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A Late Summer Bloom by Cherrie Mack


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Witches of the Bayou, 1

A young witch, destined to be queen. A traveler destined to love her and an evil warlock desperate to claim her.

When Julien Beaumont meets Giselle Jareau, the naïve, young witch is nothing more than a nuisance. A mere inconvenience. But the inkblot on his arm disagrees. As their relationship develops, his tattoo begins to fill in. Could it be fate or something more sinister?

On an old, decrepit sugar plantation, in the heart of the Louisiana Bayou, the defender of the covens and the queen to the royals engage in a battle of wits. And as Giselle falls in love, Julien tries desperately to change the course of their destiny.  



Julien paced the length of the master suite. Ineffective in his plans to sway Giselle to trust him caused him much frustration. Maybe she doesn’t like to be yelled at. Covering his eyes with the heels of his hands, he tried rubbing away the self-induced headache coming on. Out of options and close to giving up, he needed to clear his mind. What was it about her that had him on edge all the time? Julien had to clench his fists every minute he was around her to remind himself of the anger. Otherwise, he found himself wanting to kiss her, protect her. And each moment he spent with her, it was getting harder to control. He had to fight it. It could cost the covens the war. He had to stay on the straight and narrow yet—something was pulling at the corners of his mind.

Julien thrust  his balcony doors open and gust of cool air rushed inside the warm room. His eyes narrowed in disbelief as he stared out at the grounds of his estate.

Walking out onto the balcony for a good look, Julien couldn’t believe his eyes. The alley of oaks danced gloriously in the wind, their branches no longer drooping toward earth, but standing tall, in salute. His eyes scanned the grass, noticing its deep green hue. Shoots of honeysuckle could be seen making their way up toward the sun. As if the flowers knew what he was thinking, a soft breeze carried with it their scent. A smile, true and confident, emerged on his face. It was her presence. It had to be.

As he took in the beauty of a long dead past, he caught a glimmer of the dark-haired beauty walking on the path to Chantilly’s garden. Hmm. What’s she up to? He went back inside and changed into jeans. He slipped a white cotton tee-shirt over his head and headed down the stairs. Looking around his once decaying home, he realized it had been rejuvenated. Julien ran his fingers over the railing, the wood felt smooth and rich. There were no holes in the walls, no peeling paint, no cobwebs. The silver shined so bright, he could see his own reflection. Two days later and it was good as new? It has to be her.

Outside, he took in his surroundings. Were his eyes deceiving him? Anxious now to see Giselle, he walked toward Chantilly’s garden. Along the way, he heard her humming. It was a beautiful melody filled with warmth and joy. And it renewed his hope, for he now believed Giselle was indeed, the tenth power.

If only she believed it.

Standing in the gardens, he watched her lean over, inhaling the fragrance of each blossom. When she got close, the blooms stood taller, more vibrant in her presence. He couldn’t help but smile at her innocence as it hit him square in the gut. She really doesn’t see it. He watched her run afinger over an old wooden sign, its words unreadable.

Julien cleared his throat. “My sister’s garden.”

Her head snapped up, eyes wide. He jerked his chin toward the sign. “It’s supposed to say, my sister’s garden.”

Giselle cast her eyes away. “I’m so sorry about Joyal.”

Just hearing her name fired up his nerves, but he remained steady, discarding the unwelcome reminder. “No, I meant my sister, Chantilly. This garden was her gift to me.”

She smiled and he realized it was the first time he saw her show happiness.


She tucked her hair behind her ear. “It’s enchanted.”

He chuckled. “Yes, it is.”


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  1. Reviews at TRS 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Mar 2015

    The battle between the race of witches and the evil warlocks, a race of demons, will determine the fate of the human race. Cecily Jareau’s unborn child is the key to the outcome of this battle. Her child, if it’s a girl, will be the most powerful witch of the 21st century, a witch of the 10th power.

    Nineteen years later Julien Beaumont only wants one thing — to get revenge on the warlock that killed his little sister. The only way to get that revenge is to become a traveller, an immortal warrior. He is impatient to leave Cottonwood Landing and begin his search but the master has other plans for him. His assignment is to seek out and train the 10th power.

    When Giselle Jareau was ten years old she had her first vision. That’s when her mother told her she was evil and destined to destroy the world. That’s also when her mother left her with a friend and disappeared. Giselle hasn’t seen her since. She still has the visions and lives in fear that she will turn into a warlock any day now. The thing is, warlocks want to kill her.

    Magic, politics, deception, curses, old love, new love—it’s all here in this fast paced story. There was truly no lag in the story which was incredible because there are three stories woven together to make one very engaging tale. It’s like watching the petals of a flower unfold as Giselle comes into her own and Julien lets go of his resentment.

    While I enjoyed Julien and Giselle’s story, I liked the second storyline better. I absolutely love Simon and Desiree. The sexual tension between the centuries old traveller and the modern witch is fierce. I very much want to eavesdrop on their story. It will be awesome. And in the background is Giselle’s parents, Cecily and Jacques. This is a hidden love story but very important to Giselle’s existence. My advice is to grab a hot cup of your choice, curl up in a comfy spot and get started. You won’t want to put it down until you’ve read the very last word.

  2. Anyone who loves witches and shifters will enjoy this book. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Apr 2014

    Witches are being killed constantly and turned into warlock food. The warlocks are trying to rule the world and they have a chance is the tenth power turns evil instead of good. Giselle knows she’s a witch but her mother told her, her whole childhood she was cursed. At the age of ten her mother abandons her and a family friend’s house saying she was cursed and to be careful what she was taught. With this in mind Giselle grows to 19 without any real training and no idea that she is the destine Queen of the witches and the tenth power, but unfortunately the coven and the warlocks all know. That’s where Julian comes in. Julian is a new Traveler (witch who decided to give up his mortal witch life to become a immortal and protect witches, a warrior) who has been assign to Giselle and has to teach her and prepare her for the war ahead before taking her back to Cottonwood Landing. In this time we meet Desiree (Giselle’s one and only friend) and Simon (the traveler assigned to watch Desiree) who are along for the journey and in the process are part of the journey of Julian and Giselle’s relationship. Will Giselle bloom into the queen she is destine to be? Will Giselle and Julian’s relationship fall apart because of her destiny or will they live happily ever after? Read the book!

    I really enjoyed this book and hope there are more! Giselle reminded me of all the sheltered children who grow into adulthood knowing nothing and still acting like they are children. It was nice to see that she became an accomplished adult in the end. I love Julian and Simon. They made me laugh but also feel sorrow for the loved ones they lost due to warlocks. Desiree made me think of the wannabe’s honestly and also made me think of the girls who were mean in high school but on the inside they were scared. This book is a bunch of emotion rolled into a couple hundred pages. My favorite scene was the cactus blossoms.

    I found several words put together but I knew what it meant so it wasn’t as distracting.

    This book is 18+ because of sex scenes. Also very paranormal romance. Anyone who loves witches and shifters will enjoy this book.

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