Tour Stop and Exclusive Excerpt: Voices by Clarissa Johal

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“Sometimes the ghosts from your
past…

are real.”

 

Book Details:

 

Title: VOICES

Genre: Paranormal Psychological Suspense
Author: Clarissa Johal
Editor: Bobbie Metevier
Published by Permuted Press May 19, 2015
ISBN: 9781618685698
ASIN: B00WAH55JW
Pages: 264

About VOICES:

Sometimes the ghosts from your past…are real.    
    

Moira Flynn is arrested for attacking a door-to-door solicitor with a knife. She claims a voice told her the man was intent on assaulting her. The trouble is, she was the only one that heard that voice. Moira strikes a plea bargain and is sent to a psychiatric hospital for voluntary treatment. Dr. Richard Cassano is hesitant to treat her as schizophrenic, as she does not show the standard symptoms. As their sessions progress, Moira confesses there are two voices—and they aren’t voices in her head, but the voices of ghosts. Are they imaginary? Or are they actual spirits, attached to her for reasons of their own? As Moira’s doctor uncovers more of her past, he begins to realize that her ghosts are real. And one of them is determined to drag Moira into the afterlife with him.

EXCERPT:

“How did it go yesterday?” Dr. Cassano asked.

“Fine.” Moira sat opposite him, hands balled in her lap. Dr. Cassano’s office always smelled like soap and spicy aftershave, she reflected. Kind of like he’s running late and just took a shower.

“Good,” he replied. “Again…sorry about cancelling.”

She unclenched her hands and grasped the armrests of her chair. “So…do I start my medication today?”

He clicked his pen repeatedly. “I think I’m going to hold off for a couple more days. I’m still trying to determine what would suit you.”

A mixture of relief and worry twisted her gut. “Does that mean I’ll have to stay here longer?”

“No, not at all,” he assured her. “You’re still in treatment. I’m just unsure of which direction to go at this point.”

“Oh,” she replied, uncertain.

Dr. Cassano cleared his throat and fidgeted with his pen. Click, click, click. He set his pen down pointedly. “Can we discuss our last session?”

Moira had prepared herself for more questions and shrugged stiffly. “There’s nothing to discuss.”

“I think there is,” he countered. “There was a death that occurred at Mrs. Cook’s. Can we talk about that?”

Moira watched as Isabella circled behind him. She bit her lip.

“Moira,” Dr. Cassano said. “If we’re going to make any progress, you have to start trusting me. This seems upsetting to you, can you tell me why?” He shifted his weight forward to garner her attention. “Do you remember the child’s name?”

“Isabella.”

“Isabella,” he repeated. “One of the voices you hear.” He paused, seemingly trying to order his thoughts. “Is it the same girl?”

Moira clasped her hands in her lap again and nodded.

“Do you think there’s a reason for that?”

There were a dozen different answers she could give him. Moira found herself mute.

“Were you there when her death occurred?” he asked. “Can you tell me what happened?”  Isabella continued to hover at his elbow. Dr. Cassano rubbed his collarbone and shifted his weight again.

For a moment, Moira thought he’d confess he saw both Jack and Isabella. That he would tell them to leave immediately, and they would. This is so messed up, she thought miserably. I hate being the only one who can see them. I hate it. 

“Were you there?” Dr. Cassano probed gently.

“I don’t remember. It was a long time ago.”

“Do you remember anything?”

She dug at the brass tack on the armrest of her chair. He probably already knows everything, she thought. Well, almost everything. “We were playing on the swing in the backyard.”

“Who’s we?”

“Me, Liam and Isabella.” She bit her lip. “Isabella ran away.”

“Why did she run away?”

Moira shrugged.

“Did you follow her?”

“No.”

“Liar,” Isabella muttered.

“Did Liam follow her?”

“No,” Moira repeated, a little louder.

“Why did she run away?”

“I don’t know. She was always doing something.”

“By that, you mean…?”

“Getting into trouble. Causing trouble.”

“I never cause trouble!” Isabella said petulantly. “It’s you, Moira! You!” She stormed over to her. “You started it! I was just making fun!”

I believe you, Isabella,” Jack said.

Shaking her head, Moira tried to appear unruffled. Between Isabella, Jack, and Dr. Cassano, she didn’t know where to look. She settled for staring at the gold name plaque that sat on his desk.

“You seem uncomfortable,” Dr. Cassano remarked. “What are you experiencing right now?”

Moira clenched her hands. She was not going to let Isabella or Jack get to her, not this time.

“It’s your fault I’m here!” Isabella yelled again. In a fit of rage, she pushed a stack of papers from the desk and retreated to the window.

Dr. Cassano half stood. “What—” Isabella pounded her fist against the glass and he turned with a start.

Moira dug her fingernails into her palms. “Can I go back to my room? I’m not feeling well.”

“Of course,” he said, appearing somewhat rattled. “We’ll continue with this tomorrow.”

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About the Author:

 

 

Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

 

*Member of the Author’s Guild
*Member of the Horror Writers Association
VOICES
(May 2015) Permuted Press
STRUCK

(January 2014) Musa Publishing 

(March 2015) Clarissa Johal

*Second place in the Preditors and Editors
Readers Poll 2014
*Winner of the Indie Book of the Day Award

BETWEEN

(December 2012) Musa Publishing 

(March 2015) Clarissa Johal

*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012

PRADEE

(2010) Clarissa Johal

*Second round finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2012

Short stories: 

 

PIGEONS

THE ROPE

Susurrus Literary JournalNon-Fiction:

 

A WAY OF LIFE

The Sacramento Bee Newspaper

Find Clarissa Online:

 

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2 thoughts on “Tour Stop and Exclusive Excerpt: Voices by Clarissa Johal

  1. Thank you for hosting VOICES 🙂

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  2. Sapphyria says:

    Thank you so much for hosting Clarissa!!

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