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The Gifts, A Jacody Ives Mystery (Jacody Ives Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Linda Prather is an upcoming author to watch out for. --Michael Garrett, Author, Hot Blood Series

About the Author

Hi. My name is Linda S. Prather. I was born in Kentucky in 1955, the youngest of six siblings. I live in Lexington, Kentucky with my fiancé, Coby W. Fuson. I have two wonderful sons, Charles and Steven. I have always loved reading and writing. And although perhaps not one of the greatest literary works, my earliest memory of a book that inspired me was Old Yeller.

The characters in that book were so real to me. I laughed and cried with every page. When I started writing, it was my greatest desire to write characters, which were real, and stories that opened the hearts and minds of the readers.

Knowledge was another love. I wanted to learn everything about everything. In the late 1980's I started my studies in metaphysics, delving into touch healing, dream analysis, meditation, psychic phenomena, and hypnosis. I received my degree in metaphysics in 1992 and continued from there to become a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. I spent the new two years studying the effects of hypnosis on cancer and pain. I taught meditation and self-hypnosis, as well as dream analysis through Eastern Kentucky University's Special Programs for four years. The power of the mind has always fascinated me, and continues to fascinate me.

The Gifs is actually the fourth novel I've written, although it is my first attempt at publishing one of my works. I am currently working on a new novel, and find myself in the jungles of Africa, enthralled by its culture and beauty. Hopefully, I will share that with you in the near future.

My greatest accomplishments–my children. My sons have been the light in my life. Their love and encouragement has sustained me through the bad times and enhanced my joy during the good times.

My favorite pastimes–good friends, good food and good conversation.

My favorite quote: "Be known for unwavering commitment to the people and ideals you choose to live by."


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  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Original Publisher: Echelon Press May 2006 - rights reverted or author May 2008; 1 edition (June 25, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 25, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U4WVQ4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda S. Prather, was born in Kentucky in 1955. She currently live in Lexington, Kentucky with my fiancé, Coby W. Fuson. She has two wonderful sons, Charles and Steven.

I have always loved reading and writing. And although perhaps not a great literary work, I loved and was inspired by Old Yeller. The characters in that book were real to me. When I started writing, it was my greatest desire to write characters that readers could love and hate, laugh and cry with.
Knowledge was another love. I wanted to learn about everything. I studied metaphysics; delving into touch healing, dream analysis, meditation, and hypnosis. I received my associate's degree in metaphysics in 1992 and continued from there to become a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. I spent several years studying the effects of hypnosis on cancer and pain. I taught meditation, dream analysis and self-hypnosis through Eastern Kentucky University's Special Programs for four years. The power of the mind has always fascinated me. I've recently become a paranormal investigator, and love old houses that go bump in the night.

The Gifts and coming soon Sacred Secrets are a combination of my love of mystery, metaphysics and the paranormal.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jim on October 10, 2010
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I really liked this book. But although this is the first one written about Jacody Ives, there is a recently released a prequel titled "Sacred Secrets." That's the book to start with.

"The Gifts" is a supernatural mystery thriller. I'd like to say I couldn't put it down, but honestly, I don't read that fast and I do need sleep at night and still have to go to work each day. So it took me a few days to read it. But it was a fun ride, and the suspense kept me wanting to know what happened next.

I hope it's not too long before Prather's next book. I'm hooked. Unless something unexpected happens, I will read anything she writes.

I'm waiting Linda . . .
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Diane Waters on July 21, 2010
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This book was a page turner. Could not walk away from it and the anticipation of the next chapter was huge. Great work Ms. Prather. Can not wait to start the next book in the series. Keep writing your fans are waiting!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Wallace on April 12, 2011
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This is a difficult book to review. It was a page turner, there was a degree of excitement and the spunky heroine was engaging. The other characters were not badly written. It was just that the surprises about them were not that surprising.
The supernatural elements were interesting but not spooky. All the violence was implied. This appears to be the first book with a sequel to follow. There should are opportunies for these charactrs to develop futher.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Heptinstall on March 19, 2011
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If you love a good mystery mixed with the supernatural, and suspense, then this is the book for you. It is a thriller that has you thinking one way, and then within the next few pages you are on a journey that will keep you going until the end. It is like being on a roller coaster. You slowly make your way up to the top, all the time watching how high you are going. Then as you reach the top you say to yourself, "What was I thinking?" Yet it is too late to get off. This book is like a roller coaster.

Once you start reading it, there is no turning back. The book will drawl you into the story and the characters. I thought I had it figured out half way through the book, and then sure as shoot I found out I was lost.

This is a great read.

Sandra Heptinstall

I rate this book R for language and violence
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda Eble Swain on February 15, 2012
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This book is great and even though there is another in the series, it stands very well on its own. The characters are lively, believable and touch your hearts on so many levels. Jacody is someone that you can't decide if you love or hate and well you'll have to make your own decision.
The author did an incredible amount of research of the trauma of organ transplants, and her understand of Tarot is amazing. There's a mix of characters, all that touch your heart in many ways. This book will amaze you, keep you interested until the very end and touch you on so many levels it's impossible to innumerate them all. I highly recommend it and trust me, you will want to read it over and over.The Gifts: A Jacody Ives Mystery
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hotcha on May 12, 2014
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Corrine Lawson knew he would kill her after he had beaten and raped her, her only thought was to a mental message to wan Sarah that he was coming for her.................

Six tears ago, Sarah Burns, came to Glade Springs pregnant and alone to flee the partner she put in jail when he raped a street walker. Now five years later, she was sheriff and raised her little girl. She had the gift to feel what others felt and she knew there was more to a routine accident than what was thought. She had nightmares about being warned that a killer was coming for her daughter and it shook her. She had secrets to hide and kept a close eye out on strangers. Then renowned mystery writer Gavin McAllister came to town stirring up trouble......

Gavin McAllister often had nightmares and often week off the grid until he could figure out his dreams, his twin sister was marrying his adopted brother in a few weeks and he worked with Rob an FBI agent tracking the Mother's Day killer. Cory came to him in a shimmering light to plead for his help in protecting a little girl from the monster that had killed her...........

DOUBLE WOW! Hold on to your seats as Ms. Prather takes you on a twisting, bumpy ride for your life!!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Blackburn on June 10, 2006
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Hello everyone, just wanted to take a minute to let everyone know of a relatively new author. Linda Prather has recently released "The Gifts", if you enjoy mystery as in Patricia Cornwell and Tami Hoag, you will love this new writer. This will be a continuing series as Patricia Cornwell does with Kay Scarpetta. Trust me, you won't be sorry you purchased this one!!

Jeff
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Debra L. Martin on May 17, 2011
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Gavin McAllister is a lost tortured soul, some say the very definition of a writer, but with a twist, evil knows him. The demons raging inside him send him gruesome dreams of rape, torture and murder, always with the same message. "You're too late McAllister." His only weapon to save his sanity is to write the stories down using his alter-ego Jacody Ives, to uncover the secrets and solve the crime. He is a best-selling author. He has the Gift.

Call it psychic, intuition or gut feelings, Gavin is also determined to use his ability to help the FBI, specifically, his step-brother Rob and his partner Carl, catch bad guys. But there is one twisted sick murderer that they haven't been able to catch for five years--The Mother's Day killer. The killer always leaves a calling card at the scene of the murders taunting the FBI and Gavin has made it his mission to catch this guy.

From the opening scene of the book, the author does a fantastic job of reeling you into this paranormal mystery, keeping you on the edge of your seat while the story unfolds with one twist after another. Ms. Prather is a master storyteller slowly filling in Gavin's backstory--he is a twin who was separated at a young age-- and when Rob introduces Gavin to his girl, a piece of the puzzle clicks into place for him. Cory Larson is his long lost twin, adopted one day ahead of him. Now she's back in his life and Gavin feels a modicum of peace, that is, until Cory becomes the Mother's Day killer's next victim. Now catching the sicko is personal.

Clues of Cory's last known whereabouts lead Gavin to a seemingly peaceful town of Glade Springs. Every town has its secrets and Glade Springs is no different.
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