress to bridal designer to research technician—but loves being an author best. She and her happily-ever-after hero, her husband of 38 years, now live in central Massachusetts.
Blogs: http://www.clairegem.wordpress.com, http://www.hauntedpathways.wordpress.com
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