This character reading is for Simone Sweet. She’s the heroine of Over My Dead Body which is book 5 (of six and counting) from the very talented author, Michele Bardsley. She calls her genre “Vampire Moms.” If you are not familiar with Broken Heart, OK, you really do not know what you are missing. Michele’s books are littered with dead people and lots of laughter.
Oh? Did I forget to mention that Broken Heart, OK was the site of a slightly paranormal attack and now the town is all dead? Or at least mostly dead? Learn more about this fabulous small town America by visiting Michele’s site.
Here’s a bit from her bio:
Nationally bestselling author Michele Bardsley is multi-published in several genres, but she is best known for her vampire mom series set in the fictional town of Broken Heart, Oklahoma. The adventures of her paranormal PTA parents have garnered excellent reviews and numerous kudos.
And now let’s visit with Simone and see what she thought about her reading.
Arwen: How do you see the people around you?
The Nine of Pentacles, Simone, is the card of the contented woman. But this is how you see others and not yourself. You may feel that you have everything in place but there is something missing.
You need to move past your window gazing and get back out there. I see a bit of loneliness. Maybe a yearning to do things you can no longer do or no longer have the time for. There seems to be a need here for gardening and making a home that you are not able to fulfill completely.
When the Nine of Pentacles shows up, I remind my clients that they need to enjoy not only the growth they have but the new growth that is also there. You need to take time to weed your life to make sure you are focused on what is going to benefit you the most.
Simone’s Response: I’m a vampire, so I suppose I miss what humans take for granted, such as sunrises, breathing, food, and faith. It’s funny that you mention weeding … nothing grows on our property. I’ve always wondered why. Does it have something to do with the paranormal elements of our town? Or is my farm cursed?
Arwen: How are you seen by the people around you?
You need to be careful, Simone. Someone in your circle doesn’t seem to care for you very much. They may take more pleasure from your pain. If someone keeps you down and anxious, you need to move away from them.
And what is this need to seek out dangerous types? Your community worries about that.
Simone’s Response: My husband wasn’t a nice man. He broke my heart, and my spirit. But I’m stronger now. And if I keep seeing his ghost, well, I guess that’s no less than what I deserve after that terrible night. I try to keep my secrets, to keep people from getting to close. I learned that making friends puts them in danger.
Arwen: What is your most important goal?
The Three of Pentacles is the card of the architect, Simone. This tells me that you want to build something. Now this isn’t necessarily a literal building but it is about bringing people together to grow some how.
You are a talented artist in some way, Simone so let that out. Do not hide your light under a bushel. Now isn’t the time to hide your ability.
Simone’s Response: As a vampire of the Family Velthur, I can control liquid elements. I make metal art using those powers, but that’s mine. It’s not something I share. I can fix darn near anything mechanical. I’ll help anyone who asks. I own my own business now, the garage down on Main Street. I don’t tell anyone, but it’s hard to believe sometimes that I deserve it. That I deserve anything good.
Arwen: Where do you get your strength from?
Now you may be the type that does not ask for help because of this need to do things right. Others may see you as a bit too focused at times and maybe even a bit eccentric in your need to accomplish tasks. Are you a list maker, Simone?
The Page of Pentacles is often someone involved in finances for a living. The goat in this card indicates a healthy attitude towards physical things like S-E-X as well.
Simone’s Response: Well, I do know how to pinch a penny. As for S-E-X … what girl wouldn’t crave some old-fashioned loving? Unfortunately, vampires are instantly married to anyone they have sex with. I have a little girl to worry about, and I’ll be damned if I’ll bring her anymore pain or worry by trying to fulfill base needs. I’d be lying, though, if I didn’t say I don’t think about falling in love. But that’s not something I can have. Not while I’m still making up for the mistakes I made.
Arwen: Why do you want to be remembered?
Here we see you wanting to be remembered as the one who could balance things well. And there is a bit of a need to not be seen as this quiet person. You have an inner warrior who is just frantic to get out at times.
You need to be remembered for your strategy and ability to protect those around you as well as balance. Almost as though you want to be the cookie mommy and the corporate warrior at the same time.
With this card, I would say that you can do this. Just make sure no innocents get hurt as you learn how to balance those very sharp parts of your life.
Simone’s Response: I suppose I do feel myself chafing at the bit. I’ve created walls around myself, so necessary to my survival, at least when I was human, but in Broken Heart, I don’t need them. I see people want to befriend me, but it’s so hard to trust. I think something bad is coming, I can feel my past hovering like a shadow … I think it may be time to pay for my sins. I’ll try to keep balance, I’ll try to trust … no matter how it hard it might be to finally rely on others.
Vampire mechanic and single mom Simone Sweet finds herself falling for ex-para-military operative Braddock Hayes. Then both their bloody pasts catch up to them … and jeopardizes everyone in Broken Heart.
Read an excerpt from Simone’s story.
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