Friday, August 12, 2011

Spotlight - Mojo Queen by Sonya Clark

About Mojo Queen:

Hoodoo and high magic are on a collision course.

Roxanne Mathis isn't like everyone else. Not only can she see auras and spectral entities, she can mix herbs and roots for spells to do good or ill. She can even light a candle without the benefit of a match. But when she’s hired to exorcise a demon from a young girl, she discovers the limits of her powers. 

With her vampire cousin at her side and a sexy sorcerer chasing her on the rebound, Roxie sets out to send that evil entity back to where she came from. 

Nothing is as it seems and Roxie’s in over her head. It’s not going to be enough for her to just be a paranormal investigator and old school root worker – to defeat this demon, she’s going to have to be the Mojo Queen.

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Author Bio:

Sonya Clark grew up an Army brat, living all across the United States as well as Japan and Germany by the time she graduated high school. Books were one of the few constants in her life. An eclectic reader, she always had a special love for the paranormal and is a lifelong fangirl of all things that go bump in the night.

A deep love of music is another constant thread in all of her fiction. She writes at a desk equipped with High John the Conqueror root and a mojo hand. She has worshipped at the mother church of country music, traveled the back roads of the blues highway, been to the crossroads at midnight, and though she’s never cooked up a mess of polk salad, she has been to Graceland four times.

She lives with her husband and Yorkie in Tennessee.

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Giveaway Details:

Winners will be chosen from all of those who enter via the form,

leave comments at tour stops for bonus entries
you can also enter at each tour stop
10 winners will receive signed book plates
2 winners will receive free ebook copies of Mojo Queen
1 grand prize winner will receive the Mojo Prize Pack, which includes:
·         Signed book plate
·         Mojo Queen playlist CD
·         A voodoo doll
·         A protective mojo hand
·         Spirit of Good Luck incense
·         A seven day spell candle
·         A bag of graveyard dirt
The winners will be announced on Sonya's blog on Friday, August 19. Physical prizes open to US Shipping Only Please.

Spooky South
By Sonya Clark

The haunted South is the perfect setting for a paranormal story. Southern history is rich with blood and ghosts. Many stories of hauntings originate from the dual horrors of slavery and the Civil War. Battlefields all over the south are said to be haunted by dead soldiers from both armies. There seems to be a darkness cast upon this part of the country because of slavery and the war, as if the stain of owing other human beings and the nightmare of a country fighting itself have left this land susceptible to spirits that can find no rest. 

One of the greatest things this region has given the world is its music: jazz, country, blues, and rock and roll. All can trace their roots deep into Southern soil, and all can boast of wonderfully spooky tales. Hank Williams Sr. is said to haunt the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. Loretta Lynn lives in a haunted house in Hurricane Mills. The Orpheum Theater in Memphis is said to be haunted by the ghost of a child named Mary. Some believe the ghost of Elvis Presley haunts his home at Graceland, though that one may be wishful thinking. 

My favorite spooky story from the South is also a famous blues legend. Mississippi bluesman Robert Johnson is said to have met the devil at a crossroads at midnight to sell his soul in exchange for the ability to play guitar. With song titles like “Me and the Devil Blues” and “Hellhound on My Trail” it’s easy to believe Johnson signed away his soul. The truth is somewhat more prosaic. It’s known that he practiced playing in a graveyard at night so no one would be bothered by the noise. Although come to think of it, that’s pretty spooky in and of itself.

There’s no shortage of variations on the story of the Bell Witch legend of Adams, Tennessee. Some say the witch was a local woman who cursed John Bell in the early eighteen hundreds. Some stories suggest the frightening occurrences that befell the Bell family were the work of a ghost or spirit. President Andrew Jackson visited the Bell home and is said to have stated “I would rather fight the entire English Army then to have to face the Bell Witch again." The legend has taken on a life of its own and inspired plenty of fiction that bears little resemblance to the old tales.

Setting Mojo Queen in Nashville and drawing from the spooky atmosphere of the South has given the story a certain flavor that it might not otherwise have. I have a great well of supernatural material to mine for story ideas as I write about my paranormal investigator Roxie Mathis. She’ll never be out of work down here in the spooky South.

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