Monday, August 31, 2015

Straight Reading from the Library: The Color of Clouds by J.C. Whyte

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Pedro’s on a mission. But not your everyday, run-of-the-mill type mission. Because Pedro is dead.

That’s right. Dead.

Spirit guide Pedro normally busies himself with conveying messages from departed loved ones through a psychic named Gwen. But when he encounters a recently deceased teenager, the boy’s anguish just about breaks Pedro’s heart. So the spirit guide decides to try and help this boy. Yet meddling in the affairs of the living is a troublesome business, as Pedro soon discovers.

Nevertheless, he convinces Gwen to take an ocean voyage, and that’s when the trouble begins. Within days of leaving port, two passengers on the cruise ship fall into a mysterious coma. Gwen seeks Pedro’s help to restore these passengers, but natural as well as unnatural obstacles keep getting in the way. And by the time the ship docks in Honolulu, the still-living are flat out scrambling for their lives!

A playful blend of science fiction and the paranormal, The Color of Clouds offers a glimpse into the unseen world while taking the reader on an extraordinary ride. The adventure includes danger, mystery, humor, sweet romance and even a dash of thriller.

But the clouds are not what you think.


This is the first book I've read by this author, but I hope Ms. Whyte has more stories for us featuring Pedro and Gwen.  This was a cute mixture of science fiction with its quantum physics and dark matter; the paranormal with a psychic, a spirit guide, and a few ghosts; and a murder mystery.

The Color of Clouds is a light read, even with the introduction of some fairly heavy (to this reader) physic theories.  There are several point of view characters and the story jumps a bit from character to character, but it was easy to follow.

I loved the characters of Ernst and Sylvie--they were so much fun!  Paul, on the other hand, was a bit stuffy and hard to warm up to at first, but once he could wrap his scientific mind around what was going on--well, he grew on me.  I wish a bit more time had been spent with Gwen and her sister Jo.  I think they have more stories to tell-- especially given Gwen's talent.

There is a touch of light romance and the mystery was well played out as well.  Good job, Ms. Whyte.  4 stars.


As Ernst was about to rise from his chair and drop to one knee, something caught the corner of his eye. He sat straight up. There was something in the darkness, just ahead of the ship. It was suspended in the air, like a long sliver of light.

Up on the bridge, the senior officer continued to watch the strange light as the helmsman attempted to pull hard to starboard. “What is that?” he asked no one in particular.

The helmsman answered him. “Looks like a steady stream of light, sir.”

“But from where—the stars?”

“I’m not a religious man, sir, but that looks like something I once saw in a child’s prayer book. God bestowing a...blessing...from heaven. Think we might be getting a blessing, sir?”

The senior officer didn’t answer. His gaze was locked on the mysterious light moving toward the ship.

A few decks below, Ernst was also puzzled by the light. He withdrew his hand from his pocket. “What is that?”

Now Sylvie saw it too and gasped. “It’s...on fire.” As the light drew closer, it did look fiery. And sparkly. Sylvie’s eyes grew large as saucers.

Soon the light overtook the couple; there was no time to flee. The fiery, sparkly light engulfed them. And as it did, their bodies fell limp in their deckchairs.

“Were we able to dodge that thing?” the senior officer asked the helmsman.

“Possibly clipped us along the port side, sir.”

“Didn’t feel an impact. Maybe it passed harmlessly through us. All the same, better check for damage in the morning.”

“Aye, sir.”

The helmsman was right. The shaft of light had passed along the edge of the ship, clipping the port side as it continued on its southwest course.

But the senior officer was not right. The light didn’t pass harmlessly through the ship. It caused something to happen. Because two passengers were lying motionless in their deckchairs.


J.C. Whyte discovered her love for writing while still in elementary school, creating children’s stories. But as an adult, J.C. had to face the harsh reality that such writing seldom pays the bills. So she earned degrees in both Journalism and Communications, and then turned to Public Relations, where for ten years she focused her creative energies into feature writing.

After marriage, kids, several more degrees and occupations (including stints as a travel agent and paralegal), J. C. entered law school. While there, she became a columnist for the school newsletter and later, one of her humorous articles was even published in The National Jurist.

Graduating and passing the Bar, J.C. realized within a few short years that creative writing was still what made her heart sing. So now, as a grandma, she has returned to where her life’s calling began, beginning in 2013 with publication of her children’s book Karmack and now in 2015 with her first novel for adults, The Color of Clouds.


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