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Friday, July 3, 2015

Spotlight: Voices by Clarissa Johal (excerpt) + giveaway

by Clarissa Johal
Editor: Bobbie Metevier
Genre: Paranormal Psychological Suspense
Cover Art: David Walker
Published by Permuted Press May 2015
ISBN: 9781618685698
Pages: 264
Sometimes the ghosts from your past…are real.

Moira Flynn is arrested for attacking a door-to-door solicitor with a knife. She claims a voice told her the man was intent on assaulting her. The trouble is, she was the only one that heard that voice. Moira strikes a plea bargain and is sent to a psychiatric hospital for voluntary treatment. Dr. Richard Cassano is hesitant to treat her as schizophrenic, as she does not show the standard symptoms. As their sessions progress, Moira confesses there are two voices—and they aren’t voices in her head, but the voices of ghosts. Are they imaginary? Or are they actual spirits, attached to her for reasons of their own? As Moira’s doctor uncovers more of her past, he begins to realize that her ghosts are real. And one of them is determined to drag Moira into the afterlife with him.

Excerpt from VOICES:

“Moira?” Dr. Cassano called from the end of the hall.

She bolted for the stair exit, slipping behind the door. It closed with a quiet hiss and she leaned against it, listening. Moira’s heart pounded in her chest with a force that made her head hurt.

“He’s going to drag you back into his office,” Jack whispered in her ear.

She nudged his presence away with her shoulder.

“You’ll never make it down all those stairs before he catches up with you.”

They were on the concrete landing of the fourth floor. Jack was right. Dr. Cassano would reach her before she made it down the first flight of stairs.

“I don’t like it when you talk to him about me,” Isabella whined.

“Of course you don’t,” Jack soothed. “Moira was being mean, wasn’t she?”

Isabella nodded, looking injured.

“Let’s play a game,” he said.

“A game, a game!” She clapped her hands, her previous mood dissolved. “Let’s play tag!” She grabbed Moira’s arm with an icy hand. “If he tags you, you’ll be it.”

“Tag, that’s perfect, Isabella,” Jack said. “I think Moira should jump. It’s the only way she’s going to get away.”

Isabella looked over the railing. An uncertain frown crossed her face.

“It’s not that far,” he said.

“It is so!” she argued.

“No. It isn’t.” Jack pressed himself against Moira. “I want to see her try and get away.”

“It’s a long way down.”

“Shut up, Isabella” he growled.

Isabella shrunk back for a second and then cocked her head, listening. “He’s coming!”

“If he drags her back to his office, no telling what he’ll do,” Jack said. “This is tag, Isabella. Moira has to get away or she’ll be it.”

Excited, Isabella ran back and forth between them and the door. “He’s coming, Moira! Jump!”

Jack backed Moira up to the railing. She glanced over her shoulder at the dizzying height of the stairwell. The railing dug into her back. The coldness of Jack’s presence seeped through her body. She could hear Dr. Cassano calling her name. Moira opened her mouth to answer him.

“Don’t,” Jack murmured.

Panicked, she tried to push past him and couldn’t.

“I can feel how scared you are.” Something bordering on hunger crept into his voice. “How scared would you be if you fell?” His presence pressed against her and she cringed. “Your heart is beating so hard, Moira. And your breath…it’s coming faster too.”

A wave of dizziness threatened to overcome her. In a fit of desperation, she pushed through Jack’s presence and stumbled. She grabbed the railing with both hands and fled down the stairs, grasping it tightly all the way down. Icy tremors reverberated throughout her core like aftershocks.

About the Author:
Amazon Author Page
Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.
*Member of the Horror Writers Association

Coming August 5, 2015 from Booktrope
(May 2015) Permuted Press


(2014) Musa Publishing, LLC
(2015) Clarissa Johal
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2014
*Winner of the Indie Book of the Day Award

(2012) Musa Publishing, LLC
(2015) Clarissa Johal
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012

*Winner of the Indie Book of the Day Award

(2010) Clarissa Johal
*Second round finalist in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2012

Short stories:

Susurrus Literary Journal
The Sacramento Bee newspaper


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  1. My daughter goes to work early and comes home around noon. Her cats get so hungry so I fed them for her.

    1. That was very nice of you, Debby! Good luck in the giveaway :)

  2. Thank you for hosting me in your blog :)

  3. Taking my mom to breakfast after dropping Toby off for his grooming appt.

    1. How thoughtful, Nancy! I'm sure she loved spending time with you :)

  4. thanks for such a fun post and congrats to Clarissa on the new release! This sounds very intriguing! Umm... I tried to help an older woman at the airport but come to find out it wasn't her passport. Oops!

    1. Oh well, you tried! Thanks for stopping by, Erin. Good luck in the contest :)

  5. I helped a little boy who fell off his bike and skinned his knee in front of my house.

    1. Aww, poor little guy! Glad you were around to help, Lori.

  6. I took out my neighbor's rubbish bin when I took out mine.

    1. That was VERY nice of you, Mary! My neighbors do that for me sometimes when I forget (and vice versa). :)

  7. Congrats Aimee Y! I sent you an email.
    Thank you to everyone who entered the contest for VOICES. I was happy to see all your acts of kindness!