Monday, July 29, 2013
The Mirror Blog Tour and Giveaway!!!!
Book Title: The Mirror
Author: Candace L. Bowser
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Horror
Length: 280 Pages
Publisher: GMTA Publishing LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Adrianna Bristol stood before her grandmother's antique mirror and stared at the black velvet
cloth covering it. She just couldn't believe her nana was gone. The mirror had hung in that exact
same spot for the last twenty years, never once had it been moved from the alcove. Adrianna
remembered the stern words of her grandmother when she was a child. Annabel Bristol had
told her, "promise me Adrianna that you will never uncover the mirror. No matter what it may
whisper to you, you must never remove the cover." Adrianna laid her hand against the cool
velvet which covered the glass. As she walked away the mirror whispered to her, "you belong to
me now. You belong to me." A four hundred year old curse has plagued the Bristol family since
the 1600's. A curse born out of a love so rich and a betrayal so deep, that time itself has no power
to stop it. Only Adrianna has the courage to find the truth behind the curse and set her family
free. But will the Mirror release its darkest secrets?
Gus took me directly to the cathedral that Archbishop Theodorus presided over. I walked
to the central office and knocked on the closed door.
“I need to speak with Archbishop Theodorus please.”
The nun looked over the top of her reading glasses before laying down the papers she was
“I am sorry but you must request an audience with the Archbishop if you wish to see him.
I can check his calendar and see when the next time he is available and schedule you to see him.”
I leaned over the desk, placing my hand in the center of her papers only inches away from
“Tell the Archbishop that Baroness Bristiolli is waiting in his office, and she is not
I sat down in the chair in front of her desk and waited as she picked up the phone. She
spoke to him in Italian, no doubt believing that I would not understand. It was difficult to contain
myself as she told him who was sitting in her office.
“You need to come immediately,” she whispered. She hung up the phone and began to
apologize. I did not answer her or accept her apology, instead I waited in silence for Theodorus
After a short period of time, the door flew open and smashed into the wall. The
Archbishop stood in the doorway startled at the sight of me. He was expecting Annabel, not her
I rose and offered him my hand. He graciously shook it, still in shock at my unannounced
“We have much to discuss Theodorus. Why don’t you give me a tour of the cathedral
I walked into the open area of the cathedral and waited for him to follow.
“I know you were expecting to see Annabel so I must apologize. I must assume you are
not aware my grandmother passed away four days ago. I am the heiress of the Bristiolli estate
now, and I have questions which you will answer.”
“I am very sorry about Annabel. She was a fine woman and devoted Catholic. We shall
include her in the prayers at this evening's mass. I do not understand why you came all this way
to question me. Wouldn’t it have been easier to pick up the phone?”
“Would you really have answered if I called? The nun in your office was not going to
let me see you until I told her who I was. A man of God shouldn’t lie Theodorus; you could put
“Annabel said you did not embrace her faith. Why should I help someone who cares so
“You mistake my disdain for a lack of faith. I have faith Archbishop. I have faith that
you will help me or all the donations made by the Bristiolli family will come to an abrupt halt.
I know the answers I seek are within the walls of this cathedral as well as the monastery in
Benevento, and you will lead me to them.”
“You would blackmail a man of God to obtain what you desire?”
“Let me make this perfectly clear to you Theodorus. I will do anything necessary to free
my mother from that mirror’s grasp!”
The Archbishop froze where he stood unable to speak. I had seen the same fear only a
few days before in the eyes of my Aunt.
What power did the mirror have to hold sway over an Archbishop?
“I cannot speak to you about this. I will give you the address of a man who can be of
assistance. You may have access to all the records kept in the hall beneath the cathedral. This is
all I can do to help you Baroness Bristiolli. If I am caught, I will be excommunicated.”
He motioned to one of the passing priests to come to him.
“Baroness Bristiolli wishes to view the sealed records of her family. Would you please
escort her to the family vault and grant her access to the records room?”
The young priest nodded in agreement. Archbishop Theodorus turned to face me and laid
“I shall come to check on you in a few hours. Anything you may need Father Alto will
The young priest asked me to accompany him. I followed him down a series of corridors
that led to what appeared to be a crypt.
“If you need anything, just pull this rope. It will ring the bell upstairs in the priest’s main
hall. I will come as quickly as I can. I will unlock the door to the records room on my way out. It
As quickly as he could, Father Alto left the room. The vault appeared to create the same
type of nervousness in the priest as it had in Archbishop Theodorus. What was it about my family
I lit the torches hanging in the sconces on either side of the vault. There were several
crypts carved into the wall with names inscribed on the brass plates. I ran my hand across the
plates. Each of them was dated with the time of their death. I read them while leaning in closer to
The first plaque read: Pope Significant the 1
1674. The second plaque read: Bishop Germanus Died October 31
read the third plaque. I knew the name. He was the Bishop who went to see Josephina and never
It was the last plaque that frightened me the most. It read simply; Bertrand Denallio.
An avid writer, Candace works nearly every day on one of her manuscripts. Though she
predominately composes works of horror, she also writes mystery, suspense, and adventure.
During the 1990’s she was a featured columnist for PRS in Kansas City. In 2011, Candace
was honored by being voted one of the Top 20 Most Prolific Authors by AKG mag.. Her
books are an unusual blend of historical places and events, along with fictional and nonfictional characters, which she seamlessly weaves into the story .Originally from south-central
Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Kansas City with her husband Todd.
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