Savannah slammed the door and drove off.
My emotions ripped into me. Frustration. Rage. Possessiveness.
Why did I care if she was miserable?
She was just a means to an end. The key to getting the answers I needed.
The seer’s prophecy wound around me, like a python strangling an unsuspecting victim in the night. If you do not stop them, she will be dead before the full moon rises, and with her, the future of your pack.
The moon was up, and nearly full. Three nights left.
I scrubbed a hand through my hair. The fortune teller had drawn three tarot cards to foresee my future. The Moon for our adversaries. Strength for the girl. And the third had been for me.
The Hanged Man.
That fate seemed inevitable now. Savannah Caine was going to be the end of me.
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Hello and welcome to the Underworld. My name is Chrys, and I am the daughter of Hades. May I take your coat?
I really wanted to say that to the group of recently deceased that stepped up to my father, begging him not to send them to Tartarus, the place of eternal torment—pretty much where all the bad people went. Beside Father was Minos, Rhadamanthys, and Aiakos, the other judges of the dead. I sure as Cronus didn’t want to be judged by that deadly trio. First off, they had been here longer than I had, since Zeus appointed them, and although nothing really ages here after death, they seemed to be older and grumpier than ever before. And I, unfortunately, had to witness today’s session of pleas because “I needed to learn the ins and outs of the business in case anything ever happened.” At least, that is what my father, Hades, kept telling me.
Father sat there, quiet, as the three stooges (that’s what I called them in my head, if they ever found out, I would be in so much trouble) examined the next contestant. The man before them was on the fence of being sent to either Tartarus or the Asphodel Meadows, which was why he was being judged. I already knew my father’s decision, since he was quite predictable when it came to judging people.
It would be Tartarus.
Father always took a long while, as if his decision hadn’t already been made. He could have finished judging today’s deceased already if he didn’t take his time about it. It annoyed me tremendously, which I knew he could tell as I sat there nervously fighting with my dress sleeves.
One of the men went down on his knees. “Please, have mercy on me. I never meant to do those things, had I known— “
“Had you known, you would have been perfect, right?” Hades interrupted with a scowl. “Done everything you could to be in paradise? There are no second chances here, the gods have given humans a chance to obey them, a chance to live in paradise. It is not our fault you don’t see the signs.”
I let out a brief yawn, trying to cover it with my hand, but my father noticed right away and gave me one of his cold looks. I tried my hardest to sit up straight, to appear as though my mind hadn’t drifted off to thinking about meeting up with my friends Huntley and A.J., or what I told Father was “being tutored about modern Earth affairs” by these friends of mine. Really, we just hung out and tried not to get into trouble.
Tried was the key word there.
“Tartarus. Send in the next one,” Hades ordered.
The Accidental Midlife Trilogy
Genre: Paranormal Womenâs Fiction
Publisher: Pink Squirrel Publishing
Date of Publication: 06/14/21
Number of pages: 299
Word Count: 82,880
Cover Artist: Damonza
Tagline: Turning the big four-five isn't a problem for Everly Popaâitâs everything else in her life that's gone to hell in a handbasket.
It's bad enough that Everly's drug-selling husband is in jail and her adult daughter blames her for the situation. But now the FBI wants her to turn witness, while her husband's criminal friends want to keep her permanently silent. With no other safe haven, Everly returns to her hometown. A place she hasn't visited in twenty-seven years. And didn't leave under the best of circumstances.
Itâs not that Everly has a problem with her hometown, exactly, but since it sits next to Hellâs Gate, there's bound to be a few issues. Like the archaic rules set by the angels who run the town. Or the fact that the townsfolk feel Everly abandoned her duties as one of the members of the town's founding families. But between celestial politics or getting gunned down by a drug cartel, Everly decides to chance finding sanctuary back home.
After a little good-versus-evil stunt at the town's border, Everly is let back in and for the first five minutes, things are great. Everly's mom hasn't started nagging and she has a whole bottle of wine to herself. But after minute six, all hell breaks loose. Everly gets bitten by a hellhound, faints in front of her hot-and-single old high school boyfriend, and accidentally becomes the townâs Gatekeeper to Hell. A job she never wanted, isn't trained for, and can't shake off like gum stuck to her shoe. And as much as she's flipping out, the celestial ruling body aren't too pleased about it either.
Before Everly can take a deep breath and figure a way out of this mess, an angel gets killed, humans go missing and the town shuts its magical borders. Now Everly is trapped inside with dying angels, rampaging demons, and a witch with a murderous agenda. Plus, an archangel and his army surround the city and are itching to contain the town's problems with a heaven-sent big boom. The only way out is for Everly to learn how to use her newly acquired Gatekeeper powers. But with no handbook provided, there's a snowball's chance in hell she'll figure it out in time.
Carla holds a bachelorâs degree in psychology from Angelo State University. Although not a native Texan, Carla prides herself on having mastered the correct usage of the colloquialisms âyâallâ and âbless your heart.â
Find out more about Carla and her books at carlarehse.com and connect with her @CRehse on Twitter.
Date Published: Apr 27, 2021
Publisher: Milford House Press, Inc.
A former Fish & Wildlife Officer conducts an off-the-book investigation when a murder appears to have a connection to her deceased nephew, just as a hurricane hits her Florida beach town.
About the Author
JC Gatlin is a Mystery Suspense author living in Tampa, Florida. He self-published three mystery novels, including 21 DARES--which topped Amazon's Mystery-Suspense chart in 2016. Milford House Press published his next mystery, H_NGM_N: MURDER IS THE WORD, and it won the Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Mystery-Crime Fiction in 2019. His new mystery, Darkness Hides, is scheduled for release on April 27, 2021.
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Darkness Hides was an interesting read with a lot happening. It made me keep reading to find out what happened next. I would definitely recommend it to mystery fans.
Jade's days at the Academy are over, a new life awaits in New Orleans...
When Harry offers to start a PI business with Jade, she accepts, now that her chances of joining the SPA are gone. A new life in New Orleans, her best friend, Kol, by her side, what more could she ask for?
But not everyone in The Big Easy is so welcoming. The resident, self appointed Werewolf Queen is not pleased that a rogue shifter has set up shop in her territory and she tests Jade, seeking her allegiance. After a girl is found dead at her club, Harry and Jade get their first case, but is the Queen telling them everything?
Life in New Orleans won't be as easy as it seems...
A New Adult Fantasy Series
The City For Lost Souls is a continuation of the Academy For Lost Souls series. It can be read as a standalone or as a companion story.
New Orleans is famous for many things, including its impressive list of ghost stories and other supernatural tales. Here are a few, the full stories can be read online.
The Casket Girls - A group of young women arrived from France as potential brides for residents of New Orleans, clutching only a small 'casket' or chest with their belongings in them. However, given their pale complexions and tendency to burn in the sun, rumors soon spread that they were vampires. They were sent to stay with the nuns in a local convent until they could be married off, but the rumors persisted and they were eventually sent home to France. The nuns kept their caskets, moving them to the third floor of the convent. However, they later found the caskets empty, but no one could get to the third floor as it was sealed off. Were the girls something more than human?
The LaLaurie Mansion - Home to Dr. Louis LaLaurie and his wife, Delphine, a fire revealed a horror in the attic. They had a torture chamber set up and they used it on their slaves. They fled the city, but it is said that the house is still haunted, possibly even by Delphine herself.
St Louis Cemetery No 1 - Opened in 1789. it houses many of the early residents of the city and is said to be the most haunted cemetery in the United States. Phantom figures have been spotted many times over the years.
I bind you to dread’s cold embrace
Until your truth you boldly face.
Kiera never wanted to be a witch, and certainly did not desire to inherit her mother’s ancestral crown. Yet as the rightful heir to the Bargarran Coven, it is a destiny which becomes inevitable upon her parents’ untimely death.
Summoned to New Orleans on Samhain night for an annual gala, Kiera struggles with her impending ascension. However, before she can make a final choice, a curse whisks Kiera through the veils of time.
Trapped in Medieval England, Kiera must come to grips with her deepest fears in order to return to her own time and protect those she cares for. However the journey is complicated by both an evil presence intent on preventing her return, and a blossoming love with a noble knight, Aisling, who aids the young witch upon her quest.
As Kiera is forced to face both past fears and an uncertain future, she is confronted with the greatest challenge of all. Does she give in to her heart’s desire and remain with her newfound love? Or return to her own time, to claim her rightful place within the Bargarran Coven?
Both choices promise a heart-wrenching price.
Louisiana Voodoo or New Orleans Voodoo is a set of practices and beliefs stemming from Africa. Followers fled Haiti in 1791 and moved to New Orleans as free people of color. They became spiritual and political figures of powers in the following century as the practice grew in popularity.
The core belief of Voodoo is that spirits interact in our lives and it is possible to connect with them through various rituals including chanting and dance.
Ceremonies are still used even today to help people suffering from various disorders including anxiety and addiction. New Orleans is home to a spiritual temple and a museum dedicated to the practices. Tours are available throughout the city including to Marie Laveau's tomb, which is a popular spot to visit.
She's the daughter of the infamous Delphine LaLaurie, serial killer of the French Quarter.
He's a broken soldier fresh from war.
Buying the decrepit mansion in New Orleans was supposed to be a fresh start for Spencer, instead he finds his PTSD sent into overdrive. He's not just seeing his dead best friend now; he's seeing a woman haunting the rooms of his newly-acquired home too.
For Marie, her spiritual torture has lasted well over a century. A new inhabitant of her prison means another chance at salvation.
But sanity is a tightrope walk for both Spencer and Marie.
And saving each other might mean losing their minds completely.
One of the main characters of this story is suffering from PTSD. He lost his best friend whilst serving his country upon foreign soil. Despite ‘Scatter My Ashes’ being a work of fiction, we would like to urge anyone reading who might be suffering from wounds of war to seek help. Please also know that you have our thanks and our respect.
New Orleans was founded by the French, ruled by the Spanish for forty years, before being bought by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. It became the largest port in the South in the 19th Century.
Known for its jazz music, tourism and of course the annual Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans faced devestation in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit. Over 1800 people died and many buildings were destroyed. The residents have worked hard to rebuild the city, but faced many hardships.
I chose New Orleans as the setting for my latest series because it has a rich history with magic and mystery, making it the perfect setting for a supernatural series.
About the Author:
S. K. Gregory is an author, editor and blogger. She currently resides in Northern Ireland.
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”