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Title: Bad Juju
Author: Dina Rae
Genre: Dark, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Young-Adult, (R-Rated although teens would love it)
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, his teenage neighbor, 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. Although the boy is a loner, he feels an instant connection with his classmate, Henry, and introduces him to Lucien.
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.
Several months after the Haitian earthquake, Henry convinces his family to volunteer with their church in 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 ages fifteen and up. Research about the Voodoo religion, shapeshifting, zombies, and possession and themes of redemption and loneliness emerge throughout the plot.
Playlist for Bad Juju!
Black Magic Woman: Santana ~ Listen Now
Wish I could have found a song called Black Magic Man! A Haitian bokor, also known as a sorcerer, teaches two teens the dark arts.
I'm in Love with a Stripper: T. Pain ~ Listen Now
Jake LaRue has a major crush on his foster mother who works at the local stripclub.
A Question of Lust: Depeche Mode ~ Listen Now
Jake and his friend, Henry, cast love spells on those they lust.
Voodoo: Godsmack ~ Listen Now
Lots of Voodoo research went into the book.
Put a Spell on You: Credence Clearwater Revival ~ Listen Now
Two teens learn how to cast a variety of Voodoo spells.
Dead: My Chemical Romance ~ Listen Now
Lucien Nazaire, a ninety-seven year old bokor, keeps on cheating death.
Hypnotized: Fleetwood Mac ~ Listen Now
Henry Novak disappears while in Haiti on his church's mission trip. Once found, his parents believe he is hypnotized.
Zombie: Cranberries ~ Listen Now
Can't have a Voodoo story without zombies. The story goes into how the dead are resurrected.
Mockingbird: Eminem ~ Listen Now
This song is about regret. Lucien's whole life is plagued with regret.
Redemption Song: Bob Marley ~ Listen Now
Redemption is the major theme of the book.
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. 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
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