Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dina Rae Bad Juju Blog Tour with a Giveaway and Excerpt

I am so excited to have Dina Rae here at Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews with an Except and Giveaway.

Thanks Goddess Fish Promotions and Dina for allowing me to join your blog tour!

Please take it away, Dina!


Later that night after signing up the family for the church’s Haitian mission, Jessica read a few chapters from her romance book, stretched out in bed and then fell into a deep sleep. She seemed transported into another world. Not sure if she was dreaming, she ended up crouched behind a tree, watching something foreign and undoubtedly evil. Every hair on her body stood erect. Instinct told to her run, yet she sat like concrete. The flames from the bonfire tickled her skin, taunting her of what was to come. This is too real to be a dream.

Her fear stemmed from a gathering of tribal Africans dressed in colorful, draped garments and exotic jewelry from another era. They appeared to be celebrating. As she listened to their banter, she thought she recognized the language. Was it French? Maybe Spanish? The unknown accent made her question her guesses.

The fire blazed as they talked and drank. Three men took their seats at a collection of handmade drums. As they played, all chanted in unison.

Next to the fire was a large wooden table with a primitive-looking goblet wrapped in animal skin. The drumming led to dancing. Still hidden, she watched, dreading the volume of her heartbeat would give her away. The rhythm got faster, taking on its own life force. Some of the dancers discarded their sarongs, gyrating naked in sync to the drums while frothing at the mouth. Others randomly fornicated with the nearest person available. Where am I?

Six men dressed in white linen carried out a white man on a cot made of tree branches and canvas. He wore nothing but a bright, long scarf with swirls of red and orange. Jessica couldn’t see his face. She contemplated if he was dead. But then his lifeless body began to stir as he closed in on the fire. The cot carriers stopped in front of the table she now believed to be an altar. The sedated victim was transferred onto the wooden surface. Drumming, chanting, dancing…Jessica could feel herself getting sleepy, almost hypnotized by the drum beats. One of the men dressed in white raised his arms, abruptly ending the festivities. Everyone fiercely dropped to the grass and bowed towards him and the altar. Jessica presumed he was the leader. He took a curved dagger and pointed to the sky while reciting a prayer. It’s definitely French. Four years in high school and can’t remember one word, she thought, disgusted.


Dina Rae is a new author here to stay. As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her three novels, Halo of the Damned, The Last Degree, and Bad Juju weave research and suspense throughout the plots. Her short story, Be Paranoid Be Prepared, is a prequel of sorts to The Last Degree, focusing on the James Martin character. In the spring of 2013 her latest novel, Halo of the Nephilim, will be released. Dina also freelances for various entertainment blogs.

Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is a Christian, an avid tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and radio programs. When she is not writing she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Brad Thor, George R.R. Martin, and Preston & Childs.



Bad Juju:

The Last Degree:

Halo of the Damned:

The Last Degree:

Halo of the Damned:


A Haitian bokor mentors two teens in the dark arts. Their spells backfire.

Lucien Nazaire flees his Haitian homeland and meanders around the United States for decades. He settles in a Wisconsin trailer park filled with elderly tenants. He meets Jake and hires him for odd household jobs. As their relationship progresses, Lucien invites the boy into the world of Voodoo.

Jake LaRue lives in foster care with his abusive uncle. The Voodoo lessons give 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, leading up to dire consequences.

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.

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.

Giveaway Rules:

Dina will award one randomly chosen commenter two Voodoo candles and a $10.00 Amazon GC. 

To enter please leave a comment with an e-mail address thanks! 

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

BLCSDina said...

Thanks for having me on your blog. Dina Rae

Andra Lyn said...

This books looks like a combo of creepy and awesome! Count me in!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Mary Preston said...

That is a fabulous excerpt. Certainly makes me want to read on.


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