This is one of the most interesting stories I’ve read lately. It’s woodoo and just great writing (and there’s a nacked Scottish wizard you might want to keep an eye on). I have the pleasure to be part of the plethora of playful promotions (Sorchia’s, the author, words).
Let’s start with the book.
Zorayda Grey and The Voodoo Queen by Sorchia Dubois
Magic may save Zoraida’s skin, but what about her heart?
Zoraida Grey needs help. With the witchy Logan clan holding her best friend hostage in a haunted Scottish castle, she can’t trust anyone—certainly not beguiling but dangerous Shea Logan. And Al, her overprotective boyfriend, doesn’t believe in magic.
Only one creature strikes fear in the blackened hearts of the Logan witches. Trouble is Jock disappeared five centuries ago leaving a trail of destruction across the Gulf of Mexico. Now he’s stepped into a steaming pile of Voodoo.
Can Zoraida drag wayward Jock back to Scotland? And what’s she supposed to do with two men who promise completely different futures?
A Scottish wizard, stripped naked and painted blue—a Voodoo priestess bent on immortality—a yacht-load of Caribbean pirates. What can possibly go wrong?
Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/ZoraidaGrey2
And here’s when I step aside and let Sorchia take the reins of this post (and before you read on, I just want to point out that my husband is a Scorpio).
Sorchia, are you ready? Go, the blog is all yours!
Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen—Book 2 in my Gothic Fantasy Romance trilogy—officially hits the virtual stands on August 1. I’ll be celebrating the new book with a plethora of playful promotions. Here are a few:
- Are you a good witch or a bad witch? Compare your sign of the Zodiac with my Zoraida Grey characters. You’ll find a list of posts on my Witchmageddon Page. Read about Scorpio below.
- Enter to win a unique handmade birthstone pendant, signed print copies of ZG1 AND ZG2, e-copies of Zg1 and 2, Tarot Readings by yours truly, and who knows what else. (Continental US participants only for the pendant and print copies because of pesky shipping costs.)
- Get Zoraida Grey and the Family Stonesand Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queenfor reduced prices for a limited time. 99¢ Sale on the first book in the series until August 3 so act now.
- Get 10% off at Stoned Hill Creations with a coupon from me https://www.etsy.com/shop/StonedHillCreations
Visit my Witchmageddon Page to see more Book Launch Festivities and to enter the contest (or scroll down to enter.)
Scorpios are resourceful, passionate, and brave. They can be stubborn to the extreme but if they choose to be your friend—you can count on them. I mean count on them for anything—life-and-death, thick-and-thin, anything at all. They are calm; they are cool; and they often have a mysterious appearance. Often described as ‘fierce’, Scorpios hang on until the bloody end with the tenacity of a , well, of a scorpion. They’ll grab with their claws, sting if they can, and generally do anything possible to protect themselves and anyone in their sphere. They are natural born leaders with a whopping 11% of world leaders born as Scorpios—more than any other sign. Pluto and Mars rule this sign—Pluto is known for transformations and regenerations and Mars for fiery warlike passion.
People like Julia Roberts, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo DeCaprio, Goldie Hawn, Ryan Gosling, Whoopi Goldberg, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Gates are Scorpios. So are John Gotti, Scott Peterson, Charles Manson, and a guy named Soapy Smith who was a con man of great renown during the Alaskan Gold Rush era and one of the participants (some say the instigator) in the most spectacular shootout Juneau Wharf, Alaska, ever saw.
In my Zoraida Greyseries, the most prominent Scorpio is Zhu, Zoriada’s best friend forever. Zhu is a petite chick with the looks of an oriental princess and the temperament of a wolverine with a toothache. She’s loyal in the extreme, but she’s got her own interests too. For one thing, she likes to fish—it’s a primal thing with her. For another, she’d love to see a ghost—just one. Trouble is anything supernatural avoids her like the plague. She’s always in the wrong place at the wrong time even though she’s followed Zoraida on every ghost chasing, demon purging adventure the wilds of Arkansas has offered.
When Zoraida explains the problem facing them in Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones, Zhu can’t wait to jump right in the middle. She’s bored with small town life, but even Zhu finds Castle Logan intimidating—though she is all in favor of the scenery which includes a tasty selection of handsome Scottish witches. Book 2, Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen, finds Zhu held captive and Zoraida on the hunt for help in the rescue mission. While Zhu isn’t center stage in book 2, her presence is a driving force. One reviewer of book 1 mentioned that Zhu needed her own book—a desire that will be fulfilled in small measure in book 3, Zoraida Grey and the Pictish Runes—which should be on its way to the editor by the time you read this.
Zhu and Zoraida’s friendship—sisterhood—is an essential element in the series and one I enjoyed writing. I first inserted Zhu’s character as the essential sidekick and comic relief. Not to sound stereotyopically authorish, but Zhu had other ideas. She pushed her way into every scene and made her desires known in a hundred not-so-subtle ways. By the time I got to the second revision of book 1, she was obviously destined to be more than a secondary character. She and Zoraida have a motto: “chicks before d**ks” and that’s the only constant in their witch-infested universe.
Vivi is back, and that was fun! Thank you, Sorchia!
I still want to give you guys a little excerpt from the story.
“By the way, where is this house of Odette’s?” I have a bad feeling.
“That way.” Cade grins, white teeth shining in his broad handsome face. He takes the cigar from his lips and motions with it, directly into the heart of the blue-green bank of clouds at the outer edges of Hurricane Mab.
A dull rumble of thunder rolls across the Gulf. The water, still and smooth a moment before, swells with a rising wind. The deck vibrates with the pulse of the storm.
“Of course it is.” I am no longer surprised by anything. The carafe of wine looks better by the minute, but that bottle of Laphroaig looks better still. Shea, his eyes crinkled, laughs at me inside my own head—which is both infuriating and strangely comforting.
“Do you always turn to liquor in every emergency, little witch?”
In hindsight, I guess I do. Zhu’s and my standard method of coping with a difficult day was to crack open a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer, order a Mega-size serving of cheesy fries from Hufstedler’s Café, and turn on the sappiest movie we could find. But what we called difficult days then seem like a romp in the daisies compared to the past few weeks. It’s going to take more than a couple of drinks and some greasy comfort food to fix this.
Cade pats my arm. “Don’t worry, ma chère. We race the storm to a quiet inlet I know well. TheBlack Magic Woman can harbor safely within sight of Odette’s house high on a hill. And maybe, if we are fast enough, we find Old Jock before he knows we are there. To do that, we must fly.”
Award-winning author Sorchia Dubois lives in the piney forest of the Missouri Ozarks with eight cats, two fish, one dog, and one husband.
A proud member of the Scottish Ross clan, Sorchia incorporates all things Celtic (especially Scottish) into her works. She can often be found at Scottish festivals watching kilted men toss large objects for no apparent reason.
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