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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

BOUND - Blog Tour with Giveaway & Reviews

Title: Bound
Series: The Magnus Blackwell Series #2
Author: Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2018 Publisher: Vesuvian Books

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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.

Praise for the Novel

Warrior Woman Winmill - “Full of danger and excitement”

Heather Lovelace - “What a fantastic continuation of the series”

As You Wish Reviews - “I was mesmerized by this book. Could not put it down until I could find out how it all ended. Must read!”


Review by Barbara

Holy Cow what a book! The writing duo of Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor have gone far beyond this readers expectations and written a phenomenal book/series that will leave you spellbound and craving more. 

Bound is Book 2 of the series and continues with Lexi setting up her shop in downtown New Orleans as well as continuing her role as the new Mambo. Of course Magnus is tagging along as her spirit guide. While Lexi is embracing her role as Mambo, there are those that are out to destroy her and take her powers. While the spirit world becomes topsey turvy, people begin to die and spirits start to run amuck in New Orleans. Lexi and Magnus must find a way to right the ship before all is lost. The authors will take you on an amazing journey that will keep you glued to the pages and have you both hopeful and fearful of what’s to come. 

I HIGHLY recommend giving the Magnus Blackwell series a go even if you don’t usually go for paranormal or voodoo storylines. Trust me when I say, you won’t regret it. The books are 100% better if read them in order, starting the with prequel titled Blackwell, then book 1 called Damned and of course Bound is next. Then like myself you will be anxiously awaiting Book 3 to find out what happens to Lexi, Magnus and the city of New Orleans next. This is a definitely a 5 star book in a 5 star series. 

Review by Kathy 

And POOF...just like that you open the pages to this book and it instantly binds itself to you and doesn't release you until you have reached the last page. What an incredibly written, intriguing, suspenseful, exciting, a bit nerve wracking read. The story line picks up from the first in this series and has you meet the newly appointed, newly married Mambo, Lexi, who has opened her shop for all things spiritual, all things voodoo, and even a space for her to work personally with clients who wish to reach out to the hereafter. Magnus is still with her as her spirit guide and amongst all of the day to day issues, there is something brewing. They can feel it in the air, until Lexi can't feel anything spiritual anymore. There is a storm brewing and with the darkening skies will come the darkening chaos that will threaten everyone in New Orleans, including Lexi herself. 

The characters are amazingly written and are so very complex. Lexi is a beautiful, bright light with a good heart. She and her husband Will are working on their future when things take a turn for Lexi as the darkness begins to invade the city and her life. Magnus is, well, Magnus. Always around doing his best to protect Lexi, even trying to protect her from her strong willed self. But as the darkness begins to intensify, something happens to both the ghost and the human mambo, altering their worlds and making things quite complicated and suspenseful. 

This is an amazing read and I cannot recommend this book, this series, highly enough. You like paranormal reads..well do not let this series get by you..you may come to regret that decision!


Read an 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.”

In the Series

Blackwell (the prequel)
Damned: Book 1

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Meet 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 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. Her work has been critically acclaimed and has been continually growing in popularity. 

Alexandrea Weis is also a certified/permitted wildlife rehaber 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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