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Sunday, June 14, 2015

What is #Voodoo? Guest post by @HaleyWhitehall #PNR

What is Voodoo?

Thanks to popular culture Voodoo has become very misunderstood. Haley Whitehall is here to set us straight. She researched Voodoo for her recent release Alpha's Voodoo.

Welcome, Haley! It is a pleasure to have you on History in the Hot Lane.

Thank you for having me, Shiloh. Voodoo is more of a religion than black magic. As with all religions there are those who wish to twist the teaching and use it for their own selfish and dark purposes. I find it interesting that went you type Voodoo into the Wikipedia search engine you get nothing. You are asked to be more specific as redirect links are given to four different but related religions:
  • Louisiana Voodoo
  • Haitian Vodou
  • West African Vodun
  • Dominican Vudu

My historical paranormal romance Alpha's Voodoo is set in New Orleans. New Orleans Voodoo is an alternative name for Louisiana Voodoo, and that is what I am going to be talking about today.

Louisiana Voodoo describes a set of spiritual beliefs and customs that developed as a result of the African diaspora. It was developed by blending the cultures of the enslaved West Africans and the French, Spanish, and Creole populations in Louisiana.

The roots of Voodoo refer to the West African practice of Vodun. Voodoo combines Catholic influences. It is widely believed that the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, who is featured in my book, was a devout Catholic. Legend even has Marie Laveau having a snake, Zombi, named after an African god.

Important elements of Voodoo include the use of gris-gris and Voodoo dolls.

Here is an excerpt from Alpha's Voodoo.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Violet struggled to straighten her dress as she ran. Her hair was a tangled mess of sloppy braids, twisted around her head like Medusa’s snakes. She wished she could stop and look at herself in the mirror to properly put her attire to rights, but at this late hour she couldn’t even see her reflection in a store window.

She knew it was dangerous to be out this late unaccompanied. Her pulse roared in her ears, and her shoes clipped on the sidewalk as she strode swiftly home. When she got closer to the Creed estate she slowed her steps, lest she make herself known. She slipped through the gate and hurried up the walk.
The soreness between her legs remained and she feared she looked as wanton as she felt. The night had not gone as she had planned. Well, all except for the sneaking out unnoticed part. The crowd that had gathered to listen to Marie Laveau speak stretched on as far as she could see. Yet, she did not get lost among the many white, brown and black faces. Somehow the Voodoo Queen’s magic had found her.

She swallowed hard, unable to get the picture of the man’s face out of her mind. The white man had seemed drawn to her. He’d kissed her and then as if by magic they couldn’t keep their hands off each other. Her conscience kept telling her it was wrong, but she couldn’t control herself.
Shaking her head, she forced that image to fall away, and continued toward the house. When she saw the lamp burning in the window her heart forgot how to beat. 

Mini Blurb:

With her reputation in tatters, debutante Violet Creed is forced to exchange her life of luxury for one of uncertainty. Mark Afton wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as the leader of the Bayou Pack, but he needs a mate. Is Violet Mark’s destined mate, or is their attraction merely Voodoo magic? Haley Whitehall is pleased to present Alpha’s Voodoo, Book 1 of her hot, new, paranormal romance series, Bayou Pack.

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About the Author

Haley Whitehall lives in Washington State where she enjoys all four seasons and the surrounding wildlife. She writes historical romance set in the 19th century U.S. When she is not researching or writing, she plays with her cats, watches the Western and History Channels, and goes antiquing. She is hoping to build a time machine so she can go in search of her prince charming. A good book, a cup of coffee, and a view of the mountains make her happy.

Previous Books:       

Midnight Caller – Moonlight Romance Book 1
Midnight Heat – Moonlight Romance Book 2
Midnight Kiss – Moonlight Romance Book 3
Soldier in Her Lap
Wild and Tender Care
Civil War Valentine

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