The World of Broken Dolls
Broken Dolls is set in today’s world. The year is 2010, though that is never explicitly stated. The only difference is that some people are a bit different—they are able to read minds and manipulate the physical world by projecting their thoughts.
This group of telepaths trace their history to the great Celtic civilization that once covered most of Europe and Asia Minor, prior to the rise of the Greek and Roman civilizations. Modern historians know very little about the ancient Celts, but they left puzzling evidence of their culture. Dolmen, structures built of huge stones, are found from Ireland to India. The best known of these is Stonehenge, but hundreds of smaller structures can be found. Scientists still do not understand how a primitive people managed to lift 40-ton rocks and place them on top of other large rocks to build these Dolmen.
In the world of the Telepathic Clans, telekinesis explains this quite easily. I’ve taken the myths and legends of the British Isles and provided an explanation for the fairy folk, whether you call them fairies, Fae, Sidhe, or elves, and also the Druids.
The telepaths in my novels hide themselves and their abilities from normal humans as a matter of survival. Although they are far more powerful than ‘norms’, they are far fewer in number, and their history is one where they lost every open confrontation and were driven underground. Conquest by the Romans and persecution by the medieval Church broke the Clans into isolated pockets of people hiding in fear.
In the 21st century, there are a few million telepaths scattered across the globe. About half are members of the various Clans. The others live side-by-side with normal humans. They go to work, raise their children, and no one notices anything out of the ordinary.
About half of all telepaths have only one Gift—that of telepathy, the ability to read minds and speak with others mentally. But there are 25 Gifts, including telekinesis, teleportation, aerokinesis, pyrokinesis, and healing. The upper limit is 15 Gifts for a single individual (though I violate that limit in one character in my other books).
I did extensive research into paranormal phenomenon and the types of psychic powers people have either claimed or speculated on. I created a glossary to describe each power, and put that in the back of the book. I really had to do that in order to bound my characters’ power and keep it consistent. As a character in one of my other books says, they are bounded by the laws of physics, but they bend them a bit.
RB Kendrick, the main character in Broken Dolls, has 15 Gifts and is very powerful. But other characters have powers she doesn’t. She can do amazing things, but she runs into people who can do things she can’t. She’s powerful, but there are others who are more powerful.
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About the Author:I made silver and turquoise jewelry for almost a decade, ended up in nursing school, then took a master's in business. Along the way I worked in construction, as a newspaper editor, and somehow found a career working with computers. I love the outdoors, especially the Rocky Mountains. I've skied since high school, with one broken leg and one torn ACL to show for it. I've hiked and camped all my life.
I love to travel, though I haven't done enough of it. I've seen a lot of Russia and Mexico, not enough of England and France. Amsterdam is amazing, and the Romanian Alps are breathtaking. Lake Tahoe is a favorite. I have a very significant other, two cats and two Basset Hounds. I'm currently living in Baltimore, nine blocks from the harbor, but still own a home in New Mexico.
Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure