Friday, November 02, 2018

#BookTour: Death by the River by @alexandreaweis Lucas Astor @JeanBookNerd #Giveaway with @RiseOfTheReader

About the Book:

Some truths are better kept secret. 
Some secrets are better off dead. 

Along the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.

And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux. 

The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Handsome. Charming. Intelligent. The star quarterback of the football team. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch. 

He is also a psychopath. 

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the ruined St. Francis Abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize. 

As the victim toll mounts, it becomes crystal clear that someone has to stop Beau Devereaux. 

And that someone will pay with their life.

WARNING: Readers of Death by the River will encounter situations of violence and sexual abuse which could be upsetting.

Abandon hope all ye who enter here ...

About the Authors:
Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, CRRN, ONC, PhD, is a multi award-winning author of over twenty-five novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, 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 novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured animals. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans. Weis writes paranormal, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance.

Lucas Astor, 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.

Weis and Astor’s first collaboration was the multi-award-winning Magnus Blackwell Series.


TWITTER: @alexandreaweis  

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Thriller 
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My Review: This was one amazing story. When I saw this cover I thought it was a fantasy but then I found out it was a thriller, supense and was kind of turned off. Well man was I blown away! I loved the characters and the story and I could not put it down! It was great and you should totally check it out!! 

Do I Recommend this book? YES! 

Go Into This One Knowing: Rape, Violence, Sexual abuse

Being dual authors how does your writing day go?
Explain to us your process on how you wrote your book. 

Lucas Astor and I have worked on several books together. By the time we tackled Death by the River, our process had become pretty smooth. Lucas originally wrote the first draft and gave it to me to develop. I consult him on changes. He does a final read through after I am done. After a few years together, we know each other’s style. We tend to think alike on story and character development. 

In this novel, I took time to hone Beau Devereaux. His psychopathic tendencies show his descent into depravity. Reworking the other characters helped highlight the changes he went through. For instance, with sisters Leslie and Dawn, I focused on their relationship more and showed their differences. It helped to display the darker side of Beau during his interactions with Leslie at the beginning of the story. With Dawn, he is how everyone else sees him—popular, handsome, and charming.

I expounded the secondary characters, from his original version, who had the most potential. The role of Beau’s parents was expanded to emphasize his self-made hell. The parents give the reader a hint about Beau’s secret past. My favorite scenes in the story are between Gage and Beau. They exemplify Gage’s twisted relationship with his son and give a little insight as to where Beau gets his evil nature from. 

I consulted with Lucas before changing the setting to Covington, Louisiana, outside of New Orleans. The Abbey and the seminary school exist in my area and are located on the banks of the Bogue Falaya River, but they’re not abandoned. In the story, however, they are the ruins of the St. Francis Seminary, and the derelict cells became the perfect eerie setting for Beau’s sadistic acts. 

Lucas and I find our taste for twisted characters and horrific tales makes us a great fit.

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