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Oxford Whispers [Kindle Edition]

Marion Croslydon
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Book Description

WINNER OF THE INDIEREADER DISCOVERY AWARD (ROMANCE) 2013!


Madison LeBon is dead set against the dead.

Her fresh start at Oxford University is a brand new beginning. She finally has a chance to turn the page on her psychic powers and cumbersome voodoo heritage. Snakes, dolls, ghosts, and spirits: Farewell...

Not quite.

When the tragic lovers in a painting--the subject of her first history class--begin to haunt her, she must accept her gift before life imitates art. The lovers warn her against their own nemesis, a Puritan from the English Civil War. Unfortunately, said nemesis is now going all homicidal on Madison.

College becomes more complicated when she falls hard for Rupert Vance, a troubled aristocrat and descendant of one of the characters in the painting. With the spirit of a murderer after her, Madison realizes that her own first love may also be doomed...

{New Adult Paranormal Romance}

~ EXCERPT from OXFORD WHISPERS, copyright 2012 Marion Croslydon ~
MADISON SPIED ON the Puritan, and the Puritan spied on the lovers. He hid behind a tree, his hand clenched on a Bible, his mouth twisted into a snarl. His hatred radiated out of the painting into the classroom, and punched Madison in the belly. She closed her eyes.
Violent scenes flashed behind her lids. Severe faces stared back at her, and battles played out around her. She saw blood. Blood on her hands and on the face of the Cavalier, the other man in the painting. The warm liquid stuck to her skin. To her soul.
Visions had shaken her before.
But nothing like this ...
A wave of nausea flushed through her body, and an acrid taste invaded her mouth. She stood, but her knees buckled. Shuffling the few inches back to her seat, she flattened her palms on the cold surface of the desk. The contact helped, but only briefly.
Madison dragged her attention back to the painting, spread all over the classroom wall by the slide
projector. In a forest clearing, a blond Cavalier lay in the arms of a young girl. Judging by his limp posture, he'd been badly injured. On the right side of the scene, a man dressed in black--the Puritan--watched. A plain hat covered half of his face. But Madison could see enough of his expression. He reeked of jealousy.
"Miss LeBon, do you need to take a break?" Doctor McCain's familiar East Coast accent took her out of her trance and brought her back to the classroom.
As she shuffled in her seat, Madison's chair squeaked. The other students turned in her direction.
Embarrassment fired up her cheeks, but she managed to shake her head and give the professor a faint smile. He nodded and returned to his lecture.
Clad in dark blue jeans, he sat on the corner of his desk, his compact body partially blocking the image of the painting behind him.
"William Shakespeare Burton was a relatively unknown artist, but this work, The Wounded Cavalier, enjoyed some success after he died. The scene takes place around 1650, after the execution of King Charles the First." 
The tutorial continued, but Madison looked away through the classroom window. One of the spires jutting into the Oxford skyline caught her attention. Her breathing slowed, and the trembling of her hands stopped. Almost.
She had been knocked off her feet before, but the ghosts had never made her sick enough to bring her breakfast to her lips. Never before had they been mere characters in a painting.
Madison gave herself a mental slap. She would not follow in her ancestors' footsteps and end up a total whacko. She would not drown herself in the Mississippi or hang her pretty neck from the branch of a cypress. She would not let anyone shut her in a nuthouse. Just because she talked to those who were not there.
Confusion seeped into her. She would stand, fight and die for her crazy family, for her blood.
But no way am I going further into the loony bin. At least, not quite
yet.

When Doctor McCain signaled the end of the session, her fists were tightly clenched, her knuckles white.


Editorial Reviews

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"Oxford Whispers is a haunting tale about the power of history, heritage and love." 4.5 stars and IndieReader Approved
"Oxford Whispers is a romantic mystery with delightful characters and a completely engaging plot." Books Live Forever
"What can I say about Rupert? I thing the only two words I can think of are gorgeous and sexy!!!" Krystina at Ever and Ever Sight
"Oxford Whispers was an incredibly well-researched and thought out debut novel." Just My Opinion
 "It's a debut novel that has consistent good writing style. It's a page-turner with twists, right when I figured it out, I discovered it was entirely something else. And for that I can say that Marion Croslydon is an author we'll be reading more." Bookshelves Confessions
"Oxford Whispers' is one of those books which when reading makes me sigh quietly with happiness :-)." Kirsty at All in One Place
 "If you are looking for a book filled with secrets and lies, ghosts and visions, romance and danger, look no further." Tammy at Books, Bones and Buffy
 "I liked this book...I really bloody liked it." Gliterary Girl
"This book has the perfect mix of everything. Mystery, Angst, Suspense, Romance, Paranormal, and straight up STEAMY moments!" YA Vixen "This book is a real gem." Sandee Loves Books

About the Author

Marion's parents are terribly disappointed with her... They wanted her to have a serious job, providing financial stability and social standing. For years, she really tried to make them happy; she studied hard, got into top schools, graduated with honors and found a high-achieving job... For everyone around her--friends, family and arch-enemies alike--Marion was the typical Type-A personality. What they didn't know was that, deep down, Marion was miserable. She never wanted to be a top executive, brokering deals in New York, London or Tokyo while crossing time zones dressed in designer power suits. Marion wanted to be... a ROMANCE WRITER. She wanted to spend her days in that good ol' tracksuit of hers, in front of her laptop, popping down Oreos like there was no tomorrow. She wanted to fall in love with a different man each time she wrote the first line of a new book (while being happily married to the most handsome man in Great Britain). That's exactly what Marion does these days, and it makes her incredibly happy. She loves to share these happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say "hello" from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn't sink into insanity. Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help. That's where you can find her: *www.marioncroslydon.com *www.twitter.com/mcroslydon *www.facebook.com/marioncroslydon *www.youtube.com/user/marioncroslydon.

Product Details

  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957282400
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Carlux Publishing; 2 edition (December 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091UKP0K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy fantastic romantic mystery October 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Madison LeBon has spent her life trying to be something other than what she is. Her fear of her family's voodoo curse and psychic abilities makes her decide to isolate herself from anyone. If she doesn't have friends, no one will ever learn about her crazy family and her own weird abilities. As a result, she is sheltered, innocent, and still a virgin at the age of 21.

When she earns a place at Oxford to complete her Master's, Madison takes a chance and becomes closer to a few people assuming the distance will protect her. Unfortunately her ancestors resided in Oxford and their lingering influences send Madison into a tailspin of paranormal activities. She discovers a pair of individuals in a well known painting is based on people who are part of her ancestral line and that their story is still unfinished. Entwined with their own history is the vindictive spirit bound and determined to punish them for their "crimes". This spirit latches onto Madison and sees her as her ancestor, Sarah and as such she must be killed. Madison must unravel the secrets of her past and that of the figures in the painting to stop the vengeful spirit.

I liked Madison. She had a spunkiness to her that I felt showed her personal strength. As a relative innocent to romantic relationships she is immediately smitten with Rupert Vance or Earl Boy as she likes to call him, but doesn't want to succumb to the attraction. His attitude and behavior turns her off but their ancestral connection keeps bringing them together. Madison is constantly battling her heart and her brain when it comes to Rupert. She wants to believe he cares for her but his actions consistently demonstrate otherwise.

I was not a fan of Rupert Vance the entire book. I wanted to like him. Rich, good looking, intelligent...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic, Mystery, and Romance! October 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a fun debut novel by an amazingly talented new author! Oxford Whispers tells the story of an intelligent young woman who is trying to swear off her past, but as the author so brilliantly reminds us, your past will always catch up with you. I absolutely loved the way the story immerses us in the world of beautiful Oxford, while also bringing to life the vivid story of the star-crossed lovers in the painting. It is the collision of these two worlds, the mystery that follows, and the sweet romance that make this novel shine. Can't wait to read the next book in the series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect mix of everything February 21, 2013
Format:Paperback
I received a copy from the author Marion in exchange for an honest review. Even though it took me a little to get to reading this, I wasn't at all disappointed. Oxford Whispers is not exactly what I expected. This book has the perfect mix of everything. Mystery, Angst, Suspense, Romance, Paranormal, and straight up STEAMY moments! I was a little confused in the beginning chapters, but I quickly got over it and could not put this book down, despite my efforts and need of sleep.

Madison LeBon wants nothing to do with her familys history. She wants a normal life, so she tries her hardest to ignore the paranormal and sets off to Oxford after Yale. Madison thought she had gotten away from it all, until the painting. Visions start happening of the people in the painting, and the woman just won't let her go. Rupert, the sexy Crew guy... sees Madison for the first time and it's all over for him. He has to have her. Rupert just doesn't realize exactly how hard he's gonna have to work to get her, let alone keep her.

This novel has a story within a story. A lot of times that's hard to do. Marion did such a brilliant job transferring from one story to the next. The imagery was fantastic, I felt like I was with Madison, at Oxford. The historical aspect of this story was a beautiful bonus.

Marion really put some work into this novel. The perfect blend of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. Researching the painting [The wounded Calavier by William Shakespeare Burton] and coming up with not one, but two love stories. I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out that who I thought was the "bad guy" wasn't, and I did not at all expect it to be who it really was! I seriously can't wait for the release of her next novel in the Trilogy, Oxford Shadows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings November 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I’ll be honest and say that I had serious mixed feelings about this book. There were aspects of it that I liked, and some aspects that got under my fur and dampened my full enjoyment of it. This is an example of where my mileage as a reader can, and does vary from everyone else.

I loved the plot of this book. Madison’s investigation of the history of the painting, her coming to accept her heritage and powers, and the blending of past and present kept me engaged and reading long into the night. There was enough mystery and intrigue within the plot to hold my interest, and the paranormal aspect fit nicely with the general tone and feel of the story. Plus, the fact that the book is set in England, Oxford itself to be exact, was a major bonus!

Croslydon did a terrific job of shifting between events in the past and events in the future. Both points in time had clear, focused voices, so there was no confusion on when we were time-wise in the story. And during those moments where the past blended into the present it was still easy to differentiate between both points. Croslydon also did a wonderful job at leaving me guessing about Peter’s real identity in the present. While some might say that it was rather obvious, I kept bouncing between three potential individuals, and I enjoyed every minute of the guessing, murr!

What I didn’t enjoy were the main characters. Believe me when I say, I tried desperately to like them, but I simply couldn’t do it. I was automatically turned off on both Madison and Rupert less than a third of the way through the reading. And sadly once I lost my appreciation for them, I couldn’t get it back. Madison’s initial coldness and brusk attitude towards Rupert in the beginning rubbed my fur the wrong way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a ghost story.
I read Ms. Croslyndon's other books and really loved them, since Halloween is coming up I thought it would be OK to read this since there are ghosts characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by scm
3.0 out of 5 stars New Adult Paranormal.
Some sexual content. I found this book to be a little slow, and I found myself putting it down frequently, as it didn't really keep my interest high. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jcat
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting paranormal romance/mystery
This book was a little hard to put into a "category" because it's a romance between two college students but their modern relationship is overshadowed by the ghosts of one that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cindy DeGraaff
5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford sexy
The story fills you from the title to the people. The book draws the reader in. This author has many great details .
Published 9 months ago by AMBER LOYER
4.0 out of 5 stars Fitting In Is Never Easy
Loved loved Madison. Great story line.. with paranormal levels that were spot on. Loved the whole family ties and how although one tries to get away it always catches up. Read more
Published 11 months ago by vals_hemi
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5stars
Mystery to go along with the first stirrings of so much more. Loved Madison and her strong yet vulnerable self. Loved Rupert and his soul. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Lots of twists n turns paired with the paranormal element. Loved the settings and the development of the characters great
Published 11 months ago by Debbie Craine
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read with many twists
The story was an enjoyable read with many twists. The main character is likeable, but not very confident, which is perhaps why I preferred Pippa,even though her friendship with... Read more
Published 14 months ago by nan12
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I wasn't sure how I would like it, but I was pleasantly surprised. The characters are great and the surprises around every corner keep you enthralled. can not wait for number 3!
Published 15 months ago by Nicole Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful088
A wonderful read! It was an amazing journey with intriguing characters and romantic settings. The author created a unique world in University Oxford AND took you to the Bayou! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Billy J. McIntosh
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Marion loves to share happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave, you are welcome to come and say "hello" from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn't sink into insanity.

Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.

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