Friday, June 15, 2012

BLOG TOUR: Mary Ann Loesch

Today's Blog Tour for Mary Ann Loesch's Bayou Myth is presented by Reading Addiction Blog Tours!

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We will have a Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway, but first let's get to know the Author! 






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 (http://www.allthingswriting.blogspot.com) 
and 
Loesch’s Muse (http://www.loeschsmuse.blogspot.com),
Mary Ann has also contributed stories in the horror anthology, All Things Dark and Dastardly. Her latest book, Bayou Myth, will be released in the summer of 2012. While she loves dirty martinis and cuddling with her dachshund, she loves fan mail even more! 



Title: Bayou Myth
Author: Mary Ann Loesch
Date Published: June 2012

Synopsis:
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.

My Rating:




My Review:
Magic is nothing new in Young Adult novels, but very rarely do we get to read about voodoo! That alone will draw readers into this new novel by Mary Ann Loesch!

Joan is strong and fierce. I loved her attitude! 

I personally loved the humor in this book. It is a bit darker with Voodoo and horror elements, but the humor is definitely something that lightens it up.

This is most definitely one of those books that you think about long after you are done reading it. Warning, it will leave you wanting more! I really hope Mary Ann continues with this! 

EXCERPT

A teenage girl stood in the hazy glow. Unlike the other spirits, her form held solid. I got the sense that she drew energy from the surrounding spirits. Her lowered head made it so I couldn’t see her face, but the style of dress she wore dated back at least a century. Not surprising, really. Monte Parish could trash its roots to the late 1700’s.
The ghost lifted her head. Her eyes were empty sockets and rotted flesh hung from her face revealing bone. She watched me, and the hatred pumping from her aura sucked my breath away. Her head moved as if she were looking at Dave. A sly smile formed on what remained of her lips, and the hatred crawling in the air multiplied. She moved towards us with an unsteady gait. The closer she got, the sicker to my stomach I felt.
She meant to harm Dave. But not because he’d done anything to her. It was because he belonged to me. Though she never said a word, her intentions spilt off her and my psychic conduit picked it up. 
“Let’s go. We need to leave right now.”
“What’s wrong?” Dave asked, but he complied with my request and closed up the tailgate.
The girl continued our direction. She raised a hand, and the sleeve of her dress slid back. Even from the distance we were at, the long white scar on her arm could be seen clearly in the moonlight. She pointed a finger at me.
You saw…the words hissed across the cemetery, raising goose bumps on my arms.

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Reading Addiction Blog Tours

This Marks the end of this tour. Find other Reviews, Interviews, and Guest Posts by visiting the following links:

June 4 - Reading it All - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 5 -A Dream Within a Dream - REVIEW/Guest Post
June 6 - Ja citam, a ti? - REVIEW/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 8 - Oh! For the Love of Books - REVIEW/Interview/Giveaway
June 9 - Jenn Renee Read - Review/Interview/Excerpt
June 11 - Read-A-Holicz - REVIEW/Interview/Excerpt
June 13 - Soon Rememberd Tales - Review
June 13 - Every Book has a Soul - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt
June 14 - Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My! - Review/Giveaway/Excerpt



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