Published by 47North on July 24, 2018
One woman is in a world of otherworldly trouble—and she’s going to have to bet her life to save humankind.
Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger has put her dreams aside to look after her eccentric mother. Case in point: saving her from a mysterious stranger who’s just stormed the terrified woman’s antique store wearing a rattlesnake tattoo, leveling threats, and brandishing the weirdest deck of cards Ernie’s ever seen.
When Ernie grabs some of the cards and runs, she’s launched into a world she never knew existed—one her mother may know more about than she’s revealing. With a handful of stolen cards, Ernie has just been made an unwilling player in a game of good versus evil. But she’s not even playing with a full deck, and its original owner is more than happy to kill to get his cards back.
Suddenly Ernie’s matching wits and plays with the supernatural Immortal Dealers, who can raise empires, damn souls, and shape the world’s destiny. It’s up to Ernie to defeat the most brutal member of their order. And if her roguish new ally isn’t bluffing, he can help. The mystery is all in the cards, and to save her life—and humanity—Ernie had better learn how to deal.
~~Reviewed by Danae~~
Mrs. Fine, I love your book, I can’t wait to read more from this series. It was a wonderful experience reading this book and it was one that I am loving as I re-read this book over and over. I have one thing that I will say that was a bit off-putting, the amount of explanation that had to be done before actually getting into the more exciting things in the book. Having your fans help name the characters in the book is a great thing. It is something that I have seen increasingly more authors that I love to read do on their pages. I believe that is a fun way to get your fans involved.
Ernestine, “Ernie” as her friends call her has been through a lot of misfortune in her life and it seems that she is going to be stuck in her hometown of Ashville, North Carolina taking care of her mother since her father is not in the picture. She sees her friends going off to the other side of the country. At the farewell for her friend, there are things that come into play helping “Ernie” become the woman that she is towards the end of the book. Can “Ernie” make the plays that she needs to play to stay alive? Or, are the nay-sayers right and she will be dead when all is said and done?
Gabriel is someone who knows what Ernie’s mom is hiding but can he convince her to give them to him so that he can keep them safe? Will the ones that are looking to do nothing, but cause harm and chaos beat him to the hidden objects he seeks? He has lived a long time and has been through a great deal but when he meets “Ernie” something about how much she is willing to endure to get her mother back to her has him sticking around to see if she is the real deal.
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