Book Title: Phantom Dreams
Author: T.K. Harris
Release Date: June 7th
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Length: 81,956 words, 273 pages
Publisher: GMTA Publishing LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Cover Design by: Benjamin Poelman and Tipping Point
FBI Special Agent Jack Matthews finds himself on yet another serial killer case, having barely recovered from the last disastrous hunt. Still stiff from a gun shot wound in his leg, under investigation for a botched job, and having lost his fiancée when she walked out on him, Jack is beginning to wonder if it isn’t time to move on to something new. But, for Jack, these cases are personal and he can’t say no.
Marketing specialist Kathy Gilliam leads a fairly boring life. If she’s not working or caring for her ailing father, then she is doing whatever it takes to avoid going anywhere near crowds of people. Her few distractions include her friend Margo Longfellow, occasional hiking trips, and her increasingly alarming dreams of women dying.
As her nightmares cause her to begin to doubt her sanity, the media releases news of the “Coast-to-Coast Killer” and Kathy discovers her dreams may be related. In a moment of panic, Kathy does something that places her on the FBI’s “persons of interest” list. Suddenly, her life is set on a collision course with Jack who must decide if Kathy is the killer or destined to become a victim.
Shivering from the cold and feelings she could not identify, Kathy numbly followed the small trail that ran through the dimly lit park. Oblivious to the growing darkness, she continued walking. The same chant repeated over and over in her mind. It's not real. It's not real.
She collapsed near a park bench, holding her arms tightly to her chest and regretting that she had not grabbed a jacket before she fled. Confusion reigned as her thoughts tumbled one over another. This is ridiculous. Dreaming about women who were dead? That happened in the movies, not in real life. When the initial shock had faded, reason set in. It was the picture again. It had sparked her imagination and, abracadabra, instant recognition. She must have seen a picture of Lisa Marks somewhere before. It was the only thing that made any sense.
Yes. That had to be right. She wanted to laugh. There was a logical explanation. Right? But she was still afraid. Why was this happening to her in the first place? Am I losing it? Fear overwhelmed Kathy, causing her shivers to violently increase. The thought of going crazy was even harder to handle.
Time passed and the shadows deepened. By now she had calmed down enough to breathe evenly, but still found herself shivering from the cold. Wearily, she began the trip back to the hotel, somewhat surprised when she looked to see the hotel further in the distance than she would have thought. Well, there's stupidity for you, she thought. Heading off into the night in a strange park. It's official. I am losing it.
As she passed a light pole, the light began to flicker and then went out. Startled, she continued on, telling herself to stay calm despite the fact that her heart was anything but. The lights of the hotel blinked in the distance. Subconsciously, she picked up the pace. A prickle at the back of her neck caused her to swivel her head, looking to see if she was being followed. When she noticed no one, she continued on her way, but walking faster as the feeling grew. Someone was following her.
Suddenly she was running, fleeing through the wooded park, branches tearing at her clothes.
T.K. Harris was born in California and lived a gypsy sort of life traveling the world as a military brat. She has been writing since she was a child and as had several short stories published by various magazines, including one in Woman's World. She currently lives and works in Colorado as a Senior Solutions Architect and IT Instructor and has recently had her first novel, Phantom Dreams, published. She is looking forward to her next two books, already outlined and partially written. You can find out more at: http://www.tkharrisonline.com.