REVIEWS

Kirkus Review

  
In Holmes’ paranormal fantasy, a Confederate officer’s attraction to a mysterious, beautiful woman leads him into the mystical world of voodoo.
Sgt. George Francis Genois, a Confederate army officer, has returned to his Louisiana hometown to celebrate the wedding of his twin brother, Gerald. George’s visit coincides with the arrival of an Indian summer and some unusual phenomena. After celebrating with Gerald at a local saloon, George is struck by thick fog that seems to envelop him. Some time later, he sees a beautiful woman on the riverbank encouraging a group of slaves to fight for their freedom. Knowing the woman risks arrest on charges of treason, he offers to escort her away from the riverbank and back to her carriage. He soon discovers the woman’s name is Jewella and she’s the sister of a childhood friend. George finds himself inexplicably drawn to the headstrong Jewella and proposes marriage. Shortly before the wedding, Jewella is arrested for treason. Desperate to save her, he seeks out a local witch doctor named Mamuska, who agrees to help but has his own agenda. Under a voodoo moon, the fates of George and Jewella as well as Mamuska and his wife, Ophelia, hang in the balance. The strength of Holmes’ novel lies in its colorful settings and diverse cast of characters. Primarily set in Louisiana in the 1800s, the action takes George from the saloons and grand estates of Louisiana high society to the mysterious world of the rivers and bayous. George, a complex lead character, is dedicated to his military career and the Confederacy, yet he’s willing to risk everything he’s worked for to save Jewella. Holmes also brings the dual journeys of George and Mamuska together in provocative ways. For all its strengths, though, the novel could benefit from tighter editing. There are no chapter titles or numbers—each chapter is announced with the words “Next Chapter”—and spelling inconsistencies (e.g., “alter” instead of “altar”) pop up rather frequently.
Vividly rendered gothic settings and intriguing characters help advance the historical and supernatural elements despite weak editing that trips up the narrative momentum. 
  

Customers Review

  
“Creole Moon The Betrayal is a book that takes place around the eighteen hundreds, an era which slave still exists and during extreme racism era. The book revolves around the life of Sgt. George Francis Genois who is an officer in the Confederate army. The main idea of behind this book is really interesting, about a guy who falls in love without his own free will and how he is being thrown into mystical events just because of that. I like how the book develops; you could sense it in the beginning that Jewella is someone dangerous and when Mamuska got involved, everything starts to make sense. I like that the author gives us an insight on Jewella's background; a young woman who lives among the privileged white folks (at that time) and she is not a legitimate child, making us know why she becomes so rebellious. This book ended on a great cliffhanger which I really do like, sure it's frustrating to wait for the second book but I think with a book that has a strong plot line and the amazing main idea behind it, it was worth the wait.”
-Amazon, Mimi Jazman

“I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. I had an idea because of all of the TV shows and movies that I've seen that center around New Orleans, but this book took me by complete surprise. I love how the characters were developed and how at first the book seemed slow but then if things up the further you get into it. It deals with New Orleans witchcraft which doesn't really surprise me, the only thing I would've changed is the ending. A cliffhanger where you need to read the next book to figure out what happens can be annoying at times. I think the book was well written and the characters were interestingly complex. You do get a sample of the second book at the end of this one, but it doesn’t give you any kind of indication on how the story will continue. Overall I give the story four stars because there were parts of it that were very confusing and a little hard to follow if you weren't close enough attention.”
-Amazon, Stephanie

“The author spins a mystic tale that I found admirably creative. From love lost to magic spells, the story keeps you reading on to discover what's next.”
-Amazon, Customer

“Set in New Orleans, this book deals with the mysterious voodoo that the region is known for. Creole Moon The Betrayal by S. T. Holmes is a book about a man who falls in love with a woman while under the influence of a spell. He is drawn into a complex web with the woman that he loves because she is in some kind of trouble and he is compelled to rescue her. He seeks out help from the wrong person and ends up under another spell which is more powerful than the one he is already under. The book did not capture my attention in the same way other books do. It has a very supernatural feel to it, which I loved, and the characters are interesting, but could have used a little more development. I am also not happy with the cliffhanger ending. It's indicative of a series and I am not exactly sure how a series would flow. This book has that dark magic and mystical feel to it, which you expect from any book dealing with voodoo magic, and it has a decent plot. I did enjoy the writing style, and the author told a good story, but there was just too much going on, and at times it slowed down the flow of the book. Still, if you are into supernatural books and love a little voodoo magic, then this is a book worth reading.”
-Amazon, Amethyst C.

“I was kind of just going through the motions while reading this book. It didn't grab me like other supernatural type books usually do. The main character is an soldier in the Confederate army, who has a twin brother. He's in town for his brothers wedding. Weddings are not George's thing, as he has different views on life in comparison to his twin brother. Everything changes, and he is forced to take a different life path when a woman becomes involved.

The story is following George and his realizations that there is more to life than what he originally thought. Unlike his brother who is caught up in marrying, and having children, something his absolutely not interested in. Everything changes when it appears he has fallen in love with a woman, under her influence of a spell, against his free will.

I enjoyed all the magic this book incorporated. It was mysterious, and not completely stereotypical of books in this genre. The book was set up for an eventual sequel it seems. I would be interested in finishing this series if Holmes writes book number two.

I also really enjoyed this book being set in Louisiana. The whole state has a mysterious setting to begin with, so this book couldn't have been written in a better setting.

Since the book didn't really grab me like I had hoped, and at times I found the plot to be a bit confusing. It was a little scattered, and could use a bit more organizing. It wasn't bad enough to be disconcerting. I give this book a 3/5.”
-Amazon, Elizabeth Barbarick (Stuffed Shelves)


“Creole Moon The Betrayal by S. T. Holmes is the story of a man's struggle to save the woman he loves and to wrest himself free from the powers that are beyond him. Sgt. George Francis Genois' life could have been as happy without love, but he is drawn into a relationship he'd never dream of with a spell. And as if it isn't enough to make his life miserable, the woman she's in love with is in trouble and he needs to save her, and he goes to the wrong place for help. Instead of getting the help he so desperately needs, another powerful spell is cast on him by the Sorcerer,Mamuska.

"Holmes creates very interesting characters and a world where magic is still possible. The plot is gripping and readers will find themselves following George and wondering what will become of him. The denouement isn't quite definite, and one can only hope that there is a next book in the series. I was drawn in by the authors writing and the conflict is powerful enough to drive the plot forward. Early on, readers know that the protagonist is a man in trouble the moment he falls in love without his own free will. The author could have produced a masterpiece if the issues handled in this book where cut down to the minimum, but it was a great read all the same.”
-Amazon, Romuald Dzemo

“The Voo Doo WeDo Thought I would take a moment and share about another great book I just finished reading. This book titled, Creole Moon The Betrayal, is brilliantly written by S. T. Holmes. This scary story unfolds in the deep south around the eighteen hundred's, during a time of slavery and extreme racism. One of the well-developed characters is the main character, Jewella, who is a mulatto girl living among the privileged white folks and the product of her father's adulteress affair with the house help. This family's little secret creates turmoil in the house with two domineering half sisters, who always remind her that she is the result of their father's infidelity and the half black blood that she carries. This clever story then turns to supernatural hauntings and the body possession of a man named George. Who against his will and understanding is manipulated by dark unseen forces that push him toward Jewella for some sacred Voo Doo reason. Beware of the "Chicken Man", who is a greatly feared witchdoctor connected to the dark spirits. His character is so descriptively written that I found myself looking over my shoulder almost believing he was real. This story that has some unexpected plot twists has it all; great characters, intriguing setting, and a very believable ghost story. I liked how the author intertwined racism, slavery, superstition, and freedom in a very poetic format. I just love the quotes like, "Think fear, forever encouraged and revered." This and other great quotes provoke thought and give this book great depth and a tangible realism. Do not judge this book by its creepy cover it is but a glimpse of what's inside. Very nice flow throughout this story, making it easy to digest at any speed. A powerfully compelling story like this would make a great movie.”
-Goodreads, Paula

“George had no plans to get married. He was a career military officer. All he wanted was to see his twin brother get married, and then get back to work. But then some type of unseen force drew him to Jewella, who, it turns out, was the half-sister to a childhood friend. Before he knew it, he became engaged to Jewella. Neither wanted to marry, and George couldn’t understand what was going on. Knowing there was some supernatural forces going on, George seeks out the chicken man, a voodoo priest, for help. Unknown to George though, the chicken man has ulterior motives for helping George out. 

“This story held my interest through the first half. After that, I lost interest. It was a good plot, and I liked all the characters, but when the focus of the story changed, it lost its momentum. When the Gods and the underworld took over, I got a little lost, and bored as well. I didn’t understand the who’s and why’s throughout that part. I felt like it took up too much of the story. The same goes with George’s transformation. But I was still interested enough to find out what becomes of George, just not enough to read the next installment.”
-Goodreads, Julie Baswell

“On leave from the Confederate Army, Stg. George Genois is at his brother's bachelor party. He yells out that he will never marry. The next day a spell is cast and he falls in love with his friend's sister, Jewella. He is very reluctant but the spell is more powerful. When Jewella is arrested for treason and set to hang, George seeks out the help of "The Chicken Man" deep in the swamp.

He doesn't know "The Chicken Man" has other plans for Jewella's body. His wife gives George a fake spell. The night of the Creole Moon, when a special ceremony is to take place, George goes back to the swamp where a much more potent spell is placed on him. I loved the book up to this point, then it becomes confusing with a lot of questions unanswered. They may be answered in the sequel, I hope. I can't wait to find out what is going to happen to George, next. Can he get his revenge?

Thank you, S.T.Holmes and Word Slinger for giving me a free copy of this book to read and give my honest review. ”
-Goodreads, Connie Anderson

“Goodreads win. This book is set during the Confederate Wartime. It is a kind of complicated plot about war, love, slave saving, and treason and seeking advice from sorcerers in Louisisana.”
-Goodreads, Roxanne