Title: The Legend of the Swamp Witch
Author: Lori Beasley Bradley
Released Date: July 9, 2014Summary:
Raquel Clairvoux is taken through he history of her family and her relationship to a distant aunt the legendary Swamp Witch Angelique Clairvoux, a mullato girl born in the swamps of southern Louisiana and raised by her grandmother in the ways of Voodoo that she learned on the island of Martinique. Raquel learns the history of the region and culture of the original Creole people of Louisiana and her family. When slave catchers came into St Martinsville to collect undocumented people of color Angelique was attacked and mortally wounded flees into the swamp with her life savings she calls on the Spirits to guard her and her savings. Raquel then learns about the men who men over the next century and a half try to find Angelique's treasure and how they trigger the curse that finally brings them down. She is taken through the history and evolution of a unique culture and historic area of the country and must decide how she and her family fit in there now. While this is a story of pure fiction the author did exhaustive research of the area covering the years between 1712 and the present. The town of St Martinsville is an actual town in St Martin Parish, Louisiana and the Bayou Tesche is located there. St Martinsville was a town that was open to free people of color during the time of slavery and is considered to be the Creole capital of the United States. This book is a work of fiction that mixes historic fact and culture to transport the reader through decades of drama in an evolving southern Louisiana.
I was born and raised in a small town in rural southern Illinois. I have always had a love of reading, writing, and history. My first love was Gothic Romance, then Gothic Horror, in high school I read Dune and fell in love with Science Fiction, after high school I picked up a Darkover novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley and fell in love with Fantasy, now I read everything I can get my hands on by James Rollins or Steve Berry. As you can see, my reading has been all over the map. I would like to think that my writing has been inspired by them all.
I wrote and published my first novel, The Legend of the Swamp Witch, this summer. I am currently working on a project called The Soiled Dove Sagas about young women who find themselves making their livings as prostitutes in the 19th century Old West.
With my first book I realized, writing is not the hard part, Marketing is.
I have been struggling with different marketing techniques. Hopefully, I will find one that works very soon!