Delighted to welcome Nola Nash to the Cafe and Bookstore with her books and today I am featuring Crescent City Moon: Book 1 in the Crescent City Series
About the book
Things put underground in New Orleans don’t often stay there. Even things that should – like bodies, and secrets.
How do you fight an enemy you can’t see that can kill on a whim? In 1820s New Orleans, on the eve of her twenty-first birthday, Zéolie Cheval discovers the mangled body of her father murdered in his bed and a maniacal voice haunting the recesses of her mind. When the priest sent to comfort her is killed while the house is swarming with police, Zéolie becomes entangled in a web of mystery that takes her from the French Quarter, to the Ursuline Convent in the Ninth Ward, and deep into the Louisiana swamps.
Officer Louis Saucier, who is losing his heart to Zéolie and his grip on logical reality, helps her find the pieces to her puzzle. The mother superior of the Ursulines offers assistance from a mediumistic nun and a voodoo priestess, blurring the lines between the spiritual and the supernatural.
After opening the family crypt to find it uninhabited, Zéolie realizes that her father lied about her mother’s death – amongst other things. Now, Zéolie must come to terms with magic she inherited from her grandmother and the price that comes with it.
Step inside the magic and mystery of the 1820s French Quarter to see if an unlikely menagerie can help Zéolie take down a murderous maniac while she shields the officer she loves. Can she harness powers she didn’t know she had? Or, will she make the ultimate sacrifice?
One of the recent reviews for the book
Well, I was going to wait until tomorrow to write this review because I stayed up way too late to finish this book. But I’m not going to be able to sleep for a while as the experience I just went through needs to settle in my mind before I can drop off into a peaceful slumber. This book grabs you from the beginning. Spooky. Surreal. Unbelievably taut and tense from start to finish.
This first installment in the Crescent City series set in New Orleans in the early 1800’s introduces us to Zeolie Cheval who sees unspeakable things happen to her father on the eve of her twenty-first birthday. How does she stop this evil force that is now coming for her? As I was reading, I had to remind myself to breathe. And forget about putting it down.
It wasn’t going to happen. So I’m hoping that talking about my reaction to this story, so engrossing and deliciously scary, will help me sleep the way I did last night. You know. Before reading this book. Back when I didn’t have to look around corners and turn on lights before stepping into rooms I knew by heart on those dark nights before this. (Were they really this dark before??) I think I will probably be okay. But maybe I need to start the second book in the series instead. Yeah. I think that’s what I need to do. But with the house alarm on. And all the lights. Thanks, Nola Nash, for the signed copy of an exquisitely written story that I will be thinking about for a long time to come. (But I hope not too long. Because of, well you know, sleep.)
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About Nola Nash
Originally from south Louisiana, Nola Nash now makes her home in Brentwood , Tennessee, with her three children. Growing up in Baton Rouge, she spent long hours onstage or backstage in the local community theaters. Her biggest writing inspiration was the city of New Orleans that gave her at an early age a love of magic, mystery, and history. There are few better places for her to dream up stories than walking through the French Quarter or Garden District imagining what those places could tell.
When she isn’t writing, Nola is teaching middle school English or hosting The Second Line Show – A bookish live talk show on Facebook and YouTube. She also considers tacos and coffee major food groups.
Thanks for visiting today and I hope you will be leaving with some books .. thanks Sally