Mary Burton King has written and published five fiction novels, including the best-selling action-packed thriller Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web. Her latest novel, The Dark Entity, is a standalone paranormal thriller that continues the saga of Beatrice Belladonna’s evil lifestyle after her death. King has proven herself as a noteworthy author who consistently produces the type of novels that the reader simply cannot put down until the very last page is read. She uses her education and over twenty years of law enforcement experience to her advantage by including in each novel criminal investigative procedures and techniques. King has also published one nonfiction novel, her memoir. She earned a master’s degree in Forensic Science from the George Washington University, Washington, DC, and is a former Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Additionally and more importantly, King retired as a Lieutenant from the United States Navy after serving twenty-one years on active duty. Author Mary Burton King was born and grew up in East Texas but now resides in Pataskala, Ohio.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? Becoming a writer was a personal challenge to myself. My first published novel was my memoir, ‘No Pot, No Window’. I was born dirt poor and remained so until I enlisted in the military at the age of 17. ‘No Pot, No Window’ is an old southern expression referring to a person or persons who live in poverty.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I began writing with the intention of being published after I completed writing my memoir, ‘No Pot, No Window’.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? My environment and upbringing played a major role and influenced the writing of my first novel, my non-fiction memoir, however those two factors played little or no part in the fiction novels I have subsequently written. I have to say my education and life experiences in law enforcement influenced my current novels; crime scene investigator, detective, NCIS Special Agent.
Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I generally come up with the title of my novels before or during the early stages of writing the manuscript and occasionally will alter it slightly.
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? My genre is fiction, crime, mystery, thriller, horror. I prefer to write in this genre because this is what I know. I possess a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University and have over twenty years’ experience in the law enforcement field.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? My most rewarding experience as an author is always typing the words “The End” on my manuscript and submitting it for publication.
Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? The only negative experience(s) I have endured during my writing profession thus far is learning the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ regarding writing a manuscript and subsequently publishing a novel that readers want to buy. My formal education was not related to writing, therefore I taught myself online. Almost everybody thinks they can successfully write and publish a novel, and they most likely can. But if it isn’t a very good novel with a captivating plot, believable characters, well written and edited, with an eye catching cover, few people are going to purchase it to read. I have been writing for over five and a half years and have learned a lot. As far as avoiding the mistakes I made when I first started writing, other than going back to college and taking writing classes, there was no avoidance. I learned how to write through the school of hard knocks and by comparing my work to authors who were successful. I soon realized the mistakes I was making and corrected them.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? My most rewarding experience in my publishing journey was writing and publishing my latest novel, ‘Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web’. I knew this novel was going to be my best novel (and hopefully a bestseller) and that I had evolved into a true author.
Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? I guess my most negative experience I have had during my time as an author is being looked down on (bookstores refusing to let me host a book signing) because I was self-published. This event happened shortly after I published my first novel and thankfully Indie authors are shown more respect today. I don’t think there was any way I could have avoided that experience, it was simply the way of the times.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? One positive piece of advice I would give to other authors is always believe in yourself and your ability to succeed.
Who is your favorite author? My favorite author has always been James Patterson, particularly his Alex Cross novels. They are captivating.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I am currently writing the follow up novel to ‘Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web’, titled The Dark Entity’ and anticipate publication early next year. Counting my memoir, I have four published novels.
On a cold winter’s night at a federal prison in East Texas, sixty-one year old Beatrice Belladonna Harlow, a sociopath, voodoo priestess, and convicted black widow serial killer on death row, is brutality murdered in her cell by two prison guards and her body secretly buried in the prison’s cemetery.
Beatrice’s murder initiated an eerie and dark chain of events. In life she was a voodoo priestess; therefore, she will live forever—that is her bestowed legacy. Yes, this voodoo priestess will indeed live forever, but not in her fleshy, earthly body, but as a spirit, an entity. Beatrice’s legacy is dependent upon one thing: another living human being, a host. Immediately upon death, her entity must enter the body of her chosen host. Thereafter, that unfortunate soul no longer has control of his thoughts or actions. And if that isn’t bad enough, a shocking physical metamorphosis takes place.
Years earlier, while sitting on death row, awaiting her execution, Beatrice used her time wisely. She had nothing but time; therefore, she spent countless hours planning every detail of her afterlife. She chose as her host her estranged, thankless, thirty-three-year-old adopted daughter, Lola Marie.
Thus, the night Beatrice was killed, Lola Marie was awakened from a deep sleep by a very bright yellow light floating over her bed. This bright yellow light was her mother’s spirit. In utter horror and unable to prevent what happened next, she watched that bizarre, bright yellow light enter her body. At first Lola Marie thought she was dreaming, but that was not the case. Her mother’s dark entity had just entered and taken control of her mind and soul. She was now possessed.
In the blink of an eye, Lola Marie unwillingly became her deceased mother’s evil puppet and is forced to perform bloody, vengeful, heinous acts for her, even murder. To ensure her daughter’s compliance, Beatrice uses an extremely painful but unique control mechanism, a tattoo. Lola Marie quickly finds herself trapped in her dead mother’s evil web with little hope of escape. Against all odds, can she find a way to free herself from her dead mother’s voodoo clutches? And if so, at what cost to her?
With a plot full of unexpected twists and turns, this high-energy, action-packed paranormal thriller will undoubtedly leave the reader spellbound and craving for more!
The Dark Entity by Mary Burton King gives a new meaning to the word “revenge”.
What atrocities lay inside walls of federal prisons and what does it matter to the general population on the outside?
When death row inmate and serial killer Beatrice Belladonna Harlow is tortured and buried alive a short time before her scheduled execution, her spirit travels to the bedroom of her adoptive daughter Lola Marie. The bright yellow light of adoptive mother wakes Lola Marie from sleep. With the precision of her mother’s voodoo priestess spirit, Lola can’t stop the physical metamorphosis as Beatrice enters her body and becomes one with her.
Lola Marie’s Mexican beauty is over ridden by her American/Haitian adopted mother who had rescued her from an abusive orphanage when she was eight. Was this her punishment for ignoring her mother after she was convicted as a black widow serial killer?
Well-developed characters in this paranormal thriller will keep you turning the page as Beatrice possesses her daughter’s body and turns her life upside down with bloody thirsty revengeful energy of Voodoo magic.
Forced to participate in the horrors of Beatrice’s revenge, her legacy while not sealed in blood was sealed by adoption.
Sequel to Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web, this standalone paranormal thriller is dedicated to the countless victims of human trafficking past and present.
Cold Coffee Press endorses The Dark Entity by Mary Burton King. Well researched Mary uses her education and over twenty years of law enforcement experience in the writing process. In addition to this book, please read Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web, Fool Me Once, Fool Me Once: Final Resolution and No Pot, No Window. This review was completed on November 15, 2015 from a Kindle/PDF format. For more information please visit http://www.coldcoffeepress.com
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Meet sixty-one-year-old vodou priestess, convicted black widow serial killer and cop killer, Beatrice Belladonna. She is a death row inmate housed at The Federal Medical Center, Carswell, Texas, and is five months shy of her scheduled execution date. Seeking notoriety after death, Beatrice accepts A&E Network’s request for a televised interview. During this six-hour interview, she reveals her life story which includes being sexually abused as a child by her stepfather and abandoned at the age of sixteen by her mother. Consequently, it is no surprise that Beatrice evolved into a sociopathic black widow serial killer at a very young age, eighteen. On camera, she coldly confesses to murdering all of her subsequent lovers for profi t and states that after their deaths, she felt absolutely no remorse, only sheer elation. Naturally, being a vodou priestess has its advantages when it comes to cold-blooded murder. Find out how Beatrice used her vodou black magic powers to kill her lovers and how she managed to elude arrest by the police for over thirty years! Beatrice Belladonna’s bizarre and macabre life story is truly remarkable and one that will not soon be forgotten.
I set the bar high when reading this book because the Author Mary Burton King is a former Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Special Agent with over twenty years of law enforcement experience.
‘Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web’ is spell binding. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would care to know anything about a Haitian Vodou (old term voodoo) Priestess. Nor did I know that I could become interested in Vodou Priestess’ herbs (grown all around the world), magic potions, blessings and curses.
Believe me when I say that no matter how you feel about this subject or this Vodou Priestess you will come to admire her level of intelligence (just like the black widow spider). You will begin to see the world from her perspective and no matter what her crimes you will be forced to think about human dignity.
Personally I can’t wait for the sequel to be released.
Cold Coffee Press Endorses Beatrice Belladonna’s Black Magic Web by Mary Burton King. Review Date: July 31, 204 http://www.coldcoffeepress.com
This nail-biting murder mystery revolves around a married couple, Rebecca and Marcus, who after twenty years of marriage realize that they despise each other. Marcus is a prominent criminal defense attorney with a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia, who has accumulated millions but refuses to share his wealth with his wife, Rebecca. Since the couple’s two children are preparing to leave the nest for college, both Rebecca and Marcus decide it is time to make a radical change in their lives. Rebecca, forced by Marcus to be a stay-at-home mom, has been mentally and verbally abused by Marcus for the last sixteen years and can’t stand her life as it is any longer. She desires nothing more than to be free from the clutches of her abusive, controlling, dominating, adulterous, tightwad husband and sees her opportunity for freedom after Marcus’s two failed attempts to kill her. Marcus’s greed ultimately leads to his horrific demise. Rebecca serves him the dish he never expected—revenge served cold.
In the first sequel, Rebecca contemplates how to end her twenty year loveless marriage to her greedy, controlling, abusive, womanizing, but extremely wealthy husband, Marcus. Marcus, also desiring to free himself from his marriage contract, decides killing his estranged wife instead of divorcing her is a more lucrative option.
Therefore, he hires a hit man, Big Al, to murder Rebecca however his attempt is unsuccessful and Marcus refuses to pay him. Consequently, Big Al, determined to collect his money, breaks into Marcus’ mansion and robs, mutilates, brutally assaults him, and then dumps his lifeless body in the Mexican desert. After an extensive search by the Mexican Federal Police, remains of an American male matching Marcus’ description are found and he is presumed dead.
During an unexpected confrontation between Rebecca, Big Al, and Big Al’s younger crack head brother, David, Rebecca is forced to shoot and kill Big Al. David, determined to atone for his brother’s death, becomes Rebecca’s constant tormentor. As the saga continues in this novel, Rebecca, believing Marcus is now deceased and she and her two children are finally free from his abuse, attempts to settle his estate and move on with her life.
After putting Marcus’ lavish mansion up for sale, via an estate auction, she moves into a new home and while unpacking her belongings, remembers a key she found hidden in Marcus’ bedroom at the mansion. Rebecca discovers that the key is to a storage unit and what she finds stashed in Marcus’ secret storage unit is a shocking surprise.
In the final sequel, Rebecca’s world comes crashing down when she discovers that the remains found in the Mexican desert were not Marcus’ and that he has returned to Atlanta to reclaim his fortune and seek revenge. Follow the adventures of the returning cast of characters, particularly the villains, Marcus and David, in this unforgettable shock and awe climax.
NO POT, NO WINDOW is a true story about my life starting in the year1951 when I was born in Marshall, Texas to poor, uneducated parents. This book is intended to be a motivator and inspiration to all the people struggling to survive financially as I did for the majority of my life.
The expression “no pot, no window” means you are so poor you don’t have a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out. I believe poverty, lack of education, a negative home environment, alcohol and/or drug abuse, bad judgment, a single parent home, disease/illness, and sometimes just plain bad luck keeps the syndrome of “no pot, no window” perpetuating generation after generation.
My alcoholic abusive father abandoned my two sisters and I when I was nine years old and my codependent mother was absent from my life for many years. After my father left and my parents divorced, my mother spent the rest of her life looking for another husband to support her. She was married nine times and never did find her Prince Charming just another drunk she met at a bar and drug home.
When I was ten years old, my mother sent my two sisters and I to live with her parents for over three years and during this period she was completely absent from our lives. My maternal grandparents, who were survivors of the Great Depression of 1929, were very tight with their money and affection. They really did not want to raise three young children but decided we would be a valuable asset as farm hands on their five acre farm.
My mother came back into my life when I was 13 years old and the saga of stepfathers began. At the age of sixteen I had a job, a car, and was self-sufficient. Unfortunately, I was also a juvenile delinquent because I had little or no parental supervision. For lack of any other options, I joined the military in 1969, during the height of the Viet Nam War and began the long journey of becoming an adult. Due to my immaturity and poor judgment, I was married and divorced three times before the age of 30 and became a single parent to my only child.
When I was 32 years old, I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer and spent the next five years struggling to stay alive physically and financially. With the assistance of the military, I was able to obtain my Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Mississippi in 1982 and a Masters of Forensic Science from George Washington University in 1986.
After 21 years of active duty service, I subsequently retired as a Lieutenant from the United States Navy in 1993. I refused to accept and was able to overcome the “no pot, no window” plight because of my perseverance, hard work, and most importantly, advanced education. I changed my life from sour lemons to sweet lemonade!