Today we have a treat for fans of Aiden James and Michelle Wright’s historical-fantasy series, THE JUDAS REFLECTIONS, as we unveil the brand new covers for the series!
To celebrate, book one, MURDER IN WHITECHAPEL is on sale for 99 CENTS and book three THE MAID IN HEAVEN is now available for pre-order!
Emmanuel Ortiz holds a dark secret… His real name is Judas Iscariot.
Forced to walk the earth as a cursed immortal, Judas’ disguise does little to ease his eternal loneliness. Having recovered nine of his thirty blood coins, his focus is not yet on redemption for his treacherous role in the betrayal of Jesus Christ.
Distractions come easily for the rich entrepreneur and sometimes sleuth who presently resides in England, 1888. Fascinated by the spate of murders in London’s poverty stricken Whitechapel, Emmanuel soon realizes the killings resemble others he is familiar with, and the bloody signature speaks to the unholy talents of another immortal…an enemy from long ago.
This knowledge fuels his determination to track and apprehend the infamous Jack the Ripper at any cost.
With the backdrop of a Victorian Society, rigid and moralistic, along with the plight of those less fortunate, Emmanuel seeks to align himself with Scotland Yard. With the help of his immortal pal, Roderick Cooley, and by pretending to be an American private investigator interested in the horrific prostitute killings, he sets out to stop the senseless bloodshed. But has he bitten off more than he can chew by immersing himself in the slums and disease of the Ripper’s hunting grounds?
As the mystery unfolds it becomes the ultimate test…not only of his abilities as an immortal, but also of his very soul.
The immortal Judas Iscariot (known by his alias, Emmanuel Ortiz) is hot on the trail of two precious coins believed to be part of the bounty once paid to him for betraying Jesus Christ.
The coins are rumored to be in the possession of a Pyrenean mountain Shepherd, whose beautiful, but disturbed daughter, Rachel, is purported to be something even more rare than a Judas blood coin: a genuine stigmatic.
It turns out to be a deadly combination for Emmanuel. With blood on his hands and a failed mission to retrieve what is rightfully his, finding his second coin becomes a race against time.
What once looked like a quick journey to hasten his soul’s redemption turns into a tense series of events. Traveling thousands of miles across the world’s grand open waters with fellow immortal, Juan Garcia de Moguer, the captivating Rachel, and a ruthless Dutch pirate slave trader named Captain Dirk Chivers teaches Emmanuel an important lesson about himself.
How far is he willing to go to get what he wants?
The year 1429, in the region of Orlèans France, sets the stage for the emergence in history of one very brave girl: Joan of Arc.
It also marks a key moment in the evolution of one of the most reviled men to ever walk the earth. Emmanuel Ortiz—better known as the immortal Judas Iscariot—may not understand why he is drawn to serve Joan and her desire to free France from the specter of English tyranny. However, he is compulsively drawn to her unusual mixture of innocence and grit to the point her noble cause becomes his own.
But with any adventure involving Judas, this one comes with danger and heartache—as great as any he has endured during the past fifteen-hundred-years walking the earth. Fortunately, Roderick Cooley is also along for the ride, ready to rescue his long time friend when trouble is found. In the case of Joan of Arc, enemies and potential pitfalls abound.
The arrival of a long time enemy hell-bent on making sure Judas/Emmanuel never finds lasting peace or love spurs Joan and her immortal companion to make difficult choices that could forever alter the course of history. Can the struggle between an accursed disciple seeking to better understand the will of God Almighty and the anointed teenage girl given to visions she cannot turn away from be happily resolved? …Or, must Joan forego all of her personal desires in order to save France from falling into oblivion?
These questions and more are waiting to be answered in The Maid of Heaven.