I would like to welcome Carole Gill to The Avid Reader today. Thanks for stopping by Carole. Please be sure and check out Carole's novel Unholy Testament - The Beginnings. Check out my review of Unholy Testament - The Beginnings. There is also a giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
Title: Unholy Testament -
Series: The Blackstone Vampires
Author: Carole Gill
Genre: Gothic Romance/ Paranormal
Date Published: November 4, 2012
Published by : Tudor Rose Press
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The day Eco first laid eyes on Rose Baines was the day she discovered (The House on Blackstone Moor) her family's savage butchery at the hands of her mad, incestuous father.
"I saw you leave the house that day, Rose, that terrible day you discovered your family butchered. I saw you…"
Eco realizing he has fallen in love with her pens a confession documenting all of his sins committed in the course of his immortal existence. The one request is that Rose reads his confession.
Rose, having become his captive, is forced to read this unholy testament of his.
From Ancient Egyptian vampire cults to Roman vampire brothels to The Dark Ages, The Crusades, The Black Death of 1348 to his meeting with child murderer and Satanist, Gilles de Rais, concluding with his wicked affair with the Blood Countess herself, Erzebat Bathory.
Eco is, if nothing else, frankly and brutally honest. The pages are filled with debauchery and vice and murder--yet, there is also love or what Eco swears is love.
The story is continued in Unholy Testament - Full Circle, to be released in early 2013.
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The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.
In The House on Blackstone Moor we met Rose a young woman who came home one night to find her family had been murdered. She was sent to the hospital and then spent some time in an asylum. Then she was given a job as governess to the Darton's children Ada and Simon. Rose and the children's father Louis fell in love. They left Blackstone Moor because of everything that they had all been through there and everything that happen to them in the house.
And now in Unholy Testament - The Beginnings Louis had to leave on a trip to America without Rose and the children. Later on Louis writes Rose a letter with money for her and the children to book passage on a ship to join him in America. Rose finds out after boarding the ship that it has been taken over by Eco, Louis' cousin. Eco is a demon and Fallen Angel like Louis but they are not alike in any way. Louis is and tries to be a good person unlike Eco who has always been evil. Anything that pertains to evil then Eco has been a part of it. Eco has lived for a very long time and has been a part of or a witness to things like the Ancient Egyptian vampire cults to Roman vampire brothels to The Dark Ages, The Crusades, and The black Death in 1348. How can anyone be so evil?
Eco claims to be in love with Rose and has taken over the ship so that he can threaten her into reading his diary. How can anyone with so much evil and hate in his heart love anybody? A dairy or journal that he has written of his life experiences. Eco's journal or life is filled with darkness, evil, dreadful, frightful, terrible, grisly and horrific events that he has been a part of or witnessed through out his lifetime. Will Rose and the children get off the ship?
I was hooked from the very first sentence in the first book in The Blackstone Vampires Series The House on Blackstone Moor. Both books are fantastic reads. Carole knows how to write a story that will keep you hanging on each word wanting to know what is going to happen next. I can only image the research and the books that she has read and the time spent in writing The Blackstone Vampires Series. If you have not read Unholy Testament - The Beginnings then I suggest that you read The House on Blackstone Moor first. You could read Unholy Testament - The Beginnings first and still know and understand what is going on. But by reading The House on Blackstone Moor first you will find out more about Rose who she is and where she came from. You will get to know all the characters like who they are and what their roles are and who and how Rose came to know them.
If you like reading dark horror that is evil, grisly and very horrific like I do then you will love Unholy Testament - The Beginnings. I love horror in any shape, form or fashion. The scarier it is as they say the better I like it. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series Unholy Testament - Full Circle.
- About the Author
I wrote my first story at age 8. It was sci-fi but as both my parents were sci-fi fanatics it wasn't a surprise.
I continued to write however life got in the way as it often does, and it wasn't until 2000 that I turned back to writing. I joined a local writer's workshop and was greatly encouraged to keep up with my writing and to send things out.
Shortly afterwards, I was selected by Northwest Playwrights of England for further development but found I preferred fiction writing.
Widely published in horror and sci-fi anthologies, The House on Blackstone Moor is my first novel. It is a tale of vampirism, madness, obsession and devil worship.
Set in 19th Century Yorkshire, its locales include Victorian madhouses as well as barren, wind-swept Yorkshire moors. The story is a marriage of horror and gothic romance. I think it can best be described as being gothic paranormal romantic horror.
I suppose you could say I want to put the Goth back into Gothic.
Living in the area the novel is set in, was very beneficial. Also, as a great admirer of the Brontes and frequent visitor to the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, I found myself nearly obsessed with recreating the gothic romantic narrative.
Having been employed in a hospital which had been historically a workhouse and asylum in Victorian times, I was able to add great realism to the depiction of the asylums as described in my novel.
The next in the series, Unholy Testament - Full Circle is the continuation of Eco's confession. It will be released in 2013.
Book 4 in the series follows that.
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