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Cross Keys (An Elvenrude Novel)
Ally Shields

Conspiracy, murder, and magic…and the death of all they hold dear. 

When the first wanderer—a common elf who isn’t authorized to use the portal—is spotted on the streets of New Orleans, the king assigns Kameo Ryndel to assist in the elf’s capture. But before she can intervene, humans with guns shoot the wanderer and steal his body. When Seth Lormarc, an Elite elf from a rival guild, appears at the scene, Kam suspects he is involved. 

Seth Lormarc is in New Orleans to find out who was behind the portal breach, and his best lead is the intriguing Kam Ryndel. When he stakes out her apartment and finds her sneaking out in the middle of the night, dressed in black and leaping to the top of the nearest building, he knows there’s something unique about the beautiful elf. That kind of feat requires magic. Ancient magic. 

As their paths cross during their investigations, they develop an irresistible attraction, although there’s little time for romance. The portal breach is tied to an illegal smuggling operation that has come to the attention of the human CIA. But the stakes are raised when Kam and Seth discover a band of conspirators and a rebellion deep in Elvenrude that promises nothing except destruction of their world.

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Since one of the two major settings for Cross Keys is New Orleans, I found that a terrific reason to visit and try out all the wonderful Cajun food. :) I came home with a love of this cuisine, and I brought recipes! I've shared an easy one below, and you'll find several more if you visit the sites of the bloggers who are helping to spotlight my new release within the next few days.


Angels on Horseback

1 tin smoked oysters (25)
1/2 lemon
1 T Worcestershire sauce
Pepper to taste
7- 8 slices of bacon cut into approx. 2 inch strips to fit around each oyster

Put oysters in bowl and squeeze lemon juice over them. Add Worchester. Stir gently. Wrap each oyster and secure with a wooden toothpick. Bake in pre-heated 400 degree over until bacon is crisp (or under broiler for 5-6 minutes).

Great hors d'oeuvre!

BLOGGERS: Thank you to the following bloggers who are spotlighting this release (and more Cajun recipes on their blogs!): (dates of post may vary due to time zones, etc. ) There are other supportive bloggers also that will be sharing this post along the way. I appreciate all of them.

Oct. 3:  AJ Locke, Kirstin Pulioff, Linda McLaughlin, Marie Carhart, Susan Arden, Shannon McRoberts, Stephanie Stamm, EE Carter, Anne Lange, Kath Boyd Marsh,
Theresa DaLayne, Anita Philmar, Melanie Robertson-King
Oct. 4:  Carmen Stefanescu, Stacy Juba, Lindsey Loucks
Oct. 6:  Rebekah Ganiere
Oct. 7:  Antonia van Zandt
Oct. 8:  Dani-Lyn Alexander

Margay Roberge, Dan Levinson, Chris Redding


10/03/2014 4:55pm

Congratulations on your new release, Ally. Isn't New Orleans wonderful? One of my favorite cities.

10/03/2014 5:05pm

Thx, Linda. I loved every minute of being in New Orleans and will definitely go back. Fascinating, atmospheric place!

10/06/2014 6:58am

Got my copy!!! Another powerful female protagonist and hunky guy. And what a wonderful place for the human world! New Orleans! Perfect.

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