Hello! Thank you for stopping by. Today I am so pleased to host Sonya Clark who is touring her fabulous book, Mojo Queen through Bewitching Tours. I recently had the pleasure of reading/reviewing Mojo Queen for Night Owl Reviews. Later in this post is a link you can click if you are interested in reading my thoughts on the book.
For your entertainment, I also have a fun Character Interview with one of my favorite characters, Daniel. And, last but not least, there is information and and an entry link for an exciting and fun giveaway....so scroll on down and discover all the fun stuff for yourself.
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.
I sat in the chair opposite the loveseat, placing the candles on the coffee table. Glanced at him to make sure I still had his attention, which of course I did. One side of his mouth still curled up in a smirk, eyebrow quirked. I sat back, let myself sink into the comfy chair and relax as much as possible. First the candle on the left. Focusing on the wick, I visualized a tiny flame erupting from it--concentrating my will, pouring energy into my intention. I could feel myself sliding further into exhaustion as energy curled inside me, but after a long, agonizing moment the candle came to life. I let out a breath before I could stop myself, avoiding his gaze. I didn’t want him to know how much this was taking out of me, but I had a bad feeling it was obvious. I turned my attention to the other candle and though it took even longer this time, it too lit. I felt almost as bad as I had this afternoon.
Blake reached for a backpack on the floor I had not seen in the darkness. He opened it, fished something out, and tossed it to me. I didn’t so much catch it as let it fall in my lap. A chocolate candy bar.
It was my turn to quirk an eyebrow. Waving the bar at him I said, “What, is this to ward off dementors?”
The smirk became a genuine smile again briefly. “Something like that. You need to eat.”
I gave him a skeptical look.
“You know you’re using energy with that.” He gestured at the candles. “The energy needs to be replenished.”
I rolled my eyes but tore open the wrapper. The chocolate tasted, well, damn, like mainlining something illegal. Maybe he had a point. I was halfway through the bar when he spoke again, as if there had been no pause.
“Especially since you don’t really know what you’re doing yet.” Even in the low candlelight I had no trouble seeing the wicked amusement in his dark eyes.
I managed to finish chewing without choking, tossed the remainder of the candy bar on the coffee table and sat up straighter. “Why don’t you tell me why you’re here? Or better yet, tell me where I can find your demon lover? So I can send her back to Hell.”
“Well, actually, that’s exactly why I’m here, Roxanne.” Like we were discussing insurance or something. “I want you to find my demon lover.”
Gob-smacked, all I could manage was, “Huh?”
“And I want you to send her back to Hell.”
Sonya Clark grew up an Army brat, living all across the
United States as well as Japan and by the time she graduated high school. Books were one of the few constants in her life. An eclectic reader, she always had a special love for the paranormal and is a lifelong fangirl of all things that go bump in the night. Germany
A deep love of music is another constant thread in all of her fiction. She writes at a desk equipped with High John the Conqueror root and a mojo hand. She has worshipped at the mother church of country music, traveled the back roads of the blues highway, been to the crossroads at midnight, and though she’s never cooked up a mess of polk salad, she has been to
Graceland four times.
She lives with her husband and Yorkie in
Meet Daniel Rambin, “cousin” of paranormal investigator Roxanne Mathis. Originally from Texas, Daniel served in Company C, First Texas Legion Calvary during the Civil War. He has traveled extensively over the years and was rumored to have been a member of the OSS (the precursor of the CIA) during World War Two, but he refuses to either confirm or deny it. He now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he enjoys working alongside Roxie in her paranormal investigations and ghost evictions. Also, Daniel is a vampire.
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
This is probably going to sound cliché, but I do like Lestat de Lioncourt. He always seemed to have a good time, even when he was miserable and having those long drawn-out emo moments. Even then he was still more fun than Louis. I’ve met a few like Louis over the years and jeez, nobody can stand them. If you’re that unhappy being a vampire the sun will take care of that problem for you. I’ll admit I went through a few rough years. My earliest years as a vampire are kind of blur. Wasn’t so good at controlling certain instincts, you know? It was after that, when I was clear-headed enough to really think about what had happened to me, that I had a few dark years. You have to decide that you want to live. That’s what I liked so much about Lestat – he wanted to live. He had such a passion for life. Anne Rice did good with Lestat, let me tell you. The happiest vampires I’ve met are ones with that same passion for living.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
The first time I saw a vampire, the very moment those fangs descended and I knew I was in the presence of a supernatural creature. That moment changed my life. I can’t remember all of that night. I was drunk and then later, in shock. But I remember seeing those fangs. Remember the feel of them as they sliced into my flesh. It felt like I’d been set on fire, the flames concentrating first on my neck then spreading slowly through the rest of my body. The pain was unbelievable, I don’t know how I didn’t pass out. Maybe cos I was drunk. Then there was the relief of death. It was the most soothing, peaceful thing I’ve ever felt.
The second most frightening moment of my life was waking up to find a pair of those fangs in my own mouth.
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
Have you ever read the World War Two novels of Alan Furst? If you haven’t then you should, they’re amazing. They feel like you’re reading Casablanca, so atmospheric. They’re about the European experience of the war so a lot of them take place in the thirties as well as the forties, and they’re more about spies and partisan operations against the Nazis than the big battles. I’d love to write something like that, but you know, with a vampire as the main character. Not that I’m saying that would be semi-autobiographical or anything, but it’s possible I might have some experience to draw from if I were to write something like that. Maybe. <winks>
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I love classic country. My iPod’s full of Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, all kinds of stuff like that. Last week I got Roxie – you do know she’s really my descendent, right? We just call each other cousin cos it’s easier to explain. Anyway, I got her to go to karaoke night with me. I sang Harper Valley PTA and got some nice applause. I tried to get her to sing a duet with me, I was thinking maybe Islands in the Stream, but Roxie wouldn’t do it. For some reason she ran off to the ladies room and wouldn’t come out. You know, I love that girl but sometimes she just doesn’t know how to have fun.
What is your favorite meal?
Mmm, I love me a tasty child molester. Wait, I shouldn’t talk about that, I’m sorry. I don’t want to make you uncomfortable. I can’t eat and that’s my own complaint about being a vampire. I miss food. I like for Roxie to tell me what stuff tastes like. And the Food Network, I love to watch the shows on that. I love me some Paula Deen. If I weren’t a vampire I’d eat the heck out of anything that woman cooked.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Oh, you know, the usual things. I like to read, listen to music, spend time with my cousin. I love it when she gets these ghost eviction jobs. She doesn’t like for me to call it ghostbusting, but sometimes I do anyway. I go along and help her out. That’s always fun. Unless the ghosts start throwing stuff at us, then it gets less fun. But now Roxie makes it a point to tell clients that if they have a knife block in the kitchen to remove it before we get started, so that’s good.
Do you have a milestone birthday coming up? If so, how are you approaching it?
Let me think – I was born in 1838. I became a vampire in 1868, so I’ve been thirty years old for how long now? 143 years. So I’m 173. Huh. I’m older than I thought. I haven’t celebrated a birthday in a long time, maybe I should do that even though it’s not one of the traditional milestone ones. I’m really happy to have found Roxie and have a chance to have family again, so, yeah, maybe we should have a party my next birthday. Thank you for giving me that idea.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
I’ve done a lot of things as a vampire that I’m not proud of, that I don’t even want Roxie to know about. I don’t want her to be scared of me, that would kill me. But the worst thing I ever did wasn’t out of bloodlust, it was out of love. There was a woman I knew back in the forties… no, you know what? Today’s not the day for that story. Maybe some other time. You almost got me to tell you things I hadn’t even told my cousin!
Well, I enjoyed talking to you Ms. Laurie, it was a real nice time. Thank you, thank you very much.
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You may enter at each tour stop, thus significantly increasing your odds of winning.
Here are the Prizes that will be awarded:
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 plateMojo Queen playlist CDA voodoo dollA protective mojo handSpirit of Good Luck incenseA seven day spell candleA 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. International entrants are eligible for e-books, only.
Next Stops on Tour
Be sure to visit each stop to significantly increase your odds of winning a prize in this giveaway.
August 2 Fang-tastic Books Tour Kickoff and Guest Blog
August 2 Interview at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
August 2 Interviewwww.tyrasbookaddiction.blogspot.com
August 3 Guest Blog with Sonya Clark
August 4 Interview
August 4 Interview Ravencraft
August 4 Guest Post and Review
August 5 Interview
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