The Search For A Soul Mate
Guest Post by PM Terrell
USA Weekend reported in 2013 that 57% of the people they surveyed believed in the idea of The One; that very special person who was meant just for them.
It was the concept of a soul mate that led me to write The Tempest Murders, about two lovers who found and then lost one another in 1839 and two lovers in 2011 that bear striking similarities to them. It raises the intriguing question of whether there really is That Special Someone meant for each of us. It also raises the possibility of reincarnation and whether we are destined to find our soul mate in multiple lifetimes.
The book is written from a male point of view. Detective Ryan O’Clery is an Irish immigrant investigating a serial murder case in North Carolina when he meets Cathleen Reilly, a television reporter who bears a striking resemblance to a woman he has dreamed about his entire life. Their relationship unfolds rapidly but things won’t be easy for them—Cathleen fits the profile of every victim and Ryan suspects she could be the killer’s next target.
Ryan describes his feelings to his sister Claire, “I’ve always had this feeling, like I had a twin in the womb with me. And somehow, coming into the world, that twin was lost. I’ve always lived with this emptiness, as if someone ought to be there who isn’t.”
“I know you have, Re. I’ve always known you have.”
“When she was here, when we were together, it—it was as though I’d found my twin. The other part of myself. She made me whole somehow.”
“Your twin soul.”
“She is my twin soul, Claire. I know we’ve been together before. I know we have.”
The concept of a twin soul is that when the soul is conceived, there is a male and a female aspect. These are split apart with each going his or her own way. Each soul is complete, but when they meet each other, they have an instant connection. It’s as if each is a powerful magnet that the other can’t resist—nor would they want to. It happens only once, and only with The One.
A soul mate is actually someone from our soul family. The soul family is a group of souls that remain extremely close, whether it’s in a parent-child, sibling, or best friends scenario. Soul mates can be two females, two males—or, as the majority of singles believe—a male and a female destined to be together. The bond goes deeper and stronger with a soul mate than with someone you’re dating and don’t feel more than a superficial connection with.
Finding your twin soul or soul mate doesn’t guarantee that everything will be rosy, just as Ryan and Cathleen find in The Tempest Murders. But once the bond is established, there is no denying it.
The Tempest Murders
Detective Ryan O’Clery is working a series of homicides when he discovers a journal kept by an uncle five generations earlier, detailing the same type of murders as the Night of the Big Wind swept the Atlantic Ocean across Ireland in 1839. As Hurricane Irene barrels toward the North Carolina coastline, Ryan discovers even the killer’s description matches exactly. And as he falls in love with television reporter Cathleen Reilly, he begins to wonder if she is the reincarnation of Caitlyn O’Conor, the woman lost to the killer as the storm raged in Ireland-and if he is the reincarnation of Constable Rian Kelly. Now he’s in a race to rescue Cathleen before the killer finds her-or is history destined to repeat itself?