May 29, 2017

Bloodline by Vicki Vass - Review and Character Guest Post

I received this book free from the publisher

Book Details:
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Bloodline: A Witch Cat Mystery
New Series
Date of Release – May 1
Number of Pages: 326

Fleeing from the witch trials in Salem, Terra Rowan finds herself in modern day Asheville, North Carolina. A dark spirit from the past hunts this last witch of Salem. With the help of the ladies of the Biltmore Society, Terra must discover the secret within the forest to preserve the bloodline.

About the book:
I have been enjoying Vicki's antique mystery series so when I found out she had a new series coming out I was excited. This book has a couple of things in it that I love. First it is set in Asheville, North Carolina. Then it is also centered around a witch from the Salem witch travels who has come to the future. I liked how the author mixed a bit of history, a bit of mystery and a bit of wiccan all into one story and did so seamlessly. As I have probably said before I enjoy this author's writing style. I like how her books read at a steady pace. She likes to give the reader just enough clues that you think you have the mystery all figured out then she gives you a twist. I am looking forward to more books in this series. 

Meet the author - Vicki Vass
Vicki Vass traded in her reporter’s notebook to pursue her passion of writing cozy mysteries. Her Antique Hunter series was a finalist in the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem contest. Bloodline is the first book in the Witch Cat Mystery series.

Vicki has written more than 1,400 stories for the Chicago Tribune as well as other commercial publications including Home & Away, the Lutheran and Woman’s World. Her science fiction novel, The Lexicon, draws on her experience in Sudan while writing about the ongoing civil war for World Relief.

She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, writer and musician Brian Tedeschi, son Tony, Australian shepherd Bandit, kittens Terra and Pixel, seven koi and Gary the turtle.

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Character Guest Post:
Somedays my bones ache so much I don’t want to move. Oh forgive me, let me introduce myself, My name is Emma Tangledwood, and I live in Asheville, North Carolina. Our journalist friend, Vicki Vass, tells our story in the newly released Bloodline: A Witch Cat Mystery.

I am nearly 80 and arthritis has ravaged me something terrible. The only relief that I’ve been able to find are in the herbal remedies and teas that my dear friend, Beatrice Twiggs, prepares in her shop, the Leaf & Page. Unlike me, Mrs. Twiggs is new to Asheville.

I grew up in this town, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. At one time, my feet and those of my friends, were firm on the uneven cobblestone sidewalks. These days I walk with a cane but am still surrounded by my friends. We have developed our own exclusive club, the Biltmore Ladies Society.

We owe our name to the Biltmore Estate, the grand vision of George Vanderbilt, who built his magnificent French chateau style home within the 10-square-mile perimeter of what is now Biltmore Village. The estate actually came first, the village followed as tradespeople moved to Asheville to service the estate.

My family was here way before Vanderbilt had stepped foot in the area and before Asheville was Asheville. After fighting in the Revolution, my forefather settled in the area, growing tobacco and building a small fortune. When he became tired of farming, he moved into town and founded the bank.

My family still owns the original ancestral home in the Montford area of town. I do not live there, preferring to rent it out. I am partial to my married home within Biltmore Forest, a small community carved out of land from the estate. My home is modeled after the estate and my husband and I spared no luxury. I traveled near and far searching for just the right finishes and antiquities with which to furnish our home. And, when, my dear Richard passed, I couldn’t bear the thought of living anywhere else.

Like me, the ladies in my society are all widows, and we all hold a common interest, a shared history of celebrating our community both past and present. I am president of the Asheville Historical Society and take this responsibility seriously. I make sure our collections are up-to-date, schedule talks and tours around town and otherwise help out in anyway I can.

I am happy to give back to my community but it becomes more difficult as my bones ache more. Mrs. Twiggs’ remedies only help to a certain extent. I long for the days of my youth back when I could dance the night away under the summer stars during the evening concerts at the estate. Or, hike up Black Mountain, Richard at my side, stopping for a picnic as we watched the blue mist rise over our community. Those days are behind me now. I find myself keeping a close grip on my cane as I wind through town, carefully stepping over cracks.

Thank you for letting me stop by. I hope you will enjoy our little tale.


Tour Participants

May 15 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
May 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 17 – Celebrating Authors – SPOTLIGHT
May 17 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW
May 18 – Readsalot – SPOTLIGHT
May 19 – Teresa Trent Author Site – GUEST POST
May 20 – Author Annette Drake’s blog – INTERVIEW
May 21 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
May 22 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
May 23 – T’s Stuff – REVIEW
May 24 – Jane Reads – REVIEW
May 25 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – REVIEW, GUEST POST
May 26 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, INTERVIEW
May 27 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
May 28 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST 
May 30 – Varietats – REVIEW
May 31 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW
May 31 – Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT


  1. Thanks, Angela, for your review of Bloodline. This book is very special to me as since writing it we are planning to move to Asheville. I fell in love with the area. Working on Antique Hunters 5 as we speak.

  2. I love the cover and the description of the book. From Salem MA to Asheville NC soundd like an intriguing read. Definitely adding to my TBR list. Can't wait to read.