Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Images As Inspiration When Writing - Sojourn With A Stranger #gothic #romance #amwriting

Welcome to Keta's Keep!

I love to share images of what inspired me to write my books. Today, I'm featuring SOJOURN WITH A STRANGER, a Gothic romance novel with a lot of paranormal elements. Gothic novels marry well with paranormal, right?

This review snippet encapsulates the many paranormal aspects included in the book.
"This story has everything & then some–romance, birth, death, voodoo, adventure, psychic ability, ghosts, tea-leaf reading. I could not put it down! Not once!" ★★★★★ 5-Stars

Let's talk about the ghost in the book. Derek Stafford's late wife, Lucinda. She walked into the ocean and killed herself. But what made her do it? Now, she's trying desperately to expose her killer. She haunts Raine, the new servant at Stafford House by scratching at her window, walking through the family graveyard crying & howling, and leaving cryptic writings in her bedchamber.

How is Voodoo involved and what exactly is Voodoo?
Merriam Webster says Voodoo is a black religious cult practiced in the Caribbean

and the southern US, combining elements of Roman Catholic rituals with traditional African magic and religious rites. Voodoo is characterized by sorcery and spirit possession.There's a woman who practices voodoo and lives in a rustic cabin deep in the secluded woods of Norfolk. Under the threat of death, someone visits her and orders her to perform voodoo in order to stop the birth of a child. Male heirs are crucial for their ability to carry on the Stafford line. The first brother to produce one inherits Stafford House and all its holdings.

Reading the tea leaves. 
Formally called Tasseography, it's a divination or fortune-telling that interprets
patterns in tea leaves, coffee grounds, or wine sediments. The terms derive from the French word tasse, which in turn derives from the Arabic loan-word into French tassa.
One of the brothers must KNOW the outcome of who will inherit the massive manor and all the land. He orders the Voodoo Priestess to read the tea leaves and translate the messages they bring. He is very upset and angry at the results of her reading. Is her angry enough to kill?

The hour is upon us, the day is fading fast.
The maiden's made her choices; his seeds will soon be cast.
A male comes to the manor, with eyes of emerald green.
Raise the goblets; wave the banners, the Stafford heir undoes the scheme.
A ghost haunts the halls of Stafford House. When Raine Brinsley arrives to accept a position as a house servant, the ghost is determined to let Raine know who murdered her.

Derek Stafford, Lord of the Manor, offers a Raine a large sum of money to bear his child. Now she must choose between morality and an indecent, lucrative proposal.

Derek and his brother, Lyman, race against time to produce the first male heir in the family in order to secure the title to Stafford House. The brothers will do anything to win…even murder. 

A dark, gothic novel of erotic romance, mystery, suspense and thrills.

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