Broken Souls by Laurie Olerich
Series: Primani, #4
Publication Date: September 5, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Stalked by evil…
Psychic Rori Austinís life is over. She just doesnít know it yet. Plagued by recurring nightmares and terrifying fugues, sheís hanging on by a thread. When she blacks out and wakes up in 1969, she knows sheís out of control. Broke and alone in the city that never sleeps, sheís desperate to find someone who can hold back the darkness in her mind. When gorgeous Declan shows up out of nowhere, sheís thrilled until he starts asking questions she has no intention of answering.
Haunted by guilt…
Primani Declan Manning is a ruthless killer and a renowned healer. Demons fear him. Humans love him. Life is good. The last thing he needs is a human woman. After saving Roriís life, he walks away but canít forget the fear in her exotic eyes. They haunt him, dredging up memories better left buried deep. Intrigued by her secrets, he uncovers the horrifying truth. Sheís been marked for Hell, and her time is up. Heíll risk his own immortality to save her so ulÖif they can find the demon in time.
Character Name: Rori Austin
Character Bio: Rori Austin lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother died when she was three, and she was raised in foster homes until she moved out on her own at age 17. With no known family, she’s found love and friendship in a kind elderly man named Arthur and a sexy street vendor called Raine. Life hasn’t been sweet for Rori, but she’s scratching out an existence the best way she can. A bit of a bookworm, she can be found in the New York public library every Thursday. Although she’s a city girl, she longs for the fresh air of the mountains and a chance for the peace it brings.
Describe yourself. What is your worst and best quality?
“Let’s see… My best quality is I’m resilient. Nothing much gets me down for long. I mean, really. I have rats in my apartment, a freaky peeper in my window, and barely enough food to live on. But somehow I know this isn’t my life… it’s a speed bump, a hiccup. My real life is somewhere out there waiting for me. It’s only a matter of time. Worst quality? Hmm. I’m pretty cynical. You could even say I have trust issues. Yeah. Definitely. Trust issues.”
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
“I hate that I can’t save the people in my visions. It tears me apart inside. But I can’t tell anyone this. I can’t tell anyone about my visions. They wouldn’t understand. Back to those trust issues again.”
What is your biggest secret?
“Most of my secrets would make your skin crawl. You don’t really want the details. Let’s just say Father Joseph is the least of my worries.”
What are you most afraid of?
“Other than being buried alive? Being possessed by a demon; losing control of my free will. Once upon a time, I lived in a bubble of denial where demons didn’t exist. I was safe. Now? Not so much. The truth nearly killed me.”
Do you want to elaborate on that?
Okay, so on a lighter note. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
“Vanilla! No, wait. Vanilla with caramel swirl. Maybe with some banana slices on top. Dec’s crazy about caramel too. There’s always a jar in his fridge.”
Really? Does the jar stay in the kitchen?
Do you want to elaborate on that?
“Let’s just say Dec’s taught me a thing or two about sex. Before I met him, my ideas were…limited. He’s very creative. You wouldn’t believe the things he can do with his mind. Telekinesis is so hot.”
How are things going with him? Any plans you’d like to share?
“Dec is wonderful. He’s everything you think he is. Warm, funny, protective and sexy. He keeps me laughing. I’m learning to trust again.”
Speaking of trust. Are you learning to trust your psychic powers? It’s a lot to handle, isn’t it?
“Yes! There are days when I want to hide in the dark and cry. I used to be completely overwhelmed by the dreams, but now I understand where they came from. Now I understand what my powers really are about. Thanks to Mica and Killian, I’m finally able to control them. Things are definitely getting better. Dec and I are working some new cold cases too. Knowing I can help people find closure is a big relief for me. It helps me make sense of things.”
It sounds like things in your life are calming down. Do you have any regrets?
“My mom’s death. She died before I could know her. Since I never knew my father and my grandparents were dead, growing up was pretty lonely. Living in foster homes was bad enough, but when my nightmares started, my childhood went to Hell. I mean, really, who wants to raise a kid who wakes up screaming every night? I can’t help feeling my mother would’ve had answers to my questions. She would’ve been able to help me deal. I wish I would’ve known her.”
One last question for you. Where do you see yourself in another year?
“Well, I’m helping Sean and Dec with their hit list. But I need a real job too. I don’t want to live off of them. So I’m going to school to become a private investigator. Yeah, I know, it’s not as exciting as killing demons for a living, but I’m not really comfortable with violence. I’m good at research though so this might be a great way to use all of my skills. We’re living in the penthouse now. I’m not sure if we’ll stay there or get a place of our own. Sean has an annoying habit of popping in every few days. It’s not very private.”
Since you brought up Sean, I have to ask one more question. How hot is he really?
“Steaming! The man moves like sex. I don’t know how Aisling blows him off. He’s got a vibe that just sucks you into his space, you know what I mean? It’s those eyes. Wow. Honestly, it kind of scares the hell out of me! Yeah, he’s that hot. And yes, Dec absolutely hates it.”
Hi! Iím Laurie Olerich and writing is my passion. I love to create guilty pleasures full of exciting locations, rollercoaster action, strong, quirky heroines, and steaming hot heroes whoíll raise the temperature in any room youíre in! Paranormal romance? Check! Urban fantasy? Check! Romantic suspense? Check! My Primani series combines the best of the three. When Iím not plotting, writing, or fantasizing about my next hero, Iím planning parties, traveling, and spending lazy nights with my son, my Dal pals, and my friends. If youíd like to get to know me better and keep up with my works in progress, look me up on the Internet. Iíd love to hear from you!