Things I’ve Learned as a Psychic Detective
By Alara Beatty
Okay, let me start by saying that I’m not a real detective. I’m basically just a normal person that started investigating her friend’s death. I didn’t mean to make it a habit. But then my new cousin, Todd, started getting death threats when he was visiting me in Prickly Pear, Arizona. So, obviously, I had to investigate again. Does this make me a detective? Probably not. Let’s call me an amateur sleuth instead.
I wouldn’t have even considered becoming an amateur sleuth if not for my special abilities. You see, ever since I was about five years old, I’ve had psychic abilities. It started out with randomly walking into what I call memory imprints. When something really bad happens, or something kind of bad happens repeatedly in the same location, it can leave a memory imprint. As a psychic, when I walk into these, I see the past events that have left the imprint. Sounds cool, right? It isn’t. Imagine being ten years old and seeing someone getting beaten up over and over. Not fun.
It can be good, though. If good things happen in the same spot, eventually a memory imprint can develop. I do enjoy these, like seeing years of tearful couples marrying each other in the same beautiful gazebo. But anyway, when my friend was murdered, a memory imprint was left behind, which launched me right into investigating her death. So I guess it was good that I walked into that memory imprint.
I didn’t have much experience using my gifts though—I was adopted and my parents weren’t psychics themselves. But recently, I met my long-lost biological family. It turns out they’re all psychic too, so they’ve been helping to guide me and I’ve really expanded my psychic repertoire, especially while trying to save Todd from his crazed, murderous stalker. Here are some things I’ve learned:
- Avoid creepy places. This is a good general rule for everyone, but it’s even more important for me. Remember those memory imprints I mentioned? Well, they’re more likely to show up in creepy places. You know how you can just tell when something bad has happened somewhere? Maybe a dark alley, an abandoned house, or even just your neighbor’s house that looks perfectly normal but feels shady? That’s you picking up on the energy field, which is basically another plane of existence that lives around us and contains information on things that have happened, are happening, and might happen. Everyone can sense it a bit, but us psychics are more deeply connected. That’s why I have to stay away from creepy places, otherwise I could walk into some really uncomfortable memory imprints. Trust your instincts and avoid these places too.
- Don’t rely solely on your psychic skills. My psychic abilities are super helpful, but they can’t solve everything for me. I can get clues or feelings or hints about what’s going on, but it isn’t enough to solve the case. I’ve found surfing around suspect or victim social media profiles to be really helpful. Like when I was helping Todd find his stalker, we were able to eliminate quite a few people using their social media posts. I also find digging through data and records to be very helpful. When I was trying to solve my friend/co-worker’s murder, I looked through a lot of emails, records, and files. You also have to just go into the field sometimes. Interviewing people not only provides valuable information, but it let’s me use my psychic abilities on them in a more direct way. I can get a feel for whether they’re telling the truth or read their aura to look for feelings of anger, guilt, obsession…the classic murder motivators. The same goes for looking through houses, buildings, etc. You have to get in there to really feel the energy of the objects you find in the victim’s or suspects’ lives. If I only relied on what I could learn in a more detached way, through dreams or visions, I’d never get anywhere.
- Ask for help. This one is so important. When I think of psychics, I think of them alone in some room, divining the future or seeing the past. And if I could just use my abilities to see everything I needed, that would be great. But it doesn’t work like that. It isn’t magic and I can’t do it by myself. I have to ask people for help. My new relatives have really helped me develop my psychic skills, but I have to ask friends and co-workers, or even random people, to help too. They don’t have to know about my psychic mojo to help me find the evidence I need. I’ve even asked the energy field to help me out before and it worked! The energy field basically saved my life one time. In summary, being psychic doesn’t mean being solo.
- Coffee is your friend. Psychic sleuthing is exhausting! Not only are you using your analytical mind constantly, digging for clues and trying to make connections, but using psychic abilities really drains you. It can be easy to get lost in the investigation and forget to sleep, eat, and stay hydrated, but that’s the perfect combination for a breakdown. Drawing on the energy field takes way more of your personal energy than you’d think. My advice is to sleep, keep lots of snacks on hand or your favorite restaurant on speed dial, carry around a massive water bottle, and—most importantly—ensure there’s a constant drip of coffee flowing directly into your mouth. Except when sleeping of course. That would be too messy.
- Don’t count your tarot cards before they’re turned. This is a saying my aunt taught me. I’m no tarot card expert, but from what I can tell, this phrase means not to assume you know what’s going on. You might get visions or dreams that include symbols or a familiar object that actually represents something else, so you have to be careful. You have to take your time to piece through all this information and consider what it all really means. If you jump to conclusions, you might accuse the wrong person or be surprised in a dark house by someone you should have been able to trust. This may have happened to me.
About The Book
Tea & Talismans: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Alara Beatty never thought her life would change so fast.
She’s only just begun to use her psychic abilities, and she’s already being met with a slew of truths and challenges. In a short span of time, she’s met her biological aunt, solved a murder, and discovered that she was given up for adoption due to a mysterious prophecy.
But that’s certainly not all that’s in store for Alara. Suddenly, her biological family members are flocking to her small town of Prickly Pear, Arizona to meet her…and evaluate her psychic strength.
As Alara begins to get used to her new situation, her cousin Todd receives a mysterious death threat…one that she knows to take seriously. Together, she and Todd must investigate the threats and try to determine who they’re coming from—before it’s far too late.
Not only must Alara learn to use her psychic abilities, she also needs to determine who she can trust. Her newfound family? And what about Rudi Rivera, her charming, handsome police officer friend who has no idea that Alara is psychic?
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About the Author
Elle Wren Burke is a paranormal cozy mystery author who writes witty, fun books with strong females as protagonists.
Elle has Master’s degrees in Geography and Business. She lives in Arizona with her husband and fur baby. She enjoys puzzles, baking, and board games.
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