I wrote Crescent City (An Alec Winters Series, Book 1) as a dark adult urban/contemporary fantasy that takes place in New Orleans. Later, I learned from reviewers and first-look readers that they considered it to be a horror story. I admit there are some extremely graphic and scary scenes in this book. Because the protagonist is justified in the retribution he seeks, I originally felt it was dark fantasy—he is both angel and demon. I have since agreed with readers. It was difficult to accept that assessment because I never dreamed that I would write “horror fiction.” I began as a nonfiction author writing books about metaphysical concepts, such as chakras, auras, meditation, spiritual gifts, and other topics that are beyond the physical realm of sight and possibilities. It seemed natural to progress to writing about characters with those mystical and supernatural abilities. I started out slowly with a paranormal thriller series and other light contemporary fantasy. For example, The Vision Chronicles series is about a man who has the ability to see the future through a kaleidoscope. As he accepts his ability, it changes and evolves as the titles of the series change, beginning with Kaleidoscope and ending with Clear Glass. The Retreat is about a woman who is lost and takes a spiritual retreat to find her true and purposeful self. She has dreams and is led to truth by totems—a wolf, bear, hawk, and a swarm of bees. The Journey is about a woman who escapes a sadistic and abusive relationship by listening closely to her inner voice for guidance. Crescent City took me places I didn’t want to go, but the book begged to be written. It is followed by Port City and Harbor City as Alec Winters continues to hunt down sexual predators in Mobile, Alabama and Melbourne, Florida.
About the book/blurb:
Alec Winters quietly moves through the streets of New Orleans, the Crescent City, looking for predators—those who destroy and prey on innocence. Trained in close-hand combat, he uses these skills when necessary to kill the offenders. Sometimes, his military training isn’t needed at all. Sometimes, the only thing it takes to end the lives of wicked, evil men is one look at him.
After two suspicious murders in only a short time, the main problem Alec faces in his quest of redemption is a nosy reporter. Vivien Simon came to the metropolitan area to do a series on the effects of Hurricane Katrina—with crime rates on the rise, her interests are drawn to the seedier aspects of the city. She’s hoping to get the story that will make her career. When she discovers that both murder victims were pedophiles, Vivien begins a newspaper and blog campaign that frightens parents and turns the city upside down.
Some say the perpetrator of the murders is an angel while others insist it’s a devil. With contrasting accounts, Vivien wonders if a vigilante is on the loose—or worse, a serial killer. She’s hell-bent on discovering the truth, but her persistence and stubbornness might bring her closer to death and damnation than she ever imagined.
No one can stop the Angel of God…and they wouldn’t want to get in his way.
***Author’s Note: This novel includes A for Angel-Avenger; D for Demon-Destroyer; E for Explicit; G for Graphic and Gritty; L for Language; M for Murder and Mayhem; P for Punishment of Pedophiles and Rapist; R for Retribution; V for Vengeance and Violence. Often, perpetrators don’t get punished for their atrocious crimes. Alec Winters gives these sexual predators exactly what they deserve.
Chariss K. Walker, M. Msc., writes fiction and nonfiction books with a metaphysical message. All of her books are sold worldwide in eBook, paperback, and many are in large print. She has authored 16 books to date (five nonfiction and eleven fiction). Chariss currently lives in Amarillo, Texas.
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Kindle pre-order: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ROPS18C (releases March 30, 2015)
Amazon paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Crescent-City-Winters-Series-Volume/dp/1503283909 (released to accommodate reviews)
Goodreads book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24011412-crescent-city