Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bloodline by Vicki Vass | Blog Tour with Review and Giveaway

The Blurb

Fleeing from the witch trials in Salem, Terra Rowan finds herself in modern day Asheville, North Carolina. A dark spirit from the past hunts this last witch of Salem. With the help of the ladies of the Biltmore Society, Terra must discover the secret within the forest to preserve the bloodline.

Bloodline by Vicki Vass
Series: A Witch Cat Mystery, #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal Mystery
Publisher: Tedeschi Publishing
Publication Date: May 11, 2017
Paperback: 216 pages
ISBN-10: 0692873317
ISBN-13: 978-0692873311
e-Book File Size: 3173 KB
ASIN: B072575HNR
Amazon | Goodreads

The Review

I just read a really good book, y'all — Bloodline by Vicki Vass. Let me tell you a little about this paranormal cozy mystery.

Bloodline begins in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, during the witch trials, as Terra Rowan is trying to elude the witch hunters. The chapter ends with Terra escaping, by drinking a potion that the leader of her coven gave her. The next chapter opens with Terra in Asheville, North Carolina in 2017. She is visiting The Leaf & Page, a shop of exotic teas and vintage books, as she has for the last ten years.

The details of how Terra got to Asheville, and how she's still alive 325 years later, are revealed bit by bit. I was so anxious to learn these details, and what happened next, that I had a hard time putting Bloodline down. I was also hooked by reading about Terra forming a new coven, so she can fight the gathering darkness, the Reckoning. The epilogue, especially the last sentence, left me eager to read the next book in the Witch Cat series. 

In addition to the plot of Bloodline, I also find the characters and the setting appealing. The location appeals to me because the Asheville area is one of my favorite places to visit. I was able to picture the scenes as I read, because Author Vicki Vass has written about some actual Asheville places in Bloodline. (I have included some examples of these Asheville places from Bloodline in the next section.) The cast is comprised of quite distinct individuals, who display dynamic character development. The cats and dog are fun to read about, providing occasional comic relief to the suspense. 
    I recommend Bloodline to all fans of cozy mysteries and paranormal mysteries. I think it will have special appeal to readers who are fans of Author Vicki Vass's other books.

    I really enjoyed Bloodline by Vicki Vass, and grant it Four Kitties!

    Four out of five kitties
     Note:  I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of Bloodline.  
    All opinions shared are 100% my own.


    I love Asheville. The North Carolina mountains are my favorite vacation spot, along with the NC/SC coast. Reading Bloodline was a special treat for me, with all the references to one of my favorite cities. Here are some of the famous Asheville places mentioned by Author Vicki Vass in Bloodline.

    The fictional Leaf & Page is located in Biltmore Village.
    Biltmore Village

    You can read more about Biltmore Estate on Author Vicki Vass's Facebook page here.
    Biltmore Gardens, from my May 2015 trip

    The fictional Biltmore Society members live in the town of Biltmore Forest.
    Biltmore Forest

    The noodle shop where Abigail and Bryson dined was on the edge of Pack Square.
    Pack Square

    Abigail was invited to the Orange Peel, a nationally renowned music venue in Asheville.
    The Orange Peel

    Terra met up with Lionel at a park in the Montford neighborhood of Asheville.

    A section of the French Broad River flows through the Biltmore Estate,
    and past the Riverside Cemetery in the Montford Neighborhood.
    Riverside Cemetery

    Pisgah Forest, mentioned in Bloodline, has over half a million acres of mountains, trails, waterfalls, and other beautiful scenery, whatever time of year you visit.
    Looking Glass Falls, from my May 2015 trip
    Carolina Hemlocks campground, from my Oct 2012 trip

    The Smith-McDowell House Museum, where Terra found an item of great importance, is Asheville's first mansion, oldest surviving house, and oldest brick structure in the county.
    Smith-McDowell House Museum

    I hope you get a chance to visit Asheville and the North Carolina mountains, so you can see why Terra, Author Vicki Vass, and I love the area so much!


    For a sneak peek of Bloodline, click here to read an excerpt,
    from Author Vicki Vass's website.

    The Author

    About Vicki Vass

    Vicki Vass traded in her reporter’s notebook to pursue her passion of writing cozy mysteries. Her Antique Hunter series was a finalist in the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem contest. Bloodline is the first book in the Witch Cat Mystery series.

    Vicki has written more than 1,400 stories for the Chicago Tribune as well as other commercial publications including Home & Away, the Lutheran and Woman’s World. Her science fiction novel, The Lexicon, draws on her experience in Sudan while writing about the ongoing civil war for World Relief.

    She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, writer and musician Brian Tedeschi, son Tony, Australian shepherd Bandit, kittens Terra and Pixel, seven koi, and Gary the turtle.

    Find Vicki on the web at

    Follow the tour, to read other reviews plus Interviews
    and Guest Posts.


    May 15 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW

    May 15 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW

    May 16 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

    May 17 – Celebrating Authors – SPOTLIGHT

    May 18 – Readsalot – SPOTLIGHT

    May 19 – Teresa Trent Author Site – GUEST POST

    May 20 – Author Annette Drake's blog – INTERVIEW

    May 21 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW

    May 22 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

    May 23 – T's Stuff – REVIEW

    May 24 – Jane Reads – REVIEW

    May 25 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows - REVIEW, GUEST POST

    May 26 – Cozy Up With Kathy - REVIEW, INTERVIEW

    May 27 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW

    May 28 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST  

    May 29 – A Holland Reads - REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

    May 30 – Varietats – REVIEW

    May 30 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

    May 31 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW

    May 31 – Girl with Book Lungs – SPOTLIGHT

    The Giveaway

    Vicki Vass will award prizes to two random winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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