Possessed (Pagan Light #1)
by JoAnne Keltner
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: January 2019
Calling Jackie psychic makes her cringe. But Jackie’s no normal seventeen-year-old. She picks up emotions from people and objects like a freak. The emotions make her sick, and the guilt she feels for lying to her church when she was twelve causes her to deny her psychic abilities. But when her jealous friend Trish invites a demon to help her steal Jason’s love for Jackie, Jackie must learn how to use her gift to protect Jason and herself and to heal the negative energies around them. To do so means she must overcome her guilt and accept who she is before the demon claims her soul.
Spellbound (Pagan Light #2)
Release Date: July 2019
After battling a demon from her great-grandmother’s past, Jackie Turov, a psychic and healer, accepts that all things are possible-even a romantic relationship with the young seminarian, David. But after an elderly church member, an immigrant from Russia, accuses Jackie and her great-grandmother, Babu, of being witches, Jackie questions if Babu was once an evil witch or just someone blessed with healing light. As Jackie sets out to find the truth about Babu’s troubling past, and ultimately about herself, her future with David hangs in the balance.
***Praise for Possessed***
“In this series opener, Keltner (Obsession, 2013, etc.) writes simply but effectively in the third person, crafting characters from small details while striking a good balance between the story’s paranormal and personal threads.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Possessed (Pagan Light) by JoAnne Keltner is a YA paranormal story with complex characters, deftly written and filled with magical realism.”—Review by Ruffina Oserio for Readers’Favorite
Written from an engaging third-person perspective, this book was everything it needed to be; dark, hopeful, mysterious, and intense.”—Review by K.J. Simmill for Readers’ Favorite
This was her [Jackie’s] last year of high school, but then what? Would she go into hiding? And what about college? She definitely wanted to be a photographer, but she’d be limited to studio work. She couldn’t possibly shoot weddings and events. Surrounded by emotionally high, energetic people, she’d pass out on the job. Maybe she should just study anthropology and photography and get a job where she could be alone in the Congo like Dian Fossey, socializing with gorillas and taking their pictures.
She imagined portraits of gorilla families hanging on trees.
In American Lit, she fidgeted in her chair as she waited for Jason to walk through the classroom door.
Finally, he entered, his head down, his hair covering his face, and his books hooked loosely in his hand.
“Jas,” she said, happy to see him.
“Hey,” he said through a veil of hair. He slipped into his chair and slouched.
She leaned forward. “Is everything okay?”
Jason turned and looked at her, his expression sullen. “Yeah, I’m okay.”
He was lying. Something was wrong. Before she could ask him, Mr. Davis started class.
Mr. Davis was overly rumpled. The back of his corduroy jacket heavily wrinkled. His eyes were cupped with purple half rings, and his crow’s-feet clawed deeply around his eyes. He started a discussion on “The Yellow Wallpaper” but kept losing focus. His aura was so dark, she couldn’t tell if it was a deep purple or just black.
“But what if it was the wallpaper that drove her crazy?” Jason asked.
She rolled her eyes, but Mr. Davis narrowed his. He didn’t shoot Jason down. Maybe because it was the first time Jason had ever participated in a class discussion. It took Jackie by surprise too.
“So you’re saying that the wallpaper had some force, some power to control the mind of the narrator to drive her insane, and not the fact she was suffering from postpartum depression?” Mr. Davis asked.
“Sure,” Jason said. “I mean, that’s why the author named the story ‘The Yellow Wallpaper.’ Because it’s about the wallpaper.”
The class laughed, but Mr. Davis was serious.
“Does anyone else think it’s possible for an object to hold some force, to exude an emotional effect on a person?” Mr. Davis asked the class.
“You’re joking with us, right?” Sandra said.
Mr. Davis was always so analytical, so scientific in his approach to examining the intent of a literary work. But now he wasn’t even quoting from the text to prove his point. He was just throwing out a hypothesis.
“Jackie, what’s your take on this?” Mr. Davis asked.
Sandra, who was sitting in the first row, craned her head around and sneered at her.
Oh great. What am I supposed to be, the expert on paranormal activity? Ask Jackie. She’s the freak who saw the Virgin at twelve and predicted the fire at Holy Resurrection. She sighed. “The narrator was obviously suffering from postpartum depression. In the text—”
“Fine,” Mr. Davis said. “But what I’m asking is, do you think an object can affect a person’s mood?”
She felt that all eyes were on her, breaths held, while the class waited for Jackie’s response—the guru of strange and amazing things. If she said no, they’d think she was lying. If she said yes, they’d confirm their belief that she was some psychic freak.
***About the Author***
JoAnne Keltner is the author of YA Paranormal novels Obsession (Musa Publishing, 2013 ed.), Goth Girl Virgin Queen (Solstice Publishing, 2015), Possessed (2019, Pagan Light Book 1), and Spellbound (2019, Pagan Light Book 2). She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she enjoys gardening, baking, and spending time with family. Every evening you will find her obsessively streaming popular TV shows. She is currently working on the next Pagan Light series book.
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