Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Shadows by Kristen Proby Blog Tour

From New York Times Bestselling Author, Kristen Proby, comes an all new paranormal romance set in the mystical city of New Orleans…

I am never alone. Not even when I am alone.
I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter.
They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them.
I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the only way to stay sane. Everything changes the day Cassian Winslow joins my ghost walking tour and knocks my world off its axis with green eyes the color of the stone around my neck.
An unspeakable evil is loose in New Orleans, taking young women and leaving a bloodbath in his wake. More shadows lurking for me. More unhappy dead. There might be a way to stop it.
Open myself up to Cassian.
If I do, it could spell his death.
But if I don’t, it’s mine.

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“As I was about to walk down the street, I turned, and there was a shadow on the sidewalk. Just standing there. I’ve never seen her before.”


“Yeah, she was about my height. Very feminine.”

“Did she say anything?”

“Not that I heard. It just threw me because you know how careful I am about my route. I don’t like surprises, especially not like this. It’s creepy as hell. And, yes, I know I should be used to it by now, but—”

“It’s creepy, like you said.” She leans on the counter and bites her lip, thinking. “It probably means that someone recently died there.”

“I know that.”

“And now it’s a new spirit on your tour. Too bad she didn’t say anything. If she did, you could add it to your show. Could be fun. ‘Lucy was killed in this building three days ago, and her spirit now wanders the sidewalk in front of her former home.’

“Talk about creepy.”

I sigh and run my fingers through my hair. “Did you sweep this area recently?”

“Is the floor dirty?”

I look at her as if she’s being obtuse on purpose. “You know what I mean.”

“It’s been about a week.”

“You need to do it again.”

Millie frowns, looking around the space. Her shields are as strong as mine, maybe stronger because she doesn’t just see the dead, she feels them, and that’s much more dangerous.

She fiddles with the amethyst around her neck.

“What do you see?”

I narrow my eyes. “I shouldn’t tell you.”

“I don’t want to look, Bri. I dropped my guard for just a second earlier and was slammed with the pervy thoughts of a nineteen-year-old college kid who couldn’t take his eyes off my ass. So, just tell me. Is it the little girl again?”

“Yeah. And she brought a friend.” I reach over to take my sister’s hand. “Don’t drop your shields anymore, Mill. Not for a minute. Ever. I know we live and work here in the Quarter because it’s where we make our living, but it could really hurt us.”

“I know.”

“I couldn’t bear it if I lost you, too.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Paranormal Romance
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Brielle and her sisters have always had gifts. Despite her mom being a terrible human being and their dad even worse, the sisters always had each other. When they were old enough, they left their haunted house and moved to a place where they were safe. Brielle is an amazing storyteller and she is even more amazing at seeing ghosts. What she isn't crazy about are the ghosts that are following her.

There is a terrible, dangerous person roaming her town and they will stop at nothing to get Brielle and her sisters to notice them. The dynamic of the mystery behind the story is gripping and haunting. You'll be on the edge of your seat and you'll look over your shoulder.

Cash is also an amazing character. I loved that he was so easily likeable. He accepted what Brielle told him and that was all there was to it. They had an easy romance – no angst or miscommunication. He was willing to accept what others might not and willing to do whatever he could to make sure Brielle was safe and out of harm’s way.

Proby hit it out of the park again. I loved this story and can't wait for more. Despite this being out of her comfort zone, Proby didn't disappoint. This book had the same family feel and the characters were well thought out and easily relatable.

Oh what a great start to a new series by the talented Kristen Proby. I have always thought her books to be magical, but this time she has given us full on magic! Possibly even better, we have a clear indication of who will feature in future installments of this paranormal romance series. It felt like Proby was having fun with this book, and I loved the vibe throughout the book.

As a first book, we get world building, but just enough to be useful and not at the expense of the sweet and sexy story. Cash is a great new male lead and his relationship with Brielle is wonderfully refreshing as he at no time questions her experiences or those of her sisters. He doesn't judge, doesn't question, and is only ever keen to learn and support. It would seem he is not hard on the eyes either! His career had made him observant, but he is also open-minded, and thankfully has the contacts needed to help solve the mystery.

I love Brielle and her sisters – close to each other, but accepting of change – and the rest of their 'family.' I am so excited to read the next book and find out how they move forward now that there is some resolution in their family story. I also found the idea of shadows and how they affected her mental health to be an intriguing way of thinking about how we can be brought down by the things in our heads.

A book which combines mystery, magic, and love with great style and aplomb. Thank you, Kristen Proby, for finding time to write some paranormal romance – it was time well spent!

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Shadows (Bayou Magic #1) by Kristen Proby to read and review for this tour.

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