Tattoos & Portents

Hey, everyone, we have a visitor today. Judi Lynn is here to tell us all about her new book, Tattoos & Portents.

Judi is an author friend of mine, and we would both appreciate you checking out her wares, maybe visiting her blog, and using a selection of those sharing buttons. Such activity really helps an author make a splash with a new release.

Here’s Judi to tell us all about it:

Hi, Craig! And thank you for sharing your blog with me today. I’ve come to promote my new book, TATTOOS & PORTENTS. It’s a supernatural mystery. I love mysteries and urban fantasy, so tried to combine the two genres for the Muddy River series.

You’d think writing about witches, shifters, and demons, I wouldn’t do any research, but I ended up doing more than I expected. For one thing, I wanted more than the usual supernaturals to settle in Muddy River. Hester and her coven find the remote area first, and I needed a reason for them to travel to southwest Indiana and choose a location near the Ohio River that’s inconvenient to most mortals. The idea that came to mind was that they were fleeing the witch trials that obsessed most of Europe, Great Britain, Canada, and eventually Salem. They’d learned that mortals fear anything unknown to them, and when mortals were afraid enough, they became dangerous. Most of the supernaturals who run to hide have lost family members. They want to stay as far from mortals as possible. To the point that the witches cast wards to keep enemies from passing their borders, and the Fae cast an illusion spell so that mortals can’t even see Muddy River.

Witches weren’t the only ones persecuted, though. Every supernatural was in danger, so werewolves, demons, sirens, and vampires find Muddy River, too, and they all join together and get along. They have to, because they appoint Raven, a fire demon, as the area’s enforcer. Anyone who steps out of line is banished or turned to ashes. I did a little research on demons and found their origin started with Lillith, Adam’s first wife in the Garden of Eden, who eventually left him. Druids settle close enough to the town that they’re friendly neighbors. I knew a little about Druids but not much. I ended up researching their sacred trees, healing wells, and background. I never realized how learned Druid priests were. They could often speak several languages and were asked to preside as judges over difficult cases for kings and rulers of other areas. They didn’t write about their religion, though, passing its truth down from one person to another, so I could only include the things I found in articles. Neighbors farther to the south, across the Ohio River, are women who belong to a voodoo community. I only included the basics about voodoo in my stories because their magic, though Nature based like the witches’, feels so foreign to Hester.

But enough about research. In TATTOOS & PORTENTS, it’s nearing the end of December. And while most mortals in the area celebrate Christmas, the witches celebrate Yule. Unfortunately, this year, Hester and Raven learn that a voodoo priest is capturing witches, and they have to interrupt their festivities to find the witches and rescue them, and eventually battle the priest and the army of undead he’s creating.

Blurb: Why are people returning to Muddy River with Celt tattoos on their arms and non-stop dreams? When Hester uses her magic to help a sleepless friend, she discovers that the dreams are pleas for help from witches who’ve been captured by armies of undead. A voodoo priest has created them, but for what purpose? And how can she and Raven find him to stop him?

Thanks so much for hosting me, Craig! I appreciate it.

Bio for Judith Post

Judi Lynn lives in Indiana with her husband, a bossy gray cat, a noisy Chihuahua, and a parakeet. She loves to cook and owns more cookbooks than any mortal woman would ever need. That’s why so much food sneaks into her stories. She also loves her flower beds, but is a haphazard gardener, at best. She writes cozy mysteries for Lyrical Press and paranormal mysteries on Amazon.

My blog & webpage:

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Twitter: @judypost

On BookBub at Judi Lynn with a link to Judith Post (for my urban fantasies):


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49 responses to “Tattoos & Portents

  1. This sounds like an interesting series. Best of luck, Judi! 🙂

    Great to see Judi on your blog today, Craig 🙂

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  2. Oh, sounds like a good one. Congrats, Judi and good luck on the release.

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  3. Congrats on the new release, Judi!

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  4. Thanks so much for hosting me and sharing your blog with me, Craig!

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  6. Nice to meet Judi Lynn, Craig.

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  7. It’s great to see Judi here today. I have read all the Muddy River releases to date, and already grabbed #4, Tattoos and Portents, for my Kindle. I love the characters in this series, and the uniqueness of the mysteries. I’m really looking forward to the read and wish Judi all the best with her latest release. Woohoo!

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  8. Wow! I find this super interesting! And I absolutely love the cover for “Tattoos and Portents!” Obviously, this author did tons of research. Congrats to Judi and best wishes!

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  9. All the best, Judi. Thanks to Craig for hosting you today.

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  10. Good luck on the release, Judi. Sounds like an interesting read.

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  11. This looks great. Congrats on your new release, Judi!

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  12. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out Tattoos & Portents by Judi Lynn as featured in this post from the Entertaining Stories blog.

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  13. Damyanti Biswas

    Love the cover!

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  14. Judi’s latest sounds very interesting! She had me at “supernatural mystery.”

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