Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Psychic Powers - Which Would You Choose? by Cara Carnes, author of 'A Shadow's Embrace'

Psychic Powers - Which Would You Choose?

When my muse first decided it was time to sit down and put the Indigo Shadows world into play with book one, A Shadow’s Embrace, I was thrilled. I’ve always been intrigued by psychic potential and have researched them all prettily heavily to understand common beliefs, etc. before crafting my own personal interpretation.

In A Shadow’s Embrace, the heroine Devyn is a technopath. She’s able to mentally interact and manipulate anything electronic. This ability astounded me at first. Can you imagine the inherent potential with such a power in today’s world where computers, smart phones and new age machinery I don’t even understand rule? What would you do with a power like that?

Personally if I were to choose between psychic powers I think I’d choose either the ability to move objects with my mind or the power to heal. Of course, all the abilities come with significant consequences and sacrifices. In the world I crafted, all the heroes within the Shadow Elite Operatives, or the SEO, are the highest level psychics around. Even though they broke away from the secret government organization holding them prisoner they’ve taken it upon themselves to protect the other lower level psychics from that group rather than live the freedom they fought to gain.

Devyn doesn’t use her technopathic abilities lightly. She’s founded Indigo Order, a foundation designed to help educate, clothe and feed the psychic children displaced onto the streets of Chicago because of General Conver’s actions. Everyone on the street knows her as Indy and it is her presence and determination that binds those on the street together in a patchwork style family.

I’d like to think if I had such an ability I’d do the same as the hero and the heroine—choose to help others rather than sequester my power. Using it for ill gain isn’t an option. I believe very strongly in karma and there’s no telling what that’d reap. No thank you.

What about you? What would you choose as a power and how would you use it?


Born in small-town Texas, Cara Carnes was a princess, a pirate, fashion model, actress, rock star and Jon Bon Jovi’s wife all before the age of 13.

In reality, her fascination for enthralling worlds took seed somewhere amidst a somewhat dull day job and a wonderful life filled with family and friends. When she’s not cemented to her chair, Cara loves travelling, photography and reading.

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A Shadow's Embrace

by Cara Carnes



On the run from evil, her only hope is the Shadows.

Devyn James escaped hell once. A rare technopath, she eventually broke out of the genetics testing facility with the help of the Shadow Elites—General Conver’s super soldiers, who rebelled and now fought to protect psychically enhanced humans.

For the past few months Devyn, or Indy as she’s known on the street, has covertly passed intel to the SEO. Even though the street doesn’t trust the Shadows, she does. They rescued her once and she knows they’re the only ones who will be able to save her from Conver and figure out what she uncovered.

Dagan is determined to save the female being chased by Conver and his squadron. He soon discovers her identity and vows he’ll do anything to keep her protected—even if it’s from herself.

Together they discover everything is possible when you trust A Shadow’s Embrace.

Read an excerpt:

Devyn focused, suckling on the metadata drifting in the atmosphere. Ah, she’d missed the city. The morsels of data streamed into her. Her synapses hummed, sated by the calming presence of her third eye’s power. For the first time in a week, she was whole again now that she was back in the bustling psychic sector of Chicago. Leaving the city and her team a week ago had been a difficult decision, but the right one. Her powers had become more focused without the residual white noise of bustling Chicago’s technological strain vying for her attention.

Now the same technology she’d shunned the past few days would save her. She accessed traffic and bank cameras—anything and everything that allowed eyes-on access to the enemy that was herding her into a proverbial cage. There were too many of them. No exit strategy existed.


A strong arm encircled her waist, crushing her against a brick-like torso before she could react. Pain pierced her mind, radiating from her temples. Startled by the psychic intrusion, she writhed in her captor’s embrace and threw up what telepathic walls she could.

The bastard shattered each defensive layer she created. Hot breath fanned across her cheek when he lifted her up off her feet and planted a huge hand over her mouth. Dangling like a doll, she punched the meaty arms holding her captive.

“Enough.” The harsh psychic hammer pounded her into submission. She stilled, unable to maneuver past the thick mental fog he created. “I need you to be quiet if you want to live.”

That voice. Dagan. This was the contact she’d slipped info to at the SEO.

She clamped his wrist and pressed hard, but he maintained his hold. The proximity to one of the most lethal people in existence skittered apprehensive pangs along her spine. She’d chanced returning to Chicago because of him, but how had he known she’d be here?

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  1. Not only is the author new-to-me but the genre is also relatively new as well. I enjoyed reading the guest post today.

  2. Whilst it would be fab to have the power to heal, I imagine that would take a toll. Otherwise I'd just fix everybody. So there'd have to be some reason I would need to be selective in who I save. I can imagine instances where that would be an almost impossible choice. So maybe my psychic power should be simpler, like moving small objects a short distance, hehe.

    1. I was sort of thinking the same thing, Lu. Where are the boundaries for how/when you'd use the power. I'm not sure I'd be woman enough to have a power. LOL. It'd be immense work and a huge, daunting psychological, not to mention physical, toll I'm sure.

  3. If I had a choice I would like to talk with those who have passed away.

    1. That would be such an incredible gift to have, Rita. I'd love to be able to do that as well.

  4. Thank you for the great excerpt

  5. Great excerpt, sounds really good. I have not read this author before. Entering under the name of Virginia

  6. The extremely hot cover is my favorite part of the post!


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