New Release Tour: Damned by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

Title: Damned

Series: A Magnus Blackwell Novel: Book 1
Author: Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release: October 3, 2017



 



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Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned. 

Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.

A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.

As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane. 

Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone. 

Bound to a spirit with a sinister history, a woman with a dark power will battle to rule the realm of the dead…



A thin layer of mist covered the foyer floor as the lotus sconces glowed with an eerie light. Lexie wore a formal white gown, woven with lace and gold ribbons.
The dress harkened back to a long-ago era. She didn’t recall putting on the outfit or where she had gotten it.

She ran her hands ran over the smooth silk and played with the lace on her sleeves.

“This is weird.”

The grand chandelier came to life, filling the foyer with its bright light. Ethereal music wafted through the house. Lexie swore she recognized the piece—a waltz. The music got louder; embedded in the notes was the distant murmur of conversation and glasses tinkling.

Lexie moved toward the sounds, stopping along the way to admire the home. The dull and drab foyer, once ravaged by time, blossomed before her as if magically restored. The golden wallpaper glistened in the candlelight, and the tears in the material came together as the dusty hardwood floors took on a dazzling shine. The chandelier appeared new, its chain covered with red velvet rope.

She made her way to the staircase where the red dragon’s eyes at the base of the banister glowed. Her fingers caressed the colored glass, and she raised her head to the massive chandelier. The light fixture swayed.

Terrified, Lexie took off running down the hallway. Her flight halted as long, flowing, multi-colored gowns, intermingled with black tuxedos with long tails, sprung up around her. Couples caught up in the frenzy of the waltz kept time with the music, but these dancers had no hands and no heads. They were nothing more than costumes inhabited by ghosts.

“They’ve outdone themselves. Quite an event,” a haughty man’s voice came from the flurry of twirling clothes.

“Have you seen Katherine’s dress?” a woman twittered. “He imported it from Paris for their anniversary.”

Lexie carefully maneuvered through the swirling apparel, anxious not to disturb them.

“I never thought they’d last the year,” another man said. “They’re so ill-suited.”

“Well, I’ve discovered the most scandalous things about Magnus Blackwell and the lurid things he likes to do with women,” a woman remarked. “Do you think they’re true?”

Eager to get away from the creepy dancing garments, Lexie ducked into the closest room. She slid inside a set of shiny double oak doors and closed them behind her. Resting her pounding head against the wood, she relaxed.

“This is a bad dream. Nothing more.”

When she turned from the doors, Lexie had somehow arrived in the living room. But unlike before, the room had rich furniture, the polished paneling gleamed, and an oriental carpet with a green dragon graced the center of the parquet floor.

By the entrance, she toed the same spot where she’d found the deep gouge, but it wasn’t there.

The bloom of a roaring fire in the hearth commanded her attention, drawing her gaze to Magnus Blackwell’s portrait. Lexie stared at the painting. Something changed with the colors. They morphed and moved as if taking on a shape.

A voice emanated from inside the painting; a man’s voice.

“I’ve been waiting for you, dear girl.”
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Scarlett and the Bear (Fairy Tales with a Shift) by Cara Wylde

Scarlett

Scarlett and the Bear is the next book in the Shift Your Fate series by author Cara Wylde. This fairy tale is a re-imagined telling of Little Red Riding Hood.

Scarlett is amazing at throwing her father’s hunting knives. She practices everyday and never misses her mark. While practicing one day, a strange man approaches her. He learns of the wolf-shifter and the hell he is putting the villages through. She lives in a place called “5 Villages”. All five villages used to have their own names but since being taken over by the wolf-shifter, they all are named collectively. Each year, a tribute of sorts, is chosen from one of the villages and this year is Scarlett’s villages turn.

All the eligible people gather in a group. The mayor spins all the names until he feels that they’re mixed up enough. He pulls out a name and it happens to be Scarlett’s. She is in shock while her mom begins wailing immediately. The men close around Scarlett so she can’t run but she’s too numb to think of doing anything.

That night, she is escorted into the woods. After they reach the clearing, she keeps walking on her own since the townsfolk are too scared to go any further.

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This is a short book with around 60 pages. So it doesn’t take a long time to read. It’s a cute story although I thought part of it was rushed. I would have liked for a couple scenes to have been longer but it’s good the way it is. I love reading Cara’s works and this one is no different. I never have been a huge fan of Little Red Riding Hood but I do like her version.

60 pages

99 cents on Amazon Kindle

Free on Kindle Unlimited

***I received a PDF version in exchange for my opinion.***

Lorelei’s Lyric (Southern Elemental Guardian #1) by D.B. Sieders

Loreleis Lyric

This is an overall good paranormal romance. While there are editing issues that need fixed, it’s still easy to know what was meant and intended to be said. I like the authors style of writing and the world building that is created throughout the book.

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Lorelei is a mermaid who loves to sing. She goes on a trip through rivers in the United States with her sister. They stop is well known musical cities/towns and listen to the music. When the stop in Nashville, things don’t go according to plan. When they listen to one band, Lorelei is captivated. She loves the lead singers voice and thinks that he’s hot. She wants nothing more than to start singing with Vance and his band but she knows that if she sings around mortals for too long, then they suffer the consequences, which is usually death.

Vance is the lead singer of his band. He suffers from depression and addiction since his girlfriend overdosed. He likes to drown his sorrows with alcohol and makes up any reason to sneak off and take a sip. Lorelei and Vance end up leaning on each other to help the other cure their problems and possibly find a chance at love.

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$2.99 on Kindle

$9.95 Paperback

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***I received a copy of this book in PDF format in exchange for an honest and unbiased review***

A Cure for the Broken (Sold to the Alpha #4) by Cara Wylde

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Avelyn, Max and the others return in the fourth installment of the “Sold to the Alpha” series by Cara Wylde.

We know from book three that Avelyn was bitten by Sabine to turn her into a wolf so that she couldn’t have children and couldn’t give Max what he wanted most. But Sabine was wrong. What Max wants most isn’t children, it’s Avelyn. He truly loves her.

A doctor comes and checks on Avelyn to make sure the wound is healing properly, which it is. He also learns a small something and tells Max, Jocelyn and Karl before Avelyn. Max tries to tell Avelyn but he just can’t so the doctor ends up telling her. She’s pregnant. There is a 98% chance she’ll loose the baby when she turns for the first time and a 2% chance that she won’t but that’s not to guarantee the baby would be healthy if it survived. Avelyn bans them all from her room, especially Christine.

We all knew Christine was up to something but just not sure what. I still think she has something up her sleeve that hasn’t come out yet. (But that’s just my opinion.) Later, after Avelyn calms down, her and Max talk. She discloses everything from the time she was brought to the Schloss up until she was bitten. Max understands why she did what she did and only blames himself because he wasn’t forthright with her. Later, he comes clean and fills her in on the truth about Sabine and why she was locked up.

We also learn that people are going missing from towns close to where the Schloss is. But things are in the works. Also, we learn of a possible cure for people who were bitten by shifters.

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This is a good book. I sure didn’t expect the few twists that were thrown in there.

$2.99 on Kindle

93 pages