Happy Monday Everyone! Today I am pleased to have a spot on the Influential Magic book tour. This is definitely a series i want to start following. This first book in the Crescent City Fae Series is bound to excite any paranormal/urban fantasy reader. Be sure to check out my full review after an excerpt. Deanna Chase is also offering an awesome giveaway. To enter just click here.
Crescent City Fae Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Number of pages: 318
Word Count: 95,000 words
Cover Artist: Art by PhatPuppy
It’s tough being a faery in New Orleans, a city fraught with vampires… especially when their very existence drains your life-force.
Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void is having a rough week. Four years after her twin brother’s mysterious death, Willow’s life is threatened and the director saddles her with a new partner—her ex-boyfriend, David. To her horror, he’s turned vamp, which causes her physical pain whenever she touches him… and any other specimen of the undead.
In order to save Willow’s life, David agrees to turn double agent against the most powerful vampire organization in New Orleans. Or so he says. And she’s convinced they know something about her brother’s death. Unsure where David’s loyalties lie, she turns to Talisen, her childhood crush, to help her solve the mystery.
Caught between two gorgeous men and a director who’ll stop at nothing to control Willow’s gifts, she’ll have to follow her instincts and learn who to trust.
Otherwise, she risks losing more than just her life.
I fingered the thick, weighted envelope, grimacing at the blood-red wax seal. I supposed the old ones felt nostalgia for social etiquette of times past. But seriously? They carried iPhones just like everyone else. What was wrong with a phone call or an email? Of course, modern methods wouldn’t have been as dramatic.
I grabbed my antique silver letter opener and carefully broke the seal, trying not to alter it any more than necessary. If there were any lingering energy traces, I might need them later.
One elegant line was scrawled across the textured stationery.
Your honored presence is required at eight o’clock tonight at The Red Door.
Required, not requested. It wasn’t an invitation. It was a summons. And not one I could likely ignore. The Cryrique held political clout in the city. Pissing them off would only put me out of business.
Did this have anything to do with the Influence drug? My stomach turned. I was the only one in the city powerful enough to enhance the plants needed to create the narcotic. If they wanted an inside track, I was the logical choice. And the most obvious.
The phone rang, startling me out of my worried haze, and the note slipped from my fingers, landing on the desk.
Hopefully it was Phoebe with information on the messenger. I’d faxed the details to her a half hour ago.
I picked up the old-fashioned rotary phone. “The Fated Cupcake.”
“Ms. Rhoswen, you got my note, I presume,” a southern gentleman’s voice drawled.
My heart stopped. “Who is this?” I asked through clenched teeth.
He chuckled softly. “I understand you have something of mine.”
“I can’t imagine what that would be.” What the hell was he talking about?
“Not a what, a who, Ms. Rhoswen. Bring Davidson with you this evening. I look forward to our new friendship.” The line went dead with the unmistakable clatter of a phone coming to rest in its cradle. No iPhone for this vampire.
Why would the Cryrique think I had David? Phoebe said he’d cut a deal. He should’ve been home by now.
He cut a deal. Oh no…
With everything going on, I’d completely forgotten about my new assignment with the double agent. I yanked the legal envelope open and stared at the name of my new partner.
“F’ing Maude!” I shrieked. With a start, Link jumped from a sound sleep, growling, his eyes glowing gold as he scanned for intruders.
“Sorry, boy. It’s okay. No one’s here but me.”
Link paced, responding to the anger in my voice.
I scanned the document, finding the classification. Sensitive: twenty-four hour detail. The Void wasn’t messing around. Whatever they were after, they meant business.
“Damn it all. How in the world am I going to spend twenty-four hours a day with a vampire?” A vampire who’d seen me naked on several occasions. I slumped in my chair, wishing I could turn the clock back thirty-six hours. Even if it meant being back in my mother’s house.
Heaving a sigh, I returned my attention to the file. What did David have to offer as a double agent, and why did Maude put me on the case? My only notable skill was locating vampires.
Then I turned the page and found my answer. Vampire Laveaux overheard a plot to abduct Agent Rhoswen. Reason unknown.
Influential Magic is the first book in the Crescent City Fae and with this book Deanna Chase has created a series that promises to be the next it series. The world that is created is both fantastical and realistic. In Influential Magic we meet Willow. She is a Faerie that by day owns a magically influenced cupcake shop and by night works for a government agency run by her very spiteful aunt. Her roommate and partner is a witch with a kick ass take names later attitude who enjoys her job of hunting and killing vampires. Willow is also over run with hot men vying for her affections. She is pursued by her brother’s best friend, Talisen and her Ex-boyfriend newly turned vampire, David. It seems everywhere she turns she is forced to fight, whether its her affections toward these gorgeous men or forced to fight her aunt who may have a hit out on her. In the end, you are questioning everyone’s motives and feel you can only trust Willow.
I really enjoyed this story and see a lot of potential in this new series. Deanna Chase is a gifted story-teller with a wonderful imagination. Her characters are well-developed, but leave room for more. Her story is exciting and entertaining with the ability to drive you to want to stay up all night to finish her book. I guarantee if you enjoy the paranormal or urban fantasy genre you will want to add this book and the series to your reading list.
I’d like to thank Bewitching Book Tours for allowing me to host this spot today. If you would like to learn more about Influential Magic you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer. For more information about Deanna Chase you can go to any of her links below.
About the Author
Deanna is a native Californian, transplanted to the slower paced lifestyle of southeastern Louisiana.
When she isn’t writing, she is often goofing off with her husband in New Orleans, playing with her two shih tzu dogs, making glass beads, or out hocking her wares at various bead shows across the country.
For more information and updates on newest releases visit her website at www.deannachase.com