Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
(A Magnus Blackwell Novel #2)
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: April 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Supernatural
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.
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.
1. Please tell us a little about yourself?
I am an RN by education. I have a PhD and used to teach nursing. I started writing at the age of eight and always kept my hand in it but did not start writing novels until after I finished my doctorate. I have been publishing books for 11 years with more to come. I’m also a certified and permitted wildlife rehabber with the La. Wildlife and Fisheries, so when I am not writing, I rescue orphaned and injured wildlife.
2. Tell us a little about Bound?
It is the third book in the Magnus Blackwell supernatural suspense series. Magnus Blackwell lived a cruel and evil life in the Victorian era New England. After his death, he must redeem the sins he committed by helping a young woman named Lexie Arden with a very special gift—she can speak with the dead. Magnus become her spiritual guide to help her navigate the waters of the world of voodoo, where she will be considered a mambo, or high priestess. But there are many who want to see her fail, and book 2, Bound, is the beginning of Lexie’s journey into the darker aspects of voodoo. The gods of good and evil will fight to control her power. But because of who Magnus is, his past plays a pivotal role in determining Lexie’s future.
3. Who is your favourite character?
I love Magnus Blackwell. He is so much fun to write and blending his attitude from the past with present day life is an entertaining. He is just such a vivid character and so easy to write. His personality is unique.
4. What is your favourite scene or part?
I loved the scenes at the swamp with the characters being swept up in the magical worlds of voodoo and the spirits who rule that realm. I got to stretch my creative mind by envisioning such places. I enjoyed that immensely.
5. When did you first start writing?
At the age of eight. Been at it ever since.
6. Do you outline your novel before you start writing or do you prefer to just begin and see where your ideas take you?
I have a rough outline of less than a page, but I prefer to write and see where I go. I let the story unfold.
7. Do you set aside a specific time to write each day?
All day and all night. I’m always writing.
8. What advice would you give to someone who wants to publish their first novel?
Find your voice. Write and keep writing. Your first novel will never resemble your tenth. You are always evolving as a writer, so be open to change.