Book Launch: “The Redeemable Prince”, by Rachel Higginson

That is a very intriguing title.

What could this prince have done that he would have to be redeemed, and by who?

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Seraphina Van Curen and Sebastian Cartier thought they were soul mates once upon a time. But for over a year, they have been well aware of just how quickly love can turn to hate and how cruel fate can be.

They might not be able to stand the sight of each other, but that’s okay since they avoid each other like the plague.

When danger strikes too close to home, and ancient Magic surfaces, they find themselves in the center of a deadly war. Seraphina and Sebastian strike an uneasy truce in order to end Dmitri Terletov, once and for all. They must work together to save what’s left of the Kingdom and protect the people they love most.

Along the way, they discover fate isn’t finished with them yet.

Fate is just getting started.

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Comrades in arms–and then in each other’s arms…

Sound like something you’d like to read?

Purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1wBL3UQ

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Haven’t started the Star- Crossed Series yet?  Reckless Magic is FREE!

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16 year old Eden Matthews has been in and out of private schools for the last two years. She can’t seem to stop herself from closing them down. Kingsley is her last chance to finish high school and the last private school willing to accept her.

She is focused on just getting through graduation until she realizes Kingsley is not like the other private schools she’s been to. The students may be different, but so is she. And after meeting Kiran Kendrick, the boy who won’t leave her alone and seems to be the source of all her problems, she is suddenly in a world that feels more make-believe than reality.

To top it off, she is being hunted by men who want to kill Kiran and her best friend Lilly is taken away to a foreign prison. Eden finds herself right in the middle of an ancient war, threatening everything she loves. She alone has to find a way to save her best friend and the boy who has captivated her heart.

Reckless Magic is an intricate story about mystery, adventure, magic and forbidden love. Eden Matthews is an unlikely heroine determined to save the world and be with her one, true love before it’s too late.

Free on Amazon: http://amzn.to/137ush0
Free on Nook: http://bit.ly/1wBKfPR
Free on iBooks: http://bit.ly/1swKKwd
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And now, let’s see who penned these two star-crossed books:

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About Rachel Higginson 

Website     Facebook    Twitter

Rachel Higginson is the creator of The Star-Crossed Series, Love & Decay Novella Series, The Starbright Series, The Siren Series, Bet on Us and the soon to be released, The Five Stages of Falling in Love! She is also the co-creator of the podcast “Zach & Rachel Take Over the World.”

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her days raising four amazing kids. In the few spare moments she has to herself, she is either reading for hours on end or writing her own stories.

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Wow–a very busy lady. I was glad of this opportunity to blog about your books, Rachel, and I wish you every success!

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Blog Tour: The Heart of the Ancients–The Kailmeyra Chronicles: Book Three, by Elizabeth Isaacs

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What I love about the world of writing is its unending stream of talent. Here is another great entry, just released today.

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Following Nora and Gavin’s defeat of the Dokkalfar, the kingdom has flourished and brought hope to its people.

But looks can be deceiving.

Like wisps of death, darker emotions seep into unexpected places. Now the nighttime holds fresh horrors for Gavin as Nora’s visions of the future invade her dreams. Though Nora can’t remember them, she knows Gavin sees her mind as clearly as his own. Noticing the affects her nightmares have on him, Nora warns Gavin of the dire consequences of altering fate. But she fears he’ll do whatever it takes to assure her visions don’t come true—even going against all he believes.

This sounds intriguing. Let’s delve further into the story with an

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Rena entered the chamber, followed closely by Tark and Weylin. Her clipped stride and scowl made it clear that she wasn’t in the mood for fun and games. Tark started to catch up to her, but her hand flew up, and he stopped in his tracks. Rumpled, tired, and more than a little grumpy, she flopped down next to me and took a long drink from her goblet, setting it down with a thump.

“Having a good day?” I smiled.

She raised a graceful eyebrow. “Not really.”

“What’s wrong?”

Rena’s eyes stayed fixed on the group across the way. “That’s the last time I help with the recruits.”

“Why?”

Her normally lilting voice sounded low, aggressive. “Tark suggested we put the new warriors through their paces by using our little gifts.”

“Oh?” The smile slid from my face. Rena was the Keeper of the Field. She could take on an army of Dokkalfar. Surely a few student warriors weren’t a problem.

“What I mean to say,” she corrected as we she watched Tark glance our way, “is with my little gift. It seems I was the warm up act before tonight’s main event.”

I patted her arm. “What happened?”

Rena’s scowl darkened. Gavin, Tark, Weylin, and Micah glanced up from their conversation, pointedly staring in our direction.

“At first, all was well. The terrain responded to my call, and I had the young ones easily contained with vine and loam.”  She jerked her head toward the only warrior slightly taller than Gavin.  “And then he showed up.”

I grimaced. “Weylin.”

He must have heard his name because he looked over. His turquoise eyes, such a contrast to his olive skin and dark hair, narrowed. He tipped his head as if to say hello.

We both ignored him.

Weylin was one of Gavin’s oldest friends as well as the leader of the lower guard. He also happened to be the only one that could pinpoint my weaknesses. Off the field, Weylin was like a brother—sometimes annoying, other times protective and sweet.  On the field, he was a merciless brute.

“Yes, Weylin,” Rena hissed. “It seems his practice with you has given him insight to exploit my weaknesses, too. And apparently your mate,” she threw an accusatory glare Gavin’s way, “has given him permission to test not only you but all the Keepers as well.”

“So what did you do?”

“What do you think?” she grumbled. “I lost my concentration, the young warriors charged, and I was overrun.”

I frowned. “Having your defenses stripped away stinks, doesn’t it?”

Weylin had taunted me yesterday until I lost my concentration, and Gavin actually had to defend me until I found my focus again.

“My lady, your ability to understate situations is, at times, staggering.”

Ohhh-kay, I’m hooked. This sounds fantastic!

And the book cover? Dazzling!

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Now let’s find out more about Ms. Isaacs, shall we? 

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Elizabeth is an author, teacher, and publishing professional who began her career as a national presenter for Resource Profiles, where she developed teacher seminars designed to foster creative brain stimulation. Moving into formal education, she helped at-risk students improve their writing skills as well as created and implemented a creative writing/blogging program that centered on teaching the 21st century learner. Works stemming from this initiative were published online and seen in over 40 countries. Elizabeth receives invitations to speak nationwide at schools and book clubs about Young Adult (YA) content and writing. She co-founded the popular book blog, Chirenjenzie, which reaches thousands of people around the world. The writer support and reader interest group promotes and interacts with followers on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and various other blog sites. Elizabeth has a Master’s degree from Austin Peay State University, where she was trained in classical opera. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. “The Light of Asteria” received Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival.

A woman of many talents–I am impressed!

As mentioned, this is the third book in the series. Here are the other two:

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The Light of Asteria

Amazon – http://amzn.to/1IsNGhY

iBooks – http://bit.ly/1BuRygm

Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/1yxHfC1

Google Books - http://bit.ly/1AYeNfK

Kobo - http://bit.ly/1G8whZY

 

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Amazon - http://amzn.to/1w7tGfr

iBooks - http://bit.ly/12H2457

Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/1vysfSg

Google Books - http://bit.ly/1vGMgLw

Kobo - http://bit.ly/1G8wJr9

 

And the

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for “The Heart of the Ancients” is

iBooks Exclusive:

http://bit.ly/161hqU8

Ms. Isaacs would love to hear from you. Here are her

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Website:

  http://elizabethisaacs.com

Asteria’s Blog:

http://thelightofasteria.blogspot.com

Tumblr:

http://elizabethisaacs.tumblr.com/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/EFIsaacs

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/authoreisaacs

Google +:

https://plus.google.com/+ElizabethIsaacs/posts

LinkedIn:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabethisaacs

Instagram:

http://instagram.com/authoreisaacs

Pinterest:

http://www.pinterest.com/efisaacs/

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/…/show/1783576.Elizabeth_Isaacs

I leave you with a small piece of wisdom from her book, and I hope you have enjoyed this offering today. We’d love to hear from you!

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Review of “Stories From the Life of Jesus, By His Mother”, by Christopher Antony Meade

(Okay, the book title states that Mr. Meade merely edited it…)

“Silent Night, Holy Night”

Yes, when we think of the birth of Jesus, we generally think of this:

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I imagine, however, were we to look into Mary’s diary, it would be a lot more like this:

“I am just exhausted. Coping with a new baby is a stress at the best of times, but you try doing in in a cave with cows and a donkey breathing down your neck.”

and

“I sent one of the shepherds up the hill to politely thank the angelic host for their serenade, but, ‘Would they mind finishing now, as I had a baby that needed some sleep’.”

We get the mother’s-eye view, from birth to death to resurrection, of one of the most influential people who ever lived.  In human form and likeness, Jesus supposedly lived among some very interesting people, according to the author. A grandmother who kept company with questionable people, a cousin (John) who couldn’t hold his wine, and various other true-as-life-or better characters make their way into Mary’s diary.

True or not, these memories are in turn hilarious, tragic, and touching. And never once is there anything disrespectful written in these pages. This is what truly made me love this book.

I suspect that somewhere above, the heavenly hosts are laughing their haloes off from reading Mr. Meade’s wonderful book.

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Cover Reveal for “Never Hurt Me”, Book Three of “The Wishmakers”, by Shawn McGuire

It’s a good day for a cover reveal. And this one is GORGEOUS!

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However, the back is a bit teeny. To save your eyesight, here is the book blurb:

Everyone has a wish. Desiree’s just got real.

For forty-five years, eternally-eighteen-year-old Desiree has been in a sort of limbo, granting wishes for others while never receiving her own. Now it’s her turn, and she’s finally going to get what she asked for so long ago: a second chance at life.

Once back in the real world, Desiree meets Dara, a girl who must beg for money in order to buy food. With nothing to give her and powerless to grant a wish for her, Desiree begins to wonder if she would have been better off staying where she was.

There’s one other thing Desiree hadn’t bargained for. Not being a genie means not being with Kaf. And that’s a huge problem because falling in love with her chauvinistic, exasperating, gorgeous boss was the last thing Desiree expected.

5 Peace RatingWow! Now, you have to admit, a genie for a protagonist is fairly untrodden territory in the world of literature–at least in the 21st century. I like that Desiree still has her heart in the right place, even though she is conflicted about which world is the right one for her.

Now, let’s meet up with the author of this book, and see what makes her tick:

about the author

Shawn McGuire is the author of young adult novels that blend contemporary settings and issues with a touch of fantasy and magic. She started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that’s episode IV) as a kid. She couldn’t wait for the next movie to come out so wrote her own episodes. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to write is as strong now as it was then.

Her books deal with harder topics (dating violence, death of a sibling, divorce, substance abuse, runaways, etc.) because she believes it is important to talk about these things. Those kinds of topics can be hard to handle and a bit overwhelming, so she infuses a bit of humor in her work as well because she also believes that a sense of humor can help you get through just about anything.

Shawn lives in Colorado with her family where she loves to read, cook and bake, craft, decorate her house, and spend time hiking and camping in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

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Hmmm…I think she and I would get along fairly well. However, I didn’t have the same reaction after I saw the first “Star Wars” movie. Instead, on the drive home, I imagined the car to be the Milennium Falcon under attack. Mom was glad when the trip was over…

As mentioned, this is the third in a series. Let me introduce you to the other two:

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And now for what every blog tour needs: those author links:

BUYSITES:

GOODREADS:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3231214.Shawn_McGuire

AMAZON:  http://www.amazon.com/Shawn-McGuire/e/B00L0FJDFW

SMASHWORDS:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ShawnMcGuire615

BARNES & NOBLE:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/shawn-McGuire

KEEP IN TOUCH:

TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/shawn_McGuire

FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/shawnmcguireauthor?ref=br_tf

WEBSITE:  http://www.shawn-mcguire.com/

Congratulations, Shawn, and best of luck to you!

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Review of “For Whom The Bell Tolls (Vlad Dracula, #1) (The Dracula Chronicles, #1), by Shane K.P. O’Neill

oneillThis is not your grandmother’s Dracula story. In fact, it’s more about his beginnings, and how his formative years led him to become Vlad the Impaler.

And at the end of this story, you will be saying to yourself, “Well, I can certainly understand why he did what he did.”

It starts at the very beginning of the Christian era. Satan, upon having learned that his hold on humans has been destroyed by Jesus’ crucifixion, makes a vow: at some point in human time, he will find the one who will wreak his revenge.

He finds him in the 15th century–the child Vlad Dracula. But what he doesn’t know is that Vlad’s father’s illegitimate child has also been born to the gypsy woman he raped. This child, too, is destined for greatness–but of a different nature.

A masterful mix of history and fiction, this tale is nothing short of genius. It focuses on the early years of the Dracul reign, and a strange curse that falls over both legitimate and bastard child alike. The reader is taken back and forth between historical facts and fictional encounters without any stop in the action.

The military strategies, the protocol, the constant mental chess game that flows in peace negotiations–so much more than is outwardly obvious to the casual reader. But every lift of the eyebrow, every sigh–it means something, whether in defense or in capitulation. And there is always an equal and opposite reaction that carries the reader from one even to the next without a stop.

The historical facts of Vlad’s imprisonment by the Turks, and the possible fiction of his military prowess deeply impressing his captors, the battles, and the results of their outcome, all play a part in this fantastic story.

And then there is the presence of the evil malevolence that seems to overshadow the lives of the Draculs from the very beginning of Vlad’s life. Regarding the crucifixion narrative that starts this story, I was very much gratified by the respect the author has for this very sensitive scene. The connections he makes between the denizens of the dark and the angels of light are very unique.

What impressed me the most was the love the elder Dracul had for all of his sons, and the way he strived to stay faithful to his oaths of defending the Faith. He knew that going against the Turks, which was what he had sworn to do, would be the death of Vlad and his brother. The way he agonizes over this, and how his decision affects both sides, are skillfully told by a man who knows his 15th-century history.

To the squeamish or sensitive, I give fair warning–there are some brutal scenes in these pages. But without them, would we consider war less brutal than it is?

History fans–both of fiction and non-fiction–would love this book.

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Blog Tour: “Till Death”, by Becky McGraw

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The first book in a new romantic suspense series entitled LOGAN’S LONESTAR HEROES, “Till Death” sounds like a real winner. I think you’ll agree:

About the Series: 

Dave Logan, former recon marine and ex-cop is a man who lived inside the box of government restrictions and red tape for many years. When he had enough of seeing criminals and corruption continue despite his best efforts because of that red tape, he decided to do something about it. He assembled a group of likeminded men with unique skill sets, cowboys of  a different sort, to combat crime in the new wild, wild west.

Deep Six Security exists to fill the gap between the right and wrong side of the law. The men of Deep Six operate just beyond the box. They are willing to do what it takes to keep their home state safe. They are patriots, rebels and most importantly renegades. They are as different as night and day, but they have one thing in common, their love of God, country and the great state of Texas. 

If the six pack doesn’t work, there’s always a shotgun and a shovel… 

 
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To give you a taste of the current book, “Till Death”, here’s the synopsis:

 
Dave Logan, owner of Deep Six Security, is stunned when former Dallas FBI head, Susan Whitmore,
darkens his doorstep accusing him of being the cause of her losing her job. After hearing her situation,
Dave feels something he never expects to feel–sorry for her. But he also knows any problems she had at the agency were all her own fault. The woman has a tongue so sharp it could 
rip a man to shreds, and had many times. There was a reason her agents dubbed her the Barracuda. 
 Although Dave needs agents in the worst way, and Susan, with an IQ higher than Einstein, better skills and more experience than any of his men, along with a master’s degree in criminal justice, is more than qualified to be a member of his team, he just doesn’t need the drama she and her mouth would bring to  Deep Six . Even as his brain said no way though, his damned white-knight complex forces him to offer her a job as his temporary secretary. 
Realizing he’s made a huge mistake hiring her, Dave calls in favors to get her interviews to get her out of his office. Before he can get rid of her though, Dave gets a new case only Susan can help him with. A wealthy Dallas oilman and his trophy wife ordered a designer baby from a local fertility clinic, and the surrogate has gone missing with the baby. The couple wants Deep Six Security to investigate the facility and find the baby, but the only way Dave can do that is to get inside. To get inside his only option is to go undercover with Susan, posing as a wealthy married couple looking for a baby. What they find when they  get to the spa-like compound is frightening.
Payoffs, missing surrogates and young women being used as lab rats are just the tip of the iceberg. 
Can two alpha personalities, both used to being in charge, work together long enough to figure out what’s going on at the clinic, or will they kill each other before the bad guys at the facility have a chance? If they’re lucky, perhaps the delicious friction between them will turn into something so hot the place spontaneously combusts.  Or if they’re luckier, maybe it will turn into something which might just last till death do them part. 
 
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Delving deeper into the book itself, we get to read an

Excerpt from TILL DEATH 

Dave’s foot slid on the papers under his desk again, and he cleared his throat.  This was the worst idea
he’d ever had and he knew like hell he was going to regret it, but he couldn’t stop the white knight inside of
him from laying his neck into the cradle of the guillotine.  “Do you have any secretarial skills?” 
Susan laughed loudly.  “I’m a former federal agent with a master’s degree in criminal justice, an IQ higher
than Einstein, and a black belt in jiu jitsu.  You want to offer me a secretarial job?” Her tone indicated she
thought he was a moron.  That was the problem.  Susan Whitmore thought everyone was an idiot except for
her. 
  
Well, she wasn’t as smart as she thought she was evidently. 
 
Dave shrugged, as he leaned back in his chair to casually tent his fingers.  “You walked out of a federal
agency management job with no notice.  I suspect that’s all you’ll be able to find immediately considering
those circumstances.” And your attitude, he added mentally.  “But I understand you’ll be looking for
something else while you work here.”  Leaning forward again, he propped his arms on his desk and pinned
her with his eyes.  “As long as you can manage to rein in your mouth and get along with the guys, it could
be a mutually beneficial temporary arrangement.”  
 
Very temporary if she couldn’t manage that. 
 
Susan pushed up to her feet to put her hands on her hips to glare down at him.  “You’re an arrogant
asshole, Dave Logan.” 
 
Dave laughed.  “Takes one to know one, sweetheart.”  
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Sounds like a match made in hell, doesn’t it? This is gonna be good!

And now, a crucial step towards enjoying this book in its entirety: the

BUY LINKS:  

Before we wind up the blog for today, let’s meet the author and see what else she has for us readers:

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 About the author 

Becky McGraw is a married mother of three adult children, and a Southern girl by birth and  the grace of God, ya’ll. One of several career changes transplanted Becky and her family to  Indiana where she lived for sixteen years. Presently, she resides in Corpus Christi, Texas with  her husband and dog Abby. 

A jack of many trades in her life, Becky has been an optician, a beautician, a legal secretary, a 
senior project manager for an aviation management consulting firm, which took her all over  the United States, a real estate broker, and now a graphic artist, web designer and writer.  
She knows just enough about a variety of topics to make her dangerous, and her romance  novels interesting and varied. Being a graphic artist is a good thing for her too, because she  creates her own cover art, along with writing the novels. 
Becky has been an avid reader of romance novels since she was a teenager, and has been  known to read up to four novels of that genre a week, much to the dismay of her husband,  and the delight of e-book sellers. 
She has been writing fictional short stories and novels for fun, as well as technical copy for  her jobs for many years. She was a member of the Writer’s Guild on AOL during her last  venture into writing romance, as well as a founding member and treasurer of the first online  chapter of the Romance Writers of America, From the Heart Romance Writers. She is  currently a member of the Romance Writers of America and From the Heart Romance Writers. 
My Kind of Trouble is the first book released in a series called Texas Trouble. Other books in  the series include THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE, DOUBLE THE TROUBLE, LOOKING FOR  TROUBLE, TROUBLE IN DIXIE, and ASKING FOR TROUBLE, CHASING TROUBLE, HERE  COMES TROUBLE. 
You can find them on Amazon.com at:  

I was honored to have Ms. McGraw stop by today. I’m sure she would love to meet with you too–and here’s where you can get hold of her:

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You can email Becky McGraw at beckymcgrawbooks@gmail.com  

 
Please like my fan page on Facebook at: 
 
Series Fan page: 
 
Web Page: 
 
Twitter: 

@beckymcgrawbook 

 
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Review of “Immolation Finale”, by Stephen A. Grilliot

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Dean Whitney picked the wrong guy to attempt to swindle. There being no honor among thieves, he picked the one who personified that phrase completely.

For Corbo is not a man who takes such treatment lightly. In fact, there were probably those who whispered that Corbo wasn’t a man at all.

Dirk Geist becomes one of those people very quickly. A paranormal investigator, he is first contacted by Jane Whitney, Dean’s sister, to investigate his disappearance and murder. She waves a very large check under his nose, which he turns down. Dirk feels that the cops have it all under control–until the police (under the personage of his friend, Officer Susan Mangona) ask him to get involved also.

This comes at the same time that Dirk’s past lover, Sabrina, returns to her native New Orleans at the behest of her dying mother. The two meet briefly, and strangely, which brings Dirk further into a case he’d rather not pursue. For her name is inexplicably intertwined with the characters he is pursuing.

However, when a presence makes itself known – in Dirk’s house, his thoughts, and even his dreams, he feels compelled to take action. Then, when Susan falls ill under mysterious circumstances, he wastes no time jumping fully into the investigation. With the invaluable help of Detective Maxwell Simms and others, Dirk learns quickly about the shady world of voodoo, and what can happen if you cross the wrong people.

Not only do they uncover the source of Susan’s illness, they discover a more serious and devious plan, cooked up by Corbo and Sauda, a voodoo priestess who is much more than she appears.

As a hurricane threatens New Orleans once again, Dirk and Simms have to find a way to stop this insidious threat before it becomes a reality.

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Mr. Grilliot has written a book that is magnificent in its scope, intelligent in its research of the ways of voodoo, and brilliant in its narrative. It’s almost impossible not to feel the drums echoing in the ears, pounding with the heartbeat, drawing the reader in to a dark, frightening world.

The author is a master of the written word. For example, the prologue takes place around 1790, while the book itself starts in the present day. But not only is the timing different, the very narrative changes styles from one era to the other. It is not harshly noticeable at all–but there is a definite change. There were so many instances where the writing was exquisite that I couldn’t possibly cite them all. However, I do want to drop in a few lines so that the reader can see what I mean.

Here Susan is looking into an office that had been torn apart:  “The books had fallen from their places and were scattered on the floor like a swamp covered in lily pads of knowledge.” This was just one of the many visuals that really brought the story to life.

There is so much in this book–horror, love, jealousy, murder, friendships lost and renewed. This is one book that I am very glad I had the privilege to read.

 

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