Grave Intent [NOOK Book]

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In all their years at the funeral home, Janet and Michael Savoy had never seen anything like the viewing for ninetten-year-old Thalia Stevenson. That's because they had never seen a Gypsy funeral before, complete with rituals, incantations and a very special gold coin placed beneath the dead girl's hands.....When that coin is stolen, a horror is unleashed.

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Overview

In all their years at the funeral home, Janet and Michael Savoy had never seen anything like the viewing for ninetten-year-old Thalia Stevenson. That's because they had never seen a Gypsy funeral before, complete with rituals, incantations and a very special gold coin placed beneath the dead girl's hands.....When that coin is stolen, a horror is unleashed.

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Breathlessness. Heart palpitations. Profuse sweating. Dangerously high adrenaline levels. A heightened sense of foreboding. That's what readers can expect while reading Grave Intent, a hair-raising horror tour de force by Deborah LeBlanc that is both darkly disturbing and compulsively readable.

Michael Savoy, the director of a funeral home in Brusley, Louisiana, is looking forward to spending some much-needed downtime with his wife and young daughter at the family camp. All he has to do is get through a viewing and funeral for a beautiful 19-year-old woman tragically killed while riding a horse. The woman, Thalia Stevenson, was a Gypsy; during the crowded, chaotic viewing, Michael witnesses firsthand the bizarre rituals and incantations associated with Gypsy funerals. Just before the coffin is closed, a strange gold medallion is placed between Thalia's hands. But when Michael's father -- a devious deadbeat who ran out on his family years earlier -- steals the gold coin, he unleashes a supernatural horror that portends death without mercy if the medallion is not returned within two days.

Iconic writers like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Peter Straub -- who have made millions penning psychological thrillers designed to scare the living daylights out of readers -- had better beware: They've all just met their match, and her name is Deborah LeBlanc. An irresistible blend of horror, mystery, and dark fantasy, Grave Intent is like a wild roller-coaster ride through the seven levels of Hell, and it doesn't stop until the reader is suitably slack-jawed and delirious with all-consuming fear. In a word: awesome! Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
While emerging novelist LeBlanc's second chiller returns to south-central Louisiana (her own stomping ground and the setting for 2003's Family Inheritance), the story is flavored this time not by the author's familiarity with Cajun culture but by another aspect of her personal background: funeral management consultation. During a chaotic gypsy burial service at the funeral parlor of Michael and Janet Savoy, a ritual gold coin is stolen from the corpse of the teenage daughter of an egomaniacal Roma gypsy chief. The theft unleashes a curse on the Savoys, unwitting unbelievers who come to realize their own five-year-old child is doomed to a gruesome death if they can't unravel a foreign culture's arcane mysteries in time to return the coin "before rising of second sun [sic]." Funeral industry scenes that are vividly detailed down to the last drop of embalming fluid make the plot's unreal supernatural situations seem equally believable. But regrettably, except in a moody but brief prologue, the Roma characters (and their culture) remain undeveloped. The curse, therefore, is less compelling than merely creepy-and confusing: a mysteriously unmotivated, if unrelenting, barrage of monsters and walking dead. Agent, Lynn Seligmann. (July 5) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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“LeBlanc’s prose is a flying leap into the labyrinth of madness. Her images are unforgettable.”
yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com
Dunny knew from an early age what it meant to be an outsider. Her special abilities earned her many names, like freak and water witch. So she vowed to keep her powers a secret. But now her talents may be the only hope of two missing children. A young boy and girl have vanished, feared lost in the mysterious bayous of Louisiana. But they didn't just disappear; they were taken. And amid the ghosts and spirits of the swamp, there is a danger worse than any other, one with very special plans for the children -- and for anyone who dares to interfere.

I'm not sure where I should start with explaining about how much I have fallen in love with this book, Water Witch and Deborah LeBlanc's writing/story telling.

This was my first experience with her writing, and I'm having a hard time coming up with the words to do this review justice. You see I have been blown away with not only the plot of the book but the characters as well.

The plot will have you on the edge of your seat and a couple of times I caught myself chewing on my finger nails wondering what was going to happen next. If you are one of those readers who has a movie projector going while reading, I will warn you there were a couple of spots I actually jumped due to the scene she describes.

The characters draw you into their lives and won't let go. One of the characters, Poochie, a grandmother and a main character, will have you laughing and shaking your head at times. What I enjoyed most was hearing Poochie speak with her authentic Louisiana accent. I still can't get that voice out of my head. I could go on and on about all the other characters in this book. I just don't have enough room on the blog to describe and rave about each one.

What I will say is go buy this book!!! I've done reviews where I tell readers you gotta read this book. This is my first time every saying You Gotta Gotta Read this book. I can't wait to read this author's previous work and finding out what she has in store for the future. Thank you Deborah LeBlanc for a story I will never forget. --(Roberta)

Harriet Klausner
Ephraim Stevenson branded his infant daughter with the imprint of a gold coin that he made for her so that she will have payment when she dies and not be stuck in the netherworld. At the age of nineteen Thalia dies in a freak riding accident in a small town in Louisiana; her family arranges for her funeral to be held at Savoy’s Ephraim takes the gold coin off the ring he is wearing and puts it in his daughter’s coffin.

Michael Savoy’s father Wilson comes back home d
Paul Goat Allen
Breathless. Heart palpitations. Dangerously high adrenaline levels. A heightened sense of foreboding. That’s what readers can expect while reading Grave Intent, a hair-raising tour de force by Deborah LeBlanc that is as darkly disturbing as it is utterly readable.

Michael Savoy-the director of a funeral home in Brusley, Louisiana—is looking forward to spending some much-needed downtime with his wife Janet and young daughter Ellie at the family camp. All he has to do is get
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011161636
  • Publisher: Deborah LeBlanc
  • Publication date: 11/22/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 143,399
  • File size: 793 KB

Meet the Author

Award-winning and best-selling author, Deborah LeBlanc, is a business owner, a licensed death scene investigator, and has been an active paranormal investigator for over fifteen years. She served four years as president of the Horror Writers Association, eight years as president of the Writers Guild of Acadiana, and is the current Mystery Writers of America Southwest Chapter president. Deborah is also the founder of the LeBlanc Literacy Challenge, an annual, national campaign designed to encourage more people to read and Literacy Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to fight illiteracy in America's teens.


For more information, visit deborahleblanc.com and literacyinc.com


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Grave Intent



By Deborah LeBlanc


Dorchester Publishing


Copyright © 2005

Deborah LeBlanc

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8439-5553-8



Chapter One


Anna tucked the blanket around her baby, careful to leave the
newborn's left leg out as instructed. She heard the
tambourines from outside the camper grow louder, shriller,
like a thousand rattlesnakes hissing in disgust at what she
was about to let happen. The community had been celebrating
since midday, a jubilee the size normally sanctioned for
weddings and baptisms. Drunken voices shouted over mandolins
and enthusiastic offerings of percussion with jugs and spoons.

In that moment, amidst the raucous banter, Anna hated her
husband. She was all too familiar with his over-inflated ego,
how it fed on pomp and circumstance, how it caused him to
embellish traditions or add new ones. Many times she had seen
him turn time-honored customs into regimented absurdities or
create new, inane rituals that served no other purpose but to
flex an authoritative muscle. It wasn't enough that his role
as leader came by birthright, which afforded him an
indisputable, ardent following. He wanted absolute control of
all things-even death. The new ceremony he had commissioned
for today proved it. He was going too far this time.

Anna kissed the top of her daughter's head, the crown of black
hair so soft against her lips she could hardly feel it. She
threw a cautious glance about the confinesof the trailer,
then whispered into the infant's ear the name only she would
use for her. Not even her husband would be privy to it, as was
custom. The baby's community name, the one to be used by every
member of the tribe, she called out softly in the
claustrophobic space. "Thalia. You are my greatest love."

The baby's eyelids fluttered as though in approval, and Anna
clutched her tighter to her breast. She reached for a silver
music box that sat on her nightstand and opened the lid. A
miniature ballerina, poised in the center of the box, began to
pirouette to a lullaby.

"I'm so sorry," Anna murmured. "I would burn the flesh from my
own body if that would stop him." She snuggled her face
against her child's neck. "I will do what I can to make sure
it goes quickly."

She placed Thalia in her bassinet and turned reluctantly to
the bed where the skirt her mother-in-law had made for the
occasion lay in multicolored folds. Sighing deeply, Anna put
it on, feeling the hem scratch against her ankles. She chose a
white peasant blouse to go with it, not caring whether it
matched or not. Bracelets and necklaces, thick with ornate
gold and onyx, had already been chosen for her and laid out on
top of the bureau. Their beauty and value meant nothing to her
tonight. They felt cold and heavy like her body when she
clasped them into place. She placed the droshy that had
belonged to her mother on top of her head for good luck. Her
fingers trembled and fumbled with the silk knot as she secured
it to the back of her head.

After closing the music box, Anna lifted Thalia from the
bassinet and carried her to the front room near the
kitchenette. She stood there, clutching her child, waiting,
watching the door, and not for the first time in her life,
wishing she had been born white or black or Russian, anything
but Roma....

(Continues...)





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by Deborah LeBlanc
Copyright © 2005 by Deborah LeBlanc.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2005

    Sad that it had to end

    I was just tired of being dissapointed book after book after book, until I desided to try someone new. When I first started to read it I was amazed at how it pulled me in right away, I couldn't put it down. I would stay up hours past my bed time because I had to know what happened next! The only time I found my self slowing down was towards the end, because I just simply didn't want it to end. The difference I noticed with this book that made me like it so much was the fact that the story didn't become corny and lose your intreast at the end, it got better and I'm glad that there is a female writer who understands the meaning of horror. She is great.

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Pretty good

    I was quite surprised. The book was a really good read and flowed nicely. Loved the family especially the little girl. Will read more of this author........ Scary!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Awesome

    Great book. It was scary all the way till the end. Would make great movie. Look forward to reading other books by this author.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    chilling horror

    Ephraim Stevenson branded his infant daughter with the imprint of a gold coin that he made for her so that she will have payment when she dies and not be stuck in the netherworld. At the age of nineteen Thalia dies in a freak riding accident in a small town in Louisiana; her family arranges for her funeral to be held at Savoy¿s Ephraim takes the gold coin off the ring he is wearing and puts it in his daughter¿s coffin. Michael Savoy¿s father Wilson comes back home during the Stevenson funeral because some very bad people want to collect on his gambling debts. He sees the gold coin and steals it with every intention of using it to pay off his bookie but he loses it before that can happen. The ghost of Thalia¿s grandfather warns Michael that unless the coin is returned to Thalia within forty eight hours, death will come for his loved ones. Michael¿s wife and daughter are at their summer retreat under supernatural siege with his child¿s life slowly slipping away, Michael and Wilson are also under ghostly attack at the funeral home. Only returning the gold coin to Thalia will save his daughter from certain death. --- GRAVE INTENT is a chilling horror story worthy of a Bram Stoker nomination. Wilson¿s sets events in motion by stealing from a corpse, which doesn¿t phase this hedonist, who symbolizes selfish me-me negative behavior; in contrast Michael and his wife risk their lives to save their daughter and readers believe they would insure that Thalia has the money to take passage to the other side even if their offspring was not in danger.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Gravely Intended

    Started out good and kept the pages turning fast and furious. Excellent read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Entertaining and engrossing

    Good read from beginning to end a must read story.

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