I am excited to welcome author Anise Eden, who is celebrating the release of the first book in her new Healing Edge series, All the Broken Places.
Cate Duncan is a promising young therapist, dedicated to her work. But after her mother’s suicide, she is seized by a paralyzing depression. To save her job, Cate agrees to enter a program with Dr. Angeline MacGregor, run by her stern son, Ben, and housed in a repurposed church. Cate doesn’t quite understand what the program entails, but she soon learns that the skills she will develop there may not only help her learn how to cope with her own problems, but will also lead her to a much greater purpose.
The MacGregor Group is a collection of alternative healers whose unconventional approaches include crystals, aura reading and psychics. They know that their life’s work invites skepticism, and welcome the chance to prove naysayers wrong. But they need the unique abilities that Cate can bring, and as she slides ever closer to her own abyss, they will do everything in their power to protect Cate from those who wish her harm—including herself.
A powerful novel of suspense and a wildly inventive start to this paranormal romance series, All the Broken Places engages readers with its striking blend of the supernatural and the psychological.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if any part of All the Broken Places was actually a part of our reality?
Many would argue that the paranormal abilities described in All the Broken Places are already, in actuality, a part of our reality. While I invented some aspects of the world in this novel, most people have at least heard of psychic mediums, telepaths, aura readers, empaths, and people who can glimpse the future. And while they don’t necessarily advertise it, many people believe in these abilities and seek out people who have them for a variety of reasons.
I am both a huge science geek and a firm believer that we only know a fraction of what is true about the world, the universe, and ourselves. As such, I enjoy writing about the places where the explained and the unexplained overlap—sometimes sparking conflict, sometimes leading to brilliant collaborations. For example, two of the characters in The Healing Edge Series practice acupuncture and Reiki. It took a long time for these modes of healing to be taken seriously by Western medicine, but now they are often used as part of integrative approaches in hospitals and elsewhere.
I am also fascinated by the various ways in which we cope with things that we cannot understand—especially when they threaten to blow our existing worldviews right out of the water. We all have different levels of flexibility and rigidity in our belief systems and react differently when those beliefs are challenged. Cate, my heroine, has some strange aptitudes that she can’t explain, but she flat-out denies the notion that her gifts could be paranormal in nature. Hero Ben, on the other hand, has seen enough evidence that he believes in paranormal abilities—except for telekinesis. That’s where, for his own reasons, he draws the line.
But why incorporate these themes into a romance novel, instead of choosing another genre? Perhaps because love is the greatest and most compelling “crossover” area of them all—not to mention the closest to our hearts. New research studies are constantly being conducted to examine what love is, why we fall into it, what makes relationships last, what causes them to fail, etc. And while this research can be very enlightening, the true essence of love is perhaps best distilled by poets and musicians rather than by scientists, and best understood by those who are living it rather than studying it. Certainly, heroine Cate’s personal journey only reaches a climax when love, reality’s greatest mystery, gets thrown into the mix.
So, has anyone ever made fun of you for consulting a psychic? Having your palm or tarot cards read? Buying a crystal because you were told it would cleanse your aura? I’d say, don’t let their eye-rolling get you down. Keep in mind that the same person who mocked you could easily be someone who crosses their fingers when they’re waiting for a test result, or wears a lucky pair of socks when their favorite sports team plays, or holds their breath whenever they drive past a graveyard. We all find our own ways to deal with the unknown, and I hope that readers will enjoy chasing down life’s mysteries with the characters of All the Broken Places and the rest of The Healing Edge Series.
Meet Anise Eden!
Author and plant lover Anise Eden spends most of her time tucked away in her writing nook imagining things that aren’t there. On those rare occasions when she emerges from seclusion, Anise may be spotted in coffee shops, staring at her laptop screen and silently moving her lips as she reviews bits of dialogue. Although Anise claims that she’s the one in charge, the characters in her head do sometimes make her laugh out loud at inappropriate moments.