Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Bound by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Title: Bound
Series: A Magnus Blackwell Novel #2
Authors: Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Genre: Adult, Supernatural
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: April 17th, 2018

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.

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.

Guest Post by Alexandrea Weis:
The best or worst day in your life so far.

The Best Days are Book Days

The best day is the day I finish a book. The very first book I finished, To My Senses, gave me such ecstasy, the feeling has remained one of the highlights in my diary of days. Every time I conclude a book, it’s a good day. Not when it is published, the day I close any book is a great day, because at that point it is still mine. My story, my words, it has not been edited or read by anyone else. It remains my baby. Just me and my imagination having the time of my life and putting together something that no one else knows about it. Sure, I spoke to other people about it. Shared my ideas, but the rough draft is still mine. The process of going through beta readers, editing, and proofing will invariably change the book, make it different than I first envisioned, but on the day I type The End, it is still all mine.

You never know how many great days like this you will have because every book you finish you wonder, will I write another; will I have the strength for another. The entire writing process is exhausting. It takes time away from family and friends because it becomes an obsession driving you to create. Blessing or curse depends on the book. Some kill you, others leave you breathless, but every one you are grateful for having written. Being a writer is a calling like so many other professions that can weigh heavy on the soul—doctors, nurses, priests, teachers. Every book takes a piece of you and holds it within its pages. I equate each book I write to a child; some wear you out, but all lift you up.

In the end, when the writing is over, the story is down on paper, and you can breathe because the characters are finally out of your head, you are thankful for being able to do what you do. Because the best days in life are those you savor.