Hello, and welcome to another edition of Lisa Burton Radio. I’m the hostess with all the connections, Lisa the robot girl.
My sponsor today is Till Life do Us Part, by Carmen Stephanescu.
Today I have an appointment to speak with Irene Harding, but I’m having trouble getting her on the phone. Let’s just try it again.
“I’m Catherine Harding. Irene’s daughter.”
“Is your mommy at home?”
“No. She’s outside talking to Collin and Barbara, his sister. Who’s asking?”
“Daylight savings time, that’s what it is. My software didn’t calculate for daylight savings time. So who’s Collin?”
“Who’s Collin? Well, he’s my boyfriend!”
“Holy Cow! Boyfriend?!? How old are you? You sound a little girl’s voice.”
“You guessed right. I’m four years old. I know, I know what you may think. He’s, I mean, Collin was my boyfriend in my other life. . . when I was. . . um. . . Kathleen Page. . . Oh, no. I’m not a ghost… I am a real girl. As real as I was in my other life. Only that Kathleen, the other me, was murdered four years ago.”
“Do you mean you are Kathleen, reincarnated? Have you heard of reincarnation before?”
“Not exactly but I heard mommy and Barbara, talking about this. Barbara can hear the voices of dead people and she says she heard me talk to her when I died but it was only for a couple of seconds. I didn’t manage to tell her more except my name and that I was killed. Mommy’s worried. She thinks something is wrong with my head. But no. Nothing’s wrong. Only that I remember my other life when I was a medical student the same as Collin. <giggles>.”
“What’s so funny, sweetie?”
“When Mommy took me to the pediatrician, last year, I could name everything the doctor had in his office: medicine or instruments. You should have seen his face. Or mom’s.”
“So if you have all this past life memory, do you know who killed Kathleen?”
“Who killed me, you ask? This is the only thing I can’t seem to remember from my other life. All I remember of my last day as Kathleen was that Collin had to come and take me, I mean, Kathleen to town. I was so happy. . . and the door opened…. And then all is blurred. I don’t know, yet, my heart tells me Collin can’t be the murderer. Barbara says the police arrested Collin, at first. Then set him free. Then he left Pleasanton and went on a ship as a sailor.”
“I hope your heart is right.”
“I’m so sad. Collin didn’t recognize me yesterday, when he returned from his ocean voyage. I took him by the hand and told him I was Kathleen. I even told him what only we two had as a motto. The chances are high that we are not alone.”
“Nothing. His face turned white, he looked scared. . . shocked. . . but he didn’t say a thing. . . I hope one day he’ll understand it’s me, Kathleen, in a new body. I’ll always love him and when I grow up I’ll marry him. Unless he marries another girl until then. . .um. . . which will break my heart. . .”
“That’s so sad.”
“But you know who recognized me? Jack. The doggy Colin gave me as a present for my nineteenth birthday, shortly before I was murdered. Jack is now with Barbara. She found him wandering the streets after my. . . Kathleen’s death, and adopted him though she had no idea whose dog he was. Though he’s bigger now, four years older, he sensed it was me, his first master. He always comes and wags his tail and licks my hands when Mommy takes me to Barbara’s house.”
“You need to be Catherine now, and live the life you deserve.”
“Yes, I play with dolls and other plush toys. That’s what little girls do. Yet, I can’t stop remembering my other life. I heard mommy talk with a friend of Barbara’s about something called past life regression, but mommy refused. She says I am just a kid. I think she’s worried I might go back to my other mommy. But I can’t do this to her and daddy. They love me and bring me up. . . Who knows, when I grow up I’ll go and have a past life regression. Hopefully I’ll remember who took my life. It can’t be Collin. No, no. He loved me, even if he was a bit possessive sometimes. . . I don’t want to believe he could have done such an evil thing to me. . .”
“I still hope you can identify the killer though. Kathleen and Collin had something special torn away from them. I feel a software conflict coming on.”
“Yes, they. . . um. . . I mean, we had. I’ve got to go now. I’ll tell mommy you called.”
“For Lisa Burton Radio, I’m Lisa Burton. I’m going back to the cabin to cry my tear reservoirs dry.”
Barbara Heyer can hear voices of dead people. They whisper of their deaths, seek comfort for those left behind, and occasionally even warn her about future events. But when Barbara’s brother, Colin, is accused of murder, it will take more than her gift to prove his innocence.
Becoming smitten with the handsome investigator, Detective Patrick Fischer, is a serious complication given his assignment to her brother’s case. Barbara senses there is something far deeper—and perhaps much older—than the surface attraction between them. Could that be why she’s visited by a mysterious woman named Emma in her dreams? Could past life regression tie all the seemingly unconnected events together?
Barbara and Patrick must overcome heartache to find the truth to save Colin, and perhaps themselves.
Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.
High school teacher of English and German in her native country, and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world that of the books.
Several of her poems were successfully published in a collection of Contemporary English Poems, Muse Whispers vol.1 and Muse Whispers vol.2 by Midnight Edition Publication, in 2001 and 2002.
Her first novel, Shadows of the Past, was released in 2012 by Wild Child Publishing, USA.
Carmen joined the volunteer staff at Marketing For Romance Writers Author blog and is the coordinator of #Thursday13 posts.
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