Denise N. Tapscott is my Woman In Horror today! She has written some fantastic books, promotes other authors, is an actress, and is part of one of the greatest podcasts around. There are plenty of links above that will take you into her special world, and I'll expound on some of them below.
First, let's get to Denise's great books.
GYPSY KISSES AND VOODOO WISHES is a great dark fantasy tale filled with suspense and horror.
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.
THE PRICE OF SALVATION is a charming thriller. This is Denise's first short story. She did a great job with this tale.
Book description:Los Angeles socialite Rhoda Jurel is deathly ill. From herbalists to elite specialists, no one can determine the cause of her sickness. When visiting her friendly neighborhood psychic, she is warned that her only choice is to see Voodoo High Priestess Grandmother Zenobia. Join Rhoda on her path to finding the price of salvation, if you dare.
My review of this great short story is:
"Denise N. Tapscott knocks it out of the ball-park with her refreshing read The Price of Salvation! This short tale has horror, humor, and even history - all in the right places. Grandmother Zenobia is my favorite Voodoo High Priestess. She'll be yours, too!"
Denise's Amazon 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."