The Story Behind Divine Sanctuary by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

The origins of my Divine Trilogy is fairly simple: I have always been interested in the possibilities of psychics using their gifts to solve police cases. In fact, my novels have been compared to the hit TV show Medium, as well as Ghost Whisperer and CSI. Imagine if we had a secret division within our government that employed a covert group of psychics with different skills to help solve crime.

Divine Sanctuary 2In DIVINE INTERVENTION, book 1, we meet such a team. Agent Jasmine (Jasi) McLellan is training to be a team leader when they are brought into a case involving some important victims. Jasi is a Pyro-psychic. Upon smelling smoke from a crime scene, she enters the killer’s mind and can view through his/her eyes the crime as it is being committed. Her teammates include Natassia Prushenko, a Victim Empath who can read victims whether they’re alive or dead, and Ben Roberts, a Psychometric Empath who has visions when he touches things or people. They’ve also added Brandon Walsh to their team, but not by choice. Brandon is a fire chief and becomes Jasi’s love interest, even though she tries to fight the attraction.

In DIVINE JUSTICE, book 2, the team of PSIs (Psychic Skills Investigators) find themselves engulfed in a case involving some influential people within the government. It also introduces someone from Jasi’s past, a former lover.

In DIVINE SANCTUARY, book 3 and my newest release, I wanted to explore another curiosity of mine: cults. Inspired by actual events that involved a polygamist cult in BC, I wanted to delve into the lives of the people living such sheltered existences. Is polygamy wrong? Do people have the right to live as they want? What about the kids? Are their choices being limited?

Of course, in DIVINE SANCTUARY there are murders to be solved. There are also two subplots that weave through all three books that must be addressed. But it was my interest in psychic investigators that started this entire journey, and I must say it has been rather “Divine.”

Have you ever gone to a psychic or had an experience with one? What did you think? Full of crap or right on?

While you’re thinking of your answer, I have some great prizes up for grabs. You can enter by going to my Facebook Page and clicking on the Giveaway button:


Cheryl Kaye TardifCheryl Kaye Tardif is an award-winning, international bestselling Canadian suspense author. Her novels include Divine Sanctuary, Submerged, Divine Justice, Children of the Fog, The River, Divine Intervention, and Whale Song, which New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice calls “a compelling story of love and family and the mysteries of the human heart…a beautiful, haunting novel.”

She is now working on her next thriller.

Cheryl also enjoys writing short stories inspired mainly by her author idol Stephen King, and this has resulted in Skeletons in the Closet & Other Creepy Stories (collection of shorts) and Remote Control (novelette eBook). In 2010 Cheryl detoured into the romance genre with her contemporary romantic suspense debut, Lancelot’s Lady, written under the pen name of Cherish D’Angelo.

Booklist raves, “Tardif, already a big hit in Canada…a name to reckon with south of the border.”

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