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Audra Franchi does what she has to do to keep her life on an even keel. A jeweler by trade, she is near recluse by choice and circumstance. It isn't easy being psychic. People dislike having anyone around they think can read their minds and tend to blame the "reader" for every unpleasant thing that happens in their lives.
Luke Donovan is a true skeptic. If he can't touch it, taste it, hear it, see it or smell it, it doesn't exist! At forty, believing he has experienced it all, Luke is not ready for the impact this so-called psychic has on him. She "knows" things about him that he has rarely admitted to himself. However, he can neither ignore her nor the information she has given him about this particular theft.
This time it started with the necklace.
It was one of the most beautiful things she had ever seen.
Priceless diamonds and rubies, glowing with an inner light, were nestled in expertly handcrafted settings. The gold, burnished with the patina of ages, held the stones gently but very firmly, much as a lover holds that which is precious to him.
The exquisitely crafted gold holding the stones expressed the love of the craftsman for his work. Shown to advantage, the stones sparkled with energy in the unshaded overhead light as if they lived and breathed. As Audra Franchi watched, a disruptive aura dulled the beauty of the priceless gems. The stones whispered to her of love and hate. Trust and betrayal. Life and death. They whispered a history of greed.
Pictures, floating in the back of Audra’s mind, followed the whispered words. Flashing pictures, one after another registered in Audra’s consciousness. Pictures of blood flowing through history, agonizing pictures of love dying.
Second-hand pain shot through one side of Audra’s head. An involuntary moan escaped her tightly closed lips.
"No! I can’t do this again. I refuse to be responsible for someone else’s life. Not again."
Instinctively, she knew the stabbing pain belonged to someone else. It subsided as soon as she acknowledged it, leaving behind a dull throb to remind her that it had actually been there and could return any time it chose.
Audra shut the lid of the worn black leather jewelry case and pushed it to the far side of the work area. She couldn’t shake the nausea or feeling of dread that had been her constant companion since the necklace arrived by special messenger. She should have known the minute the feeling started that the "gift" was back.
She hadn’t experienced that terrible sinking in the pit of her stomach for more than a year. She hoped that it had gone forever. But it had grown so strong in such a short span of time that her body almost quivered with it.
The nausea, stronger than before, washed over the center of her stomach sending her running for the bathroom. It had been like this since her tenth birthday. She didn’t know why that date was so strong in her mind. Nothing particularly horrendous had happened that day, yet she knew that was the day the trouble, as her mother called it, had started.
Every time the "gift" forced her to help someone, the price to her emotional self took a bigger bite and the healing took longer. Each time the compulsion finally eased and the sight faded, Audra hoped that was the end of it. No such luck. And when it did return, and it always did, it came back clearer and more forceful than the time before.
Because jewelry was her business, she knew that most of the truly "precious" stones of any size on the market today had a long and varied history. The older that history, the less pleasant were the vibrations her gift picked up. The item will have passed through many hands leaving traces of the strongest emotions of each person who possessed the stones down through time.
In this instance, the violence and pain she was reading in this necklace was life threatening and it was happening now. She looked again at the black leather case knowing that she didn’t want to work with these stones and gold. She shuddered at the thought of touching them, having to take them out of their original settings and melting down that gold to cast new settings. Even though she knew that the number of "new" gems released each year were few and well controlled, at this moment she wished this job was an "original" in every sense of the word.
The choice of whether or not to do the job had ended when she deposited George Webster’s cashier’s check. In the real world, house payments, utilities and the need to eat didn’t stop just because things didn’t feel right. She had considered returning the money and the necklace, but the owner, Mr. Webster seemed to have disappeared off the face off the earth.
Gini Wilson lives in Texas with her wonderful, understanding husband, Jim. They are California transplants to Texas which they both love. It was a good move. Jim has his woodworking shop and Gini spends most of her time at the computer dreaming of other worlds peopled by heros, heroines and bad, bad guys.
Gini has worn many hats in her life; nightclub singer, private detective, jewelry designer/manufacturer, and ceramic teacher. And through it all she dreamed of being a published fiction writer.
It wasn't until her son was grown that Gini started writing again. A non-fiction monthly trade publication job fell into her lap. The editor suggested she try fiction because every how-to article started with two or three paragraphs of prose to setup the theme of the piece. She joined a writing group and took classes in fiction writing.
ALL THAT GLITTERS is non-stop action and adventure. Ms. Wilson deserves credit for her extensive research into the background of Russian treasures, American government, Russian government, and the interesting world of expensive jewelry. She does a fantastic job of building the suspense as the hero and heroine find more questions than answers. There aren't any love scenes but the sexual tension packs a wallop of sensuality in ALL THAT GLITTERS. A surprising twist and the final showdown is what makes this a five star read, not to mention the interesting developments throughout the story and the topnotch characters pulled tightly together. Romantic suspense that grabs hold and keeps you enthralled till the very end. Copyright © 2000 Darlene Kendall All Rights Reserved.
ALL THAT GLITTERS is a very intense story that has little romance. The main characters, Kate and Jake are well defined and are never overshadowed by the secondary characters. The story is developed at a pace that keeps the reader turning the pages. And to add to the puzzle MS Wilson throws the reader a curve toward the ending. 5 Star Review, Hattie Boyd, Scribes World
Illusions EPPIE 2002 FINALIST There can be no illusions about the quality of this book. It is a remarkable read that proves the author to be enormously gifted .Don't be fooled by illusions as you read this clever tale. From it's very first page, Illusions proves different and unclassifiable. Gini Wilson masterfully weaves exotic texture into what at first might seem average suspense I truly enjoyed Illusions. Gini Wilson's bio shows her to be a remarkable lady. Illusions proves it. -- Buzzy / Buzz Review,
"Illusions" by Gini Wilson is an awesome story of love tested to the very depths of it's being. Deception at every turn, Luke Donovan has to learn to trust his heart when it comes to this exotic psychic Audra who seems to have pierced his inner soul. Can Audra and Luke come to a point in their lives when no matter the circumstances trust and belief overcome all? Read, "Illusions" and become a believer yourself. - Kim's Reviews~~Reviewed by Kim Gaona http://kimgaona.com
Overall this is a good story. If you are interested in psychic phenomenon, then this is the book for you! -- Reviewed by Lisa http://Lisasbookreview.com
Privacy explores the effects of privacy and the lack of it on people's lives. As Mac and Ellie come closer to the truth, they come closer to each other. But each of them have some baggage they're toting around, and only after working together to find out the truth, do they realize the biggest truth is love. Privacy contains a lot of espionage, adventure and intrigue.It's a quick moving romantic adventure. Number of Stars 4 , Reviewed by Rickey R. Mallory
PRIVACY by Gini Wilson is an excellent spy novel complete with gadgets, political intrigue, and multiple spies. Once you throw a mystery writer into the mix, you get something special...
... This is not your typical spy novel. When you have a heroine with trophies for target shooting, one heck of a gun collection, and a penchant for hands-on research, nothing is too surprising. At the same time, there are moments when the heroine does come unglued and vulnerable. Even Mac has his moments. It's easy to see why this book went to an electronic publisher. It just doesn't fit the marketing profile of the big NY houses. The heroineis too strong, the detail is too rich for the romance market, and it's just too good! Give us more, Gini Wilson! -- Ellen Anthony, www.sample-books.com
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 264
Paper Weight (lb): 11.2
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