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Shadows had it all—a chilling villain, witches, spells, and a captivating romance!” – Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author

Shadows, an all-new spine-tingling paranormal romance from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby, is available now!

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I am never alone. Not even when I am alone.

I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter.

They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them.

I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the only way to stay sane. Everything changes the day Cassian Winslow joins my ghost walking tour and knocks my world off its axis with green eyes the color of the stone around my neck.

An unspeakable evil is loose in New Orleans, taking young women and leaving a bloodbath in his wake. More shadows lurking for me. More unhappy dead. There might be a way to stop it.

Open myself up to Cassian.

If I do, it could spell his death.

But if I don’t, it’s mine.

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My Review

What’s not to love about a paranormal romance that includes a bevy of supernatural elements, a cast of characters whose complexity and ‘gifts’ add to the allure of the plot and a setting that was made for the spooky and creepiness that resides in its streets, including the unexplained that can be found in every nook and cranny of New Orleans.

Kristen Proby’s new paranormal series, Bayou Magic, centers around three gifted sisters, and their abilities definitely come in handy, not only with where they live, but also due to the sins and crimes that are committed in the Big Easy.The bond that Brielle has with her two sisters is one that will never break, even if it waivers at times or is threatened by outside influencers. They are connected in their gifts, their emotions, and their desire to help those in need.

Shadows is the oldest sister, Brielle’s story, and the way that Proby explains Brielle’s gift of sight when it comes to the ghosts and shadows of the city leads perfectly into the mystery and suspense that resides in the story line. And because Brielle’s ability is one that could lead her down a dangerous path, I’m glad that a certain FBI Agent claimed his place by her side fairly her on in the story, and despite the fact that Cash deals with facts and tangible evidence while Brielle’s strengths stem from otherworldly aspects, they’re a fantastic team who seem fated to be together.

The way Proby brought in varying perspectives of the story line allows readers to truly delve into both the logical and illogical side of the case and of the shadows that Brielle can see in, and the mystery that envelops the plot makes for one hell of a creepy and deadly experience. And, the fact that there are scenes that are highly descriptive and illustrate the true nature of a sadistic murderer, readers can’t help but lose themselves in this world and all the secrets and dangers it holds.

Kristen Proby definitely put me under her spell with her first paranormal romance story, and the fact that Proby took a risk by crafting a different type of romance than what her readers are used to and did so with such creative precision makes her a multifaceted author and one that I will always read.

4.5 Poison Apples

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“As I was about to walk down the street, I turned, and there was a shadow on the sidewalk. Just standing there. I’ve never seen her before.”


“Yeah, she was about my height. Very feminine.”

“Did she say anything?”

“Not that I heard. It just threw me because you know how careful I am about my route. I don’t like surprises, especially not like this. It’s creepy as hell. And, yes, I know I should be used to it by now, but—”

“It’s creepy, like you said.” She leans on the counter and bites her lip, thinking. “It probably means that someone recently died there.”

“I know that.”

“And now it’s a new spirit on your tour. Too bad she didn’t say anything. If she did, you could add it to your show. Could be fun. ‘Lucy was killed in this building three days ago, and her spirit now wanders the sidewalk in front of her former home.’

“Talk about creepy.”

I sigh and run my fingers through my hair. “Did you sweep this area recently?”

“Is the floor dirty?”

I look at her as if she’s being obtuse on purpose. “You know what I mean.”

“It’s been about a week.”

“You need to do it again.”

Millie frowns, looking around the space. Her shields are as strong as mine, maybe stronger because she doesn’t just see the dead, she feels them, and that’s much more dangerous.

She fiddles with the amethyst around her neck.

“What do you see?”

I narrow my eyes. “I shouldn’t tell you.”

“I don’t want to look, Bri. I dropped my guard for just a second earlier and was slammed with the pervy thoughts of a nineteen-year-old college kid who couldn’t take his eyes off my ass. So, just tell me. Is it the little girl again?”

“Yeah. And she brought a friend.” I reach over to take my sister’s hand. “Don’t drop your shields anymore, Mill. Not for a minute. Ever. I know we live and work here in the Quarter because it’s where we make our living, but it could really hurt us.”

“I know.”

“I couldn’t bear it if I lost you, too.”


About Kristen Proby

Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

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