Monday, May 16, 2022

BOOK BLITZ: River of Ashes by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Today, we have a Book Blitz to share for Multi-award-winning Authors Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor's upcoming psychological thriller, River of Ashes, the first title in the St. Benedict series! Get a sneak peek with an exclusive excerpt! We even have a blitz-wide giveaway to share! So... Be sure to check it out and pre-order your copy now! Don't forget to add this to your TBR list on Goodreads! Pre-order your copy now!

Psychological Thriller
St. Benedict, #1
Publish Date:
August 2, 2022


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.



The smell of sweat and freshly cut grass greeted Beau as he strutted onto the practice field. He tightened his grip on his helmet. The team was already in the middle of their stretches. He was late.

His belly flopping over the waistband of his gym shorts, Coach Brewer walked between rows of guys, blowing his whistle to keep time with their exercises. One among the team struggled to keep up. Jenson Theriot. 

The bungling offensive tackle annoyed the shit out of Beau. He’d missed several blocks, leaving Beau vulnerable in the pocket. The freckle-faced redhead had become a detriment to his team—something Beau couldn’t tolerate. 

Beau’s attention drifted to the metal bleachers and the cheerleading squad working on their routine. Dawn was there wearing a short, white cheerleading uniform. He loved how the bright red St. Benedict dragon, its mouth open and teeth bared, hugged her breasts. The other girls on the squad, whose names eluded him, shouted their silly rhymes for victory and team spirit as Dawn watched.

Dawn turned to the field and, spotting him, waved.

The wind whipped her long blonde ponytail and brushed several strands over her shoulder, making it appear shorter, like Leslie’s. Though they were physically identical in every way except for their hair length, Beau wished Dawn was the smart-mouthed bitch he really wanted.

Before he could get away, she came running to greet him. It was the last thing he needed. Coach Brewer would be pissed.

“Hey, honey.” Dawn frowned at him. “Everything okay? I heard Madbriar called you into her office.”

Her voice wasn’t Leslie’s. He’d memorized the smoky, sexy sound of her sister. The way she raised her tone ever so slightly when she was about to say something sarcastic. Dawn had none of Leslie’s nuances—her voice was utterly lifeless. 

Dawn worked hard to portray a wholesome image by avoiding cursing and smoking, which he admired. But her love of cherry-red lipstick and excessive mascara aggravated him. He’d told her more than once not to wear so much, but she didn’t listen. She just put on more, thinking he liked it. Beau longed to wipe the color from her mouth.

He gave her a warm smile, hiding his thoughts. “She wanted to talk to me about my father contributing to the gym fundraiser.” He looked over at his teammates.

“I heard it was because you were giving Derek and my sister a hard time.”

His head snapped back around to her. How dare she contradict him. “No way, baby.” He laced his voice with extra charm to sound convincing. “Why would I waste my time on them when I’d rather spend every moment with you.”

She squealed. 

Putty in his hands, Dawn melted against him, wrapping her arms around his neck.

“I knew it wasn’t true,” she whispered.

He smelled her skin. It wasn’t there—the heady aroma of clover always lingering on Leslie. Another difference between them, but one he was sure only he noticed.

“Beau, get your ass over here,” Coach Brewer yelled.

“Gotta go.” He unwound her arms. “See you after practice.”

“I love you,” Dawn managed to get out before he walked away.

He pretended not to hear her while putting on his helmet. Love wasn’t what he was after.

Praise for River of Ashes

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

Alexandrea Weis is one of the most talented authors around, and in a short time her novels are destined to stand along with authors such as Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Joyce Carol Oates, and Jeffery Deaver.” ~The Strand Magazine

“You could practically taste the fear.” ~Laura Hernandez

“Nothing can prepare you for what you will find within these pages.” ~Goodreads



St. Benedict series:
(covers link to Goodreads)




**About the Authors**
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.

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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 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.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

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***The Giveaway***

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- ends May 26, 2022
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