Book 2: Tortured Souls Series

Blackburn Castle

Blackburn Castle

A witch, a curse and magic enliven this gothic romance!

Victor Blackburn is living on borrowed time. An ancient curse claims the life of each Blackburn male on his twenty-seventh birthday. Victor’s only hope of survival is a witch who vanished long ago without a trace.

Mercy Seymour eagerly counts down the days until the curse will claim Victor’s life. She watched him murder her mother, and only his death will free her of the hatred and anger she harbors.

But when fate throws them together and he spirits her away to Blackburn Castle, forces of magic and mists from beyond the grave weaken her resolve, opening her eyes to the truth of the past.

As Victor and Mercy unearth the fabled stones needed to break the curse, they discover that the only weapon powerful enough to destroy hate is love. But will they have to sacrifice their relationship to save what means the most to them?


  • Author R.C. Matthews has a talent for crafting truly despicable villains, who, when they are fiercely desperate, are maniacally dangerous.There comes that twist that, as a reader, just sinks your heart.
  • Just know that this story packs an emotional wallop that rivals the twists and turns of the exciting plot.
  • From beginning to end, SPELLBINDING! The author has this fantastic way of writing that captivates from page one then draws moving pictures inside your mind as the plot unfolds. 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This story is not for the faint of heart. There is a reason I chose ‘Tortured Souls’ as the series title. There are themes within this story that may be ‘triggers’ for some. Read the Amazon reviews so you can make an informed decision before you buy this book.