A Grave Prediction (Psychic Eye Mystery #14) - Victoria Laurie

Acknowledgments

Writing is a bitch of a way to make a living. It’s a bitch on the writer, but it’s probably even more of a bitch on those people who love and support the author.

That’s what’s so fabulous about writing the acknowledgments. It’s our opportunity to say, Sorry! No, really . . . sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry!!!!! See, during the book creation process, we writerly types are simply awful to live with. To work with. To be around. To be near. To be in sight of. To be at a distance from. To be friends with on Facebook. We’re so often curmudgeonly, unkempt, disheveled, and malnourished that it takes a certain hearty soul to continue to love us throughout the cranking out of several hundred pages.

So, at the start of every book, I’m so happy to have the opportunity to tell all the people in my life who routinely put up with me at my curmudgeonly worst how much I love them, adore them, need them, and hope they continue to bring home a pizza every now and again.

To that end, I will begin with Jessica Wade, who has been so incredibly patient and understanding. This book came with particular difficulty, and I so appreciate all the compensations for extra time you extended me, Jessica. I also sincerely appreciate all the wonderful insight you gave to the editorial process. Your comments are always spot on, and you really, really help bring out the best story possible. I’ve worked with you on only two books so far, but I’ve so enjoyed the partnership, and I’m looking forward to many more experiences to come.

Also, thank you to my amazing publicist, Danielle Dill, who is simply wonderful in every single way. Both at her job and as a person. She’s amazeballs.

And to the rest of the team at Penguin, thank you so much for your dedication, hard work, and keen insights. I love my publishing house, and I hope you all know that.

Next, I’d like to thank my wonderful agent, Jim McCarthy, who is simply invaluable as a creative partner. He always knows exactly the right thing to say to me at the precise right moment. One of the true gifts of my life was securing Jim as my agent and eventually getting to call him my dear, dear friend. I can’t think of a thing I’m more grateful for.

Finally, I’d like to thank the people in my personal life who constantly support me even when I’m running myself ragged trying to make a deadline. Brian Gorzynski (I love you, honey. I’m the luckiest woman in the world with you at my side.); my amazing sister, Sandy Upham; Steve McGrory; Matt and Mike Morrill; Katie Coppedge; Leanne Tierney and Karen Ditmars; Nicole Gray; Sandy Harding; Terry Gilman; Catherine Ong Kane; Drue Rowean; Sally Woods; John Kwaitkowski; Matt McDougal; Dean James; Anne Kimbol; McKenna Jordan; Hilary Laurie; Shannon Anderson; Thomas Robinson; Juliet Blackwell; Gigi Pandian; Martha Bushko and Suzanne Parsons and all my homies at Stars and Stripes CrossFit, who just throw a wall ball at me when I’m getting too cranky.

Contents

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Title Page

Dedication

Acknowledgments

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Epilogue

Chapter One

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The thing I hate about the future is that it’s so freaking unpredictable.

I know, I know—that’s not something you usually hear from a psychic. I get it. But it’s a fact. Yep. It’s a stinky, irritating, frustrating, annoying fact that the future is far less predictable than even I like to admit.

Still, as much as I may whine about