Bound by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor

 


Bound

A Magnus Blackwell Novel
Book Two

Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor
Genre: Paranormal Suspense/
Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Date of Publication: 4/17/18
ISBN: 978-1944109615
ASIN: B079L1Q1KM
Number of pages: 313
Word Count: 93,000
Cover Artist: Sam Shearon
Tagline: You can’t escape the darkness
Book Description:
Magnus Blackwell’s past is about to catch up with him.
An evil force has seized New Orleans. Pestilence, suffering, and darkness cloak the city. The citizens are scared and need their mambo to guide them, but Lexie Arden can’t help anyone. A diabolical presence has taken Lexie’s power and severed her ties with the other side.
Magnus Blackwell is fighting demons of his own. Torn between his devotion to Lexie and a spirit from his past, Magnus’s loyalty is put to the test. He must revisit his sins to uncover the key to the hatred ripping the city apart. If he doesn’t, Lexie’s reign as mambo will end.
Their search for answers leads them deep into the darker realms of voodoo—until a desperate Lexie does the unthinkable, and Magnus can do nothing to spare her from her fate.
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Excerpt
Magnus waited outside the cottage, anxious for Lexie.
Vulnerable because he was cut off from her. Something had changed between them.
The thoughts, emotions, and even the actions of the living left impressions in
his head. In the beginning, he’d only connected with Lexie; now it appeared as
if every person he encountered touched him in some beguiling way.  
Confounded by what was happening, he went to the green
water at the swamps’ edge along the side of the house. Raindrops created
ripples on the stagnant water. Their concentric circles grew, intersecting in
swells, releasing voices in their wake.
Magnus waited at the slimy green bank, attempting to
make sense of the strange sounds. The cries of men, women, and children rose up
and overwhelmed him.
“Save us!” a woman shrieked.
“Please, help me. I want to be free,” a man’s husky voice entreated.
“Take me away from this hell,” a high-pitched wail
begged.    
The voices built around him, crowding his ears,
imploring him to rescue their tormented souls. He had never heard such noises
from anyone.
A vision of his Frannie hurtling over the cliff’s edge
at Altmover Manor replayed in his head. The sound she made as she toppled to
the rocks below resembled the pitiful cries of the spirits around him. Magnus
closed his eyes, disgusted by the memory.
When his eyes opened, he scampered backward. In the
boggy water, hundreds of bodies floated in various stages of decomposition.
Arms, hands, legs, and torsos bobbed on the surface. The woman in black he’d
seen with Lexie stood at the water’s edge, calling to the dead to wake from
their soggy tombs.
Horrified by the agony he saw on their contorted faces,
Magnus wanted to obliterate the vision by returning to his shadowy realm, but
he couldn’t tear himself away. The images of body parts and broken souls held
him captive as bitter waves of anger and anguish rolled off the water.
“Your master’s in
danger.
Magnus spun around.
A little girl in a long white nightgown trimmed in
yellow ribbon stood next to him. Down the front, a stain of burnt red went all
the way to her bare feet. She held a dirty teddy bear in her arms, but when she
peered up at him, a gaping wound across her throat exposed the bone underneath.
Magnus didn’t know if he could believe the phantom
before him. Spirits had never reached out to him before. This was Lexie’s
realm. Why did he suddenly have her gift?
“Are you real?”
“Yes, sir. Very real, just like you.”
He knelt down beside the child. “What is your name?”
“Mattie. I died in the swamp when I was six. The
mistress has enslaved my soul to do her bidding.”
He touched the nose of the teddy bear in her arms. His
fingers passed through the toy. “What mistress?”
“The Lady La Fay. The one who called your master to
her side.”
Magnus examined her gray skin and sunken eyes. “I
don’t have a master.”
She pointed to the porch steps of the cottage. “You’re
bound to the woman who went inside. She’s your master and the one who controls
your fate. We are all bound to those who work the dark realm. You’ll see.”
Magnus was about to question the child when her eyes
went black and rolled back into her head.
Her mouth opened, and her lips stretched, expanding
painfully beyond her chin and cheeks. The gaping, black hole spread and almost
split her face in two. It covered her entire face, leaving only her flowing
brown hair untouched.
Alarmed, he stood up. Then the child dropped the teddy
bear and held her arms out to her sides.
He searched the swamps for an escape. He found the
souls in the water, their dismembered bodies rising from the surface, coming
toward him. A parade of legs, arms, torsos, and heads covered with algae and
muck approached his spot on the shore.
He faced the girl, her toes floating above the boggy
ground.
A soulless, wretched cackle came from the blackness
covering her face.   
“Welcome, Magnus Blackwell,” a woman’s whiny voice
echoed from the darkness. “Welcome to my world.”  


About the Author:

Born and raised in New Orleans, Alexandrea Weis grew up in the motion picture industry and began writing at the age of eight. After finishing her Ph.D. in Nursing, Alexandrea decided to pick up the pen again. She has published a number of award-winning novels, and won countless national awards for fiction. A certified/permitted wildlife rehabber with the La. Wildlife and Fisheries, when not writing, Alexandrea rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She and her husband live in New Orleans.
Visit Alexandrea Weis online at: www.alexandreaweis.com

 

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My Zombie BFF

My
Zombie BFF

YA
Short Tales
Book
One
Liz
Hahn
Genre: Young Adult – Zombie
Publisher: Little Hondo Press
Date of Publication:   5/8/18
ASIN: B07CGFVWRZ
Number of pages: 80
Word Count: 14,500
Cover Artist: Ravven
Tagline:  In a zombie apocalypse, best friends really
are forever.
Book Description:
Best friends forever takes on a
whole new meaning when you’re a zombie.
Penny helped Mia survive the
horrors of high school.
Now Mia has a chance to return
the favor and help Penny survive the zombie apocalypse. 
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Excerpt:
     Another body flings itself at the car. The
undead have some sort of death wish.      
     “We need a shortcut,” says Mia.
     If I hadn’t applied her makeup for the
play, I might have mistaken her for one of those things. Zombies. Undead.
Walkers. Did it matter what they were called? “Where?” 
     “There,” she yells, pointing ahead. “Cut
across Old Man Jenkins’ place!”
     “Are you crazy? He’ll call the police,” I
say. 
     “I think the police are a little busy
right now,” says Mia.
     She has a point. I make a hard right by
his driveway, clipping his mailbox. Wincing, I glance in the rearview mirror.
Envelopes and catalogues fly in the air like confetti at a parade. If I survive
this, I might not survive the homeowner’s wrath.
     “Watch out!” Mia is holding onto to the
dashboard for dear life.
     I turn my attention back to the lawn and
swerve, just missing a zombie…or was it Old Man Jenkins? He’s so old it’s hard
to tell.
     “Maybe I should drive,” offers Zack.
     “It’s not my fault Driver’s Ed didn’t
cover the end of the world maneuvers!”

About
the Author:

Liz Hahn is a mild-mannered
accountant by day and author by night. In addition to her new YA Short Tales
series, she writes contemporary romance under Liz Matis. She enjoys reading,
watching sports, going to the beach, and Zumba.
Fun Fact: Liz read her first
romance novel at the age of fifteen and soon after wrote her first romances
starring her friends and their latest crushes!

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Rebirth by A.J. Wharton

Rebirth
Birds of Change
Book 1
A.J. Wharton
Genre: Urban fantasy
Publisher: Angela Wharton       
Date of Publication: April 15th 2018
ISBN: 978-1732067806
ASIN: B07BS5T67B
Number of pages: 387
Word Count: 97,336
Tagline: What’s your talent?
Book Description:
In a world divided between those who are talented and those who aren’t, Vici is a city governed by an egotistical Praetor driven by his hatred for the gifted individuals—the Tallents—who he considers a plague. Tallents are forced into the shadows, for fear that they will be caught and executed.
An explosion rocks the city to its very foundation; the sole survivor a young woman with no memories of her past. Her only tie to her previous life is a silver necklace with the name Asylia inscribed. Risen from the ashes, she pieces herself together while taking control of her emerging fire talent. She must be careful; one mistake and she will end up like all the other Tallents who have faced the Praetor’s wrath.
Harbored by a mysterious group called Revival, the young woman discovers that the people of Vici are disappearing at an alarming rate. Together with her new friends, she must rally against the Praetor’s tyranny, racing to free the city in hopes that she isn’t too late to bring peace to this world in turmoil. 

Excerpt:
A rustling chain
nearby; my body feels weak and heavy as the darkness surrounds me. Cold
numbness fills my body. The razor-sharp wind cascades past my face. A
shattering noise wakes me up to the icy wind whipping across my body. The
current turns me over and over as if I’m a mere plaything for the air around
me. My eyes spring open and struggle against the oncoming current. I am high in
the air above the city. Beneath me, bright lights of buildings stretch as far
as I can see. I panic as I fall faster and faster toward the ground.
“Aaaaaaahhhhhh!”
A bright light
emanates from behind me and lights up the night sky as the pulse of power fuels
an explosion above me. I twist and turn as I rocket toward the ground.
Something is attached to me and squirming to get out of my reach. Got to hold
on; got to hold on just a little longer. A black, crumpled mass tears from my
body, its claws ripping at my flesh as it disappears above me. My body rocks from
it, picking up pace as my arms flail around, helpless against the downward pull
of gravity. Beneath me, I recognize the building as the one they had shown when
Praetor Fraus delivered his announcement. It isn’t how I remembered seeing it
though. When I last saw it, it was charred and broken, but this building looks
pristine. The city fills my vision as I soar closer and closer. Brilliant
glistening buildings formed almost a perfect circle: the edge of the city
outlined by crystalline magenta walls.

A mangled voice
comes from behind me, but the wind makes it hard to make out what it is saying.
I see through the glass ceiling of the building and I try to change my path,
but I burst through the glass as fire surrounds me.


About the Author:

Angela lives in the small capital of Delaware. An avid gamer and superhero fan, she spends most of her free time playing video games. With her work, she travels for hours at a time and that’s where she discovered her love for audiobooks. Angela would get wrapped up in the story, and the fantasy that came alive all around her made the miles fly by. After being inspired by Susan Ilene’s Sensor series, she was motivated to write her first book. Angela dreamed about the events in the books for weeks before she finally started writing them down. Rebirth is Angela’s debut novel, but first of many in a series.