Saturday, May 11, 2013

Vouched Book! Oxford Whispers by Marion Croslydon

Oxford Whispers
by Marion Croslydon
Book #1 of The Oxford Trilogy
Publication: August 23 2012 by Carlux Publishing
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance | Mystery

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Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead.

Her fresh start at Oxford University is a brand new beginning. She finally has a chance to turn the page on her psychic powers and cumbersome voodoo heritage. Snakes, dolls, ghosts, and spirits: Farewell ...

Not quite.

When the tragic lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class—begin to haunt her, she must accept her gift before life imitates art. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War. Unfortunately, said nemesis is now going all homicidal on Madison.

College becomes more complicated when she falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting. With the spirit of a murderer after her, Madison realizes that her own first love may also be doomed ...

Oxford Whispers  took me completely by surprise. It's an amazing mixture of romance, history, "who dun it" and "who goes there" mystery, and supernatural elements.

Madison LeBon is running from a familial legacy of voodoo, but getting as far away from it as possible only has her running headlong into it. By going to Oxford, she thought she was putting Louisiana and the association of magic behind her, escaping a past that wasn't hers and a future she didn't want. Little did she know that both were waiting for her in England.

When she sees a painting called "The Wounded Cavalier" by William Shakespeare Burton in her history class, she has visions of the people in it. As she tries to discover who the maiden, the Cavalier, and the Puritan are in the painting, she falls in love with Rupert Vance, the bad boy, English aristocrat she couldn't stand and who looks startlingly like the Cavalier in the painting. To avoid a repeat of history that lies with the painting, she has to uncover the story behind it, but she also learns more about who and what she descends from and the destiny she can't escape.

With a steamy romance that felt doomed from the start, vivid description that set me in the heart of Oxford, and a suspenseful plot that had me anxiously tapping my Kindle for the next page, Oxford Whispers is one paranormal romance highly recommended for adults and mature teens looking for something original in the genre.

The Oxford Trilogy
Untitled Book #3 expected to release early 2014
Review of book two, Oxford Shadows

Marion Croslydon

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Marion’s parents are terribly disappointed with her ...

They wanted her to have a serious job, providing financial stability and social standing. For years, she really tried to make them happy; she studied hard, got into top schools, graduated with honors and found a high-achieving job… For everyone around her—friends, family and arch-enemies alike—Marion was the typical Type-A personality.

What they didn’t know was that, deep down, Marion was miserable. She never wanted to be a top executive, brokering deals in New York, London or Tokyo while crossing time zones dressed in designer power suits. Marion wanted to be… a ROMANCE WRITER. She wanted to spend her days in that good ol’ tracksuit of hers, in front of her laptop, popping down Oreos like there was no tomorrow. She wanted to fall in love with a different man each time she wrote the first line of a new book (while being happily married to the most handsome man in Great Britain).

That’s exactly what Marion does these days, and it makes her incredibly happy. She loves to share these happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say “hello” from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity.

Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.


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