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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Blog Tour Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway for Dark Corner by Vicki Vass

From Illinois to South Carolina: Or how a Suburban Girl Ended up in the Middle of Nowhere

Thank you for hosting me today and for allowing me to write this celebration of the second book in my Witch Cat Mystery series, Dark Corner. The first book was set in the Blue Ridge Mountains around and outside Asheville, North Carolina. While researching that book, my husband and I fell in love with the area and decided it was time to leave our Illinois roots behind, not to mention the ever-increasing taxes and traffic.

For a year we searched for a home with a mountain view but also a yard for our two Australian puppies, Atticus and Tracker, who makes an appearance in the book. When we couldn’t find exactly what we were looking for, we ended up buying a lot in a gated community. We were going to build our dream home.

That didn’t quite turn out the way we dreamed it. Due to wording in the homeowner’s association bylaws, our house went from a 1,800 square foot single story to a 2,400 two-story – much more than the modest retirement home we pictured. And then there were the silly questions – the bit of copper overhang over the front door was too shiny, we needed more stone in front and a tree by the street so passerbys could stop and have some shade.

We debated what to do and went back to looking at existing homes. My husband expanded our search, still keeping near Asheville, and we found our almost perfect home, just over the border in South Carolina. The home sits on a mountain ridge and has an amazing view of Glassy and Hogback Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains. And it has almost an acre of nearly level land in the backyard for the dogs. My office looks out over the mountains, and I feel a sense of peace as I watch the everchanging landscape.

We loaded up the car on a January day with the two cats, Terra and Pixel, and dogs and headed from Illinois to South Carolina, braving a blizzard in Indiana, slush in Kentucky and ice over the Smoky Mountain Pass. In the end, it has been worth it.

I’ve enjoyed exploring my new area and learning the history. The nearby Poinsett Bridge plays an important role in Dark Corner, which is named after the area where we now live. Dark Corner so called because deserters hid out in the hills and later moonshiners hid here from the revenuers. I was told that a few years back I would have been shot for driving through here. Luckily it is not those days and I can enjoy the view and the area.

I do miss the convenience of shopping and pizza delivery or just Chicago pizza in general but overall, it’s been a great start to a great adventure. I now consider myself almost a southerner.

About the Book

Paranormal Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series  
Tedeschi Publishing (October 9, 2018)  
Paperback: 190 pages  
ISBN-10: 0998989363  
ISBN-13: 978-0998989365  
Digital ASIN: B07J4P2521
Evil has awoken in Asheville, North Carolina, and Terra Rowan must prepare the Ladies of the Biltmore Society for battle. With her familiar, Pixel, a crooked leg fluffy orange cat, and her apprentice Abigail Oakhaven, a stubborn teenage girl with a bloodline dating back to the beginning of time, she begins their journey. The witch hunters have come to the Appalachian Mountains in search of the last witch of Salem. The magic of the mountains can no longer protect her and her coven. She must travel to the one place on earth that holds the secret to save mankind – Dark Corner.
Combining elements from different cultures, Appalachian folklore, Celtic legends, Native American mysticism, Dark Corner continues its new witch mythology while staying true to the realm of cozy mystery.
Terra Rowan is a witch trapped between worlds and lost in time.
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Just as adorable and captivating as book one! I am enjoying reading from the viewpoint of a cat even if she is supposed to be human. It makes for a unique perspective. Add in New witches of all ages and skills plus the dark magic haunting them causing murders to get a wonderful cozy. The mix of all the cultures is another bonus that makes this great for all sorts of fans. I totally loved it I give it 5/5 stars.

About the Author

Vicki Vass traded in her reporter’s notebook to pursue her passion of writing cozy mysteries. Her Antique Hunter series was a finalist in the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem contest. Bloodline is the first book in the Witch Cat Mystery series. Vicki has written more than 1,400 stories for the Chicago Tribune as well as other commercial publications including Home & Away, the Lutheran and Woman’s World. Her science fiction novel, The Lexicon, draws on her experience in Sudan while writing about the ongoing civil war for World Relief. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, writer and musician Brian Tedeschi, son Tony, Australian shepherd Bandit, kittens Terra and Pixel, seven koi and Gary the turtle.  

Author Links – WebsiteBlog Facebook  

Purchase Link – Amazon

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your review on "Dark Corner" by Vicki Vass and for being part of the book tour.

    Enjoyed reading the guest post. Can't wait for the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list.
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