Shades of Desire (Jude Magdalyn #2) by L.M. Pruitt

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Book Blurb :

All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.

Instead, I’ve got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.

On top of that, I’m breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it’s a full time job.

Did I forget to mention that I’ve also got enough girls living at the Crossroads to start my own boarding school?

Peace and quiet? Out the window.

—Jude Magdalyn Henries

 

 

Tash M

 

Review:

This book continues where Shades of Gray left off; the gang is deliriously happy and some juicy secrets are about to be revealed about them. Jude and Theo are happy in love and the only problem is Jude’s morning sickness. Celica, the enchanting little girl, is still going on about the dress and driving her sister Elizabeth mad, Rian is still tiptoeing around Elizabeth afraid to disclose that he loves her, Lies has moved into the house and is seeing someone and William is the head of the vampires in the city now that his brother Hart is dead.

It wouldn’t be a Jude Harris book if we didn’t have a problem. This time, it’s a new vampire in town and once again he is related to William and was turned by his brother Hart. Now he is being an unmentionable vampire since he was housed in a church on the third level where the baddest ass vampires have been put to rest in coffins and the nails blessed by a priest so that they can’t escape. Problem is, that the magic community didn’t realize that the blessing wouldn’t last forever and once the priest who blessed them died, the vampires would be able to escape.  Jack, as he likes to call himself after the people who put him away (the police think he is styling his butchery after Jack the Ripper, hence the nickname), is after the people who put him away, The Covenant, after he escapes prison.

Jack doesn’t take long to enact his revenge and the opening of the book dogs his footsteps as he follows his first victim. This time he doesn’t have just vampires for company he has two teenagers with him who have magic in their blood and they are just as crazy as him. The first victim is one of Jude’s Covenant members, Deiadre, and Jude recognizes the signs and knows that her town is under attack by the demented vampire She has to call on William who she is not happy with after discovering that Hart was his brother in the previous book. The two have reached uneasy alliance.

 

Oh, and there is one other important person to introduce: Dupree, Jude’s new police liaison who has replaced the old liaison. Dupree is the one who breaks the news to Jude about Deiadre and gets an introduction to the Convent and Jude’s crazy kickass power and authority. However, the gang’s problems have to take a back seat once again but they have their moments that leave you laughing, like young Celia meeting the man she is destined to be with according to her visions and he is a 100 year old vamp and William’s second in change. Not something that adults are expecting.

A Swat Team, a house full of teenage girls, vampires and guards, and Jude and her team face the a far greater enemy than Hart and may have to break the rules by seeking help from the oldest vampire around St. Germaine in order to stop William’s brother this time and his two teenager followers.

4 couples for this book; I love the premise of this series as I’ve said before and I love the surprises and twists that the author takes to keep the book entertaining. I don’t want to give everything away, this book is longer than the previous book and packs a lot into the story while setting up the third book by introducing new characters and surprises that leave you wanting to read the next book straight away, which I am because this series keeps getting better and better.

 

 

 

 

 

Publisher : Red Hot Publishing

Source : Bewitching Tours Provided for review

Released : January 20th 2012

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Shades of Blood (Jude Magdalyn #3) by L.M. Pruitt

 

Book Blurb :

If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

Felipe, one of New Orleans’s most infamous–and crazy–vampires is back in town. And to say he’s unhappy is an understatement.

Duprees and Williams have to track down Felipe, fast, before he claims any more victims. If that means making a deal with the Devil—otherwise known as St. Germaine—and using an untrained dhampir, so be it.

If that wasn’t enough, I’ve also got rebellious teenagers, feuding couples, and a suddenly full social calendar.

The more things change ….

 

 

 

Tash M

 

Review:

This book directly continues where Shades of Blood left off. It’s a couple of months later, and Jude is more pregnant then ever when she realizes something about the twins she is carrying that leaves Theo and William in a spin. She doesn’t have time to process it as there is a new vampire in town, Felipe, who is the story of legends and commonly referred to in those vampire tours that recount tales of legends and myths.

Felipe was a young man who was turned by two vampires the Carter brothers in the 1930’s in a house of horrors where they were draining humans of their blood. Felipe was the only one turned as the brothers drank enough from him to change him to a vampire. He left the city a number years a later after going on a killing spree and now he’s back wanting the brothers on a platter so that he can have his revenge—which doesn’t make sense to us but does to him. Huh? I don’t get it; I don’t really understand why he wants them.

Which is a big problem since the Convent and William don’t know where they are and the Carter brothers are becoming a big thorn in their sides as Felipe goes a killing spree of vampires, killing a group each day until the Covent can deliver up the brothers. As the newest member of the group, William’s niece Danie, who is the daughter of Hart, is put to work since she is a Dhampir, a half vampire, half human whose purpose is to kill vampires.

Danie is a nice addition to the series since it seems to feature a vampire bad guy in every book so far, but to pair her with a love interest seems a stretch because everyone is in love in this book! Rian and Elizabeth, Samuel and Lies, Celica and Michael—there too many to list and the pairings culminate with a wedding that we only learn about the day before the actually event takes place. This book is a mess regarding the whole wedding build up as we knew about the engagement of the couple in the previous book but the announcement of the betrothal right in the middle of the book was oddly placed, although I get that the author is trying to give her readers a break from the main storyline. Still, it could have been done better.

It was nice to see the return of some familiar faces but they were given only minor roles here, as in the girls Desdemona and Rosalind, as well as the reappearance of St. Germaine, the oldest vampire in the area whose previous role in the last book is called upon again to help them out.

There were mostly good moments in the book that cleared up the previous question marks left in the other books, like Izzy, her best friend who died in book one and was totally forgot after two seconds, and the cliffhanger ending which reveals that the next book will be a doozy with the return of an old foe. What happens next in this twist and not knowing for certain what will happen with certain characters, makes me impatient for the next book in L.M. Pruitt’s series! 4 stars.

 

 

 

Publisher : Red Hot Publishing

Source : Bewitching Tours Provided for review

Released : July 6th 2012

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Guest Post and Review : L.M Pruitt

Today courtesy of Betwitching tours I like to introduce you to L. M. Pruitt who kindly written a guest post about her Jude Magdalyn series.

Creating Jude Magdalyn

 

The first book I ever wrote was… horrible. Okay, not entirely—looking back I can see the beginnings of some of my trademarks, like snark and humor and dialogue. But it was still a very rough piece of work. Still, at the time I thought I was on my way.

And then I started working on my second book. And I hit every wall imaginable.

After months of trying to get past the walls, I gave up on the book and putting writing on the back burner. I was in school full time, I was working full time, and I’d convinced myself that writing wasn’t for me. Still, I kept reading craft books, kept writing flash fiction, and kept reading.

One day, such a normal day I honest to God don’t remember anything about it, I decided I wanted to write. I think I still thought of it as an adjunct to a “normal” career, something I could do in my part time. But the longing, the need to write was still there. But I didn’t want to “fail” like I did with my last attempt, so I followed the advice of numerous writing books.

And really got to know my main character.

I decided to write in first person. I’d tried writing in third and it wasn’t for me. There wasn’t enough sense of connection, at least not for me. So, third person. It never occurred to me to write from a male perspective—my automatic choice for a lead character was female. I knew I wanted her to be around my age—at the time I was 25—and I wanted her to be tall. It seemed like most of the female leads I read about at the time were blonde and blue eyed, so I went with the opposite—dark, dark hair and gray eyes.

I had an idea of the general story I wanted to tell, so I tried to create a background and personality for her that worked with what her eventual role would be. Tough, snarky, blunt, harsh—I’ve always figured if you’re going to be neck deep in paranormal brouhahas, you better have a big set of brass balls. Brains, too, although there’s a possibility you’re going to forget about those when you’re running for your life. Because even geniuses have bad moments—and my main character is no genius.

Finally, after I’d taken care of what seemed like every last detail—I even knew her favorite food (roast beef po’boy from a local New Orleans restaurant)—I let myself give her a name. Yes, I did all of that without having a solid grasp on her name. I think it’s that old belief that if you give something a name you’ve solidified its reality. Don’t get me wrong, I had a vague idea of her name, but I wanted to make sure she matched her name and the name matched her.

Jude—the patron saint of lost causes. Magdalyn—an alternate spelling for Magdalene, as in Mary Magdalene, the patron saint of women. A fitting name for a woman who’s the end of her line, the hope of a new generation.

Creating Jude Magdalyn was a lot of work, but a lot of fun. She’s the only character I’ve studied to such an extent and yet she still manages to surprise me. We’ve had good time so far and there are plenty more to come.

 

Book Blurb :

Jude Magdalyn Henries lives what many would call an unconventional life.

Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, a teenage runaway living on the streets… she now earns a living at odd jobs, including one as a fake tarot card reader. Very little about Jude’s life appears normal, by any scale. When she accepts a gig to do a private reading, unconventional takes on an entirely new meaning.

Life as she knows it ends when she’s thrust into a world she never knew existed—one filled with magic, vampires, and her beloved New Orleans on the verge of an underground war. To make matters worse, she’s got two men in her life vying for attention, Williams and Theo. Both call to a different part of her, but one scares her just a little bit. Can she step up to the challenges set before her and make the right choices for the greater, which may or not be the greater good?

 

Tash M

 

Review:

Shades of Gray is the first in the series about Jude Magdalyn Henries who discovers that she is no ordinary person. In fact, she is the head of the Convent, a group for people with magic, and has inherited an house and a council. She’s also inherited a whole lot of trouble with a war brewing around her between the vampires who want her and the control of the vampires and the Convent.

 

Jude Magdalyn is the Prophesy, the one that the group has been waiting for after being told about her coming a couple of hundred years ago.  It spell trouble for the group because they aren’t the ones to find her but instead, the main bad guy Hart and his league of vampires who want her for her supposed powers. She is saved by William, the head of the other league of vampires in town. William is currently fighting Hart. He takes her to safety to Gwen who has been the unofficial head of The Covenant for years while they waited for Jude.

 

This is a world away from Jude’s humble beginnings as an orphan who was left on the steps of a church to be raised by its nuns. She began life as a teenage runaway and now is doing a number of jobs to support herself, including posturing as a tarot reader in order to survive. This tarot reading starts her journey into her past and future which is looking bright with the prospect of having never to worry about money again as she discovers she has inherited Crossroads and her parents wealth. All this is hard for Jude since she’s a strong independent woman.

 

Gwen soon sets Jude on her training to learn to control the magic she never knew existed but she has only a limited time before Hart makes his next move against the Convent but it doesn’t stop him trying to play games with the death of her best friend. This part of the novel I hated because she is like ‘noooooooooooooooooo she died!’ but then she soon forgets about it and is distracted by other stuff and it is never mentioned again. Maybe the author was trying to show that Jude was strong but woman have emotions and this was her best friend! The absence of mourning was terrible in making the character feel real for me.

 

While Gwen is training Jude to wield her magic, William is hunting down Hart and his followers. Things appear okay for Jude until she meets the council that throws into a tailspin as they openly either like her or hate her which is not good news for Jude on top of everything else she’s dealing with. But there is one particular member who soon comes to be a very special person in her life: Theo, who lost his parents a few years ago in an accident and looks after his great gram now. He is another member who hates Jude who he doesn’t understand. He’s soon falling for her and vice versa but with all the problems going on, it makes it hard for them to get together and make sense of their attraction. Then when the day of reckoning comes and one of the people that Jude has gotten close to dies and her secret is revealed, the Covenant is thrown in chaos.

 

This is the first book I have read by this author and won’t be the last as I am reviewing the complete series as part of having L.M. Pruitt herself on the blog talking about her heroine. I loved the idea of this series and I give it 4 couples.

 

 

 

Pubisher :  Red Hot Publishing

Source : Bewitching Tours

Released : August 13th 2011

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About the Author:

 

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of the Jude Magdalyn Series as well as New Moon Rising, featuring Cari Gravier, and Taken, featuring Frankie Post. She is currently at work on the next book in the Moon Rising series, Harvest Moon Rising, due out April 2012. Ms. Pruitt makes her home in Florida with two cats–one smart, the other not so much.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/LM-Pruitt/364776895104

 

Blog: http://www.lmpruitt.blogspot.com

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/lmpruitt

Jude Magdalyn Series

Shades of Blood

Book 3

 

If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

 

Felipe, one of New Orleans’s most infamous—and crazy–vampires is back in town. And to say he’s unhappy is an understatement.

 

Duprees and Williams have to track down Felipe, fast, before he claims any more victims. If that means making a deal with the Devil–otherwise known as St. Germaine–and using an untrained dhampir, so be it.

 

If that wasn’t enough, I’ve also got rebellious teenagers, feuding couples, and a suddenly full social calendar.

 

The more things change….

 

Excerpt

 

“I’m going to kill her.” I didn’t throw the phone across the room like I wanted to, but instead, set it down gently on the coffee table. I took a deep breath and held it for a long moment before releasing it. “I’ll just have to owe Williams another favor.”

 

“That would put you at owing him three times, which is three times too many.” Theo slid the phone out of my reach. I’d already thrown two phones this month, so I didn’t begrudge him the action. “What exactly did Danie do this time?”

 

It’d been almost a month since Williams had shown up in the foyer and left his niece—Hart’s daughter—in my care. Not that I really wanted her here or that she wanted to be here. Things were just getting back to normal after the terror of Halloween, after darting around the city trying to find Hart’s other psychopathic
brother. Having Hart’s daughter under my roof made me more than a little uneasy, even though he was still at the bottom of the Mississippi.

 

I’d argued with Williams. Danie had argued with Williams. Even Mickeal, Williams’s second-in-command and currently stationed at the Crossroads, had argued with Williams. He refused to budge. And my conscience wouldn’t let me throw her out without a definite place to go.

 

So Danie stayed. And did her best to make all our lives a living hell.

 

“Shoplifting. Again.” I drummed my fingers over my stomach, then stopped when one of the bumps kicked a
little. Theo and I still called them the bumps, even though it was starting to look like I’d swallowed a small beach ball. At the rate I was going, I’d be as big as a cow by the time I delivered in May. “Down at that tourist shop.”

 

“Which one? There’s only half a million or so.” Theo made a little circle motion with his finger and I gave him my back. I always seemed to have a knot between my shoulder blades these days. Whether it was from Danie or from the bumps, I couldn’t begin to guess.

 

“Voodoo Blues. The owner recognized her, so instead of calling the police, he let her go and called me. I’ll send Elizabeth down tomorrow to take care of it.”

 

“Have you ever thought about letting her get picked up by the police? Seeing if having the law come down on her would actually make her see how stupid she’s being?” Theo pressed a kiss against my bare shoulder. I shrugged half-heartedly, tapping my fingers on my knee.

 

“Maybe it would work. Or maybe she’d go nuts on them and then we’d have a serious problem.” Restless
now, I stood up to pace in front of the fireplace. It was just now ten p.m. and most of the house had been up long enough to start getting into trouble. Any minute now, someone was going to knock on the parlor door and tell me they needed help with something.

 

I wasn’t psychic. It had happened often enough that it was a given.

 


Shades of Desire

 

By L.M. Pruitt

 

Book 2 Jude Magdalyn Series

 

Blurb

 

All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.

Instead, I’ve got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.

On top of that, I’m breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it’s a full time job. All I wanted was a little peace and quiet.

Instead, I’ve got dead Covenant members and a steady stream of letters from the new guy in town. His beverage of choice? A 2002 Merlot, with a shot or two of powerful virgin blood.

On top of that, I’m breaking in a new police liaison, failing at playing matchmaker, and fighting nausea like it’s a full time job.

Did I forget to mention that I’ve also got enough girls living at the Crossroads to start my own boarding school?

Peace and quiet? Out the window.

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Shades of Gray

Book One

By L.M. Pruitt

 

Jude Magdalyn Henries lives what many would call an unconventional life.

 

Orphaned at birth, raised by nuns, a teenage runaway living on the streets… she now earns a living at odd jobs, including one as a fake tarot card reader. Very little about Jude’s life appears normal, by any scale.

 

When she accepts a gig to do a private reading, unconventional takes on an entirely new meaning. Life as she knows it ends when she’s thrust into a world she never knew existed-one filled with magic, vampires, and her beloved New Orleans on the verge of an underground war.

 

To make matters worse, she’s got two men in her life vying for attention, Williams and Theo. Both call to a different part of her, but one scares her just a little bit.

 

Can she step up to the challenges set before her and make the right choices for the greatergreater good?

 

Hole in the Wall a Jude Magdalyn free Kindle short

Hole in the Wall (#0.5)

 

Before Jude could throw fire…Before she could heal…Before she chose between two men…

 

She was a bartender.

 

Find out what Jude was up to the night before her world went nuts.

 

Hole in the Wall is available as an exclusive ebook to celebrate the release of the second edition of Shades of Gray

Moon Rising Series

New Moon Rising

Book One

 

Nothing ever happens in Selene, Georgia. The biggest events in the past ten years have been a wedding, a funeral and a bar fight. It’s slow, sleepy, a little narrow-minded–but for Cari Gravier, it’s home.

 

Now things are starting to happen that nobody’s seen before. Strange things in the woods, dead animals–and dead people. Cari’s about to discover a whole new side to Selene. And a past that may come back to bite her…

 

 

 

Harvest Moon Rising

Book Two

 

Cari Gravier might have learned Selene’s big secret, but some things remain constant: the Old Town Cafe, blackberry harvesting, and the shaky relationship with her ex-husband, Mike Sullivan.

 

But there’s more change in the wind, the kind even half blind Old Willis can see. The seeds of the past–betrayal, violence, and heartbreak–are ready for harvest.

 

And some sleeping dogs just won’t stay down…

 

 Frankie Post Series

Irish Rover

Book 0.5

 

Cheating husband?

 

Call Frances “Frankie” Post, a private investigator with a trick or two up her sleeve.

 

In this flash fiction piece (approx. 1500 words) join Frankie as she spends the afternoon in Queens masquerading as a member of the “personal entertainment” business community. A note to cheating husbands – never use the joint checking account.

Taken

Book One

 

Cheating spouse? Stolen jewelry? Missing person?

 

Call Frances–Frankie–Post. A private detective with a trick of two up her sleeve and a few skeletons of her own.

 

What starts out as a simple missing person’s case dumps Frankie and her lover Jack right in the crosshairs of a dangerous human trafficking organization. With lives on the line, bad blood and old wounds finally see the light of day. And Frankie and Jack are forced to realize: The past always catches up with you.

 

 

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