Friday, February 11, 2011

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Marsha A. Moore Talks Vodou (aka voodoo)

Today, I'd like to welcome a guest blogger, author Marsha A. Moore, author of a new erotic paranormal romance,  Tears on a Tranquil Lake. At the end of the blog, Marsha will be giving away a copy to one of our commenters, so show the love!
 


What Odd Things Writers Will Research!
by Marsha A. Moore
During the winter of 2008-9, I moved my mother from NW Ohio to Tampa. It didn’t take much to convince me to stay through the winter to help her get settled before I moved my own household the following summer. My first Florida winter inspired me to write Tears on a Tranquil Lake, which just released February 1. I was delighted to feel the tropical vibe seeping into the local atmosphere, and it inspired my writing. 

From my first visit to the Caribbean, I was hooked. I love the culture, the sway of steel drum bands, the colorful cottages, the turquoise waters, soft sand, sun, delicious seafood, rum beverages…and spine-chilling vodou. (And that is the right spelling for the Haitian tradition.) 

Several scenes in Tears on a Tranquil Lake involve the magic and mysticism of vodou, a longstanding Caribbean belief system. I enjoyed dipping into some fascinating research on the topic, through writings, as well as popular literature and movies. A few key movies piqued my interests:

* "Angel Heart," with Mickey Rourke, Robert DeNiro and Lisa Bonet. This is an oldie from 1987, but crazy wild with voodoo.

* Wes Craven's "The Serpent and the Rainbow." Another oldie but goodie, from 1987.
* "Pirates of the Caribbean" character Tia Dalma. I actually studied YouTube clips of her speaking parts to create the dialogue of one of my characters in Tears on a Tranquil Lake, a Haitian vodoun Mambo named Teega. She's my favorite character in the book, walking the line between good and evil. She'll have an even bigger role in the sequel, Ciel's Legacy: Tortuga Treasure.

I also seem drawn to fictional works with those themes to learn how other artistic minds explore and weave chilling scenes with vodou into stories. I really enjoyed reading Laurell K. Hamilton’s book Laughing Corpse, filled with dark practices of her character Dominga Salvador. Also, Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell contained plenty of creepy bits using dolls and a hand of glory. 

Can you recommend other books or movies using vodou themes I might be interested in?

ABOUT THE BOOK: What a surprise for a young woman, to find herself suddenly transformed into a mermaid. Ciel’s first thought – track down the merman who changed her and make him reverse his magic.
Unable to find him, survival in her new world becomes paramount. She eagerly accepts help from a dashing pirate captain who takes a fancy to her, lavishing her with finery. When her merman does show up, he competes for her affection. One look into his eyes makes her life more complex -- he is her soul mate. Which man will she choose – pirate captain or merman? Which life – human or mermaid? Caribbean adventures and dangers chase Ciel as she searches for decisions and the key to her happiness. Warning: This book contains Haitian vodou, sultry wenches, foul-mouthed scalawag pirates, overindulgence of fine Caribbean rum, and amorous encounters on deserted beaches.

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CONTEST: Thank  you, Marsha! To win a copy of Tears on a Tranquil Lake, please leave a comment below -- and if you know a book that involves voodoo, let us know! I'll throw one out here (Suzanne speaking): my book Royal  Street revolves around Haitian vodou in New Orleans....but it's not out till  April 2012! To win a copy of Marsha's new book, follow the routine:  +1 entry for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, +1 for Tweet or Retweet.

22 comments:

  1. I've just decided I need to read some voodoo fiction & have no idea where to start so I'd love suggestions. I'll definitely add these to my list!
    No need to enter me in contest as I just won one in December.

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  2. I haven't really read any voodoo fiction, so this would be an interesting place to start!

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  3. Oh, so interesting... My second book in my Phoenix series will be aboout a voodoo priestess and how she'll survive having back her black magic. I can't wait to start that research. Marsha, I'll probably be hitting you up for some of these sites. Lol. Can't wait to grab this book. The cover is so beautiful.

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  4. Hi Marsha! I'm trying so hard to remember the name of an old black and white movie I saw not too long ago about VooDoo. Ah - the memory is fickle.

    I'm so excited about your release! Congrats again.

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  5. Wow, love the cover! I can't think of anything off the top of my head though.

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  6. Voodoo is fun to use in my writing because is has potential to be both good and evil, and involves much mystery trying to know which is which!

    Thank you all for your kind comments--Nicole, Rachel, Melinda, Bus Reader, and Teawench. And a big thank you to Suzanne for hosting me!

    Marsha

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  7. This looks like a good read, if I don't win it's going on my library list for sure. They only voodoo book/movie type thing I can think of is this old episode of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries which is something someone as young as I am shouldn't know about but I'm weird like that. (Plus Parker Stevenson was way cute back before I was born.)

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  8. There were 3 werewolf books set in New Orleans by Cheri Scotch which also featured Voodoo. The first book was The Werewolf's Kiss

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  9. I'm not sure of any books that deal w/ voodoo, but I am definitely interested in reading about something new!
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  10. I haven't read any voodoo fiction yet! Book sound really interesting!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  11. Marsha,
    I'm so excited for you. What an eye-catching cover! I will look for your book.

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  12. This book looks really amazing. I love the cover.

    And I haven't read it yet but Black Dust Mambo by Adrian Phoenix is about urban fantasy and hoodoo.

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  13. There are a YouTubes out there from 'White Zombie' (about a plantation owner who tries to create a slave out of his wife). The second clip below has a famous calypso singer from the day - and is the only video that exists of this legendary performer.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQV7wOg3hYQ

    OK, I can't find the second one, and I've run outta time. gotta go.

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  14. I'm taking notes...White Zombie...Black Dust Mambo...Werewolf's Kiss. Thanks for the ideas and especially thanks for all the kind words and interest!

    Marsha

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  15. I really don't know but thanks for sharing I definitely need to read more books involving voodoo.

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    Thank you for this giveaway.

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  16. Wow, this sounds like an amazing read, would love to get my hands on it. I don't think I've read a book with vodoo, but Black Dust Mambo by Adriane Phoenix is about Hodoo and honestly I'm not sure what the difference is, I'd have to look it up. It was a good read though

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  17. Thanks for stopping by, Mysterious Rose. I just got a Nook copy of Black Dust Mambo...eager to know the difference between hoodoo and voodoo! Thanks, Jolene!

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  18. I haven't read much about voodoo but Erin McCarthy's The Taking for her Seven Deadly Sins series has a voodoo priest in it. Good reading there.

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  19. Sounds great, thank you. I don't remember if I have ever read a book with voodoo, but I would releate aurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series to voodoo in a way :)

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  20. Marsha, fascinating interview about voodou! I vaguely remember Angel Heart, and The Serpent and a Rainbow. I'm really looking forward to reading your book. It's on my to read list!

    Cheers, Sara

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  21. I can't say I know any books with these themes, but Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom had some voodoo running through it. Some of that stuff was just darn scary.

    Your book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Cheryl

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  22. @She -- thanks for the Erin McCarthy idea!

    @Sara, Cheryl, Mikki -- thanks lots for your interest and taking time to visit.

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