Billy Blade is a hardworking, hard living, razor sharp musical force. Mysterious behind his dark shades, the rough around the edges Texan mesmerizes with his haunting harmonica and tantalizes with his dangerous looks and smooth country charm. His latest album is topping the charts. He's the newly crowned King of the Bacchus Krewe. He's definitely living the rock star dream.
Exotic Creole beauty Thyme Bellerose couldn't be more content. She has it all. An adoring grandmother. A handsome Tulane medical student beau. A satisfying job in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter. Her life is as rich as the ice cream she creates. She's got everything under control.
But control is an illusion. Dreams can turn into nightmares. And now during Mardi Gras, otherworldly powers stand ready to shape their destinies in ways they could never imagine.
Shadow and light.
Magic and mystery.
Reality and myth.
All come together in a place where rules bend and lines blur.
Even those between life and death.
About the Author
Rock Stars. Romance. Redemption.
Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a BRUTAL STRENGTH centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry.
Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the TEMPEST series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.
Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the MAGIC series.
Catch the perfect wave with irresistible surfers in the ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES series.
Romance and self-discovery, the FINDING ME series is a Tempest spin off with a more experienced but familiar cast of characters.
When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock or NOLA funk music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend.
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ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES series:
Outside (also available in audio)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the first book I have read by Michelle Mankin. I received it to review for a blog tour. It took a bit for me to get into but that was my own fault not the books. This book has magic, danger, love and so much more. Thyme and Billy have both loved and lost. For the last 10 years Thyme has been a shade but she is able to do more than a normal shade. Billy is a southern rocker and has come to NOLA on break from his tour and for Mardi Gras. Neither realized how much this one thing would change everything. Billy has been seeing ghosts when he plays his harmonica and had no clue why; he thought it had to do with the song he played but it didn’t. It is because of who he really is and because of that specific harmonica. Right before Thyme died 10 years ago she found out she was an immortal. After Billy and Thyme meet he learns why he has been seeing the dead when he plays. Thyme breaks all kinds of rules by interacting with Billy the way she does but she can’t seem to stop herself. He is just as obsessed with her and she is with him. There is so much more to their story that they have yet to learn. Nothing is as it seems and a whole world is there for them to learn about. With they find a way to be together? Are they pawns in a bigger scheme? So much happens in this book. Once I finally got into it I didn’t want to put it down. To clarify the app I used to read the book made the print huge and I couldn’t change it to there wasn’t much on a page and I was frustrated with that not the story. Michelle creates a wonderfully magically world with fantastic characters. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, which I already have. I can’t say enough about this book but I don’t want to give too much away. I highly recommend this book. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
I am posting both reviews from when this book was in two parts: Strange Magic part one has me hooked! Wow! I need part two now! This has all the making of what has started out as a fantastical paranormal story in the heart of New Orleans. This book will take you to the streets of New Orleans where you will fall in love with Thyme and her unique Creole heritage and the sights and sounds of the bountiful Louisiana. This book introduces us to a country star named Billy Blade who is hot sexy and knows how to work a crowd with his amazing talent. This is a first paranormal book for Mankin but she can write anything because as much as I love her rocking romances this paranormal book is sure to please and I can't wait to get my hands on part two! Strange Magic Part two is the most unique paranormal book I have ever read! I love paranormal and this book is like most of Mankin's other books with a hot sexy country singer named Billy Blade, it is modern but with a twist this book blends today with the mystical past. The main female character is unique in her own right, she is a creole beauty a sweet sensual girl named Thyme Bellerose. In a wink of an eye the story will transform you into a magical world filled with intrigue and mystery, it is as if it started on a black and white TV and then becomes this amazing technicolor world in which we meet the most unique fantastical characters. The book is so detailed that you will feel as if you are walking the cobblestone streets of New Orleans and smell the rich aroma of the beautiful bountiful city that it truly is. Must read 5- magical stars! For more indie author reviews: Myindieauthorfix.com
This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s got everything I could want in a novel – characters I love, the struggle between light and dark, themes of integration and discrimination, a great love story with almost-insurmountable obstacles, a ghost, and Greek mythology (which I never thought I’d like, but I love in this!), all set against the magical backdrop of New Orleans. Each chapter begins with either a quote or a stanza from a poem, which sets the stage perfectly. In the audiobook, this is backed by haunting music that reflects the tone of the story. Rocker romances are my guilty pleasure, but this book is really a paranormal story. The country/rock star aspect is secondary and a fairly minor detail to get Billy to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I discovered Michelle Mankin’s Raging Tempest series a few months ago and fell in love with it. I didn’t think she could top it. But this, this is genius. This is the first book in a series, not a serial. No cliffhanger here. The couple gets their HEA, or at least an HFN, but there is an overreaching story arc, the struggle to integrate dark and light, that will be continued. The battle may be won, but the war is not over. Some people may need a trigger warning for one scene. It’s actually glossed over and not graphic at all but gets mentioned again later in the book, again without too many details. There is graphic violence in the first part. If you’re squeamish or easily grossed out, you might want to skim it or skip ahead, but the story is definitely worth reading.
4.5 stars Strange Magic started out not very magical at all, however, as the story unfolded, magic became strong and ever-present. Mankin really has a way with words, reading her stories always brings me to a magical realm, and that was even more true with Strange Magic. There is mythology, ghosts, greek gods, mystery, music, and a very strong love. Billy was a lost soul, but in the beginning, I thought he was ‘just another rock-star’ – and know that I love stories with musicians! – but there was much more to him than met the eyes. Thyme was a young girl who felt slightly out of place, but still confident in what she was doing and the people she loved and who loved her back. Strange Magic is a little strange too, but in a very good way. Billy understands many things when he goes to New Orleans to have a little down-time between his tour and appointments. When he senses a ghost in the apartment he has rented, he’s very wary at first, but soon, he realizes that this specific ghost might be what he needs to feel and act alive once more. There is quite a bit of mystery in this story, and I will have to remain fairly vague to not spoil anything. What I can share is that there are a lot of characters that will be familiar if you’re interested in Greek mythology, ghosts and magic. Mankin also managed to bring the love of the written word into this one, and I loved that one of the main characters read poetry, while the other wrote lyrics for songs. It was a link between them that I found both sweet and endearing. Written in dual points of views, from both Thyme and Billy’s perspectives, I got to know both of them very well. Their story was both tragic and beautiful, and it was impossible not to feel their feelings as their story unfolded. The first person, past tense worked very well for this tale that mesmerized me from start to finish.
Mankin Rocks Paranormal! Combined reviews from Strange Magic Parts 1 and 2. I'm a huge fan of Mankin. This lady rocks at classics with a rock-n-roll spin and just straight-up rock-n-roll stories. Strange Magic is a bit different. It's paranormal, and that's just for starters. Mankin though, proves she just plain rocks at storytelling. Strange Magic is set in New Orleans during Mardi Gras with Katrina barreling towards the coast. Then it weaves in some Roman mythology, a little voodoo, and a few characters who are perfectly at home in NOLA. Yeah, Mankin's created quite a unique world within the confines of NOLA. And she inhabited it with captivating characters. The result is fabulous. In this first volume, we meet our MCs, Billy Blade and Thyme Bellerose, but this part of the story mainly involves Thyme. She's a sweetheart, genuine and compassionate. What she ends up enduring is unthinkable -- the why behind it is fascinating. I can't think of a better setting than NOLA for a story like this one. That Katrina is about to strike added to the ominous feel. Mankin did an incredible job of creating a mythology and an atmosphere that feed into one another so well. I honestly have no inkling as to where this story will end up. But I'm dying to unravel the mystery. ** Wow! What an ending for Billy and Thyme. What a world Mankin has created! In this final installment of Strange Magic (but only the beginning of the series!) we learn more about Billy Blade and his connection to Thyme. We also learn more about about the Immortals and what they're up to. Strange Magic is an incredible story about second chances at love but it's so much more. Mankin created a fantastic mythological world, set in New Orleans, and is really setting the stage for what comes next. I liked how Mankin used circumstances in her mythological world to mirror ones in our own. The battle lines have been drawn and change is a comin'. I also liked the comparison between the Mississippi River -- caring for her people, healing them -- and Thyme's mother, doing the same. Mankin demonstrates her remarkable talent as she deftly incorporated her mythological world -- the In Between -- into that of New Orleans. I knew she could create kickass, realistic rock worlds. Here, she proved she's equally able to conjure a world of imagination -- one with bioluminescent waterfalls and duality demons. A world populated with Zeus, Hades, Ares, and Bacchus -- gods who set the rules that are being called into question. At it's heart, though, is the love story. Both Billy and Thyme had love and lost it. Both were "dead" until they found one another. All the elements Mankin surrounded Billy and Thyme with -- poetry and music -- were a delight. Their end is not the end and I'm eager to see where things go from here.