Paranormal, Young Adult, Horror
Release Date: 9/29/16
Lucien Nazaire is an old Haitian priest with a checkered past. He longs to find the perfect apprentice to carry on his life’s work of black magick. He hires Jake, a neighbor boy, to help him with odd household jobs and then takes him under his wing.
Sixteen year old Jake LaRue lives with his abusive uncle. Voodoo becomes the perfect solution to get him out of a helpless situation.
Henry Novak, an autistic teen and Jake’s only friend from school, becomes obsessed with Haiti and the dark arts. He wants to be included in Jake’s Voodoo lessons.
The newly learned magick gives both boys the power to manipulate those they hate and lust. But their dreams soon unravel once the Voodoo spells wear off.
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“You’re a God-damned slut! Whore! How could you? He was touching your…All over!” Pete bellowed.
“How dare you! You’re the one who told me to get up on the stage and make some real money!” Leah screamed back. T.J. tried playing mediator, but his slurred words were ignored.
“But then a lap dance? You waste no time, you little cunt! Kinda like you’ve been stripping since you started working there and lying about it!”
“If you weren’t such as lazy drunken slob then maybe I wouldn’t have to work! Someone has to pay for things around here. You sure ain’t…”
Oh no! Smackdown time! thought Jake, too afraid to move. He hated it when his uncle got like this. These violent moods were usually alcohol induced. The familiar sounds of slaps, thuds, cracks, and painful moans were on the other side of his bedroom door. He heard Rhianna’s crying in the background.
“Rhi, go back to bed. Mommy’s alright!” yelled T.J. who was trying to calm Pete down.
Jake rolled out of bed and army crawled to the doorway. Looking through the opening that separated the door from the carpeting, he saw Leah’s head bloodied. She lay limp on the floor. Pete stopped hitting her. His whole demeanor changed. With a wolfish expression, he began to unbuckle his belt.
About the Author:
Dina Rae brings an academic element to her novels by weaving research and history throughout the stories. Big Pharma, Big Agri, Big Conspiracy is Dina’s first nonfiction work.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and dog outside of Dallas. She is a Christian, avid tennis player, movie buff, teacher, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and syndicated radio programs. When she is not writing she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Stephen King, Brad Thor, and George R.R. Martin. She also enjoys reading about religion, UFOs, New World Order, government conspiracies, political intrigue, and other cultures. Revenge, Lust and Voodoo is her newest paranormal, YA novel.
Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? I started writing seven years ago. After I finished my first book, I couldn’t stop. Five novels and one nonfiction later, writing has become a big part of my life.
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why?
I’m very proud of all of them. I like to put a lot of research and history into them. It’s always fun to learn new things and hope my readers take away something that they didn’t know before reading the books.
Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? Yes. I am writing The Sequel, a sequel for my novel The Best Seller. It’s a sci-fi alien/Nazi/time traveler novel that will come out this spring.
What do you enjoy most about writing? It provides an escape from everyday life, which is exactly how I feel about reading.
Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? Yes, all the time. I loosely plan my stories and then just let it fly. Sometimes the characters as well as the plot go to places I hadn’t seen before.
Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? In Revenge, Lust and Voodoo I particularly like Jake. He is a poor foster kid who gets jacked around all of the time-a target for Voodoo and other dark cult-like religions. I also love Lucien, the Voodoo priest. He’s a selfish son-of-a-b but has a good side to him as well. He’s complicated.
So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? I loved writing one of the revenge scenes that involved Jake’s abusive uncle. Not to give the story away, but he gets what he deserves.
What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Don’t expect to get rich. So few writers do. Write for the craft of it, the fun of it, and the escape of it. If it’s something you truly love, you can officially call yourself a writer. My biggest tip is this-just because you wrote a book doesn’t mean you’re done. Promotion is just has much work, but I love doing radio.
Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I love Jim Marrs, Dan Brown, George R.R. Martin, Brad Thor, George Orwell, and Stephen King.
What about television shows? Movies? I love Homeland and Game of Thrones. American Horror Story is also pretty awesome. My favorite movies are The Matrix, I, Robot, The Omen, Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, Devil’s Advocate, The Perfect Murder, and The Notebook. There are so many more. A good movie is just a good movie.
Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? There are so many fantastic books out there. The Stand (King), Brave New World (Huxley), and 1984 (Orwell) are probably the most thought-provoking books that I’ve read. I also was moved by the Left Behind Series (LaHaye and Jenkins). Politics and religion fascinate me.
If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? Escape, imagination, creativity, therapy, obsession, compulsion, dream, ambition, accomplishment, and insanity!
Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Enjoy Revenge, Lust and Voodoo!
Guest Post by Dina Rae:
With the so-called zombie apocalypse approaching, one must be educated about the different kinds of zombies before prepping for defense. First, there is the most common and believable-the human that turns into a zombie because of mental collapse, disease, infection, and/or radiation. They stagger around dazed and confused and cause panic to others. Then there is the man-made monster kind or the kind Hollywood and horror authors like me tend to capitalize on.
Zombie interest continues to fascinate the world. Jeffrey Dahmer drilled holes then poured acid down his victim’s heads in hopes of creating his own zombie. His madness didn’t work. Can man make his own zombie? Are these monsters real?
According to Wade Davis, author of The Serpent of the Rainbow, zombies are real. They are a product of the Voodoo religion. He was originally hired by a pharmaceutical company to find out about the drugs Voduists used in their death rituals. He believed that datura also known as zombie’s cucumber was a plant that could medically make one who ingested it appear to be dead for a certain length of time. Sounds like the stuff Juliet Capulet used to fake her death. Could Shakespeare have known about the magical zombie-making plant?
Datura or sometimes Cimora, a close relative of Datura’s, eventually wears off but leaves the victim in a state of confusion, highly susceptible to the art of persuasion. Presto! A zombie slave is at the captor’s disposal. Mr. Davis didn’t just find his datura flower, but witnessed zombie phenomena as he immersed himself within the Haitian culture.
Revenge, Lust and Voodoo is a unique blend of paranormal, romance, and fantasy. Besides The Serpent and the Rainbow, I read volumes of other Voodoo material and watched hours of TV specials. Some of the terms I learned can be found below:
Bokor: A wizard who practices black magic, a zombie maker.
Ghede Family: A family of loas known as the spirits of the dead. Three barons rule the family. Baron Samedi is the loa of resurrection. Baron Kriminel is the most feared loa associated with cannibalism and souls. He’s honored on The Day of the Dead. Baron LaCroix is the loa of the dead and sexuality.
Poppet: Voodoo doll
Ti-bon-ange: “little good angel” The part of the soul that represents a person’s individuality.
Gros-bon-ange: “great good angel” Part of the soul that is collected into a reservoir of the Cosmos or spirit world.
Baka: Voodoo spirits in animal form.
Loup Garou: werewolf
Djab: a devil
Dessounin: Death ritual that separates the gros-bon-ange from the body.
Bizango Society: Secret society of Vodouists. They have Freemason-like qualities such as aprons, secret handshakes, oaths, hierarchy, and symbols. Legend states they change into animals at will. They are known for stealing black cats and boiling them to death for Voodoo services. They drink each other’s blood from a human skull chalice.
Revenge, Lust and Voodoo is available for 3.99 on Amazon.