Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Goddess Fish Promotions Review Tour: Soil and Ceremony

Soil and Ceremony
by Julia Byrd


GENRE: Gothic romance



A history of loss and a terrible stammer have led gravedigger Benjamin Hood to a life of isolation.
When a rash of untimely deaths sweeps through his small English village, he cannot stand by in silence. To uncover the truth about the lives lost, he takes up a long-neglected role of responsibility among the townspeople.
As Benjamin questions the victims' families, he finds that beautiful widow Juno Stephens has preceded him in each case. She makes no secret of her odd midnight ceremonies and dark powers of persuasion. The villagers are whispering about a woman bearing a lethal hex.
Is Juno the source of danger in the village, or a victim of it? Benjamin must resist her beguiling ways and decide if he can trust her...until another death sets his smoldering worries ablaze.



N-no. T-this is n-not a cure, it’s n-nothing.”

Say my name,” urged Mrs. Stephens. “My name is not nothing, I promise you. There is power in it. There is strength in those things to which we assign strength.”


But somehow, I heard ‘no’ with no slur or stutter. The initial tripping consonant was still there, as real as the trampled grass below my feet, but I didn’t mind the sound that emerged. I focused only on the perfect, spherical word I intended to say, and my voice vibrated in the cool, clammy air. What had she done to me?

Say my name.”


I want to hear my name in your voice.”

Her whispered command was too seductive to resist. I raised a hand to my head, scrubbed at my hair. “Mrs. Stephens.”

Not that part. That’s another man’s name.”

Infernal woman. Stubborn, demanding, witchy creature. “Mrs. Juno Stephens.”

Too much.”

Juno!” I shouted, raised my arms to the sky, then let them fall. “Goddess of Rome, protector of women. Juno.”

My voice was flawless, deep, rolling, and aggravated. Exactly how I have always sounded inside my own head. It was the true sound of the internal voice I had heard when I wrote those notes to her. Could they possibly hear me as I heard myself?

Juno curtsied. “At your service.”

Review:  There's nothing I love more than a good gothic romance. A gothic romance where the heroine isn't a poor little something or other is even better. Oh our hero is a grave digger? Did I mention that? No, I think I did not. Benjamin and Juno are the perfect gothic characters.

Julia is a new to me author and this story is definitely one that has me craving more. Its delightfully mysterious and has just the right amount of romance to keep this girl satisfied.

This was truly an unputdownable read!

Rating: 5 flowers


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Julia lives and writes in Chicago with her handsome dog and scruffy husband. She tells people she enjoys books, wine, baking, and architecture as plausible cover for her secret double life.

Soil and Ceremony is available FREE to members of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program and the book is on sale for only $0.99.


Julia Byrd will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting.

Victoria Alexander said...

Great cover and excerpt, thanks for sharing :)

Kim said...

Are you a full-time writer? If not, do the people you work with know you're a writer?

Bernie Wallace said...

Great cover. How did the cover change through original concept to final product?

Teenyluvkins said...

This looks like a very thrilling story!!!

James Robert said...

Thanks for sharing your book with us. I think we all enjoy hearing about new books we previously didn't know about. Also, thank you for the giveaway.

Gwendolyn Jordan said...

I like the cover

Anonymous said...

Hope everyone is having a super week!

Teenyluvkins said...

Beautiful cover and judging by the blurb it has captured the vibe of the story.

Kim said...

What's a relaxing day like for you?

Kim said...

If you could have a do over, what would you do differently?

Teenyluvkins said...

What inspired you to become a writer?

Tracie Cooper said...

Happy Saturday my fellow readers!

Tracie Cooper said...

Happy Sunday FUNday!

Teenyluvkins said...

What's a favorite line of yours from this book?

Tracie Cooper said...

Happy Labor Day to all!

Tracie Cooper said...

What an amazing cover, love it!

Tracie Cooper said...

Who inspires you the most?

Teenyluvkins said...

Do you find it more challenging to write the first book in a series or to write the subsequent novels?

Tracie Cooper said...

What inspires your choice plot?

Teenyluvkins said...

Do you have any unique or quirky writing habits?

Tracie Cooper said...

Hope you have a great weekend!

Tracie Cooper said...

Happy Saturday my fellow reader!

Tracie Cooper said...

Here's to a great week!

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