Welcome to my stop along the Bayou Myth blog tour hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours!  Enjoy a lovely guest post from the author, Mary Ann Loesch, and don’t forget to check out the other stops for the tour!
Bayou Myth

Bayou Myth by Mary Ann Loesch

 From Goodreads:  As a sixteen year old voodoo queen in the making, Joan Renault just wants to be like all the other girls in the small town of Monte Parish, Louisiana—obsessed with boys and swamped with social lives. If the other kids would quit calling her “hoodoo hag,” she might have a small shot at normality. It would also help if Joan’s weekend outings with her secret crush, Dave, weren’t always being interrupted by her dead Grandmere, the legendary Marie Laveau. After all, it’s hard to make out with your best friend when your grandmother is watching! But when you come from a long line of voodoo priestesses with dried gator heads decorating the wall of their huts, normal doesn’t come easily.
When Joan witnesses the brutal sacrifice of a child to a tree Druid, she learns her Grandmere’s scandalous past has come back to haunt those living in the present. Hera, a vengeful voodoo priestess is determined to use the residual energy of Pandora’s Box to revive a sleeping voodoo god and declare war on the descendants of Marie Laveau, especially Joan. Suddenly, Greek myths are being re-enacted all over town, and Joan has her hands full trying to sort it all out. With the approach of Samedi’s Day—the voodoo day of resurrection—Joan must learn to accept her destiny in order to stop the approaching threat to her family and friends.

Voodoo in Young Adult Novels

When it comes to YA and the genres of urban fantasy or horror, most readers expect to see certain things. Vampires, werewolves, witches, fairies–they’re sort of the staples of the genre right now. As a writer, it’s hard to create something new or fresh that involves those things.   Believe me, I know. My book, Bayou Myth, was released back in June and falls under the category of young adult, horror. True, Bayou Myth doesn’t have werewolves or vampires in it, nor do fairies make any kind of appearance! But witches…well, you could say there is a place for them in my book. That being said, my protagonist is not really a witch. True, she weaves spells and create special potions, but she isn’t relying on witchcraft to help her achieve her goals.
Nope.  She’s using good ole voodoo instead.
Voodoo isn’t something we see a lot of in YA right now, and I’m not really sure why that is. It’s certainly a fascinating subject! If you do your research on voodoo, you’ll find that it’s a form of religion, a mix of Catholic and Haitian beliefs. It’s a complicated world with gods and spirits that rival the Pantheon of the ancient Greeks.
For my character Joan Renault, voodoo is a common place as Christianity is to many of us.  It’s power is part of her everyday life. Of course, that’s partially due to her being a direct descendant of the most powerful and infamous voodoo priestess of all time–Marie Laveau.
I’ve also mixed in a few familiar Greek myths like the tales of Medusa, Hercules, and Pandora’s Box. However, I’ve given them a fun voodoo twist that I hope the reader will enjoy!
Hopefully, I’ve got you curious now! Here’s the synopsis for Bayou Myth:

As a sixteen year old voodoo queen in the making, Joan Renault just wants to be like all the other girls in the small town of Monte Parish, Louisiana—obsessed with boys and swamped with social lives. If the other kids would quit calling her “hoodoo hag,” she might have a small shot at normality. It would also help if Joan’s weekend outings with her secret crush, Dave, weren’t always being interrupted by her dead Grandmere, the legendary Marie Laveau. After all, it’s hard to make out with your best friend when your grandmother is watching! But when you come from a long line of voodoo priestesses with dried gator heads decorating the wall of their huts, normal doesn’t come easily.  When Joan witnesses the brutal sacrifice of a child to a tree Druid, she learns her Grandmere’s scandalous past has come back to haunt those living in the present. Hera, a vengeful voodoo priestess is determined to use the residual energy of Pandora’s Box to revive a sleeping voodoo god and declare war on the descendants of Marie Laveau, especially Joan. Suddenly, Greek myths are being re-enacted all over town, and Joan has her hands full trying to sort it all out. With the approach of Samedi’s Day—the voodoo day of resurrection—Joan must learn to accept her destiny in order to stop the approaching threat to her family and friends.  

Mary Ann Loesch is an award winning fiction writer from Texas.  Her urban fantasy, Nephilim, was published in July 2011 by Lyrical Press Inc. An avid blogger for All Things Writing  and Loesch’s Muse.   Mary Ann has also contributed stories in the horror anthology, All Things Dark and Dastardly.  Her latest book, Bayou Myth, was released in June 2012.  While she loves dirty martinis and cuddling with her dachshund, she loves fan mail even more! Contact her through her website at www.maryannloesch.com.

Check out the other stops on this tour!!

8/6 My World Interview
8/6 TBR Review
8/6 Kristy Centeno Guest Blog
8/7 Rea’s Reading and Reviews Review and Giveaway
8/8 The Avid Reader Guest Blog
8/8 Wise Words Guest blog
8/9 Black Hippie Chick’sTake on Books & The World Review and Giveaway
8/10 Words I Write Crazy Review and Giveaway
8/14 The Book Hoard Guest Blog
8/14 Crossroads Guest Blog and Giveaway
8/14 On Emily’s Bookshelf Review and Giveaway
8/15 The Bunny’s Review Guest Blog
8/15 Sweet Southern Home Guest Blog
8/15 For The Love Of Film And Novels Review and Giveaway
8/15 Book Lover’s Hideaway Guest Blog and Giveaway
8/16 Simply Infatuated Guest Blog and Giveaway
8/16 Reading, Writing and More Guest Blog and Giveaway
8/16 Red Headed Bookworm Guest Blog and Giveaway
8/17 Bookish Things & More Review and Giveaway
8/17 My Cozie Corner Review and Giveaway
8/17 Ghost Stories and Haunted Places Review, Guest Blog and Giveaway

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