Tuesday, July 12, 2022

River of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor - Book Tour + Giveaway

River of Ashes
Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
(St. Benedict, #1)
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: August 2nd 2022
Genres: Adult, Psychological Thriller

“A psychological portrait akin to Lord of the Flies.” ~Midwest Book Review


ALONG THE BANKS OF THE BOGUE FALAYA RIVER, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.

And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.

The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Star quarterback. Handsome. Charming. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.

He is also a psychopath.

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the haunted abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.

As the victim toll mounts, it becomes clear that someone must stop Beau Devereaux.

And that someone will pay with their life.

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Author Interview
1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author? 
Social Media is a big one. You watch a few cute puppy videos, and you get lost. I must discipline myself, especially with deadlines, to curtail my social media time.


2. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? 
Have more fun and relax. I think we spend so much time worrying about the future and how we will cope, but once we live in that future, we realize we have nothing to worry about. We survived.


3. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
Reading The Trumpeter Swan by E.B. White as a kid. I sat in the library, enraptured by that book.


4. Did you want to be an author when you grew up? 
I always knew I wanted to do something with words and stories. But I never pictured writing books. It seemed too hard, and the books were so long. I had to grow into the idea.


5. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be? 
As a wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, I have had many exotic animals in my home. But I would love to have a wallaby or lemur.


6. Have you ever met anyone famous? 
Several people. I grew up in the motion picture business, my father was a producer, so I met a lot of big names. Henry Fonda, Roger Moore, Jane Seymour, and Charles Bronson, to name a few. Tennessee Williams was also a family friend.

 7. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
I can write an 80,000-word book in about three weeks. I get pretty into a book and push to get through it. Once I have a rough draft, I will spend another week or two combing through it.

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Always keep writing and expect your style to change. Every editor, bad review, and fan you meet will influence your writing because we remember every criticism and praise, shaping what we write in the future.

9. What is your favorite genre to read?
Love historical books, usually non-fiction. I am a history nut, so anything related to the past intrigues me.

 10. When did you write your first book?
I wrote my first book over twenty-five years ago but did not publish it until 2007.

11. What sparks your creativity/how do you get your ideas?
Anything can spark my creativity. Ideas for stories can come from anywhere, and I have a journal filled with story ideas. I am blessed with a very active imagination.

12. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When not writing, I am hanging out with my creatures. As a permitted wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, animals are my passion. I spend my non-writing hours tending to orphaned and injured wildlife.

13. What’s a typical writing day like for you?
I will write all morning and stop in the afternoon for a break. That is my downtime when I exercise, and then I will pick it up again in the evening. I usually write until about midnight. Being a four-legged momma doesn’t allow for much sleep, though, so I am generally up at the crack of dawn.

14. How do you choose your book covers?
Book covers are dependent on whether I am self-publishing or with a publisher. Publishers have a say over book covers for the most part, but they do ask for my input. I have been blessed to work with some wonderful publishers who prize writer input.

15. What’s one thing you’d like to say to your readers?
Thank you for supporting me. My readers keep me going and I am always happy to hear from them.


Author Bio:

Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.

Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight. He is an award-winning author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face. IG: @lucasastorauthor

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  1. Thanks for being on the tour! :)

  2. thanks for sharing the info about this book.

  3. Congratulations on your upcoming release of River of Ashes, Alexandra, I enjoyed reading the interview and your book sounds like a thrilling read and the cover is awesome! Good luck with your book and the blitz! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a beautiful day!

  4. How long have you been a writer?

  5. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.


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