Creole Moon

The Betrayal

Fiction - Paranormal
224 Pages
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Author Biography

S.T. Holmes was born in New Orleans, LA and was educated in the Catholic school system there. She is a twin and has one younger sister. As the middle child, she always felt like the odd ball never really fitting in. So, she turned to her highly imaginative nature and began writing about human nature and how twisted things can get. Merging her creativity with the tall tales spun about the bayous of Louisiana, Holmes came up with this paranormal story line for her novel. She believes that humans' fate or destiny is governed by some higher power of supernatural beings and in concert with the gods and goddesses of long ago, use humans as pawns for their godly amusement.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite

In Creole Moon The Betrayal by ST Holmes, Sgt. George Francis Genois, an officer in the Confederate army, finds himself under the black magic spell of Mamuska (The Chicken Man) and his wife Ophelia. The pair causes George to fall in love with the sentenced to death Jewella. This is a part of their plan to use her body for the elderly Ophelia to inhabit in their quest for immortality. George had always been skeptical about love, but pleads for the wicked sorcerer to bring Jewella back to life for him. He shoots and kills Ophelia in his desperation and anger. Mamuska enlists the help of the gods to search Limbo for the spirit of his wife (so that he can perform a ceremony for her to live again in Jewella’s body), and George is turned into a supernatural life force condemned by Mamuska and Ophelia to live trapped in the swamps as half savage beast and half human. Can George find the way to control the beast’s urges, break the spell, and become normal again?

Creole Moon The Betrayal is written to a high standard, and the plot is both well developed and engaging – moving along at a good pace. ST Holmes’ style really draws you into the story and will keep you guessing to the end. This is a real page turner and chapter by chapter I was intrigued and couldn’t put the book down. The descriptions of the bizarre and mystical happenings are vividly portrayed in this immensely imaginative story. The characters are excellent – well defined and believable. I did feel sorry for poor George falling victim to the wicked Mamuska – his only “crime” being to scoff at his own brother’s belief in love and marriage. Eventually, of course, for him love results in the release of all sorts of unbelievable powers. It is these powers – both good or well-intentioned, and others that may end up as or be used for self-seeking and evil ends - that the story explores. An entertaining and thought-provoking read by an excellent writer – recommended.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Be careful what you wish for. George never wanted to fall in love and get married like his twin brother Gerald. George is a Confederate soldier and he looks at his life from a more practical perspective, or so he thinks. Then the drums hypnotize him, calling him to the swamp where he is bound forever to one woman, one love. Only it's really a trap, and, completely blinded by love, George can't see through the curse to escape the trap. He falls for one curse after another until his life becomes surreal and he is cursed to live forever, until he really does find his true love.

In Creole Moon the Betrayal, S.T. Holmes has created a clever plot situated in the nineteenth-century swamps of what will become New Orleans. He combines a mixture of the history of slavery, the confusing jumbo of what is right and fair, and the mysticism that fearfully drives the southern slaves and some of the white population as well. There is evil lurking all around George, the protagonist, and when George stumbles upon evil and succumbs, it is difficult to accept him as the good guy. But the story is the curse, or perhaps more precisely, the multitude of curses that affect the lives of many people, mostly George.

While the author begins with what appears to be a compelling romance, a woman saved from her dangerous campaigns against slavery, it expands into mysticism as the unexpected occurs, people die and their bodies are consumed by evil spirits. Be careful what you wish for? George wished for too many things and evil drove him to pursue his wishes until the curse consumed him. This is a very clever story.

Tracy Slowiak

In a great new read by author S.T. Holmes, Creole Moon: The Betrayal takes us to a time in our not so distant past. Following the path of Confederate army sergeant George Francis Genois, the story combines elements of realism, mysticism and adventure to provide readers with a real page turner. When George returns home to Louisiana for his twin brother Gerald's wedding, he encounters the fiery and enigmatic young woman, Jewella Du Viller. Jewella and George have a past together, and if George found her intriguing then, he certainly does again now. George rescues her from what he thinks is a very dangerous system, falls in love with her, and asks her to marry him. But before their wedding can take place, Jewella is arrested for treason. In order to save her, George might have to give up on the military career he had so hoped for. And will he be able to save her? Well, that remains the question.

I very much enjoyed Creole Moon: The Betrayal. Author S.T. Holmes has done a fantastic job in creating characters that readers will connect with, relate to, care about and think of long after the last page is finished. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. The author's ability to set a great scene is also a gift. Readers may feel as if they themselves are in the murky swamp waters of Louisiana as they race through the story. Any reader who enjoys intrigue, mystery and paranormal adventures should definitely give Creole Moon: The Betrayal a chance. I'm pleased to recommend this book, and I am certain that other readers will enjoy it as much as I did!