Thursday, September 17

Bewitching Book Tours Guest Post: The Maurin Kincaide Series by Rachel Rawlings


The Morrigna

Maurin Kincaide Series, #1
Rachel Rawlings


Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Rachel Rawlings
Date of Publication: January 9, 2014
Number of pages: 326
Cover Artist: Joseph Eastwood


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I'm Maurin Kincaide, a psychometric, and until a few days ago I was working for Salem's Preternatural Task Force as an interrogator. I cracked more cold cases and got more confessions than anyone else in the department. Of course that was before I traded in my badge for an ancient Celtic sword. Now, I'm the Special Liaison for the Council, the governing body of the Others, and I take my orders from witches, werewolves and vampires.

I didn't just make a career change though. I'm not the same person I was before. I'm stronger, I can heal from wounds that would kill a normal person. I'm developing latent psychic skills at a breakneck speed. Oh yeah, and it would seem that a Pagan goddess has taken permanent residence in my body and mind. Crazy thing is, I'm starting to feel normal, like this is who I'm supposed to be.

Of course, there are those who don't agree. Morrigan and her sisters for example. Actually, I'm pretty sure they'd like nothing more than to see me dead. And if I can't stop them and the demons they've raised, they just might get their wish.

Witch Hunt

Maurin Kincaide Series, #2
Rachel Rawlings


Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Rachel Rawlings
Date of Publication: January 9, 2014
Number of pages: 316
Cover Artist: Joseph Eastwood


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Maurin Kincaide is back in this action packed follow up novel to The Morrigna. No longer a member of Salem's Preternatural Task Force Maurin is the new liaison for The Council, governing body of Others. During what should have been a routine meeting with her former Captain, Maurin is brought in on a murder investigation.

Three dead witches, three cryptic clues, no sign of the killers and the Salem coven is losing allies within the Council. If Maurin and her unlikely partner Captain Matthison can't stop the killers, the Witch City might be without its namesake.

Wolfsbane

Maurin Kincaide Series, #3
Rachel Rawlings


Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Rachel Rawlings
Date of Publication: January 9, 2014
Number of pages: 78
Cover Artist: Joseph Eastwood


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Given the choice between her sister's wedding and witnessing the challenge for Alpha of the Salem pack, Maurin knows exactly where she'd rather be. Smack dead center in a pack of snarling werewolves wearing eau de filet mignon.

Until Francesca takes off the morning of her wedding. Being her sister's keeper will not excuse her from her job as the Council Liaison. Torn between obligations to a family she's avoided for almost a decade and the Council of Others, Maurin has less than twenty-four hours to set things right.

Blood Bath

Maurin Kincaide Series, #4
Rachel Rawlings


Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Publisher: R Squared Publishing
Date of Publication: February 18, 2014
Number of pages: 202
Cover Artist: Joseph Eastwood


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Bodies are piling up and all signs point in one direction. Rogue vampire. Except things aren't always what they seem, especially in a murder investigation.

With her current relationship on the rocks, her father playing match-maker and her neighbor tossing his hat in the ring, the body count isn't the only thing on the rise. Maurin is neck deep in magic, mayhem and murder.

Can she catch the killer before the killer catches her? One things for certain, when hunting vampires there will be blood.

Ill Fated

Maurin Kincaide Series, #5
Rachel Rawlings


Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Publisher: R Squared Publishing
Date of Publication: February 11, 2015
Number of pages: 270
Cover Artist: Joseph Eastwood


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Some things are destined to end in death. After the first attempt on her life Maurin wasn’t scared. Hell, she was almost flattered. But someone put a price on her head and things are getting complicated. Trouble is brewing in the fae courts and it’s spilling over into Salem. The UnSeelie Dark Guard have answered the call for her head on a platter and people closest to her are disappearing.

Can Maurin master court politics and find her missing men before someone claims the bounty on her head?
Excerpt: 
The Morrigan, Book 1
I couldn’t help feeling a little vindicated as the Captain told him his theory was pretty much paper thin, but he hadn’t even started on me yet. He dismissed Masarelli with a wave of his hand, but Masarelli didn’t move. He just stood there like he was waiting for more instructions or perhaps to hear me get chewed out. He would get neither.

“Now, Masarelli.” The tone in Matthison’s voice had me sitting up straight. “Shut the door behind you.”

Captain Matthison waited until Masarelli closed the door and was sure he had walked far enough away not to overhear our conversation before he continued. Definitely not a good sign.

“You’re not going to like what I have to say, Kincaide, but I’m going to say it and you’re going to listen. I’m putting you on paid administrative leave. Effective immediately.” He was his usual calm self as he handed out my punishment.

“For how long? Wait a minute, what the hell did I do? I came in here, tried to do my job and now you’re punishing me because I didn’t get the desired results? You never said that there would be repercussions if I didn’t produce every time when you offered me this job!” He might be calm, but I was fuming.

He lowered his head and ran a hand through his short brown hair. “I realize every case can’t be easy, that there will be times when you simply can’t get the answers we need. That’s not what this is about and you know it.”

“No, I don’t actually, so why don’t you enlighten me.” It probably wasn’t smart to get flippant with the Captain, but I couldn’t have cared less in the heat of the moment.

“There’s something going on with you. I’ve noticed things over the last couple of weeks, ever since we’ve been dealing with this demon case. Even before that, if we’re being perfectly honest. There‘s no way that witch should have walked out of here like she did.” He was mussing up his hair again, like he didn’t want to finish, so I didn’t give him the chance.

“If the arresting officer had caught that witch’s charms, we wouldn’t even be talking about her right now! And you can’t seriously think I had anything to do with any of this? That my not feeling well is in any way related to the demon running loose? So why put me on leave?” I didn’t even try to hide my disgust at the thought.

“Would you shut up and let me finish. We both know it’s more than you ‘not feeling well’. ‘Not feeling well’ implies that you’re coming down with a cold or something. That is not what is happening with you. And of course I don’t think you had anything to do with the demon. As for being related? Who knows? From what Masarelli says, our best, though admittedly thin, lead had you in some kind of trance. You were catatonic in our interrogation room for Christ’s sake! That’s never happened before. Not once in the three years you’ve been here. You have been getting stronger. I’ve seen it. You spend less and less time with the suspects and walk away with more and more information. But the witch? Charms have never stopped you before. And then you face O’Neil and it’s like you’ve got nothing, no abilities at all. He should have been a cakewalk for you. He didn’t even register on any of our psychic scans. It’s like with more power comes less control. I don’t know what’s going on with you and you don’t either. So until you figure it out, you’re on leave. I just can’t risk you being injured or blowing a case - both of which are very real possibilities and you know it. I don’t want you near the station or anywhere near this case. That’s an order.” He didn’t have the same tone in his voice as he had with Masarelli, but it didn’t make it any easier to hear what he had just said.

“Do you want my badge too?” Okay, it was slightly juvenile, but I couldn’t help myself.

“Are you offering it to me? Because as much as it would disappoint me, I’ll take it if you are,” he said.
Guest Post: 

I don’t know about you but fall is my favorite time of year. I’ve never been big on the summer season. It could have something to do with my fear of bathing suits but that s a post for another day. The season often finds its way into my writing with winter taking a close second. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever written a summer scene. I love sweaters, boots and scarves. There’s also pumpkins, the smell of cloves and turning leaves. And of course Halloween, which just happens to be my favorite holiday. So much so in fact I often say Halloween isn’t just a holiday it’s a state of mind.

I love it so much I decided to start a book convention themed around it for authors and readers of Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk and Horror. HallowRead is in its third year and almost upon us. I can hardly think about anything else. Well except for my current work in progress. It’s truly a love affair and something I work on almost all year searching for the right authors and panel topics, planning fun events for the readers like a haunted house, ghost tour and this year we added a Steampunk concert.

I love going to conventions, meeting new friends, readers and authors alike and sharing the HallowRead experience with them. It’s so cool to spend a weekend with people who love Urban Fantasy and the other genres as much I do. The authors and readers spend so much time together at the amazing stores and restaurants in the eclectic historic town of Ellicott City that you can really build a lasting connection with fellow readers and the authors who attend. Maybe one day I’ll see some of you there and we can talk about our mutual love of books because believe me, I am as much of a fan girl as you are!

Thanks so much to Musings and Ramblings for having me on the blog today and allowing me the opportunity to share my biggest passion outside of writing my Urban Fantasy series- HallowRead!



Author Bio:
Rachel Rawlings was born and raised in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. Her family, originally from Rhode Island, spent summers in New England sparking her fascination with Salem, MA. She has been writing fictional stories and poems since middle school, but it wasn't until 2009 that she found the inspiration to create her heroine Maurin Kincaide and complete her first full length novel, The Morrigna.

When she isn't writing, Rachel can often be found with her nose buried in a good book. An avid reader of Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Horror and Steampunk herself, Rachel founded Hallowread- an interactive convention for both authors and fans of those genres.

More information on Hallowread, its schedule of events and participating authors can be found at www.hallowread.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/Hallowread.

She still lives in Maryland with her husband and three children.

To connect with the author online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


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