Today I’m hosting Ally Shields and her paranormal/mystery romance, Ghost Witching. Ally is giving away a $30 Amazon/B&N gift card. So make sure to comment, check out the other stops on the tour, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway! Ally is also here today to talk about her paranormal version of New Orleans!
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MY PARANORMAL NEW ORLEANS
by Ally Shields
New Orleans inside the world of the Maggie York Paranormal Mysteries
Since Ghost Witching and Ghost Walking (book 1) are written primarily from Maggie York’s point of view, it’s important to know what influences her perceptions of the city.
Maggie was born in New Orleans, but her parents took her away as an infant and she was raised without any contact with New Orleans or her relatives who live there. She had a no-nonsense upbringing where magic and the paranormal were never mentioned.
After preparing for a career in law enforcement, she accepted a position with the New Orleans Police Dept. over her parents’ objection. When book one opens, she has been a NOPD homicide cop for several years. Prior to six months ago, she knew nothing about paranormal activity in New Orleans except some of the locals and many tourists believed in all kinds of witchcraft, voodoo, hoodoo, and ghostly beings.
Then she had a near-death experience from a sniper’s bullet, came back seeing ghosts, and a relative arrived claiming her family was from a long line of witches. Maggie doesn’t believe it, and even when forced to accept some portions of this new reality, she remains skeptical and resistant.
So, what the reader knows is only what Maggie experiences and gradually comes to acknowledge.
It begins with a single ghost and a few protection stones, a protective ward or two to keep the ghosts away. By Ghost Witching (book two) more of this underground culture is emerging with other witches, including the Witching Hour Society, a trio of ghostly murder victims, and a warning that other, more aggressive types exist.
Whether there are vampires, werecreatures, elves, demons, or other paranormal beings in the city is currently unknown. Maggie hasn’t seen or heard them…yet. But New Orleans has long been a mysterious city where anything can happen. As Maggie accepts her powers and they begin to expand, who knows what beings may emerge to challenge her?
Too many ghosts is never a good thing…
Detectives Maggie York and Josh Brandt’s latest murder case comes at the wrong moment. She just moved out on him and wants to “cool it.” But complications throw them together more than usual. Even for New Orleans, the case is unique—with way too many suspects and creepy things—ghosts, snakes, curses, not to mention the witches.
Maggie and Josh try to make sense of it all and resist finding consolation in each other’s arms. Then Josh’s ex-fiancee, a curvy blonde, arrives from Boston, making a touchy situation impossible.
But this killer won’t wait for them to sort out their personal lives, and the situation spins out of control…
Stopping abruptly on the front door threshold, Maggie swept her gaze across the living room of the Garden District Victorian home, taking in the body of the matronly female victim and the carcass of the presumed killer sprawled on the polished floor. She drew in a shallow breath and placed one hand on the door frame, letting the eerie feel of the scene roll over her. It happened every time. She used to wonder why—before she knew her family origins. Now she just accepted it.
Her partner, New Orleans homicide detective Joshua Brandt and currently estranged lover, moved past her, no doubt welcoming the coolness of the air-conditioning. Unhampered by the strange sensations she experienced, he squatted next to the body.
Maggie closed the door, leaving the humid August heat outside, and circled to the far side of the victim. She noted, discarded, or filed away each detail, searching for the ones that would eventually lead them to a human predator.
Interesting scene, to say the least. Two sets of reddened punctures, one on the victim’s neck, the other on the left cheek. But no blood, only a faint odor of death thanks to the hard-working AC. Pleasant features—or would have been if the eyes weren’t wide open and fixed in a vacant stare—a few extra pounds but not excessive, hints of gray at the temples and roots of her short brunette hair. She’d been due for a touchup. A modern grandmother in faded jeans and a white shirt hanging open over a pale blue tank top.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ally Shields grew up in the Midwest along the Mississippi River, still considers herself “a river rat,” and currently resides near Des Moines. After a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time fiction writing in 2009. Her first urban fantasy, Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch #1) was published in 2012, and she currently has twelve published novels. She loves to travel in the US and abroad and incorporates many of those settings into her books. Ms. Shields welcomes reader contact through her website and can frequently be found on Twitter.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Ally-Shields/e/B009AKNDZU
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