Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

evenge can be deadly - Eye of the Eagle (Hotel LaBelle #3) by Sharon Buchbinder

"This was such a well written story but at times I felt was a bit drawn out in some areas. I am looking forward to catching up with the rest of the characters in the first two books. " Low-La, Goodreads


Published: November 12th, 2018

One soars like an eagle. One strikes like a thunderbird. But for both hearts, revenge can be deadly when it's nourished.

Anomaly Defense Director and shapeshifter Bert Blackfeather doesn't need a boss with no experience. So what if she's beautiful or gives him a jolt when she shakes his hand? He never plans to get seriously involved with another woman—not in this lifetime.

Phoebe Wagner, an empath with psychometric abilities and an advocate for the deaf, gets more than she bargained for with Bert. One touch and she relives his IED injuries. So what if he's handsome and hot? She doesn't need to add his secrets to her own. Phoebe's are bad enough.

When his niece goes missing from Hotel LaBelle, Bert goes to Montana to help—and Phoebe insists on going with him. Can these two hard-headed people share their darkest secrets in order to work together? It may be the only way to save an endangered child—and their own hearts when Bert's past rears its ugly head.

Bridges between Worlds: Science and the Paranormal

Paranormal events have played a role in my life since childhood. I have always accepted this alternate reality that many others do not experience or recognize. Their disbelief doesn’t dismiss my psychic experiences: dreams that come true, that I think of someone–and that person calls, and that I knew my sister was pregnant before she did. In the 1970’s while a psychology major at the University of Connecticut, I participated in telepathy experiments using the now famous J.B. Rhine Zener cards and other images. My “hit rate” as a receiver was statistically greater than chance occurrence. I lived in a haunted duplex in college and could hear the ghost who lived there (my brother could see her). Curiosity and pragmatism took me down the paths of psychology (BA), neuroscience (MA in Psychology), Nursing (AAS) and finally, public health (PhD). 

When I participated in the telepathy experiments in college, little did I know the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) work with psychic spies, remote viewing, and the infamous MK ULTRA behavioral modification program was in full swing. I now suspect the experiments were a CIA recruitment tool for psychic talents. Disbanded for ethical reasons, the full text of the Congressional report on MKULTRA, the CIA’s Program on Research in Behavioral Modification 1977 is available online from the U.S. Senate and as a reprint from the University of Michigan. A large scientifically conducted evaluation study found the results of psychic efforts, such as remote viewing, were positive. However, while the statistics were good, the intelligence wasn’t “detailed enough for practical uses in the field”. The military picked up where the CIA left off. As far as the rest of the world was concerned, the Army, Air Force, and Defense Intelligence Agency discontinued their psychic soldier units a decade later—after the MKULTRA debacle.

In my Eye of the Eagle, Bert Blackfeather is the Director of the Anomaly Defense Division in Homeland Security, Crow Native American, wounded warrior—and an eagle shapeshifter. He works within one of the most science and fact-driven agencies in the country. Yet, he heads a division of remote viewers, empaths, telepaths, clairvoyants, jinni hunters, and other agents with psychic or paranormal talents. Why? Because in my world, after 9-11, based on the top-secret recommendations of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Committee on Homeland Security, those units were consolidated and moved into his division. Bert manages these talented agents and deploys them on missions to protect our country from acts of terror, both foreign and domestic. 

Who knows? Maybe the Anomaly Defense Division I created in 2015 is alive and well under another name!


Bert tugged at his suddenly too tight shirt collar. The photograph did not do her justice. Ms. Phoebe Wagner was even more beautiful in person than on the computer screen. Tall, lean, and leggy, dressed in a navy-blue pants suit and a white blouse accented with a black pearl necklace, she looked like she belonged on a catwalk in Milan, not in a rundown building with windows in desperate need of cleaning. Long, dark lashes framed sky-blue eyes, and the cut of her hair accented her perfectly symmetrical face, as if gilding the lily. He held her gaze a beat too long and a flush crept up her cheeks. Adjusting her pearls, she straightened her back, and shifted the oversized purse on her shoulder—which began to shake and bark. A long-haired red dachshund’s head popped over the edge of the bag, startling Bert into laughter.

 “Does your dog go with you everywhere?” he signed in American Sign Language, or ASL. “Or just to meet your new employees?”

Surprise crossing her face, she smiled and signed, “Everywhere. Her name is Bisou.” She made the ASL sign for the letter b and waved it back and forth like a dog’s wagging tail, her descriptive sign.
“Well, hello, Bisou,” Bert signed and spoke. “How many signs does she know?”

Do not stare at her. Focus on the dog, not her full red lips. She’s your boss. Your unqualified, unprepared, politically appointed new boss.

“The last time I counted, one-hundred.” Frowning, she pushed her hair behind her ear, revealing dangling pearl earrings and a neck like a swan's, long and graceful. She signed to Jean. “You didn’t tell me he could sign.”

Jean shrugged and shook her head. “I didn’t know.”
 “You never know what talents are hidden in the Anomaly Defense Division.” Bert motioned to his visitor chairs. “Have a seat. Please. What would you like to know about this unit?” The truth would probably send her running. Unless she was like her tough-as- nails mother, which he doubted. Living in D.C., he’d seen lots of beautiful women like her before. Haughty. Cold. Born with a silver spoon in her mouth.

She was nothing like his dearly departed, down-to- earth fiancée, Susan. Nothing. Except, maybe a little around the lips. And maybe the way she played with her hair. And her long, lovely neck. Otherwise, Susan and Ms. Wagner had nothing in common.

“What does the Anomaly Defense Division do? I couldn’t find any paperwork describing its mission.” Her gaze locked on his. “What’s its charge? Really.”

Time to get this attractive nuisance out of his office and his life—for good.

“There’s nothing available because this Division performs improbable functions considered by many to be impossible. If an eager senator like your mother were to get her hands on documents describing what we do, there would be more questions than answers.”

A frown furrowed her brow, and her full lips pulled down, ruining her flawless face. “My mother has nothing to do with this conversation.”

“Okay.” This is going well. Not. “Are you familiar with the history of the use of psychics and parapsychology by our government?”

Eyes narrowed, she turned to Jean, sparks practically flying off her fingers as she signed. “Is this some sort of joke on the new kid? If it is, I’m not laughing.”
The interpreter shook her head. “I have no idea what he’s talking about.”

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About the author:
Sharon Buchbinder has been writing fiction since middle school and has the rejection slips to prove it. An RN, she provided health care delivery, became a researcher, association executive, and obtained a PhD in Public Health. She is the author of the Hotel LaBelle Series, the Jinni Hunter Series, and the Obsession Series. When not teaching or writing, she can be found fishing, walking her dogs, or breaking bread and laughing with family and friends in Baltimore, MD and Punta Gorda, FL.

Author's Giveaway
1. $10 Amazon Gift Card ** 2. First 2 eBooks in the Hotel LaBelle series: The Haunting of Hotel LaBelle and Legacy of Evil ** 3. Totebag ** 4. Mug ** 5. Drink Cozies ** 6. Romance Trading Cards

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