The premise of Since Inception (Vanishing, #1) began with a unique theory, the vanishing twin theory, also known as fetal resorption, whereby a fetus in a multi-gestation pregnancy dies in utero and is completely reabsorbed by the remaining twin. Once I read about that phenomenon, I was off and running with a story that couldn’t be stopped.
Because I was looking for something more paranormal than Sally Field and Sybil, I began with a haunted house and its caretaker, a grandmother who loved to tell one particular story to her granddaughter at night before bed. The story as told by the grandmother unfolds for the reader in the same fashion as Rainey’s (the main character’s) story unfolds. Eventually, the grandmother’s bedtime fable and the fantastical world within it collide with Rainey’s real world and the magical beings she’d been turning a blind eye to for far too long.
The two worlds – ones filled with witches, warlocks, demons, wizards, hellhounds, and sirens – merge together in a way that makes the ending more powerful because questions are answered, secrets are revealed, and the unbelievable is suddenly believable. Since Inception (Vanishing, #1) is a story within a story. It’s one that will keep you on the edge of your seat and sleeping with the lights on for at least a few nights.Release date: December 9th 2014
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After discovering she has a problem worse than anything she could have ever imagined, Rainey Billows longs for the past—a time when she thought she was just a sadistic sleepwalker. Worse yet, this problem has been with her since inception.Rainey, a woman who’s suffered an entire lifetime of pain and humiliation because of her sleepwalking, is financially desperate when she takes in Carter Dodson as a boarder. With his presence in her house and her attraction to him, her internal conflicts, ones she’s usually able to ignore, swim to the surface and take control. Before she knows it, her sleepwalking moves to a completely new level, and she’s doing things she’d never thought possible.In fear for Carter’s life and without options, Rainey sentences herself to a nighttime ritual that would appear barbaric to others. In her mind, it’s essential because, unlike anyone else, she knows firsthand the types of atrocities she’s capable of in her sleep.Carter, a man branded as unconditionally loyal by his friends, knows very little about Rainey but decides early on that she’s a woman who has no one… a woman who needs someone. He commits himself to being that person for her. As soon as she makes her first request of him—to ignore her and her nighttime rituals no matter what she says or does—he reconsiders his pledge before quickly reminding himself he can’t abandon her. She’s had enough of that.Months later, study, research, and theories are not enough, and standing by is no longer an option. Carter suspects what’s wrong with her. What she is. With his suspicions in tow, he searches out and enlists the help of Luke, a childhood friend who’s fast-tracking his way to priesthood. After a series of unforeseen and life-threatening events, the two men learn that even the Almighty himself may not be able to help Rainey.