A couple of people have raised the question of whether Stella would ever take a job on behalf of a male client, and I am happy to say that's addressed in future books. Another question that's been asked is whether Stella could ever be deceived by a client - if she could be swayed by a woman's sob story and later discover she'd been taken in.
That just tickles me to pieces, because that is precisely what happened in the short story that was the basis for the series. In 2007, I wrote a funky little paranormal story set in the Nevada desert. It was a little bit Koontz-ish, and it featured a badass renegade not unlike Stella. (It was first person, so she never really had a name in the story.) My brother Mike, who is my great supporter and frequent reader and critiquer, said "Hey, I think you have a book here." I took out the paranormal piece (long story) and off we went.
Someday I'd love to be able to share that short story, because I really think it's one of the best things I've written. For now though it stays under wraps because it's too confusing to reveal a ghost element that is not present in the rest of the series.
(Incidentally, and apropos of nothing, I wrote a great story for the MWA paranormal anthology competition this year. I mean, that story kicked ass all around town! I loved that story! Well, MWA didn't. Tell you what though - anyone who wants to read it, just email me and I'll send you a copy. I'm at email@example.com. And PS? My brother's story, which is also awesome, did make the cut and will be published in the anthology.)
OK enough of me blathering. Here is Brian's review, with my heartfelt thanks:
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