Monday, August 26, 2013

Supernatural Seduction (Book 2 of the Coffin Girls Series) by Aneesa Price: Character Interview and Review


An interview between Marie, necromancer and Coffin Girls and Laurie, the owner and reporter for Paranormal Weekly – the only online magazine for Supernatural Beings.

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

Marie: Somewhere where there aren’t any ghosts. I love my spooks but sometimes a bit of quiet time is good, especially when… you know *Marie blushes and clears her throat*

Laurie: Tell us about your family.

Marie: I don’t have any living relatives, as you know, but I live on Papillion Plantation with my closest friends. They’re like my sisters. Of course we share blood and Anais is our maker so they’re my vampire sisters. We live at Papillion and also run our business from there.


Laurie: What sort of business do you have?

Marie: My sisters and I have a wedding planning business. We cater, arrange the logistics and host weddings, anniversaries and such things at Papillion or at our other venues in the French Quarter and Garden District of New Orleans.


Laurie: I’ve heard that your sisters and you have begun a supernatural police force of sorts? You kill bad supes?

Marie: *scowls* That’s a crock of brown stuff. No way. Where would we find time? Do you know how much time goes into planning a wedding? We also plan supe events like the annual Vampire Council’s ball. And why on earth would we police the supes when we have the council?!


Laurie: *Thinks that Marie protests a bit too much, but lets it slide.* On the weddings, Rose, your sister, has gained a fantastic reputation for her blood-alcohol drinks. What’s your favorite?

Marie: Bloodka – a blood, vodka mix. Have you tried any of them?

Laurie: *nods* Yes, I’m partial to vampayne.

Marie: Excellent choice. I prefer my stuff a bit more hardcore, you know.

Laurie: Indeed.

Laurie: What was the scariest moment of your life?

Marie: Yes, wedding planning can be a scary business. There’s a reason why the term, bridezilla, exists.

Laurie: I can only imagine. But, I’ve also heard of you raising zombies. Surely that must have been scary?

Marie: *Doesn’t meet Laurie’s gaze.* Nope, don’t know what you’re talking about.


Before Laurie can try and get Marie to spill more secrets, she looks at her watch.

Marie: Drat! I’ve got to go. Thanks so much for the interview. See yah! *Marie dashes out the door before Laurie can stop her.*
Supernatural Seduction (Book 2 of the Coffin Girls Series)
This is an adult paranormal romance and contains scenes of explicit sex, violence and strong language.
Witch-vampire, Sophie, has the power to feel and influence others’ emotions. With the establishment of the Coffin Girls as warriors for the Goddess that kick supernatural ass, the effects of her empath abilities threaten to harm her. Sylvain, the mischievous and seductive fae prince and Coffin Girls ally, offers her the assistance of the fae to hone her powers. Sophie is drawn to Sylvain, which unnerves her as her hope for love has only ever led to devastation. The two of them must face the demons of their past, unknown enemies and new evil to find true happiness at last.
"Once again Aneesa Price succeeds in transporting us to this magical world full of romance, action, & excitement! I am a true Aneesa Price addict...constantly needing more, more, more!" ~ Jeni’s Bookshelf & Reviews
Coffin Girls, Elegantly Undead (Book 1 of the Coffin Girls Series)
A sexy, female vampire with secrets. A sinfully-handsome witch prince on a mission. A formidable Vampire Council with something to hide. 

A vampire descendent from the original Coffin Girls, Anais runs a successful event and wedding planning business from her majestic New Orleans plantation house. To the Vampire Council, she is seen as an exemplary hostess and household head of a misfit bunch of vampires. 
When Yves, her maker and head of the Vampire Council requests her assistance in hosting the mysterious, yet dashing Prince of Witches, Conall, she has no option but to accept. But Anais is the keeper of secrets; secrets that can kill. Protective of her family’s undiscovered uniqueness, Anais is guarded, yet intrigued by the enigmatic witch prince.
Conall and Anais are drawn together when confronted with fatal encounters and an unimaginable destiny… if she’s willing to accept it and fight.
For me, it was a little challenging to get into this book and get really interested right away.  Especially at the beginning, there is a lot of description of an event then taking place which did not particularly interest me. I did not know any of the characters or how they were related.  A bit later that becomes clearer.  The personalities begin to emerge, and once Anais is drafted by her shifty maker to become a special liaison to a powerful group of witches my interest picked up considerably.  Everyone has secrets to hide – witches and vampires historically have rarely acted in concert; often they have been at odds.  Now, however, an alliance is needed in order to face and defeat an encroaching enemy with deadly aims.
The central setting where much of the action takes place is an awesome mansion/estate in New Orleans.  The author does a good job of capturing the Cajun and voodoo essence that permeates the area.  I loved this aspect of the story.  I enjoyed the scenes that take place in the Land of the Fae.  There, I could practically feel the magic of the beautiful realm and the caress of its tranquility.  With each new twist and unveiled secret I came more and more under the spell of this writer’s enchantment.  The pacing picks ups in the latter half, and there are more action episodes and unexpected turns.  I like that the author allows the characters to build trust slowly.  I liked the romance that ignites between Anais and Conall.  Both are strong, charismatic characters and their tug-of-war was delightful to watch.  I did not care for the love triangle aspect with the younger Raulf.  Raulf is a strong male with a lot of potential; the jealousy aspect did not feel all that convincing to me.
Overall, I liked this book and think it is a solid beginning to what will be a very good series.  I appreciate books that do not end on cliff-hangers and this one does not disappoint, even though there is still plenty of opportunity for this band of diverse warriors to fight and frolic in future adventures.   I already have the next book, Supernatural Seduction, in my reading queue, and I am looking forward to riding shotgun with Anais and her team as they battle crafty adversaries causing mayhem; conspiring to sew evil destruction, bedlam, and terror in their wake.
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J

Aneesa Price writes romance and lives it with her university sweetheart and husband. After having surmounted the challenges of being in a bi-racial marriage in the newly democratic South Africa, she now attributes her marital bliss to purposefully added spice and passionately resolved differences. After living in a variety of cities in South Africa, as an expat, she’s ready to explore the world with her husband and two daughters.
Aneesa completed her internship in counseling psychology and went on to work first as a therapist and then in Corporate Finance in on projects and in organizational change. This diversity in experience, coupled with her understanding of the human psyche, is translated into her writing through the creation of believable, flawed characters with the innate ability to overcome adversity.
She writes to give her readers the gift of experiencing the new and fascinating, something she strives for herself when she explores new places, reads, cooks with her kids or goes picking for antiques with her husband.
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Something Extra
Rhonda Plumhoff, the cookbook author of Literary Chocolate, A Second Helping, created these two recipes for Aneesa Price’s characters, Caroline (from Finding Promise) and Miss Suzette (from Coffin Girls):
Chocolate Mocha Crème Bruleé
Caroline had led the life of a high society daughter and wife, one that was filled with soul-destroying emotional abuse. Upon the death of her husband, she finds that she is financially incapable of supporting herself and flees New York without a plan or destination in mind. Her travels lead her to Promise, a small town on the New England coast.
Following instinct, she settles in Promise and begins to explore her new found independence and the pleasurable side of love with ruggedly handsome local, Luke Edwards.
Her financially privileged upbringing had provided her with the opportunities to travel and with her love for cooking; she shares culinary delights from all over the world with the willing residents of promise. But her new-found contentment is shattered as past resurrects itself and she needs to find the courage to face it before she can truly re-build her life.
  • 2 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup prepared espresso (strong black coffee)
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for topping
Preheat the oven to 325° degrees. Place 8, (6 ounce) ramekins on a baking sheet.
In a heavy sauce pan over medium heat, add cream, sugar, vanilla and espresso. Stir to dissolve the sugar, and heat until cream begins to simmer. Remove from heat. Place egg yolks in a large bowl, and slowly whisk in the hot cream mixture, about 2 tablespoons at a time, until you have added approximately half the cream mixture to the yolks. At this point, pour in the remaining cream mixture and whisk smooth. Stir in chocolate chips, and let rest for 5 minutes. Stir the mixture until chocolate is smooth and creamy. Pour evenly into ramekins, cook for 30 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 45 minutes at room temperature. Refrigerate for 6 hours. Before serving; move the oven rack to the top position in the oven, preheat oven to broil. Sprinkle the tops of each Crème Brulee with granulated sugar, evenly coating. Place ramekin on baking sheet, and place under the broiler until sugar bubbles and turns a light caramel brown. Keep an eye on sugar it bubbles fast and you do not want it to burn. Serve immediately.
Yields 8 servings
Voodoo Chocolate Beignets
This endearing Voodoo, Cajun mama is a favorite character of many who read Coffin Girls. She rules the kitchen of Papillion Plantation, the majestic mansion of the witch-vampire sisters, with a wooden spoon and gruff affection. What’s more, she’s the human that grounds the powerful Coffin Girls and who encourages them to overcome the risky challenges that they face, including those that touch their magical hearts.
Miss Suzette is known for her Voodoo, or ‘kitchen magic’ but she is also a whizz with culinary creations believing that food replenishes the soul and nourishes the heart.
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
Before you begin to deep fry beignets, fill pan with oil until 3 inches deep, heat vegetable oil to 350° degrees in a deep heavy pot, over medium-high heat (or deep fryer).
Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve. Let stand for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, heavy cream, hot water, egg, shortening, and salt; stir in yeast mixture. Mix dough just until combined and smooth. Let dough rest in bowl, covered with a clean kitchen towel, 30 minutes. Transfer dough to a well-floured surface. Roll dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 2-inch squares. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let dough rise in a warm, draft-free area, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Fry beignets until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes, turning as soon as they brown on one side. Remove with tongs or a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain. While still warm, give beignets a generous dusting of confectioners’ sugar.
Yields 20 beignets


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