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Book Review and Blog Tour – Death by the River by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor


Death by the River
Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: October 2nd 2018
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

A high school “American Psycho.”

SOME TRUTHS ARE BETTER KEPT SECRET.

SOME SECRETS ARE BETTER OFF DEAD.

Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.

And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.

The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.

He is also a psychopath.

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.

As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux.

And that someone will pay with their life.

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What a fantastic read! I first became familiar with the writings of Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor when I read the Magnus Blackwell series, so I had to read this. I was not disappointed in the least.

True to form, the story takes place in Louisiana, and is steeped in local culture. With well-developed characters and a story line that moves at a very rapid pace, it will keep you turning pages to find out what happens next.

It is fairly gruesome, as rape and brutal assault take center stage in this book. Beau Devereux, golden boy, star quarterback, and heir to the family dynasty has an extremely dark side, reveling in controlling and causing pain. While I didn’t care for the subject matter and it was difficult to read about such violent acts, I had to know what would take place.

I will caution you that if you are highly sensitive to that, this is not the read for you. If you have the fortitude to handle it and want to dive into the darker side of life, you are in for a treat.

Author Bio:

Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Bound by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor



Bound
Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
(A Magnus Blackwell Novel #2)
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: April 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Supernatural

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.

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Well, you know how you love the first book in a series and can’t wait to read the second, only to be disappointed because it did not live up to your expectations? That didn’t happen in this case!

I first met Will, Lexie and Magnus in Damned (Book 1 of the series) and was captivated by their story. It was the same with Bound (book 2). I literally could not stop reading.

Lexie has been chosen by the Queen of Voodoo, Marie aka ray, as the mambo of New Orleans. She had huge shoes to fill, and peace to restore. Her gift of being able to communicate with the spirits is unparalleled.

Bad juju has taken over the city, and Lexi finds herself without her powers. Multiple tragedies strike the town and she things are going to go from really bad to worse.

Once again, I fell under the spell of these characters. Makes me wonder if Alexandrea and Lucas performed some voodoo (of the best kind) on their readers as they were writing! I am fascinated by this world that I really know nothing about. Again, the descriptions were larger than life, and I felt as if I had been transported to New Orleans.

The writing style of Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor is truly nothing short of brilliant and I know I will be seeking out more. I hope that there will be more to the Magnus Blackwell series!

Author Bio:

Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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Book Review – Damned (Magnus Blackwell #1) by Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

Synopsis

AWARD-WINNING FINALIST BEST BOOKS AWARDS 2017

SOME MONSTERS NEVER DIE

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.

I literally could not put this book down! I had never read anything by this author, and now I am so glad I found them!

This book is not the normal paranormal style I would read. I typically stick with shifters or vampires; however, I was completely fascinated with the ghosts and voodoo that this story centers around.

Magnus Blackwell was a horrible man in life and now is doomed to spend eternity as a ghost – tied to his family home, where he committed a heinous crime.

When Will and Lexie purchase Altmover Manor, Blackwell’s home, and begin renovations, Lexie, sensitive to the spirit world, gets a bad feeling and things go downhill.

She is able to see Magnus and communicate with him, and Will thinks it is nonsense. Lexie goes on a quest to rid herself of her ghost, and what she finds is so much more.

This book is so full of twists and turns in the plot, that I couldn’t figure out if I was coming or going (and that is a great thing!). You don’t know who is friend or foe as everyone has an ulterior motive.

The characters are so well-developed. I started out despising Magnus; however, he is my favorite character. I guess even ghosts are worthy of redemption.

Much of the story takes place in New Orleans – a city I dream of visiting. The descriptions of the city are so vivid, I felt as if I was there and could hear the jazz, taste the beignets, and experience the voodoo rituals.

All I can say is that this book is brilliant and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

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Cover Reveal – Bound (Magnus Blackwell Series #2) by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor

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

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.


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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