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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

This week’s new addition to the shelf, here at Fiction Books, comes thanks to Kelsey, who represents Book Publicity Services, for considering me as a review site and the folks at publisher, Sartoris Literary Group, for the complimentary Kindle download.

MEMPHIS HOODOO MURDERS

Addie Jackson has witnessed people trying to kill her family her entire life, and now her grandparents’ attackers are hunting her. The Memphis police are never able to catch these crooks since the cops have been bewitched to stay away. Her grandparents, Pop and Grandma, habitually lie to Addie, but she is attentive enough to overhear the secrets they keep from her. In her predictive dreams, Addie regularly sees future events which disturb her, but to her dismay, she has never been able to stop them from coming true. She often dreams of a dark character, who she is later shocked to discover is the Man, a devil from hoodoo legend.

Addie is disturbed to discover she is being stalked by a witch doctor named Hoodoo Helen. To make matters worse, the more secrets Addie uncovers, the more danger she finds. Addie presses Grandma for answers about the power behind the ring and pocket watch she often toys with, but Grandma remains tight-lipped. Knowing their deaths are imminent, Grandma makes a deal with the hoodoo devil to take care of Addie, and Addie is later horrified to discover that her beloved family has been murdered. John, a family friend, steps in to help Addie, and she soon realizes he knows more about her family’s tainted past than she ever has. Addie begins receiving cryptic letters from her deceased grandmother, which reveal a shocking family history revolving around slavery, time travel, and magic.

If Addie can survive jail, her cousin’s abduction, threats from a menacing gang, corrupt law enforcement, and hoodooed attacks, maybe she can finally dream of a future where she will be safe and free.

KATHRYN ROGERS

Image Of Author Kathryn RogersKathryn Rogers is a Memphis native with an affinity for local BBQ and blues rock-n-roll.

As a licensed therapist, she holds her Masters in Counseling and Psychology, and as a licensed educator, she holds her Bachelors in Education.

Her experience providing counseling services to the community prepared her to expound upon the psychological issues her characters wrestle with in her stories.

She currently lives in Jackson, Mississippi with her husband, playful preschooler, and rambunctious Labrador Retrievers.

You can follow Kathryn on Twitter, here

Like Kathryn’s Facebook page here

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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20 comments
    • Hi Nikki,

      I have read a series of books by author Layton Green, which deals with various cults, sects and matters of the occult – but never specifically voodoo (hoodoo ?), so this book is going to be whole new experience for me and I have my fingers well and truly crossed!

      Thanks for taking the time to check out today’s post, it certainly wouldn’t make for such interesting discussions, if we all liked reading the same thing 🙂

  • Oooo, this sounds good! I use to read a cozy series that took place in Memphis and always enjoyed it. I might have to add this to my wish list. 🙂

    I decided to go on and add the next Janet Evanovich to my TBR pile this week. “Top Secret Twenty-one”.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I have never read anything this specifically “hoodoo” themed and I am not certain I am that much of a believer in the practice. In fact, I have to admit I assumed that “voodoo” was exclusive to the afro-caribbean communities, not something still being practiced in modern day southern America!
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      I keep looking at the Evanovich books, but I don’t think they are really for me!

      If it is specifically the ‘Stephanie Plum’ character which you enjoy reading about, then there is also a smaller mini series, written by Janet, called “Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novels”

      http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/e/janet-evanovich/

      Have a good week and thanks for stopping by 🙂

      • I’ve read other novels involving Voodoo/Hoodoo, but most took place in the Outer Banks region or Low Country (South Carolina) or in south Louisiana. An interesting mix of Island mysticism, Christianity, and African culture!

        No, I don’t think the Stephanie Plum books are your type and I would only read the mini books if someone put them on my Kindle for free. 😉 I’m pretty much just committed to finishing the series out, which she needs to do soon IMO!

        • I know what it’s like when you keep hoping and praying that a book or series will get better, or at least hurry up and come to a natural conclusion!

          I’m so stubborn about giving up on a book, that I’ll suffer unnecessarily, rather than admit defeat!

          Let’s just hope that Stephanie Plum decides to retire soon. Did you happen to catch the 2012 Stephanie Plum film ‘One For The Money’? That didn’t fare much better with the audiences, only achieving a rating of 5.3 at IMDb!
          🙂

          • Yep… I thought the movie was okay, but there were some flaws. One of the thrills of a book over a movie is being able to picture things in our own minds (based on the writing) and I felt they were totally off on some characters.

  • I know the Stephanie Plum series is quite popular and I gave it what I felt was a fair try and stopped after the eighth book (fair, right?). Anyway, while your mailbox book doesn’t appeal to me I know several people who would probably enjoy it.

    • Trust me… they haven’t progressed much since then! I just want Stephanie to make some “adult” decisions in her life and keep hoping the series will end that way.

    • Hi Mary,

      I guessed that once again my mailbox book this week wouldn’t appeal to you, however I am doubly grateful that you should stop by and check it out, I always love hearing from you 🙂

      Eight books is more than a fair chance for Stephanie Plum to prove herself I think and I can only admire Kelly’s resilience and determination, in seeing the series through right to the bitter end!

      Thanks for the comments, both of you 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Do you know, I hadn’t even given the book a thought in relation to Halloween, until you mentioned it. However, I can see that it might be an appropriate read, if there are any challenges in circulation right now!

      Not having any children, events like Halloween don’t tend to feature too highly for us, although if we can find a good fireworks display to go to on November 5th – Guy Fawkes Night – then that will be more our scene!

      I can’t believe that October is drawing to a close, the clocks have gone back into winter time and the shops are once again full of Christmas displays. I really feel like hibernating away from it all this year – so wake me when it’s all over please 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      This one definitely appeals to the sense of ‘different and unique’, doesn’t it?

      I still can’t quite get my head around witchcraft in modern day Memphis – or am I only assuming that we are talking modern day here, what with the mention of time travel as well!

      I’m not sure that this one is going to be completely believable for me, but I’m willing to take a gamble on it!

      I hope that you also enjoy it, should you decide to add it to your list 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      It always feels extra special to read a story that is set in a place with which you have an affinity – at least it does for me!

      As the UK is such a relatively small country, I can trace my own family roots to locations which are only a matter of tens of miles away from where we now live, although one branch of the family has now rooted itself firmly in California, USA, with my cousin having dual nationality and his children being pure bred US citizens!

      Voodoo / Hoodoo, sounds like such a strange phenomena to be discussing in modern day USA, however when I stop and think of the many eclectic belief systems practiced here in the UK and which I know of, it all falls into context.

      Even on my own doorstep, we have the witches, wizards and legends of King Arthur, reputed to have their roots in Glastonbury. We also still have Druids worship at the summer solstice at Avebury and Stonehenge, which is just a few miles from our home!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      It wouldn’t be the same if we all enjoyed reading the same genres, but thank you so much for continuing to help keep Mailbox Monday alive, so that we can all feature and share some of the great new books and authors which are out there 🙂

  • Sounds like Addie Jackson is in alot of danger with the witch doctor after her and her family having been killed. I like the time travel/magic aspect. Happy reading!

    • Hi Naida,

      I am intrigued by the past secrets that Grandma wants Addie to know about, now that she is dead. I am particularly drawn by the slavery aspect of the family’s past, although I do wonder why Grandma didn’t tell Addie about things whilst she was still alive. I am guessing this has something to do with Hoodoo Helen and I wonder just how Addie is going to stay one step ahead of the game!

      I may be a little out of my comfort zone with this one, but I am so intrigued, that I need to read on … 🙂

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