GODDESS OF THE MOON (A Diana Racine Psychic Suspense)

 

Polly
Iyer

This book is a work of fiction. All names of characters and events are the product of the author’s imagination, including some
geographical
references. I hope no one is offended by the liberties I’ve taken under artistic license. Any resemblance to persons either living or dead is purely coincidental and beyond the intent of the author.

 

 

 

Cover design by Polly
Iyer

 

 

 

Goddess of the Moon

Copyright © 201
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by Polly
Iyer

ASIN:
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Table of Contents

Chapter One

The Snatch

Chapter Two

The Call

Chapter Three

The Bassinet

Chapter Four

Clarity in All the Confusion

Chapter Five

The Star and the Crescent Moon

Chapter Six

The Offering

Chapter Seven

Into the Mythological Realm

Chapter Eight

A Magnetic Attraction

Chapter Nine

The Pink Room in the Pink House

Chapter Ten

The Devil’s Room

Chapter Eleven

A Mixture of Purity and Evil

Chapter Twelve

Transformation

Chapter Thirteen

A Truth Stranger than Fiction

Chapter Fourteen

The Descent into Hell

Chapter Fifteen

Hacker Extraordinaire

Chapter Sixteen

The Invitation

Chapter Seventeen

A Question of Genes

Chapter Eighteen

Ascent from Hell

Chapter Nineteen

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Chapter Twenty

Back into the Lion’s Den

Chapter Twenty-one

A Game of One-Upmanship

Chapter Twenty-two

Break Up or Make Up

Chapter Twenty-three

The Never Retractable Word

Chapter Twenty-Three

When Dreams Become Reality

Chapter Twenty-Four

The Age of Defiance

Chapter Twenty-Five

A Little Twist of the Knife

Chapter Twenty-Six

A Tangled Web

Chapter Twenty-Seven

Hidden Meaning

Chapter Twenty-Eight

Irresistible Magnetism

Chapter Twenty-Nine

Gods and Goddesses

Chapter Thirty

Temptation

Chapter Thirty-One

The Agenda

Chapter Thirty-Two

A Tearful Reunion

Chapter Thirty-Three

An Unthinkable Conclusion

Chapter Thirty-Four

A Little Background Music

Chapter Thirty-Five

The Seed of a Plan

Chapter Thirty-Six

Who’s Watching the Children?

Chapter Thirty-Seven

The Night of the Crescent Moon

Chapter Thirty-Eight

Fear, the Consequence of Truth

Chapter Thirty-Nine

Return to the Comfort Zone

Chapter Forty

To Act the Part

Chapter Forty-One

Into the Lioness’s Den

Chapter Forty-Two

Who’s the Boss?

Chapter Forty-Three

A Rude Awakening

Chapter Forty-Four

The Disciple

Chapter Forty-Five

Chameleon

Chapter Forty-Six

A Pie in the Eye

Chapter Forty-Seven

The Truth Will Set You Free

Chapter Forty-Eight

Breaking the Weak Link

Chapter Forty-Nine

Welcome to Paradise

Chapter Fifty

Last Try, Do or Die

Chapter Fifty-One

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Chapter Fifty-Two

The Ticket to Ride

Chapter Fifty-Three

Beat the Dawn

Chapter Fifty-Four

Silent Confession

Chapter Fifty-Five

Escape

Chapter Fifty-Six

The Long-Awaited Reading

Chapter Fifty-Seven

Amid the Confusion

Chapter Fifty-Eight

Introspection

Chapter One

Th
e Snatch

 

K
idnapping
babies
used to be
easier
.
He’d check the charts to
be sure he had the right
baby
and wait for t
he perfect moment
. Then
a
snip of the
plastic
bracelet
,
sli
de
the baby
into the
satchel in the
cleaning cart
,
and
out the
employees’
door.
No one paid attention to a hospital janitor.

Now
,
impossible-to-remove
bar coding and electronic devices
on the bab
ies
ignited a firestorm of
alarms
that rivaled warnings of
an enemy attack
on the homeland.

He’d been careful breaking into the houses.
One
reported
kidnapping wasn’t even his.
The
propitious theft kept the police from
determining
a pattern
.

After
the mother and child
left
the hospital,
he’d
watched the house for days, s
afely out of sight
. This evening
, t
he
parents
had
show
n
off the
infant
to their guests,
then
put her down in
the
n
ursery.
He saw no activity at the house
next door.

Another perfect moment
.

Bushes hid the low wind
ow
. He
donned latex gloves,
pushed up the screen
,
and inserted a pry bar into the sliver between the window sash and the outer sill
on the right, then
on
the left.
A
lternat
ing
sides
,
he pried
upward
until he’d exerted
enough force to break the latch
. He
raised the window
and
ho
isted himself
inside
.

The little
treasure
slept soundly, making those sweet baby noises he loved.
H
e plucked a
small
plastic bag from
the padded satchel
slung over his shoulder
,
unzipped it
,
and extracted a square of gauze soaked with sweet wine
. He
touched
it
to
the baby’s lips
, and s
he drew on her natural instincts to suck. Not too much, he cautioned himself
―j
ust enough to act as an anesthesia,
a
technique rabbis used during a Jewish boy’s circumcisio
n. He
gingerly placed her inside
the satchel
and
cooed, “Sleep, beautiful one.”

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