Blackwell by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor

Excerpt:

Leaving the firelight, he headed toward the water, eager to learn more about the woman.

Beyond the glare of the bonfire, his eyes were better able to take in her figure. Her nightdress

was torn in places and had dark splotches on it in others. She stood at the water’s edge, her feet

hidden below the surface of the bayou. As he drew closer, Magnus got a better view of her

exquisite face. Her pale, snowy skin glowed in the darkness, and her features were perfect except

for a scar above her right lip. He ached to help her, to guide her from the water and back to the

warmth of the fire.

“Are you all right?”

She titled her head to the side as she examined him. Then without saying anything, she

held out her hand to him.

Magnus could hear a woman’s voice saying, Magnus, come with me, in his head, but her

lips never moved. He was entranced, drawn to her, and just as he was raising his hand to take

hers, another hand clamped down on his wrist.

“Magnus, no, don’t touch her,” Madam Simone called out.

The spell was broken, and the woman in the water faded away.

Magnus gawked at the water. “What?”

“I told you to stay close to the fire,” she admonished.

He pointed to the water. “You saw her? Who was that?”

Madam Simone let go of his arm. “You mean what was that, don’t you?”

“I don’t understand.”

She waved her long stick out over the water. “That was a spirit called by the ceremony.

She often appears when we perform our rituals on the bayou.”

“You know her?” The shock was evident in his voice.

“She’s the spirit of one who sacrificed herself for love many years ago. She was the

quadroon mistress of a wealthy white man who spurned her and her unborn child.”

Magnus removed his hat and wiped his hand over his brow, feeling shaky. “So you are

telling me I just saw a ghost?”

Madam Simone chuckled at his reaction. “The world is not everything you see, Magnus.

Ghosts are as real as you or I. They are the impression left behind by a life ended in misery, pain,

or confusion. The spirits trapped or bound to earth are the ones who haunt. The ones who have

found peace are the ones who leave.”

“Where do they go?”

She gave him a sad smile. “That all depends on what you believe. Heaven, hell,

paradise—take your pick. We have more names for the world that comes after than we do for the

one we currently inhabit. I think that speaks volumes about our capacity for hope.”

Magnus took an unsteady breath as his eyes returned to the water. “What about her? The

girl in the water? Will she ever find peace and move on?”

“No.” Madam Simone shook her head and, gathering up her skirt, took a step away from

the shore. “She has chosen to remain here.”

“Chosen?” he shouted. “Are you telling me she had a choice?”

“We all choose in life and in death, Magnus.” She glanced back at him. “That is why we

have souls—to make that choice.”

Magnus could still hear the voice of the spirit calling to him in his head. “I think she

spoke to me. She knew my name.”

“Spirits often bring messages from the dead. Do you know anyone who has recently

died?”

He shook his head. “No, no one.”

Madam Simone motioned ahead to the bonfire. “Let’s get back to the fire.”

Returning his hat to his head, Magnus followed her up the bank. “I’m not sure what I

witnessed, Madam Simone, but I no longer think I’m a skeptic.”

She grinned as they walked along. “Good. Then the ceremony served its purpose.”

“What purpose?”

Madam Simone kept her eyes focused on the firelight. “To prepare your soul for what is

to come.”

 



Blackwell
Magnus Blackwell Series
Book One
Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor
Genre: Paranormal thriller.
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Date of Publication: 1/17/17
ISBN: 978-1944109240
ASIN: B01M7T4NQT
Number of pages: 300
Word Count: 71, 800
Cover Artist: Sam Shearon
Book Description:
Hell has a new master
In the late 1800s, handsome, wealthy New Englander, Magnus Blackwell, is the envy of all.
When Magnus meets Jacob O’Conner—a Harvard student from the working class—an unlikely friendship is forged. But their close bond is soon challenged by a captivating woman; a woman Magnus wants, but Jacob gets.
Devastated, Magnus seeks solace in a trip to New Orleans. After a chance meeting with Oscar Wilde, he becomes immersed in a world of depravity and brutality, inevitably becoming the inspiration for Dorian Gray. Armed with the forbidden magic of voodoo, he sets his sights on winning back the woman Jacob stole from him.
Amid the trappings of Victorian society, two men, bent on revenge, will lay the foundation for a curse that will forever alter their destinies.
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About the Author:
From New Orleans, Alexandrea Weis was raised in the motion picture industry and began writing stories at the age of eight. In college, she studied nursing. After finishing her PhD, she decided to pick up the pen once again and begin her first novel. Since that time, she has published many novels and won several national writing awards for fiction. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her bestselling books, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable.
Alexandrea Weis is also a certified/permitted wildlife rehabber with the La. Wildlife and Fisheries. When she is not writing, she rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She is married; they live in New Orleans.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1211671.Alexandrea_Weis

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It’s You Book 2 by K.P. Kelley

It’s
You

Book
2
Katy
Regnery writing as K.P. Kelley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing
Group
Date of Publication: January 17,
2017
Book Description:
The thrilling conclusion of Katy
Regnery’s first paranormal romance series!
HAPPILY EVER AFTER…
To some, they’re just words
signifying a fairytale ending.
For me, Jack Beauloup, they
represent an unyielding desire:
Forever with Darcy Turner, the
unexpected love of my life.
A love that has placed her human
life in danger.
According to Pack Law, my binding
is an abomination that must be severed.
It’s ignited a fiery hatred that
I must confront and control.
But what is bound cannot be
broken.
I will keep Darcy safe.
Even if it means giving up on my
dreams.
Even if it means giving up my
life.
About
the Author:
New York Times and USA Today
bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a
short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first
contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.
Twenty-five books later, Katy
claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry
Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler
families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~
series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.
Katy’s first modern fairytale
romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the
2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers
Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her
Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In
May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set,
Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.


In 2016, Katy signed a print-only
agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback
books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the
United States.
Katy lives in the relative wilds
of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at
the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue
Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very
best love stories begin at home
Website/Newsletter Signup: http://katyregnery.com/

 

 

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Review: Blood Vow by JR Ward

Blood Vow By JR Ward

  • Series: Black Dagger Legacy (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (December 6, 2016)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451475336
  • Audio: Purchased from Audible

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • J. R. Ward returns with an all-new tale of paranormal passion in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.

Review:

This is a go to series for me so it is not surprising that I really enjoyed this book.  I was pleased with the different story line.  I really am enjoying the relationship story lines that have been taking place in the Black Dagger Legacy Books.  While there was some story about the Lessers it was much less in this story and it was a welcome break for me.

I was thrilled to have more of Bitty’s story with Rhage and Mary.  It was awesome to see the transformation this little family is going through.  I felt that it was well developed and it was a believable reflection.  Rhage has grown so much in the last few books and it is interesting to see how ary and Bitty have impacted this.

I really like the parts of this story that reflect what is going on with the next generation of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.  Axe and Elise’s relationship is as drama filled as the rest of the brother’s and they found their person.  The pain and stress they are both going through adds to the story.

As always, I listened to this book from Audible.  I am so glad that the same narrators has done this entire series.  I could not imagine it being anyone else.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to the next.