Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams
As a criminal profiler, Tara used science and her intuitive skill at Tarot card divination to track down the dangerous and depraved, including the serial killer who left her scarred from head to toe. Since that savage attack, Tara has been a recluse. But now an ancient secret society known as Delphi’s Daughters has asked for her help in locating missing scientist Lowell Magnusson. And Tara, armed with her Tarot deck, her .38, and a stack of misgivings, agrees to try.
Tara immediately senses there is far more at stake than one man’s life. At his government lab in the New Mexico desert, Magnusson had developed groundbreaking technology with terrifying potential. Working alongside the brusque but charismatic agent Harry Li, Tara discovers that Magnusson’s daughter, Cassie, has knowledge that makes her a target too. The more Tara sees into the future, the more there is to fear. She knows she has to protect Cassie. But there may be no way to protect herself–from the enemies circling around her, or from the long-buried powers stirring to life within….
Letter to the Reader from Author Alayna Williams
Tarot cards have always fascinated me. From the time that I purchased my first deck in high school, I was intrigued by the rich symbolism, the colors, and the stories told by the cards. If I was an artist, I’d have loved to create my own deck. Such a task is incredible daunting…especially for someone like me who has barely enough artistic talent to be able to paint a wall without courting disaster!
Instead, I decided to write about the Tarot. Tara, the heroine of DARK ORACLE, is the embodiment of one of my favorite cards, the Queen of Swords. The Queen of Swords has always been a solitary figure, wounded by the sword of her own intellect. Its traditional meaning involves mourning and resolute action. Tara’s much like that. She’s a criminal profiler who uses Tarot cards to solve crimes, but she exiled herself from her work after she narrowly survived an attack by a serial killer. When Tara’s forced to re-enter the world to work again, she must learn the lesson the Queen of Swords has to teach: the power of self-reliance. But she must move beyond that, to experience love and companionship again, become part of the world she’s isolated herself from.
I hope that you enjoy exploring the cards with Tara.