Wednesday, October 18, 2017

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Alexandrea Weis for "Damned (Magnus Blackwell, #1)" with Lucas Astor

Damned (Magnus Blackwell, #1)
by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Publication date: October 3rd, 2017
Genres: Adult, Supernatural
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.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Alexandrea Weis~

1)    What gave you the inspiration for the storyline? 

The story began as a collaboration with Lucas Astor and has grown into a series. The third book Bound will be released in 2018, with more books planned after.

 2)    Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover? 

Magic is everywhere and what we believe may not always be true. I think the character of Lexie Arden learn that as she evolves throughout the story. 

 3)    Are any of the characters based on real people you know? 

All characters are based in part on people you know. It’s what helps to make them real. Magnus Blackwell in this book is unique. I’m not sure I’ve ever known someone so diabolical.

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer? 

Several people growing up fostered my imagination, and then there are the writers whose books have fanned my love of reading and inspired me to write my stories.  

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why? 

I would spend time with James Bond from the James Bond novels, by Ian Fleming, Count Dracula from Dracula, by Bram Stoker, And Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. All three men have very dark sides and to understand their thinking and drive Monopoly would be best game to play. Vodka martinis, bloody Mary’s, and champagne would cater to each character’s tastes.          

Author Bios:
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.
 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)


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