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The Calling The first Mae Martin psychic mystery When an extraordinary ability intrudes on an ordinary life, ready or not, everything changes. A down-to-earth North Carolina country girl, Mae Martin-Ridley is a former high school athlete whose interests run to sports and fitness, not spirituality or mysticism. The last thing she ever expected to be was a psychic or a spiritual healer. Obeying her mother’s warning, Mae has been hiding her gift of “the sight” for years. When events compel her to use it again, the unforeseen consequences spread to affect every aspect of her life—work, marriage, and family. To qualify for a new job Mae takes a class in Norfolk, Virginia, where she meets people who not only accept her abilities but push her to explore them further. She struggles with the shadow side of her gift. Though she wants to use “the sight” to help people, it gives her access to secrets she could regret uncovering. Torn between those around her who encourage her and those who condemn or doubt, Mae has to find her own path.

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HASH(0x9135a0b4) étoiles sur 5 Her mother-in-law isn’t happy about it either — an organic farmer 14 février 2015
Par Charles Brownson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Rhoda-Mae Martin is a psychic. She lives in a crossroads town in northeastern North Carolina and she is eager to leave the place. Her talent offers a way out. Unfortunately, her mother and husband think it’s immoral and want her to stop it. Her mother-in-law isn’t happy about it either — an organic farmer, she wants to run for mayor, but in this town no one will vote for her if she has witchy associations. The townspeople, if they were to know about it, would grant her wish to leave town.

Mae’s particular talent is to see into places where others can’t. This is useful for finding lost cats, but as she begins to acknowledge her abilities she discovers that she is capable of much more. With the help of an object belonging to someone she is able to enter their life and discover intimate details. Finally, when she acquires some crystals, including those which once belonged to her grandmother, a shaman and healer, she learns to enter the spirit world completely.

Complications build up. Mae wants to get certified as a personal trainer, but she can’t afford the tuition. Her mother agrees to help, but when she finds out Mae is psychic she withdraws it. So Mae takes a job as a psychic at an alternative medicine center. This brings her into contact with some people at the college who teach alternative medicine, and in particular with the Chair, Charlie Tamm. Charlie is psychic himself, a student of shamanism. Also complicating matters are another professor, a student, a teaching assistant, an old black man who threatens to expose Mae, an ex-husband, a competing psychic —

At this point the book finds its true voice as a story about relationships, the struggles of people with love, power, prejudice, and each other. The psychic superstructure falls away, or rather is transformed into the plight of a person with a creative talent which no one understands and everyone wants to destroy.

The book can be read in several genres. As a thriller — we hurry toward the end in expectation of the obligatory life and death confrontation between Mae, the heroine, and the sinister Charlie. We get it, but strangely muted. As a soap opera — we linger, enjoying the proliferation of new characters and their troubles and the intricate relationships which it becomes increasingly hard to believe the author will be able to sort out. As a detective story — of sorts, with Mae as the detective, a criminal, various possible victims of uncertain crimes, plenty of bystanders to confuse matters, and the required quest for truth and retribution. As a romance, a bildungsroman, an ordinary literary novel about people’s troubles with life. Don’t try to choose. It’s all of them.
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HASH(0x91766f90) étoiles sur 5 A welcomed down-to-earth paranormal 1 octobre 2014
Par Henry Martin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
The Calling by Amber Foxx is not my usual reading material, however, my mind was long overdue for a 'lighter' read. The last time I read something in the paranormal genre was . . . hmm . . . ages ago. Nonetheless, intrigued by the positive reviews, I gave it a try. And I'm glad I did.

Right off the start, we are introduced to Mae. The neat little backstory is well developed later on, and any questions left unanswered in the beginning are answered. Mae has a gift she inherited from her grandmother, an Appalachian healer - she is a seer. And kudos to the author for making the distinction between a seer and a psychic (which is also explored and correctly evaluated later in the novel), a mistake too often made by others. Yet, Mae is stifled by her religious mother and promises not to use her gift.

Fast forward to present day, and Mae is all grown up, has some emotional baggage, and uses the gift again. But it is no longer the same Mae. This Mae has some real-world problems and some real-world dilemmas. Living where she lives, being surrounded by the people she is surrounded by, Mae is rightfully apprehensive to use her gift. Nonetheless, Mae cannot escape her calling, and her world slowly begins to spiral out of control.

I shall pause here to address something written by an another reviewer who mentions that The Calling is a "paranormal literary novel."

I disagree. While this is not your typical paranormal tale full of utter nonsense, it is still a work of genre. Unlike literary fiction, The Calling is very much a plot-driven work, and while the author did a great job with character development, it falls short of what I would consider literary narrative. I would say, however, that the narrative in this book is better than most genre works. And that's why it appealed to me.

So, without giving any of the plot away, I will dive into the negatives/positives.

Positives first:

The character development is rather good, both for our primary protagonist - Mae, and for all antagonists and side players.
The setting and scenery is well described, with neither too much details nor any perceived gaps. Having visited that part of the country, I found it believable.
The paranormal aspect of the story - Mae's gift and her family history is also believable and not far-fetched. The author must have done a good amount of research into the paranormal aspects featured in this book, and portrayed them accurately. Whether it was the gift itself, or the Native American healers and their traditions, or the Eastern approaches described later on, none of it came across as unbelievable. Again, kudos for that.
The introduction of real-world problems into the paranormal story was a refreshing and welcomed addition. Mae comes across as a real person, and not as a bimbo who one day wakes up to save the world from an impending doom. Good job.

Negatives:

Mystery - where is the mystery? If it was supposed to be her father, than it should have been more explored. If it was meant to be professor Tann, then I would need some closure.
Closure - I needed more of a closure, but that's a matter of opinion. I wished there was a closure with Bernadette, especially. And Charlie's involvement had a great potential for a buildup, but it never came. Instead. it ended with the promise of a better future. Being the first book in a series, I can only assume that some of this will come back later.
I would have liked to see more internal struggle in Mae. I mean, after what happened and the big shift in her personal life, I would have liked to see her vulnerability explored, her inner turmoil, et cetera. But, that would have made it a literary novel, and would have rendered the plot irrelevant.

Overall, The Calling was an enjoyable read, and definitely a well-written one. While not my usual genre to read, I embraced the characters and even cared for them. The story itself is quite plausible, and the writing held my attention.

I have received The Calling by Amber Foxx directly from the author, as part of the screening process for the now defunct The Source. The author did not request this review, did not offer me any compensation, and had no influence on my writing this review.
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HASH(0x91370fe4) étoiles sur 5 A little too slow for me 14 juillet 2014
Par Ed E. Morawski - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
The Calling (Mae Martin Mystery #1)
The first Mae Martin psychic mystery

'The Calling' is without question well written. There is not a typo or grammar faux pas to be found. The characters are all deep and well fleshed out. The main character Mae is pretty naive though and the setting in northeastern North Carolina (an unfortunate mouthful) is strictly country.
There are two problems:

1. It is subtitled ' The first Mae Martin psychic mystery' but there's not much mystery to be found.
2. The pacing is about as speedy as a glacier.

For page after page I kept waiting for something to happen. About 25% of the way into the book two cats had been found through Mae's psychic powers. That's it. Most of the novel is taken up by mundane details of Mae's family problems, mother problems, job problems, money problems, her night class situations, some odd professors, and random characters used mainly to flesh out the book I think. I felt a little smothered by Mae's situation and found myself dreading to pick it up and continue reading. I stuck it out because I am interested in the paranormal (psychics, not vampires or werewolves, which were thankfully absent) but still not much happened.

This is in no way a bad book. Many readers (mostly, I suspect, women) will probably find it entertaining. I like my stories with a bit more action.
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HASH(0x9156c864) étoiles sur 5 The Calling is a wonderful literary novel of a woman’s journey 15 avril 2014
Par D. J. Adamson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is the first book read in Amber Foxx’s series: Mae Martin Mystery Series. With that said, the elements of mystery were faint if not lacking. However, and don’t miss my however, The Calling is a wonderful literary novel of a woman’s journey to come to terms with her inherited history. I commend Ms. Foxx for writing this novel. Her subject of a woman being a sensitive, intuitive or having “the calling” is written in honest terms. Mae Martin, the protagonist, worries for her family’s acceptance and society’s approval, and triumphs in her acknowledgement that she herself is different. I enjoyed Amber Foxx’s honesty in showing how Mae Martin struggled with this belief in herself. I appreciated showing how people who the protagonist opened up to manipulated and used her sensitivities in a way she herself morally struggled to avoid. There are books for pure enjoyment and there are books to be enjoyed and read for learning about ourselves, others, or to continue to evaluate the human experience. Amber Foxx’s ability to write is fully disclosed in this novel. Her ability to understand human nature is also fully revealed. I am excited to read more of her work. I am looking forward to buying and reading her other novel Shaman’s Blues.
This review and questions answered by Amber Foxx can be read on my blog: lecouerdeartiste.com
HASH(0x91689600) étoiles sur 5 A Woman's Journey into the Mystery of Herself 3 avril 2015
Par Virginia King - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The Calling is a beautifully written and unusual mystery. Mae is heartbreakingly real as are all the people in her life. As well as struggling with her burgeoning and at times frightening psychic gift, Mae has to grapple with the important relationships that are colliding with who she is. Her mother has suppressed Mae’s ‘sight’ as witchcraft and banished Mae’s father from their lives for doing something so unspeakable it can’t be known. Mae’s husband and her in-laws are people with warmth and integrity, so Mae finds it hard to argue with their practical reasons for her to stay the way she’s always been -- normal. Then there are the fascinating and frightening people who Mae meets on her way to self-knowledge, many with strange gifts of their own. Every scene unfolds in unexpected ways, especially the psychic episodes which uncover the psychology of each character with mystical authenticity. Foxx also explores the ethical issues around ‘reading’ other people’s secrets. Part literary novel, part popular fiction, this is writing at its best. The characterisation is superb, with multi-layered characters who are as unpredictable as they are real. It’s a long book but for me not at all slow-moving. I found every step necessary to creating the layers of the unfolding plot and at times I had to put it down because I found the tension excruciating. If I have a criticism it's that Mae's psychic recollections are too vivid to be totally real, but Foxx sweeps away such concerns with the strength of her writing and carries the reader with her. I still don’t know how she managed the gradual shift within each relationship necessary to bring about the ending, which is both poignant and satisfying. She has wrapped up The Calling superbly, but has laid the path to the next book in the series.
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