Crescent City Fae Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Number of pages: 318
Word Count: 95,000 words
Cover Artist: Art by PhatPuppy
It’s tough being a faery in New Orleans, a city fraught with vampires… especially when their very existence drains your life-force.
Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void is having a rough week. Four years after her twin brother’s mysterious death, Willow’s life is threatened and the director saddles her with a new partner—her ex-boyfriend, David. To her horror, he’s turned vamp, which causes her physical pain whenever she touches him… and any other specimen of the undead.
In order to save Willow’s life, David agrees to turn double agent against the most powerful vampire organization in New Orleans. Or so he says. And she’s convinced they know something about her brother’s death. Unsure where David’s loyalties lie, she turns to Talisen, her childhood crush, to help her solve the mystery.
Caught between two gorgeous men and a director who’ll stop at nothing to control Willow’s gifts, she’ll have to follow her instincts and learn who to trust.
Otherwise, she risks losing more than just her life.
The first thing that caught my attention about this book was, of course, the beautiful cover. The second thing that piqued my interest was the plot. Vampire and Fae? In the same novel? Come on, who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to read this one?
I’m really glad I did. It was authentic and original. At first, I’ll admit that I did not like David very much. I mean, the break was kind of cruel. But everything is not as it seems and I eventually grew to appreciate David as a whole. He definitely added some flair to the storyline.
I wasn’t much into Urban Fantasy but as I continue to read books in this genre, and which are as well put together as Influential Magic, I have come to appreciate it even more.
This book was definitely a great read and it’s one I’ll be adding to my ‘Read Again’ pile.
And now a few words from Deanna…
Thanks for having me today. I want to talk a little bit about the magic in Influential Magic, specifically Willow’s magic. Willow is an earth faery, which means she gets her life’s energy from the earth. She thinks of her magic as being earth magic, because she works with plants, but really it’s life magic. She can draw the life of any living thing, manipulate it and replace it back in its host.
For instance, she makes magical bakery items such as Mocha in Motion – an energy sustaining drink with no side effects and Orange Influence – a chocolate treat that literally gives the administrator the ability to control the actions of the being that ingests it. She does this by withdrawing the energy from plants she uses in the recipes, infusing them with her magic, and replacing it back into the plants. Here’s an excerpt of Willow manipulating wisteria:
“I glanced at the corkboard, scanned the list, and then pulled a pair of mature wisteria plants onto my infusion island. With one hand on each plant, I closed my eyes, letting the life of the plant flow into my being. The sweet fragrance invaded my senses, making me almost drunk on its perfume. Nothing smelled as heavenly as wisteria. Just before I felt the last bit of energy leave the plants, I reversed the process, forcing my citrus-tinged magic back into the wilted vines. The blooms sprang to life, spreading their delicate flowers. I smiled, pleased with myself.”
Now the wisteria is ready to be used as an ingredient in one of her creations. In this case, wisteria is used in Molten Muse. Imagine a chocolate lava cupcake that brings out the creative side in you. I’d weight three hundred pounds if such a thing actually existed. Who thinks it’s a good idea to indulge in decedent chocolate and then have the excuse you needed it to get some work done? *raises hand*
Treats listed in the book:
Mocha in Motion
Kiss me chocolates
Willow Power mints
Light My Fire spice cake
Perk Me Up caramel milkshakes
And yes, they are all as good as they sound. Willow’s recipes use all kinds of plants, but by the time she alters them, they have little to no flavor.
What Willow doesn’t realize is that her magic is a lot more powerful than she knows. And by the end of Influential Magic, she’ll not only be able to manipulate life, but death too. Check it out if you want to find out more about Willow’s magic and what’s in store for her and her gang of friends.
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About the Author:
Deanna is a native Californian, transplanted to the slower paced lifestyle of southeastern Louisiana.
When she isn’t writing, she is often goofing off with her husband in New Orleans, playing with her two shih tzu dogs, making glass beads, or out hocking her wares at various bead shows across the country.
For more information and updates on newest releases visit her website at www.deannachase.com