Book Blog Tour – Book Review & Author Interview
About the Author
Nita DeBorde is a published author and teacher from Houston, TX. Writing and teaching are her two major passions, though traveling and being dog-mom to a crazy Staffordshire-Boxer mix named Mabel are high on the list as well.
Nita has taught high school French for more than 20 years and absolutely loves her “day job” job (about 95% of the time). She loves to travel, and not surprisingly, France is her favorite destination, though her home state of Texas runs a close second.
She is also a huge history buff, which comes through in her fiction writing, and particularly in her latest novel, Ghost Agents, a genre-defying, cozy paranormal mystery with a little sci-fi and romance thrown into the mix. Ghost Agents: Revelations, the second book in the Ghost Agents Trilogy, is slated for release in March of 2022.
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It’s Q & A Time!
#1 What inspired you to write your book?
A friend and I had just completed a ghost tour in Galveston. It was a lot of fun and very informative, but we didn’t experience any kind of paranormal activity. On the way home, I said, “Wouldn’t it be crazy if someone out there was responsible for deciding whether or not ghosts show up for tours like this.” The idea for Ghost Agents grew from there.
#2 What is a typical day like for you?
I am a high school French teacher, so my writing doesn’t start until after the school day ends. I try to spend as much time as I can writing in the evenings.
#3 What do you most enjoy about what you do?
My favorite thing about writing novels is the process of actually creating the story. I love brainstorming and seeing where the plot and characters take me.
#4 What are some favourite books you’d recommend to your readers?
My favorite books of all time are C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, so I would always recommend those to anybody. For more modern writers, I like anything by James Rollins or J.F. Penn.
#5 What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I think people would be surprised to learn that I’ve been an educator for close to 30 years (I started teaching pre-K when I was in college).
#6 What’s next for you?
I am currently preparing the second book of the Ghost Agents trilogy, Ghost Agents: Revelations, for publication in March. After that, I will focus my energy on completing the trilogy. I am also working on a collection of short stories called Ghost Agents: Lone Star that will be a companion to the original trilogy and potentially lead to a spin-off series.
Gathering of the Four – Book Review
The Ghost Agents Trilogy Book 1
Genre: Genre-defying, Cozy Paranormal Mystery, Sci-fi, Romance, and Texas history
Published: 31 July 2021, with Mabelonia Press
Ghost Agents is a genre-defying, cozy paranormal mystery, with a little sci-fi, romance, and Texas history thrown into the mix. The sequel to Ghost Agents is coming in March 2021!
An organization that has operated in secret for centuries… a mystery that threatens to burn it all to the ground… and she’s the only agent who can stop it…
To the residents and tourists of Galveston Island, Claire Abelard is the friendly young woman who works at the local candy store by day and leads ghost tours of the island’s haunted locations by night. They don’t realize this persona is a cover for Claire’s real job as an agent of the Bureau for Historical Preservation, a clandestine organization that monitors and assists energy projections, or the entities more commonly known as “ghosts.”
When projections begin disappearing from around the island, Claire worries that history may be repeating itself. She launches a dangerous investigation and uncovers a sinister, arcane organization whose agenda threatens not only Galveston’s ghosts but everything she has worked her whole life to protect.
The truth behind the disappearances rocks Claire’s world to its core and shows her that ghosts aren’t the only things that can come back to haunt you.
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Nita writes in such a way that it was easy to follow the storyline. Her writing style wasn’t scattered or long-winded. I become committed to the story very quickly as I enjoyed the storyline and wanted to see what happens next. As I said, I enjoyed the storyline immensely and that was because it’s not often done the way that Nita wrote it. Her take on ghosts was an interesting and scientific way of looking at it. The mystery and intrigue had me hooked and I read the book in two nights. I don’t usually enjoy history but it was interesting when it was linked to a projection.
I was a little confused about how Claire kept getting overpowered and that she couldn’t fight back. She had previously said that she could protect herself because they get taught that at the Bureau which means Isabel should also have been able to and yet they couldn’t? The story kept me guessing right through but the whole thing with Peter and Aaron…I called that. The rest of the story kept me on the edge of my seat. I’m really glad that Drew is who he is and not who I thought he might have been (haha, trying not to give spoiler alerts here).
The world that the author created was interesting and had interesting historical tidbits which helped me to delve into their world. The Protagonist, Claire, was irresponsible and thoughtless and often put herself in danger without properly thinking things through. She eventually started irritating me with her stupidity and I wanted to smack her upside the head a few times.
The dialogue was easy to read and follow. I enjoyed all the characters that made an appearance, even the ‘ghosts’ were unique with interesting personalities. They each seemed to have their own types of personalities and Nita portrayed them beautifully. I felt invested in the story of saving the rogues and read with keen interest to see if they are saved. This is book 1 in a trilogy series. Book 2 is said to be coming out in March 2022.
I would recommend this book to anyone that likes these genres. It was a good read and I will love to read book 2.
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