Blog Tour: No More Black Magic

July 2, 2015 Blog Tours, Book Reviews 5

Blog Tour: No More Black Magic

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

No More Black Magic by A. L. Kessler
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Published by Author Pages: 210
Format: eARC
Source: Author

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Explosions, body parts, and black magic are all part of Abby Collins’ typical day. As the top Paranormal Investigation Bureau agent, she only gets the best cases, but when the Cult of Ra comes to play she might be in over her head. Finding a murderer while up against a hex, an overprotective coven, and a stubborn werewolf reminds her that nothing in the paranormal world is easy. As the death toll rises and a decades old crime, linked to Abby, is uncovered, disturbing information is brought to light. Abby must unlock an ancient language steeped in black magic to uncover the truth before the murderer comes for her.

No More Black Magic is about a witch with a lot of power and people wanting to kill her. She works for the Vampire that has cared for her since her parents dies, but she also works for the State or Paranormal Investigation Bureau.

She gets in on a case where this is just an arm, then a hex almost kills her. Things are connecting and it seems like it could be related to something her father did. She is determined to find the killer even if it kills her, but she has a vampire and a werewolf looking out for her so if they can’t protect her nothing can..lol.

Abby_teaser

Abby is pretty cool, she is a very powerful witch and doesn’t know exactly how to control it, even vampires and werewolves are afraid of her. Her own coven doesn’t like her, but at least they are willing to help when she gets in a bit a trouble. Abby is really spunky and some times doesn’t know when to stop for her own good and this can be a good and bad thing.

Levi_teaser

Levi is the vampire who took Abby in and raised her after her parents died. He is very brooding and a bit mysterious and you really don’t get a lot of back story on him so maybe in the books to come we will. Right now I am not sure if I like him or not,  I ma not sure if I like how he uses Abby to do his dirty work, Ruling vamp or not.

Simon_teaser

Simon, the werewolf and potential love interest. He keeps asking Abby out and she keeps turning him down. Levi wants to put them together but Abby is kind of a loner. She does break down and go out for drinks but she is still pretty hesitant. If he looks anything like this picture I am saying GO FOR IT..lol. Simon is a pretty nice guy but again we don’t get a lot of backstory with him either but I do know that I like him more than Levi.

Nick

Nick, I am not sure what to think about him. He could be a potential love interest as he has shone some interest but I am not sure if Abby completely trust him. I don’t trust him and just don’t know enough about him to know what I think. I am sure we will get more about him in the next story as it seems he is going to be a big part of Abby’s life whether she wants it or not.

cat_abbyNo More Black Magic was a decent start to a series though it didn’t wow me I did enjoy it. I will be checking out the next book in the series as I think the series has a lot of potential.

If you like urban fantasy type books then you might like No More Black Magic so give it a try! 🙂

Excerpt:

Simon pulled to a strange dirt parking lot on the side of the road. Cars of all kinds were haphazardly parked and I assumed it was other pack members. We got out and I looked around. A small trail led into the woods and suddenly there was a lump in my throat that I couldn’t breathe past.
“There’s magic around here.” I whispered. “Weres can’t be witches or warlocks.”
“Yes, but it doesn’t mean we don’t ally with them. Come on, follow me.” He held his hand out to me.
I looked at it for a moment before I decided to take it. I wanted the comfort he might be able to provide me. Our fingers interlocked and I calmed a little bit. I closed my eyes for a moment and focused. I could feel his wolf counterpart within him, another soul and another aura if I tried to see it.
He tugged on my hand and I followed him down the path and through the tall trees. I could feel others, I could feel magic below my feet. A witch had blessed the ground. It was supposed to feel like home, but since I was a stranger, it felt wrong for me to be here. It was used to welcome people and keep unwanted visitors away. It made me sick to my stomach, but I pushed on.
Simon and I came to a stop at a large cabin in a clearing. The fire department would have called the lack of trees mitigation, but I knew it was a circle, part of the spell a witch did for them. If I had to guess there was probably a mile on each side of the cabin.
“It’s beautiful.” I said and examined the logs and the design of the cabin. “How many can it house?”
“Twenty to thirty, depending on if we double up in the rooms. Each room has two beds, but we have extra cots if need be.” He let go of my hand as someone walked out.
I’d never met the Alpha, but I knew this was him. His black hair was cut short and his brown gaze cut into me. He stood tall and demanded attention. Like Simon, he was dressed in older clothes, and I assumed it meant they wouldn’t care if they got ruined. The muscles of his arms were solid and his chest strained against the tight muscle shirt that he wore. Yeah, I wouldn’t stand a chance in a fight against this guy, even if he was human.
Simon bowed his head. “Alpha.”
“Simon, so this is her?” His eyes ran over my body and I raised a brow. I had dressed in my normal black clothes with boots. I had, as requested, left the gun in the car, but my blade was sheathed across my back, hidden by my jacket.
Simon put a hand on my back and urged me to step forward.
“I’m Abigail.” I offered my hand, but Greg grabbed my wrist and jerked me forward. I caught myself with a hand against his chest.
“You are a threat to my people, you offer me the back of your neck in submission.” He growled. “Do you understand that?”
I gritted my teeth and pulled my braid away from the back of my neck and bowed low enough that I offered it to him. My verbal answer wouldn’t have been good enough. He was trying to show off his strength, his power, and I was willing to bet other members of the pack were watching from the windows of the cabin. Arguing with him wouldn’t have done me any good.
I felt his teeth bite the back of my neck. It wasn’t enough to hurt, but enough that I knew he was trying to dominate me. The gesture felt strange in human form, but I let it go. He backed away and let go of my wrist.
I straightened up and met his gaze. I proved that I wasn’t there to threaten him, but I refused to act submissive to him in other terms. “I appreciate your invitation for tonight.”
“I figured I wouldn’t have a choice as soon as you realized that Matthew was here. You’re PIB, laws say I have to work with you. Instead, I invited you here.”
“So I’d have to follow your rules.” Smart. “If we’re playing paranormal politics, that means I must make you aware of my connections to Leviticus Felecos, ruling vampire of the Four Corners Territory.”
He bowed his head. “It is understood that you are to cause no harm while you are here.”
I had to choose my words carefully, they would bind me to the rules for the night. If I went against my word it meant that I could be killed. Levi had taught me well when it came to this. “I will not cause harm as long as my life is not threatened and I request that my witness remains alive so I can use him to close my case.”

About the author:

ALA.L. Kessler is a paranormal romance, urban fantasy and steampunk author residing in Colorado Springs. Since she was a teenager she’s loved weaving stories and spinning tales. When she’s not at the beck-and-call of the Lord and Lady of the House, two black cats by the names of Jynx and Sophie, training a playful puppy named Zelda, playing with her daughter, or killing creepers and mining all the things with her husband, she’s either reading, participating in NaNoWriMo, or writing in her Blog Writing Rambles.

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Other works by A.L. Kessler

 

Dark War Chronicles

Beyond the world of humans, a supernatural war rages on. Surrounded by secrets, power, and bloodshed the people of Lucius’ territory struggle to stay in control. With the Looming threat of the Vampire Circle raising the Father of all Vampires, it’s every creature for himself — Choose your side.

 

Midnight Symphony

 

The legend of the Gypsy Lady had been passed down for centuries, and now it is Cora’s turn to dance in the square. Giving people hope and taunting the Demon King is what she lives for, until she catches the attention of Darius, prince of the demons. Hidden behind her mask, she keeps her identity from him until she is captured by the king. With her magic on the verge of waking and the village on the brink of war can Cora tame Darius’ heart before it’s too late?
Darius became obsessed with the Gypsy Lady the first time he had seen her dance and play in the market place. The night he kissed her became his undoing. When his father captures the woman people believed to be a spirit, Darius takes the chance to observe her. His obsession with her grows into something more, he knows that together they can stop the war and set things right, but can he accept it?

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5 Responses to “Blog Tour: No More Black Magic”

    • Stormi

      Yeah, it was pretty good. Nick doesn’t show up till later and that is why I am not real sure what I think of him.

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