Friday, February 1, 2013

Tour: Oxford Whispers by Marion Croslydon (Excerpt+Giveaway)

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Oxford Whispers (The Oxford Trilogy, #1) 
Marion Croslydon 
Release date: October 8th, 2012 
Paranormal, New Adult 


Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead. She has vowed to ignore her Voodoo-stamped heritage and the psychic gift passed down through her Louisiana family. The world of the living is where she wants to belong.

But her resolution shatters when the tragic lovers in a painting—the subject of her first history class at Oxford—begin to haunt her. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War.

College becomes more complicated when Madison falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting. With the spirit of a murderer after her, she realizes that her own first love may also be doomed…


{Upper-YA/New Adult - Recommended 17+}

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Excerpt from Oxford Whispers
Roles Reversed

IT HAPPENED FASTER than a knife fight in a phone booth. Madison should have shouted for help, or rushed back to the pub and raised the alarm. But the images of the past had already delayed her response.

Running toward Rupert she warned, “Stop!” And again, “Stop!” 

The steel in her voice wasn’t hers; something stronger than her alone was coming through. 

The attacker turned his hooded head in her direction and looked back and forth between her and Rupert. 

Then she saw the sword, the blade pointed at Rupert’s throat. A storm built in the pit of her stomach, gathering power along her arm and exploding into her right palm. She held the force of a hurricane in her hand. 

The ball of flame that sat there burned her skin. She hurled the fireball at the attacker’s head. It hit his chest instead. The fury of the blow lifted him off his feet and carried him through the air to crash against a wall, five feet away. 

The shock of the moment stole her breath. She blinked at her empty hand. Her mind went into over-drive. What the hell was that?

A groan pulled her out of her trance. She couldn’t freak out now. Rupert lifted himself and supported his body with his elbow. Her eyes moved from him to the assailant—man, woman or beast, she couldn’t tell. 

She stepped forward and yelled, “You sick son of a bitch. I’ll knock your teeth down your throat and you’ll spit them out in single file.” 

The figure jumped to its feet and vanished down the foggy walkway. 

“That’s a lot of swearing.” Rupert coughed and ran a hand over his head. 

Madison knelt next to him and helped him to sit up. A bruise was already swelling up blue on his eyelid. 

But Rupert was more worried about her health than his. “Are you hurt?” His hand cradled her face and turned it softly toward the faint light dispensed by the streetlight. He checked her out.

Madison wanted to lean against his touch, savor it a bit longer, and pretend she had indeed been hurt.


“You’re the one with the black eye, I’m afraid,” she managed to deliver in a short breath.

“You should have called for help. He could have hurt you.” There was real concern in his voice, and the knowledge made her feel warm inside. “My ego has taken a knocking. I’ve been saved by a girl. How on earth did you manage to push him away?”

Madison, still pretty shaken herself, chuckled. “It’s an American trick.” An American voodoo trick, more like.

About this Author:
In addition to being an author, I work as an entrepreneur, wife and mother-of-one but spend a good deal of time with books, DVDs and listening to my mp3 player; all for the sake of inspiration, of course.

My debut series, The Oxford Trilogy, has been a blast to write because I can indulge in my favorite types of music: Country and English rock.

My main goal as a writer is to make readers dream bigger and cause their hearts to beat a little faster.

Since my writing is all about sharing dreams and stories, I love connecting with fellow readers and authors.

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