Scorpio, The Sign Behind the Crime series by Ronnie Allen #HappyHolidays

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With a mind as strong as twisted steel, Scorpio obsessed Henry Slater, suave, sophisticated, sexy, intelligent, and wealthy is the perfect man—except to women who tell him what he doesn’t want to hear.

Dr. John Trenton is called back to NYC for a case close to his heart, while NYPD Detective Samantha “Sam” Wright and Dr. Frank Khaos, conflicted about their on-again-off-again relationship, take on another case—a serial killer who’s orchestrated sixteen murders across the United States over a nine-year period. The seventeenth victim is Sam’s best friend, Carrie Baines. When forensic science connects Frank to Slater, Frank is pushed to delve into his past, something he swore never to do. Meanwhile, due to the interstate nature of the crimes the FBI gets involved, convincing Sam to go undercover. But Slater is clever, and Sam is no match for him. Will her psychic skills and police training be enough to survive this close encounter with a killer, or will she end up as his eighteenth victim? And even if she lives, is her relationship with Frank really over?


His reaction took her totally by surprise. How could he do this to her?

“Any more good news?” The sarcasm rolled off his tongue. “That’s not what I’m concerned with.”

“Then what?”

“The way he looked at you.”

“Don’t worry about it. We’re adults here.”


“Frank, please. Can’t you deal with this?”

He did a double take. “Know what, Sam? No. I can’t. And I didn’t realize you’re so emotionally disconnected.” He checked the clock and blew out a deep breath. “As soon as it hits daylight, I think it’s best that you go back to your place.” He rolled over onto his left side, his back facing her.

“What are you saying, Frank?

He barely turned his head. “Use your psychic intuition to figure out what I’m saying.”

“You’re breaking up with me?”

“I think we need to distance ourselves. It’s been too hot and heavy these past eight weeks, anyway. You’re not the woman I thought I knew.”

“How in hell are we supposed to distance ourselves? We work cases together. Every day, if I have to remind you.”

“Keep it formal. I’m now Dr. Khaos from you, and you’re Detective Wright from me.”


“No buts. I’m done. We’re done.” His stomach twisted as he uttered those last two words.

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Ronnie Allen authorAbout the Author:

Ronnie Allen is a NYC native transplanted to rural Central Florida nine years ago. A teacher in The New York City Department of Education for 33 years, she also obtained a license as NYS School Psychologist. In later education, she added certification as a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, earning a Ph.D. in Parapsychic Sciences. Ronnie uses her expertise in education, the paranormal, and psychic development throughout her novels. She’s an advocate for children, and their health and well-being. This is evident in the themes of her novels and in the dedications. Scorpio is the third book in The Sign Behind the Crime series.

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Happy Birthday, Scorpio #astrology #zodiac

Scorpio constellation

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Happy Birthday Scorpio!

Congratulations, you were born under the influence of the most fascinating (and misunderstood) of all the signs. Scorpios are said to be passionate yet controlled, sexy, secretive, vengeful and strong-willed. I once heard a Scorpio woman say, “I don’t hold a grudge once I get even!”

Is Scorpio’s reputation justified?

Well, yes and no. In astrology, the sun sign is never the whole story. The other planets and Rising Sign or Ascendant (the sign ruling the first house of your individual chart) will modify the influence of your sun sign. I used to say that for an Aries, I was a pretty typical Scorpio. Then I found out that I had Scorpio Rising!

Scorpio is the eighth sign of the Zodiac and is represented by the Scorpion, a creature whose sting can paralyze its victims. Astrologers also list the eagle and the gray lizard as symbols of Scorpio. The eagle represents the noble side of this complex sign.

Originally Scorpio was ruled by Mars, the planet named for the Roman god of war. Though modern astrologers now say Pluto rules Scorpio, it’s true that a number of famous warriors were born under the sign, including General George Patton and his chief rival in North Africa, Feld Marshal Erwin Rommel, not to mention Churchill’s nemesis, General (later president of France) Charles de Gaulle. (Of course, astronomers now say Pluto isn’t really a planet, but astrologers disagree.)

Scorpio zodiac sign as a beautiful girl

Scorpio zodiac sign as a beautiful girl. Copyright: vgorbash via Deposit Photos.

The eighth house of the chart rules sex, among other things, and there’s no denying the sexual aura of some Scorpios. Welsh actor Richard Burton was a Scorpio with a mesmerizing screen presence. It was partly his marvelous speaking voice, but there was something about his eyes that drew your attention. My mother was crazy about him, despite his personal problems with womanizing and alcoholism. She called him “a fascinating devil” and I havd to agree.

Scorpio is a fixed water sign, and as my maternal grandmother used to say, “Still waters run deep and the devil’s at the bottom”. Fixed water can mean a calm pool or an iceberg. Scorpio Grace Kelly always seemed cool and composed, regardless of circumstances. And speaking of sexual aura, Grace had it in spades. Other self-contained Scorpios, like Senator Hillary Clinton, are sometimes accused of being cold when they don’t open up easily to strangers. Marie Antionette, of “let them eat cake” fame, was a Scorpio.

Did I mention that Scorpios don’t trust easily, and once their trust is betrayed, they find it hard to forgive? Scorpio’s prayer is: Forgive our trespassers, even if the bastards don’t deserve it.

I grew up with two Scorpios, my dad and his mother, who occupied the lower floor of our duplex. Their birth dates were a week apart, and being Scorpio, they both wanted to be in charge. Living in the same house meant a constant power struggle between them, with my poor Taurus mom caught in the middle, playing peacemaker. Not that Grandma was overt in her attempts to control my dad. That wasn’t her style. My mother often described her as “the iron fist in the velvet glove”. An Aries like me may go at things full tilt and damn the torpedoes, but Scorpio usually takes a more subtle approach.

When I was little, my dad decided to make wine in the basement, which horrified my grandmother, who was a member of the WCTU. “What will my friends say?” she asked my mother. “Can’t you do something?” My mother just shrugged and said, “Have you ever been able to stop him when he’s made up his mind to do something?” LOL, Grandma said no, but that wasn’t exactly true. There were times when she was able to exert control. Like I said, a constant power struggle. It wasn’t that they didn’t love each other. They were just too much alike to live together comfortably.

When it comes to compatibility, conventional astrological wisdom says that the best choices for Scorpio are the other water signs, Cancer and Pisces, and the earth signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. It’s interesting the Scorpio Prince Charles married two women born under the sign of Cancer. (Yes, believe it or not, Princess Diana and Camilla Parker-Bowles shared the same sun sign.) Fire and air signs are considered astrologically incompatible with water signs, which may help to explain a little about the marriage between Scorpio Hillary Clinton and her Leo husband. In addition, Leo and Scorpio are in a natural “square” (90 degree) aspect, a classic sign of conflict. But we romance authors believe love conquers all, and their marriage has certainly endured more tests than most.

Famous Scorpios include Prince Charles of England, Christopher Columbus, US President Theodore Roosevelt, Newsman Dan Rather, Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, writer Shere Hite, scientist Marie Curie, actresses Sally Field, Katherine Hepburn, Hedy Lamarr, Vivien Leigh, Bo Derek and Demi Moore, authors Sylvia Plath and Voltaire, director Martin Scorcese, Bill Gates, Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Robert Kennedy. Celebrity Scorpios include Drake, Emma Stone, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, chef Gordon Ramsay, Owen Wilson, Mark Ruffalo, Jimmy Kimmel, San Waterston, Ryan Gosling, Shailene Woodley, and two of my favorite sexy actors, Eric Dane and Gerard Butler. Wow, that’s a long list!

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So what’s your sun sign? Any Scorpios out there?