Thursday, 17 October 2013

Bad Juju by Dina Rae book tour AND author interview :D

Title: Bad Juju

Author: Dina Rae

Genre: Horror

Publisher: Self Published

Formats Available In: Digital

Release Date: September, 2o12

Blurb: Two teens turn to a Voodoo bokor to right a wrong. Their curiosity with the dark arts backfires into obsession.

Lucien Nazaire flees his Haitian homeland and settles in a Wisconsin trailer park filled with elderly tenants. He hires sixteen year old Jake for odd household jobs. The boy proves to be the perfect candidate to pass on his Voodoo legacy.

Jake LaRue lives in foster care with his abusive uncle. The Voodoo gives him a sense of power within an otherwise helpless situation. Despite his loner status, he instantly connects with Henry, his only friend in high school. 

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.

Months after the Haitian earthquake, Henry convinces his family to volunteer for the island's reconstruction. Their mission turns into a nightmare when he mysteriously walks off of the campsite and returns in a catatonic state.

Bad Juju is a balance of horror, romance, and literary fiction intended for adults and mature teens. The plot uses research involving the Voodoo religion.


1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a wife, mother, teacher, coach, Christian, self-proclaimed expert on conspiracy theories, and avid tennis player. I love to read and write.

2. How did you come up with the idea for your book? Bad Juju is a mixture of my experience with teens, Voodoo, paranormal, and religion in general. I wanted to write something with unique characters and authentic elements of the Voodoo religion.

3. When did the characters first pop into your head? A rough draft popped up from the first page and then took a life of their own through imagination and other people that I know. I was sad once the book was finished, like I wouldn't be seeing them again.

4. Without giving away any spoilers, was the story always straight forward for you to write, or did it pop up any surprises along the way? I used a rough outline and rewrote the ending three times until I was satisfied. My intention was to entertain and inform the reader about Voodoo. Hopefully, the characters made some kind of connection.

5. Where do you like to write? I have an antique Queen Anne desk that I bought for $25 at a thrift store in my den, but I will write anywhere. I bring a notebook with me at all times. It's amazing how much down time you have when you are waiting at the doctor's, for your kid, at a softball game, etc.

6. Do you read a lot? I love to read. Some of my favorites are Preston and Childs, King, Thor, Martin, and Dan Brown. I like writers who include lots of research in their books.

7. And last but not least, have you any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?
I'm really not in a position to give advice. I've been published since 2012. But I will say it's been a hell of a ride! I will say that new writers should try to get as much exposure as possible without spending an arm and a leg in advertising. I love blog tours!

Thanks for stopping by Dina!!!

About Dina Rae:

Dina Rae is a new author that is here to stay. As a teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her research on the Yezidi religion and love of art inspired her story telling for Halo of the Damned. Halo of the Nephilim and Halo of the Madonna are new to the angel series.

Her second novel, The Last Degree, is a fictionalized account of the Freemason’s role in the New World Order. Dina's grandfather was the Most Worshipful of his lodge. The subject has always held a personal interest.

Bad Juju, is about an old Haitian bokor who mentors two teens in the dark arts. A unique blend of horror, romance, and literary fiction meant for adults and mature teens.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is an avid reader, tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on conspiracy theories. She has appeared in several literary blogs, newspapers, e-zines, and radio shows as a guest.

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