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Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense novel A Human Element (Echelon Press). Donna has a B.A. in English and a background in marketing. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Horror Writers Association, The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, and Pennwriters. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in PA with lots of nooks, fireplaces, and stinkbugs but sadly, no ghosts. Visit her at: http://blog.donnagalanti.com/wp/
One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next. Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite–her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a mad man, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his and she has two choices–redeem him or kill him.
Doctor Britton spat out a brittle laugh that turned into a hacking cough. He took another drink. "And this." He shook his glass at them. "This is how I live with myself. But delivering Laura here was my saving grace. I would have killed myself long ago." His face sagged and he put his drink down on the edge of the end table. The glass teetered and fell on the floor, splashing whiskey up his leg. Tears rolled down his wrinkled face.
"You should have killed yourself, old man," Ben said. "You don't deserve to live."
Doctor Britton cried harder, soaking his whiskey-stained shirt.
"I am not your saving grace," Laura said to the doctor, bent over in the recliner. She felt no pity for him, only anger. "Where is my brother?"
"I don't know. We delivered him to the man waiting outside."
"I don't know his name." Doctor Britton closed his eyes. "I just called him the man in black."
Ben shook the doctor's shoulders. "Old man, wake up! What did he look like?" Ben shook him again and then let go. He slumped back in the chair. "We'll have to come back. He's passed out."
"Could it really be our man in black?" Laura looked at Ben.
"I don't know but let's get out of here."
They couldn't leave the dank house quick enough and hurried to the car outside. Ben started to drive away when a hand clamped down on his shoulder. He jumped, braking hard. Laura screamed. They both turned around fast, Ben with his fist ready to hit.
The man in black stared back at them from the back seat with his bright green eyes.
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