Monday, August 15, 2011

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Sonya Clark

My new urban fantasy release Mojo Queen features a heroine who can see auras and spectral energy. Roxanne Mathis uses that ability in her work as a paranormal investigator, cleansing homes of unwanted hauntings and helping people deal with various supernatural problems. Even with that handy ability, when I first conceived of the story Roxie was using an EMF meter and pretty generic methods to evict ghosts. Unsurprisingly, the story felt like it was lacking something.

Sometimes when a story is having problems I take a detour and write something else about the characters. I wrote a short story about Roxie and her best friend traveling on a particularly interesting case that completely changed how I looked at my main character and the story itself. I wish I could tell you this was planned because it would certainly make me look smarter but the truth is, I wrote it just to amuse myself.

Roxie and her BFF Daniel are fun characters for me to write so I wrote a short story just for fun. Titled Goofer Dust Blues, this little detour took them out of Nashville and down the Blues Highway into Mississippi. Because this was all about amusing myself and not working on the book, I gave Roxie my own love of music, especially blues. The case took her to all three of the gravesites of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson, something I myself have done though not to collect graveyard dirt. (I swear, all I did was take pictures.)

Robert Johnson is one of the great myths of American music. My favorite part of the myth is how he supposedly sold his soul to the devil to be able to play the blues. In truth he put in hours and hours of practice, alone in a graveyard at night where no one could hear him and complain. As I wrote of Roxie visiting some of the iconic sites in Mississippi that hold great meaning for blues lovers like myself, I had a very clear image of her as a teenager. This strange, confusing ability to see auras and spectral energy has manifested and she’s trying to get a handle on it.

There’s no one yet in her life she can turn to for advice. Who would believe her? So she tries on her own to learn how to deal with her new second sight – by sneaking out and going to cemeteries at night. That time alone in the dark with ghosts as her only companions helps Roxie learn to cope with her ability and to train herself how to use it.

With guidance from my editor Nerine Dorman, I realized Roxie didn’t need that EMF meter or those generic ghost-evicting methods. Everything she needed was right there in the blues lore she knew like the back of her hand – hoodoo. Roxie became a hoodoo root worker as well as paranormal investigator, using natural magic to deal with supernatural problems. Once that happened everything fell into place: spells with herbs and roots, dangerous hexes and counter-jinxes, feeling the rhythm of magic deep in the land. Then with a little help from Ike and Tina Turner the book had a new name – Mojo Queen. I think it’s a title that suits Roxie quite well.





Blurb:

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.







Giveaway Details:


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

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Giveaways:

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.
Ebooks international.


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7 comments:

loves to dive said...

that's so funny that something to amuse yourself turned out to be a new way for the book to go. Sounds great.

lvs2dv at gmail dot com

Tanya1224 said...

I'm following along on your hop =) I'd love to win a copy of your book. Please count me in, thanks
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Sonya Clark said...

Hi Roxanne, thanks for hosting me!

Hi loves to dive and Tanya1224 - thanks for commenting and following the tour!

Paige said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

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Jen B. said...

I've been following the tour around. Thanks for the giveaway.
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ruby95660 said...

Great blog tour! I enjoyed following it around!

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jnewberry said...

Love this blog tour, Great giveaway Thank-you,
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