Author: Dina Rae
Genre: Dark, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Young-Adult, (R-Rated although teens would love it)
Lucien Nazaire flees his Haitian homeland and meanders around the
for decades. He settles in a United States Wisconsin trailer park filled with elderly tenants. He meets Jake, his teenage neighbor, and hires him for odd household jobs. As their relationship progresses, Lucien invites the boy into the world of Voodoo.
Jake LaRue lives in foster care with his abusive uncle. The Voodoo lessons give him a sense of power within an otherwise helpless situation. Although the boy is a loner, he feels an instant connection with his classmate, Henry, and introduces him to Lucien.
Henry Novak has Asperger’s Syndrome. He fixates on historical events, most recently the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Like Jake, he becomes passionate about the dark side of Voodoo. They learn how to cast spells on those they hate and lust, leading up to dire consequences.
Several months after the Haitian earthquake, Henry convinces his family to volunteer with their church in the island's reconstruction. Their mission turns into a nightmare when he mysteriously walks off of the campsite.
Bad Juju is a balance of horror, romance, and literary fiction intended for ages fifteen and up. Research about the Voodoo religion, shapeshifting, zombies, and possession and themes of redemption and loneliness emerge throughout the plot.
Are Zombies Real? By Dina Rae
Earlier this summer there was a real life zombie incident in
. Rudy Eugene, a.k.a. the Causeway Cannibal, was allegedly high on bath salts and attacked 65 year-old homeless Ronald Poppo. Miami first pounded him into unconsciousness then ate away at his face. Eugene
Before the attack,
Eugene was at then crossed MacArthur Causeway, stripping off his clothes until naked. Once the police had him surrounded, South Beach refused to stop eating Poppo’s flesh. Police shot him down in response. The victim’s face was eighty percent gone: no nose or mouth, one eye, and bone of forehead exposed. Poppo is still alive. Eugene
Bath Salts? I’ll admit to being out of touch, thinking that bath salts were products like Epsom and junk sold at Ulta and Crabtree and Evelyn. Apparently the term describes illegal, designer street drugs that give the user delusions of violence. The chemicals responsible for the ‘high’ are Mephedron, MDPV, and methylone and are banned in thirty-eight states.
These events were not related, but the similarities gave more fuel to the prepper movement. Sales of survival food and ammunitions spiked, and fear and conspiracy are still running rampant. Many believe these events are leading up to the zombie apocalypse connected with End of Days. I’ve read opinions that range from the government using the attackers as their own personal guinea pigs to the above mentioned Voodoo curse.
Bad Juju touches upon the possession and zombification process of Voodoo.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of
. She is a Christian, an avid tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and radio programs. When she is not writing she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Brad Thor, George R.R. Martin, and Preston & Childs. Chicago
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Oct. 12th- Waiting on Sunday to Drown (Review/Giveaway)
Oct. 13th- The Avid Reader (Excerpt)
Oct. 14th- The Life of Fiction (Excerpt/Giveaway)
Oct. 15th- The Insane Writings of a Crazed Writer (Book Playlist/Giveaway)
Giveaway ends November 4th