A Modern, Southern Gothic,
by Morgan Summerfield
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This material has adult content that includes
alternative lifestyles, sex, adult language, and violence.
It would have an R rating, if it were a movie. TV Rating: MA LSV
your recipe for Southern Gothic reads: capture the southern feel, keep the
gothic suggestive, stir in plenty of spice, boil with tension, and leave
out the vampires, Blood and Magnolias may be the perfect dish to satisfy
your reading hunger. Indulge yourself in hefty portions of steamy passion,
ruthless action, and unthinkable betrayal.
Blood and Magnolias garners life
from the eerie landscapes of Louisiana where shifting winds and moss heavy
in the trees evoke the sense of a presence beyond what can be seen. The
constant ebb and flow of the tides that raise and lower the estuaries are
reflected in the motion of the story. Blood
and Magnolias sets the reader adrift on a dark seductive
river twisting with mystery, surging with suspense, and made dangerous by
things hidden beneath the surface.
Adrean Bodree never expected to find herself back in Louisiana—the land of
backwaters, bayous and a life she left in ashes. Trapped in an untenable
relationship, she is too much alone and restless. She needs distraction,
purpose, companionship, change. Standing on the edge of a divorce, that
her husband has no intention of granting, Adrean is befriended by two very
seductive and charming ‘playmates’ filled with ulterior motives.
wealthy and manipulative Barbara and Justin Melville are quick to lead
Adrean into their life of excesses and pleasures—a life filled with
tempting rewards, yet rife with peril. Cold-blooded deception draws Adrean
into their velvet trap and holds her in exquisite tension. The Melville
conspiracy is so well fashioned that Adrean is oblivious to the integral
part she plays until the very last moment of its climax. The plot to
exploit her stays well hidden and is headed toward fruition, until the
shadows of Adrean’s past bring forward memory and trigger a discovery that
unearths the truth.
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This is NOT formula fiction. If you are looking for
something different--a trip down a road less traveled--
this story is just the ticket!
buried secrets surface and the word family takes on a whole new
dans mon monde. If you
have felt nothing when you reach the final page, I have failed."
Thank you, Patricia.
Were you hungry for more after reading
Blood and Magnolias. Suffer no more, The Colony Series
awaits. If you like Epic Fantasy, but really wish there was a
woman wielding the power, here it is.
(this of this as the prequal where you learn the origins)
(this is the turning point where our heroine emerges and starts
(the first in the Chronicles of Guardian and Traveler)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Colony
(a companion book for the series, not to be read until you reach
Echoes of Thunder
An Unexpected Storm
Riding the Maelstrom
Angling the Shallows
Hook, Line, and Sinker
Coming Up for Air
The Scent of Rain
Fire on the Water
On the Rocks
The Devil and the Deep Blue
Adrean Bodree – Main character, dissatisfied with her life and about
to transition, born poor Cajun
Ben Bodree – Adrean’s much absent and unfaithful husband,
Paul Stoddard – Adrean’s
former employer and lover, still in love with Adrean
Courtland Melville – Current force of the Melville family, old money wealthy Creole
Barbara Melville – Courtland’s wife, Cajun in the guise of a Creole,
unhappy with her situation
Justin Melville – Courtland’s brother, very eligible bachelor,
self-professed 'Don Juan'--well deserved reputation with the ladies
Patrick O’Dell – Doctor under the influence of Courtland Melville’s
Coming home to Louisiana, after years in Europe and New York, was not
what Adrean planned. Ben’s latest promotion is what he has been working
toward and what Adrean has helped him achieve. Having devoted all her
time and energy to Ben and his career, her life is desolate and he is
much absent from it.
The scent of salt water, the sticky heat, and the moss heavy in
the trees stir remembrances of Adrean's early Cajun life that was
poor in dollars, but wealthy in love. The memories fuel her hunger
for change and ignite long dormant desires.
Lost in a loveless marriage with no friends or family to turn to
Adrean is too much alone and restless. She needs
companionship---and she is right where the Melville's want her.
Ruthless deception has molded Adrean into the perfect prey and the
Melville conspiracy is so well fashioned that she is oblivious to
the integral part she plays.
Women, particularly those with a bit of life
experience, who like romance, drama, suspense, non-formula, surprises,
non-traditional characters and behaviors, strong female characters who
challenge. NOT for prudes. A number of traditional mores are
challenged in this story.
Blood and Magnolia's Themes:
Each of us must choose the path we travel. If we allow others to make the
choice for us, we can only hope to be happy with it and have no one to
blame but ourselves if we are not happy. Life is filled with crossroads, some
that lead us down paths of joy and some that lead us down paths of sorrow.
Looking back is pointless because there is nothing there that we can
change and regret is a waste of energy; it brings nothing but pain.
However, looking forward to the next
opportunity and using what we have learned from our mistakes to make
different (if not better) choices offers potential.
Every day brings a new wave of events that pushes us toward our
ultimate destiny. As we bob about in the sea of seeming chaos, we chance
upon others, some adrift, and some with a destination. Each of them has the
potential to touch us in some way and change the course of our lives. The future is
not cast in stone, but rather sculpted from it. As
each of us leaves our mark on today we influence the course of tomorrow.
Society often dictates behavior that comes into conflict
with our desires, our senses, our souls, and our hearts. Some of us may
become so restrained and repressed by those dictates that we fail to see
what is possible and fail to open our hearts and minds to those
possibilities. We become prisoners inside a shell of existence. We lose
ourselves to our need to be accepted by others. We
conform, acquiesce, and submit our own will over to the will of others in
order to fit in and be loved.
Look for the courage to be different, be yourself. There is always a choice.
Our uniqueness begins at the genetic level and none of
us have a choice in the genes we are given. Yet, if we come to know
and accept ourselves for who we are, we can more readily come to know and
For information on rare chromosome disorders check out
Unique. Special thanks to
Beverly for my copy of The Little Yellow Book and my new
understanding of the world of chromosomes.
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