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Kat Martin Is Haunted By THE DREAM
A night spent in a haunted bed-and-breakfast near Mystic, CT inspired my first romantic suspense, The Silent Rose.
But a presence from that bizarre night may also have influenced my second romantic suspense, The Dream.
In The Dream, my present-day heroine is plagued with nightmares of a real-life woman, who lived in Jamaica during the 1840s,
named Annee Palmer. I later discovered that the the bed-and-breakfast was built during that time also by a family named Palmer.
Coincidence? Possibly. But something else happened while I was writing the novel that makes me wonder. I was at a cocktail party when a woman I'd never met sought me out.
"I've read your books," she said. "There's a message I need to give you. I'm very psychic at times, and I believe there is a story you must write. It's about a woman who once lived
in Jamaica. Her name is Annee Palmer." Chills ran down my arms. I was more than three-quarters done with the book.
"I keep seeing your face and Annee's," she said, "and all I can think of is her terrible, heart-wrenching guilt."
The message was received loud and clear, making me see the story in an entirely new light. I worked over the pages I had already written.
EXCERPT from The Dream
" Pretty rough week?" Jack asked as they walked along the sand at the edge of the beach.
Genny sighed into the darkness. "Not one of my best. I've been napping a little, which the doctor says I shouldn't, but I haven't really gotten much rest."
"And the dreams?"
"Really bad, Jack. I don't know what I'm going to do."
"I'm sorry baby. I wish I knew what to tell you."
He was certain he knew how to help her, if she would only let him. He eyed her soft breasts, remembered the way they'd felt in his hands. He wanted her, had since the moment he had met her. Then he thought of the promise he had made. "It's getting kind of late. Maybe we ought to be going back in."
She simply nodded. They made their way back along the beach, but when they reached the house, Genny made no effort to go in.
"Gennybaby, are you all right?"
She only shook her head. "I cant do it, Jack. I cant face the dreams again tonight. I keep thinking about the terrible things Ill see, trying to imagine what they might mean. Come inside with me, Jack. Make love to me."
He dragged in a slow breath of air. Taking Genny to bed was what he'd been after from the start. Still, he knew the kind of man he was, not the sort for a girl like Genny. "You know the way I am the way I'll always be. Are you sure that's what you want?"
Her lashes swept down but they couldn't hide the rears that trickled down her cheeks. "I need you, Jack. I want you to help me forget my dreams. I want to think only of you, feel only the things you make me feel. Make me forget, Jack, if only for tonight".
The Dream was originally released in 1995 under the pen name, Kasey Mars. Visit www.katbooks.com, or write 1001 E. Broadway, Box 2-414, Missoula, MT 59802.
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