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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Character Fun Facts: Serena Lestrange from Macabre Academy Series by Sherry Soule + giveaway

Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! Her new paranormal romance mystery, SHADOW MAGIC, was published on May 1, 2020. To celebrate the release of Sherry’s new series, the Macabre Academy, she has put together this fun guest post for fellow booklovers.

Serena LeStrange 

Supernatural powers: A necromancer that uses shadow magic. 

Study: Resurrection 101. Serena hopes to be an animal resurrection expert someday, giving pets and familiars a second chance at life!

Looks: Blue hair, lapis lazuli eyes, peachy skin tone, height 5’6, and slender body.

Birthday/age: September 27th / 26 years old (Libra).

Favorite color: Black, blue, and purple.

Personality: Serena’s sensitive, clever, and quick-witted, but she can also be tense and restless. She doesn’t shy away from voicing her opinion. She is an instinctive investigator (amateur sleuth), with a knack for figuring out the truth. And as a natural chameleon, she can quickly recover from even the most shameful foot-in-mouth moments.

Secret: Serena pretends to be a witch at Macabre, and she doesn’t want to join a clan.

Favorites: Serena favors dark chocolate, moonlight walks, nocturnal creatures, and her favorite season is autumn. Her favorite book is Heaven by V. C. Andrews because she can relate to the main character’s daddy issues.

Fashion Style: She always strives to look fashion-fierce! She usually wears a stylish black, V-neck shirt with a jean mini-skirt and Jimmy Choo biker boots beneath her lab coat. While she’s no fashionista, she’s a trendy necromantrix—dang it.

Weird flaw: Awkward around cute guys, likes graveyards, and hates being stared at by other necromancers because of her long, blue hair color.

Favorite activity: Binge-watching Netflix with her bestie, Gennie Jinn.

Pet Peeve: If anyone annoys her, she confronts them, which gets her into trouble, too.

Favorite food: Pizza and strawberry ice cream!

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It was my honor to be your guest today. Thank you so much for allowing me to chat up my new series. I sincerely hope you guys enjoyed this post. Now go feed your mind with a book. Preferably one of mine. :-D

Shadow Magic (Macabre Academy Book 1)
by Sherry Soule
May 1, 2020

334 pages
b Genre: Paranormal Mystery Romance 
Ghost summoning? No biggie. Raising the dead? Bring it on. Solving my sister’s sudden disappearance? A bit more complicated…

I’m Serena LeStrange, a necromancer who prefers to hide her freakishly fabulous skills from others. Only my sister makes me feel less of a weirdo, so when she mysteriously vanishes from college, I enroll at Macabre Academy to start my own investigation.

Except this is no ordinary school for the magically inclined, it’s home to all monsters—even the most dangerous ones. And after meeting an incredibly gorgeous vampire and a sinfully hot reaper, I find myself entangled in a passionate, yet forbidden, flirtation. To complicate matters, I get stuck with a ghostly genie sidekick and suspect a sinister sorority of misdeeds.

But to solve the mystery, I’ll need all the help I can get. Someone at Macabre knows what happened to my sister, and I won’t stop until I dig up the truth.

Unfortunately, some dark secrets prefer to stay buried.

Do you enjoy not-so-cozy paranormal mysteries, slow burn romances, and unconventional heroines?

Welcome to Macabre Academy, the first spellbinding book in a paranormal mystery romance trilogy!

PG-13: *No F-bombs, sex (slow burn), or graphic violence, but there are steamy kisses.

Heroine: A quirky supernatural Nancy Drew.

Premise: An older university-age paranormal academy series with mystery and light humor.

Excerpt from Shadow Magic (Chapter 22): 

He stepped closer, and I forced myself not to move as my world filled with awareness of him, the blue of his eyes, the almost white hair, the cool touch of his skin, and the slow smile that softened his mouth. A grin I returned. 

Dante moved an inch nearer, then hesitantly stopped, his blue gaze locking onto to mine. “You’re so very beautiful,” he whispered. 

I closed the gap between us until we stood toe-to-toe. He slowly raised a hand and tenderly brushed his knuckles along my cheek to my jawline, a thrill surging through me. Warmth flushed my skin at the gentle caress, and I stilled as the tickle of his minty breath swept against my cheek. I wanted to kiss him. Wanted his lips crushed against mine so bad it shocked me. His hand moved to the back of my neck, sliding under my hair to gently grip my nape. My gaze focused on his mouth. If I leaned upward our lips would touch, and everything would change. My heart was beating too fast, and heat pooled deep in my body. 

“You’re not in the least bit turned off by my being a grim reaper?” Dante whispered. 

“Why should I be? You didn’t choose your powers anymore than I did,” I murmured. 

“So awfully true…” His voice held a hint of sorrow, and it stirred an alarming yearning within me.
About the Author:
Sherry Soule is a Multi-Genre Author, who lives in Northern California with her family and two spoiled rescue cats. She likes to surround herself with positive people and reads daily.

Sherry writes exciting tales of passionate romance, epic drama, and thrilling suspense. Many of her books have been on the Amazon bestseller lists and nominated as top picks in the "Best Paranormal Romance" categories on numerous review sites.


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  1. The clover is colorful. I would pick it up at a store and check it out.

  2. Colorful cover for a macabre academy.

  3. Nice looking cover. Liked the description of the book. Will be on my reading list.

  4. Love the cover, and the blue hair.

  5. I like the hands reaching upward.

  6. Sounds like s story right up my alley!

  7. It was an honor to have my new release featured on your site. I sincerely hope your followers like the post. Thanks for sharing the book love!

    Happy Reading,

    Read an excerpt of SHADOW MAGIC on my blog!