Book 3: Tortured Souls Series

River Road

River Road

A pirate and voodoo priestess lift a deadly curse on those they love. Do they dare let a relationship blossom amid danger? 

Charles Moore relishes his dangerous life as the pirate Hatchet. Manning a clipper ship keeps his mind off the role he played in the Civil War. But now an ancient curse has killed two of his loves, and he can’t ignore the whispers that New Orleans’s Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau herself, has hexed his family.

Creole widow Hope Leblonc bristles under the city’s Black Codes that have stripped her of so many freedoms and forced her practice of voodoo underground. When Hatchet seeks her help in lifting the curse, she concedes under one condition. He must steal back a family relic she needs to become a mambo in her religion.

But they’re both holding secrets that endanger their lives. When ghosts from the past exact revenge for the skeletons in the Moore family closet, they reveal a connection between Hope and Hatchet that makes the curse more powerful than ever. Will they discover that love is worth the risk in time to survive the coming darkness?


  • From the dark voodoo to the possible romance between Charles and Hope, this book kept me hooked from beginning to end. I definitely want to go back and read the other two books in the trilogy now! 
  • The heroine was incredibly strong in a time when women had no voice. I love how the author incorporated diverse characters without it feeling forced.
  • This story is poignant and very suspenseful, with a tense race against time that will have readers rapidly turning pages. [InD’tale Magazine]

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.