Author: Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor
Genre: Paranormal thriller
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR
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.
REVIEW BY KATHY:
WOW. I'm not quite sure where or how to begin this review. This book was something else. Dark..but not quite, although delving into Voodoo and it's rituals and history could be considered dark, it was intriguing as well as "educational", even for someone from Louisiana. Magnus Blackwell is truly something else. Handsome and wealthy you would think that he would be just some Alpha male, strutting around, making women sigh, but there is something much darker inside of Magnus, something lurking just below the surface and once you see what is there you will find that you really cannot stand this "creature", for lack of a better term.
I loved meeting famous author Oscar Wilde, and enjoyed his enthusiastic curiosity about Voodoo and the ceremonies, I even learned something about him that I didn't know, WOW. I, even after reading this book wonder to myself if he really believed, to himself, that Magnus was capable of and did indeed do the things that were done.
The characters were very well written and extremely well developed.
The story itself becomes quite intriguing once Magnus travels to New Orleans and continues to be so when he returns to his ancestral home. Poor Jacob, once his very dear friend and now architect for the renovations to the home, along with his wife are seeming trapped under Magnus' manipulative thumb. Jealousy, envy, and vengeance are all emotions that will be seen and felt by the two main male characters as this story progresses to it's surprising end.
Rich in the flavor of New Orleans and it's lore of voodoo, spells, spirits and ghosts, this book will entertain anyone who has the taste for this type of story. Although it begins and ends in Boston, the visiting of New Orleans will change the course of the story and bring back a bit of the old south to the wealthy of this particular manor.
Really good read, can't wait to see what happens in book 2!!!
REVIEW BY WENDY:
Not quite sure where to start. This author takes me away from my normal type of reading, she may just convert me to a paranormal genre reader. I'm always intrigued by what she writes. This time we have voodoo and jealousy and vengeance and the ending...Oh my! Once the story moved to New Orleans, I was captivated! The story involving Magnus and Jacob kept me on my toes and I may have muttered a few inappropriate words at my kindle. You honestly cant go wrong with this book. It is a very good read that I highly recommend. Can't wait for book 2!
REVIEW BY BARBARA:
Oh My where to start. I am not exactly sure what I was expecting with Mr. Blackwell but whatever it was I have no doubt I got so much more. A book set in a time and place when a man of means could get away with just about anything. Especially when just such a man is armed with voodoo magic, hatred and revenge. This is a wonderfully written book about just how far some people are willing to go to have “it all”. But is that truly possible? And if so, at what cost?
The book kept me on my toes and I’ll admit I was wowed and saying OH My Gosh on several occasions (even feared for the safety of my Kindle on a few occasion). But if you like stories with intriguing characters, a touch of the spiritual world and a few “unexpected twists” in the plot; you’ll Love Mr. Blackwell. I know I sure did! Bring on book #2!!
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 and went on to teach at a local university. After several years in the medical field, she decided to pick up the pen once again and began her first novel, To My Senses. Since that time she has published many novels. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning 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.
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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.”