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Gypsy Kisses and Voodoo Wishes
by Denise N Tapscott
Genre: Southern Gothic Horror, Paranormal Romance
Can any good transpire when Romani magic collides with Voodoo Magic? For
Grandmother Zenobia, the answer is unclear.
The year is 1890 in Carrefour Parish, Louisiana. A Voodoo high
priestess with a mysterious past, Grandmother Zenobia conceals her
magical powers from her grandson Will. She wants him to have a
“normal” family life, including savory Southern dinners and
festive church gatherings. When Will reveals that he’s in love with a
girl named Syeira, Grandmother is overjoyed. In her excitement over a
future wedding, Grandmother fails to find out a crucial piece
information. Syeira is not a New Orleans local, she’s from the
Camlo family.
On the other side of the bayou, Queen Patia Camlo, is furious when her
daughter reveals her relationship with Will, who is not Romani. To
the Camlo tribe, The Traveler way is the only way. Desperate to
put an end to their romance, Patia casts a spell so effective that
even the great Grandmother Zenobia can’t fix the damage it creates.
Grandmother Zenobia must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to retaliate
against Patia, as well avenge her family, without losing her soul

Guest Post by the Author

Where were you born/grew up?


I was born in the San Francisco Bay area.  I lived there for most of my life until I decided to pursue acting. A good friend helped me pack up and move to Los Angeles.  Funny thing about life though; I visited New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and I’m so taken by the people and the culture that I go back every year. I feel it’s my home away from home. I often joke that I left my heart in San Francisco, left my car in Los Angeles and left my soul in New Orleans.


Who is your hero and why?


My dad is my hero.  He is one tough cookie!  He was in the Air Force and lived through both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. My mother said one of the reasons she married him was she knew life with him would be an adventure.  No matter what came our way, good or bad, my dad was always and still is always there for our family. He’s had two open heart surgeries and survived prostate cancer.  My mom recently passed away from Alzheimer’s and he was diligently, passionately by her side, day and night.  They were married for 51 years. To me their love is legendary.  My dad is the kind of person that always reminds you to be safe and encourages you to follow your dreams.


What do I do to unwind and relax?


I like to enjoy a nice glass of wine and either watch an episode of Supernatural, check out a good movie at home or read books.  I try to read stories that my fellow Horror Writers have created to support them and to sharpen my craft.  If the weather is nice I might head out to the beach and watch for dolphins or sand pipers. It’s very grounding.


Describe yourself in 5 words or less:


Enchanting, earthy, silly, sunny, and sweet.  I once took a seminar with Sam Christensen to investigate how you are seen in the world.  It was very interesting to see how people perceived me and how I viewed myself.  Two of my personal catch phrases that stick with me are “Sweetest apple on the tree” and “marching to the beat of a really happy drummer”.  There are a LOT more great phrases that describe me but those tend to stick out most, depending on my mood.


Which of my novels can you imagine made into a movie?


I imagine all of my stories, the novels and the short stories made into movies or cool TV series.  I’d love for Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg or Viola Davis to play Grandmother Zenobia.


Author Bio

Denise was born and raised in California. She left her heart in San
Francisco, but somehow managed to leave her soul in New Orleans. When
she’s not creating and cultivating her characters, she enjoys dining
on spicy tuna rolls, sharing a bottle of red wine with friends and
watching the latest flick (especially scary films). From time to time
this radiant left-handed pirate will even challenge others to a
fencing match or two. But, watch out. This Gemini is determined to win!
Often referencing her favorite quotes, below is Denise’s favorite motto by
Hans Christian Andersen:
“Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”
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