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Author Showcase – Sorchia DuBois (Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen)

Zoraida Grey needs help. With the witchy Logan clan holding her best friend hostage in a haunted Scottish castle, she can’t trust anyone—certainly not beguiling but dangerous Shea Logan. And Al, her overprotective boyfriend, doesn’t believe in magic.

Only one creature strikes fear in the blackened hearts of the Logan witches. Trouble is Jock disappeared five centuries ago leaving a trail of destruction across the Gulf of Mexico. Now he’s stepped into a steaming pile of Voodoo.

Can Zoraida drag wayward Jock back to Scotland? And what’s she supposed to do with two men who promise completely different futures?

A Scottish wizard, stripped naked and painted blue—a Voodoo priestess bent on immortality—a yacht-load of Caribbean pirates. What can possibly go wrong?

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ExcerptFrom Chapter 7: Azili’s Little Shop of Hypnotism

 

Her dry, cool hand on my arm guides me through the store, steadies me when I trip on uneven boards, pulls me through the blue-curtained doorway. Red lips blow sparkling powder from long, elegant fingers. The particles hang in the air, spinning and swirling. I inhale instinctively.

My knees give way and down I sink. Down onto the red velvet chair. Past the weathered floorboards, down into the silt and mud of the Delta. Down to the center of the earth. Satin folds of mesmerizing ensorcellment coil around my shoulders, pulling me deeper still into the space between time. Reality wastes to silence.

“Don’ fight, my girl. You can’t do it. Let it take you,” she whispers. We face each other, sitting in matching red velvet chairs. Our knees touch. She holds my hands, massaging my palms with her broad thumbs.

Fresh sweat pops out on my forehead. The powdered drug slows my heart, my breathing, my mind. Each second stretches into infinity. Colors spiral around a green face. My eyelids weigh fifty pounds each. I yield to the irresistible need to let them slam shut. Cigarette smoke on her breath. A cold hand on my forehead. I’m helpless, bound, and sedated.

This won’t do.

My toes dig deep into the rich Mississippi silt and curl around the bones of the earth. Ancient, patient life grounds me, reminds me who I am. A molecule at a time, I transmute the drug to saline, a trick I did not learn in high school chemistry. A trick I didn’t know I could do. The effort leaves me gasping but my mind is once again my own. I open my eyes.

“You got de juju in you, bébé.” Azili laughs, red lips wide, teeth white. Her coils tighten. “But I got de juju in me, too.”

This time, I can’t keep her out. Like rising floodwaters, she seeps into every corner. A scream gurgles in my throat and dies.

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Granny’s dying, but Zoraida can save her with a magic crystal of smoky quartz. Too bad the crystal is in Scotland—in a haunted castle—guarded by mind-reading, psychopathic sorcerers.

Getting inside Castle Logan is easy. Getting out––not so much. Before she can snatch the stone, Zoraida stumbles into a family feud, uncovers a wicked ancient curse, and finds herself ensorcelled by not one but two handsome Scottish witches.

Up to their necks in family intrigue and smack-dab in the middle of a simmering clan war, Zoraida and her best friend Zhu discover Granny hasn’t told them everything. 
Not by a long shot.

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Award-winning author Sorchia Dubois lives in the piney forest of the Missouri Ozarks with seven cats, two fish, one dog, and one husband.

A proud member of the Scottish Ross clan, Sorchia incorporates all things Celtic (especially Scottish) into her works. She can often be found at Scottish festivals watching kilted men toss large objects for no apparent reason.

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Review of “Divergent Bloodline” – TJ Shaw

 

While tracking down a killer, clues lead homicide detective, Viviane Taylor to suspect, Julian DeMatteo. From the get-go, DeMatteo unsettles and irritates her. He’s a force she has never encountered, someone who excites her even though he’s forbidden. Her instincts warn that he’s hiding something and she is determined to uncover those secrets.

As king of the vampires, Julian DeMatteo protects the immortal clans. So, when the beautiful, bullheaded cop embroils herself within his world, he must choose between the woman who reminds him of the humanity he’s lost or his loyalty to his people.

As confusing emotions awaken inside her, Viviane can either accept her fate as the one chosen to save the immortal race or lose her soul to darkness. With Julian’s help, she fights an evil that would rip her apart in order to forge a new future with the homicide suspect who’s stolen her heart.

 
 
 
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We are all familiar with the allure of vampires/immortals. Through television and movies, we have grown to love many: Angel and Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Bill and Eric (True Blood), Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt and Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac (Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice), and (not my favorite vamp but….) Edward (Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer). 

So, it is not surprising Viviane succumbed to temptation; otherwise known as Julian. He is strong, like her. Commands attention, like her. And demands obedience, like her. (No spoilers, sorry)

These two at the helm will be a force to reckon with but I’m sure someone will — again.

I had only one small ‘eh’ moment. It was when Viviane called him for help, screaming for it. He actually used mortal instead of immortal means of transportation to reach her. 

Ok, at first I was thinking…. he must abide by the Code (don’t draw attention to their kind). However, a few pages later, he threw the rulebook out the window when her body convulsed at the park.

You’d think he would’ve used his super speed earlier, but nope.

Besides that, nothing screamed at me saying WTBH.

All in all, a bloody good read. (pun intended)

  
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Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
 
 
 
 
  
As a child, TJ thrived in the Arizona desert. By the age of five she was riding horses through cotton fields and by eleven bought her first motorcycle, a Honda 125cc dirt bike. Growing up with teachers as parents meant traveling during the summer. Hiking, backpacking, fly fishing, climbing pyramids, surviving earthquakes, and flying in hot air balloons were just some of her adventures. An avid day dreamer, she would lose herself in mystical worlds and far off places limited only by her imagination.
 
After choosing an academic scholarship over an athletic basketball scholarship, she graduated law school and accepted a position as a Deputy County Attorney. However, prosecuting felony crimes was not as exciting as she hoped, so she traded in her briefcase and the courtroom for a Glock and patrol car. She worked the road as a police officer for five years and now tells officers what to do as a policy writer for a police department.
 
TJ writes from her heart by incorporating her dreams and experiences to create strong, passionate characters who must overcome personal flaws to survive against the challenges of traversing through magical realms, undiscovered planets, and apocalyptic catastrophes.
 

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Review of “Circle of Death” – Keri Arthur

In one, vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by the madman who is now after her. And she has no idea why.

Doyle Fitzgerald has been sent to Melbourne, Australia, to hunt down a killer. What he doesn’t expect to find is a circle of witches capable of controlling the elements-and a sorceress determined to take that power for herself. And he certainly isn’t expecting to play bodyguard to a woman who is more than she seems.

When the police prove incapable of protecting her from the monsters that chase her, Kirby has no choice but to place her safety in Doyle’s hand. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears to trust-because of the magic that lies in his soul.

It quickly becomes evident that the reason behind the killings lies in her past. But it is a past she has no wish to remember.

Because Doyle isn’t the only one with magic in his soul. Only hers was capable of destroying a world.



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Witches, vamp, shifter…. Oh yeah, three of my favorite things. 🙂

I’m actually loved the zombies in the story. Yeah, “Walking Dead” has made me a fan of the undead. 

The only difference between the tv show biters and Keri’s….. Keri’s zombies fight back. 

If this zombie apocalypse ever happens, I vote for the “Walking Dead” type to roam the world. No way do I want to meet up with a dead guy who throws a punch first…. bites later. That’s craziness. 😀

Be sure and check out “Circle of Desire”. The final novel in the Damask Circle series! 
I’ll be ordering mine very soon!
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤❤❤

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Review of ” Circle of Fire” – Keri Arthur

Sixteen teenagers taken from their homes. Eleven bodies recovered, each completely drained of blood. Some believe vampires are responsible, but Jon Barnett knows it’s something far worse. To stop the killers in Taurin Bay, he becomes enmeshed in a web of black magic and realizes he needs help. But fate gives him only one choice in the form of recluse Madeline Smith.

Madeline Smith has retreated to an isolated farmhouse, afraid of the psychic abilities she can’t control–abilities that have killed. But when “ghost” Jon Barnett brings a warning of danger and her nephew disappears, Maddie has to leave her haven. She also has to learn to control the abilities she fears and place her trust in Jon Barnett, a man who is neither human nor ghost.

But as the search for the teenagers becomes a race against time, and the noose of sorcery threatens to kill Maddie and Jon, the greatest danger to them both could be the feelings they have for each other–feelings that they refuse to acknowledge.


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Like many of the readers who visit our blog, you’ve read one or half dozen shifter books. However, how many hawk shifter books have you read? Me, maybe a couple. 

I think this was one reason why I couldn’t put the book down. It was refreshing to read a story dealing with something other than vamps or werewolves for a change. Now I am not knocking those books at all. I happen to love vamps and weres but like I said, this was not the norm and I welcomed the variety to a supernatural romance story.  

Word of warning for those who like a lot of love scenes in their stories….. this book only had one. Keri wrote more about the longing to partake in the act, the emotions building between these two characters, than actually depicting the scenes in written format. 

For me, I didn’t miss the sex and didn’t think the lack there of hindered the storyline at all. 

Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤❤❤

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Review of “Immortally Embraced” – Angie Fox

IN THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES…Even during a truce, Dr. Petra Robichaud has her hands full as the M*A*S*H surgeon to an army of warring gods—especially when Medusa herself turns up pregnant. Petra has no idea what to expect when a gorgon’s expecting, but she won’t let it turn her to stone. As the healer-hero of an ancient prophesy, it’s Petra’s job to keep the peace. But as the lover to a warrior demi-god, she knows how impossible some jobs can be…

IT’S EVERY GOD FOR HIMSELF.Commander Galen is sexy, strong, and sworn to lead his team to hell and back. But when he announces to Petra that he can no longer risk her life for his love, the doctor is on her own…Until a mysterious new entity—in the form of a hot-blooded male—enters the picture. Can he be trusted? Can he be resisted? Meanwhile, an oracle delivers another prophesy that places Petra back on the frontlines with the man she may be bound to for eternity—in love, or in war…

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I have been a huge fan of Angie every since I stumbled across her Demon Slayer series, which by the way are wicked good books. Check them out!

The second installent in the new series, sequel to “Immortally Yours”, has everything Angie’s fans have come to love about her writing/stories – humor, sexiness, and action. She’s highly creative with her characters and plots. Example – a pregnant Medusa. Yeah, wrap your head around that one. 🙂

Since I’m not one for spoilers, I won’t say WHO is keeping Petra company in and out of the sheets. But I will say, you will find out rather quickly and I doubt you will have seen it coming. 

After reading this tale, I had only one question that was nagging at me. I have to know the answer so Angie, if you by some chance read this review, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THE HECK IS A REVERSE ZEUS! The mention of that sexual position had me laughing hard and envisioning things that would make some people blush. 

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